Green Beret Released For Ridiculous Reason

Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland, 33, from Massachusetts, was a decorated soldier who was kicked out of the special forces for confronting an Afghan police commander for allegedly raping a 12-year-old boy. Martland was serving in the country's war-torn Kunduz Province in 2011 when he learned an Afghan police commander he had trained had allegedly kept a 12-year-old boy as a sex slave.

The soldier and his team leader, Daniel Quinn, said they received reports the officer had abused the child who was “tied to a post in Rahman's house and was raped repeatedly for 10 days to 2 weeks.” Martland and Quinn confronted commander Abdul Rahman who reportedly beat the boy's mother for reporting the sexual assault and "shoved him to the ground."

The Green Berets were then disciplined. The Army ended their mission, put them in temporary jobs and then sent them home. Martland said, “Kicking me out of the Army is morally wrong and the entire country knows it.” He went on to say “While I understand that a military lawyer can say that I was legally wrong, we felt a moral obligation to act.”

At the time of the incident, Martland was part of a team from JBLM's 1st Special Forces Group tasked with building a new local police force with the support of local Afghan tribal leaders. In his appeal letter to the Army Human Resources Command, Martland said the alleged rape was the third time he had been made aware that an Afghan police commander had done something morally repugnant. He claimed he knew of another police commander's rape of a teenage girl while a different commander had allowed the honor killing of a 12-year-old girl after she kissed a boy.

Martland wrote that he and Quinn “felt that morally we could no longer stand by and allow our (Afghan local police) to commit atrocities.” Col. Steve Johnson, who commanded Martland prior to the 2011 deployment, said, “You cannot try to impose American values and American norms onto the Afghan culture because they're completely different.”

Last week, Martland, who has served for 11 years, was told his case “does not meet the criteria' for an appeal.”

Photo: NY Times

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