5.) Reporting Sexual Abuse in the Military
A well-publicized sexual-assault scandal rocked the Air Force's basic training program in San Antonio. Nearly 70 people came forward to accuse more than 30 training instructors of offenses including unwanted touching, inappropriate relationships, and rape. General Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, described sexual assault as a "cancer" infecting the culture of the base.
In the wake of the scandal, the Air Force set up 24-hour hotlines in dorms, launched leadership training for basic training instructors, increased the number of female training instructors, and implemented dozens of other changes. The Air Force has bragged about a reduction in sexual assaults, including at the Air Force Academy, where assaults dropped from 45 in 2013 to 27 in 2014. The entire military heralds higher reporting rates, and lower numbers in actual assaults that appeared in two recent surveys. But victims' advocates, former military officers, and lawmakers assert that sexual assault in the military remains an epidemic, and that as long as victims' commanders are responsible for initiating investigations for sexual assaults, victims will continue to find it difficult to report assaults and justifiably fear reprisals for doing so.
"They need to prosecute rapists," says Paula Coughlin, the former US Navy lieutenant whose report of her own assault at the Tailhook convention in 1991 sparked one of the first major investigations into sexual abuse in the military. "Everything else is just fluffery."
"Training programs are important, but they will not fix an inherently unfair system," adds retired Colonel Don Christensen, a former military prosecutor who is now the president of Protect Our Defenders, a group that advocates for military victims of sexual assault.
"In the military, your rapists' boss decides whether or not a sexual-assault allegation is investigated," Christensen says. "This puts commanders in an impossible position."
6.) Academy probe cites alcohol, fear of reprisal
According to a special Air Force investigation, the Walker report, an-house probe, launched in January, has largely absolved Air Force leadership from responsibility for repeated incidents of sexual misconduct at the academy near Colorado Springs.
According to the Air Force, there have been at least 61 accusations of sexual misconduct at the academy since 1993, with charges ranging from fondling to rape.
According to the Walker report, 63 percent of female cadets at the academy said they feared reprisals from other cadets for reporting sexual harassment, and 45 percent feared reprisals from faculty.
The study blamed the misconduct in part on "a cadet authority structure that can make subordinate cadets more vulnerable to cadets who might abuse their authority," citing the enormous power upperclassmen have to discipline and otherwise intimidate underclassmen.
According to the study, 53 percent of the cadet-on-cadet victims were first-year students. Brig. Gen. Johnny Weida, commandant of cadets and acting superintendent of the academy, said it is appropriate for senior cadets to exercise authority over new cadets.
"That's the way it has to be because it is part of the military," he said.
Sexual harassment was also cited as contributing to the problems. One survey investigators examined found that 41 percent of female cadets reported being sexually harassed and 63 percent reported derogatory comments.
"At least one recent study concludes that there is a higher incidence of rape of female military members of all services where a ranking officer or immediate supervisor allowed sexually demeaning comments and gestures toward women in the workplace," the Walker report said.
7.) War Crimes
Why is it wherever the US military goes there are massive civilian casualties? What are we teaching our young men and women that they cannot fight honorably? Why is there no honor in the US military? Remember Iraq? Blackwater? Afghanistan? Vietnam? On and on.
The American military are baby killers. I have no respect for baby killers.
We teach kids in our military to be very paranoid, if they hear a sound, we teach them not to inspect, but to simply spray it with bullets, shoot first, lie later. Then when these racist crackers come home we put them in our local police force where they kill even more civilians. And then we give them a paid vacation. If you want my respect, earn it.
READ MORE: Americas War Criminals
And we haven't even covered cost yet. How much do we pay for rape and murder?
8.) The USAF's Massive $10 Billion Global Hawk UAV
The Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk is an unmanned (UAV) surveillance aircraft. It was initially designed by Ryan Aeronautical (now part of Northrop Grumman), and known as Tier II+ during development. The Global Hawk performs a similar role as the Lockheed U-2. The RQ-4 provides a broad overview and systematic surveillance using high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) and long-range electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) sensors with long loiter times over target areas. It can survey as much as 40,000 square miles (100,000 km2) of terrain a day.
The Global Hawk is operated by the United States Air Force. It is used as a high-altitude platform covering the spectrum of intelligence collection capability to support forces in worldwide military operations. According to the United States Air Force, the superior surveillance capabilities of the aircraft allow more precise weapons targeting and better protection of friendly forces. Cost overruns led to the original plan to acquire 63 aircraft being cut to 45, and to a 2013 proposal to mothball the 21 Block 30 signals intelligence variants. Each aircraft was to cost US$60.9 million in 2001, but this had risen to $222.7 million per aircraft (including development costs) by 2013. The U.S. Navy has developed the Global Hawk into the MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance platform.
Excerpt from "A People's History of the United States" By Howard Zinn
In the fifties, schoolchildren all over the country participated in air raid drills (psychological torture) in which a Soviet attack on America was signaled by sirens: the children had to crouch under their desk until it was "all clear". As if wooden school desk would protect us from a nuclear attack. It was an atmosphere in which the government could get mass support for a policy of rearmament. The system, so shaken in the thirties, had learned that war production could bring stability and high profits.
In 1960, the military budget was $45.8 billion 49.7 percent of the budget. That year John F. Kennedy was elected President, and he immediately moved to increase military spending. In fourteen months, the Kennedy administration added $9 billion to defense funds.
By 1962, based on series of invented scares about Soviet military build-ups, a false "bomber gap" and a false "missile gap", the United States had overwhelming nuclear superiority. It had the equivalent, in nuclear weapons, of 1,500 Hiroshima-size atomic bombs, far more than enough to destroy every major city in the world-the equivalent, in fact, of 10 tons of TNT for every man, woman, and child on earth. To deliver these bombs, the United States had more than 50 intercontinental ballistic missiles, 80 missiles on nuclear submarines, 90 missiles on stations overseas, 1,700 bombers capable of reaching the Soviet Union, 300 fighter-bombers on aircraft carriers, able to carry atomic weapons, and 1,000 land-based supersonic fighters able to carry atomic bombs.
The Soviet Union was obviously behind- it had between fifty and a hundred intercontinental ballistic missiles and fewer than two hundred long-range bombers. But the U.S. budget kept mounting, the hysteria kept growing, the profits of corporations getting defense contracts multiplied, and employment and wages moved ahead just enough to keep a substantial number of Americans dependent on war industries for their living.
By 1970, the U.S. military budget was $80 billion and the corporations involved in military production were making fortunes. Two-thirds of the 40 billion spent on weapons systems was going to twelve or fifteen giant industrial corporations, whose main reason for existence was to fulfill government military contracts. Meanwhile, United States, giving economic aid to certain countries, was creating a network of American corporate control over the globe, and building its political influence over the countries it aided.
From 1952 on, foreign aid was more and more obviously designed to build up military power in non-Communist countries. In the next ten years, of the $50 billion in aid granted by the United States to ninety countries, only $5 billion was for nonmilitary economic development.
When John F. Kennedy took office, he launched the Alliance for Progress, a program of help for Latin America, emphasizing social reform to better the lives of people. But it turned out to be mostly military aid to keep in power rightwing dictatorships and enable them to break up unions and slave off democratic elections.
From military aid, it was a short step to military intervention. In Iran, in 1953, the C.I.A. overthrew the government and installed the Shah of Iran, who invited in American oil companies. In 1958, the Eisenhower government sent thousands of marines to Lebanon to make sure the pro-American government there was not toppled, and to keep an armed presence in that oil-rich area.
The country was on a permanent war economy which had big pockets of poverty, but there were enough people at work, making enough money, to keep things quiet. The distribution of wealth was still unequal. From 1944 to 1961, it had not changed much: the lowest fifth of the families received 5 percent of all the income; the highest fifth received 45 percent of all the income. In 1953, 1.6 percent of the adult population owned more than 80 percent of the corporate stock and nearly 90percent of the corporate bonds. About 200 giant corporations out of 200,000 corporations-controlled about 60 percent of the manufacturing wealth of the nation.
3.) ‘They put us through hell’: A Marine sexually abused at boot camp by drill sergeant
Drill instructor, former Sgt. Jerome Fleming, was convicted in 2010 of several crimes after directing a recruit at Parris Island to masturbate and record a video of the act, according to a military court document. Fleming was sentenced to a reduction in rank to private, a bad-conduct discharge, forfeiture of pay and benefits and three years of confinement, half of which was suspended. He could not be reached for comment.
Retired Maj. Gen. Melvin Spiese, who oversaw boot camp training from May 2008 to August 2010 as commander of the service’s Training and Education Command, said he is “offended and massively bothered” by any effort in the Defense Department to withhold information that “belongs to the American people.”
“Those are the sons and daughters of Americans, they are Americans, and the services and leaders are accountable to the nation for how they are handled and treated,” he said. “I believe transparency and accountability would have been helpful — it would have forced a very hard internal look of not just trying to clean things up, but answer questions.”
4.) Secret Marines group is still sharing nude photos amid scandal
(CNN) If you think the 30,000-strong private Facebook group that was sharing nude images of female Marines has been shut down, guess again.
Members have been redirected to new pages. In one case, someone not only launched a new page -- Marines United 2, or MU2 -- that promises to better weed out anyone looking to blow the whistle on the group's depraved behavior, but members have taken to taunting federal and military investigators.
"It would be hilarious if one of these FBI or (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) f***s found their wife on here," one member said on the original Marines United page.
If you breed with one of these sorry mother fuckers you are a dumb ass of epic proportions.
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(8 Reasons to) Fuck the US Military
By Christopher R Rice
Why fuck the US military? Every person that I have ever met in the US military has lied to my face. Respect is something that you must earn, I can't just blindly respect someone. What is the militaries motto? "A bastard baby in every port" That's not very admirable is it? But there is another reason that We the Poor should NOT respect the US military machine. The US military receives half of our taxes, half of the US budget every year. They get the best weapons, the best training, the best everything and yet they have not won a single war in over 50 years. WTF!
Maybe I'd like a decent school to send my kids to instead of another military overrun. Our children need a modern education, not another war plane.
How long does it take to beat a bunch of goat herders (Al-Qaeda and now ISIS) who don't even have an air force, a navy or a military budget? What's worse than dragging this out longer than WWII? Heroin production has gone up over 700 percent since the US military has arrived in Afghanistan. Something smells really fishy in this country, doesn't it? Smell likes war profiteering to me but I'm no lawyer. So, I have zero respect for a military that cannot win a war. If you agree please share. If not please get your head out of your ass. You're killing me bro.
Oh, I'm not done, I'm just getting started. While the military sucks up half of the US budget our schools remain overcrowded, roads and highways are all in need of repair, hospitals are out-of-date, jails are past overflow capacity. But we have no money for body cams for beat cops, no money for safer neighborhoods, no money for better schools or new textbooks, no money for social security, on and on.
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1.) Male survivors of rape while serving in the military say they are often deemed "liars and troublemakers" when they report abuse.
The Pentagon estimated about 13,000 of the 1.2 million men serving in the military suffered sexual assault last year, NBC News reported. About 12,100 of the 203,000 women in uniform were sexually assaulted on active duty last year.
The Defense Department has said men "report at much lower rates than female survivors."
READ MORE: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/05/18/male-military-rape-survivors-speak-out.html
2.) Pentagon: Hundreds of Military Kids Sexually Abused Annually
WASHINGTON -- Cpl. Aaron C. Masa became fast friends with a fellow Marine during field training in North Carolina. But behind his buddy's back, Masa was sexually abusing his friend's 3-year-old stepdaughter. He also took sexually explicit photos of the girl and the Marine's infant daughter.
A military judge convicted Masa last year of sexual abuse of a child and production of child pornography, according to court records and other documents detailing the case. Under the terms of a pretrial agreement, he pleaded guilty and received 30 years in prison.
In total, incidents involving sexual assault in which the children of service members are victims occur hundreds of times each year, data the Defense Department provided exclusively to The Associated Press show. The abuse is committed most often by male enlisted troops, according to the data, followed by family members.
READ MORE: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/01/04/pentagon-hundreds-of-military-kids-sexually-abused-annually.html
Fuck the US military. On weekends, for the fun of it, I go down to Oceanside, Ca. to the Marine base. I wait for a group of Marines to leave the bar and call them Jar heads. When they say "what?" I put my fist upside their ugly stupid faces. Kiss my fist Jar head. How can I respect a pathetic drunk like a US Marine? I can't. They can't even get laid without having to pay for it. Pathetic, eat my fist.