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Sad day as Marines rocked by cheating scandal

Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Band from Quantico, Va., march down Constitution Avenue during the National Memorial Day Parade, in Washington, D.C., Monday, May 30, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times) ** FILE **

Six Marine Corps officers wearing second lieutenant ranks have been accused of cheating during a nighttime land navigation course at Quantico, Virginia. It’s a sad day when America’s most-esteemed fighting force faces dings for something so sullied. America loves its Marines — but the stigma of cheating is a tough one to overlook.

  • And there’s more.

The very investigation into the cheaters led to an investigation into the investigators, after more allegations flew about botches to the investigation.

  • Yet there’s still more.

On top of all that — well, here’s how the Marine Times put it: “The episode was further complicated by the alleged illegal confinement of female officers and allegations of sexual harassment. In the end, numerous Marines faces discipline and one Marine’s claims of innocence led to a private polygraph test.”

  • What the heck happened here?

The Marine Times said the incident originated in December 2017, when a student complained to the upper brass that some of his peers cheated during the night land navigation exam by sharing key grid points. These grid points were then used to find stashed boxes in the woods — something students of the night course are supposed to undertake by themselves, using only a compass, in order to prove their knowledge of land navigation. Investigators began to question the students and confiscate cellphones to check for pertinent texts. Ultimately, the Marine Times reported, the students “began to rat each other out.” Six officers are now facing forced separation from the Marines. Two others — the captains who initially investigated — were slapped with letters of reprimand, something that will surely dent their files and dramatically decrease their chances for promotion.

  • And the sexual harassment claims?

One of the female officers swept into the scandal alleged she was wrongfully confined, pre-trial, for 24 hours. Semper Fi — “always faithful” — is the motto of the Marine Corps. “Honor, courage and commitment” are the “core values” of the Corps.

  • And its legacy?

“Founded in 1775, the United States Marine Corps shares its legacy with that of the United States of America. Intrinsically bound, the Marines have fought battles throughout time,” as Marines.com states.

This scandal, however temporarily, has put a bit of a stain on those creeds.

One year after the Marines United scandal leaped into the public spotlight, the Corps has armed itself with new policies and tools to go after perpetrators involved in revenge porn-related offenses and social media misconduct. To date, the Corps has carried out 80 dispositions of cases linked to the crackdown on online-related misconduct during the past year. It includes seven courts-martial, 14 nonjudicial punishments, six administrative separations and 28 adverse administrative actions. In total, the investigation has identified 119 potential culprits ― 97 of whom are Marines ― in the wake of the scandal, according to Marine Corps officials. “There’s been accountability, probably not to the satisfaction of some,” Gen. Robert B. Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps, said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in January, when pressed about progress since the scandal broke. Charges have ranged from nonconsensual posting of images, extortion, to distribution of filmed sex acts without knowledge of the victim.

For example, on Aug. 10, 2017, a lance corporal was convicted at a special court-martial of Article 127 for threatening to distribute sexually explicit photographs and video unless he received something valuable. The junior Marine was also brought up on a whole slew of other charges to include destruction of government property, theft and assault. He received a bad conduct discharge and was reduced to private.

  • On Sept. 26, 2017, a sergeant was convicted at a special court-martial for Article 80 for attempting to broadcast video a victim’s private area and Article 81 for conspiracy to distribute the recording. He pled guilty and received a bad conduct discharge, 90 days confinement and reduction to private.
  • On Jan. 31, a lance corporal was convicted at a special court-martial for Article 120C for filming and broadcasting of a sex act. He received a bad conduct discharge, 30 days confinement and reduction to private.

The details of the above special courts-martial cases were provided to Marine Corps Times from the Marine Corps’ Judge Advocate Division.

Marines United, a secretive Facebook page that contained sexually harassing comments and nude images of female service members and civilians, had roughly 30,000 members. In some instances, the posts resulted in the stalking of victims. The site’s existence was dragged into the public sphere after a report in the online publication The War Horse. It forced the Corps to address the issue of sexual harassment across the Corps. In the wake of the scandal, the Corps moved swiftly to enact new policies to help police social media misconduct. Sweeping changes to Navy regulations allowed Marine commanders to pursue cases involving nonconsensual distribution of intimate images. And the top Marine released new guidelines on social media conduct and required Marines to sign a page 11 entry that they had read and understand the new policy, giving commanders new tools to punish Marines who violated the commandant’s directive. The Corps also introduced a tip line to go after offenders. Those actions are bearing fruit, the Corps says.

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Joe Kennedy treedt uit de schaduw en antwoordt vanavond op de speech van Donald Trump.

A Kennedy will soon respond to Trump

A new Kennedy will be on the spotlight tonight on behalf of the Democrats for the reply to Trump’s “State of the Union”. Donald Trump may be dreaming of his own political dynasty with daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner as future leaders, tonight he gets to say with a much more famous name from American politics. After the president has spoken in the State of the Union, the annual speech of the US Congress, the Democrats’ response to a scion comes from perhaps the most well-known political race in the country.
Image result for joe kennedy iii babyJoe Kennedy III, the grandson of Robert Kennedy and second cousin of President John F. Kennedy – both were murdered – speaks to the nation after President Donald Trump. Despite his famous name, the red-haired son of former deputy Joe Kennedy II of Massachusetts has always been in the background. He studied at the elite universities Stanford and Harvard and worked as a volunteer in the Dominican Republic for the American Peace Corps, founded by JFK. Then he went into politics with the same economic and social opportunities for the underprivileged. Kennedy will answer from a secondary school in Fall River, near Boston.

Glorious moment
The performance of the young Kennedy is clearly meant to hijack something from what should become a glorious and presidential moment for Trump with his first State of the Union. The moment of speaking by a Kennedy is also fraught because it is the 50th anniversary of the murder of his grandfather, Robert Kennedy. The 37-year-old Kennedy was chosen by the Democratic Party because he is “a tireless fighter for the rights of the American workers,” according to the Democratic topwoman Nancy Pelosi. The intention is to set him off against Trump, who always says a lot to do for American workers. The choice for Kennedy is also remarkable in another respect. He belongs to a rising generation of thirties in a party run by seventies. Since the defeat of Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, the party is still struck and swarming.

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Not appreciated
The answer to the president’s speech is usually a formality, but the choice for a Kennedy will not be appreciated by the White House. Just like the special guest of TV presenter Jimmy Kimmel tonight in his show: Stormy Daniels, the prostitute with whom Trump in 2006 would have had a relationship.

Joe Kennedy has said he wants to build a political career carefully. If a spot is released, he wants to go for a Senate seat. That magic sticks to his name is clear. A video from a speech on Facebook drew three million viewers last year.

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What happens now the US government has shut down?

Congress failed to pass a spending bill by Friday at midnight, triggering a shutdown of the federal government. The move has big repercussions for America. US troops will continue their duties, and post will get delivered, but almost half of the two million civilian federal workers would be barred from doing their jobs. Here’s a look at what it means to shut down the government.

Intelligence work will be scaled down

The workforce at the 17 US intelligence agencies will be pared down significantly. An official said employees who are considered essential and have to work will do so with no expectation of a regular pay cheque. While they can be ordered to stay on the job, federal workers can’t be paid for days worked during a shutdown. In the past, however, they have been paid retroactively even if they were told to stay at home.

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National Parks and museums

The Smithsonian museums in Washington, and the National Zoo, which are huge tourist attractions, will close from Monday if the shutdown continues. Staff will continue to feed animals at the zoo but the well-known Panda Cam will cease broadcasting. The Interior Department said that in the event of a government shutdown, national parks and other public lands will remain as “accessible as possible”. That position is a change from previous shutdowns when most parks were closed and became high-profile symbols of dysfunction. Heather Swift, a spokeswoman, said the American public – especially veterans who come to the nation’s capital – should find war memorials and open-air parks available to visitors. Ms Swift said many national parks and wildlife refuges nationwide will also be open with limited access when possible. She said public roads that were already open are likely to remain open, although services that require staffing and maintenance such as campgrounds, full-service restrooms and concessions won’t be operating. Backcountry lands and culturally sensitive sites are likely to be restricted or closed, she said.

Panda Cam

Health research disrupted

Dr Anthony Fauci, infectious disease chief at the National Institutes of Health, said a government shutdown will disrupt research and morale but will not adversely affect patients already in medical studies. “We still take care of them,” he said of current NIH patients. But other types of research would be seriously harmed. A shutdown could mean interrupting research that’s been going on for years, he said. The NIH is the government’s primary agency responsible for biomedical and public health research, ranging from cancer studies to the testing and creation of vaccines. “You can’t push the pause button on an experiment,” he said.

Law enforcement training to be cancelled

Many of the nearly 115,000 US Justice Department employees have national security and public safety responsibilities that allow them to keep working during a shutdown. So will special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating allegations of Russian meddling in the presidential election. His office is paid for indefinitely. Criminal cases will continue, but civil lawsuits will be postponed as long as doing so doesn’t compromise public safety. Most law enforcement training will be cancelled, according to the department’s contingency plan.

Visas could be disrupted

Heather Nauert, State Department spokeswoman. said security for American diplomats overseas wouldn’t be affected. But no decision had yet been made about what services, such as visa processing and passports, the State Department would be able to provide. Nor had there been a decision about whether Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, could go ahead with a planned trip to Europe next week if the government closed.

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High-speed Hyperloop project ready for key test in Nevada

Engineers will soon conduct a crucial test of a futuristic technology championed by entrepreneur Elon Musk that seeks to revolutionize transportation by sending passengers and cargo packed into pods through an intercity system of vacuum tubes. Hyperloop One, the Los-Angeles-based company developing the technology, is gearing up to send a 28-foot-long (8.5 meter-long) pod gliding across a set of tracks in a Gerelateerde afbeeldingtest run in Nevada in the next few weeks, spokeswoman Marcy Simon said. Hyperloop One is working to develop a technical vision proposed by Musk, the founder of rocket maker SpaceX and electric car company Tesla Motors. In 2013, he suggested sending pods with passengers through giant vacuum tubes between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Hyperloop aims to achieve speeds of 250 miles per hour (402 km per hour) in its upcoming phase of testing. As it gears up for that experiment, the company on Wednesday released the results from a May 12 test in the Nevada desert. A Hyperloop One sled on wheels for the first time coasted above a track using electromagnetic propulsion and magnetic levitation, Simon said. It levitated for 5.3 seconds in a vacuum-sealed tube and reached speeds of 70 mph (113 kph), the company said in a statement. By comparison, another test by Hyperloop One that made national headlines last year was done on an open-air track, not in the tube, a key to achieving high speeds. Backers of the project envision the pods reaching speeds of 750 mph (1,200 kph), but skeptics say the hyperloop idea faces real-world challenges ranging from obtaining construction permits to making turns at jet speed. Hyperloop One has raised $160 million in funding and has touted the technology’s potential as a rapid-transit option. “Hyperloop One will move people and things faster than at any other time in the world,” Shervin Pishevar, co-founder and executive chairman of Hyperloop One, said in a statement.

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Donald Trump cancels UK visit, blaming Barack Obama for a ‘bad embassy deal’, as Sadiq Khan says he ‘finally got the message’

US president Donald Trump has confirmed he will not travel to the UK to open the new American embassy next month, blaming the decision to relocate the building to an “off location”. Hitting out at former US leader Barack Obama, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter early on Friday that he thought the embassy’s move from Grosvenor Square in the prestigious Mayfair district of central London to Nine Elms, south of the Thames, in a 1.2 billion dollar (£886 million) project was a “bad deal”. He wrote: “Reason I cancelled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama Administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts’, only to build a new one in an off location for 1.2 billion dollars. Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon-NO!” Prime Minister Theresa May was the first world leader to visit Mr Trump in the White House and the US president accepted at the time an invitation for a state visit. But that idea was fairly swiftly pushed into the long grass, given the scale of expected protests and opposition within the UK. A petition against a state visit gained more than a million signatures last year. Mr Trump was then reported to be considering a “working visit”, with some publications reporting that a date had been set for the end of February. The visit was due to coincide with the opening of the new US embassy. Writing on Twitter at 4.57am on Friday, Mr Trump said he thought the embassy’s move from Grosvenor Square was a “bad deal”.

Despite Mr Trump publicly blaming his predecessor Obama, the US announced its plans to move to the new embassy site in October 2008 – when George W Bush was in the White House. The new building will open on January 16. On the embassy web page about the project, it said: “The project has been funded entirely by the proceeds of the sale of other US Government properties in London, not through appropriated funds.”

The new US Embassy in Nine Elms in Wandsworth

Mr Trump had also been scheduled to hold talks with Mrs May in No 10, with February 26 and 27 marked in the diary. Downing Street had hoped to confirm the dates this week. The president was not due to meet the Queen until a full state visit at a later date. But now Mr Trump has decided to postpone even the scaled-down February visit. Rex Tillerson, the secretary of state, will instead represent the US at the embassy opening. In December, US Ambassador Woody Johnson said he was looking forward to welcoming the president when he visited, adding: “I think he will be very impressed with this building and the people who occupy it.” He said the new embassy was a “signal to the world that this special relationship that we have is stronger and is going to grow and get better”. Mr Trump’s decision not to head across the Atlantic comes despite Mrs May saying that a future visit was still on the cards last week. A Downing Street spokesman said: “Our position is that an offer for a state visit has been extended and accepted.” Sources claimed that the lack of “bells and whistles” and royal involvement in next month’s planned visit might have discouraged Mr Trump.

One of the interior gardens that is filled with cacti to evoke the south west American desert landscapes

Mrs May controversially extended the offer of a state visit – officially on behalf of the Queen – when she became the first world leader to meet Mr Trump in the White House following his inauguration last year. Since then, however, the president has indicated he does not want to take up the invitation if he is going to face mass demonstrations and it had been expected he could make a low-key working visit rather than a trip which involved all the trappings of a state occasion.

‘Trump has thrown his toys out of the pram’: Reaction to cancelled visit

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, said that it appears Trump has “finally got that message” that “many Londoners” would not welcome the US President to the capital.  He said: “Many Londoners have made it clear that Donald Trump is not welcome here while he is pursuing such a divisive agenda. It seems he’s finally got that message. “This reinforces what a mistake it was for Theresa May to rush and extend an invitation of a state visit in the first place.”

Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader, suggested on Twitter that planned protests had dissuaded the president from visiting the UK, saying: “Nobody wanted you to come.”

Others, including David Lammy, the Labour MP for Tottenham, was clearer in his views on Twitter:

Liberal Democrat Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Jo Swinson said: “News that Trump has thrown his toys out of the pram and cancelled his trip to the UK will be welcomed by all of us who reject his abhorrent views. “But it’s a disappointing sign of how weak May’s leadership is that she wasn’t brave enough to call the visit off herself. “The Prime Minister should be ashamed that she was so keen to roll out the red carpet to a man who spreads hate and division at every turn, and goes out of his way to undermine British values.” Labour MP Stephen Doughty said on Twitter that Trump “wanted the red carpet treatment and cheering crowds”, but was instead facing “big protests”.

Tom Tugendhat, chairman of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, suggested that Mr Trump was more aware of opposition in the UK than in other countries he had visited because it was expressed in English. “I think it’s a great shame; the United States is very much one of our closest allies, but the alliance isn’t based on who lives in the White House and who lives in Number 10, it’s based on shared values, common interests and absolute commitment to the international rules-based system which we have both spent the best part of 70 years upholding through Nato, through the United Nations and through various other treaty organisations around the world,” he told Today. “While I think it’s a shame, I think – if I’m honest – it more reflects the fact that other people criticise in French, Italian, Korean and other languages and we criticise in English, and it’s much easier for him to read English.”

Other MPs line up to react to news

Nigel Farage suggests ‘mass protests’ behind Trump’s decision

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Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage, an ally of the US president, suggested that concerns about protests might have been the real reason for the visit’s cancellation. Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, he said: “Well, he is the real estate guy. I can’t comment on that. He has made rather a lot of money over the years doing it. “It is disappointing. He has been to countries all over the world and yet he has not been to the one with whom he is closest. “I would say it is disappointing. Maybe, just maybe, Sadiq Khan, Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour party planning mass protests, maybe those optics he didn’t like the look of.” Speaking on the same programme, Labour MP Chuka Umunna said it was “very welcome he is not coming any more”, adding: “He runs counter to British values.”

How May and Trump fell out over anti-Muslim videos

Mrs May and Mr Trump fell out spectacularly in November over his retweeting of anti-Muslim videos posted online by the deputy leader of the far-right Britain First group, Jayda Fransen. At the time, the PM said Mr Trump was “wrong” to retweet the videos, and the US president hit back at Mrs May on Twitter by telling her to focus on “destructive radical Islamic terrorism” in the UK, rather than on him.

Donald Trump asks why US accepts immigrants ‘from s——- countries’

Donald Trump has reportedly expressed frustration at the United States’ immigration policy, asking a White House gathering of politicians why the US accepted people from “s——- countries”, reports Harriet AlexanderMr Trump convened Thursday’s meeting to discuss reforming immigration policy, and one of the politicians inside the Oval Office suggested that a deal could be reached if Mr Trump agreed to restore protection for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries. “Why are we having all these people from s——- countries come here?” the president responded, according to two people who spoke to The Washington Post. The paper said he was referring to African countries and Haiti. He then reportedly suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries like Norway, whose prime minister he met on Wednesday. The White House did not deny his remark, which triggered widespread outrage, but issued a statement saying Mr Trump supports immigration policies that welcome “those who can contribute to our society.” His remarks reportedly left the assembled politicians “taken aback”, the paper said, with Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator for South Carolina, and Richard Durbin, Democratic senator for Illinois, among those in the room.

Trump claims to have developed positive relationship with Kim Jong-un

Mr Trump also claimed that he has developed a positive relationship with North Korea’s leader. “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un,” Mr Trump told The Wall Street Journal, despite there being no formal contact between US and North Korean officials in decades. “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.” Asked if he has spoken with Mr Kim, Mr Trump replied: “I don’t want to comment on it. I’m not saying I have or haven’t. I just don’t want to comment.” The president has called the nation’s leader a “maniac,” a “bad dude,” mocked him as “short and fat,” and referred to him repeatedly as “rocket man.”  Mr Kim in response has warned he would “tame the mentally deranged US dotard with fire”. Mr Trump told the paper, however, that his Twitter insults were simply part of his game plan. “You’ll see that a lot with me,” he said about combative tweets. “And then all of the sudden somebody’s my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.” The president said he approved of North Korea’s participation in next month’s Olympic Games, and acknowledged that Pyongyang may be trying to separate Washington and Seoul. “If I were them, I would try,” he said. “The difference is I’m president, other people aren’t. And I know more about wedges than any human being that’s lived.”

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Pete Hoekstra.

Minister of State US: Hoekstra was wrong

The US Department of Foreign Affairs distances itself from the statements made by Pete Hoekstra in 2015 that politicians are set on fire in the Netherlands. Minister of State Steve Goldstein states that the new American ambassador in The Hague regrets. “The ambassador made mistakes in 2015 and made statements that he should not have done. He realizes that”, says Goldstein. ,,We have made it clear to the ambassador that he has to continue to leave this behind. And he understands that very well.” Goldstein also refers to the ambassador’s tweet in December. In it, Hoekstra apologized after an interview in which he denied earlier statements about, among other things, no-go areas in the Netherlands.

Fake news
Hoekstra refused to say two days ago whether he still believes that politicians are being set on fire in the Netherlands, as he claimed in the past. At a press conference shortly after he had handed over his credentials to King Willem-Alexander, Hoekstra repeatedly avoided questions from journalists about this. ,,I am not going to discuss this topic again”, said Hoekstra. The new ambassador, who counts as a confidant of President Trump, mentioned his own statements about the burning politicians and that in our country there were ‘no-go zones’ at the end of last year in an interview with Nieuwsuur ‘fake news’. Then he denied that he had used that word. Hoekstra then offered apologies in a statement via Twitter, but only for the Nieuwsuur interview.

Pull back
Hoekstra says, after the upcoming commotion, he had not considered a moment to withdraw himself as an ambassador. “The president has selected me because he thinks I am the right man for this job. The Senate has confirmed my appointment. One interview has no impact on that”, Hoekstra said on a question from this newspaper. Hoekstra will talk to a news medium in the Netherlands today to record it.

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Ambassador Hoekstra refuses to take back earlier statements

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The American ambassador Pete Hoekstra refuses to say whether he still believes that politicians are being set on fire in the Netherlands, as he claimed in the past. He started his job on January 10, 2018 and gave a press conference afterwards. However, two weeks ealier he had an interview with a correspondent of a well known Dutch TV program. View the movie and be surprised…. 😦 🙂 😦 🙂

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British visitors to US may be asked for passwords and phone contacts at airports

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British visitors to the US may be asked for social media usernames and passwords and their phone’s address book under new border checks being considered at US airports. The Trump administration is considering “extreme vetting” scenarios in which even tourists from US allies such as the UK, France and Germany are subject to intense security checks, according to the Wall Street Journal. “We will do it when we think there’s a reason to do it,” US Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a US Senate committee hearing last week. “The vast majority of people will not be questioned in that way.” However, he did not elaborate on the plans. Donald Trump, who was elected on a promise to strengthen US borders, has already overseen tighter controls since taking office. They include a temporary ban on travellers from six majority Muslim countries without visas, which has been blocked, and a ban on laptops and other large electronic devices as carry-ons from certain countries, which has been followed by the UK.

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Mr Kelly previously floated the prospect of asking for passwords in February. “We want to say for instance, ‘What sites do you visit? And give us your passwords,’ so that we can see what they do on the internet. If they don’t want to give us that information then they don’t come,” he told the congressional Homeland Security Committee. Border officials have the ability to refuse entry if tourists do not comply, and it is unclear what recourse those who do not want to hand over their details have. While those who have had to hand over their details could take measures such as changing their password, or turning on two-factor authentication, which requires a code on a mobile phone to log in, this could simply lead to heightened suspicion. The idea of forcing travellers to hand over passwords more routinely was first floated in January, shortly after Mr Trump’s inauguration, but its extent was unclear. There have already been several examples of visitors being forced to hand over their phones and passwords in recent months. In February, while Mr Trump’s travel ban was in force, a British BBC journalist, Ali Hamedani, had to hand over his phone which was then scoured for political views. A coalition of 131 non-governmental organisations, experts and trade associations have opposed the idea of asking for passwords, saying it “create[s] an intense chilling effect on individuals”. There have also been fears that other countries could reciprocate. The US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) told The Guardian: “All international travellers arriving to the US are subject to CBP inspection. This inspection may include electronic devices such as computers, disks, drives, tapes, mobile phones and other communication devices, cameras, music and other media players and any other electronic or digital devices. “Keeping America safe and enforcing our nation’s laws in an increasingly digital world depends on our ability to lawfully examine all materials entering the US.”

HOW TO | Pick a password

  • Don’t re-use passwords. One ultra-secure one won’t be any good if someone finds it
  • While combining upper and lower case passwords with numbers to alter a memorable word – M4raD0na – is often advised, these are more easily cracked than you might think
  • Good advice is to make a memorable, unusal sentence: “I am a 7-foot tall metal giant” is better than “My name is John”, and use the first letter of each word with punctuation: “Iaa7-ftmg”
  • Alternatively, you can use a password manager such as 1Password, which can generate secure passwords and store them online
  • The best way to protect yourself is to use two-factor authentication, which will send a text with a code or use an app to verify your log-in

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Scandal involving nude photos female US Marines

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The US Marine Corps has been shaken by a scandal involving nude photos. Through a private Face Book Group exchanged 30,000 photographs of naked female marines. Virtually all 30,000 members working in the US or British navy or veterans, says the Marine Corps Times. On the Facebook page Marines United naked or semi-naked women were portrayed complete with rank, name and workplace. It would be dozens of women.

Leaked by former partners
The photos were unedifying comments that would like to do the Marines with women. Some photos were secretly taken while changing clothes, others were private photos were leaked by former partners. Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the Facebook group. It is not yet clear how many sailors are involved. The photos have been removed from Facebook. There are all sacked navy people involved, including the man who founded the group. The US Navy has expressed his disgust.

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U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Louis Simon, executive officer of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit, acts as the commander of troops during the opening ceremony of Exercise Iron Fist 2017, at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Feb. 6, 2017. Iron Fist is an annual, bilateral training exercise where U.S. and Japanese service members train together and share techniques, tactics and procedures to improve their combined operational capabilities.

The Official United States Marine Corps Public WebsiteThe Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in Marines United, a closed website. This behavior destroys morale, erodes trust and degrades the individual. The Marine Corps does not condone this sort of behavior, which undermines its core values. As General Neller said in his recent Message to the Force, the Marine Corps’ success in battle depends on trust, mutual respect and teamwork. The Gerelateerde afbeeldingMarine Corps takes every allegation of misconduct seriously. Allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated and handled at the appropriate judicial or administrative forum. A Marine could potentially be charged for violating Article 133 (for officers) or Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). If a Marine shared a photo of another person that was taken without that person’s Afbeeldingsresultaat voor us marinesconsent and under circumstances in which that other person had a reasonable expectation of privacy, the Marine may have violated Article 120c, UCMJ, for broadcasting or distribution of an indecent visual recording. A Marine who directly participates in, encourages, or condones such actions could also be subjected to criminal proceedings or adverse administrative actions. Service members and civilians can report a crime or pass information on Marines United to NCIS via text, the web. All of these methods offer service members and civilians a safe, discreet, and anonymous option to report criminal and force protection threats within the USN and USMC, or  1-877-579-3648.

  • If a Marine believes he/she is a victim of a crime and wants to maintain privacy, he/she may reach out to the chaplain or a Victim Legal Counsel. Services available to a Marine who is affected by Marines United, to include: chaplains, Victim Legal Counsel, Behavioral Health Counselors, Sexual Assault Response Coordinators, Sexual Assault Victim Advocates, Chain of Command, NCIS, Local Law Enforcement, Inspector General, Equal Opportunity Advisors, Victim Witness Assistant Coordinators, Military OneSource,  1-800-342-9647.

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Naked photos of female US marines shared on secret Facebook group prompts NCIS investigation

The US Marine Corps is investigating a secret Facebook group being used to circulate naked pictures of active female officers

Hundreds of United States Marines are being investigated for sharing naked pictures of their female colleagues on private Facebook groups. Over twenty different women, including officers and enlisted soldiers, have had their intimate photos shared on a private group called “Marines United”. According to Reveal, which broke the story along with The War HorseAfbeeldingsresultaat voor females in us marinesthe smutty Facebook group has nearly 30,000 followers – and the pictures have drawn dozens of obscene comments. The group is believed to have been started in January after the first Marine infantry unit was assigned female members on January 5. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) is currently investigating the incident, and reports that the photos have been taken down. “For anyone to target one of our Marines, online or otherwise, in an inappropriate manner, is distasteful and shows an absence of respect,” said Marine Corps commandant General Robert B Neller. Other pictures of both active duty and veteran female soldiers were posted and linked to through Google Drive. Marine Corps spokesman Captain Ryan E Alvis said: “The Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in a closed website.” “This behaviour destroys morale, erodes trust, and degrades the individual.”

Via: Mirror UK

“I’m a Marine, but I’m also gay,” reads Russell McCabe’s YouTube bio line.

Six years ago, McCabe joined the United States Marine Corps – a branch of the American Armed Forces that is responsible for the rapid and effective deployment of forces in response to crises and warfare.

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor russell mccabeMilitary environments in general have a stereo-typical reputation of being populated with hard-nosed, by the book men who are intolerant of difference – and that probably applies to the Marines more than most. Up until the early nineties, homosexuals were banned from enlisting in any American military force, and even after Bill Clinton signed the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ law in 1993, if a soldier revealed their sexuality, they were to be immediately discharged. When, in 2010, the policy finally looked to be on its way out, a disproportionate amount of the Marine Corps overtly resisted ending the practice, with high ranking officials openly voicing their support of the policy.  General James Conway was quoted by The Washington Post as observing that “an overwhelming majority [of Marines] would like not to be roomed with a person that is openly homosexual.” The Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine General Peter Pace, added that “homosexual acts between individuals are immoral, and we should not condone immoral acts.” However, Russell, who enlisted during the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ era in 2009, tells me he has never felt as accepted as he did while serving amongst his fellow soldiers. “When I joined the Marines, I was 20-years old,” says McCabe. “But it still took me two years to settle in and summon up the courage to actually come out to the people I spent every day with” – 2011 saw the repealment of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy.  “I didn’t know of any other openly gay men in the Marines at the time I came out. That’s not to say that there weren’t any – when I was in the Marines, I had a boyfriend who was also a Marine. However, he never came out during the entire time we were serving together, and I know for a fact that even though his contract is now up and he is no longer in the Marines, he is still yet to come out.”

McCabe believes that the secrecy exhibited by many homosexual recruits is unwarranted. The 26-year old, originally from Wilmington, North Carolina, says that he was immediately accepted by his peers.  “When I came out to my fellow Marines,” says McCabe, “I was completely accepted – without exception. There’s this homophobic stereotype of the ‘military man’ who is intolerant, but that wasn’t the case at all. In fact, I found that most of the people who acted in a homophobic way towards me were those who had nothing to do with the military at all. Whether that’s because they didn’t know me, I don’t know. “But I don’t think that the military is anywhere near as homophobic as people McCabeperceive it to be. Quite the opposite, in fact. But I guess that just happens when you’re working a job where any one of you could be gone at any time – it really puts things into perspective and people realise what’s important. Sexuality has no bearing on the job, so why worry about it?  “When I came out to the first guy in my platoon I was incredibly nervous,” McCabe recalls. “His response made me feel so accepted. He told me this: ‘If we found ourselves down-range with bullets flying towards us, the last thing on any of our minds would be whether or not the man next to us is gay or not.’  “That really meant a lot to me. And it was that positive response which really gave me the courage to come out to the rest of my fellow Marines.”

McCabe, who left the Marines almost exactly a year ago, is currently planning on furthering his education at University. With so many new people coming into his life, telling people he was one of the first openly gay Marines frequently comes up in Afbeeldingsresultaat voor russell mccabeconversation. So how do people tend to respond when McCabe tells them that he was a gay Marine? “These days, because society has moved on and is more accepting, they’re more surprised that I was a Marine!” laughs McCabe. “Forget being gay, 1 in 30 US citizens is gay. But being a Marine is pretty rare. So, nowadays, it seems like more of a big deal to say I was a Marine – that’s what people would focus on and ask me about, the whole experience, they wouldn’t necessarily pick up on or even care about my sexuality.”

Via: The Telegraph

And so far for accepting GLTB’s in the US Marines…

Via: Associated Press

THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS: FOR GOD’S SAKE, DON’T EVER ENLIST!!!

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Via: Topix

I LEAVE FOR BOOTCAMP IN 23 DAYS, MY CURRENT PLAN IS TO OBVIOUSLY TELL NO ONE IN BOOT CAMP, BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN I’M IN THE FLEET? SHOULD I TELL ABSOLUTLY NO ONE, OR BE OPEN ABOUT IT, OR MAYBE TELL A FEW PEOPLE? I CAN TAKE HAZING AND I UNDERSTAND EVERYONE WILL GET SOME, BUT ARE GAY MEN TREATED LIKE OUTCASTS? IF IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE I’M ENLISTED AS 03XX.

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  • Afbeeldingsresultaat voor gay marines accepted???You’ll be fine but it’s like anywhere else in the world, most people don’t care, but there will be some who do. The Marines I found with the hardest time adjusting were the ones who thought they were entitled due to being black, gay, female, etc… Also, gay jokes are said a lot, but damn near 100% of the time it’s meant in a harmless(?) way. So if hearing faggot thrown around hurts your feelings, it’s going to be a long enlistment. Not to say it’s right or wrong, but that’s how it was in my squadron a few years ago.
  • Afbeeldingsresultaat voor gay marines accepted???You’re going to be called faggot a lot. Not because you’re gay, but just because you’re a faggot. If you understand that sentence, you’ll be fine. If you got offended, get out now. That said, as an 03 with a gay guy in his platoon, we really don’t give a shit, but I wouldn’t tell anyone the first few months until you’re “in.” Also when people don’t care that you’re gay, I mean they don’t care that you’re gay. 90% of people won’t treat you any worse nor will they treat you any better. Don’t assume someone’s a dickhead to you because you’re gay. All grunts are dicks to each other. If they pick on you, that’s good/normal. If they avoid you, that’s how you know somethings wrong. Also on the whole being gay thing, its like anything else. No one cares if you’re gay, black, or white. Just don’t act like a fairy, a thug, or some prep depending on what stereotype you fall into. Act like a grunt and you’ll be treated as one. You will be truly equal, being gay won’t be a crutch, ever.
  • Knew a couple of gay dudes before DADT was repealed. People knew and no one really gave a fuck because they did what they were supposed to and weren’t flamboyant. A lot of marines just have never met a gay person so they picture them to be flamboyant and that’s what they are afraid of. I know one gay chick that is an absolute PT stud so no one would ever say anything to her. Also understand that since it was repealed there is pressure on officers and the higher enlisted to keep shit civil so anyone that gets out of line would get crushed. But as far as “faggot” goes, it’ll probably be used. You gotta understand that we make fun of each other based on race and anything else on the daily. Your sexual orientation is going to be a part of this. I’d suggest just to own up to it and not be shitbag, then you’ll be able to call the super religious and homophobic marines faggots themselves for the dumb shit you’ll see em do. On the upside, you’ll probably be able to win a lot of games of gay chicken.

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL

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Don’t ask, don’t tell” (DADT) was the official United States policy on military service by gays, bisexuals, and lesbians, instituted by the Clinton Administration on February 28, 1994, when Department of Defense Directive 1304.26 issued on December 21, 1993, took effect, lasting until September 20, 2011. The policy prohibited military personnel from discriminating against or harassing closeted homosexual or bisexual service members or applicants, while barring openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual persons from military service. This relaxation of legal restrictions on service by gays and lesbians in the armed forces was mandated by United States federal law Pub.L. 103–160 (10 U.S.C. § 654), which was signed November 30, 1993.

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The policy prohibited people who “demonstrate a propensity or intent to engage in homosexual acts” from serving in the armed forces of the United States, because their presence “would create an unacceptable risk to the high standards of morale, good order and discipline, and unit cohesion that are the essence of military capability”. The act prohibited any homosexual or bisexual person from disclosing his or her sexual orientation or from speaking about any homosexual relationships, including marriages or other familial attributes, while serving in the United States armed forces. The act specified that service members who disclose that they are homosexual or engage in homosexual conduct should be separated (discharged) except when a service member’s conduct was “for the purpose of avoiding or terminating military service” or when it “would not be in the best interest of the armed forces”. Since DADT ended in 2011, persons who are openly homosexual and bisexual have been able to serve. The “don’t ask” part of the DADT policy specified that superiors should not initiate investigation of a service member’s orientation without witnessing disallowed behaviors, though credible evidence of homosexual behavior could be used to initiate an investigation. Unauthorized investigations and Gerelateerde afbeeldingharassment of suspected servicemen and women led to an expansion of the policy to “don’t ask, don’t tell, don’t pursue, don’t harass”. Legislation to repeal DADT was enacted in December 2010, specifying that the policy would remain in place until the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff certified that repeal would not harm military readiness, followed by a 60-day waiting period. A July 6, 2011, ruling from a federal appeals court barred further enforcement of the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members. President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mike Mullen sent that certification to Congress on July 22, 2011, which set the end of DADT to September 20, 2011.

US MARINES ‘SPREAD NUDE PHOTOS OF FEMALE SOLDIERS IN SECRET FACEBOOK GROUP’

‘Degrading behaviour of this kind is entirely unacceptable,’ says chairman of US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee

Senior US lawmakers have condemned the suspected distribution of nude photographs of female Marines to military personnel and veterans via a social media network that promotes sexual violence, and called on the Marine Corps to fully investigate. The Marine Corps Times, an independent newspaper focusing on issues involving the service, published an internal Marine Corps communications document with talking points about the issue, describing the social media network as a closed Facebook group with about 30,000 members. The network solicited nude photos of female service members, some of whom had their name, rank and duty station listed, the newspaper reported. A Marine Corps spokesman told the newspaper that military officials are uncertain how many military personnel could be involved. The chairman of the US House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, Republican Mac Thornberry of Texas, and the panel’s senior Democrat, Adam Smith of Washington state, separately called for a complete investigation. “Degrading behaviour of this kind is entirely unacceptable,” Thornberry said in a statement. “I expect the Marine Corps to investigate this matter fully with appropriate consequences for those who willingly participated.” Smith also called for proper care to be provided to the victims, and said that, “This behaviour by Marines and former Marines is degrading, dangerous, and completely unacceptable.” Officials from the Marine Corps Naval Criminal Investigative Service were not immediately available for comment. The site talked of misogynist behaviour, the Marine Corps document said, and the photos were on a secure drive in cloud storage, which has been removed. The document advised a response along the lines of: “The Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in a closed website. This behaviour destroys morale, erodes trust, and degrades the individual.” According to an annual report that the Pentagon released in May 2016, the U.S. military received about 6,000 reports of sexual assault in 2015, similar to the number in 2014, but such crimes are still underreported.

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