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Iraq war vets punished for free speech.

“As some returning Iraq veterans join anti-war protests, free speech advocates say disciplinary cases against three outspoken former Marines could stifle dissent by those who may know the most about conditions in Iraq.” The cases involve members of the Individual Ready Reserve, “a group most servicemembers enter after active duty. Unlike regular reservists, they receive no pay and are not required to drill or attend annual training.”

UPDATE: While veterans speaking out against the war are being punished, Lt. Gen. William Boykin — who infamously described the war on terrorism as a battle between a “Christian nation” (the United States) and “Satan,” and claimed that Muslims worship an “idol” — was promoted to lead the U.S. special operations command.

UPDATE II: The military has threatened to remove the honorable discharge status of Marine Cpl. Adam Kokesh, after he appeared in an anti-war protest in uniform.

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