Monday, March 28, 2016

"The Worst Navy Scandal in Years," reports Military

Capt. Daniel Dusek


In the field of military corruption, rarely has so much been given for so little in return. And now, a Navy four-striper is going to prison for 48 months and will forfeit his pension and benefits. He also must pay a $70,000 fine and $30,000 in restitution. For Daniel Dusek, it is the end of his career, in more ways than one. He had 27 years of Naval service.

During a seven month stretch, the crooked captain let greed get the best of him when he leaked ship movement plans in the Pacific to "Fat Leonard," a grotesquely obese Malaysian contractor who routinely overcharged the U.S. Navy when his company replenished and serviced warships at various Asian ports of call.

So valuable to Glenn Marine Asia Ltd. (GDMA) was Dusek, that he was referred to in private communications as "our Golden Asset." The fat boss made millions in overcharges, thanks to inside information the captain (and other officers) provided as to when and where Navy ships would pull in. Sometimes, Dusek was able to steer the port call of an aircraft carrier from one location to another, controlled by GDMA.


The "pay off" Dusek admitted getting was paltry indeed. Court papers show the onetime deputy director of operations for the 7th Fleet in the Pacific was plied with prostitutes, booze, gifts, and fancy hotel accommodations in exchange for the critical "heads up" he provided. While the captain got peanuts, Fat Leonard ripped off U.S. taxpayers to the tune of $34 million, investigators told

"It is unimaginable to this court how someone in your position would sell out the Navy," scolded U.S. District Court Judge Janis Sammartino in San Diego. The object of her scorn submitted a long letter of apology to explain his criminal activity.

Dusek, an Oregon native and ROTC graduate, was once commanding officer of the USS Bonhomme Richard. He is one of eight Naval officers and personnel who have been charged in what some call "the worst Navy scandal in many years."



Food for thought: Fat Leonard is not the only defense contractor to commit fraud against American taxpayers and those linked to this particular fraud case are not the only officers committing fraud against the US government!!

In June 2009, I filed a Qui Tam lawsuit with the Department of Justice Anti-Trust division, providing evidence of a number of senior military officers colluding with defense contractor, Logistic Support Inc. to defraud the government of millions.  The once small Veteran's owned company has managed to grow into one of the largest defense Prime Vendors as a result of a rigged contract in July 2006, giving them one of the largest competitive advantages in the defense logistics services industry.

In an effort to bring about public awareness as to how senior military officers are secretly engaging in War profiteering, I released a Tell-All memoir, "Broken Silence, a Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice,"  detailing the events surrounding what I consider to be "The worse fraud scandal in years!"

Greed has always been considered the root of all evil but when the lives of our military service men and women are put in harm's way and government assets are potentially compromised as a result of greed, that introduces a severe threat to our National Security!! Anyone found guilty of committing fraud against our government should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law!!

As a senior budget officer, I had Zero tolerance for greed or corruption but in a competitive industry like our military, when everyone is out for self, my rank didn't carry enough weight to make a difference.  As an "honest steward" of our tax dollars I paid the ultimately price when I decided to take the moral high ground to investigate and later report my former bosses criminal activity to an outside higher authority.  As a former IG investigator I carried out my duties like I was trained to do and I have no regrets.  After reading this article I can finally breath a sigh of relief to see that justice is prevailing in this particular case!!!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

It's been said that Mankind will eventually "Self-destruct" along his path to defy Mother Nature!!

‘Sexually suggestive’ relationship ends career of Lt. Gen. John Hesterman, Air Force general who ran air war against the Islamic State militant group while deployed at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar from July 2013 to last June.

The Washington Post reports -- The Air Force has fired one of its most senior generals after an investigation into whether he had an affair with a married female officer found that they had exchanged emails that were “sexually suggestive.”
Lt. Gen. John Hesterman was removed from his position as Air Force assistant vice chief of staff, service spokeswoman Anne Stefenek said Thursday. Hesterman previously served as the commander of Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT), leading the early days of the U.S. air war against the Islamic State militant group while deployed at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar from July 2013 to last June.
The investigation was launched after a complaint was lodged with the Air Force inspector general last August that Hesterman had carried on an unprofessional relationship and meddled inappropriately in the assignments of the woman’s husband, who himself also was an Air Force colonel. The husband alleged to the Air Force that a relationship dated back to at least 2007, when Hesterman was a married one-star general and commander of the 48th Fighter Wing, which flies F-15 jets out of England.  
Hesterman, who could not be reached for comment Thursday night, also surprised people by saying at the ceremony when the husband was promoted to colonel that he had married the girl we were all in love with,” the husband alleged.
Hesterman denied that any sexual relationship took place, but emails entered into the eventual divorce proceedings between the female officer and her husband were examined by the inspector general. They alone were enough to end the career of a seasoned general who earned valor awards for flying in combat and participated in the opening night of operations in the Persian Gulf war.
In one email string dated late March and early April 2010, he and the woman, then a lieutenant colonel, exchanged a series of messages in which he called the woman “Gorgeous” and said he was visiting Hawaii before deploying to Qatar, where he served as the deputy commander of AFCENT from July 2010 to June 2011.
“In Waikiki for… spring break and last big trip before Qatar… thinking of you often here… we would love it… and you would be in perpetual trouble ;) xxx”
A few months later on Valentine’s Day weekend, Hesterman emailed her because of the holiday.
“My dear and so beautiful…. On this Valentine’s Day, please know I am thinking of you… I miss you and hope you are happy and well. Much Love, J.” Hesterman continued corresponding on April 4, 2011, calling her “my lovely Girl,” sprinkling in numerous emoticons and saying that he wanted to see her when he returned to Washington after his deployment.
“This place has been fascinating if a tad relentless, I’ve been at work every day but 3 in the last 9 months… I’ve at least gotten into very good shape, even a little a definition… you should check ;),” he wrote. “I’m really happy you’ll be living close by… I think of you more than you know (you get in trouble a lot:) I would so love to see you.”
The inspector general’s report said the emails were found by the husband, and the woman confirmed they were real under questioning during the divorce proceedings, which the report characterized as contentious. She said that she had never been unfaithful to him in any way, but her husband had.
Food for thought:  Ret. Major Glenn MacDonald, Editor-in-Chief, Military said it best, "Is this to be another case of "Different Spanks for Different Ranks?!"

Monday, March 14, 2016

Wounded Warrior Project Fraud Scandal

CBS News reports -- The Wounded Warrior Project is working to rebuild trust with its donors and veterans.

The veterans charity group fired CEO Steven Nardizzi and COO Al Giordano late last week, following a January CBS News investigation that reported on dozens of former employees who described lavish spending on conferences, meetings and parties.
After subsequently conducting its own review and speaking with former and current employees, chairman Anthony Odierno said the board "felt it was best for the organization to make a change in the leadership."
Odierno, who has been on the board of directors since 2009 and serving as chairman since 2014, is now leading the search for a permanent chief executive.
Full story and video here:

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Army panel backs doctor trying to clear name after discredited drug test

Major Eric Smith

The Seattle Times reports -- "A panel of senior Army officers has recommended against an attempt to further punish a doctor who spent seven months in Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s jail for a drug-use conviction based on the results of a contaminated urine sample.

A panel of senior Army officers has recommended against an attempt to further punish a doctor who spent seven months in Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s jail for a drug-use conviction based on the results of a contaminated urine sample.

The officers last week sided with Maj. Eric Smith, of University Place, who faced a disciplinary discharge stemming from the July 2011 drug test that led to his conviction, Smith’s attorney said.

Smith, an Iraq veteran, risked getting booted out of the Army with a punitive discharge that could have hindered his ability to practice medicine as a civilian and denied him medical benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The results from the Army administrative board likely will allow Smith, 45, to stay in uniform. He will reach the 20-year retirement mark later this year.

The Army I Corps headquarters and Human Resources Command still could overrule the panel and discharge Smith, a Madigan Army Medical Center spokesman said.

“As this process unfolds and until a final decision is made, Major Smith is working at Madigan in a nonclinical position performing administrative duties,” the Madigan spokesman said.

The three-member panel found several reasons to discredit the drug test, including a hair test Smith took in August 2011 that contradicted the results of his urine sample. A more recent test showed a substantial amount of someone else’s DNA in the urine sample.

“There was simply no question at all the man was wrongly convicted and he spent seven months in jail for something he did not do,” said his attorney, Bill Cassara. “That’s time he’ll never get back.”

Full Article:

Food for thought:   When I come across cases like this, it reminds me of my case and how senior military officials will abuse their authority to punish subordinates for challenging their "injustice" system.  But when you make allegations against them, it’s swept under the rug and they will go for blood to punish you for challenging their illegal and criminal behavior.  

In June 2007, I asked the Navy's CNO, Admiral Mike Mullen for help and he ignored my plea to his office (Equal Opportunity complaints), along with his successor, Admiral Jonathan Greenert.  Mullen was more concerned about ensuring his appointment to the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff and I was considered "collateral damage"  in the grand scheme of things. 

When I was discharged from the Navy in 2009, as part of a larger cover-up by the Pentagon  - beyond my courts martial conviction, I knew I was being punished for speaking out about military fraud and ongoing corruption during the Post 9/11 War.  And to continue to deny me my retirement pension goes beyond “Cruel and Unusual Punishment!”

While Congress was approving trillions in Cost of War funds, senior military officers within my direct chain of command, all the way up to the Pentagon, engaged in war profiteering and enabled the defense contracting company, “Logistic Support Inc.” to go from a small veteran owned country to a multi-million dollar Prime Vendor in a matter of a few years.    This came after a former CNO Program Manager engaged in illegal contract bid-rigging and revolving door practices as part of a quid pro quo agreement.  While on active duty serving in his Pentagon program management position, the senior Captain was hired as a senior consultant advisor to the company, to oversee the company’s lucrative acquisition contract "merger" for the Navy’s Expeditionary Warfare components.   Wow, talk about major insider trading violation!!   As part of the deal, the Captain ensured his buddies were offered lucrative consultant positions within the company.

It doesn't take a 3rd grader to convince professional lawyers that "Adultery" is when someone engages in sexual intercourse with someone other than their spouse.  But in the military’s court of law, you are guilty for simply challenging their “injustice” system. Period!! 

Fast forward the clock, 7 years later I'm still being denied my hard earned pension and the Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division discarded my Qui Tam petition, reporting my bosses’ fraudulent activity.  The claim was filed in June 2009, weeks prior to the Pentagon issuing my discharge notice.  Several years ago, I was informed by a senior DoJ prosecutor that he was directed by his boss “Not to investigate the Navy?!” 

Meanwhile, due to the DoJ’s negligence, Logistics Support Inc. has become a major Prime Vendor defense contractor and the DoJ Anti-Trust division continues to ignore evidence of defense contract fraud.  

Wow!!  Talk about protection at the highest level of our government!!  (

As a former Staff Corps budget officer, I upheld my oath of office and my fiduciary responsibility to our government and our tax paying citizens and I’m proud of officers like Major Eric Smith who is unafraid to challenge the ‘injustice’ within the military and I pray he gets what he has rightfully earned!!!   Major Smith has been punished enough for a crime he did not commit and should retire with honors!!  

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Just Released, "Coming Full Circle, A Unique Collection of Inspirational Poetry, Proverbs and Spiritual Affirmations."

As a naturally gifted poet, it was easy for me to accept my true calling after my discharge from the military. Throughout my Navy career I always felt the Divine Spirit tugging at my soul, guiding me to a place of refuge each time I was confronted with adversity and retaliation as a military whistleblower.  I view my abrupt departure from Naval service as a Spiritual blessing in disguise.  Had it not been for my “calling” my voice would have been permanently silenced.  My mentor and Spirit Guide once said, "A voice unsung is a voice unspoken."  My response to that affirmation is, "I now know why the caged bird sings!"