Jason Brezler, a Marine Corps reservist, and a New York City firefighter is having his military career placed in jeopardy for embarassing top military brass and President Obama. In 2012, he exposed a high ranking Afghan official as a security risk. He also alleged that the official was having sex with underage boys on the base. Brezler accidentally sent the warning through an unsecured email, which is the crux of the charges against him, even though there was nothing in the email that would jeopardize national security.
Kevin Carroll, whose firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan is representing Brezler, told Fox News:
"Brezler's immediate chain-of-command here in the U.S. did not recommend punitive action, and the Marine command in Afghanistan called for the relevant document in Brezler's case to be declassified, because there is no information in the document which, if released, would damage national security."
Brezler had admitted to his immediate commanders that he had made the mistake. If his immediate chain of command took no action and Marine Command in Afghanistan took no action and had even requested that the document be declassified, why is Brezler being prosecuted and possibly removed from the sevice "under less than honorable reasons"?
Brezler's warning could be an embarassment for those who chose to ignore his warnings. You see, three days later, one of the official's victims and assistant, opened fire killing three US Marines.
Brezler is scheduled to face a board of inquiry next month. After which, he could be drummed from the military with a large blemish on his military record.
Last summer, Brezler received and urgent inquiry from his fellow Marines in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, asking him for information on Sarwar Jan,, who was regulary allowed on the base for training. Brezler gave them the information.
No action was taken against Jan because the administration tries to appease the Afghan government and local authorities. They are using a minor mistake that led to no security breech or to any damage to National Defense, and there is no reason to pubish Brezler, unless it is a warning to Marines that exposing corruption can get you in the wringer. Pure intimidation.
"Brezler's treatment sends the message that in the Marine Corps there's no room for honest mistakes. That's a dangerous precedent to set ... In his quest to recenter the Corps and 'hit the reset button on accountability,' Gen. Jim Amos has said that the new law of the land does not mean 'zero defects.' ... Brezler's case is an opportunity for the Corps to act on Amos' intent -- and do the right thing."
Jason Brezler is a hero in and out of uniform as he serves his country and the people of his city, and does not deserve this treatment.