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  •  Indieguy, please read Zunes article (3+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, MrJayTee, ricardomath

    This is NOT just about future employment.  It is about academic freedom in education, AND it is about college kids (ROTC students) who could be put in LEGAL JEOPARDY by class assignments.

    Ofokay wrote, accurately:  "This means, under penalty of law, ROTC students shall not openly talk about the still "classified" information that is openly in the news."

    The government is way out of line here, in regard to threatening government employees, contractors and eve ROTC students with criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act for reading newspapers, watching TV news, listening to the radio (where Wikileaks revelations could sneak up on you at the top-o-the-hour) or online (where going to your homepage could expose you to news streamers about WL revelations.

    •  Just because I disagree doesn't mean... (2+ / 0-)
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      exlrrp, nosleep4u

      ...I didn't read this thing.  You should be able to understand that.  If you'd actually read my comments you would understand it.

      Members of ROTC are in the program, taking Federal tuition money, in return for a commitment of future duty in the Armed Forces.  They have specific contractual obligations to uphold.  This is no different than drug usage.  If a cadet is found to be using heroin, for example, it's bye-bye scholarship.  That isn't censorship, it's a condition of employment from this particular employer.

      Knowingly reading classified information is named as a specific reason for disbarment from Federal employment, either civilian or military.  If these students want to read the leaked memos they can do so.  They just can't be in the program, or be in military service, if they choose to do so.

      The have the right to read anything in the public domain.  They do not have the right to join the military.

      "Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage." - Confucius

      by IndieGuy on Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 05:14:12 PM PST

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