Via Just Security:
Retired members of the U.S. diplomatic corps, many of whom had seen first-hand in non-democratic countries the use of the military as a tool to suppress public protest, were alarmed this week at what seemed steps in that direction on the streets of Washington. The following letter expresses their concern at such measures and their support for the U.S. military’s proud tradition of staying outside of politics. It is addressed to national, state, and local leaders, and has been endorsed by 571 former officials from the diplomatic, military, and other services, as listed below.
For others who want to add their names to the list, please send a message to this email address.
Authored by Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman, Ambassador Deborah A. McCarthy and Thomas Countryman.
— Deborah A. McCarthy (@AMB_DMcCarthy) June 8, 2020
Now over 500 former senior U.S. officials—and still growing
🔹Defense Secretary Perry (@SecDef19)
🔹29 Generals and Admirals
🔹140 Senior Foreign Service Officers
🔹+ senior CIA, Defense Dept, NSC officials and more#GeorgeFloydProtests https://t.co/mSJ2VE6lkO
— Ryan Goodman (@rgoodlaw) June 8, 2020