Marines betrayed by their own leadership.
"Former Marine attorneys call for congressional inquiry into actions of commandant" Air Force Times, October 25, 2013 (thanks to Christian)
Some 27 former Marine Corps and Navy officers and lawyers, including a general officer, sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate and House Armed Services committees Tuesday, asking for a congressional inquiry into allegations of unlawful command influence centering on Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos and his senior legal advisers.
The letter cites legal documentation alleging Amos deprived accused Marines of due process, made misleading statements under oath, engaged in abuse of the legal discovery process to hide evidence, and worked to tarnish the reputation of a Marine Corps whistleblower who came forward to expose the unethical activities of Marine leadership.
“Our country is entitled to trust her Marines completely, and that trust starts first and foremost with the Commandant himself,” the signers wrote.
The allegations stem from a 2011 incident in which scout snipers in Afghanistan filmed themselves urinating on the corpses of insurgents. The video was later posted to YouTube, creating an international embarrassment for the Marine Corps and prompting Amos to embark on a 2012 “Heritage Brief” tour of the Marine Corps in which he condemned the snipers’ actions.
The initial convening authority on the sniper cases, Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, would later say in a sworn statement that Amos stripped him of authority to prosecute when he would not promise to ensure that all linked to the scandal were thrown out of the Corps.