Trump Orders Military Bases To Stop Releasing COVID-19 Infection Numbers

Blair Edwards

Military bases and combatant commands are ordered to stop publishing coronavirus case numbers.

On Monday, Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah revealed in a statement that the military bases and combatant commands are ordered to stop publishing coronavirus case numbers, according to the Hill.

“As we continue to grapple with the novel nature of COVID19, we are constantly assessing and adapting not only how we respond to combatting the virus, but also how we share critical public health information with our communities,” Farah said.

“We will not report the aggregate number of individual service member cases at individual unit, base or Combatant Commands. We will continue to do our best to balance transparency in this crisis with operational security."

Farah said that the Defense Department and military service will still provide daily public release of aggregated case numbers.

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told Reuters last week that Pentagon is ordered to withhold “mission-specific information” to “protect operational security.”

“What we want to do is give you aggregated numbers. But we’re not going to disaggregate numbers because it could reveal information about where we may be affected at a higher rate than maybe some other places,” he said.

Thomas Modly, Acting Navy Secretary, also announced last week that his service will weigh transparency “against operational concerns as well as privacy concerns.”

And Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly last week told reporters that his service was “trying to be as responsive and transparent as possible” but must weigh that “against operational concerns as well as privacy concerns.”

According to the Hill, 569 active-duty service members have contracted the illness, as had 220 civilian personnel, 190 family members and 64 contractors as of Monday morning.

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JosiesMom
JosiesMom

Because nothing proves his transparency like a gag order! If no body SAYS those wretched numbers of the infected and dead from infection, then there is no problem!

joeching1
joeching1

who cares about the military? just do this:
PANDEMIC NEGLIGENCE IS AN IMPEACHMENT OFFENSE

Politics saved Trump from being impeached. But
Covid-19 can get him apprehended.
Trump's persistent wish that Covid-19 is not serious, in
comparison to the seriousness with which that China
confronted Covid-19, will result in a hundred times the
number of dead Americans than that in China.
Covid-19 will soon show all Americans that life is more
important than politics. Another impeachment should
have the necessary votes.
Trump's last trump card is the military. But the USS
Roosevelt incident is the trend of America's military
situation. Again, life is more important than war.
Finally, the whole must rise in solidarity to impeach
Trump. The China's Covid-19 special force, Russia's
high military alert and the American political and
military communities must coordinate the effort to
make sure peace is preserved at all cost.
Unlike the Black Plague seven centuries ago, this time
the West can count on the East's time-tested
pandemics containment capability. But the real key
is the will of the West to submit it's own culture of
exploitation and superstition, in whose tight grips that
the old West was in.
Well, it's decision time! Life or exploitation by Trump
and superstition of religion?


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