TheNew American - by Robert M. Owens, J.D. August 28, 2021
Congressman Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) has fielded dozens of communications from distraught active and reserve servicemen and women concerned about the impending military mandate to receive a COVID vaccine. He has responded by introducing H.R. 3860, a bill that would ban such a mandate. As of August 27, his bill has picked up 31 co-sponsors, all of whom are Republicans. The matter has been referred to the House Armed Services Subcommittee, and at this time there is no scheduled hearing on the measure.
The mandate is scheduled to be in place by September 15 or sooner. What options do military personnel who oppose the COVID jab have? In a Department of Defense news release, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby stated, “There is a religious exemption possibility for any mandatory vaccine and there’s a process that we go through to counsel the individual both from a medical and from a command perspective about using a religious exemption…. We take freedom of religion and worship seriously, in the military, it’s one of the things that we sign up to defend,” he said. “And so it’s something that’s done very carefully.”
Yet, at least up until now, many service members who have refused the jab would disagree with this claim that the military takes “freedom of religion and worship” seriously.
On August 27 Representative Massie moderated a conference call that included a dozen armed service members, with experience ranging from a first-year Air Force Academy cadet to a Major with 17 years of service, including combat experience. Topics covered were widespread but centered around the willful disregard of the science involved in this matter and the total disregard of people or their concerns in favor achieving total compliance with set policies. Selected members of the media, including The New American, were invited to listen to the teleconference and ask questions under the condition that the service members who shared their experiences would remain anonymous.
Media personnel were not provided the names of the witnesses, but Massie advised that his office had vetted each of the speakers for authenticity and the teleconference was run through his office. The reason for the anonymity stemmed from intense backlash the witnesses stated they have been subject to, including extreme pressure and threats so pervasive that one member reported the recent suicide of a vaccine non-compliant enlisted man as a result.
The sum and substance of the collective testimony was that the Biden administration has grossly misrepresented to the American people the facts concerning vaccine status of military personnel and the administration is outright lying about any notion that they “take freedom of religion and worship seriously.” The witness testimony seemed to suggest that the draconian mandates and pressure currently existing was to get actual vaccine rates to more closely match the 70 percent claim made by the administration. Many of the witnesses predict that the rigid enforcement of the vaccine mandate will result in a huge loss of personnel to resignations and other adverse disciplinary action. Thus, in one incredibly miserable policy choice, Biden has managed to be anti-science, anti-religious freedom and create a national security crisis all at the same time.
A soldier identified only as “Member 10” is a six-year veteran of the Air National Guard as a front-line health care worker. “The science is ignored in favor of a vax everyone at all costs position” he reports. Superiors are aware of the fact that soldiers with prior exposure to COVID have a better immunity response than could be achieved with a vaccine, yet it simply does not matter. He laments the unnecessary risk of requiring the vaccine for individuals who have natural immunity already, especially when they have health indicators that suggest the vaccine is a risk. “I’ve personally witnessed (fellow soldiers) forced out because of health issues that prevented them from safely getting vaccinated.” He says superiors would rather see experienced veterans quit if such action improved the vaccination percentages in their units.
“Member 1” has been on the military COVID response team for the past six months. “The pressure from commanders to get people vaxxed is intense.” This member is currently in the process of trying to obtain an exemption and has been frustrated throughout the process. He reports that the harassment from commanders to abandon his exemption request is daily and miserable.
“Member 9” is a Captain in the Air Force and an experienced, decorated pilot. “I began the religious exemption process months ago.” He noted that it is not yet fully adjudicated. “The officers in charge of the process are yes men that only want to protect their own careers.” This Air Force officer’s once squeaky-clean service record has been irreparably damaged. His future assignments have been canceled. He has been taken off the flight line, has been issued three letters of reprimand, and has been cited and suspended for a “refusal to follow the command” — all while his paperwork for an exemption is still pending. The Air Force has invested millions of dollars in training this pilot who is currently sitting at home all day long answering the occasional e-mail.
“I submitted my exemption paperwork in February and my requests have been denied without any reasons given,” explained a senior officer who is a fighter pilot with combat experience. “I had the support of my direct commander, but I keep getting denials up the chain.” Appeals are still in process, but during that time frame the harassment has ramped up. “Our flight surgeon labeled me a ‘medical extremist’ and that was put in my permanent file, an action that I have no way to appeal.” As with “Member 9,” this senior pilot and flight instructor has been taken off the flight line and relegated to menial tasks.
Such treatment is not just the domain of the Air Force. “Member 4” is a U.S. Army captain with over 10 years of service. He describes himself as a Christian patriot who joined the military out of a sheer love of country. “I put forward my religious accommodation request in December 2020. I had the full support of my command structure. My request was denied by the Surgeon General of the Army without any reason given.” This Army veteran went on to describe the horrific, miserable, and stressful harassment he has endured during the appeals process which is still pending, currently with the Secretary of the Army. “I am going to fight this in Federal Court if I need to.” “Member 4” feels there has been “significant dishonesty” on the part of superiors regarding the ruling upon his religious exemption request.
In corroborating many of the experiences shared by other members on the call, an enlisted Navy man recalled an officer telling him “you are the reason your mom and dad is going to die.” An enlisted Air Force E4 wanted to refuse the vaccine as a close family member just died from a blood clot immediately after getting the vaccine. In both cases they have been threatened with a court martial or, in the best-case scenario, a dishonorable discharge. “I wanted to serve my country and now I am looking at a result in which I am lumped in with felons and rapists, I won’t even be able to own a firearm,” lamented the enlisted Navy man, who is still under contract and cannot simply resign.
A major with 17 years of active service and identified as “Member 6” related his experience with a medical exemption. The major had previously contracted COVID and recovered well with little complication and no hospitalization. This officer has a heart condition that is prevalent but sufficiently under control, allowing him to remain active duty. At 17 years in, he is still a few years out from a retirement position that would greatly impact his family. “Privately I’ve been told that I qualify for a medical exemption, but the pressure put on the medical staff is such that none of the doctors are willing to officially sign off.” The major has similarly endured constant harassment over his refusal to get vaccinated and remains steadfast to the point that he carries his resignation papers with him in his pocket. “This is total nonsense; we have thousands of soldiers deployed in combat zones overseas and none of them have received the COVID vaccine. They are still accomplishing the mission.”
As the conference concluded, the parting theme that each of the service members noted was the national security crisis and extreme peril our nation will face when a vast number of experienced service members are driven out of the military en mass by the mandate. A reporter asked each of the participants on the call to estimate the actual numbers of service members vaccinated based upon their observations. Because of the differing standards and treatment of soldiers based on vaccine status, the members said it is pretty apparent. The answer: less than half.
The bottom line is for the people to regain their original, moral principles, which have intentionally been watered out over the past generations by our press, TV, and other media owned by the Illuminati/Bilderberger Group, corrupting our morals by making misbehavior acceptable to our society. Only in this way shall we conquer this oncoming wave of evil.
Does it not ring a bell when we see what desperate efforts the democrats are making to coerce ALL the people to have that jab? They have never shown any particular interest of this kind in the people's welfare otherwise. All kinds of punishments and attempted segregation of the non-vaccinated are being perpetrated.
- First of all, there is a large number of farmaceutical as well as other companies who are benefiting grossly from the sale of these Covid-19 related vaccines, who probably want this to go on indefinitely. To maintain assistance in this fraud, they are paying thousands of pharmaceutical companies, doctors, medical schools, manufacturers of medical equipment, and, not at least, the POLITICIANS!
- The second, but the most important reason is their fear of not reaching their planned number of fully vaccinated people before their evil intent starts to show up within the next 2-3 years, which will FINALLY make ALL people understand the real truth of the global elites plan to reduce the world's population by 95%. If at this time there will still be a substantial number of unvaccinated people, they will no doubt see the ELIMINATION of the perpetrators of this horrific crime against humanity.
- And thirdly, the ongoing wave of Covid versions with prolonged close-downs will eventually destroy smaller and middle-class businesses, and in so doing, destroying the entire middle-class.
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