Military Justice System Headed Down Same Path as Healthcare

“If you like your military, you can keep your military.”

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, the deputy commanding general of support with the 82nd Airborne Division and Regional Command-South, speaks with Afghan media outside of a school near Forward Operating Base Howz-e-Madad in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Nov. 16, 2011. Sinclair was attending an open house, where Afghan students received backpacks full of school supplies. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Amanda Hils/Released)

U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, then-deputy commanding general of support with the 82nd Airborne Division and Regional Command-South, speaks with Afghan media Nov. 16, 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Amanda Hils/Released)

To my knowledge, President Barack Obama hasn’t said that yet — at least, not in public. But the military justice system seems to be headed down the same path as the nation’s healthcare system.

Unlike the debate regarding healthcare, the debate about the need for military justice reforms involves people in positions of power (i.e., President Obama and members of Congress) who have absolutely no concept of what is necessary in a military justice system, because they have never served. Led by people like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), they advocate steps that will only worsen an already-flawed system.

One person who seems to understand what’s at stake is Patti Fruit, a resident of the Fayetteville, N.C., area near Fort Bragg. While I don’t agree with everything she wrote in a letter to the editor of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer about the headline-making outcome of Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair’s court-martial, I do agree with the following point she made:

“Yes, he admits to adultery with underlings, but why military women who have achieved rank did not have the honor and courage to report the general’s advances from the beginning is a question that needs addressing.”

What was the outcome of General Sinclair’s case? Sexual assault charges against him were dropped after political influence, in lieu of facts, was cited as the driving force behind a higher-ranking general’s decision to prosecute Sinclair.

One-hundred-eighty-degrees opposite Ms. Fruit, members of The New York Times Editorial Board revealed in a letter published today that they don’t have a clue about the military justice system.  Their lack of a “clue” is illustrated in the two paragraphs highlighted below:

The deal followed a stunning ruling by a military judge last week suggesting that by holding out for more severe punishment, and by rejecting an earlier plea deal, the senior Army officer overseeing the prosecution might have been improperly influenced by political considerations in bringing the most severe charges against the general because of a desire to show new resolve in the military against sexual misconduct. The prosecution had also been badly shaken by revelations that the general’s accuser may have lied under oath.

The episode offers a textbook example of justice gone awry, providing yet another reason to overhaul the existing military justice system, which gives commanding officers with built-in conflicts of interest — rather than trained and independent military prosecutors outside the chain of command — the power to decide which sexual assault cases to try.

The Times Editorial Board’s description of this week’s happenings in the case as “a textbook example of justice gone awry, providing yet another reason to overhaul the existing military justice system” is about as truthful as any of President Obama’s promises concerning the so-called Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., “ObamaCare”).

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“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” the president said.  We all know how long that promise lasted.

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” the president said.  Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who’ve lost coverage since ObamaCare went “live.”

“We’re going to work with employers to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year,” the president said.

Rather than telling us “If you like your military, you can keep your military,” it appears President Obama and his sycophants on The Left are determined to dismantle it without asking for input from anyone else and without regard for or our nation’s security.  In short, the military justice system seems destined toward the same fate as healthcare and, sadly, Republicans in Congress seem to lack the wherewithal (a.k.a., “spines”) to do anything about it.If Americans don’t stand up and demand their politicians stop meddling with the military, then they’ll deserve the military that’s left standing.  And it won’t be pretty.  Or, for that matter, an effective fighting force.

To learn more about sexual assault prosecutions in the military, read my series, “War On Men in the Military.”

To learn more about the case involving Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, order a copy of Three Days In August, the nonfiction book in which I chronicle his life story and wrongful conviction in a U.S. military courtroom in Germany.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

President Barack Obama Leading DoD Sexual Assault Witch Hunt

Three things became clear during the past week:  I’m not the only one using the phrase, DoD’s War on Men, to describe the sexual assault witch hunt now taking place inside the Department of Defense; this war involves players at the highest levels of government; and it has front line combat troops fearful and incensed.

WSJ Taranto Headline 6-17-13In his Wall Street Journal opinion piece Monday, James Taranto highlighted the case of Lt. Gen. Susan Helms, beginning with this summary:

Lt. Gen. Susan Helms is a pioneering woman who finds her career stalled because of a war on men—a political campaign against sexual assault in the military that shows signs of becoming an effort to criminalize male sexuality.

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)

Taranto went on to highlight how U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), one of the ring leaders in this war, has placed a “permanent hold” on General Helms’ nomination to serve as vice commander of U.S. Space Command.  Why?  Because she had used her authority as a convening authority to grant clemency to Capt. Matthew Herrera, an officer under her command, after he had been tried and convicted by a court-martial panel of aggravated sexual assault.

Apparently in denial of the possibility that General Helms might have made the right decision, Senator McCaskill described it recently as sending “a damaging message to survivors of sexual assault who are seeking justice in the military justice system.”  Really?

Stripes Obama Headline 6-14-13On Friday, Stars and Stripes published news about a Navy judge, Cmdr. Marcus Fulton, ruling that comments made by President Barack Obama as Commander-in-Chief would unduly influence any potential sentencing during pretrial hearings that in two sexual assault cases — U.S. vs. Johnson and U.S. vs. Fuentes.  As a result of the ruling, neither of the accused individuals can be punitively discharged from the military — even if found guilty.

Because I know none of the specifics about these two cases, I cannot pretend to be an expert on the facts and evidence — if any exists, that is — involved.  I can, however, say that the meddling of President Obama can be said to have had an adverse impact on the military justice system, and it has some troops upset.  Among them, some Camp Pendleton Marines featured in the KSWB-Fox 5 video below:

In October 2011, my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August, was published, chronicling the life story and wrongful conviction of Army Special Forces Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart.  A highly-decorated combat veteran, he fell victim to this perverse new brand of military justice and saw his distinguished career as a member of the elite Green Beret fraternity shattered.  Since then, I’ve been apprised of dozens of similar cases, many of which are highlighted in my series, DoD’s War on Men.

Key point:  If this sexual assault witch hunt continues, no decent individuals will no longer want to serve in our nation’s military, deeming it too risky.  Then what?

UPDATE 6/22/2013 at 2:14 p.m. Central:  A follow-up article by Taranto in the Wall Street Journal helps drive the point home further.

UPDATE 6/27/2013 at 8:30 p.m. Central:  The Daily Beast gives Senator McCaskill space to fire back at Taranto for his spot-on efforts.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Ads Deserve Voters’ Attention

My friends at SpecialOperationsSpeaks.com ran two advertisements in The Washington Times this week. Both deserve the attention of every American voter.

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The first ad (above) features the names of more than 500 flag officers (i.e., retired admirals and generals) who endorsed Mitt Romney’s campaign for president and ran early this week. The second ad (below) ran today in a 40-story special section of the newspaper and calls for an investigation of potential high crimes and misdemeanors related to “BenghaziGate,” the tragic and preventable series of events that took place Sept. 11, 2012, and resulted in the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Please download and share both ASAP!

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FYI: The folks at Special Operations Speaks endorsed my book, Three Days In August, which chronicles the life and wrongful conviction of former Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. To learn more about it, read this post on the SOS Noble Warriors webpage.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is set for release this fall was released May 2013..

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Facebook Censors Special Operations Veterans

Mark Zuckerberg‘s social networking gurus at Facebook seem to think the men and women of Special Operations Speaks, who’ve spent much of their lives fighting on behalf of their fellow Americans do not deserve the freedom to exercise the rights guaranteed them under the First Amendment — at least, not when that exercise involves criticizing President Barack Obama days before an election about his mishandling of and lying about Sept. 11 events in Benghazi, Libya.

On Saturday, a Benghazi-focused meme (above) was posted on the organization’s website by Political Media Inc. President Larry Ward, the man who handles SOS social media and publicity efforts.  It’s message:  “Obama called the SEALs and they got Bin Laden.  When the SEALs called Obama, they got denied.”

Twenty-four hours later, Ward was informed by Facebook monitors that he had violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities with the meme.  As a result, the SOS account was suspended for 24 hours.  At last check, the meme is back up on the SOS Facebook page.

Before the election next Tuesday, please consider donating to Special Operations Speaks and spread the word about how Obama denied assistance to people on the ground, including one U.S. ambassador and two former Navy SEALs, in Benghazi.

FYI:  I applaud the guys at Special Operations Speaks for taking a courageous stand on this issue and also for endorsing my book, Three Days In August, which chronicles the life and wrongful conviction of former Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart.  To learn more about the book, read this post on the SOS Noble Warriors webpage.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is set for release this fall was released May 2013.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

‘Three Days In August’ Reader Making Rounds With New Book, ‘LEADING FROM BEHIND’

Six months after he heaped so much praise on my book, Three Days In August, Richard Miniter is getting a lot of praise for his just-released book, Leading From Behind: The Reluctant President and the Advisors Who Decide For Him.

In February, the award-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author, read Three Days In August, the book in which I chronicled the life story and wrongful conviction of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, and shot back with the much-appreciated words below:

“Well-written and thoroughly researched, Three Days In August paints a convincing portrait of a military justice process that appears to have lacked one essential element – justice.”

In conjunction with his book’s official release Tuesday, Richard is making the rounds to talk about it’s details.  According to his website, it is the first to explore President Barack Obama’s abilities as a leader, by unearthing new details of his biggest successes and failures. So far, the reviews and media attention appear positive.

I look forward to reading Richard’s book and recommend you order a copy, too.  And, while you’re at it, order a copy of Three Days In August, the book Richard liked so much.

Three Days In August is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.  In addition, my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is set for release this fall was released May 2013.  Please check it out, too!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Special Operations Vets Jump Into Presidential Politics

I received an important email forwarded to me today by retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Stewart, a friend of mine who lives in Beverly Hills, Fla. It appears that the chief and his fellow members of the Special Operations community are getting into politics in 2012.

The email message, originated by Dick Brauer, describes the establishment of a new organization, Special Operations Speaks, to combat what he describes as “a government that has gone rogue.”

Please read more about it at BobMcCarty.com.

FYI: Chief Stewart is the father of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart whose life and wrongful conviction are chronicled in my book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice. I know he would appreciate it if you would join him in the fight to clear his son’s name.