Three Marines are dead, one Marine was seriously wounded, and two professional military careers are ruined – why? Because the United States decided an Afghan child molester was above the law.
Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler is no longer a devil dog (and can’t speak because his case is ongoing), but his attorney, Kevin Carroll, had this to say about an email Brezler forwarded to his Afghanistan replacement.
The entire chain of events unfolded when Brezler received an email from compatriots in Afghanistan. “The subject line of the email he received was in all capital letters with three exclamation points and read–Sarwar Jan is back.”
The Marine knew the Afghan police chief, who was trained by the US and its coalition partners, and stationed aboard the military outpost.
Jan was a controversial Afghan police chief who brought his personal “tea boy” (sex slave) Aynoddin on the base, he ended up using Sarwar Jan’s to gun down four Marines working out in the base gym.
“When Jason was serving in Afghanistan in 2010, he caused Sarwar Jan, a Afghan police official, to be fired from that position because he was raping children,” Carroll told CNN.
But the story gets worse. Less than two weeks after Brezler’s warning, three unarmed Marines working out in the gym on a US forward operating base were shot to death by a boy Jan had given an AK-47. Their names were Staff Sgt. Scott Dickinson, Cpl. Richard Rivera and Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley.
Buckley’s father, Gregory Senior, recalled the last phone call he had with his son.
“Dad, at night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” Buckley senior said. “My son said his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”
This outrageous response from senior commanders runs counter to American values and the underlining principle that the US is fighting for the little guys who can’t speak for themselves, Buckley’s father explained. What is wrong with American values and Christian principles of freedom and equality that respects life? Do Islamic tenets trump Christian principles?
Those values led Maj. Brezler to send an email to his replacements at the remote Afghanistan military outpost that included the classified dossier on Jan. While the document is no longer classified, the military used the opportunity to end Brezler’s career for sending an email from his personal, unsecure Yahoo account.
But could Brezler’s ignored warning saved the three service members lives?
“It would have (saved) my son,” Buckley’s father insisted.
He also recounted the version of events he was told by the military. “He (killer) walked in with an AK-47 given to him by the chief of police Sarwar Jan at about 8:30 at night and executed three Marines.”
Buckley’s father was saddened by the news that Maj. Brezler was being kicked out of the Marine Reserves for sending an email that included a now declassified report on Sanwar Jan. “They should be giving him a medal not prosecuting him.”
The practice of raping boys is aptly named “bacha bazi” or boy play. It’s a widespread problem in the tribal nation. Keeping this in mind why did the US arm some suspected pedophiles, especially on US bases where everyone is subject to US law? Instead, American soldiers and Marines have been instructed not to intervene — in some cases, not even when their Afghan allies have abused boys on military bases, according to numerous New York Times interviews as well as court records.
So far there have only been a few Congressmen willing to take on the Pentagon and speak up for service members.
“The entire Brezler case definitely needs the kind of clarity that only a comprehensive reexamination can bring. There are too many questions around this case to say the correct outcome was reached,” Republican Congressman and former Marine Duncan Hunter said.
Retired Army lieutenant colonel and former Congressman Allen West described it this way. “All of us who’ve been in Afghanistan know the purpose of the “tea boys,” and for our leadership to allow this child abuse, rape and pedophilia is despicable. During my two-and-a-half years in southern Afghanistan training the Afghan army, we had a serious situation where we had to discipline an Afghan Kandak (Battalion) Commander who was forcing young soldiers at gunpoint to engage in sex with him.”
The story of Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland conjures up similar strong emotions; however, he has the attention of Congress. Allen and Hunter wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter challenging the Pentagon’s decision to kick out the service members for taking a stand against child abuse.
“I am once again dismayed by the Army’s actions in this case,” Hunter, R-Calif., wrote in the letter to Carter.
Martland’s Army career changed course after learning an Afghan boy was raped and his mother beaten. The Sargent and his team leader, US Army Captain Dan Quinn confronted a local police commander they had trained, armed and paid with U.S. taxpayer dollars. When the man laughed off the incident, they beat him up him.”
It started when a 12-year-old showed the Green Berets where his hands had been tied. According to West, a medic took him to a back room for an examination with an interpreter, who told them an Afghan commander named Abdul Rahman had raped the boy. Once the child molester learned the event was reported to US military he beat the boy’s mother.
“It was at this point, the Green Berets had had enough. Quinn and Martland went to confront Rahman. He confessed to the crime and laughed about it, and said it wasn’t a big deal. Even when we patiently explained how serious the charge was, he kept laughing,” Quinn said.
According to reports, Quinn and Martland shoved Abdul Rahman to the ground. “As a man, as a father of a young boy myself at the time, I felt obliged to step in to prevent further repeat occurrences,” Quinn, the Special Forces A-Team Commander explained.
Rahman walked away bruised, but service members at the base contend the man was able to walk away. Nevertheless Rahman reported the confrontation to another Army unit and the next day the Army removed Quinn and Martland.
“Ladies and gents, here’s one of our elite warriors, an Army Green Beret, with several combat tours of duty. He’s a recipient for the Bronze Star for Valor due to his actions in combat. And the Army relieved him of his duty position because he shoved a child rapist, who’d beaten a mother for reporting the heinous assault,” West said.
“Here’s an Army that’s gone so off the rails under the Obama administration that it would punish two men standing up for a raped little boy and his mom. Where are the child rights advocates and the women’s rights activists? Here’s a soldier that stood up and confronted the real “War on Women,” and, as a result, now has a permanent black mark on his personnel file.”
In a statement, Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, denies the policy requiring soldiers to ignore child abuse. He said “he’s taken the time to speak to President Ashraf Ghani about the problem.”
Allen strongly believes this may be adding to the cause of the PTSD for some troops — having to listen to the cries of these boys and not be able to do anything.
As for the USAHRC, “they say this decision is final because there is ‘no new information brought to the table’ is unconscionable. The known information should be enough to reverse this decision, unless the U.S. Army, my Army, now condones child sex abuse, rape, and beating women,” Allen concluded.
So far nobody has been charged with the murder of the Marines or the rape of a minor boy.
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