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    American marines told to turn a blind eye to child sex abuse and now my son is dead,

    American marines told to turn a blind eye to child sex abuse and now my son is dead, says father of New York marine gunned down by Afghan teen 'who was kept as a sex slave by local police chief'

    • Marine Gregory Buckley was shot dead at an Afghan base by a local teen
    • Gunman granted access to base as an assistant to an Afghan police chief
    • It is claimed the chief sexually abused the teenager and other boys at base
    • The Marine's father says his son was told to turn blind eye to abuse at base
    • He told him: 'At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it'
    • Pentagon policy: sex crimes are condoned unless they are an act of war
    • White House admitted Obama is not calling for a review of the policy


    PUBLISHED: 03:44 EST, 21 September 2015

    The father of a Marine shot dead by a teenager and alleged sex slave in Afghanistan has slammed the US military for making him seem like an enemy to abused local children.

    According to Gregory Buckley Sr, American officers were ordered to turn a blind eye to the sexual abuse of Afghan boys - even on military bases - because that was not the 'priority of the mission'.

    It was this policy, he believes, that led to his son Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley Jr, 21, being gunned down on Helmland Province in 2012 by 17-year-old Aynoddin, an Afghan 'tea boy' for local police chief Sarwar Jan - who had previously been reprimanded for child abduction.

    'As far as the young boys are concerned, the Marines are allowing it to happen and so they’re guilty by association,' Buckley Sr told the New York Times. 'They don’t know our Marines are sick to their stomachs.'

    His words come as he files a landmark lawsuit against the military, with testimony from US Marines, describing how local boys would be chained to beds and abused daily by America-backed Afghan officers - but they were barred from intervening.

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    Gregory Buckley Sr, left, who believes his son Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley Jr, right, believes the policy of turning a blind eye to sexual abuse was a factor in his son's death

    Lance Corporal Buckley was gunned down in the gym at the Forward Operating Base Delhi, in Afghanistan's Helmand province in August 2012, by a 17-year-old Afghan

    One officer, Dan Quinn, was even discharged for beating up a commander who allegedly chained a boy to a bed, raped him multiple times, then beat up his mother when she tried to save her son.

    And two other officers, Major Jason Brezler and Charles Martland, claim they are earmarked for forcible retirement because they flagged the issue of child sex abuse.

    According to Pentagon policy, sexual abuse is deemed a local concern for the Afghan Local Police unless it is deemed to be an act of war.

    'My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture,' Buckley Sr told the Times.

    He claims it was the last thing they ever spoke about over the phone before his death.

    'At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,' Buckley remembers him saying.

    And now he is convinced that his son's killing may have occurred because of the alleged sexual abuse by the Afghan police chief, who was an ally to America.

    Buckley Jr, from Long Island, New York, was one of three officers gunned down by Aynoddin, armed with an AK-47, while they worked out in the gym at Forward Operating Base Delhi, in Afghanistan's Helmand province on August 10, 2012.

    It was later revealed that the teen may have been one of the sex slaves that Jan supposedly brought onto the base. He was not vetted and later talked about killing the soldiers in the name of Jihad.

    Jan had been arrested by Afghan police in 2010 for child abduction and support for the Taliban, according to the Times. By 2012, he had been appointed police commander at Forward Operating Base Delhi. It is not clear how or if he was reprimanded and how he came to be appointed.

    Lance Corporal Buckley was just 21 years old when he died. His funeral took place in his home of New York

    Mr Buckley, centre, at his son's funeral. He claims his son told him in one of his final phone calls home, that officers said Marines were to 'look the other way' in regards to abuse because it is 'Afghan culture'

    Before the attack, fellow Marine Major Jason Brezler, left, warned his comrades stationed overseas about police chief Sanwar Jan's, right, background in an email noting he was a child abuser

    White House avoids question on sexual assault of Afghan boys - Video at link.

    As he was drawing up the lawsuit last year, Buckley told Fox News: '[Aynoddin] shot my son point blank with an AK-47. Shot him four times in his chest and once in his neck.

    'He was in the gym with a pair of shorts and a tank top on. How is that allowed?

    'I want them to admit that they were wrong. And I want someone to be held responsible for my son's death.'

    Before the attack, fellow Marine Major Jason Brezler warned his comrades stationed overseas about Jan's background in an email.

    He reported that Jan was a noted child abuser and there were allegations he sexually abused minors on U.S. bases in the past.

    However, Brezler was subsequently honorably discharged for sending the email from his personal, unsecured, Yahoo account.

    It comes as another decorated soldier who had worked for the U.S. Army Special Forces for 11 years is being discharged after claims he stood up for a young rape victim and his beaten mother in Afghanistan.

    Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland, 33, was serving in the country's war-torn Kunduz Province in 2011 when he apparently learned an Afghan police commander he had trained had raped a boy.

    He and his team leader, Daniel Quinn, confronted Officer Abdul Rahman - who had also allegedly beaten the 12-year-old's mother for reporting the sexual assault - and 'shoved him to the ground'.

    U.S. Army Special Forces Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland, who is being discharged over claims he stood up for a young rape victim and his beaten mother in Afghanistan

    Despite Rahman walking away only bruised, Martland and Quinn were disciplined.

    The Army reportedly halted their mission, put them in temporary jobs, and then, finally, sent them home.

    Upon their return, Quinn quit the Army and is said to have secured a job on Wall Street.

    However, Martland, from Massachusetts, launched a fight to remain a Green Beret.

    But now, the dedicated soldier has been 'involuntary discharged' from the Army following a 'Qualitative Management Program' that was apparently carried out in February this year.

    Buckley Sr's lawsuit accuses the Marine Corps, Department of Defense, the Navy, the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service and former Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos of withholding the full truth surrounding his son's death.

    Asked about the sexual assault of young Afghan boys, whether the current policy is under review and why US military personnel are being told turn a blind eye, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest read the following statement:

    ‘The United States is deeply concerned about the safety and welfare of Afghan boys who may be exploited by members of the Afghan national security and defense forces. This form of sexual exploitation violates Afghan law and Afghanistan's international obligations.

    ‘More broadly, protecting human rights, including by countering the exploitation of children, is a high priority for the US government. We monitor such atrocities closely and continually stood up for those who suffered exploitation and a denial of basic human freedoms.

    ‘The United States works closely with the Afghan government, civil society and international organizations in Afghanistan to put an end to the exploitation of children, but also to incorporate human rights training into our law enforcement programs to heighten awareness in prosecution of such crimes.

    ‘We continue to encourage the Afghan government and civil society to protect and support victims and their families, while also strongly encouraging justice and accountability under Afghan law for offenders.'

    Asked if the president – the nation’s Commander-in-Chief of the armed services - would tell a military leader to intervene if he sexual assault happening, Earnest declined to provide a direct answer.

    ‘For the policies that sort of govern the relationship between US military personnel serving in Afghanistan and their Afghan counterparts, I'd refer you to the Department of Defense,’ he said, adding that the statement he read aloud ‘indicates just how seriously we take this issue and how this this kind of behavior.’

    It ‘doesn't just violate Afghan law, and Afghanistan's international obligations, but it certainly violates, I think, pretty much everybody’s notion of what acceptable behavior is,’ he said.

    Pressed to explain the circumstances in which US military personnel would allow assault to happen on their watch, Earnest again dodged. ‘For the rules of engagement and the kind of structure that's in place,’ contact DOD, he said.

    Asked point blank later in the briefing if the president is ‘tolerating’ sexual assault of women and children abroad and is ‘acceding’ to the policy that his military advisers at the Pentagon have established - not to intervene in crimes unless they are an act of war – Earnest deflected once again, invoking the Defense Department. He said he would not answer questions ‘about a policy that governs the conduct of US military personnel in a dangerous place.’

    He also said the president has not, to his knowledge, asked for a review of DOD’s policies.

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    As long as child rape is sanctioned by a commander-in-chief Congress should refuse funding any military conflict. We go to war with someone and admit their twisted people into our nation before we have fired a shot. Now we have states and neighborhoods full of perverts raping our own. Thanks BO and GWB.

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    U.S. military indifference to Afghan sex abuse led boy to kill three Marines

    A Marine carry team moves a transfer case containing the remains of Lance Cpl. Gregory T. Buckley, 21, of Oceanside, N.Y., Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. (Associated Press) more >

    Washington Times Daily Briefing (September 22, 2015)

    By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    A lawsuit charges that the U.S. military’s indifference to the crime ofAfghanistan officials sexually abusing boys led to the killings of three Marines in 2012 by the youthful companion of a corrupt Afghan police chief.
    Despite warnings that the chief, Sarwan Jan, and his boy entourage should be expelled from Forward Operating Base Delhi, Marine Corpscommanders let him stay. On Aug. 10, one of his “tea boys” walked into the base gym and gunned down the three Marines, including Lance Cpl. Gregory Buckley Jr. of Long Island, whose parents are fighting out a lawsuit in U.S. District Court.

    “There was no investigation or scrutiny into, or monitoring of, Jan or the unknown boys and young men he brought onto FOB Delhi,” states the lawsuit, filed by New York lawyer Michael J. Bowe, who took the case pro bono.

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    Mr. Bowe told The Washington Times, “Jan never should have been there. We believe these abuses contributed to Greg’s death because aligning our troops with those committing these horrific acts made our troops targets and because in looking the other way commanders failed to maintain a level of control over the base necessary for safety.”
    A culture of high-ranking Afghan police, politicians and warlords routinely raping boys has been the focus of war stories since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion.
    An article in Monday’s editions of The New York Times, posted online Sunday, has placed new emphasis on the debauchery by pointing out that U.S. commanders generally ignore the practice, even if the crimes happen on American bases.

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    In fact, two Green Berets were punished by their Army superiors because they physically accosted an Afghan local police leader for raping a boy and beating his mother. The Green Beret A-team leader chose to leave the Army. The Army has selected his sergeant, Charles Martland, for involuntary separation because of the reprimand.
    Army Gen. John F. Campbell, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, issued a statement Tuesday saying there is no official policy to look the other way.
    He said he personally spoke with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. “He made it clear to me that the Afghan government will not tolerate the abuse of its children, or any of its people, and will thoroughly investigate all allegations and administer justice appropriately,” the four-star general said.
    But an Army veteran of several tours in Afghanistan said senior commanders almost always told officers to not make an issue of witnessed abuse.
    “Sure, there is nothing that precludes a service member from telling the chain of command, although one caveat,” the soldier told The Washington Times. “The chain of command usually responds with ‘that is not our business.’ Although there is nothing precluding anyone from reporting it, typically a blind eye is turned by most senior officers, and it is viewed almost as a cultural difference rather than a human rights violation.”
    In the Buckley killing, Marine commanders allowed Jan, a notorious police chief, to set up shop at base Delhi with his boys. They arrived at a time when insider attacks, known as “green on blue,” were happening at an alarming rate as the enemy persuaded Afghans to turn on Americans and kill them.
    “My son said that his officers told him to look the other way because it’s their culture,” Gregory Buckley Sr. told The New York Times. “‘At night, we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,’” Mr. Buckley recalled his son saying.
    Jan was expelled previously from an Afghan village, Now Zad, because of corruption and for fear that he collaborated with the enemy Taliban.
    A Marine intelligence officer at the time, Maj. Jason Brezler, sent an email dossier to base Delhi in 2012 outlining Jan’s shady past. But commanders allowed him to stay.
    The Marine Corps subsequently kicked out Maj. Brezler for sending the classified dossier on an insecure email account. He has gone to federal court to overturn the decision.
    Kevin Carroll, who is representing Maj. Brezler pro bono along with Mr. Bowe, said that indifference to child rape is the exact reason three Marines are dead.
    Mr. Carroll told The Washington Times, “Not only did the Marines allowSarwan Jan to rape nine young men and boys on base, one of whom grabbed a rifle and murdered three Marines, the Marine commander also lowered base security twice in deference of Afghan cultural sensibilities, despite Jason Brezler’s warning of the threats posed bySarwan Jan.”
    Jan was expelled from Now Zad, the Buckley lawsuit states “because Jan, and those under his control, were extorting Now Zad residents, kidnapping and keeping Afghan boys as sex slaves, trafficking in narcotics, and providing arms, munitions, and Afghan police uniforms to the Taliban to facilitate insider attacks on Marine and other coalition forces.”
    The lawsuit says Marine commanders made a tragic error by looking the other way as Jan operated his boy harem right under their noses.
    “Tragically, Marine commanders not only permitted Jan to return to FOBDelhi, but inexplicably took no steps in response to Brezler’s subsequent warning,” the lawsuit states. “There was no investigation or scrutiny into, or monitoring of, Jan or the unknown boys and young men he brought onto FOB Delhi. No steps were taken to restrict the ability of Jan or his entourage to execute or facilitate insider attacks such as securing Afghan weapons or posting armed Marine guards in areas in which they had access. No warnings or instructions were issued to Marine personnel, especially to the Marine advisers working and living in close proximity with Jan and his entourage of unknowns.”
    Mr. Bowe said the Marine Corps has stonewalled the family’s request for documents detailing the Navy Criminal Investigative Service inquiry into the three killings. His lawsuits asks the District Court judge to order the Marines to turn over the file.
    “The Marine Corps has conducted no investigation into the tragic deaths at FOB Delhi, [and] provided none of the required record disclosures,” the lawsuit says.
    Mr. Bowe said the Obama administration has asked the judge to dismiss the case.
    In July 2014, an Afghan judge classified the killer as a juvenile and sentenced Ainuddin Khudairaham to 7 years in prison.
    He killed the Marines with an AK-47 and proclaimed he had joined jihad.
    Also killed were Cpl. Richard A. Rivera Jr. and Staff Sgt. Scott E. Dickinson.
    Press reports from Afghanistan say Jan was promoted from police chief and assigned to another base.
    The Washington Times made inquiries with the U.S. command press office in Kabul, which said it could not supply any information on Jan.
    On Monday, White House press secretary Josh Ernest responded to queries about American service members being asked to look the other way when child rape occurs by touting the administration’s deep concern for protecting “basic human freedoms.”
    “The United States is deeply concerned about the safety and welfare of Afghan boys who may be exploited by members of the Afghan national security and defense forces,” Mr. Ernest said. “This form of sexual exploitation violates Afghan law and Afghanistan’s international obligations. More broadly, protecting human rights, including countering the exploitation of children, is a high priority for the U.S. government. We monitor such atrocities closely and have continually stood up for those who have suffered exploitation and denial of basic human freedoms.”
    On the question of what Americans can do to stop the rapes, he referred reporters to the Pentagon.
    Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook told reporters on Tuesday, “We consider these reports of sexual abuse to be abhorrent. We are deeply concerned about it. This form and sexual exploitation of children is a violation of Afghanistan’s laws and international obligations.”
    As to reports that service members are told to ignore child rape, Mr. Cook said such a policy doesn’t exist.
    “There is no policy in place that directs any U.S. military or government personnel overseas to ignore human rights abuses,” he said. “On the contrary, we monitor such atrocities closely and have continually stood up for those who have suffered exploitation and denial and basic human freedoms.”

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