The entire Eason Jordan affair got me to thinking about the long history of wild accusations of war crimes directed against US soldiers. These accusations have become so common that it is difficult to decide when a real incident has occurred and when it hasn’t. It also makes it hard for the general public to know when a real problem has occurred, if all they hear is unsubstantiated cries of “wolf!” (Of course, I am talking about people who don’t automatically believe every accusation.)
To alleviate this problem I suggest that we adopt a legal code imposing the same obligations on an American citizen in a war zone that we impose on a citizen in civilian life. To wit:
Any American citizen who has knowledge or evidence of a possible crime by any members of the U.S. military in any theater or jurisdiction must report that evidence to a competent authority as soon as practical or be subject to being indicted as an accessory after the fact.
We can all it “The Eason Jordan Put Up or Shut Up” law.