Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Milblogs Go Silent for Fellow Blogger

***UPDATE**** Now it's 7 pm Eastern
Today, December 17th at 7 pm
Who: CJ Grisham
What: You Seved Radio Interview
When: 1900 EST 17 December
On Wednesday 16 December 2009, many milblogs -- including This Ain't Hell, From My Position, Blackfive, Miss Ladybug, BostonMaggie, Grim's Hall, and those participating in the Wednesday Hero program -- are going silent for the day. Some are choosing to go silent for a longer period of time.

The reason for this is two-fold. First, milblogs are facing an increasingly hostile environment from within the military. While senior leadership has embraced blogging and social media, many field grade officers and senior NCOs do not embrace the concept. From general apathy in not wanting to deal with the issue to outright hostility to it, many commands are not only failing to support such activities, but are aggressively acting against active duty milbloggers, milspouses, and others. The number of such incidents appears to be growing, with milbloggers receiving reprimands, verbal and written, not only for their activities but those of spouses and supporters.
The catalyst has been the treatment of milblogger C.J. Grisham of A Soldier's Perspective. C.J. has earned accolades and respect, from the White House on down for his honest, and sometimes blunt, discussion of issues -- particularly PTSD. In the last few months, C.J. has seen an issue with a local school taken to his command who failed to back him, and has even seen his effort to deal with PTSD, and lead his men in same by example, used against him as a part of this. Ultimately, C.J. has had to sell his blog to help raise funds for his defense in this matter.

An excellent story on the situation with C.J. can be found at Military Times: "Off Duty, the Rise and Fall of a Military Blogger " While there have been new developments, the core problem remains, and C.J. is having to raise funds to cover legal expenses to protect both his good name and his career.

One need only look at the number of blogs by active duty military in combat zones and compare it to just a few years ago to see the chilling effect that is taking place.

Milblogs have been a vital link in getting accurate news and information about the military, and military operations, to the public. They have provided vital context and analysis on issues critical to operations and to the informed electorate critical to the Republic.

On Wednesday 16 December, readers will have the chance to imagine a world without milblogs, and to do something about it. Those participating are urging their readers to contact their elected representatives in Congress, and to let their opinions be known to them and to other leaders in Washington.

Some milblogs will remain silent for several days; some just for the day. All have agreed to keep the post about the silence and C.J. at the top of their blogs until Friday 18 December.

The issues go beyond C.J., and deserve careful consideration and discussion. We hope that you will cover this event, and explore the issues that lie at the heart of the matter. Contact the milbloggers in your area or that you know, and hear the story that lies within.

A Partial List of Participating Blogs:
Bouhammer -
This Ain't Hell
Boston Maggie
Miss Ladybug
Drunken Wisdom
Grim's Hall
CDR Salamander -
You Served -
HomeFront Six -
Laughing Wolf -
United Conservatives of Virginia -
Great Reader JihadGene -
Chuck Simmins America's North Shore Journal -
The Sniper -
LL –
Mothax –
NavyCS -
Delta Sierra Hotel -
Knotties Niche -
Ace of Spades -
The GunLine -
Yankee Mom
Knee Deep in the Hooah!
Assoluta Tranquillita
Wake up America
Miss Beth's Victory Dance
Soldier's Angels NY
Hugh Hewitt
My Own Political Party
The Pink Flamingo
Winds of Change
Registered Evil
Right Wing Right Minded
Storm'n Norm'n
Confederate Yankee
Free Republic
Another Voice
Support Your Local Gunfighter
The SandGram
Muncie Free Press -
Pepple Drops
Uniform Dissent -
Susan Katz Keating -
Army Household6 -
Michelle Malkin -
The Navy Experience -
Steeljaw Scribe -
Haze Gray & Underway -

Two cartoonists join in!

Getting noticed some places -
Army Times -

You can donate to CJ's Legal Fund by logging into PayPal, go to the send money page, and put in his email: dj_chcknhawk AT yahoo DOT com; or, you can send donations directly to:

Grisham Legal Fund
c/o Redstone Federal Credit Union
220 Wynn Drive
Huntsville, AL 35893

Please write "Grisham Legal Fund" in the memo line if you use this option. Milblogs have been a vital link in getting accurate news and information about the military, and military operations, to you. Today, many milblogs are gone and others are under attack from within and without. Today, you have the chance to imagine a world without milblogs, and to do something about it. Make your voice heard by writing your congressional representatives and others, and by making donations as you see fit.

The battle for freedom of speech and the marketplace of ideas is fought on many fronts and in many ways. Without your help, the battle may well be lost.


Fermina Daza said...

Count me in as well. Wish I could do more to help.

JihadGene said...

Right on, Maggie! Right on, LOOONG time!!!

Cargosquid said...

We're there too and I cross posted at Red State.

Lemon Stand said...

Count me in too. Already posted my blog silence til Friday. This isn't just about freedom of speech, it's the ability of a person to destroy the career of a decorated military veteran for not much more than spite and vindictiveness and using PTSD as a reason to make him into the center of a three ring circle when it's nothing more than someone's power trip! (Sorry, can you tell I'm fuming?)

Steeljaw Scribe said...

I'm silent through Friday.

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Mike said...

I don't understand why do they care? Everyone is entitled to do whatever makes them happy whether it's writing blog posts or exercising. Why does the military care?