Marines United Nude Photo Scandal Triggers House Vote to Change Military Law

By Tritten, Travis J. | Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The, May 24, 2017 | Go to article overview

Marines United Nude Photo Scandal Triggers House Vote to Change Military Law


Tritten, Travis J., Examiner (Washington, D.C.), The


House lawmakers overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday that would create new military law aimed at nude photo sharing in the wake of the Marines United social media scandal.

Under the bill filed by Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and backed by over 100 cosponsors, it would be illegal for troops to post identifiable nude photos on social media without first getting consent from the person pictured -- even if that person originally consented to making the images.

"This new provision will give commanders an additional specific tool and send a clear message to servicemembers that this behavior is unacceptable and is, in fact, a crime," McSally said recently on the House floor.

The legislation comes on the heels of revelations earlier this year that nude and revealing photos of active-duty troops were being shared on the Marines United Facebook page and numerous other sites.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service launched an ongoing probe that could result in criminal punishments. …

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