Marine Faces Discharge for Warning About Child Rapist
Jason Brezler sent classified info, turned himself in
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2013 12:19 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Jason Brezler is a highly decorated Marine Corps reserve officer, and has served four tours in Afghanistan and Iraq over 13 years. But now he faces "other than honorable" discharge, and all because he tried to warn his colleagues in Afghanistan about a child rapist, CNN reports. During his 2009-2010 deployment in Helmand province, Brezler got a local police commander named Sarwar Jan fired because he was allegedly raping children on US bases. Last year, Brezler learned that Jan had been reappointed. He immediately warned his colleagues at Forward Operating Base Delhi in an email, to which he attached a classified document with allegations about Jan (who is also allegedly tied to the Taliban). The email was sent from an unclassified account, Fox News reports.

Brezler wanted FOB Delhi to know that Jan "was a threat not only to local children but to Marines," says his lawyer. But the Marines responded to the email indicating that some of the information Brezler sent may have been classified, and Brezler turned himself in right away. He'll face a board of inquiry next month. Two Marine Corps generals, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Rep. Peter King have all written letters supporting Brezler, with Gillibrand pointing out that "in the end his assessment of the threat proved accurate." Less than two weeks after Brezler sent the warning—which there's no evidence inspired any action—an assistant working for Jan allegedly shot and killed three Marines at FOB Delhi. The father of one of those Marines believes that if Brezler's warning had been heeded, "I would have my son."

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Anthony Nelson
Nov 24, 2013 6:28 PM CST
I stand with Jason on this. I'm an army vet from the mid 60's and have the utmost respect for all combat vets. This case don't surprise me the military can be stupid at times. Semper Gi brother. God bless and good luck.
Kimberlea Jo
Oct 31, 2013 8:12 AM CDT
I feel he did what he had to do to protect them... since we can't count on our leader in the white house to protect our troops!
HMD-SMD-ITY
Oct 30, 2013 8:14 PM CDT
The US should immediately do an Article 10 on all persons involved. They need to be removed from position, sent to the US for trial, and held accountable for allowing an enemy infiltrate the base and secure area. Basically, heads should roll on this matter from the company clerk to the 4 star general at the Pentagon.