Last week Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's (D - New York) proposed a bill to overhaul military sexual-assault policies, taking these cases out of the military's hands and putting them in civilian court failed. This was mostly accomplished by Republicans nay votes. It came five "yeas" short of the 60 needed to overcome a filibuster.
So was this really needed? A resounding YES!!!
For starters, here's why. Raw Story--
Ft. Hood sexual assault prevention coordinator accused of running prostitution ring
A Fort Hood Army sergeant, who coordinated the post’s sexual assault and harassment prevention program, faces multiple charges after he allegedly set up up a prostitution ring involving cash-strapped female soldiers.
So the man responsible for overseeing the sexual assault and harassment program turns out to be the base pimp, running a whorehouse. How convenient.
According to ABC News, Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen was charged Friday with 21 counts related to pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of a subordinate, abusive sexual contact, and adultery and conduct of a nature to bring discredit to the armed forces.
If no changes are made to the military laws right now, this man's future falls into the hands of his fellow soldiers. He's reported to his next highest officer in rank. And if that soldier is a friend of his, or doesn't want to prosecute this case, it could ultimately be dropped.
Another Fort Hood soldier, Master Sgt. Brad Grimes was court-martialed in the case and convicted in December for conspiracy to patronize a prostitute and for solicitation to commit adultery. Grimes was subsequently reprimanded and demoted.
Sgt. McQueen remains suspended from his duties but is free pending trial.
That could and would never happen in civil court. If found guilty in civilian courts, these guys would be doing time.
So is Gillibrand's bill important to bring back up? You bet. And maybe it's this military case that will be the deciding factor by those military bought and paid for Senators to vote "yes" next time around. If we don't want to see the military become a government whorehouse, steps need to be taken. This could just be the straw that broke the pimp's back.