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Defense / NATIONAL SECURITY

When the Military Makes Headlines for Controversial Behavior—PICTURES

January 12, 2012

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says he "strongly rejects the conduct"  shown in recently published photos of soliders with the corpses of suspected Afghan militants. 

Here's a look at other scandals that made headlines for the Pentagon:

Headline: Report: U.S. Soldiers Pose with Dead Afghan Suicide Bombers What Happened? In February 2010, soldiers with the 82nd Airborne Division took photos with the corpses of suspected suicide bombers, according to a Los Angeles Times report. An anonymous soldier gave the photos to the paper because he said they showed a breakdown in leadership. Fallout: The Army has launched an investigation, and the Pentagon released a statement from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta saying he "strongly rejects the conduct" shown in the photos.(Photo published by the Los Angeles Times)

Headline: When it comes to Abu Ghraib, the option of picking one headline is multiple choice: The scandal involving the treatment of Iraqi war prisoners and U.S. troops at the now infamous Abu Ghraib prison has become a symbol of abuse and a black mark for the U.s. internationally. What Happened? And Fallout: In April of 2004, photographs depicting what The New Yorker called images of "sexual humiliation and abuse of prisoners" aired on 60 Minutes, touching off a media firestorm and a Pentagon investigation that led to disciplinary action against soldiers involved.(AP PHOTO)

Headline: Human Rights Groups Allege Torture at Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp What Happened? And Fallout: The prison at Guantanamo Bay, overseen jointly by the military, currently holds 171 men. Over the course of its 10-year existence, it has held 779 prisoners whose status range from those charged with war crimes to those who are held because they're considered too dangerous to be released. Over the last decade, human-rights organizations have claimed that the detainees have been subjected to torture.

 

Headline: Navy Officer Fired for Raunchy Videos What Happened? Navy Capt. Owen Honors, who was the executive officer of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise in 2006 and 2007, recorded videos distributed on the ship that contained lewd content and vulgar language. The Navy fired Honors, but cleared him to remain in the Navy. Fallout: Since being relieved of command just weeks before the Enterprise deployed, Honors has been performing administrative duties at Naval Air Forces Atlantic in Norfolk, Va. A larger number of officers and sailors who served with Honors rallied to his defense as the videos became public in January. Many of those who served with Honors during his time as the ship’s XO contended that he was a smart and conscientious officer who had been trying to improve the crew’s morale after a series of exhausting deployments.(Specialist Stephen M. White/U.S. Navy)

Headline:Panetta Condemns Marine Video What Happened? Defense Secretary Leon Panetta responded to a video, reportedly of Marines urinating on dead Taliban fighters, calling it "utterly deplorable." He also called for an investigation. Fallout: The Marine Corps and the commander of allied troops in Afghanistan, Gen. John Allen, have been ordered to investigate the incident. Afghan president Hamid Karzai called the apparent actions "completely inhumane and condemnable."(Screenshot/TMZ)

Headline: Wikileaks Video Shows Chopper Attacking Iraqis What Happened?The 2007 video shows two Apache helicopters shooting down Iraqis, who the pilots believed were in a firefight with U.S. troops. Fallout: The reaction to the shooting from the choppers was wrapped in the Wikileaks case and the trial of Bradley Manning, the solider charged with leaking government secrets to the organization run by Julian Assange. Manning's defenders argued that he was a brave whistleblower; his critics argue his leaking classified documents hurt the United States.

 
 
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