2013年6月16日日曜日

US Military Human Resources 2013

米軍だけかと思っていたら、米国務省の一部も同類の人がいるようだ。

 米加州サンディエゴ郡の地方検事は、自動車窃盗団に対する8か月間に
及ぶおとり捜査の末、司法当局が50人を逮捕したと発表した。
OP Perfect Stormの逮捕者
・現役海兵隊員7人
・現役米海軍兵士1人
・元海兵隊員7人
・違法薬物取引
 メタンフェタミンとエクスタシー。
・92台の自動車窃盗だけでなく、軍の装備品を横流し容疑していた疑い
 もある。
 小火器や弾薬、防弾ヘルメット、防弾チョッキ、多収納弾倉、
 暗視ゴーグル、ガスマスク

NCISは、米ICEと加州警察サンディエゴ自動車窃盗対策チームと協力して
摘発したようだ。

アフガニスタンの殺人犯
・Robert Bales 男性 39才 陸軍二等軍曹
・2012年3月11日 アフガニスタンで民間人16名の殺人を計画し殺害、
 6人が負傷。
・国際法のジュネーブ条約違反だが、戦争犯罪と見なされ、慣例通り、
 国内法の米統一軍事裁判法(UCMJ)を適用。
・殺人罪で有罪を認める代わりに死刑を求刑しないことで合意。

殺人犯は、死刑制度がない州での裁判なので、終身刑になるようだが、
被害者の親族は、報復したいとのこと。刑務所で守られながら収監
のようだ。

在日米軍基地の犯罪黙認のため停職
・Michael T. Harrison 在日米軍基地陸軍少将(横田空軍基地勤務?)
 Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison, the commanding officer for U.S. Army Japan & I Corps Forward, high fives a toddler, displaced by the Great East Earthquake in Matsushima, Japan, April 15. Harrison visited schools, train stations, shower points and shelters for displaced citizens to reaffirm the U.S. military's commitment to the helping the Japanese people.
・性的暴行事件に対して、未調査により停職。
 キャンプ座間勤務の日本人女性秘書(民間人)が二年前から、米陸軍
 上級士官(少将の古くからの知合)による性的暴行を受けたとしたが、
 対応が不十分として少将に相談。
 少将は、「気を使う(ので対応できない?)」と回答。
 秘書は、日本当局、出版社にも連絡。
 出版社(Stars and Stripes)が、USARJに性的暴行事件を問合せ。
 CIDが女性より、聴取。
 現在調査中。

被害者はUSARJに勤務。性的暴行被害を日本当局に連絡とのことだが、
地方防衛局、外務省、防衛省、日本政府のどこに連絡したのだろうか。
在日米軍に厳しい沖縄の新聞社の方が効果的だったか。

 米国務省の高官や同省外交保安局が、職員による犯罪行為などを隠蔽
したり調査を妨害したりしていた疑いのあることが、同省監察総監室の
内部メモから明らかになった。
現役米国大使
・日常的に警護官の目を盗み、買春や未成年者とのわいせつな行為疑惑
・外交安全局員が調査を行おうとすると、ケネディ国務次官は正式な調査
 は行わないよう命じたとされる。
・大使の警護官は監察官への報告の中で、大使が夜、警護官に知らせず
 に自宅を抜け出したため後を付けたところ、大使が違法行為で知られ
 る公園に向かうのを目撃。
 大使が性行為を行っている現場は目撃していない。
・大使は説明を求められた際、夫婦げんかの後、頭を冷やすために時折、
 公園に行っただけだと弁解。
・大使は疑惑を「事実無根」として強く否定。
・ケネディ次官も調査への介入を否定。
・ベイルートに駐在する米国務省の職員は、大使館の警備員として勤務
 する外国人に性的虐待を行った疑惑。
・職員は、イラクのバクダッドや、スーダンのハルツーム、リベリアの
 モンロビアに駐在中も同様の虐待を行っていた疑惑がある。
・ヒラリー・クリントン前国務長官の警護官が海外出張中に買春を行った
 疑い。
・買春は習慣化していた。
・イラクの米大使館近くに「地下麻薬組織」が存在し、外交保安局と
 契約する請負業者らに麻薬を提供していた疑惑。
・調査のため現地に派遣された捜査官が調査の妨害に遭った。

Victoria Nuland
・欧州及びユーラシア問題の次官に指名予定。
 ベンガジの大使館事件の隠蔽対応への論功行賞か。

国外で自由に振舞う一部の米大使。
米国では、違法薬物と買春のようだ。
日本でも外務省問題があり、閣下称号や結果的に国策捜査と言われた鈴木
宗男と佐藤優が犠牲者(?)か

米国では、Obama Scandalが次々と報道。
共和党が今まで隠していた情報をメディアに流出しているようだ。
一部の人のために、多くの人が迷惑するのか。

オバマの逆襲 米海兵隊の異常さ
US Marine Corps Peeing and breathing
トモダチ作戦終了
US Marine Corps Peeing Trial
USNavy Arigato Gang Tour
Benghazi No Investigation
日中尖閣ホットライン
US Army Soldier as Sex Slave
IRS Scandal
PRISM data-collection program


English News Today - Army Staff Sgt. pleads guilty to Afghan massacre


Marines arrested in massive theft ring in San Diego


US Military Suspends General Michael T. Harrison Sr For Possible Involvement in Sexual Assault


Obama Administration Involved In Drugs And Sex Scandals?


---米国務省、買春など職員の不正行為を隠ぺいか---
2013.06.12 Wed posted at 12:44 JST
http://www.cnn.co.jp/usa/35033298.html

 ワシントン(CNN) 米国務省の高官や同省外交保安局が、職員による犯罪行為などを隠ぺいしたり調査を妨害したりしていた疑いのあることが、12日までに同省監察総監室の内部メモから明らかになった。
 CNNが入手した資料によると、ある現役の米国大使は、日常的に警護官の目を盗み、買春や未成年者とのわいせつな行為を行っていた疑惑が浮上。外交安全局員が調査を行おうとすると、ケネディ国務次官は正式な調査は行わないよう命じたとされる。
 この大使の調査に詳しい情報筋によると、大使の警護官は監察官への報告の中で、大使が夜、警護官に知らせずに自宅を抜け出したため後を付けたところ、大使が違法行為で知られる公園に向かうのを目撃した、と述べたという。ただ警護官は、大使が性行為を行っている現場は目撃していないとしている。
 大使はワシントンで説明を求められた際、夫婦げんかの後、頭を冷やすために時折、公園に行っただけだと弁解したという。またケネディ次官も11日に声明を出し、調査への介入を否定した。同大使は疑惑を「事実無根」として強く否定する声明を出している。
 疑惑は他にもある。ベイルートに駐在する米国務省の職員は、大使館の警備員として勤務する外国人に性的虐待を行ったと疑われている。監察総監室によると、この職員は、イラクのバクダッドや、スーダンのハルツーム、リベリアのモンロビアに駐在中も同様の虐待を行っていた疑惑があるという。
また、ヒラリー・クリントン前国務長官の警護官が海外出張中に買春を行った疑いも指摘されている。調査を担当した監察官は「買春は習慣化していた」と結論付けた。
 イラクの米大使館近くに「地下麻薬組織」が存在し、外交保安局と契約する請負業者らに麻薬を提供していた疑惑が浮上。この件では調査のため現地に派遣された捜査官が調査の妨害に遭ったという。
 これらの疑惑は、米CBSテレビが10日に報道した。報道を受け、米国務省のサキ報道官は10日に会見を開き、「一連の疑惑を重く受け止め、徹底した調査を行っている。CBSで報道されたすべての事例は、すでに調査済みか、現在調査中で、国務省は今後も対応を続ける」と述べた。
 クリントン前国務長官の広報担当者は、「(クリントン氏は)疑惑や調査について、報道で初めて知った。報道されていること以外は何も分からない」とコメントした。


---在日米軍性的暴行:被害者は日本人秘書か 機関紙が報道---
毎日新聞 2013年06月11日 21時05分
http://mainichi.jp/select/news/20130612k0000m040077000c.html

 在日米陸軍トップが軍内部で起きた性的暴行事件の監督責任などを問われ停職処分を受けた問題で、米軍の準機関紙スターズ・アンド・ストライプス(電子版)は11日までに、事件の被害者はキャンプ座間(神奈川県)に勤務する日本人の女性秘書だと報じた。
 在日米陸軍司令部は共同通信の取材に「事件は調査中で、コメントできない」として詳細を明らかにしていない。
 同紙によると、女性は出張先のホテルで上司の将校から性的に暴行されたほか、日常的にもセクハラ行為を受けていた。女性は将校本人にやめるよう訴えていたという。(共同)


---在日米陸軍司令官を停職、性的暴行疑惑で不十分な対応---
2013.6.8 11:58
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/news/130608/amr13060811590011-n1.htm

 【ワシントン=犬塚陽介】米国防総省は7日、部下の性的暴行に関する疑惑の報告や適切な調査を怠ったとして、在日米陸軍のハリソン司令官を停職処分にしたと発表した。性的暴行の詳細は不明。
 国防総省によると、事案の内部調査に数週間から数カ月かかり、その間はブーザー陸軍少将が暫定的に司令官を務めるという。ハリソン司令官は、2010年10月に在日米陸軍の司令官に就任していた。
 米軍内では性犯罪が深刻化しており、オバマ大統領は先月24日の海軍士官学校卒業式で、性的暴行は「軍の強さを支える信頼と規律を危険にさらしている」と演説し、厳しく対処する方針を示していた。


---米の自動車窃盗団、捕まえたら軍関係者ゾロゾロ---
2013年6月7日20時53分  読売新聞
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/world/news/20130607-OYT1T01067.htm

 【ロサンゼルス=水野哲也】米カリフォルニア州サンディエゴ郡の地方検事は6日、自動車窃盗団に対する8か月間に及ぶおとり捜査の末、司法当局が50人を逮捕したと発表した。
 逮捕者の中には、現役の海兵隊員7人と米海軍兵士1人、元海兵隊員7人の米軍関係者15人が含まれており、軍の装備品を横流ししていた疑いも浮上している。
 発表によると、今回の捜査は、警察などで構成する自動車窃盗対策班と税関当局、海軍犯罪捜査局などが合同で昨年8月に着手。犯罪組織の中に入り込んだおとり捜査官に対し、容疑者らは盗難車や麻薬に加え、サンディエゴ近郊の米軍基地から盗まれた小火器や弾薬、防弾チョッキ、暗視ゴーグルなどを売っていたという。捜査の結果、92台の盗難車や約10000発以上の弾薬が押収された。


---Marines charged in $1 million drug, theft ring---
by ABC News
Posted on June 7, 2013 at 3:58 PM
Updated Friday, Jun 7 at 4:02 PM
http://www.whas11.com/news/Marines-charged-in-million-drug-theft-ring-210619591.html

(ABC News) --  Fourteen active and former U.S. Marines were among 64 alleged perpetrators of an illicit military weapons and drug trafficking ring busted Thursday by California authorities.

Law enforcement made 50 early-morning arrests during a sweep in San Diego County to round up the suspects charged with stealing and selling the goods.

Authorities said they had made the largest dent in an "organized crime network" in more than three years.

"Through solid investigative work and collaboration this task force effectively shut down a large organized crime network committing numerous felonies," said Dave Jones, the state's insurance commissioner.

The investigation began as authorities looked into numerous stolen vehicles in the San Diego area, according to the district attorney.

Seven active-duty Marines, one Navy sailor, and seven former Marines were arrested as part of the bust, according to the district attorney.

 The suspects are accused of stealing and selling military equipment from Camp Pendleton in Southern California, including Kevlar helmets, high-capacity magazines, night-vision goggles, gas masks, and bullet-proof vests, according to the San Diego County district attorney's office.

The sting, dubbed "Operation Perfect Storm," also netted 92 stolen vehicles, methamphetamines and ecstasy, and 10,000 rounds of ammunition and high capacity magazines. The value of the stolen goods was estimated at $1 million, according to authorities.

According to the DA's office, law enforcement officials set up an undercover storefront location in San Diego County and, after infiltrating criminal groups throughout the county, invited them to sell stolen goods at the storefront location.

The alleged criminals were then videotaped trying selling stolen vehicles, weapons, and drugs to undercover detectives.

Authorities presented evidence to a grand jury over an eight-day period, including testimony from more than 90 witnesses.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which investigates alleged crimes in the military, was involved with the operation and worked with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the San Diego Auto Theft Task Force on the case, according to the district attorney's office.

Suspects face up to 25 years in state prison.

Nineteen of the defendants faced arraignment in San Diego Superior Court Thursday, while 31 others that were arrested posted bond, and will return for arraignments at a later date. Police are still seeking 14 of those indicted.


---The Geneva Suspension---
By Brian Palmer|Posted Friday, June 7, 2013, at 11:55 AM
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2013/06/staff_stg_robert_bales_murder_afghan_civilians_why_aren_t_u_s_soldiers_prosecuted.html

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales killed 16 Afghan civilians. Why wasn’t he charged with war crimes?

U.S. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who was charged with killing 16 innocent Afghan civilians in March 2012, pleaded guilty to premeditated murder in a military court on Wednesday. Why was Bales charged with murder rather than a war crime?

Because the U.S. military has jurisdiction over him. By deliberately killing unarmed civilians, Robert Bales broke a variety of laws. He violated Common Article Three of the Geneva Conventions, which protects “[p]ersons taking no active part in the hostilities,” as well as the War Crimes Act of 1996, a U.S. federal statute. He also violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which includes a provision for premeditated murder and applies to all U.S. service members serving anywhere in the world. Bales could have been prosecuted under any of those laws, but most military crimes are dealt with under the UCMJ, for a couple of reasons. First, soldiers serving abroad are under the command of military leaders, and the laws of war put the burden on those commanders to maintain discipline within the ranks. International law and international tribunals typically come into play only when those mechanisms fail. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, the UCMJ is a venerable legal regime. It has extensive safeguards for the defendant’s due process and a reliable appellate system. Although international criminal tribunals are growing in reputation, many observers favor the U.S. military justice system for its time-tested reliability.
International tribunals grab headlines, but the overwhelming majority of war crimes are dealt with under domestic laws like the UCMJ. After World War II, German courts and military commissions set up by the allies dealt with more than 20,000 war criminals, compared to a few dozen high-ranking officials tried at Nuremberg. Perhaps the most famous convicted U.S. war criminal, William Calley, was prosecuted under the UCMJ for his role in the 1968 My Lai massacre. The charge was premeditated murder, as was the case for Robert Bales.

Bales would likely have been tried for war crimes only if he had left the military prior to being charged. That’s what happened to Private First Class Steven Green, who raped and murdered a 14-year-old Iraqi girl in 2006. Green’s co-conspirators were all prosecuted under the UCMJ. Federal civilian prosecutors charged Green with violating the War Crimes Act, not because his behavior was more heinous than the others, but because he was discharged before his involvement in the crime became known, placing him beyond the reach of the military justice system.

Most legal scholars favor domestic trial and punishment because the penalties are tailored to the sense of justice of local people. In many countries, the death penalty is considered the only adequate punishment for murdering innocent civilians. When Bales was spared death, for example, an enraged family member of one of his victims vowed to take revenge. But at least execution was a possibility for Bales. The International Criminal Court is prohibited from considering the death penalty at all, so its punishment may leave some victims and their families feeling that justice was not served.


--- Major General Michael T. Harrison Suspended By Army For Allegedly Mishandling Sexual Assault Case---
By ROBERT BURNS 06/07/13 10:36 PM ET EDT
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/07/major-general-michael-harrison-suspended_n_3406246.html

WASHINGTON - A two-star general who commands U.S. Army forces in Japan has been suspended from his duties for allegedly failing to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault, the Army said Friday.

Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison was suspended by the Army chief of staff, Gen. Ray Odierno, and Army Secretary John McHugh, the Army said. It provided no details about the alleged sexual assault case.

Until the investigation of Harrison's role is completed, Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer will take his place in Japan, the Army said.

Harrison already had been selected to become deputy commander of the Army component of U.S. Central Command, based in Kuwait. That new assignment was publicly announced in February by the Pentagon, which said at the same time that Boozer would replace Harrison as commander in Japan.

Typically, an officer who has been suspended rather than relieved of command could be reinstated in his job if cleared of all allegations. But this won't happen in Harrison's case because Boozer already was scheduled to take over the command in Japan next week, which is sooner than the investigation is expected to be completed.

Harrison, a 33-year Army veteran, began his assignment in Japan in October 2010.

Amid increased political pressure to crack down on sexual abuse in the military services, the Air Force said Friday it is expanding the office responsible for sexual assault prevention and placed a female two-star general in charge.

Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward, who ran the U.S. portion of the allied air campaign over Libya in 2011 and is one of the Air Force's brightest stars, is running the reorganized office. She will report to the vice chief of the Air Force.

The move won praise from the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-Calif., who called Woodward a "breath of fresh air."

The office previously was run by a lieutenant colonel, Jeffrey Krusinski, who was arrested in May and charged with sexual battery. That incident escalated public debate over whether the military was taking seriously the problem of sexual abuse.

The House is scheduled to vote next week on a defense policy bill that would take away the power of military commanders to overturn convictions in rape and assault cases. The legislation also would require that anyone in uniform found guilty of a sex-related crime receive a punishment that includes, at a minimum, a dismissal from military service or a dishonorable discharge.

McKeon said Woodward is well-suited to the challenge she is facing.

"I welcome her voice to this fight," he said.

The Pentagon estimated in a recent report that as many as 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted last year, up from an estimated 19,000 assaults in 2011, based on an anonymous survey of military personnel.

An Air Force spokesman, Lt. Col. John Dorrian, said Friday that Woodward's office will be given additional resources, including a much larger staff than in its previous configuration. He said Woodward began the job this week.

Woodward entered the Air Force in 1983 with an aerospace engineering degree from Arizona State University. She has one master's degree in aviation science and another in national security strategy.

A command pilot with more than 3,800 flight hours, she flew aerial refueling aircraft and commanded air operations in numerous U.S. military operations, including the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. As commander of 17th Air Force, based in Germany, she commanded the U.S. portion of the allied air campaign over Libya in 2011.

Most recently she served as the Air Force's chief of safety. She also oversaw an investigation of the sexual abuse scandal at the Air Force's training headquarters at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.


---Commander suspended over handling of sexual assault claim---
By Seth Robson
Stars and Stripes
Published: June 7, 2013
http://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/commander-suspended-over-handling-of-sexual-assault-claim-1.224987

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison, commander of U.S. Army forces in Japan, has been suspended from his duties for allegedly failing to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault, the Army said Friday.

Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer, the former deputy commander of U.S. Army Europe, will serve as the interim commander until an investigation is complete and the issue resolved, an Army statement said.

The Pentagon announced in February that Harrison would become deputy commander of the Army component of U.S. Central Command, based in Kuwait, and that Boozer would succeed him in Japan.

The Associated Press reported that an officer who has been suspended, rather than relieved, of command could be placed back into his job if cleared of the allegations. However, AP reported, it won’t happen that way in Harrison’s case because Boozer had already been tapped to take over the command in Japan next week, and the investigation is not expected to be completed by then.

The Army provided no details about the alleged sexual assault case, but the suspension follows inquiries from Stars and Stripes into a senior U.S. Army officer’s alleged sexual assault on a female Japanese civilian employee stationed at Camp Zama. The woman said that when she complained to the officer about his behavior, he replied that Harrison looks out for him.

The alleged victim, a secretary, contacted Stars and Stripes last month complaining that the Army appeared to be stalling an investigation into her claims.

Stars and Stripes asked USARJ about the allegations on May 16. The following Monday, the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID) contacted the woman to schedule a meeting about her case, she said.

The woman, who has also complained to Japanese authorities, provided Stars and Stripes with an email from the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General stating that her case is also the subject of a probe by the Directorate for Whistleblower Reprisal Investigations.

USARJ public affairs chief Maj. Kevin Toner confirmed that an investigation into the woman’s claims is under way.

In a sworn statement to military investigators March 20, the woman complained that she was sexually assaulted by her boss, who had made suggestive comments to her and other employees at Camp Zama.

In a letter addressed to the Army’s inspector general in Japan, the woman alleged a series of unwanted advances, including gifts, love letters, late-night calls, texts and voice messages from her supervisor dating to his arrival in Japan two years ago, including comments about her body.

“I was so disgusted and asked him to stop it many times but he said he was giving me good compliments so I should appreciate it,” she said.

In her sworn statement, the woman alleges that the officer, while drunk, sexually assaulted her in a hotel room during a work trip.

In her letter to the IG, the woman said she confronted her boss about his behavior later and he allegedly replied that he had known Harrison for a long time and that the general had saved his career once before when he got into trouble. Harrison, a 33-year Army veteran, began his assignment in Japan in October 2010.

The woman said she was removed from her job against her will and given another position last November after other employees complained that the officer was showing her favoritism.


---State official caught up in Benghazi controversy in line for new post---
May 23rd, 2013 07:59 PM ET
Posted by CNN White House Producer Alex Mooney
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/05/23/state-official-caught-up-in-benghazi-controversy-in-line-for-new-post/

(CNN) - The State Department spokeswoman who earlier this month found herself in the middle of the controversy surrounding key revisions to the Benghazi talking points appears to be in line for a promotion.

The White House announced Thursday that President Barack Obama intends to nominate Victoria Nuland as assistant secretary for European and Eurasian affairs, a position that requires Senate confirmation.

Nuland, who has served as the State Department spokesperson from 2011 until earlier this spring, came under fire from Obama administration critics last week after leaked e-mails revealed she raised concerns with the CIA-prepared talking points on the deadly terror attack last September 11.

Specifically, Nuland asked that references to al Qaeda and previous CIA warnings about threats posed to U.S. diplomats in Libya be scrubbed from the document that was used by U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on news talk shows to explain the administration's understanding of events in Libya.

Critics contend Nuland's request was part of an administration cover-up of the
true cause of the Benghazi attacks to avoid political fallout ahead of the 2012 election.

The White House has said the State Department was instead concerned with drawing conclusions about the attack before an investigation into the matter had been fully conducted.

Nuland is a career foreign service officer who has served in senior posts around the world and at the State Department, in addition to her stint as the agency's top spokeswoman.

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