Cat5 Commerce Acquires Controversial Military Blog

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After being shuttered due to censorship threats, A Soldier's Perspective returns as a leading blog for candid military commentary.

I'm pretty happy with the fact that Cat5 Commerce is going to continue to maintain the integrity and traditions of A Soldier's Perspective

Cat5 Commerce, a niche online retailer, has acquired A Soldier's Perspective, a top military blog currently at the epicenter of a controversial free-speech battle.

Master Sgt. C.J. Grisham, one of the first and most prominent military bloggers, has sold the rights and domain name for A Soldier's Perspective to Cat5 Commerce in an attempt to keep the blog running under new ownership. Grisham, an active-duty U.S. Army non-commissioned officer, has candidly shared personal opinions and stories on the blog since its launch in December 2004.

"I'm pretty happy with the fact that Cat5 Commerce is going to continue to maintain the integrity and traditions of A Soldier's Perspective," said Grisham, who has received numerous awards during his service, including a Bronze Star. "It's encouraging to have the backing from a company like Cat5, which will help to move the site forward and possibly reach an even wider audience."

After a dispute involving Grisham and his children's school PTA, which he documented on the blog, and an investigation from the U.S. Army's Office of the Inspector General, Grisham announced that he was shutting down A Soldier's Perspective.

"As a firm believer in first amendment rights, I found C.J.'s situation to be compelling and astonishing," said Chad Weinman, Cat5 Commerce President. "We will do everything in our power to preserve this tremendous outlet he created."

Grisham and other blog contributors have vowed to return to A Soldier's Perspective and continue to share personal experiences, adding to the ongoing online conversation about military developments. With no major changes planned, Cat5 Commerce will maintain and support A Soldier's Perspective as an uncensored platform where active-duty soldiers and veterans alike can voice their opinions.

"The followers of ASP as well as new readers can be confident that the quality and style of writing will not change as a result of new management," Grisham adds. "I hope to be able to come back and continue writing for ASP."

About Cat5 Commerce

Founded in 2004, Cat5 Commerce develops and operates niche online retail destinations, including BDU.COM, TacticalPants.com and MilitaryBoots.com. With personalized customer service and customized shopping platforms, Cat5's core values create an unforgettable virtual shopping experience.

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