The Marine Corps is now figuring out that the now deleted Facebook page Marines United, where over 30,000 members posted pictures of nude female Marines, isn’t the only game in town. The investigation that rocked the Marine Corps is spreading not to other websites but also other branches of service. Marine officials said they have received reports of at least a half dozen other similar sites. James LaPorta, a former Marine who is now a journalist, said Marines United is spreading like a cancer to other chat groups, like message board website Anon-IB. Some former Marines United members are said to have migrated to a new private Facebook group called Marines United 2.0. Others have taken to Pornhub.com. According to veterans’ news site Task & Purpose, members are posting from their personal Facebook accounts and are not only reconstructing the original collection of nude photos from the original Marines United on a new DropBox folder, but are also posting on porn sites.
Some jarheads really are jarheads. One wrote on the new Facebook page, “It would be hilarious if one of these FBI or [Naval Criminal Investigative Service] fucks found their wife on here.” Another wrote: “They can investigate all they want. It’s not illegal to share nudes lol.” One of the Marines United members who allegedly posted the link to the explicit photos cache said on the new page, “My dad just asked if I was a part of the group Marines United. He just saw all the hubbub on the interwebs about the ‘scandal’ going on. Statements made by the media, ‘The group was shut down with hours,’ and ‘The pictures have been removed,'” adding, “bwahahahahahaha. Not nearly boys!” The new group is said to have settings to filter out “blue falcons,” a Marine term for snitches.
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If there is one constant in life, besides death, it is that everybody wants to see everybody, anybody, naked. It is as natural an instinct as sex itself. Men want to stick their penis into just about any available hole. And if no hole is available, their hands, with a picture of some naked woman. In support of this very natural habit, a Facebook page popped up with potentially hundreds of explicit photos of current and former female Marines and other service members, called “Marines United.” The group contained links to a Google Drive folder where the photos were stored. “Here you go, you thirsty fucks … this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is more coming,” a Marine veteran said in a Facebook post sharing the link to the drive, according to Reveal (who first published a story on the group). “Anyone can contribute. They just have to (private message) me for their own personal upload link.”
The Marine Corps is struggling to figure out the best response. So far, the Corps has permanently barred an IT subcontractor working for a firm with a support contract for the Marines, because of “misdeeds.” “There is no place for this type of demeaning or degrading behavior in our Corps — this includes our actions online,” said Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green, the Corps’ highest-ranking noncommissioned officer. “We need to be brutally honest with ourselves and each other. This behavior hurts fellow Marines, family members and civilians. It is a direct attack on our ethos and legacy.” Thomas Brennan, a Marine veteran, was the one who exposed the group, and since has received death threats. At the request of the Corps, the Google drive folder has been removed. An investigation in underway, and some Marines may face criminal charges.
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