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."
For that, the colonel should have been taken out and shot.
At least that's what some feminists told us they thought he deserved. McCarty could have received more than 50 years in prison, so we guess he is "lucky," all things considered. When he does get out of the slammer, the much-decorated officer will have to register as a "sex offender" in accordance with U.S. law.
So much for him.
SPECIAL TREATMENT FOR SOME
In view of what most might call McCarty's severe punishment, why is the Navy "circling the wagons" around a super-aggressive, hard-charging JAG whom we revealed on these pages to have committed a very serious crime?
Deliberately lying on an official document would get most male JAG officers fired. But LT Jodi Bell is being protected by Navy brass. Why?
Despite proof that she intentionally submitted false information to the NCIS that could have resulted in death or injury to PO1 Jim Praefke [see related stories box or home page for previous articles] by stating he was a "convicted" child abuser - the petty officer was actually acquitted of all sex charges in his 2005 court martial - and claiming he was "armed and dangerous" and "likely to resist arrest," did the JAG realize a violent confrontation between arresting officers and the at-large Praefke might be more likely to ensue? Or at the very least, if he was taken into custody without being shot or killed, what "jailhouse justice" awaited a man who had been (falsely, by Bell) labeled a molester?
Here on MilitaryCorruption.com, we printed the anguished e-mail traffic between defense attorney Greg McCormack and the tough-as-nails prosecutor. We disclosed how the lawyer pleaded with Bell to remove the "inflammatory" and "false" information, and her curt response, refusing to ask the NCIS to change the document.
With those arrogant words, Bell removed any possible defense of "unintentionally" or "mistakenly" putting out such a calculated lie. When an officer, especially an attorney who should be held to a higher standard, conducts themselves in such a deceitful fashion, one would hope the Navy would quickly remove that person from JAG duties and open an Article 32 investigation on them.
But in the age of "political correctness" and gender favoritism, perhaps the top brass are frightened to arouse the ire of certain quarters if they were to punish Bell for her crime. That is the sad state of affairs in today's Navy. It's not who you are that determines getting a "free pass" from legal accountability, it's what you are.
NAVY PAO TRIES TO "STONEWALL" MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM
The Navy PAO, as of press time, has been stonewalling MilitaryCorruption.com ever since we did our first story on the Praefke case in early March. All we asked for was the name and phone number of Bell's commanding officer. Is it too much to inquire if any disciplinary action is contemplated in this case? Why the wall of silence? And if Bell is allowed to get away with such open misconduct, what does that mean for the credibility of the JAG system, not only in the Navy, but throughout the United States military?
We are not going away. And we will not be deterred from seeking justice here, no matter how long it takes. Despite the Navy's inaction, MCC has launched it's own investigation and has already come up with some interesting information.
Would the Navy please illuminate us as to what the "HIP HOP HONEYS" are in Bremerton, Wash. and who among their officers might be a member? When we did a Google search, it turned up a lesbian porn site. Also, we'd like to know if the Hatch Act has been repealed? It seems a certain Navy officer was publicly soliciting support for "Runners Against Bush" in the 2004 election.
We did not support Bush and certainly opposed self-proclaimed "hero" John Kerry, who back-stabbed many of us who fought in Vietnam. However, we are not on active duty as a JAG officer in the same community we involve ourselves in open partisan politics against the person who happens to be our "commander-in-chief."
Obviously, Bell's superiors are most indulgent of their very active lieutenant.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: If you've had any dealings with LT Bell in the past, or have something to tell us about the Bremerton, Wash. JAG office, we'd like to hear from you. Your identity will be kept confidential on request. Just e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get right back to you. Thanks.]