Is the Pentagon in fact condoning the sick actions of Afghan Local Police (ALP)? According to this story, yes. Two Army officers have been severely punished for taking action to protect a young boy from a brutal Afghan rapist. One officer is facing involuntary discharge, and his appeal has been denied.
Two U.S Representatives are driving a bill to get this officer reinstated, and to be named a hero. It’s a nice gesture, but totally unbinding. The Pentagon does not take orders from Congress.
According to sources, taking action against the perpetrators of these atrocities was not allowed, as it would undermine the very government the U.S. was trying to build up. But these two soldiers felt they had a moral obligation to stop this serial rape.
How can our military leaders ignore these basic human rights of young children? How can they punish those who stand up for them? It boggles the mind.
You can read the entire sordid story here.
(CNN)Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland, the Green Beret being separated involuntarily from the U.S. Army for kicking and body slamming an Afghan police commander he describes as a “brutal child rapist,” began telling his side of the story Monday.
Martland is under a gag order imposed by the Pentagon, but at the request of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif, he wrote a statement detailing his actions on Sept. 6, 2011, which was obtained by CNN.
“Kicking me out of the army is morally wrong and the entire country knows it,” Martland writes. Last week the Army rejected his appeal.
Martland and former Captain Daniel Quinn were disciplined by the Army after they beat a powerful local police official who they concluded had been raping a small boy. They say they had been encouraged by higher-ups that there was nothing to do about such horrific acts, that these were Afghan problems for the Afghan authorities to work out.
But the Afghan authorities wouldn’t do anything about it, the two soldiers say.
“Our ALP (Afghan Local Police) were committing atrocities and we were quickly losing the support of the local populace,” Martland writes in his statement. “The severity of the rapes and the lack of action by the Afghan Government caused many of the locals to view our ALP as worse than the Taliban.”
Quinn and Martland were told by a young Afghan boy and his mother, through an Afghan interpreter, that the boy had been tied to a post at the home of Afghan Local Police commander … and raped repeatedly for up to two weeks…
…“After the child rapist laughed it off and referenced that it was only a boy, Captain Quinn picked him up and threw him,” Martland writes. Martland then proceeded to “body slam him multiple times,” …
Quinn: “We basically had to make sure that he fully understood that if he ever went near that boy or his mother again, there was going to be hell to pay.”…
…“we felt a moral obligation to act,” Martland writes…