Monday, November 25, 2019

TRUMP - How Not to be 'Commander and Chief'

COMMENT:  I am 22yr retired Navy and Viet Nam Vet so I speak from a first hand view.  I even served as a member of a Courts-Martial Board as a Chief.

Also, Under Article 15 of the Code [UCMJ] (Subchapter III), military commanders have the authority to exercise non-judicial punishment (NJP) over their subordinates for minor breaches of discipline. These punishments are carried out after a hearing before the commander, but without a judge or jury. Punishments are limited to reduction in rank, loss of pay, restrictions of privileges, extra-duty, reprimands, and, aboard ships, confinement. The accused has the option to go before to a Courts-Martial Board on the charge.  This is what happened in one of these cases.

Disciplinary matters, for all branches, are governed by "Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)" which specifies and governs all matters of behavior and disciplinary matters.  It is totally wrong for ANY President to interfere in this area.

"Trump’s intervention in military legal cases sparks debate" PBS NewsHour 11/18/2019


SUMMARY:  Last Friday, President Trump intervened in the legal cases of three U.S. service members accused of war crimes.  Against the advice of the Pentagon, Trump pardoned two of the men and reinstated the rank of the third.  The moves reignited a debate over justice in war and the military’s legal system.  Lt. Col. Rachel E. VanLandingham and Lt. Col. Colonel David Gurfein join William Brangham to discuss.

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