Marine Corps must explain its treatment of officer who blew whistle on Afghan tied to killing of Marines
A federal judge has ordered the Marine Corps to answer to allegations that it has quietly tried to discredit a Reserve civil affairs officer in order to cover up his warnings about an Afghan police chief later tied to the fatal shootings of three troops on a base in southern Afghanistan.The Marines have also tried to keep information from the families of the victims of the attack. The police chief is alleged to have been in a homosexual affair with the killer. This case seems to be clearly one the Marine Corps is uncomfortable about disclosing the facts.
U.S. District Court Judge Joseph F. Bianco ordered the Marines Corps on Dec. 22 to respond to claims that military officials tried to “negatively manipulate” the service record of Marine CorpsReserve Maj. Jason Brezler, who tried to alert authorities to the “immediate danger” that Afghan Police Chief Sawar Jan posed to the base by sending to them a classified document via email.
About two weeks after Mr. Brezler issued the warning, in August 2012, a young civilian in a close relationship with Mr. Jan fatally shot three Marines who were working out in the base gymnasium.
Mr. Brezler alleges in a December lawsuit he filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York that the Marine Corps has refused to investigate and make public the events leading up to the death of the Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley, Cpl. Richard Rivera and Staff Sgt. Scott Dickinson. Instead, the military service launched a “witch hunt” into the actions of Mr. Brezler and convened a board of inquiry into whether he should be thrown out of the Marine Corps, according to court documents.