A National Shame

“In all our training, we were told to be ready and accept Afghan corruption as a way of doing business,” my buddy told me.

My friend is an Army officer who spent some time in Afghanistan advising local police, and to this day, he is haunted by the thought that what he saw one night at an Afghan police chief’s home was not the police chief’s nephew, as he had claimed, but a sex slave. “He looked traumatized,” my buddy said. “Looking back, he probably saw a whole bunch of us gathering at the chief’s house and thought he was going to be gang raped. He was terrified.”

My friend didn’t put it all together – the training, the instructions to ignore what was described as differences in culture, the young boy cowering in a corner of the police chief’s house – until later. And when he saw a PBS Frontline report about the “Dancing Boys of Afghanistan,” he knew. His interpreters told him about the crying they heard at night in their rooms, and he knew. He realized what was going on, and to this day, he feels guilt and remorse for not telling his chain of command what he saw.

But along with this guilt, my friend wonders if his chain of command would have done anything at all to protect this boy and others like him, because apparently, the United States military has turned its back on horrific child abuse in the name of collaboration with other cultures and maintaining good relations with the Afghan police.

In his last phone call home, Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. told his father what was troubling him: From his bunk in southern Afghanistan, he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father, Gregory Buckley Sr., recalled his son telling him before he was shot to death at the base in 2012. He urged his son to tell his superiors. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

This is disgusting! What’s even more disgusting is that two Soldiers who took it upon themselves to protect an innocent boy apparently got punished for it.

SFC Charles Martland and CPT Dan Quinn, according to press reports, beat up a militia commander who had a boy chained to his bed as a sex slave. Reports vary about just how badly this pederast scumbag was beaten, since he walked away from the incident – something that would never have happened had I been in that room (at the very least, he would not have walked away with his genitals intact) – and went to another military base to complain about his treatment. However, because the two acted in defense of an innocent and apparently ignored orders to turn a blind eye to such abuses, the two faced disciplinary action and had their military careers ruined.

After the beating, the Army relieved Captain Quinn of his command and pulled him from Afghanistan. He has since left the military.

Four years later, the Army is also trying to forcibly retire Sgt. First Class Charles Martland, a Special Forces member who joined Captain Quinn in beating up the commander.

As a matter of fact, a recent report says the Army has rejected Martland’s appeal of his discharge order!

The Pentagon now denies that any such orders to ignore Afghan abuses of young boys exists. The military denies this is official policy. And yet, my friend says his pre-deployment training included instructions to ignore blatant “corruption” and that it was simply a part of the Afghan culture.

Listen, I’m the last person to go off half-cocked about the military. I love the military. I’m an Army veteran. I joined the armed forces out of a sense of obligation – because I love my adopted country, and because I considered military service an honor. I felt my duty was not just to defend the Constitution of the United States, but to uphold the values, honor, and tradition of military service – to protect innocent lives. I still abide by this duty. I still believe my oath holds.

And that’s why I cannot fathom how any policy would defend this… this destruction of innocence… this abandonment of human decency… this outright annihilation of the human soul!

My friend thought about reporting what he saw, but did not think it would do any good. “We were told to accept Afghan corruption,” he said. And worse, after that night, the boy was taken elsewhere, and they never saw him again. Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. confirmed my friend’s report in a conversation with his father before he was shot to death in 2012. He told his father that he could hear Afghan police officers sexually abusing boys they had brought to the base from his rack. “At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” the Marine’s father said. “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture.”

THEIR CULTURE???

FUCK THEIR CULTURE! There. I said it. It’s as clear as I can make it. This isn’t culture. This is child abuse. This is sub-human and unconscionable, and we – as American service members – should never walk away without doing something!

What kind of savages enslave little boys and use them as sex toys? What kind of sadists hear a child scream in pain as they forcibly penetrate them and take away every shred of dignity, innocence, and spirit, and then not only continue the act until sated, but chain the child like an animal – like property – and continue the abuse?

This is what we’re supposed to “unofficially” turn a blind eye to?

Sure, the Pentagon denies there’s an “official” policy in place to ignore child rape. But when numerous troops confirm that they were instructed to “ignore all corruption” and were hesitant to bring blatant incidents of abuse to the attention of their chain of command…

…and when two heroes who dared to confront the monster in front of them were penalized, their careers ruined, how can any rational, thinking human being NOT perceive this as anything BUT official policy?

“I was never told to report it or not to. You knew who had a chai boy and who didn’t,” another friend and veteran told me.

Really?

“The reason we weren’t able to step in with these local rape cases was we didn’t want to undermine the authority of the local government,” Dan Quinn told CNN. “We were trying to build up the local government. Us acting after the local government fails to can certainly undermine their credibility.”

Really?

“I was there in ’10-11 and saw proof of the debauchery constantly. I asked an O-6 about it and was told point blank ‘there’s nothing we can do about it,’” says yet another Soldier.

Really?

Another friend of mine, who spent a lot of time in Afghanistan as a civilian, told me she fired one of her Afghan employees after discovering footage of him getting obliterated in a heroin den with an boy on her iPad. “When the dancing ended, things went from bad to worse,” she recounted. “I wanted to be sick.” She turned the video over to the Afghan police, quoted the Koran and Afghan law to him on the subject, and then told him his family would be notified of the shame he brought upon them. He broke down, but it is an ugly facet of one part of their society, she said, and it happens a lot.

No, this is not a big secret. Our troops know it’s happening, and they’re disgusted by it. Civilians know what is going on. Media outlets have run the stories about these poor kids and the slime who abuse them. It’s common knowledge. But now that SFC Martland’s case is hitting the news, the DoD feels it necessary to deny the policy that directs our troops to ignore it?

This is what we’ve come down to? We’re so anxious to prove how non-interventionist, benevolent, non-occupationist and victorious against the Taliban we are, that we have not only joined forces with a bunch of savage pedophiles, but ignore the rape and enslavement of children on our own military bases?

Count me as one of those Soldiers who would not only ignore any direct order given to ignore the abuse, but who would stomp the pernicious bag of diarrhea committing said abuse into a moist, smelly spot on the pavement!

It’s one thing to respect another culture – yes, I’ll drink that jet fuel you call booze. No, I won’t care if you scratch your nuts at the dinner table. Of course I will respect your traditions at Ramadan and will not eat in public. I’ll even avoid making eye contact with the men in Afghanistan, as their culture dictates.

But where do we draw the line between respecting someone’s culture and allowing twisted troglodytes to destroy the lives of children for the sake of their status and their insatiable, depraved sexual proclivities?

Shouldn’t we, as Americans, military service members, and human beings intervene and stop these acts of malicious debauchery?

Sure, our mission is to fight the Taliban. Sure we’re supposed to train the Afghans to defend their own country. But it’s part of our mission to ensure that the innocent are protected. It’s our moral duty to ensure that murderous pederast scum do not destroy young lives. Not in a million years would I ever turn my back on an innocent child! Nor would I ever stand idly by and allow obvious, vicious, barbaric acts of rape – violations of human rights – go on under my nose!

I understand that if we start intervening in local jurisdictions, we will be viewed as an occupying force. I understand we need to allow Afghan law enforcement to do its job. I know we would scream bloody murder if another nation or an international organization attempted to intervene in our society, our law enforcement, and jurisprudence. I also understand that there’s a fine line between non-interference and allowing atrocities to go on unchecked under our noses – especially on our own bases. It is the very law enforcement officers whose job is supposed to be to protect innocent people from predators, who are violating children and beating women for protesting said abuse of their sons!

Enough is enough! We cannot stand by and do nothing; the fact that our Soldiers feel they cannot put a stop to this travesty is a national shame.

By the way, Congressman Duncan Hunter has written a letter on SFC Martland’s behalf to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter. In it, Duncan reiterates that Martland could no longer stand by and do nothing while atrocities were committed by the local police commander, and that his decision to intervene and protect the child was a moral one – as an American and a human being.

hunter letter

30 responses

  1. I thought according to some of the Glitterati we were an occupying force in the Rockpile.

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  2. Nothing pisses me off more than a pedophile. I couldn’t sit there and not do something. I’d rather be court martial-ed than listen to innocent children being abused.

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  3. I’m certain I’d have been hauled before a courts-martial for disobeying the order to ignore it. Well, there would be some assault charges piled on, too.

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  4. If I were still an active duty Chaplain, I’d be raising so much hell that I would probably be beat up – literally or figuratively. This is so obviously a violation of Army and national values that every leader (let alone spiritual and religious leaders) should be outraged and joining the chorus.

    Oh, and has anyone heard a peep from the Chief of Chaplains on this?

    I love my sister and brother military chaplains. With all my heart – and I’ve got layers of skin off my rear to back those words. But the lack of leadership from the top has been a glaring problem for a very long time.

    This is why the rank and file chaplains – women and men of varying faith backgrounds but usually deeply committed spiritual leaders – don’t trust the Army’s leadership OR the Office of the Chief of Chaplains.

    -Jim+

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    1. This is absolutely sickening! ANY decent human being should be appalled by this. The fact that the chaplains appear to be silent is repugnant!

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    2. Jim, you nailed it – the culpability for this goes straight to the top. The commanding officer of US forces should have told the Afghan leadership, early on, we’ll put up with all your cultural BS, but we WILL NOT accept subhuman behavior towards women or children.

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  5. There is a documentary called ‘This is What Winning Looks Like’. It is painful to watch. The locals were drop dead stoned on either pot or heroin or both, unwilling to lift a finger to do their own and dumped it on children, and some old gasbag official said something about the sex abuse to the US advisers, that they would go on doing it anyway. They just don’t care what we think. And yes, the only way to put a stop to it is to be an occupying force. They’ve been doing this for millenia. It is entrenched.
    You can only stop it by going in and taking away all the children and the women along with them, and let them screw each other. It will never stop, otherwise.

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    1. I guess in that case, the question becomes: how can we justify becoming an occupying force? How much would it cost? And do we really want another welfare child sucking off our taxpayers? As if our national economy isn’t screwed up enough.

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  6. How can nothing be done to these f*ckers, who are doing this on our military installations? Are those areas under our control or not? I would’ve decorated that raping prick’s forehead with some hot lead, and joyfully paid the price, as long as those poor children knew that SOMEONE, ANYONE, gave a damn about them!

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    1. You and me both! There would have been nothing left of that shitbag. These guys exercised some excellent restraint, IMO

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  7. This is why establishing democracy in such vile shitholes will never work. Our founding fathers recognized the prerequisite of morality for a free system of government to work.
    “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.”
    Benjamin Franklin
    “To suppose that any form of government will secure liberty or happiness without any virtue in the people, is a chimerical idea.”
    James Madison

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    1. Papa – It doesn’t matter what NAMBLA claims.

      Further, I don’t need to condone, approve or care about, and I quote, “buggery”. I approve of liberty. Homosexual activity is no more related to pedophilia and sexual assault, than is unsatisfying missionary sex with the lights off. Since I’m sure you know the definition(s) of said “buggery”, do you only disprove of it when conducted by homosexuals, or by heterosexual as well?

      And a final though on liberty, if you condone criminalizing consensual sexual activity…..how far of a leap is it to condone the criminalization of other consensual activities?

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  8. …and yet some here applaud the efforts of some of the depraved people of OUR “society” to “mainstream” buggery. Just how long do you think it will take for these “people” to demand the right to bugger our kids??? NAMBLA is doing it TODAY!

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    1. No, “some here” don’t conflate child abuse with consensual sexual activity.

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      1. …and yet NAMBLA claims that their victims are “consenting” to the activity, too. If you approve of buggery and condone it, just how far a leap is it to approve and condone of other sexual deviancy?

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    2. Oops…..see response above. Hit the wrong reply button.

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  9. It is to our everlasting shame that we have aided and abetted this behavior. And it’s not as if we had no idea this culture existed in Afghanistan, at least since 2001. Sexual assault aside, the underlying problem with OEF-A is that we partnered with an illegitimate host nation government…….violating one of the primary tenets of COIN. That mistake was repeated in 2003…and I fear, will be repeated again…and again.

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  10. Why is it allowed to happen? Simply because it’s politically expedient to those in charge. They are still living under the disillusionment that ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’.

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  11. I’d say Kamas hit the nail on the head, and the WHOLE guiding principle for this administration is appeasement. Especially where muslims are concerned…

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  12. How long has this been going on this blatantly on our own bases? Please tell me it has not been happening on our bases since the beginning. I get why we “can’t” do anything for off base incidents, but on base. Because if this has been happening for almost 15 years and none of our military personal have pushed back against it (it sounds like the incident that Martland dealt with was an off base case), we are in some deep trouble. How many times have we debated with anti 2A people when they throw out the and dismiss the fighting of tyranny with “what good is a rifle going to do against tanks, planes, cruise missiles?”? Often our answer is that most of a military would not take arms up against US citizens. While I have always been kind of skeptical about that, something like this really smashes any hope I would have that it might be true. How can someone ignore something so morally wrong and be expected to stand up for US citizens if the government turned against them.

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    1. It’s been going on since we first started co-locating with our “partners” on joint bases, FOBs and COPs. It’s much more prevalent in Afghanistan, where the man-boy-goat love culture has more roots in the rural backwater….but it went on in Iraq as well.

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      1. So I gather. It’s absolutely abhorrent. I’m glad the media and various blogs are finally shining a light on it.

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  13. The simple fact that we are letting someone who is an upholder of values and justice walk, is simply shameful. What happened to Army Values? What happened to the values that made this nation so great to begin with?

    What are we allowing this to teach the new breed of Soldiers entering service and currently serving?

    The government he swore to obey is selling him out and I am ashamed. Simply shameful. How our politicians and military leaders can stand for this is beyond me…

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    1. +1. Why are we required to live up to a code of conduct, while we are ordered to sit idly by and abet criminal, sexual assault? Somewhat rhetorical….as our culture is superior, so our code should be reflexive. But we should also protect the innocent.

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  14. […] moral behaviour, are just foreign to the Afghan, corrupt and viciously immoral as they are. When a Staff Sergeant beat a corrupt Afghan Police captain for kidnapping and raping a young Afghani boy, the Staff Sergeant is listed for early removal from […]

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  15. With the CIC and the PC perfume princes in the Pentagon is it any wonder that a policy as sickening as this exists? It is going to take years to build our military back into a war fighting machine after the damage that is being done.

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  16. […] New York Times, Breitbart, CNN, and other media outlets, as well as a number of blogs, including this one, publicized the plight of Afghan boys, who were raped and enslaved, and the apparent instructions […]

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  17. Moroni Breitbart

    The pathetic excuses for adults that ‘lead’ our Military and have made the decision to remove the Soldier(s) who appropriately responded to these primitive pigs should be hung!

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  18. “We’re so anxious to prove how non-interventionist, benevolent, non-occupationist and victorious against the Taliban we are,”

    I don’t think so. Our ‘elites’ don’t see anything wrong with it.
    They are just as corrupt.
    Those children are just human waste and cannot be allowed to interfere with the program. A good start on the problem will be to clean out our political class.

    There may not be a solution for that culture. I believe that cancer has metastasized.

    I’ve got to stop reading this blog. I get all pissed off.

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