It looks as if Jason Brezler is being persecuted for exposing the criminal and suicidal folly of the Obama Administration’s Afghan policy. “‘Unfair’: Marine’s career in jeopardy despite role exposing Afghan insider threat,” by Catherine Herridge for FoxNews.com, October 18 (thanks to Occupy Bawl Street):
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.
Brezler now faces a board of inquiry as early as next month where he could be forced from the Marine Corps — what amounts to an “other than honorable” separation — for sending the warning from a Yahoo, rather than a classified, account even though Brezler admitted the error to his own supervisors.
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….