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"ECSTASY" FOR AIR GUARD PILOT
An Air National Guard captain and his master sergeant loadmaster are facing long stretches in prison, following their arrest and guilty plea in a pill-smuggling scheme that was run out of Europe.
Capt. Franklin Rodriguez, 36, a C-5A "Galaxy" cargo plane pilot, and his loadmaster, M/Sgt. John Fong, 37, admitted in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that they tried to bring into the United States 300,000 "Ecstasy" pills worth more than $12 million.
For their role in the plot and previous drug-smuggling activities, the duo could face up to 20 years behind bars. Sentencing in the case is scheduled for August 25.
FOR NEW CIA BOSS
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You read it here first.
In our 2005 feature story on then-"Capt. Amerika" (since promoted
to major), we told you of former Air Force Maj. Kevin Furlong's
complaint his young, sexy wife had affairs with several officers, including
the bald, "Yoda-like" 61 year-old, one-time boss of the National
Security Agency (NSA), Gen. Michael T. Hayden.
AT LAST - AFTER SEVEN YEARS IN
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After seven years in prison for a crime he didn't commit, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Todd Forbes has been acquitted by a court-martial panel in Kentucky and is now a free man.
The 44 year-old former Navy recruiter had been charged in 1998 with raping three female "delayed-entry" recruits, not far from the London, Ky. courthouse where he finally obtained justice.
Forbes was acquitted of two of the charges, but was found "guilty" of the third, and sentenced to 15 years at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.
GUARD CAPTAIN COMMITS SUICIDE
It's been ten years now since once-gregarious Capt. Ernie Blanchard committed suicide in the backyard of his Virginia home.
The former top spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard killed himself in desperation, fearing his 30-year service career would end in disgrace, with a court-martial and loss of pension.
Blanchard wasn't charged with rape or sodomy or any of the sex crimes that are routinely reported in today's politically-correct military. What he was "guilty" of was poor judgement and extreme insensitivity in telling crude and sexist jokes that could only lead to big trouble. And that's exactly what he got. Enraged females at the Coast Guard Academy demanded the captain be punished.
OF THE GENERALS"
The handwriting is on the wall. All we need now is his signature on a resignation letter. When will megalomaniacal Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld do us all a public service by giving up the reins of power? At 73, the crotchety and needlessly abusive Rumsfeld may be getting senile and needs to go into retirement. The sooner, the better.
A long-overdue Rumsfeld resignation [see our related stories box at end of this article] would immediately improve morale throughout the armed forces, especiallly in Iraq, where an Army Times survery recently showed a majority of our troops there have little confidence in Rummie's "leadership" abilities.
This arrogant, obnoxious "my way or the highway" defense chief won't admit making any mistakes and continuing to make more, while the war in Iraq spirals into a Vietnam-like quagmire. Rumsfeld's military miscalculations, micro-managing ways, and refusal to heed good advice from his commanders in the field has only added to a growing casualty list.
CAPTAIN, NAVY LTCDR ARRESTED
Two officers - one a Marine captain, and the other a Navy lt. commander - have been arrested on child porn charges.
The Camp Pendleton, Calif. officer, Capt. Richard Toschiaddi, was taken into custody by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs as well as members of the NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service).
LTCDR Bret Allen Berry was arrested at his Pensacola, Fla. home after an undercover agent reported to officials the officer was allegedly making and distributing child porn tapes.
FIELD AIRMAN RAPED BY AIR FORCE
A 32 year-old airman from Sonora, Calif. who was assigned TDY to Hurlburt Field, Fla. says he was sexually assaulted by an Air Force officer he encountered at a trendy Ft. Walton Beach bar.
The unidentified victim said he met his alleged attacker at the popular Helen Bach Bar on Okaloosa Island, then was lured to the captain's nearby home at Bluefish Drive.
The enlisted man told the OSI he'd been incapacitated by something put in his drink during a party at the residence and woke up later to discover he had been sodomized. Medics took pictures of his injuries and he was treated and released. The airman has now left the area and returned to his home base in California.
CONVICTED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
At age 59, Army Reserve COL Nikki McCarty was looking forward to retiring on a fat pension and enjoying life. Now, what he has ahead of him is three years in prison and the loss of all pay and benefits.
The former commander of Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo was convicted at court-martial of sexually harassing eight women, ranging in rank from sergeant to lieutenant colonel. "I made a mistake, and I'm truly sorry for that," he pleaded. The crude colonel stupidly thought his rank would inoculate him against any punishment for grabbing the women and trying to kiss them.
Prosecutor CPT Javier Rivera said McCarty committed his heinous crimes between February and May of 2005. The JAG shocked courtroom observers when he revealed that McCarty had the temerity to make inappropriate comments to the female soldiers, such as: "You look hot in that uniform."
OF A FRAME-UP - HOW NAVY ALLOWED
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"Honey, I can't wait for you to get home," cooed Navy PO1 Jim Praefke's wife into the telephone as the veteran petty officer called Oak Harbor, Wash. from a refueling stop enroute back to the United States after seven hard months of duty in Afghanistan. "Here's the kids," she sweetly said, as they each took turns telling "Daddy" how much they looked forward to his return.
"And, Jim. I've got a big surprise waiting for you when you get here."
She sure did! "Sex abuse charges" and maxed-out credit cards, as well as wild accusations to the media that her husband was a dangerous "terrorist." Praefke was immediately taken into custody by salivating NCIS agents, eager to add another notch to their "politically-correct" arrest scoresheet.
NAVY PROSECUTOR MISREPRESENTS
Petty Officer 1st Class Jim Praefke has enough to worry about in the wake of his walking away from a work detail at the Navy Brig in Bangor, Wash. without the nature of his "crimes" being deliberately misrepresented.
MilitaryCorruption.com has confirmed pejorative and misleading statements on the fugitive's "wanted" sheet - sent to all NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) agents and civilian law enforcement agencies - could needlessly and maliciously endanger Praefke's life.
We wonder what personal agenda super-aggressive Navy prosecutor LT Jodi Bell had in knowingly disseminating inaccurate and inflammatory statements which could lead to an unnecessarily violent confrontation should cops attempt to take Praefke into custody?
"SHUE" FINALLY DROPS
Tracy Shue, who became a millionairess after her husband's mysterious death on a Texas highway April 16, 2003, has finally returned $12,000 she took from Col. Philip Shue's elderly parents more than two years ago.
The wealthy widow had two life insurance policies totaling $1.5 million on her Air Force doctor husband, and also received $250,000 from his SGLI (Serviceman's Group Life Insurance). In addition to that large "payout," the petite former Air Force nurse got a generous death gratuity (since Col. Shue died on active duty) and receives a sizeable DIC (Indemnity Compensation) check every month.
When you add in her retirement check as a lieutenant colonel - more than 50% of base pay - and her 80% "disability" pension ("tell that to the Marines" coming back from Iraq with a toe or hand shot off), and you can't help wonder why Tracy felt it necessary to take $12,000 from her late husband's 90 year-old parents, who live on a fixed income in a modest home in Ohio.
IS THIS IDIOT?
It's tough enough for recruiters to get young men and women to enlist. It doesn't take a rocket-scientist to figure out you might may well end up in Iraq. But when some idiotic officer with a mindless, bureaucartic decision embarrasses the Army and abuses a wounded warrior, it's time to give that dummy a written reprimand.
Take the case of seriously-wounded 1LT William "Eddie" Rebrook IV, whose arm was so torn up by shrapnel, the officer had to be medically-discharged. But not before a moronic battlion commander refused to sign a "waiver" for the lieutenant's armored vest, soaked in blood and destroyed as a "bio-hazard."
A dim-witted supply clerk had failed to note the vest's disposal, so Rebrook was "dunned" $632 for the bloody body armor and other gear left behind during combat. And the paper-pushing light colonel (the Army won't tell us his name) demanded the wounded officer produce "witness statements" to verify the vest had actually been burned! That, or "pay up."
GENERAL GETS THE BOOT
One doesn't have to wonder what would've happened to an NCO or junior officer if they'd been nabbed for harrassing and mistreating female subordinates like former Brig. Gen. Richard S. Hassan did.
Although the above-mentioned brass hat goes out the door a colonel, he gets to keep his retirement - albeit at one lower grade - and, aside from a $2,000 fine and letter of reprimand, received no further punitive action. He walks off into the sunset without having done one day in the brig.
Maybe Hassan was a weirdo who had a thing for female "tootsies," but he should have gotten the boot anyway after being caught sending his female workers sexualy-explicit e-mails.
MilitaryCorruption.com has already reported the general's widow, Victoria, told cops and others three different versions of what happened in her San Antonio home the night of Sept. 16, 2005. In one, the general supposedly blasted himself in a drunken stupor; a second version had the wife sleeping beside her hubby and "hearing" a gunshot "go off" in the dark; and the third story maintained the general - known for being extra careful with firearms - "accidentally" shot himself in the head as he prepared to go on a hunting trip in the morning. Right.
We pointed out not one but two handguns were found in the bedroom where the shooting took place. Two spent cartridges, one from each weapon were also there. And one of the shell casings was discovered secreted in a nearby wastebasket. Hmmmmmm. Had both weapons been fired? Were they each tested for gunpowder residue? San Antonio cops aren't saying, especially to us.
"BLUES" - COURT MARTIAL FOR ANNAPOLIS
It's been rough sailing lately for the Navy in the wake of several embarrassing incidents.
An Annapolis professor's admittedly stupid and crude remarks made during a field trip to Norfolk, Va. has now led to a court martial, even after foul-mouthed Lt. Bryan Black apologized to a female midshipman for his lapse in judgement. The apology was accepted, and perhaps the incident would and should have ended there. But Black's colleague in the oceanography department, fire-breathing Lt. Cmdr. Shelly Whisenhant, pushed the issue up the chain-of-command. And now "political correctness" may end the career of a Navy officer with an otherwise unblemished career. Not exactly the "image" the Navy would like to present to the public.
WIN VICTORY OVER "GUN GRABBERS" AT
As Jackie Gleason used to say: "How sweet it is!"
It took more than a year of hard-hitting investigative articles and the excellent work of top attorney John "Bulldog" Wells, aided by the much-beloved Gen. "Arch" Hamblen, who passed away just days before we achieved final victory over the "gun-grabbers" at Carlisle Barracks, but we did it. MilitaryCorruption.com has won!
Charles Honeycutt, longtime aide to America's greatest general, Omar Bradley, has his commemorative handgun back, and the cretins who stole it at Carlisle Barracks can hang their heads in shame. Gen. David Huntoon, who could have stopped the terrible ordeal early on [see related stories box below], should be fired and sent into retirement. But don't look for that to happen any time soon while Donald Rumsfeld is still in power.
WIFE KILL MIRAMAR-BASED MARINE SERGEANT
It's happened again. That SGLI (Serviceman's Group Life Insurance) sure is tempting, apparently, for some service wives. A few, who want to "cash in" and be rid of their military husbands, aren't content to wait and see if they get killed in Iraq. They want the "big bucks" now, and are even eager to hustle hubby into the graveyeard ahead of their time if that's what it takes.
Cops suspect Cynthia Sommers, 32, is another one of those "Black Widows" who seem to be so prevalent in the news lately. But for three years, the ungrieving widow and former sandwich shop worker in California "lived it up" on the late Sgt. Todd Sommer's life insurance money.
Just two weeks after his death Feb. 18, 2002, the sergeant's dear wife was throwing parties, got a "boob job" to enhance her figure, and found a new boyfriend, another Marine enlisted man. She even stuck you, the taxpayers, with the bill for moving her furniture from San Diego to Florida at government expense, where she set up house with Ross Ritter, since discharged from the Corps.
RESERVIST, HOME ON LEAVE FROM MIDEAST
It was no ordinary "walk in the park" for unsuspecting Navy reservist Paul Berkley, 46, of Raleigh N.C. on Christmas morning. Waiting for him, gun in hand, was his cheating wife's "toy-boy" lover and another teenage accomplice.
Berkley was shot dead, and his no-good spouse called 911, sobbing that she had been wounded. The tubby wife had indeed a slight injury in the arm, but her hubby lay dead on the trail with a gunshot to the head.
Monique Berkley, 26, screwed up her plan and made cops suspicious when she took all of three minutes to tell police someone else besides her was shot. The dispatcher heard a man groaning in agony in the background and asked the "black widow" who that was. It was only then that the scheming woman admitted her husband had been gunned down.