Worldwide Standard has posted the response of Colonel Steve Boylan to Bill Roggio’s inquiry regarding the status of the Army’s investigation of Scott Thomas Beauchamp’s allegations. Colonel Boylan’s response contradicts a number of assertions or implications of the statements made by “the editors” of the New Republic in their update on the Beauchamp affair yesterday. Colonel Boylan writes:
His command[‘]s investigation is complete. At this time, there is no formal what we call Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) actions being taken. However, there are other Administrative actions or what we call Non-Judicial Punishment that can be taken if the command deems appropriate. These are again administrative in nature and as such are not releasable to the public by law.
We are not stonewalling anyone. There are official statements that are out there are on the record from several of us and nothing has changed.
We are not preventing him from speaking to TNR or anyone. He has full access to the Morale Welfare and Recreation phones that all the other members of the unit are free to use. It is my understanding that he has been informed of the requests to speak to various members of the media, both traditional and non-traditional and has declined. That is his right.
We will not nor can we force a Soldier to talk to the media or his family or anyone really for that matter in these types of issues.
We fully understand the issues on this. What everyone must understand is that we will not breach the rights of the Soldier and this is where this is at this point.
In short, as Michael Goldfarb writes in a message to us: “The Army isn’t stonewalling, Beauchamp is