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.This is wrong on so many levels.
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.
The Pentagon imposing a gag order? How is that legal when its a personnel matter involving the person in question? The protection of a child molester (and yeah...those bastards are so twisted that they think raping boys is cool) at the expense of a Special Forces soldier?
Its just wrong.
But ya know what. The military blogosphere isn't talking about it. Is it because everyone knows and we have personally failed the test when it matters and this guy stood up and did the hard thing? Is it because some want to protect contacts in the Pentagon so they don't want to be critical? What about the General's club? What about rank and file soldiers?
This is fucked up beyond comprehension but instead of confronting it head on, we turn away. Big Army. Pentagon. FIX YOURSELF!