Three weeks ago a few media outlets, including San Diego 6 News, covered allegations that US military leadership told service members to look away when they saw indications of child sex abuse in Afghanistan. After reporting the lurid details that ended several military careers for standing up for the child victims, the Pentagon said they would finally investigate the allegations.
The Pentagon’s investigation will concentrate on the accusations that US military leadership told many service members in Afghanistan to ignore encounters with Afghan troops who were allegedly sexually assaulting young boys.
According to a memo, the Inspector General assigned to the case Kenneth Moorefield said he would begin research immediately.
The focus of the investigation will center on “regulations, directives, standards or guidance, including international law, treaties, or agreements, exist about US policy toward allegations of child sexual abuse involving Afghan Security Ministry and National Defense Force personnel, the obligation of DoD affiliated personnel to report suspected child sexual abuse by Afghan government officials, and DoD involvement in responding to such reports or allegations.”
In a statement, Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, denied the policy requiring soldiers to ignore child abuse.
However, a 102-page report released in 2003 by New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) catalogs the systematic violation of human rights by Afghanistan militias and tribal elders the US commanders put into power after the 2001 US invasion. HRW’s expansive report clearly pointed out these horrific behaviors took place in front of US and NATO troops in Afghanistan.
The report affirms: “Much of what we describe may at first glance be seen as little more than criminal behavior. But this is a report about human rights violations, as the abuses described were ordered, committed or condoned by government personnel in Afghanistan—soldiers, police, military and intelligence officials, and government ministers. Worse, these violations have been carried out by people who would not have come to power without the (US) intervention and support of the international community. And these violations are taking place not just in the hinterlands of Afghanistan. The cases described here took place in the areas near the capital, Kabul, and even within Kabul itself.”
It continues: “The situation today—widespread insecurity and human rights abuse—was not inevitable, nor was it the result of natural or unstoppable social or political forces in Afghanistan. It is, in large part, the result of decisions, acts, and omissions of the United States government, the government of other coalition members and parts of the transitional Afghan government itself. The warlords themselves, of course, are ultimately to blame. They have ordered, committed or permitted the abuses documented in this report. But the United States in particular bears much responsibility for the actions of those they have propelled to power, for failing to take steps against other abusive leaders and for impeding attempts to force them to step aside.”
The HRW report concluded that the worst offenders of abuse came from the US-sponsored and trained militias in Afghanistan. They contend the newly empowered Afghan military presided over “a climate of fear” something that has continued to increase as the US prepares to leave the 14-year conflict. Other HRW interviews suggest the West is leaving an atmosphere of unrestrained violence, robbery, terrorizing, and child sexual abuse by the population as well as the militias.
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? Keep reading here…