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Today’s military sex scandal: SFC at West Point taped female cadets in the showers

The hits just keep on coming. Yesterday brought news that a sergeant first class at West Point has been charged with videotaping at least a dozen female cadets, some of them while they were in the shower or in other states of undress. Bonus fact from reporter Thom Shanker, who broke the story: "The Army ...

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The hits just keep on coming. Yesterday brought news that a sergeant first class at West Point has been charged with videotaping at least a dozen female cadets, some of them while they were in the shower or in other states of undress.

Bonus fact from reporter Thom Shanker, who broke the story: "The Army made no announcement of the charges against Sergeant McClendon, but it provided details after The New York Times learned of the inquiry from people with ties to West Point who said they were alarmed by the allegations and wanted to learn of the academy’s plans to investigate and prevent future violations."

Amazing how the chain of command keeps on blaming those at the bottom. Maybe it is time to issue some mirrors to the four stars and three stars?

The hits just keep on coming. Yesterday brought news that a sergeant first class at West Point has been charged with videotaping at least a dozen female cadets, some of them while they were in the shower or in other states of undress.

Bonus fact from reporter Thom Shanker, who broke the story: "The Army made no announcement of the charges against Sergeant McClendon, but it provided details after The New York Times learned of the inquiry from people with ties to West Point who said they were alarmed by the allegations and wanted to learn of the academy’s plans to investigate and prevent future violations."

Amazing how the chain of command keeps on blaming those at the bottom. Maybe it is time to issue some mirrors to the four stars and three stars?

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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