As noted previously, the US Air Force’s “The Military Commander and the Law” broke some unique ground in 2010. For example, it appeared to specifically address the coercion tactics of Michael Weinstein when it advised commanders on responding to activists cold-calling them and demanding they accede to their interpretation of religion in the military.
In another newly addressed area, the JAGs broached the “emerging area” of blogs. Like the response to activists, this was only addressed in the “religious issues” section of the manual. This was probably because, like the response to activists, “recent events” had only brought up the issue of blogs and the Air Force as they related to religion, and Michael Weinstein was probably responsible for that, as well. The most relevant portion of the text:
– Military people have a right to use these sites for religious Read more
Despite his claims the US military is overrun by Christians trying to take over the world, Michael Weinstein seems to have more public allies in military leadership positions than he has public enemies. In addition, Michael Weinstein seems to have some very well-placed friends in the US military, despite his claims he is a David fighting an institutional Goliath.
Weinstein’s “close personal…relationship” with an Air Force base’s commanding general has already been discussed, as has his unusual access to an Air Force Colonel’s non-releasable records. It turns out Weinstein also counts the recently retired JAG of the Air Force as a cheerleader for his cause.
In fact, Weinstein’s apparently unfettered access to military leadership is so unusual Congress has been asked to investigate it.
The most interesting example of Weinstein’s friends in high places was Read more
In its annual “The Military Commander and the Law,” the Air Force Judge Advocate General‘s School publishes guidance for commanders to help them understand some legal complexities related to their jobs.
For example, the nearly 700-page text contains explanations on issuing Articles 15, how to deal with FOIA, personnel issues, and sections on virtually every issue in which the law may impact a commander’s actions.
More interesting, however, was the new addition in 2010 of what could be best described as “Weinstein Guidance.”
The manual gives commanders new guidance on how to handle advocacy lawyers Read more
Some people live under the false impression military officers are perfect. While the nature of their profession often leaves little room for error, the men and women who make up the military officer corps are as fallible as the next person.
Military Chaplains, who often enter the military as 1LTs or Captains, have been known to give incorrect military guidance. Despite their role as spiritual leaders, they’ve also been known to dispense incorrect theology. Military lawyers, or “Judge Advocates General (JAGs),” are similar. They, too, often enter the military as higher officers, or have accelerated promotions through the lower ranks. Their advanced age, education, and rank often gives them credibility — even if it isn’t earned. They, too, have been known to give military advice or guidance to commanders that is inconsistent with the law.
Which brings us to today.
Michael Weinstein, a former JAG himself, recently published a letter Read more