Marine's career in jeopardy despite role exposing Afghan insider threat
Sad case, in my opinion.
A good Marine is being put through the wringer -- with his career now hanging in the balance -- for mistakenly sending a threat warning from an unclassified email account, according to supporters.
The 2012 warning from Jason Brezler, a Marine Corps reservist and New York City firefighter, told his fellow Marines that a senior Afghan police official was a security risk, including allegations that he sexually abused minors on U.S. bases in Afghanistan. One of the Afghan official's assistants and purported victims, days later, opened fire and killed three U.S. Marines.
But Brezler's supporters say his career is now in jeopardy because of political correctness and a genuine fear that revealing the facts of his case will expose the underbelly of U.S. policy in Afghanistan.
"Brezler's immediate chain-of-command here in the U.S. did not recommend punitive action, and the Marine command in Afghanistan called for the relevant document in Brezler's case to be declassified, because there is no information in the document which, if released, would damage national security," Kevin Carroll, whose firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is representing Brezler pro bono, told Fox News.
Last summer, Brezler received an urgent request for information from his fellow Marines in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. They wanted background information about a senior Afghan police official, Sarwar Jan, who was routinely allowed on base as part of the U.S. strategy to train local security forces before the 2014 withdrawal.
Brezler immediately responded with information about Jan's derogatory background, including the allegations of sexual abuse. There is no evidence immediate action was taken, and days later, one of Jan's assistants allegedly opened fire on the Marines.
In September, Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., wrote to the Defense Department inspector general that Brezler "suspected Jan had committed sex crimes against juveniles at U.S. Department of Defense facilities in Afghanistan. On August 10, 2012 one of Jan's subordinates and sex-crime victims killed three U.S. Marines, including my constituent Lance Corporal Greg Buckley, Jr."...
Marine Corps Times
Maj. Jason Brezler made a mistake last year. In his rush to alert fellow Marines about the security risk posed by a shifty Afghan police chief, he sent classified communications over an unclassified network. Brezler realized his mistake immediately and reported what heíd done to his chain of command.
In other words, he did the right thing. Despite Brezlerís warning, three Marines were gunned down in an insider attack, allegedly at the hands of a teenager working for the police chief. Now Brezler faces the end of his military career, accused of substandard performance, misconduct and professional dereliction. An administrative hearing will determine his fate. A reservist, Brezler has extensive combat experience in Afghanistan and Iraq, and heís received high praise from at least two Marine generals whoíve spoken up on his behalf. Heís the sort of officer the Corps needs more of, these generals suggest.
More important, Brezlerís treatment sends the message that in the Marine Corps thereís no room for honest mistakes. Thatís a dangerous precedent to set in any line of work, but most assuredly in the military, where even four-star generals will acknowledge that an understanding commander showed them some leniency along the way....