Military law means that if CIA Director David Petraeus began his affair with biographer Paula Broadwell while he was serving in Afghanistan – while he was General David Petraeus – he can be prosecuted. Petraeus’ former aide, Peter Mansoor, acknowledged, “For him to allow the very first biography to be written about him, to be written by someone who had never written a book before, seemed very odd to me.” Under Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, it is still possible to prosecute members of the military who involve themselves in
Hello? Reality to Shapiro! Petraeus is RETIRED from the Army. He is no longer subject to the UCMJ. Wise up!
Now, if he revealed classified information as CIA Director, that would be another situation entirely. He could be prosecuted for treason. That could lead to a new first for the 0boohoo administration. The 1st American Four Star General to face the firing squad?
I believe, Poster #3, that the General could be reinstated to the active rolls, notwithstanding his retirement, and could face a reduction in rank or some other type of punishment, which well might happen. I recall such an event several years ago with another general officer. Betcha it will happen.
Won´t happen. The sympathy being extended to him is getting disgusting, like he was totally innocent. Poor baby. That this hero, after an exemplary life of devotion to country, was lured by this woman is just so sad. Boo hoo.
Well guess the criminals in the WH, SOS, and FBI and others have pulled the wool over your eyes again! I could care less about what whore Petaetus banged and where he banged them. I do care that this filthy corrupt administration is NOW destroying the MILITARY!!! THAT is the purpose of all this..plus the fact that this POS squatting in the WH is hiding information about his involvement and can you say MORE gun running. Please folks get over mans weakness, its always going to be there, WE are dealing with PURE EVIL now.
#9 has it right. AND: one of the elements that must be proven to "convict" of adultery in the military is that the "conduct was prejudicial to the good nature and discipline of the armed forces". Which is why it´s so rarely charged. It usually involves Superior/subordinate relationship; two active duty persons on the same installations and their spouses find out and raise heck; or similar circumstances. In courts martials its usually charged as a way to negotiate a deal--i.e. We´ll drop the adultery charges in exchange for ...
I recall Bill Clinton´s lawyers asserting that he could not be charged in a civilian court because, as the Commander in Chief, he was subject to the UCMJ. Would not that have made for a dandy court-martial?
If they go after Paula Broadwell for anything they uncover when investigating this affair, they will also have to go after the General Petraeus. Broadwell is a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve and it would be a big time double standard to go after her and allow him to slither away.
I heard some witch on CNN this morning gleeful that Petraeus would probably not be called to testify and that the CIA Deputy Director would, and that he was just as qualified as Petraeus. She then said that that might not be enough "politically" to satisfy the Republicans in Congress. So you can see by CNNs spin that this was a Chicago gangland "hit" on Petraeus and they´re happy he´s gone, and to make sure, they´ll hold prosecution and loss of pension over his head.
Boy, lots of great information here about military law that I´ve never read before.//Petraeus is a retired four star general and is not currently subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The only generals and admirals who never retire have five stars and are now dead; General Pershing is in that group but only wore four stars. Ditto General Grant. General Scott was a brevet lieutenant general and only wore three stars. General Washington resigned his commission.//Since the adultery offense occurred while General Petraeus was on active duty, he could be recalled to active duty and court-martialed. I think that´s highly unlikely.
As could Broadwell who is a major in the USAR. But it is not likely as it would entail calling him back to active service to face a court comprised of 4 star general. After Desert Storm the USMC faced the case of a 4 star who was having sex with an enlisted Marine. For the good of the service they simply let him retire-- to a lucrative post retirement career. This affair will cost Dave Petraeus millions in lost speaking fees and corporate board payments though.
Officers are subject to recall by the president for 10 years after they retire. After 10 years they are placed on the permanent retired list and are not subject to involuntary recall from the retired list. I know because it happened to me.
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