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ON THE FIRING LINE VOL. 1, NO. 6


HELLO, MR. AND MS. SERVICE-MEMBER AND ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA AND PLANES IN THE AIR . . . LET’S GO TO PRESS. FLASH!!!

Yes, we know, it’s been a long time. But sometimes one has to be patient in order to obtain a key bit of information on a very sensitive case. And now, we have done just that.

You will recall our ongoing investigation into the mysterious shooting deaths of the wives of two prominent “law enforcement” officials in Virginia. Both women were alleged to have committed “suicide” while hubby was home, but not in the immediate vicinity.

Now, from “inside sources,” we can tell you that investigators have determined that the late Megan Barry, well-liked and popular lawyer-lobbyist at the state capital in Richmond, who was found dead of a gunshot wound at her Centreville, Va. home last February, was shot with her husband’s handgun. And the husband is embattled Democrat Sheriff Stan Barry, facing a stiff re-election battle this November.

This causes some problems for the sheriff, who’s been very closed-mouthed (even as to his feelings at the loss of his young wife) about the case.

The official version of events has the sheriff leaving the house for a few minutes to “take out the trash” (at 12:30 a.m.!), then coming back to find his wife dead a few minutes later of an alleged self-inflicted gunshot wound. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Don’t look for the Washington POST to cover this. They’ve been oddly quiet since the initial report of the alleged “suicide” three months ago. Friends and family members of the dead woman wonder why? The silence is deafening.

We can’t help but wonder if this sheriff was a “conservative Republican,” there might be a whole “battalion” of reporters on the job, sniffing out every sordid detail. But he isn’t. He’s a rare elected Democrat in Fairfax County. Gotta keep him in office, no matter what.

Well MilitaryCorruption.com is covering this case without fear or favor, (see our previous five editions) and it’s obvious that if our information is correct – that Megan Barry killed herself with her hubby’s gun – the sheriff has some very difficult questions to answer.

For example, if his wife was distraught enough to shoot herself in a “suicide” in the first place, why didn’t a trained cop like Barry recognize her “distress” immediately, and not leave her alone for one moment to do the deadly deed? What’s more odd, is why he would need to take out the trash at 12: 30 a.m.? Was there a “pickup” scheduled on his street that morning? Leaving her unwatched, even for a brief time, where she had access to his loaded pistol is very strange indeed.

We trust the Fairfax County Police (where Barry surely has many friends) bothered to do a paraffin test on both the sheriff and his dead wife’s hands. Studying the angle of the shot might be helpful, too.

In no way does MilitaryCorruption.com contend the sheriff killed his wife. We want to think there is a logical explanation for all this. In fact, we invite the sheriff to use our pages to state his case or even criticize our reporting, if he wishes. Freedom of the press and the First Amendment is still in effect. But any “thinking person” would have to ask themselves, what is going on here? Inquiring minds do want to know.

A “COPY-CAT” CASE?

Those who have read our earlier reports on this death and the so-called “suicide” of a CID general’s wife under similar circumstances in July 2000, are still shaking their heads in amazement and disbelief.

We know the general and his wife in that case were contemplating a divorce. We are told by DEEP COVER sources within CID itself that the general had a “mistress,” a younger female CID agent whose “meteoric” career had been greatly aided by her alleged “boyfriend.”

You have read in earlier editions of ON THE FIRING LINE that the general’s story is, he had gone upstairs to bed in his Manassas, Va. home for the night, leaving his wife alone down below.

The general claims he didn’t hear a shot – from HIS handgun (the wife was known to dislike guns of any kind) – and only “found” the dead body when he awoke in the morning.

We know he was slow to call in the local cops until after his subordinates at CID had arrived on the scene. We are even told one of these CID agents was the alleged girlfriend!

It was the successful effort by the general to have the handgun – once it was returned to him by law enforcement officials – “destroyed” at the Army Crime Lab by a crony of his – even to the extent of demanding the process be photographed for posterity – that caused eyebrows to be raised. And questions to be quietly asked among Ft. Belvoir agents. “Why do this, it looks so suspicious?” But then, the general always got his way.

“He can’t be very happy right now that this shooting up the road smells so much like his case,” said one veteran military cop. “It brings unwanted attention to him. While the trail is cold and it’s unlikely anything can ever be proven – unless someone decides to talk – I’m sure the general would prefer this case of the sheriff’s dead wife quickly go away.”

A SERIES OF STRANGE “COINCIDENCES”

What are the odds on these “coincidences” between the death of the general’s wife and the alleged suicide of the sheriff’s spouse?

Both women were married to powerful law-enforcement figures, in a position to perhaps influence or control the investigation into their wives’ unfortunate demise.

Both women allegedly shot themselves to death in a “suicide” using a handgun to take their own life.

Both women (we are told) used their husband’s personal weapon to do the shooting.

In both instances, the husband claims to have been home and nearby, but not actually “present” when the shot was fired.

In both instances, the well-trained “law enforcement officials” – one a CID general and the other a veteran sheriff – somehow failed to detect their wives were distraught and neglected to “secure” their handguns to prevent just such an incident as a possible “suicide” by self-inflicted gunshot from happening.

The first “suicide” took place in Manassas, Va. The second happened in Centreville, Va. – the very next town!

“This causes one to wonder if Sheriff Barry had knowledge of the first alleged “wife suicide,” said one of our CID sources. “And if he knew about it, he’d also know that no charges were ever filed against the general. Did that have anything to do with what happened in his own wife’s case?”

Frankly, we don’t know. But so far, MilitaryCorruption.com is the only responsible media outlet to ask the hard questions. What REALLY happened? The wheels of justice grind slowly, but they do grind exceedingly fine!


A BIG MISTAKE – That’s what we think Secretary Of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has made in tapping Air Force Secretary James “bullfrog” Roche to replace fired Army Secretary Thomas White.

Roche, fresh from mishandling the Air Force Academy sex scandal (and getting scathing criticism for his bumbling from several U.S. senators) is taking over from White, an embattled and arrogant former Enron executive.

White won’t be missed, especially after his open collusion with Army Chief of Staff. Gen. Eric Shinseki during public debate over troop strength levels in Iraq. But Roche is not the man to inspire confidence in an Army already low on morale.

At least that morale will get something of a boost in June. That’s the month Bill Clinton’s “politically-correct” little general gets to retire. Shinskei will “go out the door” known for just one thing. That he was the “leader” who fronted the costly and disastrous “black beret for all troops” scam. In one fell swoop, Shinseki managed to anger the proud U.S. Army Rangers (to whom the black beret was once sacred) and waste millions of taxpayer dollars.


LUCKY BREAK – At least for a Marine JAG lieutenant colonel. He was charged with molesting a young child and faced a long stretch in Leavenworth DB if found guilty.

But a civilian panel ended up with a “hung jury,” (no pun intended) and the colonel dodged a bullet. The Albermarie County, Virginia “commonwealth attorney” told MilitaryCorruption.com they’ve decided it’s not worth the effort to re-try the case.

That’s a big relief to the macho Marine Corps, who need a sex-abuse case like this, like a hole in the head!

It’s a safe bet this JAG attorney will quickly put in his papers and retire, thanking his lucky stars he isn’t looking up at them through prison bars.


RELIEVED OF DUTY – Why was a respected Marine colonel relieved of duty as his troops were closing in on Baghdad?

Col. Joe Dowdy was commander of the 1st Marine Regiment, one of three major Marine units closing in on the Iraqi capital.

No one is talking for the record, but our Marine sources say the colonel – it was his first time in actual combat – may have been canned for being “too careful” about risking casualties.

Nothing like having the Army be “first into Baghdad” to anger the Marine Corps brass.

As for Col. Dowdy, his long and distinguished military career is in ruins. A different kind of “casualty” from the war in Iraq.


THE STRYKER CONTRACT – Several laid-off employees at the United Defense plant in York, Pa. say they lost their jobs when GM-General Dynamics moved all manufacturing to Ontario, Canada, thus “decimating the armor defense work force in America.”

Our CI’s say these “wheeled darlings” are bolted together at the Anniston Army depot “like a tinker toy” by $10-an hour workers so the government can say they are “Made in America.”

“That’s a lie,” said one Army source. “The bolting together is done on a free hardstand at the depot in Alabama, BUT the high dollar union jobs are up in Canada.”


ALASKA NATIONAL GUARD – The “fat cats” and “brass hats” who have plenty to hide are nervous as hell about the courage of one LTC “Dutch” Overly.

He knows “what is what,” and has been in contact with the editors of MilitaryCorruption.com.

“Go ahead and use my name. They know who I am,” said Dutch, never afraid of a good fight. “Those trying to do me in are going to be sorry. I know a lot more than they think I do. Their efforts to discredit me will ultimately fail.”

Watch next edition, as we detail more of what Dutch tells us about the “ethics-challenged” Alaska Guard.


GETS THE “BOOT” – Capt. Jason A. Leaver, commanding officer of the Naval Air Station at Oceana, Va. is out of a job.

The Navy says an investigation of the four-striper’s performance at the base led to his removal.

Rear Admiral David Architzel, commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic, was the top officer who OK’d Leaver getting “the boot.”

A Navy spokesman emphasizes Capt. Leaver “is not being investigated on any criminal charges,” just that he had “lost the confidence of his superior officers.”


ANOTHER COMMANDER RELIEVED – Capt. Leaver wasn’t the only Navy commander to be relieved of duty.
Capt. Charles Marcello of Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing 10 at Whidbey Island, Wash. was dismissed by Vice Admiral Michael Malone, Pacific naval air force commander.

Allegations are that Marcello falsified government documents and displayed conduct “unbecoming an officer.”
Informed sources tell us that the “falsification” charge involves fraudulent entries on the commander’s flight record.


DRUNKEN DRIVER IS “TIGHT”-- As if the Navy didn’t have enough trouble already, Lt. Adam Walker Tight (that’s his name, folks!) was pulled over for drunken driving after he allegedly stole a bus at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. and collided with another vehicle, seriously injuring the other driver.

The California Highway Patrol asked the Monterey County District Attorney to file auto theft and hit-and-run charges against the runway driver.

Lt. Tight is on probation for a previous drunken-driving conviction.


KILLS HIMSELF -- Master Sgt. William Wright took his own life when he “hung himself” in his Cumberland County, N.C. jail cell.

Wright had been accused of fatally beating his wife Jennifer to death after returning to the couple’s Fayetteville home following a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

The veteran NCO was one of the suspects in last summer’s string of spousal murders at the Army’s famed airborne installation.

A guard at the civilian jail was supposed to “check on” Wright every hour, on the hour, we are told. The Green Beret had been placed on a “suicide watch,” but apparently the 36 year-old non-com was able to kill himself without detection.


BIZARRE SEX CASE – It was 30 years confinement at Leavenworth DB for a GI found guilty of sexually assaulting a male Korean augmentee to the U.S. Army in Korea.

Sgt. Leng Sok was found guilty of committing indecent acts, forcible sodomy, making false statements and conspiracy, according to military court records.

There may be other soldiers involved in the assault, we are told, which took place in March at Camp Jackson.
Sok, who was reduced in rank to buck private, dishonorably discharged and made to forfeit all pay and allowances, was attending the Primary Leadership Development Course at the time of the incident.


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