Michael New - Mercenary... or American Soldier
On October 10, 1995, the 1/15 Battalion of the 3rd infantry Division of the U.S. Army came to attention at 0900 in Schweinfurt, Germany. All but one of the 550 soldiers were wearing a sky-blue baseball-style cap with a United Nations insignia on the front. One was wearing the olive-drab flat cap that is authorized to be worn with the Battle Dress Uniform. With this simple act of disobeying a direct order, Spc. 4 Michael New set the stage for a legal battle that has profound implications for the future of American soldiers into service of the United Nations without the constitutional permission of Congress.
UPDATE Jan. 12, 2014On 24 December we were finally able to mail a Freedom of Information (FOIA) request to the Pentagon, asking a series of questions which we hope will help us make it clear that justice was thwarted in 1996 when Army SPC4 Michael New was court-martialed for the crime of wanting to serve his own country. We don't expect any answers to those questions prior to late February, or maybe into March, but the process is once again activated.
Justice is not served when a US soldier can be forced to serve under United Nations command, particularly when the deployment in question is illegal according to our own laws (UN Participation Act of 1945). President Bill Clinton broke the law with the Able Sentry deployments into Macedonia. When one soldier questioned the authority, the Army finally learned (for the first time after three years of deployments) that it was based not upon law but upon an executive order, Presidential Decision Directive #25 (PDD25). Once classified, that document is now availble, and proves that President Clinton lied to Congress, and that the deployment was not legal. It also proves that SPC New understood the issues then, and the implications for us today.
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