Here is a link to the cover story of this week’s Marine Corps Times.  The article, titled, “Whistle-blower alleges reprisal by Marine brass, says he won’t back down,” tells the tale of USMC judge advocate (and CAAFlog commenter) Major James Weirick.  It details his run in with other USMC judge advocates relating to alleged UCI in the Marine Corps’ prosecution of the corpse desecration cases in Afghanistan and his DOD IG complaint.  H/T Babu

9 Responses to “USMC Whistleblower on Cover of Marine Corps Times”

  1. Peanut Gallery says:

    Wow. I’m at a loss for words. Truth be stranger than fiction indeed. I served with or under many of those named.

  2. paleo says:

    The person in charge of DOD IG reprisal investigations, Tolek, was a failure when running the approximately equivalent position over at OSHA. Good luck to the whistleblower(s) here. Nevertheless, hat’s off to the backbone and integrity being shown. 

  3. Vic Ferrari says:

    Dang.  That’s a lot of blue-on-blue violence there.

  4. Some Army Guy says:

    Lots of lessons to be learned here.  One is the competing interests that collide when a UCMJ action has strategic implications.

  5. Just Sayin' says:

    Whistleblower reprisals within the Navy/Marine JAG corps are nothing new.  Kudos to the major for doing what’s right.

  6. Peanut Gallery says:

    Wasn’t it MacArthur, while testifying at Billy Mitchell’s court-martial, who said that a service member should never be silenced for being at variance with his superiors? 
    What have we become?

  7. Charlie Gittins says:

    McArthur was a member of Billy Mitchell’s court martial panel, not a witness. He participated in that travesty of justice. 

  8. Neutron73 says:

    The JA community loves to get the reprisal action going.  Seems like a lot of the community is driven by folks who have low self-esteem or confidence issues and when someone calls them out, it’s sniping time.  THey just can’t help themselves.  Weirick’s case is a classic example of that.  And how/when did the JA community somehow feel that they are not only “smarter” than the rest of the officer corps, but not subject to the same rules as everyone else?

  9. Just Sayin' says:

    about the same time they switched from the “total applicant” approach that viewed a graduate of a state school with a decent GPA but tons of athletic leadership, community service, etc. more favorably than a high GPA one dimensional applicant, and started tripping over their own reproductive appendages to get more “prestigious” candidates.