"HUGE VICTORY FOR MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM"
MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR HEEDS OUR CALL FOR HIM
TO FIRE STATE NATIONAL GUARD COMMANDER -
GEN. HAROLD CROSS GETS THE BOOT AFTER WE
EXPOSE WIDESPREAD CORRUPTION UNDER HIS
TENURE - "OFFICIAL" COVER-STORY IS CROSS
VOLUNTARILY RESIGNING - FACT IS GENERAL
WAS "PUSHED" - VINDICATION FOR COURAGEOUS
FORMER CAPT. MATT HASSLOCH AND RETIRED
COL JODY BRYANT - THEY CELEBRATE WITH TOP
ATTORNEY KEN DAVID THIS GREAT TRIUMPH
"What a huge victory this is for MilitaryCorruption.com!" enthused top Florida military defense attorney Ken David of Tallahassee after learning that our web site's public call for Gen. Harold Cross's ouster had been heeded by Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, commander of the state national guard.
"This is a classic example of power of the press," David declared. "Just a few short months ago, MCC called for Cross to be fired, and now, thanks in large part to your outstanding investigative articles, Gov. Barbour has taken your excellent advice. Congratulations!"
Two former officers who courageously went "on record" exposing crime and corruption in the Mississippi Guard, are especially pleased at the good news. Capt. Matt Hassloch, whom Ken David represented and we at MilitaryCorruption.com supported, successfully defeated an attempt to stick him with the bill for many thousands of dollars in "missing" Guard equipment.
Col Bryant, a first-rate pilot who was forced out of the Guard and into early retirement when he dared tell the truth about corruption all around him, expressed gratitude for our efforts but warned, "There's plenty more dead wood that needs to be cleaned out. Cross is just the beginning."
HE PAID A PRICE FOR TELLING THE TRUTH AND MAINTAINING HIS
HONOR AND INTEGRITY
Bryant paid a heavy price for maintaining his honor and integrity. The senior officer, whom some felt was on track to be a general someday, warned of malfeasance in the Mississippi Guard. His allegations were substantiated by an IG investigation, but few of those found guilty were ever punished in accordance with what they had done.
"Dumping Cross is at least a step in the right direction," Bryant said. "I am sure that the pressure brought to bear by MilitaryCorruption.com's investigative articles (see "related stories box" below) made the difference and resulted in what has now happened. The many decent men and women in the Mississippi Guard owe you folks at MCC a big debt of gratitude."
"This has been a nightmare," Matt Hassloch told us, en route back to his Florida home from a vacation trip overseas. "Thank God that you took up our cause and won the victory in this matter. I urge everyone to read your web site and tell others about you."
MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM'S BULLETIN FIRST WORD IN MEDIA
OF GENERAL'S OUSTER
We were first to break the news that Cross was history in a special BULLETIN that flashed on the home page of MilitaryCorruption.com March 13th. The following day, Gov. Barbour's office confirmed Cross's departure and issued what many former public affairs officers would immediately recognize as a "boiler plate" statement. It reads as follows:
"General Cross has done a great job as adjutant general. I (Gov. Barbour) am grateful for his willingness to serve in this important capacity over the past four years and am deeply appreciative of his outstanding career in service of his state and country."
No mention of WHY a political supporter and sitting adjutant general was NOT being reappointed to what usually is a routine second term. And Cross wasn't commenting. No one could locate him to ask why he was suddenly stepping down. We were told the controversial former Guard boss was "out of town" and "unavailable for comment."
WARNING TO CORRUPT GENERALS: YOU CAN RUN,
BUT YOU CAN'T HIDE (FROM US)
Chances are Cross's name will turn up again in news stories soon as we hear that Gov. Barbour grew tired of all the scandals and bad publicity generated under the general's so-called "leadership."
Other overbearing and obnoxious colleagues of Cross, "kinging it" on their own state thrones, had better be careful what they try and get away with. You generals never know when your minions will report you to MilitaryCorruption.com. We have eyes and ears everywhere.
Our motto is FIGHTING FOR THE TRUTH and EXPOSING THE CORRUPT. We are stronger than ever and are always watching. You have been warned.