Marines nude photo scandal expands to all branches of military

Tabitha Dunn
March 11, 2017

California-based The Center for Investigative Reporting published a report last weekend, saying that naked pictures of the U.S. service women were shared on a private Facebook group called "Marines United" - either posted to the site itself or via links to a Google Drive folder.

"Lack of respect for the dignity and humanity of fellow members of the Department of Defense is unacceptable and counter to unit cohesion".

"We will not excuse or tolerate such behavior if we are to uphold our values and maintain our ability to defeat the enemy on the battlefield", said Mattis.

Twitter users reacted to the nude photo scandal.

Membership in the group was restricted to current and former Marines, but it had as many as 30,000 members before it was taken down.

AnonIB is best known for publishing celebrity nudes, and contains a message board in which military servicepeople submit nude photos, names and duty stations of servicewomen, generally without their knowledge or consent. Comments on the page reportedly included rape threats. In 2013, California Representative Jackie Speier wrote in a press release about a similar Marines Facebook group called "F'N Wook". According to veterans' news site Task & Purpose, the majority of members are posting from their personal Facebook accounts and are not only reconstructing the original cache of nude photos from the original group on a new DropBox folder, but are also posting on porn sites. Neller mentioned the guiding ethos of the Marine Corps and that "unfortunately, it appears that some Marines may have forgotten these fundamental truths, and instead have acted selfishly and unprofessionally through their actions on social media".

The commandant praised women in the Marine Corps.

"There will be some people who put photos up who clearly violated the Uniform Code of Military Justice", said Don Christensen, former Air Force Chief Prosecutor and president of Protect Our Defenders.

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"Thinking back, why wasn't I talking about this", he said.

Neller said that fewer than 10 alleged victims had officially come forward and urged others to report abuse.

Neller implored for more female Marines who may be victims to come forward.

"It is a call to arms in the wake of recent reports of unprofessional and inappropriate social media behavior by some who have lost sight of that most fundamental objective they themselves are duty-bound to serve", acting secretary of the Navy, Sean Stackley, said.

Neller will brief the House Armed Services Committee next week on the Marines United scandal, congressional aides said.

"I was going to go to Norway this weekend and see a bunch of Marines above the Arctic Circle. So instead I'm going to be up on Capitol Hill". "This behaviour destroys morale, erodes trust and degrades the individual", technology website The Verge quoted Captain Ryan E. Alvis of the Office of Marine Corps Communications as saying on Sunday.

(Tsongas) "Strongly support those had their rights and privacy violated and make sure they have all the resources they need". "I don't know how many active duty Marines participated or were (involved in) this behavior ..."

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