By writing this thread, I’m in no way trying to diss any American Solider. I just can’t get over the fact that people in the military don’t have the same freedoms civilians have. In fact, our soldiers are practically powerless to decide their own views, decisions, and fate. It saddens me when I hear that American soldiers in Iraq are not allowed to talk about what’s “really going on.” What do we have to hide? I mean really. How is it ethically fair to restrain the knowledge and experiences from a soldier- to the country he’s fighting for? The truth is obvious, a soldier’s blog or post on a message board WILL NEVER BE ANY KIND OF THREAT WHATSOEVER to the United States Government. But our government uses “the idea of a possible threat” to silence our soldier’s. In other words: “If you’re in the military, YOU NO LONGER HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH.” Remember the UCMJ. Members of the military (including Reservists and Guard) who post here do not enjoy the same rights as civilians. Remember that military types can be punished for things they say here that civilians wouldn't think twice about. When I was about to join that military, I went into the Federal Building, passed all my physical examinations, and I was pretty much near the end, then I came to thinking, “What the hell am I doing? This isn’t me. I’m too much of an individual to become enslaved in an organization that shuns individuality.” edit: removed bolding to diminish shouting effect.