AIR FORCE MASTER SERGEANT'S RAPE CONVICTION
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It took three years for former Air Force M/Sgt. Mike Silva to finally get justice. That's the amount of time he - an innocent man - had to spend behind bars before the USAF Court of Criminal Appeals set aside his 2015 conviction for rape.
What happened to the senior non-com to get himself locked up in the first place, was the stuff of nightmares. There was no hard evidence or proof presented at his court-martial at Joint Base Lackland-San Antonio. In fact, the claim of his female "victim" that the rape occurred seventeen years earlier, when he was an MTI and she a basic trainee, was ludicrous on the face of it.
Such a spurious claim, unsupported by evidence or even one eyewitness, ordinarily would have been tossed in a civilian court anywhere in the land. But this wasn't an ordinary court. 2015 was the height of the hysteria over sexual assault and rape of females in the military, and the Air Force in particular.
Headline-seeking politicians like fierce feminist U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gilibrand, (D - N.Y.) seized on any accusation to foster a climate where ALL men were "guilty" and ALL females alleging abuse were believed, no matter what the claim. It was a bonanza for career-minded officers and O.S.I. agents who had no conscience about sending innocent men to prison, if they could benefit themselves in the process.
BUILDING A "SERIAL-RAPIST" RAP
In the Silva case, over-zealous investigators found out he had two ex-wives. It didn't take much for them to get the embittered ex-fraus to hop on the "rape" bandwagon. Now, the JAG could portray the master sergeant, with the otherwise spotless record, as a "serial rapist." It didn't matter that, just like in the case of the basic trainee, neither wife had any proof or witness to the alleged assaults that supposedly occurred as long as two decades earlier.
The skids had already been greased to send Silva to Leavenworth. Everybody gained but the unfortunate sergeant. O.S.I. could put another "notch" in their "rape" conviction belt; the ex-wives could stick it to their former hubby, and . . . what did the long-ago Air Force trainee get?
Here comes the worst-kept secret of our politically-correct military in the age of "zero tolerance" of sex assault and rape, even if in some instances, none took place. The biggest incentive is M-O-N-E-Y, as in "big bucks" lifetime tax-free pensions from the V.A. And more than one scheming female has figured out how to score a fortune by claiming to be a "victim."
"All you have to do is say you're suffering from PTSD from an incident while you were in the service," a friendly female major told a MilitaryCorruption.com reporter in San Antonio. "Just have a convincing story for the V.A. and it's easy to land a 100% "disability" pension for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It's money in the bank!"
Not only will shameless politicians and corrupt military leaders look the other way, but promotions can be had for craven JAG prosecutors; general's stars for senior officers; and for the O.S. I. - who tracks down its prey with all the subtlety of a pack of wild dogs chasing a bleeding deer across an open field - promotions are achieved and budgets fattened by the biggest suckers of all - the ever-suffering U.S. taxpayers.
ACCUSER LACKED CREDIBILITY
As for the liar that cost Silva three years of his life and an Air Force career, we dug into her background and weren't at all surprised at what we found.
The "victim" has a long history of accusing men of rape.
Prior to enlisting in the Air Force, she testified against her step-father for sexually-assaulting her as a child. He ended up serving four years behind bars. When she divorced her first husband, an airman she met at Lackland in 2002, she claimed "rape" again. But this time, the judge was unconvinced and due, in large part, to her lack of credibility, her ex-husband was awarded custody of their five children. [She now has SEVEN kids in all.]
The third "rape" accusation was with Silva. So what if it was supposed to have taken place nearly TWO DECADES ago in 1995? The O.S.I. were fully aware the accuser's reliability was open to question. They knew she had advertised her "services" on Twitter to be a "psychic reader" and even offered to do "hauntings" for a price.
Looks like that's not the only thing this poor "victim" was willing to do "for a price." The cost came heavy for Mike Silva. He paid the highest price of all.