Monday, November 25, 2019

It looks like Gallagher's case isn't the only one that the Navy JAGs screwed up

Remember how the JAGs screwed up the Gallagher case?  Remember how testimony was dorked up, how the prosecution's "star" witness admitted that he was the one who did whatever "crime" was committed?  Remember the prosecution's misconduct?  Remember how they all gave themselves medals for what a bang-up job they did?  Remember how President Trump revoked all the medals and pardoned Gallagher for the single chickens**t charge they got to stick?

Well guess how their prosecution of the U.S.S Fitzgerald's CO went:
The trial would be allowed to go forward, but the judge admonished Richardson and his deputy, Moran, for violating a sacred tenet of military criminal justice: to not poison the system by making their opinions clear. By doing so, any potential jurors would know exactly what the top brass wanted.

A month later in January, the judge handed the Navy a final blow: The admiral in charge of the criminal proceedings was disqualified for improperly using his position to help the prosecution gather evidence against Benson.

The Navy’s case had collapsed, but more than three months dragged by before it finally dropped the remaining charges against Benson.
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And it gets worse, with the post clusterf**k ass covering from the Navy brass:
(The day the charges were dropped, ProPublica had informed the Navy it would be publishing a story detailing the extensive, troubling mistakes made by the Navy’s leadership in Benson’s case.)

The next day, the Navy took one more swipe at Benson, this time with a public letter of censure. The secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer, wrote an admonishment that repeatedly used the same words and phrases, such as “failure” and “unworthy of trust,” basically restating the charges the Navy was unable to bring to court, without an avenue for appeal. In an email, Spencer’s spokeswoman declined to provide details about why he wrote the letter.
One last potshot from the E-ring on the way out the door.  And while I don't know if this is true or not, it sure has the ring of truth to it:
One officer said in an interview that he’d decided that he’d opt to retire before commanding a ship again.

“We all realize we’re completely going at this alone,” another officer said, “and are expendable in the eyes of those who only crave rank authority and shirk responsibility.”

Commanders still talk about how [then Chief of Naval Operations] Richardson was publicly saying safety first while privately urging commanders to be more daring and take more risks. One skipper boldly asked Richardson at a luncheon how his position squared with prosecuting commanding officers “when something goes wrong.” Richardson, said some in attendance, sidestepped the question.

Sullivan, captain of the USS Whidbey Island, said all captains accept that they are responsible for what happens aboard their ships — even if they are asleep. But, she said, it “was very shocking” to see Navy leadership decide to hold the commanders criminally accountable. “I’m willing to sacrifice my life; that’s my job. But it’s hard to do that when you don’t think the organization has your back.”

In all, Sullivan said, “The herd is spooked.”
While I can see Sullivan wanting to put this on a dysfunctional Navy bureaucracy, what we see is a dysfunctional Navy bureaucracy.  Second verse: same as the first.

Richardson is no longer CNO which looks like a very good thing.  The SecNAV is gone, too - also a good thing.  But the JAG corps needs to be nuked from orbit, and the Navy brass needs to get purged of the ass-coverers.  Holy cow, it looks like Barack Obama was successful in fundamentally changing America's Navy.


juvat said...

Not just the Navy. The other services suffer from similar problems.

Beans said...

Just the Navy is the one that publicly stepped on it's collective unit the most. SEALS are currently hot items. People understand SEALS without really understanding what they are. SEALS have gotten a lot of publicity.

AF Parajumpers? Who?

Rangers? Meh.

Green Berets? Meh, squared.

Delta Force? Shhh...

Army of North Virginia? Only crazy people talk about them.

But SEALS? Oooohhh.... Squeeeeeeeee!!!!

So, of course, any action against any of the other Special Forces is quiet. But try to railroad a SEAL?

Personally, one shouldn't be a JAG officer or similar military lawyer unless one has also served in a combat command for 4 years. First a warrior, then a lawyer.

And, really, the AF is very good at hiding their stupidity. So what's up with the scandal about not reporting less-than-honorable discharges to the NCIC, NCIS, FBI? What, nothing?... Why? Because Big Navy keeps stepping on their pendant-o...

Glen Filthie said...

The military has had its command chain compromised by vibrants, wahmen and other affirmative action flunkies. The command officers can literally no longer police themselves and toxic leaders get protection and encouragement instead of punishment. It’s just as bad, if not worse up here in Canada. Our military is a joke now.

It’s just as you say BP... you either purge those guys or you may as well not have a military at all.

Trump needs to go after the military the same way he would go after a newly acquired company: by cleaning house in the boardroom first. I suspect there are many swamp creatures and democrat fart catchers that need to be shown the door. The POTUS should designate a team for that, comprised of solid military men that have reputations and the respect of the ranks. As it stands now... the military is no place for bright young people to serve their country.