Fighting for the truth . . . exposing the corrupt


Just days after told the story of the "unknown hero" of the USS Iowa explosion in 1989, and detailed the pattern of abuse he suffered at the hands of a female superior officer, the Navy has contacted retired PO1 John Mullahy to tell him his case is going to the highest IG shop in the Navy "for review."

That's the Navy's way of trying to take off the heat of "bad publicity" generated by our story and the various unfavorable news articles and broadcasts that have been flooding the media of late.

Navy recruiting stations have been as quiet as a tomb since the spate of bad stories hit the headlines. First there was the tragic and embarrassing collision of a U.S. submarine with a Japanese surface craft with heavy loss of life. Aboard the Japanese vessel, that is, which quickly sunk. It turns out a bunch of civilian VIP's were aboard and normal safety measures may have been rushed. Then the television movie "A GLIMPSE OF HELL" premiered on FX Network. The film, while it had its faults, clearly showed Navy "brass" conspired to LIE about the true cause of the shipboard explosion that cost the lives of 47 sailors on the USS IOWA.

Then "60 Minutes II" on CBS showed millions of television viewers how the Navy locked up a petty officer for 520 days on unspecified charges, making a mockery of the UCMJ and his Constitutional rights. Finally, they were forced to release PO1 Daniel King, and the Navy veteran was allowed to retire with full pension and benefits.

Our story on retired PO1 John Mullahy - (see related articles below) - exposed how then-Lt. Cdr. Patricia Rios, the daughter of a Navy admiral, allegedly harassed and violated Mullahy's rights in a "campaign of terror and slander" that lasted for years.

We revealed in our story how Rios highly praised Mullahy and recommended him for promotion in an evaluation just prior to his refusal to obey an "illegal and dangerous" order from Rios. That brought him swift retribution from the lieutenant commander.

After the run-in with Rios, Mullahy was set-up for a court-martial and his ratings had no resemblance to what the Navy officer had previously written.

We told how Mullahy, exhibiting extreme courage - worthy of the Medal of Honor in wartime - repeatedly risked his life to save others and threw the switch activating sprinklers which flooded the IOWA's powder magazines. If Mullahy had not taken that action on his own, the battleship could have blown up and sunk with heavy loss of life.

Please go back and read our stories on John Mullahy, the "fighting Irishman from Boston," who reminds us there are still American heroes who walk among us. Then make your voices heard in a campaign to bring justice to a man denied it far too long.

By its actions, the Navy has now admitted something was wrong. Let's hope and pray this "review" by the Navy's highest inspector general won't result in just another "cover-up" or "white-wash." Let them know, we WILL be watching!

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