Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Marine Exonerated after another violation of privacy

In a somewhat better outcome, a marine whose relatively private performance of a song to boost the morale of his platoon threatened to ruin his career has been exonerated and will face no further investigation:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military will not punish a Marine who performed an obscenity-laced song to a laughing and cheering crowd of fellow troops in Iraq making light of killing Iraqis, the Marine Corps said on Tuesday.
"The preliminary inquiry has been concluded. No punitive action will be taken against Corporal Belile. And there will be no further investigation," said Maj. Shawn Haney, a spokeswoman at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina.

The marine, who was stationed in Iraq, played the song at an "amateur-night" type event used to boost morale and give the troops something to do during their long, hard service in a war zone. He meant it to go no further, but unbeknownst to him a fellow marine who liked the song videotaped it on his cell phone and posted it on the internet without telling him.

The song, mischaracterized by the story but certainly not politically correct, was found by CAIR, an organization supposedly dedicated to improving Arab-American relations but which often pursues policies which strengthen our enemies and hurt our troops.

They misquoted and misreported the meaning and context of the video to cast a harsh light on the marine and our troops, which forced the marine corp to launch an investigation.

Oddly, CAIR's action (which included posting the video to their own web site after the marine found out what had happend and had it pulled from YouTube) did more to publicize the song and incite others to outrage and hate.

Too many people put their agenda above their humanity. The words "have you no decency" seem to have lost their meaning.


Cory Chandler said...

Sorry, but as before, you'll have to explain why this person could have a reasonable expectation of privacy when he's performing in front of a "cheering crowd."

Charles said...

Because he was in a war zone, and the crowd was the members of his unit. Sure, he knew other people were listening, but I don't think he expected his performance to be broadcast to the world.

Suppose on the 4th of July your family competes in a neighborhood 3-legged race or something.

Wouldn't you be a bit surprised if a month later your performance is being discussed on CNN?

Although my point I guess is that we should no longer HAVE an expectation of "privacy" in that sense -- because of technology, every move we make can be recorded and broadcast for posterity.