Hoping to get the attention of leaders in the Defense Department, Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) appeared on Fox News with Megyn Kelly Monday to talk about the decorated Green Beret who is fighting to continue serving his country.
The Army is kicking out Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, who has had a sterling 11-year Special Forces career, for shoving an Afghan police commander accused of raping a young boy and beating up the child’s mother.
According to Cpt. Daniel Quinn (Ret.), a troop-mate of Martland’s who was there at the time and took part in the altercation, the boy was chained to a bed for a week to ten days and repeatedly raped by the sadistic Afghan police commander. He said the mother was beaten severely as well and when she and the boy showed up at their camp, “they showed obvious signs of abuse.” He added that the boy and his mother came to them because they didn’t trust the local Afghan government to help them.
Quinn said that when they brought the police commander to their camp, he quickly confessed to the assault. When the man shrugged his shoulders and laughed in their faces, they threw him to the ground. Like any decent, red-blooded American man would.
Quinn explained that their actions were meant to send a message to the Afghan police commander and to the other local policemen that sexual assaults would not be tolerated because this was the 4th sexual assault by an Afghan policemen.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) wrote a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter asking him to intervene on Martland’s behalf. He told Megyn Kelly that he believes Martland and Quinn showed amazing restraint by only pushing the child rapist to the ground.
“This is one of the most disgusting, foul things I’ve heard,” Hunter said. “We’ve got to let people know what the military’s doing, how the lawyers are running the show.”
“Martland’s got to stay in. These are the kind of people we want on the ground fighting for us. These are the kind of guys I want protecting me and my kids,” Hunter said. “Hopefully, Ash Carter and those in the Defense Department that aren’t just lawyers and bureaucrats in uniform, hopefully they’ll look at this and take a second glance at it and change their minds.”
Child rape in Afghanistan is a horrifically common occurrence, especially the organized sexual abuse of adolescent boys.
According to journalist Christian Stephen in a gut-wrenching expose titled “The Destruction of Afghanistan’s Boys,” the policy of the Obama administration has been to have “cultural sensitivity” toward the practice of child rape in the war-torn country.
Wikileaks cables reveal a concerted effort by high ranking Afghan and Coalition officials to minimise the media exposure surrounding the underage prostitution facilitated and utilised by Afghan military personnel.
A particular instance involved a looming Washington Post article outlining an infraction consisting of foreign security contractor DynCorp, Afghan military personnel and “dancing boys.” Although released, the article shed tragically little light concerning the incident, and degenerated into the stenography of officials by labelling it a “questionable management oversight.”
Stephen reported that one corporal who witnessed “an Afghan boy being sodomised” at the allied base was threatened with a dishonorable discharge when he tried to report the assault.
Former Cpl. Travis Schouten said, “I walked in and they were raping a kid. The kid was bleeding. The guy with the camo fatigues had a knife in his hand.”
When asked why others don’t come forward with the abuse he explained, “Guys have mortgages, they have kids, If they go and get involved in this their careers will be stopped. Look what the army did to me.”
However disturbing these accounts, a military chaplain, Jean Johns,reported that soldiers, many now under treatment for post traumatic stress syndrome, had been ordered to, again, “ignore” any assaults or rapes on Afghan civilians they had observed. Two more chaplains have stated that soldiers came to them upset about such abuses.
Coalition leadership stressed that a misunderstanding of local practices were not grounds for disciplinary action. The importance of cultural sensitivity was repeatedly communicated to all ground forces and the rapes continued unchallenged. The Coalition has now discovered and fulfilled “The Conradian Truth,” as noted by writer Glen Duncan: “The first horror is that there is horror. The second is that you accommodate it.”