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The ‘Military Nudes Scandal’ Has Been Officially Expanded to Gay Porn Sites

The Pentagon has established a military task force to oversee the investigation of the Marines United “military nudes scandal,” in which hundreds of active duty Marines have viewed explicit pics of servicewomen without their consent (on the private Facebook page “Marines United”) and in some cases cyberbullied them. The task force has since expanded into gay porn sites and gay Tumblr accounts, on which there are several instances of men in uniform engaged in sex acts. The Pentagon’s investigation force now seeks to uncover whether any of those gay porn appearances are by active duty officers — consensual or not — using facial recognition software if necessary.

Yes, that means the Pentagon and military forces currently have dozens of investigators combing through gay porn websites, according to an Air Force spokesman.

“The Air Force Office of Special Investigations is investigating information and photographs from websites hosting inappropriate photos of service members without prior consent,” the Air Force’s Col. Pat Ryder told USA Today. “As part of that ongoing criminal investigation, airmen identified will be contacted directly by AFOSI to determine whether they are victims.”

Whether they are “victims” is an important distinction here.

Sites like Tumblr are currently known to house secretly obtained or exploitative images and video of active-duty officers — much like the scandal’s many exploited female officers — and punishment of those who did the exploiting is no doubt imminent. But in the case of those who were not exploited — active duty officers who willingly engaged in sex or who ‘exposed themselves’ while in uniform (sometimes with their nametags visible) — are themselves punishable.

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Photo via John Kennicutt, U.S. Marine Corps

Those active duty soldiers who participated in ‘military porn’ will face punishment, including court martial, for their actions, which means that facial recognition technology won’t be used simply to avenge victims.

And there’s precedent for that, as soldiers have in the past been booted from the ranks of the military for posing nude in men’s magazines.

Don Christensen — president of Protect Our Defenders, an org that advocates for military sexual abuse victims — says, “That wouldn’t fit the image the military wants to project, especially sexual activity in uniform.”

 

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