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Senators Rip Into Marine Corps Over Nude Photo Scandal

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

By    |   Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 02:00 PM

Angry senators tore into the Marine Corps for not holding anyone accountable for the nude photo sharing scandal that has rocked the service, The Hill reported.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was said to be furious at the lack of progress made by the military service.

"Who has been held accountable?" she asked Gen. Robert Neller, commandant of the Marine Corps. during a hearing of the Senate Armed Service Committee. "Who has been held responsible? Have you actually investigated and found guilty anybody?"

The scandal came to light after it was revealed there was a Facebook group where male Marines allegedly shared nude photos of female Marines. Investigators now believe 500 members of the Facebook group may have participated in the sharing, according to the website.

"If we can't crack Facebook, how are we supposed to be able to confront Russian aggression and cyber hacking throughout our military?" Gillibrand said. "It is a serious problem when we have members of our military denigrating female Marines who will give their life to this country in the way they have with no response from leadership."

Neller took responsibility for the scandal.

I'm responsible," he said. "I'm the commandant. I own this. And we are going to have to, and I know you've heard it before, but we're going to have to change how we see ourselves and how we do, how we treat each other.

"That's a lame answer, but ma'am, that's the best I can tell you right now. We've got to change. And that's on me."

Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., said the Facebook behavior has "gone on for too long," while Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., called the behavior "despicable and disgusting."

And the Washington Examiner reported the Marine Corps will issue a new policy to educate those using social media on what is acceptable.

Neller said the policy is being updated to focus specifically on online behavior and violations will be punishable by marine law.

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