Bales Incident Report Available

MRE_150CENTCOM has released the Bales incident report after an FOIA request was made. Below is the link to the PDF file.

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MRE noted in article about Pentagon’s Law of War Manual

MRE_150The Pentagon’s massive new Law of War Manual drew criticism from the New York Times editorial board on Monday for its section on how to treat journalists, which the Times said would “make their work more dangerous, cumbersome and subject to censorship.”

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MRE member Don North at Newseum

Don North

Don North

Vietnam Revisited

by Don North

Wars are fought twice — once on the battlefield and again in our memory.

The Vietnam War was a battle of memory, history and truth — and the stakes are still high. Honest reporting can shape our destinies, both at war and at peace. [Read more…]

MRE member’s combat coverage to become a film

MRE Board Member’s Spec Ops Combat Coverage Becomes Hollywood Movie

A Hollywood film about MRE board member Alex Quade, called “Danger Close” is currently in production.   [Read more…]

MRE Conference set for Oct. 9, 2015

MRE_150Mark your calendars. The MRE conference is scheduled for Oct. 9, 2015 at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C. [Read more…]

Military OKs MRE’s FOIA on Bales case

MRE_150We got some good news from the CENTCOM FOIA office today. The office today wrote they are expediting our request and plan to release the Bales 15-6 investigation in mid-August. [Read more…]

Inside the fight to save a beloved World War I memorial (video)

Alex-QuadeHONOLULU — As America and the world commemorate the centennial of World War I, one U.S. state is in danger of losing a memorial to its veterans killed in action. MRE member, Alex Quade, reports.

The city of Honolulu is considering demolishing its official memorial to the fallen of World War I and moving a portion of the memorial across the street to the site of a separate remembrance plaque. Ten thousand service members from the then-Hawaiian territories fought in the Great War; 101 were killed.

Descendants of those killed are fighting the city over the fate of the Waikiki War Memorial Natatorium. First opened in 1927, the salt water swimming pool fell into disrepair after years of neglect and was closed in 1979.

MRE member Don North’s latest book is history but also a journalistic lesson

Fights between reporters and editors are classic. Reporters don’t trust editors, and editors don’t trust reporters.

Toronto Star combat correspondent Paul Morton

Toronto Star combat correspondent Paul Morton

That little observation is by way of commenting on what has to be about the worst reporter-editor rift in the history of journalism. That’s the betrayal of the Canadian correspondent who parachuted behind enemy lines in World War II only to have his paper refuse to believe he’d ever been there ― and then not only dismiss him arbitrarily but have him disaccredited and blackballed for any future anywhere in journalism.

To read the full story, visit the World Tribune.

MRE member Alex Quade moderates Medal of Honor event

The Center for American Values welcomes Medal of Honor recipients Corporal Hershel “Woody” Williams, Sergeant First Class Bennie Adkins, Staff Sergeant Melvin Morris and the addition of their portraits to our gallery. [Read more…]

MRE, Northwestern, SPJ Send Letter to Army Secretary

MRE_150Washington, D.C.—Military Reporters and Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and Northwestern University’s National Security Journalism Initiative sent a joint letter to Army Secretary John McHugh on June 19, requesting the immediate declassification of the investigation into Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ horrific crimes in Afghanistan in March 2012.

Bales was sentenced to life in prison in August 2013 for murdering 16 Afghan civilians, including many women and children, during two solo nighttime raids in small villages in Kandahar province. The gruesome murders—dubbed the Kandahar massacre—sparked angry protests and forced the U.S. military to temporarily halt combat operations in the region.

“Bales pleaded guilty to his crimes and will spend the rest of his life in prison. His clemency request has been denied and U.S. forces are no longer operating at the combat outposts where he committed his crimes. We see no reason why the investigation should remain classified,” said MRE President Amy McCullough. “The reasons U.S. Central Command gave to some of our members for denying repeated FOIA requests no longer apply, and the public has a right to know if there was anything that could have been done to prevent this tragedy. I sincerely hope Secretary McHugh will do the right thing and declassify this report before his tenure ends.”

“The Pentagon has examined the events leading to Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ crimes in Kandahar province, but the public has only the military’s word that it has done everything possible to learn from the incidents,” said Ellen Shearer, co-director of Northwestern University’s National Security Journalism Initiative. “The continued lack of transparency in this case is a shameful example of denying the public its right to know the truth about an important, terrible event in the war in Afghanistan.”

To read the letter, go here.

Military Reporters and Editors is a nonprofit association that exists to advance the public understanding of the military, national security and homeland defense. MRE represents the interests of working journalists to the government and military and strives to assure journalists have access to places where the U.S. military and its allies operate.