Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller will face court-martial after defying a gag order criticizing the chaotic withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, in which 13 Americans were killed.
The charges include the conduct of an officer and a gentleman as well as various counts of contempt, disrespect, disobedience and dereliction of duty.
US Marine spokesman Captain Sam Stephenson said Mr Schaller was released from military prison on Tuesday before the charges were sent to a special court-martial on Wednesday, October 6. Granthshala. He said that hearing in the matter has not been scheduled.
Mr Sklar rose to national prominence after publicly criticizing the withdrawal of US troops, civilians and allies from Afghanistan, which killed 13 Americans.
He was fired on August 27 after calling on his supporters to help him “bring down the whole f***ing system”.
Despite a “gag order”, he continued to call for accountability from the leadership of the US military, including Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Mark Milley, and his intention to charge the head of US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie Jr. declare. “dereliction of duty”.
But before he could bring forth his own charges of dereliction of duty, Mr Scheller was taken into custody on 27 September and himself charged with dereliction of duty.
It came as Mr Schaller continued to criticize senior military leadership on Facebook despite a “gag order” being issued. This includes “any and all Content, in any form”, via any social media, mass email, group text message or third party, according to a post on Mr. Sklar’s Facebook.
“What happens when you communicate a command that sets you to stop communicating?” Mr Shelar wrote on Facebook.
Mr Schaller appears to be expected to be taken into custody for violating the order, ending his post with the message: “Colonel Emmel please MPs are waiting for me on Monday at 0800. I am in jail. I’m ready.”
Mr Schaller’s release on Tuesday was the result of a “mutual agreement” between his defense attorney and the US Marines, according to Mr Stephenson.
Asked about a Marine’s constitutional rights to free speech, Mr. Stephenson said the military has forums within the chain of command to raise concerns.
“While not specific to any case in general, criticizing the chain of command on social media is not an appropriate way to raise concerns,” he said in a statement.
“Orders and instructions govern the conduct of the members of our army and ensure good order and discipline. It is the obligation of every service member, supported by an oath of enlistment or commission, to comply with these orders… Failure to comply with such orders and instructions may subject him to prosecution for that failure under the Uniform Military Justice Code. Is.
The specific charges Mr. Sklar is facing under the Uniform Code of Military Justice are Article 88 (contempt of officers), Article 89 (disrespect to superior commissioned officers),
Article 90 (willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer), Article 92 (negligent performance of duties), Article 92 (failure to obey order or regulation), and Article 133 (conduct of an officer and a gentleman).
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /