As a former Air Force public affairs officer and author of two books that involve military subject matter, I have an affinity for reporting on military-related topics and, in particular, the military justice system. Below are my Top 10 Military Justice posts of 2013:
#10. Flag Officers Back Supreme Court Brief Filed on Behalf of Lieutenant Michael Behenna – Thirty-seven retired high-ranking military officers, including a former Chief of Naval Operations, signed an Amicus Brief submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 27 in support of Army Ranger 1st Lt. Michael Behenna. An Edmond, Okla., native, Lieutenant Behenna is serving 15-years behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., for killing a known al-Qaeda operative in Iraq.
#9. Comparing Messages Sent by Accusers — DoD War on Men – As part of my continuing series about the War on Men in the Military, I compared the handling of evidence in military court-martial cases to the handling of similar evidence during the prosecution of a civilian sexual assault case making news in Ohio.
#8. Army 15-6 Investigation Report Proves Elusive – Related to the Soldier whose case was highlighted in #10 above, I recalled details about my thusfar unsuccessful efforts to obtain a copy of the Army Regulation 15-6 Investigation Report prepared after Army Ranger 1st Lt. Michael Behenna shot and killed the known al-Qaeda operative in Iraq.
#7. Retired Air Force Nurse Likens Senator Claire McCaskill’s Actions to ‘Witch Hunt’ – I shared an unsolicited message I received from a retired Air Force officer about the involvement of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in a high-profile sexual assault case.
#6. Is DoD Waging War on Warriors? – I offered details about an Army general’s case and several others brought to my attention by readers of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August, which chronicles the life and wrongful conviction of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart on sexual assault-related charges.
#5. USAF General Puts Sexual Assault Case Documents Online – I highlighted the fact that an Air Force three-star general showed he wasn’t going to back down to his detractors and made a plethora of documents related to the case mentioned in #7 above available to visitors on the Air Force Freedom of Information Act website.
#4. Senator Claire McCaskill Owes Air Force Officer An Apology – I offered another sad update on Senator “Claire Bear” McCaskill and her inexcusable actions, including the fact that she owes an Air Force officer an apology.
#3. Senator Claire McCaskill’s Reckless Effort to Undermine Military Justice System Continues – I highlighted the efforts of the aforementioned liberal senior senator from the Show-Me State seemingly aimed at destroying Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig A. Franklin.
#2. Must-Read Article About Military Sexual Assault Published by National Defense University – I pointed readers to a well-written must-read piece, Fostering Constructive Dialogue on Military Sexual Assault by Lindsay L. Rodman, that was published in Joint Force Quarterly 69 by National Defense University Press.
#1. Army Officer’s Attorneys File Supreme Court Petition – I offered details of how a new team of those legal experts filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of former Army Ranger 1LT Michael C. Behenna, the Soldier mentioned in #8 and #10 above and in more than 60 posts since June 4, 2009.
If you enjoyed these stories and others I shared during 2013, you’ll love reading my books. Be sure to add Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO to your libraries today! Both are available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.com.