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: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/army-panel-backs-doctor-trying-to-clear-name-after-discredited-drug-test/

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!!  ( http://www.logsup.com) 


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!!  

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sy, I've been following your case since the beginning and you are correct; whenever you challenge the system they will go for blood.

Far too many Veterans' lives are put in harm's way, not by the enemy but by their fellow comrades.

War profiteering? Did you argue that in your lawsuit? If members of the DoJ conspired to conceal criminal activity they should be under investigation!

As far as Major Smith's case, justice prevailed and I wish him the best.