How to do a legal investigation in the US Army.
Human misbehavior, and allegations thereof, are ever present. In the course of an Army career it is nearly inevitable that soldiers will be called upon to investigate alleged misdeeds on the part of their subordinates, peers, or even seniors. Articles 31 and 32 of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (10 US Code 3012) and Army Regulations 15-6 and 195-2 contain specifics on who should perform these investigations and how. The attached documents are intended to be worksheets and summaries to help investigating officers better perform their important tasks.
US Army Legal Investigation – DA_Form_2823
US Army Legal Investigation – Evidence Gathering
US Army Legal Investigation – Preinvestigation Plan
People love to complain about Congress – especially about Congressional investigations. But should we?
The other day I was answering email in my office with the door open. A secretary just outside was discussing current events with her boss, a colleague of mine. The news had been full of scandals involving the executive branch of the US federal government; represented in media parlance as “The White House”. The Internal Revenue Service (Treasury Department) had been caught targeting conservative groups who were applying for tax exempt status, the Justice Department had been discovered illegally obtaining records from the Associated Press, and the State Department may have bungled the US response to the attack on Benghazi and then lied to cover it up. Adding insult to injury, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services has been accused of seeking donations from organizations that she regulates; a brazen conflict of interest and abuse of power if true.
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