AN OPEN LETTER
TO GENERAL MIKE HAGEE
U.S. MARINE CORPS
Dear Gen. Hagee,
We are sure you respect the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as much as we do. That’s why we are writing you this OPEN LETTER asking you to please lift the block on MilitaryCorruption.com at Marine Corps installations in CONUS and around the world.
Many Marines have contacted us in recent days to report they can no longer read our site at Quantico, Camp Lejeune, Cherry Point and many other locations.
While MilitaryCorruption.com honors and supports our men and women in the Corps, especially those serving in combat in Iraq and elsewhere, we have an obligation to print the truth, even when it may sometimes put the Marine Corps in a less than favorable light.
We are told recent stories on MilitaryCorruption.com have “angered the brass” to the extent that someone ordered us banned.
We’d like to know who, and by what authority?
Certainly this action did not originate in the Commandant’s office. Such an assault on our First Amendment rights and freedom of the press would have never been ordered by you.
Last fall, an attempt was made to block access to our site at the Army’s Carlisle Barracks in Pennsylvania. We fought that attempt to stifle our free speech, and after much negative publicity in the local, state and national news media, the Carlisle Barracks “leadership” capitulated and lifted their illegal block on MilitaryCorruption.com. This action came after we publicly offered to go into Federal Court to protect our First Amendment rights.
We invite your attention to our lead story above, detailing the blocking of our news web site; the (e-mail) proof of Maj. Katrina Hensley’s insolent and disrespectful treatment of our editor-in-chief – a multi-tour Vietnam veteran and retired “Mustang” field-grade officer; and a disturbing phone call we received from an individual at Quantico who refused to give his name, but tried to intimidate us regarding our complaint about Maj. Hensley’s lack of proper military courtesy. This person was asked if he was conducting “official business” – [we confirmed he was using a government telephone on Quantico to call our editor’s private number] – when he angrily snapped: “I’m calling on MY business!”
That wasn’t very bright. It’s our policy to tape-record all incoming calls, because of the cranks and threatening messages that sometimes come our way. This individual convicted himself by losing his temper and admitting he was NOT conducting “official business.”
Since he admitted (on tape) he was not obeying regulations about use of his telephone, I hope this person – who repeatedly refused to identify who he was – is found out and receives appropriate disciplinary action.
We regard his call – apparently instigated by the impudent Maj. Hensley (did she give him our phone number without our permission?) – as deliberate “harassment,” and are conferring with legal counsel as to various violations of federal law.
MilitaryCorruption.com is filing official complaints with both the Quantico and DOD Inspector Generals offices; The NCIS at Quantico, and we have written the base commander, Col. Mike Lowe. We are also supplying copies of the taped call (as evidence) to the proper authorities.
We ask you, Gen. Hagee, to look into this misconduct by the aforementioned Marine officer and her (at press time) unidentified cohort, while you order a Marine Corps-wide lifting of the illegal and unconstitutional ban on a web site read freely by members of the Army, Navy and Air Force. Thank you.
MAJ Glenn MacDonald, USAR (Ret.)
VIETNAM: 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969
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AND OTHER MARINE CORPS BASES – WE
FILE COMPLAINT – ILLEGAL BLOCKING
OF MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM A FIRST
AMENDMENT, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
ISSUE – APPEAL TO COMMANDANT TO
OVERTURN BAN – INTIMIDATION CALL
TO OUR EDITOR FROM QUANTICO, MAN
REFUSES TO GIVE ID – MAJ. KATRINA
HENSLEY INSOLENT TO VIETNAM VET