Soldier Marc Hall's Freedom Rap Song Lands Him in Liberty Jail

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In the ironically
named Liberty County Jail since December 11 sits Army Specialist
and Iraq War veteran Marc Hall, a rap musician who had the audacity
to write a
song
attacking the Pentagon for subjecting him to a so-called
stop-loss order after he had finished his Army tour and had returned
from a posting in Iraq.

Hall, whose
hip-hop alias is Marc Watercus, wrote the song and sent it to the
Pentagon as a protest. His commander at Ft. Stewart initially had
him arrested after he went to his base commander to protest his
stop-loss order. He had planned to leave the service when his contract
was up on Feb. 27. The Pentagon then upped the charges, claiming
that in sending his song to the Pentagon, he had “communicated
a threat” to the military. In the song lyrics, Hall says he
will shoot officers if he is stop-lossed.

The Pentagon
reports that since 2001 it has prevented 120,000 soldiers from leaving
the service using the stop-loss policy, which critics say is being
grossly misused. Originally intended to keep the military from having
to withdraw active troops from the battlefield if their contracts
expire while they are engaged in the field, the policy has become
instead a way of compensating from low enlistment and re-enlistment
rates, with stop-loss orders generally hitting soldiers who have
already returned home from the wars and who, like Hall, who has
a wife and child, are preparing to return to civilian life.

The ironies
of Hall’s incarceration and prosecution – he is being held without
bail, pending a court-martial proceeding, which could be months
off – are stunning.

Liberty County,
Georgia earned its name – it was originally called St. John’s
Parish by the Puritan settlers who founded it – because back in the
1770s it was a hotbed of revolutionary sentiment in a colony that
was largely populated by pro-British Loyalists. Two signers of the
Declaration of Independence hail from the county. One, Dr. Lyman
Hall, actually shares Marc Hall’s surname, and was one of the
most ardent of revolutionists in America – a man who despised tyranny
boldly and who and actually went to the original Continental Congress
representing not Georgia, but only his own county, because of lack
of support from the population of the broader colony. Hall was a
primary writer of the Constitution, which he allegedly based upon
a pamphlet he had been carrying with him that had been penned by
John Adams.

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January
11, 2010

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