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Uniform Code of Military Justice

Smearing Private Bergdahl: the Republican Right Descends to a New Low

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

I thought Karl Rove's 2004 Swift Boating of John Kerry's Vietnam service record in the US Navy was pretty disgusting, but the recent smears against President Barack Obama for winning Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's release have descended to a new low.

The 'Good Order and Discipline' Auto-Block in Making Military Policy

Alexander Nicholson | Posted 08.24.2013 | Politics
Alexander Nicholson

The insufficiency of this catch phrase as justification for opposing policy changes on issues of critical importance to our nation sound eerily familiar to those of us involved in previous efforts to change military policies.

What Do I Tell My Daughter Who Wants to Serve? The Sexual Assault Crisis in the Military

Donna McAleer | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Donna McAleer

Both my husband and I proudly served in the Army, and we have told our daughter of our experiences. I want my daughter to consider serving. But how can I ask her to enter the military knowing that her chances of being sexually assaulted are 1 in 3 compared to 1 in 6 in the civilian world?

If it Ain't Broke, Don't Fix it-But it is Broke!

Tom Carpenter | Posted 07.17.2013 | Politics
Tom Carpenter

By removing the power of the "convening authority" from commanding generals any appearance of impropriety on the part of a commander is eliminated. Claims of undue command influence in the legal system would stop.

Sexual Assault Cases Put Pentagon Under Fire

AP | ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — One after another, the charges have tumbled out – allegations of sexual assaults in the military that have triggered outrage,...

A Scarlet R

Bruce Fein | Posted 07.15.2013 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Rapists should be automatically expelled from the military, colleges, and universities. They should be required to wear a scarlet R. Masculinity should find expression in sexual restraint, not coercion. It is up to male leaders to rescue the male species from obloquy.

Molly O'Toole

Chuck Hagel Calls For A Major Reform Of Military Justice | Molly O'Toole | Posted 04.08.2013 | Politics

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Monday for reform of the military justice system, stating in an internal memo that changes are necessary to ensur...

Honor and Rape

Robert Koehler | Posted 01.15.2013 | Politics
Robert Koehler

Zero energy goes into the investigation of actual rape in the military, except in rare circumstances. The military's domination culture, personified by Patton, is constructed on the illusion of granite-etched moral values -- "we protect our loved ones" -- and powered by a belief in its own righteousness.

We Must Change the Military Justice System

Rep. Jackie Speier | Posted 12.10.2012 | Politics
Rep. Jackie Speier

The Lackland sex abuse scandal is now the most horrific in recent times with more than 40 young patriotic women trainees falling victim to as many as 19 instructors. The Air Force would like to believe the problem is the fault of a few bad apples. It's so much more than that.

Zero Tolerance Should Not Mean Zero Action

David Isenberg | Posted 11.18.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

I ask for your indulgence as I return once again to the issue of human trafficking a topic which, unfortunately, seems to intersect with private milit...

Why JAGs Won't Be Prosecuting PMCs

David Isenberg | Posted 02.26.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

If you are waiting for a future episode of JAG where military lawyers try a PMC, don't hold your breath.

Pentagon Defends Sodomy Rule Change

AP | By DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.09.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon says sex with animals would still be illegal even if Congress repeals a military rule on sodomy. Conservative groups are u...

Soldier Arrested On Suspicion Of Espionage

Posted 01.01.2012 | Politics

A 22-year-old soldier has been arrested on suspicion of espionage. The Army Times reported that William C. Millay, a military policeman from Kentu...

After Don't Ask, Don't Tell: The Meaning of Repeal to America

Nathaniel Frank | Posted 11.20.2011 | Politics
Nathaniel Frank

"Don't ask, don't tell" -- the policy and even the mere phrase -- says much about who we are as Americans. What we do in its wake will help shape what it means to be an American in the twenty-first century -- well beyond the rise and fall of this bizarre and convoluted law.

The Truth About My Trip To Hanoi

Jane Fonda | Posted 09.21.2011 | World
Jane Fonda

It is unconscionable that extremist groups circulate letters which accuse me of horrific things, saying that I am a traitor. These lies have circulated for almost 40 years, continually reopening the wound of the Vietnam War.

Bradley Manning's Confinement Conditions Are 'Not Customary'

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Manning is held in maximum custody, alone in a six by 12 feet cell. He is not allowed sheets or pillows to sleep with. If he tries to do sit-ups, guards stop him. He's also said to be a threat to himself. His lawyer says that's a ruse.

Focusing on The Untouchable Quasi-Military PMC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Let's return to an issue I have written about before; namely whether the change in 2007 to the U.S. military's Uniform Code of Military Justice, makin...

If the UCMJ Doesn't Fit, You Must Acquit

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Let's take another look at the applicability of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to private military and security contractors. In 2006 Con...

Ahem: About That Great Change to the UCMJ

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Was it only four years ago that people were applauding the change Congress made to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), as part of the FY 2007...

The Benefit of Using the UCMJ for Prosecuting PMC Crimes

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

It is common to complain that the while the use of private military contractors (PMC) has grown rapidly in the past decade, the legal apparatus to hol...

Riding Herd on Cowboys in the Middle East

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

In the perpetual debate over legal accountability of, and prosecution if necessary, of private military and security contractors one often sees the ar...

Guantánamo Hearings: A Military Bureaucratic Conundrum

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Throughout yesterday's hearing, if there was one thing that the prosecution, defense and judge could agree on, it was that there simply is no law to guide many of the situations that come up.

Court Ruling Highlights Need for Due Process at Bagram

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday morning issued a stunning ruling: that the United States government may seize suspected terrorists outside...

Rescue Ratchet

Michael Markarian | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michael Markarian

While serving in Iraq, Army Sgt. Beberg adopted a stray puppy named Ratchet. But the military snatched the pup before he could reach the Baghdad Airport to catch a flight bound for the US.

Conduct Unbecoming: John McCain's Dishonorable Endgame

Gary Cohan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gary Cohan

He has now earned the ignominious fate of a public "court martial" in polling places all across America on November 4th.