Patrick Leahy: Military Sexual Assault Cases Should Be Shifted To State Prosecutors
Picture caption: “The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Tuesday that Congress is considering stripping the military of its authority to prosecute sexual assault cases and shifting the responsibility to state prosecutors.”
WASHINGTON — Ambitious legislation to stanch the growing number of sexual assaults in the armed forces by overhauling the military justice system faces an uncertain future due to vigorous objections from senior Defense Department leaders and key members of Congress who are concerned the proposed changes go too far.
The bill crafted by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., cleared an important hurdle Tuesday when the Senate Armed Services personnel subcommittee that she chairs approved the measure. But the legislation must get through the full committee and its chairman, Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., has signaled his intent to offer an alternative that would mute the most aggressive reforms in Gillibrand’s bill.
That way Senator Levin can make it look as though he’s being patriotic and “bi-partisan” while finishing out his not-to-be-renewed term in office. Perhaps Michiganders can find themselves a less leftist representative for the “world’s greatest deliberative body.” But Leahy was reelected in 2010 so we won’t be looking for a new Senator BiC anytime soon.
There’s 1,318 Obama-Days left in this Administration. How much of a military will we have left by then? Or if we’ll even be able to call it a military? What kind of a message does this send to China, Russia and Iran? As well as to those we call our “allies”? Gen. de Gaulle left NATO in 1966 after deciding France would not risk depending on anyone else for her defense. Guess he didn’t trust the U.S. Smart fellow. Smarter than yours truly, apparently, for whom that realization was slow in coming.
The Democrats essentially want to disarm the United States. The Republicans are helping them, and have been for quite some time. Once that’s done, wonder how the world will appear to us? Think it’ll be a better place with the Russians, Chinese and Muslims running the show?
Silly Americans. This nonsense, pushing women in the military into ever closer contact with men and then cranking-up the sexual assault esprit de corps demolition engine, is for kids. Is this any different than having coed showers at colleges and the resultant “rape epidemic”? However, man-on-man assaults apparently now outnumber the man-on-woman variety. Wonder how DoD will classify transgender assaults once such practices are an open part of the military? And what about sexual assaults that take place overseas or aboard ships? The logistics boggle the mind. But then, the military is pretty good at logistics.
You can learn more about the “military sexual assault” phenomenon than you can possibly ever wish to know by reading the recent report, parts I & II, that prompted the current MSM and legislative kerfuffle. They’re available here and here at at 729 and 765 pages, respectively. Enjoy. Let me know what you think. :)
Wonder how many person-hours all that took away from combat readiness pursuits?