It’s official – they’re muzzling criticism of Joe Biden from the military.
The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) is cracking down on current and retired service members condemnation of the Afghanistan troop withdrawal, according to an exclusive report by The Daily Wire.
In their report, the publication reported that ONI’s Chief of Staff informed both active duty and retired service members who have spoken out against the hectic and deadly pullout of American troops from Afghanistan.
The email outlines a clause in the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Department of Defense Directive which mandates that they cannot disrespect senior government leadership including the President, Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense.
“Given the heightened political and social atmosphere surrounding Afghanistan, it is important to remind our uniformed personnel (active duty and reservists on temporary active duty) and military retirees of their responsibilities and obligations under Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and Department of Defense Directive 1344.10,” The email read.
“While it is vital to protect the constitutional right of freedom of expression for these groups, consistent with mission accomplishment, national security, and good order and discipline, it’s important to remember certain limitations.
“Namely, uniformed personnel and military retirees are prohibited from disrespecting senior government leadership (e.g. the President, Vice President, Congress, Secretary of Defense, Service Secretaries, etc.).”
The ONI’s reminder comes as numerous current and former military members are speaking out, publicly, calling for accountability for the deaths of more than a dozen American service remembers and the desertion of an as yet unknown number of American citizens behind enemy lines.
According to an internal ONI member’s report to The Daily Wire the same policy was much more relaxed under the Trump administration, considering it prohibits uniformed personnel from participating in partisan political activity.
At least one other portion of the email reassures ONI members that the Afghanistan war was not a waste of time, something of deep concern to those who have suffered deeply due to the conflict.