Iraq Vets Against the War launches “
scambefriend a recruiter” campaign
posted at 1:41 pm on September 17, 2007 by Allahpundit
Think of this as anti-war special ops. Simple concept: the more one monopolizes a military recruiter’s time with insincere interest in enlisting, the less time the recruiter has to spend on people whose interest is sincere. Here’s the flier, although the money quotes are all on the site’s “action” page. Since IVAW is a veterans’ group I was expecting rhetoric along the lines of, “We support our military and our brothers in arms but the moral imperative to stop the war requires unorthodox tactics to end it.” Not so much, though:
Is your enemy the state?
Befriend a recruiter and keep your friends close and your enemies closer!…
This campaign is not about (badgering?) recruiters. It is solely about making friends and finding out more about the military that you don’t trust…
Actions to take:…
Prank-call a recruiter to schedule appointments on the other side of town.
Ask a recruiter to pick you up and then tell them you’re hungry.
Ask a recruiter to take you out to eat.
The relevant criminal statute is 18 U.S.C. 2388: “Whoever, when the United States is at war, willfully causes or attempts to cause insubordination, disloyalty, mutiny, or refusal of duty, in the military or naval forces of the United States, or willfully obstructs the recruiting or enlistment service of the United States, to the injury of the service or the United States, or attempts to do so – Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.” How you’d go about proving that someone’s interest in enlisting was insincere absent some sort of statement they gave to a third party is beyond me, though. According to the National Lawyers Guild, there hasn’t been a successful prosecution under the statute since World War II, when pre-Warren Court First Amendment jurisprudence was quite a bit less forgiving than it is now. MM, meanwhile, calls the tactics seditious, although for all intents and purposes there is no sedition law extant in the United States.
Long story short, there’s nothing legally you can do to stop this sort of thing, although you certainly can make recruiters aware that it’s happening and limit their time accordingly with any would-be recruits who look suspiciously, shall we say, “shaggy.” Exit question: How does this tactic jibe with the left’s oft-professed belief in “choice”?