Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland is a Green Beret who has served America honorably for 11 years. In 2011, when he and team leader learned that an Afghan police commander had allegedly tied a young boy to a bed and repeatedly raped him and also beat his mother, Martland and the team leader confronted the man. When the man laughed, Martland shoved him to the ground. It looks like the decision to defend the young boy and his mother will cost Martland his career.
Though Martland appealed the Army’s decision, his appeal was denied. He was informed on Tuesday that his case did not meet the criteria for appeal. In a handwritten note, the U.S. Army Human Resources Command wrote, “Consequently, your request for an appeal and continued service is disapproved.” The memo was dated September 14.
Following the incident in Afghanistan, Martland was removed from the base and sent home. FOX News reports that a memorandum of reprimand, dated October 2011, they obtained regarding his removal “makes clear that Martland was criticized by the brass for his intervention after the alleged rape.”
The Defense Department has come under criticism lately with allegations that U.S. soldiers have been told to look the other way when it comes to any allegations of young boys being raped by Afghan troops and officers. Though the DOD denies this, Martland’s case makes one wonder if the allegations are indeed true.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) is a former Marine who has advocated on Martland’s behalf. His spokesman, Joe Kasper, shared with FOX that Martland was essentially denied his appeal on technicality.
The memo to Martland said his appeal was rejected because appeals can only be considered for “cases with material error, newly discovered evidence” or removal of certain documents. The memo says that while the office’s “decision is final,” Martland can still appeal to the Army Board for Correction of Military Records.
Hunter spokesman Joe Kasper said Martland essentially was denied on a “technicality” because no new information was provided.
“The process has failed abysmally,” he told FoxNews.com on Tuesday, urging top officials to intervene.
“At this point, somebody’s better judgment … has to prevail,” he said.
In addition, Kasper explained the dangerous implications that will likely come as a result of Martland’s punishment, and loss of his career, for his decision to defend the young Afghan boy from his alleged rapist. Kasper stated this “sends a loud and clear message to all soldiers and military personnel that if you do intervene … because it’s morally the right thing to do, it could be at the risk of your career.”
Early in the summer, Obama was asked to comment on the numerous allegations of rape regarding Bill Cosby. He said in response, “I’ll say this: If you give a woman or a man for that matter without his or her knowledge a drug and then have sex with that person without consent, that’s rape. I think this country, any civilized country, should have no tolerance for rape.”
It looks like Obama has no tolerance for rape unless it involves young boys being raped by Afghan authorities and that while drugging someone in order to have sex with them is not okay with Obama, tying a young boy up and having sex with him without his consent is.
h/t IJ Review