WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) released the following statement in response to General Amos’s letter regarding concerns she had raised about Marine Corps Facebook pages denigrating female Marines:

“The Marine Corps’ good order and discipline creed has been totally undermined when it cannot police Marines who use social media to promote anti-Semitism, sexism and racism. These messages of hate reflect the kinds of attitudes our military fights around the world as oppressive and demeaning to human dignity. The postings of a few serve to discredit the entire Corps and contribute to a hostile work environment. In the private sector these employees would be fired. The Marine Corps must do the right thing now and stop their own who practice the worst forms of hatred.

“The letter from General Amos offers sequestration as a reason for inaction. The Commander-in-Chief has spoken. Suggesting that misconduct cannot be addressed because of sequestration is frankly unacceptable.”   

Attached is General Amos’s response to a letter Congresswoman Speier sent last month to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, General Amos, and Principal Deputy Inspector General for the Department of Defense Lynn Halbrooks. Be aware that the content of the letter includes images some readers may find offensive.