U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth Calls for Investigation and Accountability over Allegations that Certain Servicemembers and Military Retirees Betrayed The Constitution During Coup Attempt

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Senator Tammy Duckworth. Photo by Lia Chang
[WASHINGTON, D.C.] — Combat Veteran and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), a member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, today wrote to the Acting Secretary of Defense to request that the U.S. Department of Defense’s criminal investigative organizations cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Capitol Police in investigating whether members of the U.S. Armed Forces and retired members of the U.S. Armed Forces, who remain subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, engaged in insurrection or participated in a seditious conspiracy that used force to oppose the authority of the United States, prevent or otherwise hinder the execution of the Electoral Count Act or unlawfully seize property of the United States. In part, Duckworth noted that if criminal investigations validate reports of servicemembers or military retirees participating in the January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol, “it would be a disgraceful insult to the vast majority of servicemembers who honorably serve our Nation in accordance with the core values of their respective Services.” If such individuals are identified, Duckworth called on the Acting Secretary of Defense “to take appropriate action to hold individuals accountable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice,” noting that “upholding good order and discipline demands that the U.S. Armed Forces root out extremists that infiltrate the military and threaten our national security.” A full copy of the letter is available below and here. Dear Acting Secretary Miller: The attack on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 was one of the darkest days in our Nation’s history. Our allies and adversaries alike witnessed President Donald Trump incite a violent mob to attack a Joint Session of Congress and delay the execution of the Electoral Count Act. They watched these domestic enemies of the Constitution assault law enforcement officers and defile the United States Capitol. Now they are watching how the United States Government responds to this insurrection. Our Nation must demonstrate resolve and resilience in bringing the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and conspiracy theorists who formed this mob to justice. We must address deeply troubling reports that members of the U.S. Armed Forces, retired members of a regular component of the U.S. Armed Forces and members of the Fleet Reserve/Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, may have violated their Oath of Enlistment or Oath of Office by participating in a violent insurrection. If accurate, it would be a disgraceful insult to the vast majority of servicemembers who honorably serve our Nation in accordance with the core values of their respective Services. I ask that you immediately direct the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, the United States Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division and the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, to cooperate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Capitol Police in investigating whether members of the U.S. Armed Forces, retired members of a regular component of the U.S. Armed Forces and members of the Fleet Reserve/Fleet Marine Corps Reserve, engaged in insurrection against the authority of the United States, or participated in a seditious conspiracy that used force to: oppose the authority of the United States; prevent, hinder and delay the execution of the Electoral Count Act; and unlawfully seize, take or possess property of the United States. If criminal investigators determine that members of the U.S. Armed Forces, retired members of a regular component of the U.S. Armed Forces and members of the Fleet Reserve/Fleet Marine Corps Reserve servicemembers engaged in criminal conduct related to the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, I urge you to take appropriate action to hold individuals accountable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Upholding good order and discipline demands that the U.S. Armed Forces root out extremists that infiltrate the military and threaten our national security. Thank you in advance for prioritizing my urgent request.
Lia Chang
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs. All text, graphics, articles & photographs: © 2000-2021 Lia Chang Multimedia. All rights reserved. All materials contained on this site are protected by United States copyright law and may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, displayed, published or broadcast without the prior written permission of Lia Chang. You may not alter or remove any trademark, copyright or other notice from copies of the content. For permission, please contact Lia at liachangpr@gmail.com

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