"POUND HER INTO THE GROUND" - VINDICTIVE
NAVY BRASS SET TO THROW FEMALE LCDR
WHISTLEBLOWER OUT OF MILITARY - SYNEEDA
PENLAND CONVICTED OF ADULTERY AND SENT
TO BRIG - OFFICER ONLY EIGHT MONTHS FROM
RETIREMENT - NUDE PIX USED TO HUMILIATE
AFRICAN-AMERICAN - 38 YEAR-OLD WOMAN
ILL - BEING TREATED BY CHEMOTHERAPY
By MAJ GLENN MacDONALD
U.S. Army Reserve (Ret.)
© 2009 MilitaryCorruption.com
With all the subtlety of a pack of wild dogs chasing a wounded deer across an open field, the Navy brass are out to destroy the life and career of a minority female officer who blew the whistle on contractor fraud.
Lt. Cdr. Syneeda Penland has been informed the Navy intends to kick her out of the military as of July 31, just eight months short of the former enlisted woman qualifying for an active-duty retirement pension.
The once-athletic officer, who prided herself in maxing-out her PT scores, is suffering from chest pains and a blood disorder which has caused her to be treated by a doctor with chemotherapy drugs. Her elderly father, back home in Georgia, is battling pancreatic cancer. Penland feels the enormous stress she's been subjected to is definitely undermining her health.
Last year (see "related stories box" below), we reported on the bizarre 2008 court-martial of the attractive supply officer, where she was convicted of "adultery" and sentenced to the brig. In all our years as a commissioned officer, as well as covering these cases for MilitaryCorruption.com, we can't remember hearing of a female 0-4 ever being incarcerated for what wouldn't even be a "crime" in civilian court.
"DIFFERENT SPANKS FOR DIFFERENT RANKS"
Air Force chief JAG, former Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Fiscus, admitted having sex with two dozen female subordinates, both officer and enlisted, and he got to retire on a fat pension. A slap-on-the-wrist and "see ya later."
The pampered and protected Jill Metzger, whom some say "faked" her "abduction" in Kyrgyzstan back in 2006 to cover up being AWOL, disobeying a direct order, adultery, fraternization, and conduct unbecoming an officer, not only was never properly investigated or punished, she allegedly benefited from having "friends" in high places. The controversial major was put on the TDRL (temporary disabled retirement list) with a lucrative 100% "disability" rating.
Of course, she's Caucasian, with a wealthy, retired colonel DADDY who has many friends among the top Air Force brass. If two-time winner of the Air Force Marathon Jill wants to indulge her massive ego in running in both the 2008 Air Force and Marine Corps Marathons, (while rated 100% "disabled"), hey, why not? Never mind how terrible that looks, when we have genuinely wounded and disabled vets coming home with body parts missing after combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. No problem. Jill's privileged.
It's ironic that most of the five charges that some observers think should have been filed against Metzger, Penland was convicted of. And she, the non-celebrity, was the one put behind bars. A double-standard here, anyone?
Another difference between favored-treatment Metzger and Lt. Cdr. Penland - besides the fact Jill has the figure of a twelve year-old boy and a face that would stop a clock - is the Navy commander reported contractor fraud in her unit. That, not allegedly having sex with a junior officer, is what is really behind the full-court press the NCIS and Navy JAG worked on her.
NUDE PIX OF DEFENDANT PROJECTED ON BIG SCREEN IN COURTROOM
The former supply specialist with Maritime Expeditionary Security Group 1 was a no-nonsense, "by-the-book" officer who didn't suffer fools gladly, thus making many enemies. One of them was a fat, mean-tempered Asian-American prosecutor, who, one court observer said, "appeared to be jealous" of the much better-looking defendant, and was "out to get Sy, any way she could."
During the court proceedings, nude pictures (purportedly of Penland, but not at any time showing her face) were used to "prove" that she had committed "adultery" with a male lieutenant junior-grade. Interesting that he escaped any charges, despite denying having sex with Penland. He even got a "commendation" from the Navy for his "work" after the trial.
"They kept the images (from a digital camera) up on a large screen in the courtroom as I sat at the defense table," Penland recalled. "Behind me, I could hear a female friend quietly sobbing to herself at the humiliation I was being put through."
We at MilitaryCorruption.com can well imagine the jurors who sent Penland to the womens' lockup at Miramar, giving the photos more than a "passing glance."
"Drooling" over them is more like it. What a bunch of hypocrites! They knew what the Command wanted them to do - come in with a "guilty" verdict and rubber-stamp the ruination of Penland's military career. But gotta "study" these poses a little longer, just to "make sure" they are disgraceful and "prove" adultery took place.
You can bet the farm none of THEM ever engaged in illicit sex while on active duty. Why no! They are "as pure as the driven snow." And while being a "whistleblower" was Penland's real "crime," the Navy put up a smokescreen and punished her for that old bugaboo, "adultery." Works every time, when they choose to enforce it.
A VINDICTIVE NAVY LEADERSHIP WANTED TO
"POUND HER INTO THE GROUND"
"They wanted to pound her into the ground," said a disgusted NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Office) source - MCC has successfully penetrated CID, NCIS and OSI for years - "and they did just that."
For those who would say Penland only complained about corruption after she was hit with the sex charges, the record will show she "blew the whistle" long before the court martial. And her complaints, many of them justified, were right on target. But the worst thing you can be in the military, is one who "rats out" the crooks. That just isn't tolerated. There is always a "price" to be paid.
Penland, with her powerful, and at times, intimidating personality, aroused the hatred and opposition of people, for whatever reason, racial or otherwise, and in the end, it put her behind bars and, for all intensive purposes, ended her Navy career.
WE FIGHT FOR THOSE HELPLESS AND HOPELESS IN THE FACE OF INJUSTICE
This web site was founded nine years ago by the late, beloved Gen. Peter Genovese (my former boss) and yours truly, after we retired from the Army Reserve, in an effort to provide justice to those who serve our country in uniform. Our motto is: FIGHTING FOR THE TRUTH and EXPOSING THE CORRUPT, and we don't care who it is we have to battle, as long as the cause is right and we maintain our honor and integrity.
That we have done at MilitaryCorruption.com, fighting on behalf of and being an advocate for anyone needing our help. We do not discriminate according to race or gender, although we do tend to favor the enlisted ranks. "Mustang officers," as Penland and myself are, never forget where they once "came from."
We urge the Navy to show a little humanity towards this career officer, who is so close to qualifying for a retirement pension. Being able to obtain proper medical care and know two decades of active duty service wasn't totally wasted is worth letting this woman stay in uniform for the short time required to reach the 20-year mark.
Penland has experienced jail, been fined $9000, selectively punished, and her reputation trashed. Isn't that enough? Let her quietly retire and go. You've already had your pound of flesh.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: On any given day we get up to 200 e-mails here at MilitaryCorruption.com. We know the reaction to the above story will be varied and most certainly volatile. The HATE mail will pile up, but we don't have time or inclination to read it. So don't even bother to send it. Before you waste your time, in an effort to waste ours, know we have a finger on the "delete" button and will not be moved from our position that we have done the proper and decent thing in pointing out Penland's plight.]