Pushing Military Justice Reforms, ‘McCaskill really must be an idiot’

For months, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has, along with a handful of her colleagues in the United States Senate, been waging a “War on Men in the Military,” pushing for changes to the U.S. Military Justice System that stand to take that system in the wrong direction if/when enacted.  Recently, a retired military officer* shared with me what he believes is Senator McCaskill’s strategy.

PBS NewsHour Senators 8-1-13“It’s pretty simple,” he wrote, “let’s start a brou-haha about a ‘problem’, convince the public the military is full of idiots and then slowly start taking away pieces and parts.”

On a specific issue involving the removal of Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin from a recent sexual assault case, my friend wrote more.

“McCaskill really must be an idiot,” he began.  “First, she publicly bashes Franklin for ‘going against the recommendation of his attorneys’ and then bashes him again for ‘going WITH the recommendation of his attorney.’

“Good golly!” he continued.  “This really is a mockery of justice, a mockery of command, and a mockery of a topic that didn’t begin yesterday.”

If the National Defense Authorization bill becomes law, a number of Sen. Barbara Boxer’s (D-Calif.) Article 32 reforms will be implemented and will change the Uniform Code of Military Justice alongside the provisions below:

• Stripping military commanders of their ability to overturn jury convictions;

• Requiring civilian review if a commander declines to prosecute a case;

• Assigning victims their own independent legal counsel to protect their rights and fight for their interests;

• Mandating dishonorable discharge for anyone convicted of sexual assault;

• Criminalizing retaliation against victims who report a sexual assault; and

• Eliminating the statute of limitations in rape and sexual assault cases.

TDIA_Promo_Photo-300x224Ask anyone — without a political agenda, that is — whose ever served in a command position in the military, and I think you’ll find the majority in staunch opposition to these provisions.

Listen to any of the dozens of victims of the military justice system — men and women alike — who’ve contacted me after reading my book, Three Days In August, and you’ll be shocked by the true stories they share.

Heck, simply reading what you find on Senator McCaskill’s “Military Justice” web page will tell you all you need to know about this dangerous agenda masquerading as a campaign against sexual assault in the military.

Shame on you, Claire, and shame on all of the senators — Democrat and Republican — working with you on this effort!

NOTE FOR ST. LOUIS-AREA READERS:  REMINDER: ‘Wheel-In” Protest at Claire McCaskill’s St. Louis Office Saturday at 11 a.m. Central.

*The name of this retired military officer, now serving as an employee of a military contractor, is being withheld for fear of persecution by his employer and/or government.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.