|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
Timothy McVeigh, USN, Needs Your Help," email forward of McVeigh's online plea,
Ask, Don't Tell, Don't AOL," email to gay media list, 1/8/98.
AOL violating your privacy?", email story/alert, 1/8/98.
on McVeigh and AOL," email story pitches, 1/8/98.
Deletes McVeigh's Account," email to gay media list, 1/8/98.
for press pitch on McVeigh," email press pitch, 1/9/98.
Navy vs. AOL: felony or perjury?," email story spin, 1/10/98.
Ask, Don't Tell, Don't AOL," email story pitch to Web media, 1/11/98.
of Cyber-Spying Escalate," email press release, 1/12/98.
Says McVeigh Investigation Not Lawful," email press release, 1/13/98.
Cover-Up Feared," email press release, 1/13/98.
Case," email to reporters from Navysex1, 1/14/98.
to Action!!!," email alert, 1/14/98.
Lawyer Writes Navy," email press release, 1/14/98.
Retreats on McVeigh Discharge," email press release, 1/15/98.
Editorial Page Editor," email editorial board mailing, 1/17/98.
Admits Insufficient Evidence," email press release, 1/19/99.
Ask, Don't Tell' Author says 'Keep McVeigh'," email press release, 1/19/98
Alert!," email alert, 1/20/98
McVeigh Case' - Gay Ban Author to Tell Court," email press release,
from McVeigh Case in Court Today," email press release, 1/21/98.
Statement on McVeigh," email forward, 1/21/98.
Letter to the Navy," email update, 1/21/98.
For a Few Good Answers," email article, 1/22/98.
Navy Lied," email letter-to-the-editor, 1/23/98.
Members of Congress Blast DOD," email press release, 1/23/98.
News on McVeigh Court," email press update, 1/23/98.
to Members: 'Oops!'," email update, 1/24/98.
Official McVeigh Alert," email alert, 1/25/98.
Win! Court Quotes," email update, 1/26/98.
Decision Online," email update, 1/26/98.
Wins Again - Navy Threatens Retaliation," email press release, 1/29/98.
Writes Cohen Re: McVeigh," email update, 1/29/98.
Internet Chairman Demands McVeigh Investigation," email press release,
Torpedoes Wrong," email article, 2/20/98.
to Appeal McVeigh Victory," email press release, 3/31/98.
Thinks Gays Are April Fools," email update, 4/8/98.
values' of naval service under test in McVeigh case," email letter-to-the-editor,
McVeigh Advances Tomorrow," email press release, 5/12/98.