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Brennan punished for exercising his constitutional rights 

Dear Editor:

James Finck admitted his ignorance in his OpEd Saturday, Sept. 1. He was right. I am embarrassed by his ignorance of the U. S. Constitution and the military chain of command.

Comparing General MacArthur’s firing by President Truman and John Brennan’s removal of his security clearance is not comparing apples to oranges, it is comparing apples to chopped liver.

The President of the United States is the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces — the top of the chain of command. MacArthur, who wanted to be president, disobeyed Truman’s direct orders in Korea and publicly criticized his boss. He was rightly fired and probably should have been punished further.

However, Truman did not just bring him back from Korea. He gave him a ticker-tape parade in New York City and treated him like the war hero he was. Truman was a big man.

John Brennan, on the other hand, was not employed by our government, but was and is a private citizen. His criticism of the President is protected by the U. S. Constitution. His security clearance was revoked as punishment for exercising his constitutional rights and as a warning to others that they had better not be critical of Donald Trump. What a little man.

And Mr. Finck, there are good reasons why people speak of John Brennan’s stature and experience should keep their security clearance after leaving public service. Their experience is invaluable for the security of our nation.

Not as mean, not as lean, but still a Marine,

Terry Spradley

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