The rise and fall of a military blogger… “…Grisham’s in-your-face opinions have won him a loyal following but also earned the scorn of his superiors, who contend he violated military limits…” | Army Times | armytimes.com
…..But he says he has had enough.”Blogging is no longer worth the trouble,” Grisham recently wrote on his blog, A Soldier’s Perspective, under the headline “ASP Closed for Business.”Assigned to a military intelligence company at Redstone Arsenal, Ala.,
Grisham’s in-your-face opinions have won him a loyal following but also earned the scorn of his superiors, who contend he violated military limits about what troops can say on certain topics.Grisham has criticized President Barack Obama’s fitness to run the country, chided the Democratic Party and battled with local school officials. He has been investigated by the inspector general and called on the carpet by his commanders.
Though he has not been ordered to stop blogging, he says he can’t do so under the restrictions placed on him.In a note to the nearly 5,000 people on his private mailing list, Grisham wrote, “The facts are clear. The Army does NOT want honest bloggers. They want sheep. …
If I can’t be honest and open, I won’t write at all.”Lt. Col. Bruce Johnson, commander of Grisham’s parent command, the Fort Meade, Md.-based 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, referred questions to a spokesman.
Command Sgt. Maj. Carl Myers of the 309th told Military Times that Grisham’s situation was “in the process of being looked into. I’m not sure what the particulars are, just that it’s being looked into.”Grisham and his blog posts underscore the challenges in trying to impose military limitations on free speech on troops fighting to protect such freedoms.
And they highlight the difficulties the brass faces in trying at the same time to embrace and contain the reach of blogging, Facebook, Twitter and other forms of newly emerging “social media.”…..