… that when I served in the Army and if I had made a potentially intimidating statement about a member of the the civilian press of the sort recently seen on Twitter, I would have expected to be charged and court-martialed under Article 134 and/or Article 133 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
What those senior servicemen did was not only unwise, it was likely a crime.
IANAL, but if I were one of those servicemen, I’d consult a JAG officer or a civilian attorney with JAG experience. OTOH, given who the individuals with actual court-martial convening authority over this individuals are, they may have nothing to worry about.
I’m seeing tweets and posts on social media suggesting that the White House is issuing false information about the President’s health. The President’s physician is a Commander in the United States Navy, and the President is being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center, a military facility.
Given that it is a court martial offense under Article 107 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for a member of the Armed Forces to make a false official statement with the intent to deceive, I believe I’ll trust the statements made by CMDR Conley regarding President’s medical condition.
But to get to the point of this post, I have the following question for the those saying that we’re being given false information about the President’s medical condition, considering that such false statements would be criminal acts by some of the people making them: You may be accusing someone of committing a crime; do you have evidence for what you are saying or are you saying it with a reckless disregard for the truth?