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JL
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In 2011, there were 3,191 reports of sexual assault in the military. Only 240 moved to trial. In this clip, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is asking the military brass about a case at Aviano Air Base where a general reversed the decision of a military jury



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JL A. (274)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 12:39 pm
Watch An Awesome Feminist Senator Teach A U.S. General How To Do His Job

In 2011, there were 3,191 reports of sexual assault in the military. Only 240 moved to trial. In this clip, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is asking the military brass about a case at Aviano Air Base where a general reversed the decision of a military jury and overturned a conviction against a high-ranking officer who attacked a subordinate. This is the first hearing like this in almost 10 years.

Adam Mordecai

ORIGINAL: By Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D - New York).
 

Kit B. (277)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 2:14 pm

Oh my some serious CYA going on with these Generals. I think Kristen Gillbrand just kicked some Generals where it hurts, in the pride. There must be some deep changes in the military justice system if they are ever to properly address rape.
 

Darren Woolsey (57)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 2:54 pm
Well worth watching her... and his insipid weak responses...
 

Joanne Dixon (35)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 3:10 pm
Feel free to join her book club
http://action.kirstengillibrand.com/t/12057/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=595 will bring up my address but there's a click to change to your own. The next selection is a play, only 33 pages and very funny (and a free download). I don't know whether I can keep up but I am interested in this one.
 

Gene Jacobson (241)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 3:17 pm
Outstandingly well done. On her part. The men? Meh. Same old, same old. Those statistics are both shocking and revolting. How can one soldier on when one has enemies on both sides of the trench? Our soldiers deserve better, a lot better. I think back to shows like MASH, which was popular just after my own service, and it was one long sexual harassment claim, virtually the entirety of it. Yet we celebrate it as ground breaking comedy, its actors won awards. For what exactly? For leading the modern military to this? They did their duty did they? Well, sorry, but I'm with Senator Gillibrand on this. The only person who did her duty was the victim who reported the crime. Everything else was dereliction. It still is.
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 4:21 pm
Excellent comments and observations Kit and Gene. I agree Darren. Her book list has been good Joanne. So sorry I am unable to send stars to any of you four!
 

Angelika R. (146)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 4:55 pm
Sorry, but I am NOT interested in her any longer since i found out yesterday she is a supporter of the backdoor to war bill lobbied by AIPAC. Thx.
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 5:07 pm
Most US politicians are strong in some areas, weak in others and none are expected to match our own views 100% of the time Angelika. You are welcome. You cannot currently send a star to Angelika because you have done so within the last day.
 

Terry V. (30)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 5:09 pm
Another reason why we will not have a female for President next election.
 

Darren Woolsey (57)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 5:13 pm
The next election is years away... there's hope yet...
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Vicky P. (461)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 6:19 pm
good for her, she told him off and we need more of it, perhaps more rude next time because these guys deserve it :)
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 6:53 pm
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Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 6:56 pm
I like nothing better than to hear some stuffed brass get his comeuppance when he knows he is in the wrong and is fumbling around with weak words in defense of a defenseless situation. I applaud Kristen Gillbrand for her strength in standing up to an outdated system of punishment (or lack of) and bringing to light the horrendous statistics of unreported or untried rape cases in the military. Thanks J.L.
 

JL A. (274)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 6:58 pm
You are welcome Tamara. You cannot currently send a star to Tamara because you have done so within the last day.
 

Carol D. (104)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 5:55 am
These high ranking military officials always think they are above the law and things will get covered up for them Its good now we are getting to a time when they wont be able to cover things up Its appalling how many sexual assaults there still are in the military

noted
 

Beverly T. (82)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 7:38 am
Frankly, I am still confused as to why the military is a "nation unto itself" with different laws and an entirely different set of rules of jurisdiction. So OK, in times of combat, expidiency "on the battlefield" must be considered.. I see that. But on issues of "common law" in non-combat situations. I don't. The "jury of peers" system should be able to work anywhere there are 12 people and note, I do mean PEERS !!!!!
Maybe I am naive, but I'm just trying to understand what to me, in my opinion should be common sense.
Jury...Decision...guilty/not guilty...sentence.
P.S.
I also believe that guilt of any felony should mean...DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED !!!!!!
Why would we want to keep a felon in the military ??
Afterall....
Felons can not JOIN the Military but we can KEEP a felon in the Military ?????
Hummmm
 

Beverly T. (82)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 8:02 am
Frankly, I am still confused as to why the military is a "nation unto itself" with different laws and an entirely different set of rules of jurisdiction. So OK, in times of combat, expidiency "on the battlefield" must be considered.. I see that. But on issues of "common law" in non-combat situations. I don't. The "jury of peers" system should be able to work anywhere there are 12 people and note, I do mean PEERS !!!!!
Maybe I am naive, but I'm just trying to understand what to me, in my opinion should be common sense.
Jury...Decision...guilty/not guilty...sentence.
P.S.
I also believe that guilt of any felony should mean...DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED !!!!!!
Why would we want to keep a felon in the military ??
Afterall....
Felons can not JOIN the Military but we can KEEP a felon in the Military ?????
Hummmm
 

JL A. (274)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 9:02 am
The military gives a ghastly number of waivers for felonies at enlistment:
Felony waiver
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A felony waiver is special permission granted to United States military recruit with a felony on their criminal record. Some crimes that are considered to be misdemeanors according to respective state law may be, according to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, considered felonies and thus would require a felony waiver. Occupations requiring high level security clearances are usually closed to individuals seeking felony waivers. They are increasingly being issued by the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps to bolster forces that are strained by the demands of the ongoing War on Terror. This is a more common practice today than in the past,[1] along with the usage of the stop-loss policy.

US Representative Henry Waxman of California is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Upon releasing data focused on felony waivers, Waxman acknowledged public sentiment regarding the usage of felony waivers, stating that "Concerns have been raised that the significant increase in the recruitment of persons with criminal records is a result of the strain put on the military by the Iraq war and may be undermining military readiness."
Contents

1 Usage
2 Frequency
2.1 Crimes
3 See also
4 References

Usage

United States military recruiting standards vary according to branch; however, most felonies are excluded from the felony waiver. A felony that occurs below the age of criminal responsibility is more likely to be waived; likelihood reduces if the felony occurred as an adult. According to the U.S. Army, "In either case it all comes down to the type of offense and how long ago it was."[2]

Waivers must be approved by an officer who is ranked as a brigadier general or above, and recruits must have written recommendations and endorsements from community leaders illustrating they would be a good candidate for military service.[3]
Frequency

Data released by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform showed the number of soldiers admitted to the Army with felony records doubled from 249 in 2006 to 511 in 2007. The number of Marines with felonies rose from 208 to 350. According to the U.S. Army, 15 percent of recruits needed waivers in the 12-month period ending on September 30, 2006; 18 percent of the recruits needed them in the fiscal year ending September 30, 2007. The total number of sailors who received felony waivers was 48 in 2006 and 42 in 2007. There were no Air Force recruits with waivers for felony convictions in 2007.[4]
Crimes

In 2007 more than half of the Army's 511 convictions were for thefts, ranging from burglaries to bad checks and stolen cars. Another 130 were for drug offenses. The remainder included two for manslaughter; five for sexual crimes, including rape, incest or sexual assault, and; three for negligent or vehicular homicide. Two received waivers for terrorist threats including bomb threats in 2007.[5]

235 of the Marine Corps' 350 waivers were for various types of thefts in 2007, and another 63 were for assaults or robberies that may also have included use of a weapon. The remainder included one for manslaughter in 2007; four for sex crimes; and five for terror threats, including bomb threats. The Navy's convictions were mostly for a variety of thefts or drug and drunk driving convictions, with two for terror or bomb threats in 2007.[6]
See also

Military recruitment

References

^ Alvarez, L. "Army and Marine Corps Grant More Felony Waivers", The New York Times. April 22, 2008. Retrieved 4/22/08.
^ "Can I join the Army with a felony?" Army.com. Retrieved 4/22/08.
^ Baldor, L.C. (2008) "More convicted felons allowed to enlist in Army, Marines", Associated Press. p 1. Retrieved 4/22/08.
^ Baldor, L.C. (2008). p 1.
^ Baldor, L.C. (2008) "More convicted felons allowed to enlist in Army, Marines", Associated Press. p 3. Retrieved 4/22/08.
^ Baldor, L.C. (2008). p 3.
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Mitchell D. (127)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 11:00 am
She is one of my favorite New Yorkers! You are awesome!
 

Sandra Patterson (60)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 11:40 am
We need many more like her...duly noted
 

JL A. (274)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 12:02 pm
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Phil P. (88)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 12:38 pm
Glad to see at least one 3 star general took it up wahzoo. Wonder how he liked being on the receiving end.
 

Charlie Rush (42)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 3:03 pm
This is the Old Boys Club, at its finest.
Old white men rule the world, and anyone that doesn't know it, is in danger of being committed.
Sorry, but for the most part, they don't 'want' to know about our problems and how to fix them. I wish I didn't have to say this, but you can't fix a problem you don't recognize.
I firmly believe, we women, can help make a difference, for the good of all, males and females, and it is happening slowly, very slowly. The reason? The minute we make any headway, along come the 'good old white boys conservative club' to knock us back down.
They have been very successful, through religion, mostly. They have brain-washed many females into believing that they are superior. They stick together, when the going gets tough; where as, females compete, when the going gets tough. All the while, men egg them on to abandon our sisters.

It is quite effective and has worked since the beginning of time.
 

Beverly T. (82)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 3:31 pm
Ok thanks J.L.

Leaving out the other WTF were they thinking waivered felonies ????....
I count 9 RAPISTS being allowed INTO the services in 2007 alone...(Often the charge is reduced to ONLY assault....
Plus...
Mutiply that by 6 years sooo 56 rapists.....
Plus...
We figure in that they have allowed MORE of these waivers each year....
Plus
We MUST add those who got the message....rape must be OK (men DO talk ya know)
Mix this well with macho enforced male egos.....
And VOILA !!!!!
MAJOR PROBLEM !!!!!
DUH !!!!!!


 

John B. (215)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:15 pm
Thanks J.L. for the link. on this issue I give her an A+. Viewed and noted.
 

JL A. (274)
Wednesday March 20, 2013, 6:44 pm
You are welcome Beverly and John. I agree John.You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 6:37 am
Great video.
 

Anna M. (18)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 7:21 am
my daughter was harassed while in the Navy and when she stood up for herself she was labeled a "troublemaker"
 

Stephanie Reap (192)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 10:20 am
I love when a woman puts a man in his place ;)
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 1:53 pm
Noted. Thanks, JL. I can only say that I'm glad to see Gillibrand take such a strong stand with tough words on this issue.
 

JL A. (274)
Thursday March 21, 2013, 5:39 pm
You are welcome Lois. Some great responses but unfortunately I'm being told I can't send stars to Laura, Anna, Stephanie or Lois yet.
 
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