Saturday, September 07, 2013

It's time for General Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, to resign: Taliban urination case.

There is no excuse for this.

It is yet another symptom of the Obama disease: political generals, appointed because of their malleability and not their capability.

Even though related by marriage... it's time for this guy to go.

Marine Corps retreats on court-martial charges in Taliban urination case

The Marine Corps has suddenly dropped criminal charges against an officer in the infamous Taliban urination video case, heading off what promised to be an embarrassing pre-trial hearing for the commandant on Wednesday.

Defense attorneys for Capt. James V. Clement had won a judge’s order, over objections from Marine prosecutors, for two staff attorneys to testify in open court about how senior commanders had interfered in the case to get a guilty verdict.
Capt. Clement’s defense counsel obtained a sworn statement from Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, who had been overseeing all urination cases as the convening authority. He told of a one-on-one meeting in 2012 with Gen. Amos in which the commandant said he wanted Marine defendants “crushed” via courts-martial.
Gen. Waldhauser went on to become Defense Secretary’s Chuck Hagel’s senior military adviser.
Citing that conversation, Capt. Clement’s attorneys accused the commandant of blatant unlawful command influence that denied their client a fair court-martial. They filed a motion to dismiss the charges, thus setting up a series of public pre-trial hearings on Gen. Amos‘ conduct to begin with Wednesday’s scheduled session.
When you train to become an officer, they go to great lengths to explain issues like "command influence" to you.

It's the EXACT same kind of stupidity Obama showed over sexual assault courts martial:

Remark by Obama Complicates Military Sexual Assault Trials

WASHINGTON — When President Obama proclaimed that those who commit sexual assault in the military should be “prosecuted, stripped of their positions, court-martialed, fired, dishonorably discharged,” it had an effect he did not intend: muddying legal cases across the country.
In at least a dozen sexual assault cases since the president’s remarks at the White House in May, judges and defense lawyers have said that Mr. Obama’s words as commander in chief amounted to “unlawful command influence,” tainting trials as a result. Military law experts said that those cases were only the beginning and that the president’s remarks were certain to complicate almost all prosecutions for sexual assault.
“Unlawful command influence” refers to actions of commanders that could be interpreted by jurors as an attempt to influence a court-martial, in effect ordering a specific outcome. Mr. Obama, as commander in chief of the armed forces, is considered the most powerful person to wield such influence.

There's no excuse for this kind of incompetence.


And Amos needs to go,  pour encourager les autres.

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