BIG "WIN" FOR DEFENSE ATTORNEY CHARLES
Top-notch defense attorney Charles Gittins told us "Crude talk is not a crime" when we [see related story below] first wrote about the case of Navy Lt. Bryan Black, in trouble over "salty language" he used in front of a female midshipman at the Naval Academy. Gittins was right.
Thanks to common sense and good judgment on the part of Rear Admiral Terrence McKnight, the Commandant of the Naval District of Washington, at a recent Admiral's Mast, Black won't be thrown to the dogs after all.
Vice-Admiral Rodney Rempt, the acerbic and much-disliked Naval Academy superintendent, and "fire-breathing feminist" Lt. Cdr. Shelly Whisenhant, end up the big losers in this case, which has brought nothing but embarrassment to the Navy.
ARE REMPT AND WHISENHANT READY TO WIPE EGG OFF THEIR FACE?
Rempt, always ready to genuflect in front of any politically-correct pressure group to help his career, and Whisenhant, who insisted on pushing the issue to court-martial despite the "offended" midshipman accepting Black's apology and moving on from there, now have plenty of egg to wipe off their face.
"Three cheers for Admiral McKnight," said a full commander stationed at Pearl Harbor. "There's hope yet for the Navy," wrote a senior chief at Newport News. "McKnight is my kind of leader," e-mailed a Naval aviator from Brunswick, Maine. Even MilitaryCorruption.com was pleasantly amazed at the admiral's courage in making his wise decision. We thought Black was a "PC casualty" for sure.
The vast majority of fleet and land-based Naval personnel considered it insane of Rempt to recommend a "court-martial" over such a picayune incident. And even female officers told us Whisenhant's meddling - she inserted herself into the incident from the get-go - was bad for morale and damaged already strained relations between male and female Navy members.
"POLITICAL CORRECTNESS," SESTAK, AND A CHANGING U.S. NAVY
Absurd levels of "political correctness" has infected all branches of the military - with our beloved U.S. Marines still holding the line on coed basic training - but several developments under the leadership of new Chief of Naval Operations Mike Mullen indicate hope for the future.
It was Mullen who wasted no time firing the abrasive and egomaniacal Admiral Joe Sestak the first day the CNO took over. Sestak, who has already burned through several staffers in his faltering attempt to capture a Congressional seat in Pennsylvania, is his own worst enemy. The Democrats are only now waking up to the fact that an obnoxious candidate, strutting around wearing his "dress whites" on the campaign trail, is not a guarantee that civilians will automatically vote for him.
Lt. Black gets a transfer away from the Naval Academy and a chance to continue his military career. We are sure he'll be very careful what he says, and who he says it to, in the future. The American taxpayers win as well, for Black, an OCS grad who holds a masters degree from the University of South Florida, has until now, had an unblemished service record.
Charlie Gittins, the pugnacious, "take-no-prisoners" attorney, who successfully defended Sgt. Major of the Army Gene McKinney against trumped-up "sex charges" back in the late 90's, continues his winning streak. We salute his latest victory and are proud to say the two top defense attorneys for the armed forces in America, Gittins and retired Naval CDR John "Bulldog" Wells, are friends of MilitaryCorruption.com.