Amanda 'Billy Rock' Johnson would like to thank Brandon Toy: "I Resign" - a Video Thank You LetterSubmitted by AnCapMercenary on Mon, 07/22/2013 - 01:51
Celebrate! Resignation Of A Military Contractor, Read Aloud
Published on Jul 21, 2013
I read the resignation letter of Brandon Toy, the military contractor who resigned in protest at the injustice of the U.S. military. He deserves praise, and his actions deserve celebration.
Resignation Letter in Full, as posted in a previous DP thread:
I Hereby Resign in Protest Effective Immediately
by Brandon Toy
I hereby resign in protest effective immediately.
I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.
I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down. At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naïve, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.
Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes including counterinsurgency “dirty” wars, drone terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current US Government. I encourage you to read more about these topics at the links I have provided below.
Some will say that I am being irresponsible, impractical, and irrational. Others will insist that I am crazy. I have come to believe that the true insanity is doing nothing. As long as we sit in comfort, turning a blind eye to the injustices of the world, nothing will change. It is even worse to play an active part, protesting all along that I am not the true criminal.
I was only a foot soldier, and am now a low level clerk. However, I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.
Brandon M. Toy
Stryker Engineering Project Management, ?General Dynamics Land Systems, Sterling Heights, Michigan
** NOTE: Some here (search, find on your own please, if truly interested) have actually mistakenly equated Toy's following statement in the letter:
However, I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end.
and conflated it to mean, literally 'laying down arms,' period.
Now, to my knowledge no where has Brandon Toy made public, his personal views on the pre-Constitutional natural, universal human right of Self-Defense.
Sure, who knows? He may indeed feel wholly different than Constitutionalists/paleoconservatives/libertarians/minarchists/ancaps/voluntaryists/agorists about self-defense in general. But he's never stated anything in reference to natural rights, the Second Amendment, secession, what type of govt he personally prefers, etc. So how does one conclude he's saying that, AS IF everyone 'should' lay down arms, period???
Clearly, in the context of the 'resignation' letter, it's utterly self-evident that Brandon Toy stated that, in reference to 'HOW to end all wars': as in, IF and WHEN "every foot soldier" were to 'lay down arms' on BEHALF of the Military Industrial Complex, "war would end."
NOT: 'everyone should lay down arms, period!' He clearly stated: "every foot soldier."
NOT: rollover, play dead, or yield, in the face of imminent individual or group threat, etc. As in, self-defensive scenarios.
Related: Former CIA, Former POTUS' Daily Intel Briefer, now a genuine Peace Activist, Ray McGovern's Response to the Letter
Ray McGovern, July 19, 2013
Courage, like cowardice, often comes in individual, incremental pieces building toward something great and honorable, or small and dishonorable. The resignation of Brandon Toy from General Dynamics fits into the former category and is so honored by an organization of former intelligence officials.
We, the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII), salute Brandon Toy, who chose to walk away from his job with a U.S. defense contractor to protest the U.S. government’s violation of human and civil rights. Mr. Toy properly followed the dictates of his conscience. His very public renunciation (see below) of misdeeds by the U.S. military-industrial-surveillance complex is an act of protest that, we hope, will inspire others to hold their own governments to account.
Secrecy is a tool states use most commonly in order to mask unethical, unconstitutional, criminal and foolish behavior. Brandon Toy’s informed rejection of a system that is violating the basic rights of its own citizens depends on whistleblowers, who in turn rely on courageous, professional journalists to inform the public.