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What would happen if a person that is in the US military could only safely travel to other countries for intelligence if he uses a Belgium passport? This soldier is a citizen of Belgium and the United States. This is a place where than shout US citizens on sight.

COURTS-MARTIAL!  If heís mentally ill it depends upon who knows it.  His commander can deny him travel, under any passport, personal or official.   If he travels anyway heís subject to courts- martial, even if heís considered an unreliable source of intel to either side.  The enemy may not realize heís unreliable.

Before traveling to a non-NATO country he must receive an intelligence briefing from his Intel folks before and after he travels.  Itís just too risky to even attempt it.  Somebody will find out.  Thereís no time limit, so even if he travels and doesnít get caught, he can still be courts-martialed at any time they find out

I could write volumes on the what-ifs with this case.  Tell him to play it safe and donít risk serious punishment.  The military takes foreign travel violations very seriously, so punishment of prison time is not uncommon at these courts-martials.
Tell him not to do it, itís just not worth the risk.

Colonel H

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