If the Democrats had any sense left that they were morally superior to Republicans, this report is sure to squash what remains of it.
According to reports, the Obama Pentagon attempted to block an independent report on child sex among Afghan Forces.
Washington Post reports:
The Pentagon tried to block an independent assessment of child sex abuse crimes committed by Afghan soldiers and police, instead insisting on the creation of its own report offering a far less authoritative review of human rights violations perpetrated by U.S. allies, according to an aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). […]
But the results of SIGAR’s unreleased inquiry, which was requested by 93 members of Congress in 2015, remains classified at the Pentagon’s direction, raising questions about the military’s transparency and the extent to which it is complying with laws meant to curb such abuse.
The Pentagon responded with “resistance” when Congress tapped SIGAR to conduct the probe, said Tim Rieser, an aide to Leahy, vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee whose namesake legislation, known as the Leahy Law, requires the U.S. military to halt assistance to foreign military units found to have committed gross human rights violations.
Instead, senior Pentagon officials argued that SIGAR, which since 2009 has produced dozens of reports exposing corruption within the Afghan government and incompetence among Afghan security forces, lacked the jurisdiction for this particular task, Rieser said.
“Afghan security personnel have been known to recruit young boys as servants, sometimes to use for sex. There is a broader practice in Afghan society to dress some boys as women and have them dance at gatherings. Known as bacha bazi, it was banned under the Taliban but revived after the U.S. invasion in 2001,” reports Alex Horton.
The Pentagon reportedly reviewed 16 allegations between 2010 to 2016. Horton says this number is unlikely to be accurate because of irregularities in reporting procedures and “an overall lack of unified guidance on reporting and record keeping relating to child sexual abuse.”
Two years ago, reports surfaced about U.S. Marines being ordered to ignore child abuse by Afghan police officers.
According to the BBC, deputy Police Chief of Jowzjan province Muhammad Ibrahim, says no such thing takes place.
“We haven’t had any cases of bachabaze in the last four-to-five years. It doesn’t exist here any more,” claims Ibrahim.
“If we find any man practising it we’ll punish them,” he added.
Afghan lawmaker Abdulkhabir Uchqun says the practice is in fact growing.
“Unfortunately it is the on the increase in almost every region of Afghanistan. I asked local authorities to act to stop this practice but they don’t do anything,” Uchqun admits.
“Our officials are too ashamed to admit that it even exists,” Uchqun says.