Thursday, October 8, 2009

Armed Services Committee "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010"

Section 567 of this bill covers improved prevention and response to allegations of sexual assault involving members of the armed forces which states:

"Prevention and Response Plan: Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the Committees on Armed Forces of the Senate and the House of Representatives a revised plan for the implementation of policies aimed at preventing and responding effectively to sexual assaults involving members of the Armed Forces."

I guess the Armed Forces Committee is FINALLY cracking down on these people. I wonder how long the military believed that they were going to get away with doing half-assed investigations and convicting innocent men and women for the lies that were told about them? The military has been condoning it so far, Edwin's case is proof that they (NCIS, Judge Advocates, etc.) can't do their jobs and are in need of updated training about the reporting requirements and how to conduct a proper investigation.

This bill also covers the requirement for procedures by each of the Armed Forces for responding to allegations of sexual assault (including guidance to commanding officers, standard operating and reporting procedures, and related matters), including Judge Advocates.

This is to be used as an assessment whether the existing policies are adequate enough. I can certainly say, NO THEY ARE NOT and the idiots who have to follow these "rules" don't.. Maybe if NCIS agents, Staff Judge Advocate Lt Col Miller, Major Plummer, Capt Ellis, or Major Kasprzyck had bothered to do their jobs correctly (i.e. follow DoD Directives, federal/state laws) Edwin wouldn't be in prison for the next 19 years.

You can view the bill at:

http://armedservices.house.gov/pdfs/BillLanguage/Bill_Language100709.pdf (pgs 296-301)

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