Rutherford Institute Defends Military Intelligence Whistleblower Against Government’s Retaliatory Efforts to Revoke Bronze Star Medal by John Rutherford

 

Rutherford Institute Defends Military Intelligence Whistleblower Against Government’s Retaliatory Efforts to Revoke Bronze Star Medal

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a retired U.S. Army whistleblower who is being stripped of his Bronze Star Medal, allegedly in retaliation for his disclosure of intelligence and military failures that may have contributed to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and prolonged the war in Afghanistan. Retired Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Anthony Shaffer was awarded a Bronze Star Medal in 2004 for his “meritorious service” as a high-level Army intelligence operative in combat zones within Afghanistan. In addition to initiating a procedure to strip Shaffer of his Bronze Star, the Army has also charged the decorated veteran with misconduct and stripped him of his military clearance, also allegedly in response to concerns he made public about systemic U.S. intelligence failures. In coming to Shaffer’s defense, Rutherford Institute attorneys are calling on the Army to cease its retaliatory actions, which not only threaten Shaffer’s First Amendment rights but, given the lack of specifics relating to misconduct provided by the Army, infringe on his right to due process.

The Rutherford Institute’s letter to the Department of the Army is available at www.rutherford.org.

“This is the latest attempt by the government to suppress free speech,” stated John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute.  “If we really want transparency in government, then this is our chance to stand by our convictions. Punishing Lieutenant Colonel Shaffer for raising legitimate concerns about systemic problems within our government that are endangering our safety as a nation is reprehensible.”

 

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