LCDR Syneeda Penland, U.S. Navy and her book "Broken Silence."
Penland: This fight is no longer about me. It’s to ensure the safety and job security of our men and women in uniform, that they are provided a “hazardous free” working environment, free of harassment, retaliation, and racial, gender and sex-orientation discrimination. As politicians help to anchor key legislation for full equality throughout our Armed Forces, there needs to be checks and balances of full compliance of the federal Civil Rights Laws, most importantly, the Equal Employment Opportunity Act; while preserving the integrity of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. If the Act needs to be amended, so be it. At some point, their needs to be higher oversight over the military’s justice system, to ensure victims of whistle-blower retaliation are protected from suffering the same punish that was inflicted upon me, for simply doing my job!
Similar to the Navy’s IG, 2008 investigation report of Penland’s initial reprisal allegations, where the investigators ignore a large majority of Penland’s allegations—
In their findings, the BCNR concluded that there were at least ten Protected Communications Penland made to the Navy IG and former Congressman, Bob Filner, between Penland’s January 2006 arrival date at former Naval Coastal Warfare Group-One, and her July 2009 discharge.
(1) Any lawful communication to a member of Congress or an Inspector General.
(2) A communication which the Armed Forces’ member reasonably believes evidences a violation of law or regulation, including sexual harassment or unlawful discrimination, mismanagement, a gross waste of funds or other resources, an abuse of authority, or a substantial and specific danger to public health or safety.
(1) A member of Congress, an Inspector General, or a member of a Department of Defense audit, inspection, investigation, or law enforcement organization, or
(2) Any other person or organization (including any person or organization in the chain of command) designated under Component regulations or other established administrative procedures to receive such complaints.
Food for thought:
Victory is not often achieved in the most persuasive argument of a legal brief, because all the facts will be left out!! Victory is achieved when your eyes guide the truth of your reality to your Divine soul!
For over a decade, the words of my late father, a Vietnam Air Force Veteran, has echoed through to the chambers of my soul— the fatherly advice he gave me when I first made him aware of the fraudulent activity I’d uncovered while serving as a fiduciary agent in the Navy.
My experience is well documented in my memoir, “A Military Whistleblower’s Fight for Justice!”
He told me, “Whatever you decide to do, don’t do what your father did!” as he proceeded to confess how he went along with the system when he worked as an assembly lineman at the former General Motors plant in Doraville, Georgia, during the 70s to early 90s. While meeting the production quotas, a special crew of employees had been authorized to work overtime, beginning after they’d already worked their normal hourly shift, when typically overtime begins at the end of the work week. Already exhausted and nearly fatigued, the men worked well into the night, to earn extra money to feed and provide for their families. Unfortunately, the results of the foreman’s actions (who had authorized the “special” overtime shift) would prove to have dire repercussions to one of the country’s largest corporate manufacturing plants, because of the massive recalls. Instead of standing up to the truth during the internal investigation, my father decided to accept “hush money,” and took an early retirement severance payoff and lived to regret it until his untimely passing, a year after my discharge from the Navy.
As a Vietnam Veteran, my father faced racial discrimination far beyond what I’d experienced, despite the fact that I’d been sentenced to serve time in the brig, for standing up to the truth. Unaware of his discrimination experiences during his military service, I wanted to continue his legacy, as well as other prominent men in my family, who also served throughout varies branches of our Armed Forces, yet as I’m forced to bear the reality of my own circumstances, I find it unsettling to the human Spirit when you are taught to “do what is right,” but you are punished for it!
At this juncture of my life, I’ve gained a hell of a lot of wisdom from my battle with the Military’s Industrial Complex and truth be told, I wouldn’t change a thing!! I’ve matured as a human being as a result of my experience and the mark I shall leave behind is the scarlet stain of Justice!! “Morality at its best is morality upheld, and Integrity is the Law!!