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Head of Marine Corps Accused of Unfair Retaliation Against Whistleblower

Gen. James Amos

U.S. Marine Gen. James Amos, the 35th Commandant of the Marine Corps

A group of retired military officials is urging Congress to investigate the Commandant of the Marine Corps and his senior advisors who may have acted unlawfully following the release of a video showing troops urinating on corpses of Afghan insurgents. 

According to The Marine Corps Times, the letter was sent to leaders in the Senate and House Armed Services Committees. It alleges that General James Amos, the head of the Marine Corps, made misleading statements under oath, covered up evidence, and retaliated against a whistleblower who reported Amos’ unethical activities.

The whistleblower, Marine attorney Major James Weirick, was removed from his post after he complained to the Defense Department Inspector General that Amos had engaged in unlawful command influence.

From the letter:

“Our country is entitled to trust her Marines completely, and that trust starts first and foremost with the Commandant himself…

To be sure, Major Weirick should be congratulated, and most certainly not condemned, for bringing these issues to the forefront. We urge you to exercise your oversight responsibilities and fully explore these events so that due process, fundamental fairness, and most of all, integrity, remain more revered within the military justice system and in the traditions of the United States Marine Corps.”

The letter includes 28 pages of enclosures. It is available online here

Unfortunately, this is not the first time that a whistleblower has been applauded publicly but punished behind closed doors. Since its creation, the Project On Government Oversight has worked hard for greater whistleblower protections.

Image from the Department of Defense.

By: Avery Kleinman
Beth Daley Impact Fellow, POGO

Avery Kleinman At the time of publication Avery Kleinman was the Beth Daley Impact Fellow for the Project On Government Oversight.

Topics: Whistleblower Protections

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Authors: Avery Kleinman

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