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War really is a racket
#1
I'm waiting to see what "higher ranks" get "swept up" in this ongoing investigation. Scheduling destinations of aircraft carrier groups is not something handled by a mere commander.

"Fat Leonard" had his hand up the corruption toggle of some very senior US Navy officers I should think - but will it end as normal with the lower ranks being the ones to swing while the higher ones escape unnamed and unpunished?

"Cover Thy Six" will have been the Sunday hymn of choice in Navy yards across the US I should think.

Quote:US navy commander accused of giving secrets to businessman in bribery case

Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz and Leonard Francis moved vessels around Asian ports like chess pieces, prosecutors say

  • Associated Press in San Diego
  • theguardian.com, Monday 4 November 2013 08.33 GMT
[Image: Michael-Vannak-Khem-Misie-011.jpg]US navy commander Misiewicz, pictured greeting his aunt in 2010, is accused of passing secrets to businessman Francis. Photograph: Heng Sinith/AP

A gregarious Malaysian businessman nicknamed "Fat Leonard" is accused of obtaining military secrets by arranging prostitutes, Lady Gaga tickets and other bribes for a US commander.
Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, a US navy commander, passed confidential information on ship routes to Leonard Francis's Singapore-based company, Glenn Defense Marine Asia Ltd (GDMA), according to court documents.
The accusations unfolding in a federal court case signal serious national security breaches and corruption, and threaten to sweep up more people, including those of higher ranks, as the investigation continues. A hearing on 8 November could set a trial date.
Misiewicz and Francis moved navy vessels like chess pieces, diverting aircraft carriers, destroyers and other ships to Asian ports with lax oversight where Francis could inflate costs, according to the criminal complaint. The firm overcharged the navy millions for fuel, food and other services it provided, and invented tariffs by using fake port authorities, the prosecution alleges.
"It's pretty big when you have one person who can dictate where ships are going to go and being influenced by a contractor," said the retired rear admiral Terry McKnight, who has no direct knowledge of the investigation. "A lot of people are saying: 'How could this happen?'"
So far, authorities have arrested Misiewicz, Francis, his company's general manager of global government contracts, Alex Wisidagama, and the senior navy investigator John Beliveau II. Beliveau is accused of keeping Francis updated on the investigation and advising him on how to respond in exchange for luxury trips, prostitution services and more.
All have pleaded not guilty. The defendants face up to five years in prison if convicted of conspiracy to commit bribery. Defence attorneys declined to comment.
Senior navy officials said they believed more people were likely to be implicated in the scheme, but it was too early to tell how many or how high it would go in the naval ranks. Other unnamed navy personnel are mentioned in court documents as getting gifts from Francis.
Francis is legendary in military circles for his extravagance. His bungalow in an upscale Singapore neighbourhood has drawn spectators for years with its lavish, outdoor Christmas decorations, which the Straits Times newspaper described as rivalling the island city state's main shopping street.
"He's a larger-than-life figure," McKnight said. "You talk to any captain on any ship that has sailed in the Pacific and they will know exactly who he is."
A navy spokesman, Rear Admiral John Kirby, said navy criminal investigative service agents had initiated their probe in 2010, but declined to comment, citing the ongoing investigation.
Francis's company cheated the navy out of $10m in just one year in Thailand alone, the US attorney Laura Duffy said.
The federal government has suspended its contracts with Francis.


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Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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#2
Yeah. Expect Able Seaman Jones (catering corp) to be charged with this outrage any day now.
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Navy Benches Intel Chiefs in Bribery Scandal ... And Promises That More Heads Will Roll


Posted By Dan Lamothe, Gordon Lubold [Image: 091022_meta_block.gif] Friday, November 8, 2013 - 10:16 PM [Image: 091022_meta_block.gif] [Image: 091022_more_icon.gif] Share



The U.S. Navy's widening scandal involving prostitutes, cash bribes and the fat-cat defense contractor who allegedly supplied them for sensitive military information just expanded to colossal proportions. The Navy announced Friday night that it has suspended access to classified information for two senior intelligence officers, effectively relieving them from duty. It's all part of the ongoing investigation into global defense Glenn Defense Marine Asia.
And the Pentagon is warning that more officers are likely to be implicated in this scandal, the Navy's biggest in decades.
Vice Adm. Ted Branch, pictured above, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless -- the service's director of naval intelligence and director of intelligence operations, respectively -- have not been charged with any crimes. But the suspension "was deemed prudent given the sensitive nature [of] their current duties and to protect and support the integrity of the investigative process," said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy's top spokesman, in a statement.
The allegations against Admirals Branch and Loveless "involve inappropriate conduct prior to their current assignments and flag officer rank," Kirby said. Intelligence officers need to maintain high standards in their personal lives because they're such tempting targets for blackmail by a hostile spy service. The military frequently pulls personnel from vital intelligence jobs if it believes their credibility could be compromised. Any association with a scandal involving prostitutes and bribery would certainly count as a reputational threat. At the moment, however, "there is no indication, nor do the allegations suggest, that in either case there was any breach of classified information," Kirby added.
The announcement takes a growing scandal and expands it to the most senior levels of the U.S. military. The Navy has not seen a scandal this large since dozens of naval officers were accused of sexually assaulting about 80 women and a handful of men at the Tailhook Association Symposium in Las Vegas in 1991. That incident ultimately ruined or harmed the careers of more than a dozen admirals.
Kirby told Foreign Policy on Friday night that he expects the scandal to continue expanding. Branch and Loveless's clearances were suspended at the direction of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, he added.
"I believe there will be more naval officers and perhaps Navy civilians implicated in this scandal," Kirby told Foreign Policy. "These allegations are personal misconduct."
Already, three Navy officials and two Glenn Defense executives have been charged in U.S. federal court in connection with the case. All three other Navy personnel -- two active-duty commanders and a senior agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service -- are accused of sharing sensitive or classified information with Glenn Defense CEO Leonard Glenn Francis in exchange for prostitutes, cash and other favors. Francis allegedly used that information, in turn, to overbill the U.S. military millions of dollars while servicing Navy ships in ports across the Pacific.
The Navy also relieved of command Capt. Daniel Dusek, the captain of the amphibious shipBonhomme Richard, in connection with the investigation. He has not been charged with any crimes, but officials said that commanders lost confidence in him.
The Navy's announcement Friday came as Francis, the Glenn Defense CEO, appeared in court with two others already facing charges: Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, the first officer accused, and NCIS agent John Beliveau.
Also charged in the case are Cmdr. Jose Luis Sanchez and Glenn Defense executive Alex Wisidagama of Singapore. Misiewicz, Beliveau and Sanchez allegedly accepted bribes in the forms of prostitutes while traveling in the Pacific and luxury hotels in exchange for a variety of Navy information, including ship schedules. Sanchez is accused of accepting $100,000 in cash and prostitutes. Wisidagama is accused of serving as a lynchpin in his company's alleged scheme to overbill the Navy throughout Southeast Asia.
"According to the allegations in this case, a number of officials were willing to sacrifice their integrity and millions of taxpayer dollars for personal gratification," U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said this week in announcing the charges against Sanchez. "While the overwhelming majority of the 400,000 active-duty Navy personnel conduct themselves in a manner that is beyond reproach, we and our law enforcement partners at Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Defense Criminal Investigative Service continue to investigate the allegations of fraud and corruption that tarnish the stellar reputation of the U.S. Navy."
The scandal has rocked the Navy's 7th Fleet, headquartered in Yokosuka, Japan, just as it was set to boost operations in the Pacific. Court documents in the cases of both Misiewicz and Sanchez say that other unidentified Navy personnel were aware of malfeasance, and either did nothing or participated in the schemes. In one example, the criminal complaint against Misiewicz says he attended a Lady Gaga concert on May 25, 2012, with other Navy personnel who visited Laem Chebang, Thailand, during a port stop by the Blue Ridge, the command ship of the Navy's 7th Fleet. Several of the officer ensnared in the scandal served on the ship during their careers.
Francis allegedly purchased the concert tickets and paid for prostitutes for the men who attended, according to Misiewicz's complaint.
"Don't chicken out bro we need u with us on the front lines Smile ... Who can we trust in the Office for Lady Ga Ga?" Francis said in a May 2012 email to Misiewicz, prosecutors allege, noting the playful use of emoticons in the message. "Tickets are not the issue who will keep silent Smile"
Beliveau is accused of passing information about NCIS's investigation into Glenn Defense to Francis in exchange for prostitutes, airfare, posh hotel rooms, and a laptop computer for Beliveau's girlfriend. In particular, it outlines one trip Francis allegedly arranged for Beliveau in March 2011 to Bangkok, Thailand.
"According to one email, Francis asked: Joyce your kinda Babe'? Beliveau replied Nice. You bet. Hopefully I'm her kinda guy, hehe,'" the criminal complaint against him says. A photograph of the woman was allegedly attached to the email.
The complaint against Sanchez includes similar allegations. Prosecutors say he received $100,000 cash from Francis's company in January 2009, and continued to share sensitive Navy information with him until earlier this year. It included internal information that Glenn Defense used to its advantage while servicing U.S. ships. The company has locations in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and the United States, and deliberately overcharged the Navy while "husbanding" the ships, providing food, fuel, water, waste removal, and other tasks, prosecutors say.
Sanchez's complaint also has a variety of specific allegations regarding the officer accepting prostitution. Francis is accused of emailing a woman in Indonesia early in March 2011 to arrange prostitutes to meet Sanchez, another unidentified Navy commander, and two other men in Singapore.
One of the emails described one of the "girls" as "Alda 167 cm [height] 36b [bra size] very young n still study, 17 yr," the complaint says. Francis later sent an email cancelling the planned meeting due to a tsunami in the region that allegedly kept Sanchez and his friends away from Singapore, prosecutors say.
Later that month, however, Francis sent Sanchez an email containing a picture of one of the prostitutes that had planned to meet the Navy officers in Singapore, court documents say. A brief message was attached: "I miss you BABE Smile." Sanchez allegedly emailed the Glenn Defense CEO back the same day, saying "Nice pictures.....Brings back good memories Smile."
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"The philosophers have only interpreted the world, in various ways. The point, however, is to change it." Karl Marx

"He would, wouldn't he?" Mandy Rice-Davies. When asked in court whether she knew that Lord Astor had denied having sex with her.

“I think it would be a good idea” Ghandi, when asked about Western Civilisation.
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#4
Encouraging, but even senior intell officers still are able to schedule battle groups surely? The orders had to come from someone else very senior in COMNAVSURFOR I reckon - maybe even the commander himself?
The shadow is a moral problem that challenges the whole ego-personality, for no one can become conscious of the shadow without considerable moral effort. To become conscious of it involves recognizing the dark aspects of the personality as present and real. This act is the essential condition for any kind of self-knowledge.
Carl Jung - Aion (1951). CW 9, Part II: P.14
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