Journalist who broke the "Marines United" nude photo story receives threats

Because cowardice and misogyny go hand-in-hand:

The Facebook page was first exposed by The Center for Investigative Journalism and North Carolina resident and retired Marine Thomas Brennan, working with The War Horse, a nonprofit military and veterans journalism organization.

While top military officials investigate at Camp Lejeune, local law enforcement officers in Onslow County are tracking down at least one person who has made threats against Brennan. Richlands, N.C., Police Chief Ron Lindig told McClatchy Tuesday Brennan and his wife were targeted online by a person apparently angry about his investigative work.

I'm sure he'll get more threats before this thing is over, because a whole bunch of these idiots didn't try to conceal their identity. They may have to make a new category for Bad Conduct Discharges that includes the word "Facebook" in there somewhere. But the sooner these jackasses are out of uniform the better. Here are a few excerpts from the report itself via the War Horse:

Since Jan. 30, more than two dozen women – many on active duty, including officers and enlisted service members – have been identified by their full name, rank and military duty station in photographs posted and linked to from a private Facebook page.

In one instance, a female corporal in uniform was followed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, by a fellow Marine, who surreptitiously photographed her as she picked up her gear. Those photographs were posted on the Facebook group Marines United, which has nearly 30,000 followers, drawing dozens of obscene comments.

One member of the Facebook group suggested that the service member sneaking the photos should “take her out back and pound her out.” Others suggested more than vaginal sex:

“And butthole. And throat. And ears. Both of them. Video it though … for science.”

Senior officials with Headquarters Marine Corps have verified that incident, as well as the distribution of photographs of other active-duty and veteran women through the page and links to a Google Drive.

Apparently in addition to US Marines involved in this, there are a sizeable number of Brit Royal Marines who "enjoy" this page, so hopefully their commanders are getting an earful about this, too. I'm usually not that prudish or critical of what social media sites people read and comment on, but this one is different. If somebody joined this page without really knowing what it was, they would figure that out soon enough. If they stuck around, their very presence was an encouragement to the assholes posting pictures, so throw the damn book at 'em.

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