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Do Our Fighting Men and Women Have a Right to Free Speech?
Last Featured: 9/24/2007

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When a solider joins the armed forces, he or she agrees to abide by military law — these rules and regulations are meant to ensure good order and discipline in the military. But what about when it comes to free speech? By putting on a uniform, does a soldier surrender his or her First Amendment rights? Today more and more soldiers are posting their thoughts and feelings in online diaries or blogs, but military officials are beginning to worry that sensitive information could make its way onto the Internet. Tune in to this edition of Justice Talking as we examine whether our fighting men and women have a right to free speech, from blog posts to protests.

One Soldier's Story
Justice Talking contributor Monica Brady-Myerov profiles soldier Liam Madden, who's pushing the bounds of free speech with his anti-war protests.

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Soldiers and Free Speech
Host Margot Adler speaks with attorney and military law expert Eugene Fidell about what free speech rights soldiers enjoy and what rights are limited.

Eugene R. Fidell is president of the National Institute of Military Justice. He is also a partner in the Litigation Department at the firm Feldesman Tucker Leifer Fidell LLP and head of the Military Practice Group.

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Debate: The Politicization of the Military
Host Margot Alder is joined by professor Andrew Bacevich and lawyer Eric Seitz to debate the implications and dangers of a politically active military.

Andrew J. Bacevich is a professor of history and international relations at Boston University. Before joining Boston University in 1998, he taught at West Point and Johns Hopkins. He is the author of several books, including The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War and American Empire: The Realities and Consequences of U.S. Diplomacy. His recent editorial in The Atlantic Monthly is available here.

Eric Seitz is a private practice lawyer in Honolulu, Hawaii. He has represented service members in several hundred general and special courts-martial and administrative and appellate proceedings, including Lt. Ehren Watada following his refusal to deploy to Iraq with his Army unit. Previously, he served as the national executive director of the National Lawyers Guild (NLG) and was one of the first staff attorneys in the NLG Military Law Office.

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Soldier Blogs
Host Margot Adler is joined by former Army major and blogger Matthew Burden to discuss soldier blogs and recent changes to how the military is monitoring these online dispatches from the front.

Matthew Burden enlisted as a paratrooper when he was 17. He left the military as a major in the U.S. Army Reserve in July of 2001. Burden started his blog Blackfive in mid-2003. Since then Blackfive has become one of the most popular military websites and has won consecutive awards for best "milblog" from Milblogging.com. He is also the author of The Blog of War, a book about the effects of military bloggers' stories from the war zone.

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Free Speech and the Vietnam War
Filmmaker David Zeiger talks about his recent film on soldiers protesting in Vietnam.

David Zeiger is the writer, director and producer of the film Sir! No Sir! His previous work includes the 13-part documentary series "Senior Year," broadcast on PBS in January 2002, and "The Band," his tribute to his son's generation, which also aired on PBS. He is the founder of Displaced Films.

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