JUSTICE FOR FORMER PO1 KRIS SAUCIER - THE
By David Smallwood
© 2017 MilitaryCorruption.com
The petty officer first class did a stupid thing and violated regulations about taking photos of classified equipment (even in the background of a "selfie.") Kris Saucier deserved to be punished. But being kicked out of the Navy and sent to prison, we think, is an example of politically-correct overkill in view of Hillary Clinton's misadventures with a private server in her home.
The 29 year-old sailor is no spy. His six snapshots of various equipment in his workspace aboard the attack sub USS Alexandria never ended up in the hands of a foreign espionage agent. Saucier did not try and sell the dumb pix to anyone. He compounded, however, his problems when he tried to destroy his laptop computer after finding out the Naval Investigative Service was investigating him.
It all started in the town dump in Hampton, Conn. where a worker spotted a cell phone resting atop a dumpster. Thinking he'd found a freebie, he powered it on. That's when he saw six snapshots that showed, in some detail, various components of the inside of a submarine. The dump supervisor took the phone to a friend, a retired Navy chief petty officer, who passed it on to NCIS and the FBI.
BE CAREFUL, BUT DON'T GO OVERBOARD
Certainly a full-fledged probe was warranted. You can't be too careful these days, and Saucier - whose only real defense is utter stupidity and carelessness - violated orders when he inexplicably "commemorated" or "documented" his former workspace aboard the sub by taking the prohibited pix. He served aboard the Alexandria from 2007 to 2009.
If his intention was to betray the Navy and our nation by giving or selling the snapshots to an enemy or foreign power, we say lock him up for life and throw away the key. But the 10-year Navy vet and native of Arlington, Vt. didn't do that. He did panic and make a very bad situation even worse. But his punishment was too severe.
As a former Naval officer, I would have taken Saucier to mast, busted him down two pay grades to PO3 and sent him to the brig for 30 days. I'd let everyone aboard ship know what happens to idiots who willfully disobey such orders. But kicking a career sailor with a prior clean record out of the Navy and sending him to prison, especially in light of the slap-on-the-wrist Clinton received, is a double-standard.
This week, Saucier's attorneys filed paperwork with the Justice Department' seeking a pardon from incoming President-elect Donald Trump. We hope our new commander-in-chief will carefully weigh the circumstances of this bizarre case and make a decision driven by justice and mercy. If everyone who did an incredibly stupid thing were put behind bars, there wouldn't be enough jails to hold them all.
What do you think? Send us your thoughts, good or bad. We want to hear from you. Thanks.