Hundreds of Marines Publishing Revenge Porn

Hundreds of Marines Publishing Revenge Porn
Hundreds of Marines Publishing Revenge Porn

It wasn’t technically human trafficking. It was another kind of trafficking. It was the trafficking of pornographic images of unsuspecting women which were snapped either by spying on them, stalking them, or as revenge from a former boyfriend. The images were posted secretly on the internet in a secret folder, which was accessed from a FaceBook page for all the guys to “enjoy.” And that’s not the worst of it.

..were posted by their fellow Marines

They also included the women’s names, ranks, locations, and all other identifying information they could find. The victims here weren’t just women; they were Marines. And the pictures posted on this site were posted by their fellow Marines — their male comrades — to live in perpetuity on the internet.
Despicable. There’s not too many other words one can use to describe this behavior. And, while this image-sharing scandal seemed at first to be limited to just the Marine Corps, after another secret site was discovered this week, it appears this has been happening in all branches of the military.
According to Reveal News, since Jan. 30, more than two dozen women, including active duty, officers, and enlisted service members have been identified as victims. The U.S. Department of Defense had already launched an investigation into these shared pictures posted on the Facebook page “Marines United,” which has nearly 30,000 followers and draws a wealth of obscene comments. Membership is limited to male Marines, Navy men, and British Royal Marines.
It seems all this picture sharing came after women were assigned to the first Marine infantry unit on Jan. 5, 2017. In late January, a nonprofit news site known as “The War Horse,” which is run by veteran Thomas Brennan, discovered the Marines United page.
According to Brennan, he contacted Marine Corps headquarters on Jan. 30 about the page. A day later, the social networking accounts behind the share were shut down, and the Marine Corps had tasked NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) with conducting a formal investigation. Since then, Brennan has received death threats against him and his family.

..nude photos, screenshots of the women’s social media accounts, and images of sexual acts.

But it hasn’t seemed to deter some especially hardcore Marines. More than two weeks following the shut down of the the linked accounts, images of another woman from Camp Lejeune were posted on the Marines United page. The Marine responsible for taking the photos was discharged from active duty, sources confirm.
From the main Facebook page, there were dozens and dozens of Google Drive folders linked to photos. These folders included the nude photos, screenshots of the women’s social media accounts, and images of sexual acts. They identified each woman with their names and military branch, and even posted screenshots of the woman’s social media account. Then there were subfolders of unidentified women, naked and barely naked. It’s been estimated that there were hundreds, more likely thousands, of these images.
The person who posted the original Google Drive link on the Marines United page was identified as a Marine veteran and government subcontractor. Maj. Clark Carpenter. spokesman for the Marine Corps, confirmed that this subcontractor has been fired.
It’s possible that hundreds of Marines may be caught up in this scandal. It is estimated that more than 2,500 comments, mostly obscene, were posted with each of the photos. And they were actively recruiting for their next victims. They put out a call to group members to send in whatever photos they could find, encouraging them to get pics of any naked or barely naked Marine women they could find.
According to revealnews.org, members of the site were constantly goading other members to submit new pictures. Some even promised free beer to any Marine who contributed. Many of them tagged friends. One was keeping a tally of the number of photos received. When he announced they had gotten to 400 pics, another member writes, “Well Done Marine!”
This scandal has shaken the military to its very core. It’s got top Pentagon officials in a sweat, knowing what an impact this situation could have on morale, recruitment, and a host of other things. Marine Sergeant Major Ronald Green reminded enlisted men who were using the site that their behavior was “demeaning and degrading.” In a statement from him he pleaded with Marines to step forward and help find those who were involved in what has become a scandal of colossal proportions.
“Stand up, speak out and be a voice of change for the better,” Green said. “Hold those who misstep accountable. We need to realize that silence is consent — do not be silent. It is your duty to protect one another, not just for the Marine Corps but for humanity. … I need you with me on this.”
A 10-page guidance document has been issued by the Public Affairs division of the Marine Corps. It details resources for victims of these posts, which includes a website to report crimes. It also includes talking points for the media and members of Congress, and discusses the possibility of inappropriate responses from Marines on social media.
Newly appointed Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, decried the “lack of respect” and said the Pentagon “will not excuse or tolerate such behavior. The purported actions of civilian and military personnel on social media websites, including some associated with the Marines United group and possibly others, represent egregious violations of the fundamental values we uphold at the Department of Defense.”
The Marines have always been looked at as an elite portion of the military. “The Few. The Proud” and “Semper Fi” (short for Semper Fidelis, meaning “always faithful”) are just a couple of the well-known slogans associated with the Marines. Their allegiance is supposed to be to God, country, and each other. There has been talk of a new motto, but no one expected things like “the naked” or “the faithless” to be amongst the options.