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Congress Charges Cover-Up


Congress takes on the Department of Defense in the first oversight hearing held this year by the subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs on sexual assault in the military. Dr. Kaye Whitley, Director of Sexual Assault and Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) failed to show at the hearing despite being subpoenaed. Her "no show" left some members accusing the DOD of a cover up.


Col. Ann Wright

Sexual Assault in the Military: A DoD Cover-Up?

There was quite a struggle in Congress this week. The Department of Defense refused to allow the senior civilian in charge of its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) to testify in Thursday's hearing on sexual assault in the military. Rep. John Tierney, chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, angrily dismissed Principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense Michael Dominguez from the hearing when Dominguez said that he, the DoD chief of legislative affairs and the chief of public affairs, had ordered Dr. Kaye Whitley, chief of SAPRO, to refuse to honor the subpoena issued by the subcommittee for her appearance.


DoD official booted from sex assault hearing

The Pentagon's No. 2 personnel and readiness official was admonished and dismissed from a House subcommittee hearing on sexual assault in the military Thursday after admitting that he had directed a key subordinate not to appear.

Tierney said Whitley would be subpoenaed and that Dominguez's decision showed disrespect to the two women who had testified moments earleir - one a rape victim, one a rape/murder victim's mother - as well as other victims and the subcommittee itself.


Sex Assaults Against Women in Military 'Epidemic'
GAO Report: Sexual Assaults and Rapes in Military Under-Reported by Half

A look at slayings of 3 military women in 7 months

Rapists in the ranks
Sexual assaults are frequent, and frequently ignored, in the armed services.

Oversight Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military
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But the rapes and murders overlooked and the flouting of Congress by the military.

So now not only does the Administration claims executive privilege for cabinet and staff that deny Congress constitutional role of oversight but the military is claiming the same privilege.

All of this are the precursors of a dictatorship.

carol

So called 'Opposition' sits on it's hands, while faining outrage, and does little to nothing!

I'm beginning to think, actually for a long time, I'm not going to like what I see coming, glad I'm old!!

i>McCain Uses POW Status as Sword & Shield

"The wise man points to the stars and the fool sees only the finger - and discusses it 24/7 on cable."

I just finished Ted Sorensen's "Counsellor" about his Kennedy years. A really inspiring book. This country has been going down hill for a long time now, it will not be easy to turn things around. Not by a long shot. I think it is important to have patience. Kennedy started off much more conservative than he ended up and he was distrusted by many including myself because of the Kennedy family's close ties to Joe McCarthy etc.

My parents thought the FDR would be a fiscal conservative maybe a bit better than Hoover and they were of course happily surprised.

I'm not saying that Obama has the potential of either man, although I am open to hoping, but he may at the least be the beginning of a turn around, away from a fascist dictatorship. He has many obstacles to conquer, definitely racist sentiments held by many Americans even if they may be residual these days, and he will come to office (if he does) facing the debacle of our foreign policy and an economic meltdown.)

Be glad your not as old as I am, old buddy.

carol

Rep. Tillie K. Fowler lead an investigation of "sexual misconduct" allegations within the Air Force back in 2003. The Report was released in 2003.

Report of the Panel to Review Sexual Misconduct Allegations at the U.S. Air Force Academy (Fowler Report)
http://commdocs.house.gov/committees/security/has267270.000/has267270_0f.htm

The Air Force reviewed the Fowler Report and issued its own report in 2004 looking at its own response to allegations.
Report Concerning the Assessment of USAF Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
www.af.mil/library/posture/SA_Assessment_Report.pdf

DOD Task Force issued another report in 2005 on sexual harassment and violence
http://new.vawnet.org/category/documents.php?docid=302

I have no doubt there are many more reports and studies and task forces and on and on and on. Maybe congress should look at why we have rape in our society at all - hint: dehumanization.

important stuff.

More women raped than killed in action. What is going on here. How are the male soldiers being trained. I have heard that in boot camp they are put through deliberately dehumanizing psychological exercises to accustom them to the circumstances of close combat in Iraq where they are expected to kill civilians at close range.

carol