Inspired by Edward Snowden, Brandon Toy, a project manager at General Dynamics, ain’t working there no more. The following is a text of his open letter of resignation —
“I hereby resign in protest effective immediately.
“I have served the post-911 Military Industrial complex for 10 years, first as a soldier in Baghdad, and now as a defense contractor.
“I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down. At the time of my enlistment, I believed in the cause. I was ignorant, naive, and misled. The narrative, professed by the state, and echoed by the mainstream press, has proven false and criminal. We have become what I thought we were fighting against.
“Recent revelations by fearless journalists of war crimes including counterinsurgency ‘dirty’ wars, drone terrorism, the suspension of due process, torture, mass surveillance, and widespread regulatory capture have shed light on the true nature of the current U.S. Government. I encourage you to read more about these topics at the links I have provided below. …
“I was only a foot soldier, and am now a low level clerk. However, I have always believed that if every foot soldier threw down his rifle war would end. I hereby throw mine down.”