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Decorated Marine faces inquiry, loss of career for sounding alarm

Maj. Jason Brezler

An honorable and highly decorated Marine Corps reserve officer’s career is now in jeopardy because he did the right thing.

Maj. Jason Brezler, who also serves as a New York City firefighter, warned his fellow Marines that a senior Afghan police official could not be trusted and that he sexually abused minors working on U.S. military bases in Afghanistan, according to Fox News.

His claims came in response to a request last summer from fellow Marines seeking background information on the official, Sarwar Jan, who was routinely allowed on U.S. military bases.

Brezler’s assessment was dead on. Within days of sending the email, one of Jan’s assistants and presumed victims opened fire, killing three U.S. Marines.

But Brezler is now the target of a board of inquiry, purportedly because he sent the warning through his personal Yahoo account rather than a secured, classified email system. Brezler notified his superiors of the error almost immediately.

“Brezler’s immediate chain of command here in the U.S. did not recommend punitive action, and the Marine command in Afghanistan called for the relevant document in Brezler’s case to be declassified, because there is no information in the document which, if released, would damage national security,” Kevin Carroll, whose firm, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, is representing Brezler pro bono, told Fox News.

So why the inquiry, which could end Brezler’s career in a less-than-honorable manner?

His supporters say it’s all politics. Brezler’s lack of political correctness in making the allegations, coupled with a fear they may expose the fetid swamp America’s involvement in Afghanistan has become, may prove his undoing.

In the video below, Fox News’ chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge, reported Saturday that the board of inquiry is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Brezler’s attorney, Kevin Carroll, also made an appearance to explain the legal procedure and ramifications.

Watch the Fox newscast, and wish Brezler a very merry Christmas.

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