Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Thought for the day...



Human Dimension
© 2017 Adeenys

Through the mouths
of mankind, buried
souls do speak;
Spirits long forgotten–
prey upon the meek.

Voices silenced by
anger, hate and pain,
fuels the energy of chaos,
which drives the mind insane.

Loving energy of the Divine
intertwined to become One
collecting wretched souls
to return them to the Sun.

From whence we came
bears no name yet She loves
us all the same.

Hollow shells–
in this life of hell
where only misery
prefers to dwell;

Welcome Love into
your hearts–to break
evil’s wicked spell.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Justice too long Delayed, is Justice Denied!!


As America prepares for the upcoming Memorial Day celebration, I like thousands of other military Veterans and their families will honor the legacies of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, in service of our country. 







As I reflect back on Memorial Day Weekend, 2008, my Spirit remains somber, as I relive the traumatic events surrounding my military tribunal, when I experienced the most egregious violations of my Civil and Human Rights, as an African-Native American, female Naval officer.  



Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed that “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” and when you fight against any form of injustice in this country, you will become a target of more egregious injustices; and King made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country as a Civil Rights Leader.  May his legacy live on, and may his Spirit RIP. 






As the Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR) finalizes their legal review of my remanded Civil Action case, which has been closed since April 21, 2016, I must beg the question to our current legislative body, “Have we done enough to guarantee both Civil and Human Rights protection of our next generation of military personnel?"





It’s been over a year since Judge Rosemary Collyer made her final ruling on my Civil Action case, remanding it back to the Navy to "consider" my Whistleblower status during the course of their retaliatory actions against me for simply doing my job.  

A year after closing my case, the BCNR continues to delay justice, further amplifying Dr. King's beliefs as well as igniting my passion for doing more for ensuring Human Rights protection of our next generation of military personnel, and American citizens!   

As a survivor of sex and racial discrimination throughout my Naval career, as well as a victim of egregious Civil and Human Rights violations, my efforts to resolve my grievances via the Pentagon’s “equal opportunity” channels were “unequal” at best, which forced me to petition my claims before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; ultimately seeking fair and equal justice in a higher court. 




  
http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/mattis-military-transgender-policy 



On July 1, Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, will readdress the Pentagon’s policy for “transgender men and women” serving in our Armed Forces.  According to their current policy, “Any discrimination against a service member based on their gender identity is “sex discrimination” and may be addressed through the Department’s “equal opportunity” channels. 

If you encountered an injustice, or experienced a violation of your Civil and/or Human Rights while serving on active duty, and did not receive the remedy you deserve, exercise your Constitutional Right and petition the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; after you have exhausted all legal avenues within the DoD's "equal" employment opportunity channels; for Navy personnel, contact the Naval Personnel Command, or DoD Inspector General. 

 http://www.public.navy.mil/bupersnpc/career/recordsmanagement/Pages/BCNR.aspx


As our legislative body move forward to establish better laws to protect the equal employment rights of American citizens, I call upon Congress to ensure Human Rights protection of our military personnel, since senior Pentagon officials are hell bent on violating their Civil Rights!!  Their piss-poor management of the military's current policies simply proves that “Injustice anywhere is, in fact, a threat to justice everywhere!!”



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Friday, May 19, 2017

US Navy admiral, Robert Gilbeau, sentenced to 18 months in 'Fat Leonard' bribery scandal



Navy Times reports — Over two decades, Robert Gilbeau rose through the ranks to Navy admiral and earned a chest-full of honors for his service, including a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. During that period he also partied across Southeast Asia with a gregarious Malaysian businessman who paid for lavish dinners, drinks at karaoke bars and prostitutes. 

That businessman, known as "Fat Leonard," is the centerpiece of a massive bribery scandal involving Navy officers, and Gilbeau last year pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about their relationship. He was the first active-duty admiral convicted of a federal crime and on Wednesday he learned his penalty: 18 months in jail. 

Acting U.S. Attorney Alana W. Robinson called it a "somber day." 

"When tempted by parties and prostitutes, one of our most respected leaders chose karaoke over character, and cover-up over confession," she said. "In doing so he forever tarnished the reputation of a revered institution." 

Gilbeau acknowledged his wrongdoing in federal court in San Diego. 

He told the judge he is "deeply sorry" and cannot explain his actions. He stood in court with his fluffy white dog, which accompanies him as part of his treatment for post-traumatic stress. Gilbeau's defense had argued that his PTSD and a traumatic brain injury from a blast in Iraq should be taken into account, though prosecutors said he was exaggerating his condition because he knew he was going to get caught. 

"I never wanted to end my career this way," said the 56-year-old Navy veteran, who earned a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for his service in Iraq in 2007. "I'm still proud of my career and to be an American." 

Gilbeau wrote in a letter to the judge that "I have no one to blame but myself." 

He wrote that while his PTSD is not an excuse, it gave him a desire to "make self-destructive decisions." 

Gilbeau was convicted in June after admitting that he lied when he told federal agents that he had never received any gifts from Leonard Glenn Francis. The Navy allowed him to retire in October but reduced his rank from rear admiral to captain

Nicknamed "Fat Leonard" because of his wide girth, Francis has admitted to bribing Navy officials with more than $500,000 in cash, prostitutes, and other gifts in exchange for classified information to help his company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia. He is awaiting sentencing. 

Francis and his company that supplies food and fuel to ships overbilled the Navy by more than $34 million, prosecutors said. 
Gilbeau first met Francis in 1997 during a port visit to Bali, Indonesia, where Francis wooed Gilbeau and another U.S. Navy officer with hotel rooms, dinners and the services of prostitutes, according to investigators. 

For years, Francis footed the bill for Gilbeau's late-night partying at nightclubs and karaoke bars, fine dining, luxury hotels and paid sex in Asian countries. 

In exchange, Gilbeau signed off on Francis' company invoices that grossly overbilled the Navy, prosecutors said. 

In one instance, Gilbeau signed an invoice for the USS Nimitz that was the highest amount the Navy ever paid in the ship's history for wastewater removal. Prosecutors said evidence suggests the company kicked back $40,000 in cash to Gilbeau.

Gilbeau has denied taking cash. 

U.S. District Judge Janis L. Sammartino said Gilbeau carried out "a systematic destruction of records," after Francis was arrested in 2013 to conceal his involvement. 
"You violated the law," she said. "You dishonored your shipmates, the Navy and the United States of America." 

Twenty current and former Navy officials have been charged so far. Ten have pleaded guilty. 

Five Glenn Defense Marine Asia executives and the corporation have also pleaded guilty. 


https://www.navytimes.com/articles/us-navy-admiral-sentenced-to-18-months-in-fat-leonard-bribery-scandal

Food for thought:  It's interesting how Top Pentagon officials are engaging in corruption while briefing Congressional officials on Warfare strategies while colluding with the "enemy!!"  Anyone who steals money from taxpayers is considered an enemy in my book!! 

Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis, faces a difficult decision on the military's transgender policy.



Military Times reports — The Pentagon is prepared to implement a new policy clearing the way for transgender men and women to join the armed forces, Military Times has learned, but final approval rests with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who could endorse, revise, delay or even abandon it. 

Mattis faces a July 1 deadline, according to the parameters defined by his predecessor as defense secretary, Ash Carter. But the sensitive matter has become much more urgent for two transgender students now within days of graduating from the Army and Air Force military academies. 

As USA Today first reported May 10, the unidentified cadets were recently informed that, absent a policy formalizing new accession standards, they won't be commissioned as military officers with the rest of their graduating class. Those proposed guidelines were sent to the defense secretary's office but Mattis has yet to act on them, according to multiple sources familiar with discussions surrounding the policy's implementation. 

Meanwhile, neither the Army nor the Air Force has granted waivers to the cadets so they may proceed to serve in the active-duty military, causing some to question whether Mattis might decide against the proposed policy. Already, the Trump administration has moved to scale back federal protections for transgender students attending public schools, sending a strong signal it opposes further expanding such rights.  
  
The Air Force Academy holds its graduation May 24 in Colorado Springs. West Point's ceremony, at which Mattis is slated to provide the commencement address, will be held May 27 in New York. 


Full article:  http://www.militarytimes.com/articles/mattis-military-transgender-policy

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Pentagon brass improperly interfered in Navy SEAL’s sexual-assault case, retired admiral claims.




Washington Times reports, A retired admiral is accusing the highest levels of the Navy legal corps at the Pentagon of improperly interfering in the case of a decorated Navy SEAL convicted of sexual assault.

Retired Rear Adm. Patrick J. Lorge in a May 5 signed affidavit charges that the then-judge advocate general of the Navy and her deputy tried to convince him not to exonerate the sailor because it would be bad PR for the Navy and hurt Mr. Lorge’s career.

The extraordinary charges from Mr. Lorge go to the very top of the Navy legal system and throw into question whether a sailor can get a fair trial in the politically charged atmosphere of military sex assault cases.

Based on Mr. Lorge’s testimony, lawyers for Senior Chief Petty Officer Keith E. Barry filed an appeal with the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. Chief Barry contends the sexual contact was consensual. The accuser described their relationship as filled with “crazy sex.”

“The new evidence in [Chief] Barry’s case establishes unlawful command influence,” his lawyers argue. They ask the appeals court to reverse the conviction and order a special investigation.



Finally…  A high-ranking official exposes corruption within the Navy’s JAG Corps!!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

President Donald Trump On His Firing Of James Comey (Extended Exclusive)...

NOW IT'S ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN TRUMP AND RUSSIA --- It's about which will prevail: Truth—or Power.


Mother Jones.com reports, “For a while there, it almost seemed as if President Donald Trump's determined efforts to redirect attention from the Russia scandal were starting to work. The White House had pushed back against every attempt to investigate, and congressional Republicans, from the soap-opera-worthy antics of the House's Devin Nunes to the slow-walking slow-walking of the Senate's Richard Burr, were going along. Democrats had their hair on fire about health care, and a big tax-cut showdown was looming.

And then Trump fired the FBI director—and made it plain for everyone that the Russia story really does represent a serious threat to American democracy. Because now it's no longer just about how exactly the Kremlin interfered in the 2016 election, or whether Trump or his associates merely winked and nodded or actively colluded. It's about whether the public's right to know the truth is stronger than a powerful man's burning desire to keep it hidden.

For many decades, from Teapot Dome to Watergate to Lewinskygate, the answer to that question has been, ultimately: yes. Yes, the people deserve to know; yes, political advantage must yield to the search for truth. It is essential that the answer, this time, be the same. As Dan Rather—a man who has watched many administrations try to lie to the public—put it, the alternative is "Armageddon for our form of government." 

To be clear: We can't, and shouldn't, assume that where there's smoke, there's fire. But at this point, that doesn't matter. What Trump or any of his associates did in 2016 may or may not have been a scandal, but blocking the public from finding out most definitely is. Trump may turn out to have overreached with the Comey firing, prompting the kind of independent inquiry he was so desperate to avoid. But it's evident that Republicans on Capitol Hill—terrified of what such a probe would do to their agenda and their electoral prospects—will do everything they can to avoid going there.

That means it's up to the public—all of us—to make sure truth prevails over power. There are many ways of doing that, from showing up at town halls to calmly reasoning with friends or relatives. For us, as journalists, the call to action is an especially urgent one: We need to deploy every skill we've learned, from shoe-leather reporting to data dives. We need to go deep, stick with the story no matter where it leads, and resist getting tangled in conventional wisdom or distracted by sideshows.

Mother Jones was born out of a similar moment, in the post-Watergate years when it became clear that the public needed independent watchdogs. Going after what powerful people want hidden is what we exist to do. We did it in 2012, when David Corn revealed the story of Mitt Romney's 47 percent remarks; we did it last year, when Shane Bauer reported on his time as a guard inside a private prision. We are scrupulous in our fact-checking, and in protecting our sources, too. (Whistleblowers take note: You can send us secure messages on Signal at (202) 809-1049, or email us at scoop@motherjones.com.)


Full article:  http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/05/facts-trump-russia

"Broken Silence, A Military Whistleblower's Fight for Justice," continues, as I wrap up the final chapters to the sequel of my story.





https://www.amazon.com/Broken-Silence-Military-Whistleblowers-Justice/dp/1942863020/
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In May 2008, I embarked upon an unprecedented “fight for justice,” and 9 years later, my fight with the Navy’s legal system continues!! 

Two years ago, I broke my silence to share details of the atrocities I experienced as a military whistleblower, in my memoir, “Broken Silence, A Military Whistle Blower’s Fight for Justice.”

As I reflect back on the weeks leading to my courts martial, facing the same disparities as every other African American who has survived the injustices of our nation’s in-justice system as a whole, I can relate to those who have been cheated and robbed of their Freedom, Truth and overall “Justice.” 

I shall not digress in beating a dead horse, but I’m sure those that are monitoring my blog “get the message!!”

Yet in the wake of the Trump “Russian” election probe, many may argue that Trump is experiencing the same wrath of injustice, as our nation’s justice system is being challenged on an international scale, as well as “morally.” 

It was once said, “He who shall suffer the might of his own sword, shall perish in the walls of justice.” 

As our nation rise once more in the face of Democracy, let Justice Prevail this day, to honor, “Truth, Liberty and Lady Justice.”