The plight of Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler could be described at a minimum as everything old is new again. However, on the other side of the coin, the case of Major Brezler could also be one of the premier cases of political hypocrisy in the history of the American Republic. As reported by the Daily Caller on Aug. 15, 2015, the Marine Reserve officer is still fighting his dismissal from the Corps for sending via his private email account classified information, which in the broadest of terms, is the same situation presidential contender Hillary Clinton finds herself in.
Yet as the graduate of the US Naval Academy (popularly known simply as Annapolis) and also a four tours-of-duty combat veteran of Afghanistan openly admits, his sending of a singular classified document was to warn other Marines “in country” of an insider threat of an Afghan official with suspected ties to the Taliban, the opium trade, and the sexual slavery of underage boys could see him kicked out of the United States Marine Corps. The Washington Times reported on Aug. 16, 2015, that despite claims of innocence, investigators have flagged 60 emails originating from Hillary Clinton, “nearly all contained classified secrets at the lowest level of ‘confidential’ and one contained information at the intermediate level of ‘secret.'” The latest tally doesn’t count the initial two top secret emails found to have started with Clinton.
Initially reported by Fox News late in 2013, the full-time fire fighter and Marine Corps Reserve Major from New York City is facing what could loosely be translated as the military version of a Grand Jury Hearing stemming from his using an unsecured email account to warn fellow Marines that a high placed Afghan police commande,r Sarwar Jan, of being suspected of both posing a security risk as well as participating in pedophilia at US military installations. While serving in the Taliban hotbed of Helmand Province, Maj. Brezler responded to an urgent request from other Marines concerning the status of Sarwan Jan, who was routinely allowed open access to American bases as part of the Afghan Transition Team.
Major Brezler responded with his information of the Afghan official’s shady security and sexual background. But the major’s major faux pas was that he used his Yahoo e-mail account to get the word out. For using his personal e-mail account, the combat veteran was initially under threat of essentially getting booted from the Corps under less than honorable conditions.
As reported by Fox News, “there is no evidence immediate action was taken” regarding Brezler’s warning that Jan was someone deserving of at least a closer eye, if not outright increased security precautions. Still without anyone acting on the Major’s input, a few months later one of Jan’s “teen-aged boy assistants” who was also suspected of being one of his sexual abuse victims, opened fire on four Marines, killing three.
Staff Sergeant Scott Dickinson, Corporal Richard Rivera and Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr. were all gunned down while lifting weights in a makeshift gym on base. Somehow, Staff Sgt. Cody Rhode suffered five gunshot wounds at close range and managed to survive.
Fox News quoted attorney Kevin Carroll, whose law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is representing Major Brezler pro bono, “Brezler’s immediate chain-of-command here in the U.S. did not recommend punitive action, and the Marine command in Afghanistan called for the relevant document in Brezler’s case to be declassified, because there is no information in the document which, if released, would damage national security. Nonetheless, someone outranking both the Major’s senior officers here in The States and Afghanistan is pushing for charges against him. Major Brezler could see himself before an official Board of Inquiry pending possible charges.
In a letter from New York Rep. Peter King (R) to the Commandant of the Marine Corps (at the time), General James Amos, the Congressman penned, “It is unfair for Maj. Brezler’s good-faith effort to warn his fellow Marines, of what sadly proved to be mortal danger, to derail his reserve career. The Marines and the (New York City) Fire Department need more good men such as Maj. Brezler, not less.”
As previously published by Examiner.com, multiple specific sources ranging from the Wall Street Journal to the San Francisco Chronicle note there has been a long time move by the United States Government to look the other way at the self-admitted fact that both the oppression of women and pedophilia are part of “Afghan cultural norms.” Listed among the “taboo” subjects of conversation for American troops deployed to the Central Asian nation include;
- Any criticism of pedophilia.
- Mentioning homosexuality and homosexual conduct.
- Advocating women’s rights.
- Anything related to Islam.
As also cited, Joel Brinkley of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote in his August, 2010 article titled “Afghanistan’s dirty little secret”:
- Too often, soldiers on patrol passed an older man walking hand-in-hand with a pretty young boy. Their behavior suggested he was not the boy’s father.
- Then, British soldiers found that young Afghan men were actually trying to ‘touch and fondle them.’
- For centuries, Afghan men have taken boys, roughly 9 to 15 years old, as lovers.
- Some research suggests that half the Pashtun tribal members in Kandahar and other southern towns are ‘bacha baz’, the term for an older man with a boy lover.
- Literally it means ‘boy player.’ The men like to boast about it.
Since the initial Fox News report, the Department of Defense recommended the Major be booted from the Marine Corps, but under honorable conditions. However, Major Brezler is fighting his dismissal as reported by the Marine Corps Times on Dec. 30, 2014, on the grounds “that the proceedings against him were so flawed they should be thrown out.”