Top military leaders remind troops of limits of free speech

Amid concerns of renewed violence on Inauguration Day, military leaders wrote to all members of the military on Tuesday to remind them that last week's deadly Capitol riot was an anti-democratic, criminal act and that no one is entitled to freedom of expression The memo signed by all members of the joint chiefs of staff also reminded the military that Joe Biden was duly elected as the next president and will be sworn into office on Jan. 20. The memo was unusual in that the military leadership, including General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, felt compelled to remind members of the service that it is wrong to disrupt the constitutional process. The language went further than the statements of the civilian leader of the Pentagon, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, by describing the attack as a riot and insurrection. Miller has called it "reprehensible and contrary to the principles of the United States Constitution". It is because law enforcement agencies are attempting to determine the full extent of criminal activity in the Capitol and to determine the extent of the involvement of current or former military personnel. Some military veterans have been identified as participating in the Capitol riot, but the extent of active duty involvement has not been established. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a war veteran from Iraq, wrote to the Department of Defense on Monday urging its criminal investigation agencies to work with the FBI and the US Capitol Police to investigate whether current and retired members of the armed forces are part of a "seditious conspiracy" were "Against the government. The Joint Chiefs memo was not directly related to the issue of military involvement." We saw actions in the Capitol that were incompatible with the rule of law, "the memo reads." Freedom of expression and assembly does not give anyone the right to resort to violence, riot and insurrection. "As members of the service, we must embody the values ​​and ideals of the nation. We support and defend the Constitution Disrupting the constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values ​​and oath, but also against the law. "General Robert Abrams, US Forces Commander in South Korea is one of the top generals in the Army, but no member of The Joint Chiefs wrote on Twitter that no member of the military should misunderstand what happened on Jan. 6. “There is no ambiguity about what happened in the Capitol – that was a attempted insurrection, "he wrote." If you serve in uniform and think about something else, I would encourage (you) to join set and read the constitution you have sworn to support and defend. There is no gray area there either. No place on our team if you are unwilling to defend the Constitution against all enemies, alien AND do domestic. “Ahead of next week's inauguration and the departure of President Donald Trump, the National Guard is preparing to assist law enforcement agencies. It is not planned to use emergency services for security measures.

Amid concerns of renewed violence on Inauguration Day, military leaders wrote to all members of the military on Tuesday to remind them that last week's deadly Capitol riot was an anti-democratic, criminal act and that no one is entitled to freedom of expression the right to commit violence.

A memo signed by all members of the Chiefs of Staff also reminded military personnel that Joe Biden was duly elected the next president and will be sworn into office on Jan. 20.

The memo was unusual in that the military leadership, including General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, was forced to remind members of the service that it is wrong to disrupt the constitutional process. The language went further than the statements of the civilian leader of the Pentagon, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, by describing the attack as a riot and insurrection. Miller has called it "reprehensible and contrary to the principles of the United States Constitution".

It is as a result that law enforcement agencies attempt to determine the full extent of criminal activity in the Capitol and the extent of the involvement of current or former military personnel.

Some military veterans have been identified as participating in the Capitol riots, but the extent of active involvement has not been established. Senator Tammy Duckworth, a war veteran from Iraq, wrote to the Department of Defense on Monday urging its criminal investigation agencies to work with the FBI and the US Capitol Police to investigate whether current and retired members of the armed forces are part of a "seditious conspiracy" were against the government.

The Joint Chiefs memo did not refer directly to the issue of military involvement.

"We saw actions in the Capitol that were incompatible with the rule of law," the memo said. "The right to freedom of expression and assembly does not give anyone the right to resort to violence, riot and insurrection.

“As service members, we must embody the values ​​and ideals of the nation. We support and defend the constitution. Any act that disrupts the constitutional process not only violates our traditions, values ​​and our oath. it's against the law. "

General Robert Abrams, who as commander of the US Forces in South Korea is one of the highest generals in the army but is not a member of the Joint Chiefs, wrote on Twitter that no military member should misunderstand what happened on January 6th.

"There is no confusion about what happened in the Capitol – it was an attempted riot," he wrote. “If you are serving in uniform and you think it is something else, I would encourage (you) to sit down and read the constitution you have sworn to support and defend. No gray area there either. No place on our team if you are not ready to defend the Constitution against all enemies at home and abroad. "

Ahead of next week's inauguration and the departure of President Donald Trump, the National Guard is preparing to assist law enforcement agencies. It is not planned to use emergency services for security measures.

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