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The Armed Forces have for years now instructed our soldiers to ignore the sexual abuse of boys by Afghan leaders viewed as allies of the United States . Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley, Jr. told his father, “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it.”
In an effort to keep this dirty little secret, the Navy (which oversees the Marine Corps.) has decided to discharge Major Jason Brezler for sharing his concerns with fellow Marines, using an unclassified server .
A similar case arose in 2011, when Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland struck an Afghan police official for the rape of a teenage boy. In that instance, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)intervened, and the Army allowed the Green Beret to stay in the service.
According to former Special Forces Captain Dan Quinn, “But we were putting people into power who would do things that were worse than the Taliban did – that was something village elders voiced to me.”
Quinn was relieved of his command, and pulled from Afghanistan after beating an Afghan commander who kept a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. Quinn subsequently left the military.
There is yet another layer of complexity to the situation. The Taliban is using child sex slaves to infiltrate Afghan forces, and carry out deadly assaults . Lance Cpl. Buckley (above) and two other Marines were killed by a group of boys living on base with an Afghan police commander.
The Pentagon in February of this year launched an investigation into how our Armed Forces handle allegations of child molestation by Afghan military and police. The perverted practice is so common in Afghanistan, especially among Afghan leaders, it has a name: bacha bazi (“boy play”).
Rep. Hunter this summer asked the Dept. of Defense to take a stand against child abuse and child rape in Afghanistan. In Hunter’s words:
“It is my belief that we can begin taking immediate steps to stop child rape from occurring in the presence of US forces and reduce any risk of coinciding insider attacks. This includes imposing a zero-tolerance policy and ensuring service personnel are not discouraged from reporting cases.”
Hunter and others have complained that field commanders turn a blind eye to retain the support of Afghan security forces.
 New York Times, “U.S. Soldiers Told to Ignore Sexual Abuse of Boys by Afghan Allies” by Joseph Goldstein, 9/20/15, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/21/world/asia/us-soldiers-told-to-ignore-afghan-allies-abuse-of-boys.html?_r=0.
 Washington Post, “Navy analysis found that a Marine’s case would draw attention to Afghan ‘sex slaves’ ” by Dan Lamothe, 9/1/16, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/09/01/navy-analysis-found-that-a-marines-case-would-draw-attention-to-afghan-sex-slaves/.
 Military Times, “Lawmaker wants stronger DoD response on Afghan child rape” by Leo Shane III, 6/21/16, http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2016/06/21/hunter-response-afghanistan-child-rape/86171198/.
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