ORDEAL ENDS AT LAST - AIR FORCE ACADEMY
CADET EDWARD SALAZAR ACQUITTED ON "RAPE"
CHARGE - ACCUSER ADMITS SHE "TOO DRUNK"
TO REMEMBER IF ALLEGED ATTACK TOOK PLACE
WAITED SEVEN MONTHS TO REPORT INCIDENT
KUDOS TO ACADEMY LEADERSHIP AND MILITARY
TRIBUNAL WHO SEARCHED FOR TRUTH - REFUSED
TO CAVE IN TO "POLITICAL CORRECTNESS"
SALAZAR COULD HAVE GOTTEN LIFE IN PRISON
NOW WILL BE ABLE TO GRADUATE FROM AFA
The seven-month nightmare of Air Force Academy Cadet Edward Salazar is now over. The El Paso, Tex. native could have been shipped off to the Leavenworth DB for the rest of his life if "political correctness" had prevailed. But instead, a military tribunal of officers found the cadet innocent of a "rape" charge, unsupported by any evidence, and Salazar will be able to graduate and accept his commission as an officer, after all.
This is a story that could not have been told even one year ago, much less back in 2003, when the "sex scandals" at the Air Force Academy were front-page news.
Then, any male accused of "rape" or "indecent liberties" - guilty or innocent - was destined for destruction. Now, to their everlasting credit, the leadership and officers at the AFA, who searched for the truth instead of "getting out the rope," have restored some of our confidence that the pendulum of justice is at last swinging back from the "hang 'em all" mentality of recent years.
A "SALUTE" TO AFA SUPERINTENDENT LT. GEN. JOHN REGNI
We wish to particularly commend AFA superintendent, Lt. Gen. John Regni, for his display of honor and integrity. He had the final authority to over-rule his investigating officer and demand Salazar's head on a platter. He took the more difficult and dangerous route. The general looked at the facts and refused to buckle under to what could have been the easy way out.
It is true the false accuser has graduated (without any punishment for her violations of Academy rules) and is now a second lieutenant. But at least her ex-boyfriend won't be spending the rest of his life behind bars for a "crime" he didn't commit.
Let's take a look at the woman who was willing to ruin Salazars' life.
She waited seven months to file a complaint in this specious case. And that, after her present boyfriend started pressuring her for details of her past love life.
ACCUSER ADMITS "SO DRUNK" SHE "CAN'T REMEMBER ANYTHING"
By her own testimony in the Article 32 hearing, the accuser admitted she was so drunk at a Denver, Colo party in September 2006 that she "passed out" and "couldn't remember" having sex with the man who loved her enough to take her home to meet his parents.
Salazar was no stranger to this calculating female. They had been lovers for a long time. But the woman said she only realized she had been "raped" after she heard a briefing on campus about sexual assault. Hello? Does anyone believe that tall tale? Other than man-hating feminists with an axe to grind, we mean.
Are we graduating officers from the Academy these days who are so dense they need a "sex abuse conference" in their senior year to ascertain if they've ever been violated? Of course not!
DEFENSE ATTORNEY BRINGS OUT ACCUSER'S LACK OF CREDIBILITY
Maj. Michael Coco, a defense attorney, did a masterful job at the Article 32 proceedings when he showed the accuser to be untruthful and evasive.
Citing the relationship between cadets, Coco asked the accuser if Salazar had a "romantic interest" in her.
"He never told me that," the woman mumbled. Yeah, right.
The major zeroed in on her real motives for the long-delayed "rape" complaint. He asked her if her decision to report the "incident" had anything to do with her current boyfriend learning she'd "gone drinking with Salazar" at the party.
"No," the accuser said. And the moon is made of green cheese.
AT LAST THE TIDE HAS TURNED -
ARMY, NAVY AND MARINE CORPS "TAKE NOTICE"
We can't emphasize how significant this decision is, in relation to similar cases in the other military services. JAGs and commanders in the Army, Navy and Marine Corps should take a long hard look at this case and face up to the reality that wholesale "railroading" of those charged with sex crimes may not be advisable any more.
As MilitaryCorruption.com, with our nearly two-million HITS a month, gets even more powerful, and the bad publicity from such perversions of justice take its toll, perhaps the temptation to cower before those who demand "political correctness" will have a lesser effect.
True, this gradual shift away from such a policy is too late for those who have been unfairly imprisoned and had their careers and pensions wrongfully taken from them. But at least the tide has at last turned. And in the most unlikely place of all - the vast campus of the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: To those of you who responded to our $100,000 reward offer for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for possible pension fraud in the odious Maj. Jill Metzger cover-up, we will get back to you just as soon as we are able. All leads will be followed up and we hope to break new information in this case in the near future. Be watching this web site. Remember, it is no crime to report a crime or provide us with information that will punish such an offence. We know the paperwork we need is "out there." Now for a person brave enough to send it to us. We can be reached 24/7 by e-mailing: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.]