Yesterday, I discussed the case of Specialist Leonard Clark, a member of the Arizona Army National Guard 806th Military Police Brigade stationed in Iraq who seems to have been arrested for expressing the "wrong" political views. In a comment, someone justifiably said that they needed "more information" prior to making a decision on the matter so I figured I'd see what I could find.
There's been speculation that he's being held for a UCMJ offense such as those found in U.S. Code Title 10, Chapter 47. But since the more draconian aspects of this code are directed solely at commission officers, it's hard to see how this could justify arresting someone opposing (via emails and blogging) the President and current administration policies.
Clark's friend Kevin Spidel says that Clark was "arrested due to his 'campaign efforts.'" (Is this Regulation 1344.10?) Steven D on Daily Kos points out that a number of soldiers (who all happen to be conservatives) have been allowed to campaign for office while in the military (even with direct administration consent), so if this is really the reason, there's definitely a double-standard here. In Clark's case, he hadn't even filed papers and merely mentioned his intention to run, so his arrest has a certain Shrubian quality to it. (We must arrest him since he has the potential of having the potential of breaking the law.) Technorati showed a post http://leonardclark.com/blog/?p=30 saying that Clark hadn't campaigned, but the post was deleted before I could get to it. The Google cache didn't have much more but it did contain this comment (emphasis added): "He has been called in and threatened in a way that not only worried him about a court martial at this time - he also is fearful of his personal safety. Thus I will begin to take down this site per his ranking officer's request."
Steven has information for a letter-writing campaign to force the government to get to the bottom of this.