Tuesday, July 30, 2013

After the whistle: Revealers of government secrets share how their lives have changed

Washington Post reports – “The former high-ranking National Security Agency analyst now sells iPhones. The top intelligence officer at the CIA lives in a motor home outside Yellowstone National Park and spends his days fly-fishing for trout. The FBI translator fled Washington for the West Coast.

This is what life looks like for some after revealing government secrets. Blowing the whistle on wrongdoing, according to those who did it. Jeopardizing national security, according to the government.

Heroes. Scofflaws. They’re all people who had to get on with their lives.

As Edward Snowden eventually will. The former NSA contractor who leaked classified documents on U.S. surveillance programs is now in Russia, with his fate in limbo. The Justice Department announced last week that it won’t seek the death penalty in prosecuting him, but he is still charged with theft and espionage.

Say he makes it out of there. What next, beyond the pending charges? What happens to people who make public things that the government wanted to keep secret?

A look at the lives of a handful of those who did just that shows that they often wind up far from the stable government jobs they held. They can even wind up in the aisles of a craft store.

Peter Van Buren, a veteran Foreign Service officer who blew the whistle on waste and mismanagement of the Iraq reconstruction program, most recently found himself working at a local arts and crafts store and learned a lot about “glitter and the American art of scrapbooking.”

“What happens when you are thrown out of the government and blacklisted is that you lose your security clearance and it’s very difficult to find a grown-up job in Washington,” said Van Buren, who lives in Falls Church and wrote the book “We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.” “Then, you have to step down a few levels to find a place where they don’t care enough about your background to even look into why you washed up there.”

Food for thought:  Wow, is all I could say after reading this article.  As a military whistle blower I too have experienced the repercussions of blowing the “whistle”, which is not an award or badge of honor. 

While fighting for justice in my case, I developed an incurable blood disorder which requires daily doses of chemotherapy.  I also suffer from triggered symptoms of PTSD and other chronic medical problems. All this came after I made complaints to the Navy IG and other agencies; reporting allegations of budget and contract fraud, reprisal, sexual harassment and other Civil Rights violations.  My punishment was a court martial conviction for adultery (as a single person), 60 day prison sentence, $9,000 fine, loss of security clearance, tarnished reputation and a discharge from the Navy without my pension benefits.

Through God’s Grace, I now wear the Scarlett Letter “A”, which stands for Advocate.  As part of my self-help therapy treatment, each day I devote time towards helping other veterans whose Civil Rights are being violated against by senior military officials, on the basis of race, gender and/or sexual orientation.  I also advocate for the preservation of our human rights by promoting cultural and social awareness through my blog, face book page or by writing poetry.  Life does go on!  I learned a long time ago, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!

Army investigation awards benefits to rape accuser

(WSMV) Channel 4 reports -- A female soldier in the Tennessee National Guard has been awarded benefits following a military investigation into whether she experienced injuries after she claimed she was raped by a male soldier.

A Middle Tennessee town with a history of problem police chiefs is facing yet another controversy, this time involving its new police chief.

The chief is the subject of an active military investigation after he was accused of raping a fellow soldier.

The male soldier, Paul McCallister, is now the police chief of the town of Burns.

A line of duty investigation, that determined only whether the female soldier was harmed in the line of duty, reads that she will be awarded benefits for post-traumatic stress disorder secondary to sexual assault.

The line of duty investigation does not determine guilt, and McCallister has not been charged and faces no criminal investigation.

The female soldier asked the Channel 4 I-Team not to identify her.

"I'm praying hard for karma here. I'm really hoping karma pulls through on this one," the female soldier said.

The family of the female soldier has also been told that there is now an additional AR 15-6 Army investigation underway into the accusations surrounding McCallister.

McCallister told the Channel 4 I-Team in February he was innocent.

"All the allegations are false, and that's all I have to say," McCalliser said in February.

The determination by the Army in the line of duty investigation put the town of Burns in a difficult situation.

Food for thought:  In my previous blog posts I've shown my support for San Diego’s Mayor, Bob Filner for his courage in openly admitting that he has a behavior problem and his willingness to seek intensive mental health therapy.  Unfortunately, because of cases like this one, a number of military sexual trauma victims have launched an attack on social media sites against the Mayor, calling for his resignation.  In my view, sexual harassment is a civil rights violations and rape goes far beyond that, it's a human rights violations which leaves the victim mentally and emotionally scarred for life!  Especially if the rapist goes unprosecuted.

How can a town allow a senior law enforcement officer to remain in position where he is charged with upholding and enforcing the law, when there’s evidence that reveals he may have raped a fellow soldier?  I’m not sure of the culture of this small town, but I pray that the mothers and fathers band together and call for his resignation!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner should resign, Sen. Feinstein says

LA Times reports ---  Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California on Sunday joined a growing list of Democrats calling on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign due to allegations that he has sexually harassed women, intensifying the pressure on him to step down.

I don’t think that somebody who is lacking a moral compass really sets a role model or really will provide the kind of leadership that San Diegans want, “Feinstein, a former mayor of San Francisco, said CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Filner, a Democrat, has rejected calls to resign.  He said Friday that he was entering therapy for two weeks to learn how to behave better.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, last week called on the 70-year-old Filner to step down, as have a number of San Diego-area Democratic officials, including Reps. Scott Peters and Susan Davis.

Filner, a member of Congress for 20 years before being elected mayor in November, has said that although his behavior toward women has been bad, he does not believe he has committed sexual harassment.

Food for thought:    Several years ago, Senator Feinstein declined to review my claims of whistle blower retaliation, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and defense contract fraud.  Her office even returned the evidence I submitted, the 3lb box was returned un-opened.  Talk about dishonoring American taxpayers and a military veteran!   At the time, the Senator’s “moral compass” was probably in need of calibration.

At least (then) Congressman Bob Filner was generous enough to assist me with my Congressional Inquiry to his office. His hands were tied once Pentagon officials informed him that I was facing a military court martial for adultery.  In light of his current situation, I’m sure he’s remorseful for not pushing my inquiry farther.

Since he’s been under fire, there’s been dozens of military sexual trauma victims targeting him on social media sites, primarily face book. It saddens me to see these victims jump on the band wagon, without knowing all the facts of this particular case.   

As a human rights advocate, I try to remain neutral and I do not support the majority consensus that ONE man should pay for the sexual crimes and misdeeds of all men.  Yet I’m proud to see my fellow sisters (and brothers) finally taking a stand against the sex crimes committed by unprosecuted sex offenders. 
As a victim of due process of law, I say we should “silence the alarms” and allow the Mayor and his victims to have their day in court.  If he is found guilty, I’m sure he will continue to do the honorable thing.  Until then, we should focus our energies in praying for President Obama to amend the Civil Rights Act; to guarantee protection of our human rights in the workplace, in our communities, in our schools, etc. It’s time our politicians consider preserving our human rights, not violating them.

Freedom Riders - Civil Rights Protesters

Saturday, July 27, 2013

San Diego's Mayor, Bob Filner has done something so honorable that no other politician has ever done before...

USAtoday.com reports -- "San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said Friday he will undergo "intensive therapy" amid growing calls that he resign because of sexual harassment charges from several women, including a former staffer."

Read more here: 

Can you count the number of politicians who have openly admitted to sexually harassing women or to having an adulterous affair, then publicly agreeing to undergo rehab therapy to deal with their behavior problem?  In my brief life time only one, Mayor Bob Filner.

As the first and only unmarried military officer to have ever been charged and convicted for adultery, then Congressman Bob Filner was the only Congressional official who unselfishly assisted me with my case against the Navy.

As a former constituent of his district I filed my first Congressional Inquiry with his office to address a number of Civil Rights violations that were committed against me by senior Navy officials.

The complaints included allegations of disparate treatment, sexual harassment, defense contract bid rigging and a number of other claims.  Each personal encounter I had with him was always courteous and professional and he did everything within his power to assist me with my case.  He didn’t turn his back on me like several female Senators of California.  And he didn’t respond to my case like most men, after learning that nude pictures were involved.

In light of the recent sexual harassment allegations launched against him, I truly admire Mayor Filner for his bravery and admiration for admitting to his treatment towards women.  In my heart, I strongly believe he should not be forced to resign. 

As a former senior ranking member of the Veteran Affairs committee he was willing to resign his Congressional post to continue to help the citizens of San Diego and according to one of his senior staffers, and close mentor of mine, their office has been able to crack down on millions of dollars in wasted spending, which is why he took a vested interest in my case after becoming aware of military fraud.

His legacy as a Freedom Rider during the 1960 Civil Rights movement is what impresses me the most for his commitment for doing what is right.  Through the years, Filner’s selfless devotion to serving our country has definitely been tried and tested and his relentless efforts for helping our military veterans and minority communities should go down in history books.

I pray that each of his alleged victims will find it in their hearts to forgive him and with rehabilitation therapy he will continue to be the leader that the city of San Diego needs to get the city thriving once again!  Let’s not allow this scandal to be a reflection of the City of Detroit!

Friday, July 26, 2013

On this day in history, July 26, 1948 President Truman signed an Executive Order prohibiting racial discrimination in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The grio.com reports-- "The desegregation of the United States military, which began 178 years after Crispus Attucks died in the Revolutionary War, is considered an important benchmark in the quest for equality and civil rights for African-Americans.

But when President Harry Truman signed an executive order on July 26, 1948, calling for the desegregation of the military, it was the beginning, not the end, of the fight for African-Americans to fight alongside white troops.

Truman had served as an artillery officer during World War I, a war in which more than 350,000 African-American men served in segregated units, often in menial non-combat roles, though in some instances, in heroic feats of combat. By the time he became president, Truman, who had been known to harbor personally racist views, had “evolved” on the issue of segregation, and is now considered one of the most progressive presidents on the subject of civil rights for African-Americans. Many historians believe his war experience helped to change his views.

Executive Order 9981, which established a blue-ribbon commission called the “President’s Committee on Equality of Treatment and Opportunity in the Armed Services,” was accompanied by Executive Order 9980, which created a Fair Employment Board to “eliminate racial discrimination in federal employment.” The committee was tasked with recommending changes to military regulations, in order to make “equality of treatment and opportunity” for all soldiers, seamen, airmen and Marines possible in the armed services, regardless of race.

Truman had informed Congress of his intent on February 2nd, and he made good on that promise with his executive orders. Still, it would take six years from the time Truman signed those orders until the day the last segregated military regiment was disbanded, in 1954 — the same year the Brown v. Board of Education decision set in motion the desegregation of American schools. And it wasn’t until the 1960s that the full desegregation of the reluctant military was considered accomplished.

In fact, the full desegregation of the military was not considered complete until July 26, 1963 — fifteen years to the day after Truman’s initial executive order — when the Defense Department, under Secretary of Defense Robert J. McNamara, issued its own directive, Defense Directive 5120.36, pushing for the elimination of discrimination against black troops outside of the military base.

In other words, the desegregation of the U.S. military did not take place with the stroke of a pen, nor was it completed — or actually even initiated — by Truman, who signed his executive orders in the summer of the last year of his first term, having succeeded FDR, who had died 82 days into his fourth term. Notably, Roosevelt, considered a Democratic hero, did not, in four terms as president, attempt to desegregate the military. Truman signed the order in the midst of a re-election fight that he was widely expected to lose. So fractured was Truman’s coalition that southern Democrats had abandoned the Democratic Party, running their own candidate for president that year on the segregationist “Dixiecrat” line — a southerner named Strom Thurmond.

The cause of the rift? Truman ordered a presidential level report in 1947 reviewing civil rights across the board, called “To Secure These Rights,” which aimed at reforms in voting and employment, among other things. As for desegregating the military, that process had began in 1945, when Truman’s secretary of war undertook a review of racial policies in the United States Army, Navy and Marines."

Read more: http://thegrio.com/2012/05/28/harry-truman-and-the-desegregation-of-the-military-a-timeline/

Food for thought:  So why is the U.S. military still condoning Jim Crow 65 years later?!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Justice Department makes first move after Voting Rights changes

CBS News reports--"Attorney General Eric Holder announced Thursday that Justice Department is asking a court to put Texas under the same sort of oversight it faced before the Supreme Court earlier this year weakened the Voting Rights Act -- the first move the department has made since the court ruling.

If the federal court in San Antonio grants the Justice Department's request, Texas would have to obtain approval in advance before putting future voting changes in place. This requirement to obtain "pre-approval" from either the Justice Department or a federal court before making changes to voting laws is available when intentional voting discrimination is found"....

Last month The Current published the article "WHY TEXAS STILL NEEDS THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT".  The article stated “Texas has a shameful history of suppressing the vote of minorities and the poor through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests, Ku Klux Klan intimidation and the 1905 adoption of party primaries that were closed to all non-whites. It would not be until 1944 that the Supreme Court ruled Texas’ racist primary restrictions unconstitutional and another 21 years would pass before the VRA actually challenged Texas’ policy of white supremacy at the ballot box.

But the extension of political rights to black and Latino voters was immediately challenged in the post-VRA period as Texas, along with the rest of the South, became a focal point of the Republican Party’s new “Southern Strategy.” Tired of playing second fiddle, Republicans sought to win Southern white voters—disaffected by the gains of the Civil Rights Movement—away from the Democratic Party to which they had belonged since the Civil War.”

Food for thought:  There are many American’s who may righteously say America has come a long way, in the wake of the election of our country’s first African-American President. Or some may even argue, “President Obama was elected far before his time”.  Needless to say, the old South continues to be a reflection of years past, as it appears to be stuck in a time warp of racist politics, insistent bigotry and a stalemate of its abundant minority communities.

Growing up in a small predominantly black community in the Deep South, during the post-Civil Rights Movement, prejudice and racism did not disguise itself.  Fortunately the elders in my community knew how to protect their descendants from racial brutality by simply not talking about it and the predominant mixed race residents were forced to live in segregated communities.  Yet today, Southern Confederate racism continues to be a malignant epidemic, passed down from generation to generation.

Leaving home over 20 years ago to join the military, I vowed that I would never return to the Deep South.  In early 2010, after my mom took ill, I returned to my Southern roots. Since my return, I've sadly witnessed not only a strategic shift to disenfranchise the average working class black community; throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area, I've also witnessed  a flagrant attack against Atlanta’s minority based school system. 

Unfortunately there are not enough powerful black community leaders like the late Dr. King who will unselfishly challenge the Republican party’s effort to keep Georgia a Red State.

Like religion, I don’t like to debate politics but I do value the education and future of ALL our children, no matter the race, gender or sexual orientation.

American taxpayers should hold our elected officials accountable and push for equality and fair justice of all American citizens.  The days of bigotry and racism should be a thing of the past.  America should be a country UNITED, not DIVIDED! 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Thank you MAJ Glenn MacDonald, Editor in Chief of MilitaryCorruption.com for your book review


By Syneeda Penland
(privately printed by the author)
We've never reviewed a poetry book before, but this outstanding volume cries out to be read.

First of all, we have long admired former Navy Lt. Commander Syneeda Penland for her fortitude and determination to survive being the only female Naval officer ever jailed for "adultery," but also her unique talent as a poetess.

If you read the mainstream media obits of so-called famous contemporary poets, they will cite several lines that any five year-old could scribble.

Penland, however, is of the old school, where meter and rhyme matter. Her gift is such that - with the proper exposure of her unique poetry writing - her name could be up there someday with such greats as the famed Maya Angelou.

Check ESSENCE out. It's a four-star book. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

In time of desperation will man give all of God's creation a helping hand...

A female humpback what had become entangled in a spider web of crab traps and lines.  She was weighted down by hundreds of pounds of tra[s that caused her to struggle to stay afloat. She also had hundreds of yards of line rope wrapped around her body, her tail, her torso, a line tugging in her mouth.

This is her story of giving gratitude. 

A fisherman spotted her just east of the Faralon Islands (outside the Golden Gate) and radioed for help. Within a few hours, the rescue team arrived and determined that she was so badly off, the only way to save her was to dive in and untangle her…. a very dangerous proposition.

One slap of the tail could kill a rescuer. 

They worked for hours with curved knives and eventually freed her. 

When she was free, the divers say she swam in what seemed like joyous circles. She then came back to each and every diver, one at a time, nudged them, and pushed gently, thanking them. Some said it was the most incredibly beautiful experience of their lives.

The guy who cut the rope out of her mouth says her eye was following him the whole time, and he will never be the same. 

May you be so fortunate …

To be surrounded by people who will help you get untangled from the things that are binding you. 

And, may you always know the joy of giving and receiving gratitude.

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Obama signs anti-protest Trespass Bill

RT.com reports- "Only days after clearing Congress, US President Barack Obama signed his name to H.R. 347 on Thursday, officially making it a federal offense to cause a disturbance at certain political events — essentially criminalizing protest in the States.

RT broke the news last month that H.R. 347, the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011, had overwhelmingly passed the US House of Representatives after only three lawmakers voted against it. On Thursday this week, President Obama inked his name to the legislation and authorized the government to start enforcing a law that has many Americans concerned over how the bill could bury the rights to assemble and protest as guaranteed in the US Constitution.

Under H.R. 347, which has more commonly been labeled the Trespass Bill by Congress, knowingly entering a restricted area that is under the jurisdiction of Secret Service protection can garner an arrest. The law is actually only a slight change to earlier legislation that made it an offense to knowingly and willfully commit such a crime.

Under the Trespass Bill’s latest language chance, however, someone could end up in law enforcement custody for entering an area that they don’t realize is Secret Service protected and “engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct” or “impede[s] or disrupt[s] the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.”

The Secret Service serves as the police that protects not just current and former American presidents, but are also dispatched to monitor special events of national significance, a category with a broad cast of qualifiers. In the past, sporting events, state funerals, inaugural addresses and NATO and G-8 Summits have been designated as such by the US Department of Homeland Security, the division that decides when and where the Secret Service are needed outside of their normal coverage....

Food for thought:  Before another "anti-Obama" critic continue to attack the President for his support of this bill, I encourage you to read the bill in its entirety.  

As a former military officer I support this bill 100%, you cannot interfere with "official government business", in my view it poses a threat to our national security!  With so many foreigners living in our country, as evident with the recent bombing incident in Boston, who's to say the ulterior motive of some the protesters.  

Recently members of our elected Congress have been exposed for their lies, deceit and corruption but YOU (voting citizens) continue to cast your votes to keep them in office, so why are you blaming the President for their dishonesty.  His support for this bill is to ensure the safety and security of his administrative staff members and it is his job as President of the United States to do so.  Therefore, I encourage YOU (voting citizens) to start holding your Congressional officials accountable for their actions and VOTE them OUT of office instead of gathering in protest outside federal building, this is for your own safety. 

Angela Davis: How Does Change Happen?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Revolving Door

Although the influence powerhouses that line Washington's K Street are just a few miles from the U.S. Capitol building, the most direct path between the two doesn't necessarily involve public transportation. Instead, it's through a door—a revolving door that shuffles former federal employees into jobs as lobbyists, consultants and strategists just as the door pulls former hired guns into government careers. While officials in the executive branch, Congress and senior congressional staffers spin in and out of the private and public sectors, so too does privilege, power, access and, of course, money...

Food for thought:  Senior military officials are also engaging in illegal revolving door practices.  After their retirement, they are rehired by DoD contractors as high priced consultant advisors.  Wow, talk about double dipping.  Greed at its best!

Is Congress really taking a stand to overhaul the military's corrupt justice system or is this just smoking mirrors?

Friday, July 19, 2013

A Special Dedication to the Legacy of Trayvon Martin

A Mother’s Prayer for her Son
 © 2013 Syneeda Penland

May my child’s blessed spirit always be felt as we continue to celebrate my Son’s legacy; yesterday, today and always.

When a mother is faced with the unbearable decision to “give back to God”, one of her children, it is one of the most heartfelt decisions she will ever have to face.

Throughout our children’s lives, we are tasked by God to watch over them soon after giving birth.  As we watch them grow, God orders our steps, at times to take a step back, as he guides them the rest of the way through life. 

Within our children, we pass on all the teachings and blessings bestowed to us by our Heavenly Father.  No matter the trials and tribulations we may face during of our Earthly lives, God is always guiding our path.  It is when we are faced with passing the final test, the final phase of our earthly journey, is when we will be tested to earn a place in God’s Heavens.  If we shall pass this test, we will then earn ourselves a shining Star.

There are not enough words in the English language to describe how my child, unselfishly fulfilled his duties to serving God.  All throughout his life, he touched so many hearts with acts of generosity, kindness and unrelenting love.  To others, he will truly be missed. 

As his birth mother, I too was able to fulfill my duties and responsibilities to God by raising such a remarkable servant to our Heavenly Father.

For he is my Sun, my Rain, my Pain, my Joy and my Salvation; he is now watching over me as one of God’s brightest shining Stars.  He is my Heavenly Angel.

Thought for the day...

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were: any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee. Neither can we call this a begging of misery, or a borrowing of misery, as though we were not miserable enough of ourselves, but must fetch in more from the next house, in taking upon us the misery of our neighbours. Truly it were an excusable covetousness if we did, for affliction is a treasure, and scarce any man hath enough of it. No man hath affliction enough that is not matured and ripened by and made fit for God by that affliction. If a man carry treasure in bullion, or in a wedge of gold, and have none coined into current money, his treasure will not defray him as he travels. Tribulation is treasure in the nature of it, but it is not current money in the use of it, except we get nearer and nearer our home, heaven, by it. Another man may be sick too, and sick to death, and this affliction may lie in his bowels, as gold in a mine, and be of no use to him; but this bell, that tells me of his affliction, digs out and applies that gold to me: if by this consideration of another's danger I take mine own into contemplation, and so secure myself, by making my recourse to my God, who is our only security." – John Donne, Meditation XVII

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A special birthday dedication to Nelson Mandela, May we always celebrate your legacy.

Dance a Song of Celebration
                © 2009 Syneeda Penland

       Let us rejoice in song
            to a jubilee, a celebration;
            sending our spirits in flight
            as we dance in song,
            the unity of our nations.
            No longer will we be oppressed
            by pain and sorrow from our past;
            let us join together by uplifting our voices
            and sing a song that will forever last.
            No more endless tears or blood-shed
            from years of spiritual annihilation;
            let us celebrate and commemorate
            the peaceful unity of our Nations.

Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter call for transparency on NSA spying

Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft are part of a broad alliance of technology companies and civil liberties groups that will demand dramatically increased transparency around U.S. government surveillance efforts.

In a letter to be published Thursday, the alliance — whose members include 63 companies, investors, non-profits and trade organizations — will call upon President Obama and congressional leaders to allow Internet, telephone, and Web-based service providers to report national security-related requests for information with greater specificity. Specifically, they ask that they are allowed to regularly report:
     • The number of government requests for information about their users
     • The number of individuals, accounts, or devices for which information was requested
     • The number of requests that sought communications content, basic subscriber information, and/or other information.

'Information about how and how often the government is using these legal authorities is important to the American people.'

- Coalition letter
The coalition also asks that the government begin issuing a transparency report of its own that provides essentially the same information — the total number of information requests made and the number of individuals affected by each.

“Basic information about how the government uses its various law enforcement–related investigative authorities has been published for years without any apparent disruption to criminal investigations,” a copy of the letter obtained by AllThingsD reads. 

“We seek permission for the same information to be made available regarding the government’s national security -- related authorities. This information about how and how often the government is using these legal authorities is important to the American people, who are entitled to have an informed public debate about the appropriateness of those authorities and their use.”

Food for thought:  Prior to my military tribunal, the government’s prosecutor unlawfully obtained copies of my home phone records, personal cell phone records and attempted to probe into my Internet accounts.  I was not being represented by an attorney at the time and they failed to authenticate that the alleged had been written by me. I believe someone at the Pentagon (obviously close to my case) are continuing to probe into my personal information, and are probably monitoring my phone calls and blog site.  Just last year, someone created a fake yahoo and twitter account in my name and they also hacked into my blog site.  Within a few days of reporting it to the FBI the accounts were disabled.

Let’s face facts here, government agencies have been spying on us for decades, especially if they consider you to be a threat to our national security.  Have Americans become our government worse enemies?  Does our government fear a civil uprising?

During my early years in the military, I was assigned to several military intelligence units and it was our job to protect and defend our country.  The military’s mission has not changed, neither has the mission statement of other federal security agencies.

I’m not defending the actions of the IRS, NSA, etc. I’m just stating the obvious.  

With the rush to jump onboard the fast paced “information highway” you are putting your personal identity, as well as your family safety at risk.  

Before I write a new blog, make a comment to another social media site, upload a picture or post a status update of my whereabouts on facebook, I do a reality check, and I censor myself.

It is no secret that our government uses different resources to “monitor us” as well as to aid their efforts in solving crimes. There are thousands of reports of identity theft, child abduction, robberies, etc. every day.  With certain Internet and security monitoring services being outsourced to overseas countries (for cheaper cost), who else have gained access to our personal lives?  

Yes, there should be transparent security measures across the board, within all federal agencies and private organizations.  But it starts with the individual.  No one can protect your identity better than you.