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Topic - James Amos
More than two dozen former Marine Corps and Navy judge advocates are asking Congress to investigate the Corps' top officer for what they say is unlawful conduct in the Taliban urination cases.
The Marine Corps' war against an officer who has accused the commandant of wrongdoing intensified this week: Headquarters identified Maj. James Weirick as a potential Washington Navy Yard-type killer.
The Marine Corps' military chief fired two of the service's two-star generals for failing to secure a base in Afghanistan that was attacked by Taliban insurgents last year, an attack that resulted in two Marine deaths and the destruction of $200 million worth of aircraft.
Legal proceedings for Marines accused of urinating on dead insurgents in Afghanistan have been ongoing for many months. Only recently, however, has the Marine Corps disgorged documents that demonstrate criminal conduct by the commandant of the Marine Corps in attempting to unlawfully influence the outcomes of legal proceedings against these Marines. Documents obtained by attorneys in the pending courts-martial demonstrate that the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos, removed the authority to dispose of the cases from Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, whom he previously had appointed, after Gen. Waldhauser refused Gen. Amos' demand that the accused Marines be "crushed" and discharged.
While Maj. Gen. Gurganus worked to accomplish a challenging mission in the Helmand and Nimroz provinces, he "made an error in judgment when conducting his risk assessment of the enemy's capabilities and intentions at the Bastion/Leatherneck/Shorabak complex," and bears final accountability for the lives and equipment lost under his charge, Gen. Amos said.
"Marines can never place complete reliance for their own safety in the hands of another force," Gen. Amos said.