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Timothy R. McVeigh
Master Chief Timothy R. McVeigh

Timothy R. McVeigh vs. The U.S. Navy

On January 6, 1998, Wired Strategies began assisting Senior Chief Timothy R. McVeigh pro bono in his battle against the US Navy's illegal effort to end the decorated sailor's unblemished 17-year career.  McVeigh was to be discharged on Thursday, January 15, 1998, after Navy investigators illegally obtained his confidential email account information from America Online, leading the military to conclude that McVeigh was gay.  In spite of his previous efforts to publicize the case, McVeigh's story was virtually unknown outside of Hawaii. 

As a result of the online lobbying campaign launched by Wired Strategies in early January, and with the assistance of many committed friends and colleagues (see below), an international grassroots and media uproar ensued for the next 30 days, with coverage by the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Frank Rich, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time, Newsweek, U.S. News & World Report, CNet, ZDNet, PC World, Associated Press, Yahoo!, National Public Radio, People, International Herald Tribune, BBC, Le Monde, South China Morning Post, O Globo, and a 20-minute RealAudio interview by GLOradio that helped break the story wide open. 

The battle to save Senior Chief McVeigh's career was at one point a near 24-hour-a-day, month-long venture that continued for over six months -- at a thankfully much abated pace. 

On this page are posted all the online documents created by Wired Strategies on behalf of Senior Chief McVeigh -- to not only give a flavor as to the amount of work necessary to launch and sustain this type of online effort, but also to demonstrate the variety of ways in which email can be used in Internet campaigns.

We also recommend you click here and read a 10-day chronology of the McVeigh online advocacy campaign published in Who Cares magazine. 

A Special Thanks 
A special thanks goes out to all those who joined in this incredible battle.  Deserving special mention -- PlanetOut, GLOradio, John McMullen, Tom Rielly, Marc W., Barbara Bode, Bob Hattoy, David Sobel, Brock Meeks, Frank Rich, Carlos Briceno, Lisa Napoli, Janet Kornblum, Elaine Herscher, Steve Komarow, Chris Wolf, Alec Farr, Derek Cole, Jason Lorber, Rex Wockner, Jack Nichols, Mike Frederickson, Mike Signorile, Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Bob Roehr, Frank Knapp, Victor Castillo, Bill Py, GLAAD, the Human Rights Campaign, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, the ACLU, EPIC and many many more.   And a final thanks to Master Chief Timothy McVeigh, who had the courage and strength to fight for all that is right. 

  Wired Strategies Documents Prepared in Defense of Chief McVeigh 

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