Lawmaker: NCIS has identified 850 Marines on nude photo-sharing site
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers were weighing their options Tuesday as the number of identified members of the Facebook site Marines United grew to 1,200, including 700 active-duty and 150 Reserve Marines, according to Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
Speier disclosed the figures from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service after a closed-door briefing to the House Armed Services Committee by Marines Commandant Gen. Robert Neller on the service’s unfolding photo-sharing scandal. Flanked by famed attorney Gloria Allred and a victim of the site, Speier also unveiled a bill criminalizing the nonconsensual posting of nude images.
“I am furious, I am saddened and I am frustrated by how we have got to this point,” said Speier, who is the top Democrat on the Armed Services subcommittee on military personnel.
Others in Congress also expressed outrage and Neller recently suggested the service might need new legislation, such as changes to the Uniformed Code of Military Justice.
But key lawmakers briefed by the Marine Corps said it was too early to know whether any laws would be passed to help the service crackdown on the online activity targeting and harassing female Marines.
The top Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., said “all options are on the table” in dealing with the photo-sharing following other harassment and abuse cases in the Marines such as hazing at Parris Island, S.C.
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