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Saturday, January 07, 2006

If They Make This Retroactive...

... there'll be a lot of Sailors in trouble. According to this article in Stars & Stripes, President Bush signed an Executive Order changing the Manual for Courts-Martial, making it a specific crime to patronize a prostitute.

"A Defense Department spokeswoman, Lt. Col. Ellen Krenke, said in an e-mailed response to questions that “prostitution” and “pandering” will now be among the offenses covered by Article 134 of the courts-martial manual.
"Paying for sex used to fall under the “Solicitation of Another to Commit an Offense” listed as part of Article 134, which executes the corresponding section in the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Krenke said.

"But the October executive order makes prostitution and pandering specific offenses, she said. Krenke said that the DOD made the change as part of its effort to combat human trafficking by taking on the sex exploitation industry, as set forth in a December 2002 National Security Presidential Directive that says in part:
“Our policy is based on an abolitionist approach to trafficking in persons, and our efforts must involve a comprehensive attack on such trafficking, which is a modern day of slavery. In this regard, the U.S. Government opposes prostitution and any related activities, including pimping, pandering, or maintaining brothels as contributing to the phenomenon of trafficking in persons.”
"The military needs to change its general mind-set that tolerates prostitution, said Sara Mendelson, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington."

By adding "pandering" to the sections of crimes covered by Article 134 of the UCMJ (the "General Article"), it'll now be easier to "pile on" someone who's gotten in trouble for something else -- pandering (and also prostitution, so they're not being sexist) now joins such other General Article prohibitions as: abusing a public animal, adultery, bigamy, drinking liquor with a prisoner, jumping from a vessel into the water, and straggling.

Just for the record, I was never guilty of any of the crimes discussed above...

Article 134 also has sections for "wrongful cohabitation" and "gambling with subordinates".

Going deep...

Bell-ringer 2317 07 Jan: PigBoatSailor plays "UCMJ Bingo" with Article 134!


Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

Yay, UCMJ Bingo!

This started as just a comment, but got too long ;-)

1/07/2006 4:44 PM

Blogger StinKerr said...

I find the "abusing of a public animal" to be one of the more fascinating charges. The mind reels at the possibilities.

I was a tad worried about the "wrongful cohabitation" but after reading the link I know they won't be coming after me for that one.

Misprision is another story. Some things can be handled quicker and more effectively with some immediate action and a bad memory.

1/07/2006 11:21 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear DOD,
Please explain the jumping from a vessel to the water part in explicit detail. I am not sure if I can abandon ship when the captain says abandon ship. Am I also going to be punished if I jump from a flight deck to the water "even though" my CO knows of said activity?

1/07/2006 11:56 PM

Blogger Skippy-san said...

A stupid addition to the UCMJ. Can't wait to see the " I was not paying for sex, just payin for her taxi fare home" defense. "She left the bar with me because she dug me........".

I miss the old "100 Missions across the bridge" patches.....

1/08/2006 4:31 AM

Blogger Rob said...

jumping from a vessel into the water

Swim call?

/just sayin'
//I always just slide down the dome, so I'm safe

1/08/2006 9:40 AM

Blogger PigBoatSailor said...

Heh, Rob's been surfing Fark too much.

/You can tell by the slashies
//Lots and lots of slashies ;-)

1/08/2006 12:01 PM

Blogger Rob said...

Total Fark, actually.

/again, just sayin'

1/08/2006 12:43 PM


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