Aussie soldiers let rip on Facebook
Women, Muslims the fave targets
Australia's armed forces still appear addicted to offensive social media activities, a new investigation has found.
Over 1000 serving and former soldiers from the Royal Australian Regiment have been busted for partaking in an offensive closed Facebook site which features consistent comments and images denigrating women, Muslims and other targets.
The ABC’s 7.30 Report programme yesterday revealed the contents of the social media site which includes hundreds of abusive and un-PC postings and messages.
The Facebook page, which was set up as a community outreach group for ex and current soldiers, exemplifies disturbing levels of violence towards women, ultra racism and homophobia.
The Australian Defence Force and Ministry or Defence has confirmed that an investigation has been launched to uncover whether serving Defence Force members are responsible for the extreme sexist and racist comments posted. Lowlights of the posts include pictures of drunk women passed out with the comments: “She looks a little used to me.”; “Which woman isn't.”
Women are variously described as "filthy, lying whores" while Muslims are referred to as “ragheads’ that “should be shot”.
The revelations come after six separate reviews into defence culture were instigated last year following a number of sex scandals that involved innapropriate online activity.
One such investigation, into the Skype scandal at ADFA in March 2011, continues.
The Minister for Defence Stephen Smith said in a statement: “In April 2011, I announced a range of comprehensive reviews into aspects of culture within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to address ongoing concern in relation to appropriate ADF conduct. One of these reviews was the use of social media within Defence.
"The impact of social media has created new challenges for the ADF and the Defence organisation. I expect to release these reports and the Government's response in the very near future. The Secretary, the CDF and I have zero tolerance for inappropriate behaviour, including inappropriate use of social media. All members of Defence must meet modern day community standards and expectations.”
Army chief Lieutenant General David Morrison said in a statement that the issues raised were serious and that the targeting of any person on the basis of their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation “is repugnant and contrary to both Defence and Army’s values.” “Where they have been I intend to take action to deal with them to the extent that our policies and the laws allows,” Lt Gen Morrison said.
The ADF recently conducted a Review of Social Media but Morrison said it was not intended to look at the content of specific social media sites, but to consider more broadly what Defence’s obligations are in using social media. “Following the Social Media Review, Defence will adapt its policies, procedures to acknowledge the complexity and increasing use of social media by our current and prospective employees and ensure that we respond effectively to mitigate risks and to harness opportunities,” he added.
Current Defence policy on social media falls under the same auspices that govern public comment and the dissemination of official information by Defence personnel.
“Defence personnel are expected to exercise high standards of professional judgment in their use of social media. They are to ensure that the information they post does not breach operational security or adversely affect the safety and wellbeing of Defence personnel,” LT Morrison said. ®
For the PC Brigade.
Ok for anyone that either does not understand or appreciate intiail comment, lets get some facts straight.
I have lived, worked, ate, cried and loved with Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindis, Arabs, Brits, French, Israelis, Amercians, South Africans, whites, blacks , indians and a multitude of other nations, creeds and colours. I have joked and laughed with all of them, sometimes I have been the butt of their jokes and sometimes they have been the subject of mine. But never have I ever seen the need to remain PC. You do not learn about other people by remaining PC, if such were the case I would never have discussed in any meaningfull manner politics, religion , sex, culture etc with the people that I have met.
It's not the words, its about "Attitude".........
Never have I met anyone so hypocritical or closeminded as the PC Brigade, one only needs to look behind the scenes in order to realise that they are not quite a clean as they would allow us to believe.
The PC Brigade "dictates" what can and should be said and done, they alone create more pain and misunderstanding than they resolve...Life, love and everything that represents the good in men cannot be dictated.
I challenge anyone to come and meet me, have a meal, a beer, go for a walk and discuss life for a while and then make a decision as to whether I deserve to be "downthumbed" or whether or not I am not PC.
To many of the PC Brigade are jumping on a bandwagon which they do not fully understand and are happy to simply hang whilst they are in the limelight. Similar to the Victorians.......
The PC Brigade are slowly and successfully managing to cover up the real issues that lie underneath many of todays problems. They are always happy to tell you what you cannot do but they never seem to supply any solutions to the true underlying problems.
"...busted for partaking in an offensive closed Facebook site..."
OK, so it was a closed site. That means that nobody else could see it, until someone who was offended decided that as many other people as possible should be offended, too. I guess that's like peeping through the keyhole at someone masturbating, thinking "that's disgusting", and posting a video of it so everyone else can be disgusted too.
Personally, I see nothing wrong with people either masturbating, or sharing offensive opinions, in private. Provided they make reasonable efforts to ensure it stays private - which it appears they did.
I've heard they do far worse.
On occasion they've been known to shoot, stab and blow people up. How that gets past health & safety is a mystery to me.
Army not very PC shock! Coming next, what bears do in the woods...