The top U.S military leaders, the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), condemned last week’s violent protests on the U.S. Capitol in a letter on Tuesday, calling the siege “a direct assault on the U.S. Congress, the Capitol building, and our Constitutional process.”
The JCS, chaired by General Mark Milley, comprises the Defense Department’s most senior military officers.
“The rights of freedom of speech and assembly do not give anyone the right to resort to violence, sedition, and insurrection,” the letter states.
“As Service Members, we must embody the values and ideals of the Nation. We support and defend the Constitution. Any act to disrupt the Constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values, and oath; it is against the law.”
The letter also emphasizes that President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated and “become our 46th Commander in Chief” on Jan. 20.
“To our men and women deployed and at home, safeguarding our country—stay ready, keep your eyes on the horizon, and remain focused on the mission.”