Monday, October 24, 2011

Another Navy Skipper to walk the plank

I want to thank Editor-in-Chief of militarycorruption.com, Ret. Maj Glenn Mac Donald for providing us the latest poll count.  So far this year the U.S. Navy has relieved 20 commanding officers. 

Glenn wonders if they will exceed its own record of firing 26 commanders in a 12th month period by December 31st.

Why does this concern me?   If you are aware of the travesty of injustice I encountered, you should not have to ask.

Let’s just wait and see how many of these 20 commanding officers face a court martial trial, get locked up in prison or be denied their military pension.

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8 comments:

Insider said...

The number can easily be exceeded if the Navy would act on and prosecute those that are being protected. There are two types of Commanding Officers: Those that are made examples of and those who cover-up for their superiors. The Navy IG knows exactly who they are, but the IG is in bed with those in power. As we know, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely!

Syneeda said...

Insider,
Both you and I would probably agree that that would be an extremely long list which I'm sure stems back to the very core of the Navy’s most prestigious training institution. Had I been a fellow ring knocker or member of a privileged class I most likely would’ve avoided prosecution and would be enjoying my retirement pension.

The Navy IG is under the direct supervision of DoD IG and obviously has a number of corrupt government employees on their payroll who are paid handsomely to turn the blind eye or make IG complaints disappear.

In 2008 and 2009 I dealt with Leonard Trahan and Janet Penn of DoD IG Military Reprisal Division with my DoD IG complaints. Whom I’m sure were protecting senior Navy officials to ensure my case remains permanently closed.

In April of this year I reached out to Janet Penn and requested an appeal to their decision of my reprisal complaint based on new and compelling information. In my appeal request I named the current CNO Adm. Jonathan Greenert as having colluded with my former bosses in covering up financial mismanagement when he served as the Commander of US Fleet Forces Command from Sept. 2007 to July 2009.

On the day of my father’s funeral service, I received an email confirmation from Janet Penn stating that her office accepted my appeal request and agreed to grant me a reinvestigation.

Unfortunately a month before Adm Greenert became the next CNO I received a certified letter from DoD IG stating my appeal request was denied and they consider my case to be closed.

The evidence I provided to the Navy IG Investigator not only implicated my former boss, the evidence also implicated Navy Expeditionary Combatant Command, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, the office of the CNO and Navy Sea Systems Command.

I filed two separate complaints, the first was filed in March 2007 and the second was filed in April 2008.

As a former IG investigator myself, I knew exactly what the IG investigator would be looking for. Therefore I provided him hundreds of pages of documented emails (between my former boss and his bosses admitting to mismanaging millions of dollars of Cost of War funds). I also provided the IG investigator funding documents of illegal building contracts and other evidence of fraud, which were found to be substantiated.

I forgot to mention, I followed the rules, I filed my initial IG complaint with NECC’s IG office… HUGE MISTAKE… HUGE!!

Insider…..How is it, that the DCIS, Army CID and the FBI can coordinate sting investigations to arrest and indict a few Black Army contracting officers, but the U.S. Senate and the President can confirm and appoint senior White Navy officers (implicated in mismanaging millions of dollars of Cost of War Funds) to serve in the highest positions in the Navy, let’s not forget the former Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff.

Insider said...

Syneeda,
You mention much of the source of corruption, or at least the "facilitation" organizations of the corruption. Mr. Leonard C. Trahan, the Director of the DoD Hotline, should have been cashiered years ago. He'll go when he wants to go -- when he's maxed-out his benefit entitlements. He covers for the higher-ups who, in-turn, reward him and cover for him.

The DoDIG has the reports of offenses by senior officials, including the former CNOs who failed in their duties to provide Whistleblower protection or any other protection promised by those policy statements that they signed. Those reports are buried so deeply that they may never see the light of day. Certainly, nothing will ever be done about them.

You also mention the Navy IG. There really is an admiral as the Navy IG. This admiral usually tries to keep his finger prints off of most items, leaving the conflicting, ridiculous, and false letters and responses to be signed out by the Deputy Navy IG. Those letters, when they aren't laden with outright lies, usually claim that "complete and thorough" investigations have been conducted. Many of the individuals in receipt of those letters then request copies of the so-called "investigations" only to receive another letter claiming that there are no responsive documents to the requests. Whoa, back the truck up! How do you have "complete and thorough" investigations and not have a single piece of paper to back-up that lie?

Syneeda, possibly during your dealings with the Navy IG, you may have actually dealt with the former Deputy Navy IG, Jill Loftus. Her finger prints are all over many of these types of matters. First claiming all the proper reviews and investigations, but having nothing to support those false claims.

Many government failures get promoted out of their positions into other positions, collecting awards along the way for covering-up the bad news and protecting the powerful. Such is the case of the former Deputy Navy IG, Jill Loftus. She was promoted into the Navy's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) position. It's entirely possible that the Courts-Martial of Commander Wylie is being orchestrated by Loftus. She has to do something to justify her job, or be promoted out of it for failure.

Earlier in the year, Secretary Mabus and his new SAPRO held a summit in which Mabus wasn't too pleased about the three cases of reported sexual assault each and every day in the Navy.

But, let's do the math -- 70% of sexual assault cases aren't reported because of fear of reprisal and knowledge that the Navy IG won't take them seriously -- Thank you Jill, for making that fear a reality, and failing to do your job when you were the Deputy Navy IG.

So, 70% of assaults aren't reported, and Mabus knows that 3 per day are reported, each and every day. My math isn't the greatest, but I count 3 reports per day and 7 non-reports per day for 10 sexual assaults per day in the Navy, or 3,650 sexual assaults per year. Great job Jill, maybe if you had done your job before, you wouldn't need to get promoted into another job that is supposed to fix what you caused in the first place. Two assaults down when you hammer Wylie, 3,648 to go for this year with only two months left. You had better get crackin'.

Of course, I'm just an insider with an active imagination, but my opinion, along with those above, is that the already overtaxed taxpayer wouldn't have to fund yet another NEW Senior Executive position for Jill if the Navy IG would do its job.

Syneeda said...

Insider,
You would expect the Navy to thoroughly train and employ active duty service members to properly investigate and handle EO, reprisal, sexual harassment and sexual assault complaints properly. Versus hiring over paid civil service employees like Leonard Trahan, Jill Loftus and a few others who obviously are paid more to overlook and hide the truth.

Given my past experiences with dealing with a number of different IG offices who claim to “offer victims support”. Instead, they use their positions to gather information and documents from the victim, report it to their bosses then find a way to discredit the victim before the truth goes public. My case is a clear example of such!

In the case of one of my former CO’s who was busted for physically assaulting a young male junior officer, he suffered a different fate. Soon after the incident, a fellow dept head put his career on the line and reported the incident to the DESRON’s JAG. The incident occurred during a port visit in Mobile Ala. Within a few days, the CO was relieved, under investigation and subsequently failed to promote Capt. I’m sure his retention in the Navy and being allowed to retire as a full Commander was due in part to one of his mentors, a 4-Star Admiral.

During his Board of Inquiry hearing he also faced allegations of fraternization with two of his junior female officers. To my knowledge, these allegations were never investigated even after the two young officers admitted to having an affair with their former CO.

In the case of Jill Loftus, I don’t recall seeing her name come across any of my IG paperwork. I’m sure Sec. Mabus appointed her to her new position because of her ability to “cover-up” IG complaints of fraud, which are much easier to cover-up. In the case of actual sexual assault claims, you can’t cover-up a victims scars or her testimony.

Insider said...

Syneeda,
I'm sure there are military members who are trained to investigate complaints, but that puts the military member in a precarious position, similar to a JAG officer defending a service member against charges that the military has brought. If the JAG is successful, he or she has just gone against the intention of the service to prosecute and win. While we would hope that the JAG would not be swayed by command or secretarial pressure, it is a reality that cannot be overlooked.

Our services are run by civilians, in your case, the Navy Secretary. At other than that level, we know that comands are run by the military comanding officer who wants to keep his/her finger prints off of almost everything for fear of a possible career ending accusation, assuming he or she is not one of those individuals with protectors in high places.

Enter the civilians who gladly put their name to actions with the promise from the military commanding officer that the civilian will be protected and keep his or her job. We see many of these individuals in positions like Trahan and Loftus.

Syneeda said...

Insider,

Based on your last post I would say your screen handle is quite fitting. You certainly described an almost true depiction of my case.

Yes, there were several documents and proceedings that were ordered which were signed off by the “Acting CO”.

There was also proof of the government's inability to preserve the testimony of their only witness, the preliminary investigator, who testified during the Aug 2007 Article 32 hearing. During the hearing he testified to the fact the command’s JAG had written the statement (verbatim) on behalf of the wife, who'd initially accused me of having an affair with her husband.

This so-called witness also testified at my CM, which caused the government to violate the Jenks Act, failing to preserve the testimony of a witness.

There was also other evidence of "doctored" documents, which I have copies of. The original and the doctored ones…

I guess my military attorney was right about one thing, they need to find be guilty, to protect the careers of others in a much higher pay grade.

Insider said...

Syneeda,
The military is well known for doctoring records...outright falsification is actually pretty standard procedure. There are a few instances that have become known, such as Horrible Holly Graf's falsification of the ship's logs, but most, sadly, never come to light without Whistleblowers exposing the corruption.

I mentioned that most COs attempt to keep their finger prints off of most things that could turn ugly, but the truth is that the Commanding Officer is ultimately accountable for anything that happens under his/her command. The sad part of it is that most COs are too cowardly to accept responsibility, typically claiming that someone else took the action or signed the letter. It appears to be a weak attempt at plausible deniability.

Years ago, an incident called Tailhook shook the Navy to its very core. Whether or not you agree with the Navy's actions or believe the female lieutenant who brought Naval aviation to its knees, there was one thing that I admired about the CNO, Admiral Frank Kelso -- he accepted responsibility. He understood the concept of ultimate accountability, and he resigned. I don't think Mullen or Roughhead had the courage to do the right thing. Their decision was to turn their back on service members who did the right thing, and launch counter attacks on those individuals. I think our recent secretaries lack the same courage. Rather than accept the systemic problems and act to fix them, their preference is to deny their responsibility to do the right thing and engage in reprisal activities designed to shift the blame.

Syneeda said...

Insider,

I was a young seaman recruit when the “Tailhook” incident took place. Yet, decades later the Navy continues to avoid scandals involving mistreatment of women in uniform, which is most likely the reason Holy Graf has managed to avoid prosecution for her actions.

Yes rape is a punishable offense and so is physical assault. In the civilian world, she would’ve been arrested and charged with communicating terroristic threats. If the Navy had gone after her in the same manner as CDR Wylie they would’ve had to face a larger number of women’s rights organizations since “Tailhook.”

Similar to my case, Wylie’s prosecution was most likely orchestrated from the top. They took a risk in prosecuting me (a single woman) for adultery, figuring no one would listen to a so-called convicted felon.

As quiet as my story was kept the JAG officials who were in charge of prosecuting my case they didn’t count on me going public before the trail. I recalled the look on the Judge’s face when the prosecutor walked into the courtroom (during a recess) to inform him that my story had been leaked on the internet.

There were no reporters present during my trail but the last day of my trail (which was held on a Saturday during the Memorial Day holiday weekend) the senior Judge of NLSO, San Diego along with another senior JAG Capt (who was in civilian clothes) were both present. I guess to ensure my conviction.

Thanks to former Navy Times reporter, Chris Amos, who’d posted the story online a week before it went to print. Chris later told me the editor of NT received a number of phone calls from the Pentagon asking them not to run the story. Pentagon officials were alleged to have threatened the NT if they didn’t give the Navy an opportunity to refute my allegations.
Fortunately, several of my allegations of contract mismanagement were substantiated.

Somehow ALL my allegations of reprisal were found to be unsubstantiated. According to the final report, it was obvious the Navy IG investigator failed to conduct a proper investigation. He also failed to provide me whistleblower protection.

Someone close to my case informed me that the Navy IG investigator disclosed my entire IG complaint to NECC senior officials and was directed to provide a daily status update of his investigation.

He also furnished my former command’s JAG all the documents I’d provided to substantiate my allegations of both fraud and reprisal.
Along with the evidence were emails between my former bosses admitting to illegal spending of Cost of War funds. One particular email stated, “Boss, If we are being directed by the CNO (who was ADM Mullen at the time) to rapidly train and deploy our sailors, then I need to buy proper training equipment.”

My former boss forwarded me the 5 page email thread directing me to obligate funds so the Training dept could be build a weapons training simulator on the compound. After my former CO had become aware that I’d provided the IG investigator emails substantiating my allegations of fraud I was officially brought up on charges for adultery.

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I’m sure by appointing his fellow ring knockers; ADM Roughhead and ADM Greenert to the positions of CNO, ADM Mullen can continue to pursue his political aspirations. As well as affording the former commanders of US Fleet Forces Command the opportunity to cover up financial mismanagement and oversight of their former command.

A picture is worth a thousand words… Just what did I say to ADM Mullen several months before he was sworn in to become the Chairman, Joint Chief of Staff and months before I became the only person in US military history to be jailed for adultery?

Slowly but surely DCIS and the FBI are cracking down on defense contract fraud and wasteful spending. It’s only a matter of time before the new chairman removes the spotlight off the Army to shed some new light on what the Navy has been covering up over the past years.