I have enormous respect for the military who have suffered the highest costs of protecting the freedoms that we often take for granted. I have never served, but these men and women serve me and the rest of us every day.
The Whistleblower blog is not an anonymous samizdat, such as was present in the former USSR. I criticize the president openly under my own name. Those who challenge governments in other countries risk imprisonment or worse.
To those who protect our freedoms to write, speak, assemble, pray and criticize our leaders, please accept our collective endless gratitude, knowing that it will never be sufficient for what you have done and will do for us.