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Mavi Marmara Massacre Whitewash Redux

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"An operational investigation is not meant to decide whether to launch (a criminal) investigation." 

"There should be a mechanism established for conducting a factual assessment, on the basis of which the military advocate-general will decide whether an investigation should be opened."

"The reporting requirement must be assimilated and sanctions imposed on commanders who do not fulfill this requirement."

Commission members want military advocate-general authority boosted. He should operate independently. He should have a fixed six-year term.

His rank should be fixed. He shouldn't be dependent on higher-ups for promotion.

"The authority of the military advocate-general to order an investigation should not be conditioned on consulting with the general responsible for the unit involved in the incident," they said.

A special Justice Ministry department for military law should be opened.

Few investigations are launched. Most are whitewashed. Low-level soldiers or government staff get occasional wrist slaps.

Higher-up commanders and officials operate with impunity. Accountability never follows.

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