Lionel: America’s top military brass faced congress to answer the problem of sexual assault within the armed forces. Craig Treadway has more on that……. Craig?
Craig Treadway: The hearing was unprecedented … And at times, emotional….
The entire joint chiefs of staff— went before the senate armed services committee–including its seven female senators.
The chiefs are under pressure to deal with rising sexual assaults in the ranks. The military estimates that sexual assaults skyrocketed from 19,000 to 26,000 but only 33,000 were reported to military authorities. Many senators believe it’s time to change the law.
Sen. Kirstin Gillibrand: Under military chain of command. The commander of the accused person decides whether the case goes to trial and whether to approve or overturn a conviction.
Craig: This was the first full meeting on military sexual assault in 10 years before Congress. Lionel, back to you….
Lionel: Here’s what you need to know.
What thoroughly amazes me is that you`d think the institutional self-preservation reflex would kick in. You`d think that as most bureaucracies go folks would be thrown under the bus. But what we seem to see time after time is a combination of closing your eyes, looking the other way, passing the buck, feigning ignorance, alleging ignorance or actually being ignorant. But guess what would happen if this was some billion dollar missile system that was under review. Or some pentagon pet project. I guarantee you the military industrial complex would be on top of their game and nothing would slip through the cracks. As stated, it`s a matter of institutional priority.