in Military History
10 October 1995 (Schweinfurt, Germany) - Army SPC4 Michael New
reported to formation with his regiment of the 3rd Infantry Battalion,
wearing an authorized Battle Dress Uniform - green cap and US patch on
his right shoulder. For that audacious act of disobeying a direct
order to wear an unauthorized uniform - with a blue cap and a United
Nations patch on his right shoulder - SPC New was court-martialed and
kicked out of the Army with a Bad Conduct Discharge. SPC New
appears to be the first and only American soldier ever court-martialed
for wanting to serve his own country!
American Soldier Court-Martialed
for wanting to serve his own country!!!
The story is told in the book,
MICHAEL NEW -
Mercenary...or American Soldier?, and should be read today by
every man and woman in uniform. The questions asked by SPC New in
1995 are still unanswered, or have been given answers that cannot be
acceptable to a free and sovereign nation. Among them:
SPC New fought the decision by his court-martial, appealing to the
Army Court of Criminal Appeals, where he lost. He then appealed to
the Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces,where he lost again. He
then appealed to the US Supreme Court, which refused to hear the
case. His attorneys then filed suit on his behalf with the US
District Court in Washington, D.C., a court which had found merit in his
case in 1996, but ruled itself ineligible until the military review was
ended. Suddenly, it could find no merit, and he lost again.
He then appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals, where he lost again.
He then appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and for the second time, not
one Supreme Court Justice could find enough merit in the case to hear
it. That process took over twelve years.
- Will our sons and daughters be drafted to serve in International
- For what country do we raise our sons and daughters to fight and
- Is the USA still a sovereign country?
- Can American citizens be forced to serve a foreign power, against
- Has the Constitutional requirement of Congressional approval of
officers over our soldiers been trashed? If so, when and how?
- Will our troops someday report to a United Nations Commander in
- Are Congressional declarations of war now out of date? Will our
troops continue to be sent into harm's way by U.N. Security
- What does an oath of exclusive allegiance to the Constitution really
- When is disobedience to an order the legal duty of a soldier?
At the heart of the issue was an Executive Order, known as
Presidential Decision Directive #25, or PDD25. This was the
document whereby President Bill Clinton authorized himself
(ignoring Congress, ignoring existing statutory law, and ignoring the
Constitution) to deploy American troops under United Nations
authority. Then, to make sure that he would not be impeached for
his actions, he classified the document, so that not even Members of
Congress could read it! You can read the public version
here. You can read
one analysis of that document
public version is a public relations piece.
What motivates a soldier to sacrifice a promising career and then spend
years of his life fighting a simple Bad Conduct Discharge?
According to former SPC New, "I took an oath of exclusive allegiance
to the U.S. Constitution, not to the United Nations Charter. While
I would like to have an Honorable Discharge, since I did nothing that was
not honorable in this affair, my only motive for resisting such an order
has been that future American soldiers -- including my sons and
nephews -- may be required to be mercenaries in the New World Army, and
that is unacceptable to me, as an American."
The Ballad of Michael New was
composed by noted composer and performer Dave vonKleist, and has now been
set to graphics as an video, for the 15th anniversary of 10/10/95. It
will be available for sale later, but it can now be viewd on our new You Tube channel at http://www.youtube.com/user/spcmichaelnew?feature=mhum.
The book, MICHAEL NEW -
Mercenary...or American Soldier?, is still given free to all
active duty military personnel who request it. There is also a DVD
documentary on the subject,
GOOD CONDUCT, The
Story of Michael New.
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