Marines United Nude Photo Scandal widens to Army, Navy & Air Force
The scandal is ballooning and spreading across the military branches.
It sounds like everyone in the armed forces couldn’t wait to jump on the nude photo scandal bandwagon … It started with the Marines, now the Army, the Navy and the Air Force want to be a part of the scandal as well. It’s now officially a Pentagon Sex Scandal.
It looks this could be the mother of all nude photo scandal after all. And it smells like … But wait a sec, something else is happening.
Marines United members begin posting nude pictures of sisters-in-arms on porn sites
Defiant marines ignore investigating superiors and double down on online abuse of female colleagues.
Members of the Marines United Facebook group, accused of sharing nude photos of female Marines, have reportedly begun posting videos to pornography websites such as PornHub. Despite an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, members have also migrated to a new private Facebook group called Marines United 2.0 (or MU2.0, apparently).
Comments posted under one video on PornHub imply the woman featured works in support personnel, while DropBox folders contain explicit photos and videos from the original Marines United group.
Members of the new Marines United 2.0 group have defiantly continued to share nude pictures of their sisters-in-arms and have taunted federal and Naval officials investigating their behaviour. “It would be hilarious if one of these FBI or [Naval Criminal Investigative Service] fucks found their wife on here,” one member commented.
“Everyone in this forum is open to all active and former military,” wrote Stiffler. “Just please be careful on who you approve request for [sic] because we don’t need any goddamn Blue Falcons up in this motherfucker”.
Another wrote: “They can investigate all they want. It’s not illegal to share nudes lol.”
Marines May Offer Reputation Software to Victims of Photo Scandal
In addition to legal aid and support services, the Marine Corps may offer internet reputation management tools to victims of a Facebook group that shared nude and compromising photos of female service members and veterans without their consent, a defense official told Military.com Friday.
In a “white letter” expected to be sent to commanders soon, the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Neller will announce the formation of a task force, manned by officials from key agencies across Headquarters Marine Corps and led by Assistant Commandant Gen. Glenn Walters. The task force will be focused on steps to be taken in light of the incident, including immediate actions to care for victims of the photo-sharing ring. One of the options being considered, the official said, would provide women with so-called reputation management software, designed to protect a user’s online presence from compromising information and bury damaging search engine results.
These tools, which use techniques ranging from flooding the internet with positive information related to an individual to advanced search engine optimization and engineering, are used by private individuals looking to manage their online identity as well as major corporations In 2014, retired Army Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly reportedly used a reputation management firm called OptimizeUp to obscure news about a negative Inspector General’s report that concluded he bullied and harassed his senior staff.
Marines United 2: A scandal rebooted. The Air Force, Army and Navy, are looking into the scandal.
Nude photo scandal widens as military looks into more websites
Four branches of the military are looking into the posting of nude photos of what appear to be female service members on various websites, a Pentagon official told CNN on Thursday.
The news follows a story published online by Business Insider that says the scandal, which began with a report about lewd photos being posted by a group of Marines and former Marines, goes beyond the Corps and some private Facebook groups like Marines United.
Secret Marines group is still sharing nude photos amid scandal
The Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy made statements:
“After being made aware of the photo sharing site today by Business Insider, we are looking further into the matter and taking it seriously, but cannot immediately verify any details about the site, the source of its content, or whether there has been any involvement by any airmen,” the Air Force said.
“As members of the Army team, individuals’ interaction offline and online reflect on the Army and its values. The Army defines online misconduct as the use of electronic communication to inflict harm, which includes, but is not limited to, instances of harassment, bullying, hazing, stalking, discrimination, retaliation, or any other types of misconduct that undermines dignity and respect,” Army spokeswoman Lt. Col. Jennifer R. Johnson said. “Soldiers or civilian employees who participate in or condone misconduct, whether offline or online, may be subject to criminal, disciplinary, and/or administrative action.”
“We fully expect that the discovery of Marines United will motivate Marines to come forward to notify their chain of command of pages like it. Things may seem to get worse before they get better; Marines will attack this problem head-on and continue to get better,” Capt. Ryan E. Alvis said.
“It is a call to arms in the wake of recent reports of unprofessional and inappropriate social media behavior by some who have lost sight of that most fundamental purpose they themselves are duty-bound to serve,” Acting Secretary of the Navy Sean Stackley said. “Our ability to succeed as a warfighting organization is directly tied to our ability to fight as one team — a team that treats one another honorably.”