A senior Navy Department official decided Monday to force a Marine Corps officer out of the service for his handling of classified information, three years after he was first investigated after sending a warning to deployed colleagues about an Afghan police chief whose servant later killed three Marines.
Maj. Jason Brezler will be separated from the Marine Corps following a decision by Assistant Navy Secretary Juan M. Garcia, said Michael Bowe, Brezler’s attorney. The case grabbed attention in Congress and among highly decorated senior officers in the military, some of whom advocated on Brezler’s behalf to let him stay in the Marines. Other service officials maintained that retired Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps’ top officer when the investigation began, and other generals involved handled the case well.
I’m not really much of a stickler for rules, as many rules are petty and overbroad. Having said that, information security is an area where I do take the rules seriously.
But this seems a bit much. Major Brezler was not provided the tools to properly secure information, and when he realized his breach, he immediately took steps to rectify the issue.
Unfortunately, we’ve become a country where only some people have to follow the rules about infosec. Right, Mrs. Clinton?