Sunday, May 31, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- Military Whistleblower Releases "Tell-All" Memoir





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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MILITARY  WHISTLEBLOWER  RELEASES  “TELL-ALL”  MEMOIR


ATLANTA GA, May, 31, 2015 – Former Navy Supply Corps officer, now Advocate, Author and Indie-publisher, Sy’needa Penland, announces the release of her “tell-all” memoir,Broken Silence, A Military Whistleblower’s Fight for Justice,” which is now available at Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com.

Some might say the number “7” is a lucky number and military veteran Sy’needa Penland will most likely agree.  As the nation winds down from the festivities of  the Memorial Day celebration, Sy’ continues to reflect on the traumatic events of her military court-martial which took place seven years ago, over the Memorial Day weekend in San Diego, California.  She bravely highlights those memories in several chapters of her heartfelt memoir. 

In May 2008, former Lieutenant Commander Sy’needa Penland became the first “single” officer in Navy history to be court-martialed and sentenced to serve time in the brig for adultery.  The married husband in the alleged affair was never charged and received a Navy Commendation Medal, after rejecting the government’s immunity offer to testify against his mentor and fellow-shipmate. 
             
About the book:  Broken Silence is a modern-day Scarlet Letter story of how former Navy Lieutenant Commander Sy'needa Penland was convicted of adultery after she blew the whistle on defense contracting fraud at the height of the U.S. Military’s war on terrorism.  Those who operate in darkness and seek to cheat and defraud the government banded together to destroy the former Supply Corps officer's impeccable career, and used her conviction as an "example" to others.

Differing from Nathaniel Hawthorne's romantic fiction, Broken Silence is a true survival story of a courageous military whistleblower's fight for justice. Similar to Hester Prynne in the Scarlet Letter, Sy’ was forced to trade her gold oak leaf and stripes she proudly wore on her military uniform for a symbolic "A" of adultery.
           
Adultery is not a crime in civilian court, but the Navy's top brass who went after the honest financial officer knew this could be a tool that would lead to her destruction. They wanted to "muzzle" her any way they could and used the military's justice system to silence her, until now.
           
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About the author:  Sy’ is a native of Buford Georgia and enlisted in the Navy after graduating high school in 1989.  Sy’ quickly rose through the ranks from a Deck Seaman to Lieutenant Commander, while earning several advanced business degrees, along with numerous specialized certifications as a Navy auditor and inspector general (IG) investigator.  She was also certified as a Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) manager and Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) advisor.

As a prior enlisted, “Mustang” officer, Sy’ never forgot where she came from which is why she will be holding her next book signing in her home town.  More details to follow. 

Sy' is a gifted poet, accomplished author and self-publisher, and is passionate about her continued service for helping others. In her spare time, she provides free advocacy support to veterans that are victims of military workplace abuse or human rights violations via the VA healthcare system.

As a survivor of military workplace abuse, sexual discrimination and subsequent civil and human rights violations, Sy’s goal is to consult with veteran support group organizations, community leaders, legal advocates and other human rights advocates to encourage Congress and President Obama to enact better legislation to protect veterans from workplace abuse and subsequent civil and human rights violations; especially those military members serving in uniform.

When asked how does she feel about her ordeal, Sy’ says, “I now know why the “Caged Bird” sings!  Broken Silence has brought peace back into my life.  Its given me back my freedom, my identity and I have found my natural voice. By publishing my memoir, I wish to encourage other brave souls to speak out about military injustice, because “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!” ---  Dr. King

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CONTACT:
Sy’needa Penland
Author, Publisher

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Broken Silence: A Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice, a memoir by Sy'needa Penland



Pre-order a copy of Broken Silence before my next book signing, more details to follow.

http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Silence-Military-Whistleblowers-Justice/dp/1942863020/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1432997311&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=syneeda+peland

Thursday, May 28, 2015

SECNAV, " SEALs should open to women under fair standards", reports NavyTimes


"The Defense Department is scheduled to open all operational billets to women on Jan. 1, 2016, unless individual services provide pressing reasons against it or lawmakers intervene.

For the Navy, that means that the storied SEAL brotherhood could be welcoming women early next year — a momentous cultural shift that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.

One of the main concerns around integration is whether qualification standards will be changed to accommodate women, who have higher body fat levels and different fitness standards in the fleet.

The special operations community has a much tougher PRT, and it could change with integration.

"In all cases, I personally believe we ought to have one standard for both sexes, a standard that matches the demands of the job, and if you pass, you pass," Mabus said in a May 13 speech at the Naval Academy.

The Navy is studying current standards to see if they're directly related to doing the job, he said, and will revise them if necessary.

But when asked by a midshipman whether the qualifications would be lowered
"Keep the standards," he said. "Do not lower standards in any regard."

Mabus said the Navy Department will make recommendations about how to integrate women as Navy special operators, the last jobs closed to them, to President Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter later this year.

This would also affect the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, infantry and other combat jobs still closed to women, as well as the corpsmen and other sailors assigned to these units.

Though he would not elaborate on how standards could change once women are allowed to attend Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training, he alluded to the idea that the special operator fitness standards as they exist are about to change.

"First we're going to make sure there are standards, second that they're gender-neutral and third that they have something to do with the job," Mabus told Navy Times......."




Full article:  http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/careers/navy/2015/05/27/navy-secretary-ray-mabus-women-female-seal-navy-combat-exclusion/27653965/


Food for thought:  

Can you say, "G.I. Jane!!!!"     

No wait, "Tailhook!!!!"   

How about, "Military Rape!!!"   

During my 20 years of active duty service, as a prior enlisted “Mustang” officer,
I view the Navy's latest initiative towards “full integration” as a recipe for disaster.

When I enlisted in the Navy during its initial “women at sea” integration, the end results have statistically proven increases in pregnancies, rape, sexual harassment, assault and (in my case and thousands of others) discrimination against minorities on a grand scale; including towards white "male" minorities who chose to “openly” serve after  the passage of the DADT repeal.  One of them is a dear friend who was blatantly discriminated against by members of the Navy’s Aviation community.  Again, can you say, “Tailhook!”

By appointing Adm. Michelle Howard as Vice Chief doesn’t make up for the huge disparity between the ranks. 

The Navy has never favored appointing senior females in key leadership roles, to help lessen the above mentioned statistics.

Throughout my memoir, “Broken Silence, “A Military Whistleblower’s Fight for Justice,” I chronologically highlight blatant sexual and racial discrimination I endured throughout my Navy career.  I can truly relate to Michelle Obama’s recent speech at Tuskegee University, when she said, “You eventually learn to block it.” 

After graduating as the only female officer in my OCS class, I learned how to block it.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t change the color of my skin and the taboos that came with it while serving as a “Black Women in a White’s Man Navy,” which I also discuss in one of my chapters.

While in-zone for promotion to Lt. Commander, I was forced to serve for an entire year as the only female onboard a warship with over 300 plus men. I was subjected to daily harassment, discrimination and was routinely called a “bitch and nigger,” and other derogatory language was used to describe my nearly all black staff.  There were a number of white crew members who openly stated that “Women don’t belong on a warship, they belong at home, barefoot and in the kitchen.”   Even the executive officer shared those sentiments.  What an embarrassment to the Surface Warfare Community.

After OCS, I was forced to volunteer for additional collateral duties, along with pursuing a second Masters degree in Human Resource Management, to better educate myself on federal regulations governing the Navy’s equal opportunity policies, which are never properly enforced.   I also became a certified Inspector General (IG) investigator, Command Managed Equal Opportunity (CMEO) manager and Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) coordinator. My thoughts were, the more I knew about Civil Rights laws and directives, the more I could contribute to the Navy's overall mission towards improving unity and equality throughout the ranks.  

My case is written testament to, "Once you challenge the military's deep-seated prejudices, you become a marked target!!"

Until the Navy is ready to properly address its “Un” equal employment opportunity programs, it should halt any future initiatives towards further placing our aspiring young leaders in harm’s way.

But knowing these boys, it could be a quick solution to continue to weed women and other minorities out of certain programs!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Remembering our fallen Soldiers


She’s My Hero
(Dedicated to the memory of Major, Gloria Davis)

Sitting here numb, in search of the right words to say,
I get down on my knees in prayer, asking the LORD,
“Why have you taken my best-friend away?”

Softly he whispers,
“My child, it’s because I needed her this day.”

She blessed so many lives with her caring ways,
She charmed so many hearts with her glowing smile,
She warmed so many souls with her humble spirit,
She was simply adored for her alluring style.

Now it’s time for her to be amongst the heavenly angels,
Where she will continue to watch over
The countless lives she’s touched.

The emptiness and loneliness in your heart
Is a constant reminder
That she is missed very much!

Remember my child,
“Always be kind and gentle to everyone you meet,
Show compassion, love and respect for others,
Even someone you casually meet in the street.”

By believing in yourself,
Others will always believe in you.
By respecting yourself,
Others will always respect you.
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Live your life unselfishly
And remain true to who you really are.
Just like your best-friend Gloria,
One day you too will become
A bright- shining Star.
© 2007

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Frontline reports, "How the Military Retaliates Against Sexual Assault Victims."



Full article:  http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/foreign-affairs-defense/how-the-military-retaliates-against-sexual-assault-victims/


Food for thought:
  If looks were intimidating, I would be afraid of these guys, but when you consider that an apple doesn't fall too far from the tree, makes you wonder why the military haven’t fixed this problem!!

Not only is it embarrassing, it mimics the attitude of senior members in Congress who support minimal sentencing of rapists and their desire to claim parental rights to a child conceived from rape.  The military is still allowing unprosecuted rapist to be released into society, making our young girls (and boys) susceptible to being raped. 

As long as the military is allowed to continue to manage over itself; i.e. staffing its own lawyers, judges, courtrooms and prisons, veterans civil and human rights will never be protected.  

The Civil Rights Act, Equal-Employment Opportunity Act and Whistleblower  Protection Act are never enforced and I for one have seen both sides of failed military leadership, as a former appointed Inspector General  (IG) investigator, Legal officer, Command Managed Equal Opportunity manager, and Logistics and Budget officer.

After giving the commanding officer my expert opinion on a particular matter, he would first seek to bend the rules in an attempt to salvage his own career. 

It is the responsibility of the commanding officer to uphold the Civil Rights of every personnel under his/her command.  Due to his failure to do so (obviously because a complaint has been filed) he condones the criminal behavior of the perpetrator and not the victim.  Because of the mindset of the “Good ole Boys” victims of military rape will never get justice.

If only more women were in senior ranks, we would not have this problem!!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Let us be thankful of the sacrifices military service members are willing to make for their/your families!!!


This Dad is about to be deployed and is having to say goodbye to his newborn baby girl. Sacrifices like this are made every day, and may we be reminded, that our FREEDOM comes with a cost, and our soldiers and their families are paying it. 

To the American Soldier....THANK YOU.

Friday, May 15, 2015

My long anticipated memoir, "Broken Silence, A Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice", is now available on Amazon.com.



Broken Silence, "A Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice," is a modern-day Scarlet Letter story of how former Navy Lieutenant Commander Sy'needa Penland was convicted of adultery after she blew the whistle on defense contracting fraud. Those who operate in darkness and seek to cheat and defraud the government, banded together to destroy the former Supply Corps officer's impeccable career and used her conviction as an "example" to others. Differing from Nathaniel Hawthorne's romantic fiction, Broken Silence is a true survival story of a courageous military whistleblower's fight for justice. Similar to Hester Prynne in the Scarlet Letter, Sy’ was forced to trade her gold oak leaf and stripes she proudly wore on her military uniform for a symbolic "A" of adultery. Interestingly enough, Sy' was "single." Adultery is not a crime in civilian court, but the Navy's top brass who went after the honest financial officer knew this could be a tool that would lead to her destruction. They wanted to "muzzle" her any way they could and used the military's justice system to silence her, until now.

Review book here:
http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=n%3A283155%2Cp_27%3ASyneeda+Penland

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Michelle Obama's Full Speech at Tuskegee University

A dedication to the legacy of Dr. King


Just Mourn for Me

© 2015  Sy’needa Penland
Don’t have me on that stage
As you stare upon my page.
My page of life
Is the image you’ll see,
When GOD sat down long enough
To poise for me.

Each life lived,
Each lesson learned;
Each one of you
Will soon get your turn,
To poise for the page,
To be all dressed up
On your center stage.

Don’t put me on that stage!
Don’t put me on that stage,
Just mourn for me.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wow, This is Unbelievable!!

Big Pharma Conspiracy: Health Epidemics & The Untold Story of Vaccines

EX-PHARMA SALES REP SPEAKS: WE ARE TRAINED TO MISINFORMED; THE DRUGS ARE...

Thought for the day...




Infinity
© 2015  Sy’needa Penland

As I continue to stand
On the side of righteousness,
Truth bears bear my name.
My origins have been passed down
in your history books,
they say, “GOD” is my name.

I’ve watched the destruction of
Mother Earth from afar,
I’m her honing beacon,
called a Star.

Forever calibrating her axis;
keeping her spirit aligned with her soul,
reinforcing it each day,
as human evolution (history)
continues to unfold.

Man’s addiction to chaos
has spread to the core of
our beloved Mother Earth,
as we celebrate the Spring Equinox
may Peace be restored
as new souls are rebirth.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

‘If you snitch, your career is done’: Former Baltimore cop says he was harassed, labeled a 'rat' after attempt to root out police brutality


Det. Joseph Crystal witnessed a handcuffed drug suspect beaten and his ankle broken by a fellow Baltimore police officer. When he was compelled to report it to his superiors, the nightmare started. Crystal, now a police officer in Florida, is suing the department over the backlash.


Full article:  http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ex-baltimore-labeled-rat-police-brutality-claim-article-1.2077632


 WoW... This sounds familiar!!!!!

Thought for the day.... One of my latest pieces...


Rebirth
© 2015  Syneeda Penland

Loving Soul you are to me,
Rebirth into your realm
Through synchronicity,
Cycled through the dimensions of time,
Living spirits – Intertwined.

All connected to the same chord of life,
Connected to Mother Earth’s core,
Who first seeded life.

Her healing waters
Which soothes her core,
Shall come forth
To cleanse our souls once more.

As we celebrate this year’s Spring,
New life – rebirth souls she will bring.

Brought forth to help guide us
Towards the healing light,
Captured by the moon’s essence at night.

Protecting your souls as you sleep at night
To awaken you to God’s Glory,
Amen Ra’s Sunlight.

As it sits to the East of the West below,
Loving and caring America,
New seeds she will bestow.

Once and for all
To cleanse her sons of hate,
A better life for his wives,
Sons and daughters,
He will soon create

To teach them the difference
Between right and wrong,
To teach them obedience;
How to get along.

To become proud protectors
Of her sacred land,
To grow older and wiser
So he can better understand
The true nature and ways
Of our Divine Mother Earth,
As she welcomes us all
To our Spirits’ rebirth.  

Stars and Stripes reports... "Pentagon accused of withholding sex crimes info"... "The spouses of service members and civilian women who live or work near military facilities are especially vulnerable to being sexually assaulted," Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said in a report.



Read full article:  http://www.stripes.com/news/us/pentagon-accused-of-withholding-sex-crimes-info-1.344096

Friday, May 1, 2015

President Barack Obama and Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake: Reject "thug." It's the new n-word.


Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and President Obama have both used the word "thug" this week to describe some protestors on the streets of Baltimore. 

It's an ugly word that reinforces a culture and a language that doesn’t value Black life — that doesn’t see Black people as human. It’s easier to kill someone when you don’t see them as a person, but rather deem them "a thug.”

Sign Petition here:
http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/reject_thug/?t=2&akid=4333.1750318.A0HkDe

Food for thought:

During my 20 years in the Navy, I learned that one of the most valued character traits of a noble leader is to be able to show compassion for his or her people, despite their upbring, because it is your duty to train them, supervise them, mentor them and lead them to effectively accomplish the command's mission.  

With so much violence in America, WHY IS AMERICA STILL AT WAR in someone else's country, INSTEAD OF FIXING HER PROBLEMS AT HOME?