The Marine Times reports that Congressman Walter Jones of North Carolina sent this letter to the DoD Inspector General inquiring about the status of the investigation into the “allegations the Marine Corps commandant and his legal advisers manipulated criminal cases stemming from a vulgar war-zone video.”
The Voice of America reports on panel selection in the Hasan trial at Fort Hood.
Reuters reports that the Defense has rested its case in the Manning trial. Also, The Guardian laments the lack of contemporaneous public access to the case documents (see also Center for Constitutional Rights, et al. v. United States and Colonel Lind).
And U.S. News & World Report printed another item written by Senator Gillibrand of New York about the issue of sexual assault in the military. She writes:
… listen to the military leadership. Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, said in a speech earlier this year, “Why wouldn’t female Marines come forward? Because they don’t trust us. They don’t trust the command. They don’t trust the leadership.”
It has become crystal clear that victims have no confidence that justice can be obtained within the chain of command. According to the Pentagon, half of female victims do not report because they do not believe anything will come of it. This lack of faith in the system, and systemic fear of retaliation and retribution, has a chilling effect on reporting, which leaves offenders free to attack again without consequence.