The Army’s lead prosecutor for sexual assault crimes just got to experience what many soldiers have been through when accused of sexual assault with no evidence:
The Army’s former lead special victims prosecutor was relieved of his duties last month after an investigation into a claim by a fellow Army sexual assault prosecutor that he had groped her during Washington-area legal conference on sexual crimes.
Lt. Col. Jay Morse has received a general letter of reprimand in connection with the case, normally a career-ending administrative action, but is not being criminally charged, an Army official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said.
Morse, the former head of the Army’s Trial Counsel Assistance Program who supervised nearly two dozen other prosecutors who focused on sexual crimes, has maintained he is innocent of the allegations but has told the Army he will soon retire. [Stars & Stripes]
The alleged sexual assault happened at a hotel that Morse and a co-worker lawyer were staying at to attend of all things, a sexual assault legal conference. Morse is accused of attempting to grope and kiss the woman. I do not know what attempt to grope and kiss means, but what I find interesting is that the woman, a trained legal professional that specializes in sexual assaults, waited for over two years to report the alleged assault. I think there is more to this story.
Anyway it looks like this is just another in the long line of he said, she said sexual assaults with no evidence and putting this guy through a court martial where he would likely be acquitted would cause unnecessary media attention. So giving him a reprimand and then letting him retire allows the Army to show they are doing something while still letting the guy retire and keep his benefits.
General Amos appears that he wants to go out into retirement with a bang considering these remarks he is making that are critical of the Obama administration:
It’s highly unusual for a high-ranking soldier, let alone a high-ranking Marine, to publicly question White House and Pentagon policy. Yet that’s exactly what four-star Gen. James Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, did yesterday in Washington.
Speaking at the Brookings Institute Tuesday, Amos said the Obama administration paved the way for the emergence of the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) by completely withdrawing American troops in 2011. [The Fiscal Times]
You can read more at the link.
I would be surprised if the Japanese did not give the US some advanced notification of a visit, but abducted Japanese citizens is still a big issue in Japan that Abe is trying to show the public he is working to address. I can only see him making a visit to North Korea if significant progress was made on this issue:
U.S. State Secretary John Kerry has warned against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe`s possible visit to North Korea regarding Pyongyang-Tokyo negotiations over the North`s past abductions of Japanese citizens.
Japanese media reported Wednesday that in a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida on July 7, Kerry urged Abe from visiting North Korea, warning that such a trip could disturb trilateral coordination involving Tokyo, Washington and Seoul.
Should Abe visit the North, Kerry urged Japan to hold sufficient consultations with Washington in advance, rather than informing it just before embarking on such a trip. Kerry was quoted as saying that it would not be good to see Japan move forward alone from trilateral effort, as Washington and Tokyo are allies. The top U.S. diplomat also asked if Tokyo was willing to lift additional sanctions on North Korea, asking Japan to take a careful attitude toward lifting any more. [Donga Ilbo]
You can read more at the link.
— Adam Cathcart (@adamcathcart) July 17, 2014
The Sewol ferry tragedy has claimed five more lives:
A firefighting helicopter crashed into a residential area of South Korea’s southern city of Gwangju on Thursday, killing all five firefighters on board, officials said.
The chopper crashed into an uncrowded street near a huge apartment complex in the city’s housing area of Gwangsan-gu around 10:50 a.m., they said.
A female high school student on the ground sustained a minor injury after getting hit by a fragment of the helicopter, the officials added.
The helicopter was returning to its headquarters in Gangneung, about 237 kilometers east of Seoul, after participating in search operations for 11 people still missing from the April 16 ferry disaster, they said.
The firefighting agency said the firefighters arrived aboard the helicopter at the ferry sinking site off the country’s southwest coast on Monday. [Yonhap]
You can read more at the link.
CNN must love the fact that they have this latest Malaysian Airline tragedy to sensationalize. It appears that the pro-Russian separatists shot down the airliner with a SA-17 believing it to be a Ukrainian military transport plane. The belief that the pro-Russian separatists are behind this is only further validated by the fact that the state controlled Russian media is working over time to cast blame with conspiracy theories on the Ukrainians:
The tragic crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine today has sparked a flurry of speculation and some damning theories about how the plane may have been sabotaged, and RT published a report suggesting that Vladimir Putin may have been the target if a missile strike downed the craft.
Early information has suggested one possible and scary cause for the crash of MH17 — intentional interference using anti-aircraft weaponry on the ground in what was almost definitely a case of mistaken identity.
The speculation regarding Vladimir Putin’s plane, however, is a newer thread. Earlier audio recordings that circulated purportedly implicate separatists in the incident, and indicate that the plane that crashed was not a target — however, nothing conclusive has yet emerged to definitively indicate what happened to MH17.
You can read more at the link, but you have to wonder why the Malaysian Airlines flight along with other flights were still flying over Ukraine considering the current hostilities?
Anyway talk about bad luck, I cannot remember an airline like this having such consecutive back-to-back tragedies?
So who knows what the small building with a black roof in the center of the picture is?
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