Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, struck down a measure by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand regarding oversight of sexual assaults in the military. Under Levin’s measure, senior officers would be able to review decisions concerning sexual-assault crimes. Gillibrand’s measure would’ve given that power to military prosecutors—not commanders. This would change the current system, but keeps cases within the chain of command. Levin’s phone number was recently posted on Twitter by MoveOn.org, allowing people to call and demand he campaign for change in how the military handles sexual assault. The Pentagon estimates that 26,000 assaults occurred last year.
Senate sides with military commanders.