SO-CALLED "VICTIMS" GOT ALL "GOOGLY-EYED"
AROUND AIR FORCE COLONEL ACCUSED OF RAPE
AND OTHER CHARGES - "THEY'D OPENLY FLIRT
WITH HIM," ACCUSED OFFICER'S SECRETARY
TESTIFIES - MARTHA CANNON REVEALS WOMEN
WOULD TRY AND ENTER COMMANDER'S OFFICE
UNANNOUNCED - BEHAVED SAME WAY AFTER
DATE OF ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULTS - ARTICLE
32 HEARING ENDS AFTER TWO DAYS - "DON'T
RUSH TO JUDGMENT," DEFENSE ATTORNEY
WARNS IN COL SAMUEL LOFTON III CASE - WHAT
DID OSI PROMISE FEMALE ACCUSERS FOR THEIR
"LURID AND PERHAPS LYING TESTIMONY?"
The colonel may well be a cheapskate and a crook, phonying up charges on his government travel card, but MilitaryCorruption.com feels he's no "Mandingo" rapist.
"If anyone should be on trial here, it's the OSI," said a confidential informant at Sheppard AFB, Texas. He echoed the feelings of many of his fellow airmen who acknowledge Col Samuel Lofton III deserves punishment for financial wrongdoing, but not life imprisonment at Leavenworth on a false "rape" charge. "I wonder what those [expletive deleted]s got in exchange for their lies?"
Not lost on minority members at Sheppard is the fact that Col Lofton, an African-American, has stepped on toes in the past and never suffered fools gladly. "They were out to get him," said a female tech sergeant.
"That's why they threw all those charges at him, hoping some of it would stick."
WHICHEVER WAY IT GOES, THE COLONEL'S CAREER IS OVER AND IN RUINS
The colonel [see prior stories below] certainly faces a bleak future. Besides the "rape" charge, he's also been hit with multiple counts of sexual assault, larceny, being AWOL, and that old-stand by, "conduct unbecoming an officer."
If convicted on all the above, the colonel could find himself behind bars at the DB for the rest of his life.
But if the sex charges are shown to be bogus, the worst Lofton would face would be dismissal from the service and perhaps a couple years incarceration.
"Don't rush to judgment," warned defense attorney Maj. Mark Etheridge. "There's no DNA or physical evidence" linking Lofton to the alleged rape.
SO-CALLED RAPE VICTIMS' CREDIBILITY SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED
The true character of Lofton's accusers was spotlighted by the colonel's longtime secretary. Martha Cannon testified that two of the women in question got all "googly-eyed" and red-faced whenever they were around the colonel.
"There was a lot of flirting going on, right out in the open," Cannon recalled. The respected civilian worker said she had to call the hot-blooded females' supervisor to complain about their attempts to go in the colonel's office "unannounced." They acted like "schoolgirls" with a big crush and "constantly sought out Col. Lofton's attention," Cannon revealed.
It was a blow to the "pumped up" case the prosecution presented at the Article 32 hearing, which wrapped up proceedings around noon of the second day's deliberations. A decision is expected in the next ten days whether or not the case will proceed to court-martial. Is the Pope Catholic? There's no way it could not.
Lofton did not testify, and his attorneys declined to comment on the financial wrongdoing charges, which indicate they are going to concentrate on disproving the lurid allegations of rape and try and save the colonel from being permanently locked up at Leavenworth.
Our readers will recall we reported earlier that one of the so-called rape "victims" was revealed to have written on a card to Lofton she had the "deepest respect" for him, long after the date of the alleged assault.
Also, on another occasion, the women - who wept crocodile tears on the witness stand - wrote Lofton she was "praying" that he would "weather the storm" when allegations of financial wrongdoing were first released.
That was around May 2007, when the former boss of the 82nd Training Group was relieved of command.
Another woman the prosecution tried to turn on Lofton, a female NCO, refused to read from a script, saying while the colonel may have made "suggestive" remarks to her once in a while, it never "offended" her at all! She even allowed as to how at no time did she feel like a "victim."
FINANCIAL FRAUD CHARGES WILL LIKELY STICK
For a senior colonel making big bucks and having 27 years of military service under his belt, Lofton was incredibly cheap.
A finance officer testified Lofton put in for trips he never took, hotel accommodations, fancy meals at restaurants, an airplane ticket for a relative, utility bills, and even his daughter's meal charges at her public school in Texas. The total tab comes to around $10,000 investigators said.
Lofton even tried to get the taxpayers to foot the bill for $410 in "concert tickets." That charge was quickly disallowed.
Few people believe O.J. Simpson didn't kill his wife and her boyfriend. He got away with murder. Part of the botched case by the prosecution was an attempt at overkill to make sure they got a conviction. The opposite resulted. At least now, maybe justice has at least caught up with the onetime football star, as he faces criminal charges in Las Vegas, Nev.
The point we wish to make is this: Why is it that the CID, NCIS and OSI - especially the ethics-challenged OSI - will try from time-to-time to load on so many charges against a defendant, there's no way that person can escape some sort of incarceration.
It looks like over-zealous and incompetent OSI agents in the Lofton case thought they could play the "rape" card and put the colonel behind bars for good. Isn't it time they fessed up about what "deals" may have been made with these women of dubious honesty?
In genuine cases of rape, and there are plenty, this web site is all for the perps suffering maximum punishment. Like the "PC crowd" among the Air Force brass, we have "zero tolerance" for such crimes of violence against females in the military. The difference between us and the fat cats is, we want to make sure the accusations are true, first of all, and have merit.
Breaking the law in order to enforce it, is deceitful no matter who does it. In this case, we feel the "bad guys" may well be the much-hated and often reviled Air Force Office of Special Investigations. But with a total lack of leadership at the top - are you reading this Gen. Metzger, oops, we mean Moseley - is it any wonder the morale of our men and women in blue is at a low-ebb?
Defense Secretary Robert Gates can do something to solve that problem right away. Give Moseley his walking papers. He should have been fired a long time ago.