Task Force to Investigate Cultural Roots of Alleged USMC Photo Sharing

Francis Osborne
March 11, 2017

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Friday released a statement condemning the reported sharing of nude photos by USA military personnel, saying such behavior is "unacceptable and counter to unit cohesion".

The report, authored by Thomas Brennan, noted that the Facebook group consists of almost 30,000 members and some of whom even posted comments on the images. Female Marine veterans told Military.com this week about incidents of having their photos shared and being targeted and harassed on Facebook that date back almost 10 years.

One person who commented on her photo asked others to share nudes of her, she said. Members of the group allegedly shared nude photos of women, including some fellow female Marines.

The report said that more than two dozen active-duty women, officers and enlisted, were identified by their rank, full name and location in the photographs on the Facebook page.

Wayne, who is also featured on the AnonIB site, added, "It's about time the Marines have been shown they have been doing wrong".

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is now investigating and the photographs have been taken down, according to officials. Butner said she wants to make suggestions for change and discuss how Marines can have more respect for each other. "It is a direct attack on our ethos and legacy", Green wrote in response to the allegations, "It is inconsistent with our Core Values, and it impedes our ability to perform our mission". According to veterans' news site Task & Purpose, the majority of members are posting from their personal Facebook accounts and are not only reconstructing the original cache of nude photos from the original group on a new DropBox folder, but are also posting on porn sites.

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Service members alleged to have posted nude photos of their female colleagues on social media committed an "egregious violation" against the department's values, defense secretary James Mattis said on Friday. He also acknowledged that he is aware of other sites sharing the photos in the wake of the Marines United's site shutdown.

"It would be hilarious if one of these Federal Bureau of Investigation or (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) fucks found their wife on here", one member wrote in the original Facebook group.

"From the marines who have reached out to us since the Marines United story emerged, we believe these problems are pervasive", said Colonel Don Christensen, former chief prosecutor of the U.S. air force and president of Protect Our Defenders.

"Thinking back, why wasn't I talking about this", he said. "And I don't know what else they go to do to say, 'Yeah, good to go.' We all bring something to the game".

Neller is expected to brief lawmakers on Tuesday (14 March) on the ongoing investigation in a hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The U.S. military is considering the possibility that a nude photo scandal that rocked the Marine Corps earlier this week may extend to a website used by members of all branches of the military.

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