(TargetLiberty.org) – Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has suggested big changes on how the US military deals with sexual assault will be coming. The move has been pushed by activists and left-wing politicians – but it has top commanders worried.
Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he will work with Congress to remove sexual assault prosecutions from the military justice system. For years, the Pentagon has not meaningfully confronted the epidemic believed to affect thousands of people every year. https://t.co/cQI4FCXEXf
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) June 23, 2021
On June 22, Austin announced that he supports removing control of sexual assault cases from the military chain of command. Right now, military discipline – including criminal cases – is based on command decisions. Commanders can punish minor offenses, or send a suspect for court-martial where their case will be heard by a panel of officers and military lawyers. However, there’s pressure to hand over sexual assault cases to independent lawyers, and some want all serious crimes to be taken out of military control.
The reform is being pushed by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA). However, it’s opposed by the Joint Chiefs of Staff and all the service chiefs. General Mark Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, says handing military justice to civilian lawyers would harm discipline, readiness, unit cohesion, trust – and justice. So why are the Democrats pushing for this major change in a practice that has been effective for decades?
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