The Air force is spanking another female victim for complaining about being a victim?
The Navy is increasing the killing of our precious sea mammals!
The US Navy is going to kill more mammals in the Pacific Ocean so that the Admirals can waste more taxpayers money playing more stupid unnecessary war games just to get their jollies and the US Air force is putting another female victim on trial for being a criminal because she is begging for help?
Navy considers hundreds more sonbuoys off Pacific Coast
The U.S. Navy could significantly increase the number of sonbuoys it plans to deploy off the Pacific Coast.
The floating, acoustic surveillance devices are used in anti-submarine warfare. The Oregonian reports that in a modified environmental assessment for Northwest training and testing, the Navy increased the number of planned sonbuoys from 20 to 720.
They would be in areas at least 12 miles offshore from Alaska, Washington, Oregon and Northern California.
The Navy acknowledges that deploying more of them
is likely to harm endangered leatherneck turtles.
It’s accepting public comments until Feb. 2.
No humans will be harmed in the war games the Navy is conducting in the Pacific Ocean near California and Hawaii for the next four years.
The same cannot be said for marine mammals that gather there. Dozens of blue whales, bottlenose dolphins and seals are almost certain to die, and tens of thousands more could be permanently injured by explosives and underwater sonar.
Truth-telling Air Force lawyer admonished
The U.S. military justice system has been pilloried for good reason for its horrendous record in handling sexual-assault cases. In the wake of that criticism, some strides finally have been made toward improving the system for assault victims. But events of the past week show there’s still a long way to go.
The U.S. Air Force decided to “admonish” one of the military lawyers it had assigned to a new program to represent victims of sexual assault. But Capt. Maribel Jarzabek was lucky. She was threatened with criminal charges for
well, here’s the story.
The new program is one of those reforms the Defense Department showcases as a shining success, proof that it is a new day and that atrocities by service members will not be tolerated. The captain was in the last month of her five-year Air Force service when she wrote a post on the Facebook page of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., encouraging the senator to continue to push specific reforms of the system through Congress.
In the Dec. 2 post Jarzabek also wrote, “Changes are needed, and it’s time that the public knew about the military’s true dirty little secrets!”
A while later Jarzabek was informed via email from a high-ranking officer that she was under criminal investigation. Yes, criminal investigation for advocating “a partisan political cause” and expressing opinions that could undermine public confidence in the Air Force.
Ahem. It seems that it’s the Air Force that is undermining public confidence here. It is hard to have much confidence when an organization investigates and chastises an officer for telling the public the truth about one of its vaunted programs that she happens to be intimately familiar with. In fact, this over the- top reaction from the Air Force makes us worry that the program is mostly window dressing. That would be tragic for victims but also for the U.S. military.
Prosecutors will tell you that when it comes to sexual assault — whether in the military or civilian society — one of the biggest problems is getting victims to report it. There are a variety of reasons for this, but one of the biggest is that victims feel the justice system is stacked against them and will put them on trial instead of the accused. Civilian courts have gotten better over the past few decades at supporting victims, but until the recent bursts of outrage, the military remained in the dark ages. News of this case will do nothing to encourage victims to come forward.
Wednesday was Jarzabek’s last day of duty. Once all of the papers are signed and she becomes a civilian again, she’ll hopefully exercise her newly restored free-speech rights and tell us about those “dirty little secrets” in detail. She and Sen. Gillibrand should have lunch.
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