Humiliating New Memos Expose Child Porn, Shower Videos in Aussie Military

The Australian military has already embarrassed itself in various ways over the past few years, from Skype sex scandals to spanking harassment to a creepy sex contest. Now newly released documents reveal even worse allegations, including possession of child porn.

According to the Times, Channel 7 News Network obtained a slew of what the Aussie military called "Hot Issue Briefs," detailing various kinds of misconduct. The memos describe some incidents we've heard about before, like the time sailors staged a contest based on having sex with female crew members (the prize was apparently a "beer bounty"). But there's also lots of new stuff — for instance, sailors on the ironically-named naval ship Success apparently placed cameras in the women's showers. Probably most disturbing, though, are reports of two army soldiers who were caught with child pornography. One eventually committed suicide.

Also pretty upsetting: the memos include many references to possible media scrutiny and attempts to keep bad behavior from being exposed. Those attempts don't seem to have worked super-well, and the current exposé suggests that maybe the military should have concentrated on keeping its members from videotaping each other naked and looking at illegal materials, rather than worrying about discovery after the fact. The Times helpfully notes that Australia "currently makes up the largest contingent of any non-NATO member fighting in Afghanistan" — we're certainly glad that this important military campaign is being fought by folks with such high standards of conduct.

Revelations of Misconduct Embarrass Australian Military [NYT]