Originally posted by seeker1963
Is there any paticular reason you left out the most important oath that he took?? Like the one to the Constitution?
As you are the one who posted it I will explain the subtle differences between the enlisted oath and the oath of office for officers.
An enlisted Soldier is bound by his oath to defend the constitution yes but also bound to obey the lawful orders of the officers appointed over him.
The order he disobeyed was the one to not disclose classified information to other than authorized personnel. This is even if that information might
be something you think is illegal or against the laws of land warfare or in violation of any part of the constitution.
There is no provision in this agreement that allows for an exception that allows for the disclosure of information to anyone even if the information
is something with which you personally disagree or even if that information is evidence of government wrongdoing:
1. Intending to be legally bound, I hereby accept the obligations contained in this Agreement in consideration of my being granted access to
He had access to many other channels of complaint if he thought he had information that was evidence of government wrongdoing and/or violation of the
law. The primary avenue was his Chain of Command.
As you indicated the oaths of office for commissioned officers is vastly different from that of the oath of enlistment. Lots of reasons for that
primarily they are related to the source of their authority and the different levels of education and training received.
Officers are expected to challenge and interpret their orders and analyze their legality at all times and make sure that they are IAW the confines and
spirit of the constitution and the UCMJ (the two often conflict BTW).
However, enlisted Soldiers are not held to the same standard nor are they given as much latitude in their interpretation for a reason. Education and
Officers are not bound to follow the orders of officers appointed over them if those orders are not constitutional - period. An enlisted Soldier
still is bound unless the orders are unlawful. Unconstitutional and unlawful are not the same thing.
Brad violated his oath and the special agreement he signed when given access to classified information - period. That is why he is in a cage,
otherwise known as a prison. That is where Soldiers who break the law and their oaths are sent pending trial.
Bradley is not a victim he is the perpetrator, he is an adult, he took the oath, and he signed the NDA which states...
4. I have been advised that any breach of this Agreement may result in the termination of any security clearances I hold; removal from any
position of special confidence and trust requiring such clearances; or the termination of my employment or other relationships with the Departments or
Agencies that granted my security clearance or clearances. In addition, I have been advised that any unauthorized disclosure of classified information
by me may constitute a violation, or violations, of United States criminal laws, including the provisions of Sections 641, 793, 794, 798, *952 and
1924, Title 18, United States Code, * the provisions of Section 783(b), Title 50, United States Code, and the provisions of the Intelligence
Identities Protection Act of 1982. I recognize that nothing in this Agreement constitutes a waiver by the United States of the right to prosecute me
for any statutory violation.
He knew the consequences of his actions - when given this form and the 45 minute briefing that is all spelled out for you. This is done each and
every time you are assigned to a new unit or given a different level of access.
He is just a dip# kid who fancied himself a hero for disclosing information that made the US look bad. It’s fashionable and all the rage I
understand in hipster culture.
As I recall he is also gay therefore he lied numerous times on all the enlistment and security clearance interviews and forms and therefore gained
access to the classified information by means of fraud and deception. Which indicates to me he probably never had any intent to serve the country
rather it was more likely his intent to get information to compromise our security. That makes him a traitor not a patriot or hero.
He could have lodged any number of formal inquires and complaints regarding the activity to which he was a witness. He chose the low road...
Now he is dealing with the consequences just like a big boy. Suck it up Brad.