Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear
Are military personnel not citizens, whose very life can be subject to danger based upon public policy?
Seems to me, life should beat livelihood hands down, non?
In general, my view is this. For any employee of the government to be restricted from speaking publicly about their own department, that's not unreasonable
. It is not unreasonable because I think that individuals who are speaking about their particular department are seen to be speaking from some sort of authority, whether that's true or not. In this sense, it's no different than any other employer/employee relationship. And I believe is ultimately the reason why any employer would want to restrict their employees from speaking publicly about them. It's not even that it necessarily might be something bad that would be said but would appear to be representative when really it's just an individual's opinion.
However, they should not be restricted from speaking publicly about the government in general or about other areas of the government that they are not directly employed by. That I view as a right of citizenship, mitigated only slightly by the above mentioned circumstances.
In a general
sense as well, I'd say the same overall thing can probably be said about military personnel. But while we are also dealing with private vs public sector in that case, we also have the civilian/military element that needs to be taken into account. I'm not saying it's better or worse, less of a citizen or more of a citizen. But being employed by the military is not 'just a job', at least I've never looked at it that way. There are just other things to consider that don't really apply to the average employer/employee relationship is all.
Again, that's general. Unless you're talking about something really specific, in which case I need to know what it is first, specifically, before I can comment on it.
Last edited by SLM; Jun 17th, 2012 at 11:55 AM..