About Face; Vol. 1, No. 5

"The GI Papers skated on precariously thin legal ice. The right to free speech should have been protected by the First Amendment, but in practive soldiers were at the mercy of the military chain of command in which they were embedded. When commanders figured out who was behind the underground base paper, they had many ways to mete out punishment without even mentioning the paper and thus giving the appearance of respecting the soldier's right to free speech. Infractions could be invented. Transfers to undesirable posts could be arranged. And of course, the guilty parties could be sent to Vietnam."—Geoff Kaplan, Power to the People, p 181