US CAPITOL RIOT: JOINT CHIEFS REMIND ARMED FORCES TO SUPPORT AND DEFEND CONSTITUTION
The United States Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday reminded the American Armed forces of their oath to defend the constitution following the attack on the Capitol hill on January 6.
This was contained in a memo signed on Tuesday, January 12, by the top eight military officials in the country and addressed to all members of the US military.
In the message addressed to the armed forces which is made up of about 1.3 million active-duty service members and more than 811,000 National Guardsmen and reservists, the Joint chiefs reminded them to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
"The American people have trusted the Armed Forces of the United States to protect them and our Constitution for almost 250 years. As we have done throughout our history, the U.S. military will obey lawful orders from civilian leadership, support civil authorities to protect lives and property, ensure public safety in accordance with the law, and remain fully committed to protecting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic," the memo read partly.
The memo denounced the attacks on the Capitol on January 6, during which supporters of President Trump stormed the building in a violent assault that resulted in the deaths of five persons.
"The violent riot in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021 was a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process,We mourn the deaths of the two Capitol policemen and others connected to these unprecedented events.
"We witnessed actions inside the Capitol building that were inconsistent with the rule of law. The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition and insurrection."
The Joint Chiefs emphasized in the letter that President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, becoming the 46th commander in chief, and that any acts to disrupt the constitutional process not only violate military values, but the law.
"As Service Members, we must embody the values and ideals of the Nation. We support and defend the Constitution. Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values, and oath; it is against the law."
The memo was signed by General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs; General John Hyten, the vice chairman; General James McConville, the chief of staff of the Army; General David Berger, the Marine Corps commandant; Admiral Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations; General Charles Brown, Jr., Air Force chief of staff; General John Raymond, chief of space operations; and General Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau.