Is the Pentagon Losing the War against Sex Crimes?
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Generals have overturned sexual assault convictions — without giving a reason. The head of Sexual Prevention and Response for the Air Force was arrested for drunkenly groping a woman in a parking lot. Is it time for change in the Uniform Code of Military Justice? Also, President Obama meets with British Prime Minister Cameron, and evidence that the IRS focused on conservatives when it was assessing tax-exempt status have outraged Republicans. Today the President said he’s outraged, too — if it really happened.
Banner image: Marine Corps Lt. Elle Helmer visits the Vietnam War Memorial in the investigative documentary The Invisible War. Photo: Cinedigm/Docurama Films
President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron Meet ()
At a White House news conference today with British Prime Minister David Cameron, President Obama was asked about ongoing Republican attacks on the so-called "talking points" about the deadly attack on Benghazi. Saying that "the whole thing defies logic," the President attributed Republicans' continued focus to "political motivation." The Prime Minister reiterated that Britain shared American support for the Syrian opposition. Reid Epstein is White House reporter for Politico.
Is the Pentagon Losing the War against Sex Crimes? ()
At the White House last week, the Commander in Chief expressed support for soldiers who have been sexually assaulted. But there's evidence that such assaults are increasing and that victims have lost confidence in military justice, partly because of the chain of command. High-profile cases of commanders overturning court-martial convictions have members of Congress calling for change, but the Pentagon is concerned about a system of discipline based on the requirements of combat. We hear from a former Marine officer who was raped, a congresswoman who's calling for action and from skeptics who warn against moving too fast.
- Craig Whitlock: Washington Post, @CraigMWhitlock
- Elle Helmer: US Marine Corps (formerly)
- Jackie Speier: House of Representative, @RepSpeier
- Michael Waddington: Gonzalez and Waddington, @courtmartiallaw
- Gene Fidell: Yale Law School, @YaleLawSch
What Does the IRS Scandal Have to Do with SuperPAC’s? ()
Republicans are accusing the Internal Revenue Service of abusing its power and the public trust because of admitted "mistakes" in searching applications for tax exempt status, focusing on political conservatives. Responding to reports that the IRS used keywords including "Tea Party" and "Patriots" in determining tax-exempt status, President Obama was emphatic. "If you've got the IRS operating in anything less than a neutral and non partisan way, then it is outrageous… and it's got to be fixed." Rick Hasen is professor of law at UC Irvine, who writes the Election Law Blog.
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