reply to post by Six6Six
I have to be careful, because my immediate answer to your post surely would earn me a "manners & decorum" or something worse.
So I'll try to be as diplomatic as I can be, and remind you, that, looking back on history, people "on duty" have done the most cruellest things
this earth has ever seen.
Examples? German soldiers "on duty" during WW2 (nearly everywhere in europe). American soldiers "on duty" during WW2 (in Germany - "Hamburg" and
"Dresden", in Japan - "Hiroshima", "Nagasaki", "Tokio"), the wars in Vietnam ("May Lay"), Iraq and Afghanistan (for the beginning, just read
about the stuff Bradley Manning whistleblowed) ...
It was an american who once said: "Always question authority, think for yourself!" - keeping in mind all the crimes that have been done "on duty",
he's all too right in demanding this.
It think it's very remarkable, that you say, as a US-soldier you are a property of the military. Well, here in Germany, soldiers are seen as
"citizens in uniform". As a lesson of the terrible crimes of the Nazi regime that once ruled this country, this idea was wisely implemented in our
constitution - meaning, that although german soldiers have to obey to the chain of command, in the first place they have to obey to their conscience.
The fact, that there are US-soldiers like Bradley Manning, shows me, that also in the US-Army there are people that consider themselves as "citizens
in uniform" with a conscience, and not just as a useful tool for questionable geopolitic and economic interests of those who you can call as you
to the OP: First, thanks for sharing your story with us ATSers! I believe in the authenticity of your story, and I doubt that it was just a psy-op. If
it was just a psy-op, they wouldn't have put you in jail. It seem's much more if they've been caught with their pants down, and did overreact to
shut you down, not considering, that such an action would shed even more light on the incident, would raise more questions.
It seems as if the commanders of your base have been totally unprepared to deal with such a situation. And it's an interesting detail, that later
you've been approached by someone of the german airforce. Probably "the Luftwaffe" knows how to deal with such incidents...
I wish you and your family all the best for the future, be cautious, and keep your eyes always up to the skies!