The Pentagon is conducting an aggressive counterinsurgency campaign in the Senate, having already pacified its allies on the Armed Services Committee. It's trying to prevent more senators from getting on board with a bill sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand that would overhaul how the military deals with sexual assault by having an independent prosecutor, instead of the military commander, decide whom to court martial in sexual assault cases. This is how it works in the radical feminist organizations known as the militaries of Israel, Germany, and the U.K. The Pentagon wants this movement stopped.
A Pentagon inspector general report this week found that more than 10 percent of criminal investigations in sexual assault cases are flawed. That follows the survey this spring that found about 26,000 military members experienced unwanted sexual contact in 2012, up from 19,000 in 2010. More than half the victims were men. Even so, the military does not want major changes to its criminal justice system. To stop demand for an overhaul, the Pentagon is trying to win the hearts and minds of senators with a massive lobbying campaign, Politico's Darren Samuelsohn and Anna Palmer explains in a fascinating report on the Pentagon's lobbying machine. The counterinsurgency campaign has already succeeded in winning over the Armed Services Committee. Committee chair Carl Levin shot down Gillibrand's bill, instead favoring one the military supports. How? First, the Pentagon had plenty of soldiers already in place:
- Almost every single senator on the Armed Services Committee has a career military officer working as a fellow in their office, and his or her salary is paid by the Pentagon. A Democratic aide said of the fellows, "Things get vetted and there are bright lines you don’t cross and those are determined by the Pentagon."
- The Pentagon has office space close to the House and Senate armed services committees' offices in the Rayburn and Russell office buildings. No other bureaucracy has that.