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The Navy’s Social Media Rules Suck The Fun Out Of The 2016 Election
The same office in the Navy that tried to ban service members from participating in March Madness gambling just released a list of “Dos and Don’ts for Voicing Your Political Opinion on Social Media” for anyone who might get the wrong idea about how to exercise their right to free speech during the upcoming election season.
The memo suggests that while “active-duty Sailors may generally express their personal views about public issues or political candidates using social media,” they must make it very clear that these are individual stances, and not those of the Defense Department.
However, it also goes on to gently remind all active duty service members that partisan politics are strictly prohibited under DoD directive 1344.10.
Unfortunately, according to the memo, “active-duty service members may not engage in any partisan political activity such as posting or making direct links to a political party, partisan political candidate, campaign, group or cause. That’s the equivalent of distributing literature on behalf of those entities or individuals, which is prohibited.”
And furthermore, no active-duty service members are allowed to suggest that anyone “like” or “follow” political party, candidate, or movement pages on social media sites. Though they themselves are permitted to like or follow political entities on their own.
In addition, DoD employees, though still restricted, are not held to the same standard as active-duty service members. And veterans who have separated are entitled to all the rights enumerated under the first amendment with regard to social media.
However, it is very important to the Navy that you know that while you can’t solicit on behalf on any political party, candidate, or movement, on social media, you should still go vote on November 8.
And for those that need voting information, visit DoD’s Federal Voting Assistance Program website.
A Marine wanted for killing his mother's boyfriend reportedly escaped police by hiding inside an RV they'd spent hours searching before towing it to a parking lot, where he escaped under the cover of darkness.
It wasn't until more than two weeks later authorities finally caught up to Michael Brown at his mom's home, which was the scene of the crime.
Brown stuffed himself into a tight spot in his camper during an hours-long search of the vehicle on Nov. 10, according to NBC affiliate WSLS in Virginia. A day earlier, cops said Brown fatally shot his mother's boyfriend, Rodney Brown. The AWOL Marine remained on the lam until Nov. 27, where he was finally apprehended without incident.
No motive is yet known for last week's Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard shooting tragedy, which appears to have been a random act of violence in which the sailor who fatally shot two civilian workers and himself did not know them and did not plan his actions ahead of time, shipyard commander Capt. Greg Burton said in an "All Hands" message sent out Friday.
Machinist's Mate Auxiliary Fireman Gabriel Antonio Romero of San Antonio, an armed watch-stander on the attack submarine USS Columbia, shot three civilian workers Dec. 4 and then turned a gun on himself while the sub rested in dry dock 2 for a major overhaul, the Navy said.
"The investigation continues, but there is currently no known motive and no information to indicate the sailor knew any of the victims," Burton said.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea said it had successfully conducted another test at a satellite launch site, the latest in a string of developments aimed at "restraining and overpowering the nuclear threat of the U.S.", state news agency KCNA reported on Saturday.
The test was conducted on Friday at the Sohae satellite launch site, KCNA said, citing a spokesman for North Korea's Academy of Defence Science, without specifying what sort of testing occurred.
Since the Washington Post first published the "Afghanistan papers," I have been reminded of a scene from "Apocalypse Now Redux" in which Army Col. Walter Kurtz reads to the soldier assigned to kill him two Time magazine articles showing how the American people had been lied to about Vietnam by both the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations.
In one of the articles, a British counterinsurgency expert tells Nixon that "things felt much better and smelled much better" during his visit to Vietnam.
"How do they smell to you, soldier?" Kurtz asks.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Erik Prince, the controversial private security executive and prominent supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, made a secret visit to Venezuela last month and met Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, one of socialist leader Nicolas Maduro's closest and most outspoken allies, according to five sources familiar with the matter.