The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is now investigating reports that both former and active duty marines were using a Facebook page to share lewd photographs of female marines. The announcement was made yesterday by Defense Department officials who said that the images were those of unidentifiable women in various stages of undress, and included some obscene comments. Officials said the images have since been removed from the page.
When ask for comment on the investigation, Marine Corps commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller declined to comment because it was an ongoing investigation. But he did comment about the situation in general: “For anyone to target one of our Marines, online or otherwise, in an inappropriate manner, is distasteful and shows an absence of respect,” Neller said in a statement.
It is not yet known just how many active duty personnel were involved or currently under investigation, but a Marine Corps official, that wanted to remain unnamed, said at least one government contractor had been terminated because he posted a link to the photographs. In addition, Sgt. Maj. Ronald L. Green, the top enlisted man in the Marine Corps, said: “These negative behaviors are absolutely contrary to what we represent.”
The incident was first reported by The War Horse, a nonprofit agency owned by Marine veteran Thomas Brennan. Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Ryan E. Alvis said. “We are thankful that Thomas Brennan, a Marine veteran, notified the Marine Corps and NCIS about what he witnessed on the `Marines United’ page. It allowed us to take immediate action to have the explicit photos taken down and to prepare to support potential victims.”
Brennan said that more than two dozen active-duty women, officers and enlisted, were identified by their rank, full name and location in the photographs. Other photographs of active duty and veteran women were also posted and linked through a Google Drive link. Google and Facebook have since deleted the accounts that were associated with the photo sharing at the request of Marine Corps officials.
Capt. Alvis also told reporters: “The Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in a closed website. This behavior destroys morale, erodes trust, and degrades the individual.”
Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., the ranking Democrat on the committee, called the online behavior “degrading, dangerous and completely unacceptable. The military men and women who proudly volunteer to serve their country should not have to deal with this kind of reprehensible conduct.”
It is truly amazing how much moral indignation Democrats can find, especially when it involves improper conduct from members of our military, but can’t seem to find that same moral compass when going about the business of the people.