This is from the site military.com
After reading about allegations of m.u.r.der on the part of Marines in Iraq, my wife is insistent that I leave the Corps after my enlistment is up. Her point is that we become no better than the enemy not only by carrying out such acts, but also by covering them up. Roger
Although an investigation into the allegations reported in the New York Times is still underway, I myself have witnessed more than one case in which senior officials covered up wrongdoings of subordinates mainly to protect their own careers. Some chaplains who have had the courage to confront senior officers for covering up misconduct have themselves been forced out lest their testimony incriminate these officers for their failure to take corrective and disciplinary action.”
(Gene-Thomas is a chaplain.)”
“Even more troubling than the Gitmo cover-up is this—over 6000 United States veterans committed s.u.i.c.i.d.e. in 2005. That is 353 each month. Another denial that was proven true.
It is a myth that this country honors their service.
”The problem is unfortunately systemic. When a person in the military complains about an injustice, the Commanding Officer (CO) often appoints an investigating officer whose fitness report he or she signs. If the investigating officer substantiates certain complaints, he or she could be reprised against by the CO whose career could be harmed as the result of a report substantiating problems at his/her command.
For example, when a s.u.i.cide occurred at a command in which the CO and legal officer chose not to act on a chaplain’s recommendation that led to a s.u.i.cide on the part of a sailor being counseled by the chaplain, whom did the CO appoint as the investigating officer? Yes, none other than the Legal Officer who ultimately covered up the fact that had the CO acted on the chaplain’s recommendation, the sailor might be alive today. ”
This from the website military.com, and written by a military chaplain.
The military operates as a world unto themselves, with only minimal Congressional oversight on their day-to- day activities. A brief history:
My Lai m@ssacre
Hundreds of US veterans of the war say the American military has been covering up widespread civilian killings in that country
U.S. Military Covers up Murder: Says Soldier Beat Herself to Death
The Department of Defense statistics are alarming – one in three women who join the US military will be sexually assaulted or raped by men in the military.
And then there are all the mercenaries. The practice of privatizing has been long exploited by the CIA and the Pentagon, who like to use proxies, like contractors or mercenaries, to fight their covert wars.
The benefits for federal agencies include “plausible deniability” with respect to a.s.s.a.s.s.i.na.t.ion and d.r.ug trafficking, as well as the ability to bypass the Military Code of Honor and the accords of the Geneva Convention, which hold “official” combatants to a different standard.