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JAG HUNTER HERE:

     The U.S. military discipline system is discredited over and over again on these JAG HUNTER pages now since 2002. The NCIS in particular is notorious for the organizations investigative incompetence inflicting great harm and injury upon service members and their families.

     The NCIS charter has been always to protect the Navy-Marine Corps image at all costs. The NCIS routinely advances false allegations to maliciously attack subordinate service members so as to provide cover for higher ranking officers. Combined with an innate capacity for incompetence, bungling investigations, severe mistreatment and abuse, dishonesty, ill-gotten, forced confessions placing interviewees under extreme duress, orginazational criminal complicity, refusal to cooperate with other law enforcement agencies, seriously flawed interviews and wildly false allegations, the NCIS suffers a very dark history.

     Combine the additional support Navy JAG affords, crippled by the same infirmities as the NCIS, and you hold the answer to this question: What could possibly go wrong in the prosecution of Navy SEAL, Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher?

     Now as it relates to family members: Fergettaboutit!

     The Navy-Marine Corps image must be transcendent and protected at all costs. Collateral damage visited upon subordinates and their families is never to be taken into account.

     Gregory L. Vistica’s book, Fall From Glory: The Men Who Sank The U.S. Navy reinforces these observations.

     In 1987 the “NIS – Naval Investigative Service” botched its investigation looking at Moscow Embassy Marine guards. In 1989 the “NIS” completely screwed up the investigation about the turret 2 explosion aboard USS IOWA and then bungled sexual assault investigations out of the Orlando, FL Naval Training Center.

     In 1991 it was the “Tailhook” scandal whereupon the “NIS” went to general quarters to protect the Navy-Marine Corps image and the careers of many senior uniformed and civilian Navy Department officials. A boat load of flag officers (admirals and generals) and the Navy Secretary as well.

     The reputation of the “NIS” had sunk so low after the Tailhook scandal that the “NIS” was forced to completely restructure changing its name to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service or NCIS.

     More recently there is the case of the Camp Pendleton Eight, in particular the case of Sergeant of Marines Lawrence Gordon Hutchins, III.

     Incidentally, abuses such as those now suffered by Chief Gallagher are not unique to the Navy Department. There are uncounted outrages found throughout the workings of the Defense Department’s military discipline system.

     Dr. Terrence Lakin’s (Army colonel) and Lieutenant Clint Lorance’s courts-martial immediately come to mind.

Here endth the lesson!

 

 

 

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Please sign the Whitehouse Petition for Terry Lakin’s Pardon Now

And share this information everywhere:

The Petition is Here:

Whitehouse URL
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Terry’s Book: http://www.officersoath.com

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When Dr. Lakin challenged Obama’s constitutional standing to be president, there was no evidence to substantiate the claims of the Democratic Party. Subsequently the White House released a certificate of live birth (also not a legally valid document) which was quickly proven a forgery. After Mr. Trump made this an issue (as he stated during the campaign) the White House released the long form birth certificate, which has also been conclusively proven a forgery.

Therefore, we are exactly where we started: No valid legal documentation of Obama’s Constitutional eligibility.

Logically Obama should have pardoned Dr. Lakin since Obama (through the White House) claimed the long form was valid proof, which was not forthcoming when Dr. Lakin made his initial requests. It is our position that Dr. Lakin took a principled, rational, and well-thought-out action to protect the integrity of our Constitution. He was not in the street being shot by water cannons or part of mass actions. He is one man who has stood alone to defend a key provision of our Constitution. He should be rewarded for his stand, not punished.

Terry acted on his oath of an officer to an order higher than his charges: “To protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

Terry Lakin stood for his oath to the U.S. Constitution, his prime-directive as a Commissioned Officer in the military – to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies of same. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land and trumps all unlawful orders. Terry was quickly and summarily punished without being permitted to present to the court and court martial panel the exact reason and evidence as to why he disobeyed orders for military deployments directed by Obama via Obama’s speech at West Point. Terry considered this order unlawful given the facts in hand and due to the lack of any meaningful investigative response to his questions and concerns sent to higher military authorities and the U.S. Congress by former Lt Col Terry Lakin and others. Terry decided he had to stand up for his oath to the U.S. Constitution and to defend the same. For standing up for his prime directive and supreme order, his oath, he was punished for disobeying a lesser order and not being allowed to explain to the court why.

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Rear Admiral (lower-half) John William Bitoff, USN, Retired

Following Fitzpatrick’s “conviction” for misappropriating Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) funds which was arrived at “behind closed doors” before the formal proceedings even began, Fitzpatrick learned that someone had forged his name to a “confession letter” he never saw until after he began receiving responses to dozens of FOIA requests for the court-martial record. “I never laid eyes on that letter,” Fitzpatrick has told The Post & Email on many occasions, “and I have never been in the same room with the original.”

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Should Judge Blackwood Be Criminally Prosecuted?

Posted By Sharon Rondeau On Monday, June 30, 2014 @ 1:57 PM In National 

PETITIONING GOVERNMENT NOW A CRIME PUNISHABLE WITH PRISON TIME

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 30, 2014) — 12:40 p.m. EDT – The petition launched at change.org on Sunday calling upon the Tennessee judiciary to cease and desist its illegal arrest, charging and conviction of innocent citizens for attempting to expose government corruption has garnered 55 signatures as of this writing.

The petition specifically demands that Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood vacate the verdict of a jury from last Tuesday which convicted CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) of “aggravated perjury” and “extortion” after attempting to petition the McMinn County grand jury with evidence of crimes committed by the judges, prosecutors and grand jury foremen of Tennessee’s Tenth Judicial District.

One of the signers, Col. Harry Riley (Ret.), is founder of Operation American Spring (OAS) and has called upon numerous federal officials to resign their posts for violations of their oaths to the U.S. Constitution.  In a comment left under his signature on Monday, Riley stated:

Judicial illegal activity has become tyranny in the U.S. What is the matter with “we the people” in Tennessee?? These judges, prosecutors, jury foreman are criminals that should be prosecuted.

Since late 2009, Fitzpatrick has exposed systemic corruption in the Tennessee courts which has been borne out by many other victims and members of the Tennessee House of Representatives and Senate.  In Tennessee, no private citizen can bring evidence or a criminal complaint to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) or the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee, as The Post & Email has recently re-confirmed.

For decades, criminal court judges have been appointing grand jury foremen, who often exert undue influence on the grand jury, which affects whether or not they issue an indictment against an accused.  Last Tuesday, Fitzpatrick’s conviction was issued as a result of of a tainted grand jury which, in January, had been prejudiced by then-McMinn grand jury foreman Jeffrey Cunningham and then voted to indict Fitzpatrick in March.

Blackwood refused to consider that the grand jury’s indictment of Fitzpatrick was affected by Cunningham’s informing of them of Fitzpatrick’s “history” in January and the escorting of the grand jury members out of the courthouse after Fitzpatrick was asked to leave, giving them the impression that he was a dangerous person.

One grand jury said in sworn testimony in a pre-trial hearing in the Fitzpatrick case that she voted to indict because she herself felt “threatened” by Fitzpatrick based on what she had been told.

Blackwood upheld the indictments and the convictions.

Prosecutor A. Wayne Carter claimed that Fitzpatrick lied in petitions he attempted to submit to the grand jury over a period of months and which were blocked by Cunningham, but in sworn testimony last Monday, Cunningham stated that Fitzpatrick made no misstatements.

Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Van Irion, claimed that Fitzpatrick had exercised his constitutional right to petition his government for the redress of grievances under the First Amendment, “to do what the law plainly allows.”

During his closing argument at the trial, Carter objected to Fitzpatrick’s having worn his Navy uniform to the trial, although a congressional statute allows retirees to do so.

The Post & Email launched a second petition at whitehouse.gov here:

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urging that the FBI be tasked with launching a criminal investigation into public corruption in Tennessee, which has been ranked third in corruption in a recent research study.

Since at least 1980, Blackwood has participated in choosing grand jury foremen who have worked for years and sometimes decades in violation of Tennessee code.

The conviction of a citizen without a proper trial is called “attainder.”

Assaults on the First Amendment have increased under the Obama regime to include as targets veterans, homeschoolers, religious freedom groups, Second Amendment advocates, Tea Parties, traditional marriage and pro-life groups.

As a result of Tuesday’s verdict, in Tennessee and the nation as a whole, petitioning the government for redress is now a crime punishable by prison time.  How many are willing to live with that?

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Sergeant of Marines Lawrence Gordon Hutchins, III

Sergeant of Marines Lawrence Gordon Hutchins, III

All –

 

There are too many addresses to send this email to all in one shot.  So, it is also going out to dozens more in the second wave…

 

 

I was at the hearing at CampPen yesterday, and it was a long day.  We were in court for nearly 8 hours.  What I couldn’t tell you before, is what you will see in the short video below regarding his new civilian attorney Chris Oprison (now assisting his assigned military attorneys).  Chris used to be one of president George Bush’s attorneys, when he was president.   Also, Chris is a former Marine and has had cases heard before the Supreme Court as well.  He is a genius in the courtroom.  And he has taken on this case pro bono.  I was unable to make the hearing that followed today, but having just talked with Larry, it was more of the same by Chris today.  And he is just getting started.  The August court martial that was delayed to the Oct/Nov timeframe has now been re-scheduled for next January.  The trial date is a moving target, and I expect that we will see further delays.  Now, after eight long years of getting the short end of the stick, the playing field is level.  And at long last Larry and his legal team are able to “Roll in Hot.”  The defense is now on the offense.

 

For those who are not entirely familiar with Larry’s case, if you google Sgt Larry Hutchins or Hamdaniya, it will bring you up to speed.  However, what you will most likely see in print is far short of the entire story.  As most of you know, I have been involved in Larry’s case for the past four years.  I was appointed by his outstanding appellate attorney, Maj Babu Kaza, to act as Larry’s legal liaison for the three years while he was incarcerated at the MCAS Miramar Consolidated Brig.  Prior to that, Larry, was at Ft. Leavenworth and the Camp Pendleton brig.  He was initially sentenced to 15 years behind bars.  His case was overturned in 2009, he was released only to find himself re-tried again, and he was re-incarcerated.  As you research this case you will see how politics reared its ugly head that has caused this to continue on for eight long years now.

 

Without question, his case is the most well known, and probably most infamous, in military legal circles.  It is extraordinary what he and his family have had to endure these past eight years.  In November of 2012, the highest court in the military legal system, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF), found in his favor regarding an illegal NCIS investigation conducted in-country in Iraq.  They had essentially locked him up in solitary confinement in little more than a CONEX box for a week.  Even upon his release based on the CAAF decision, a little over a year ago, the prosecution still wanted him held in pre-trial confinement until the outcome of their third attempt at court martial.  Had it not been for the intervention of his appellate attorney, Maj Kaza and the Honorable Bing West (former Vietnam Marine, Asst. SecDef in the Reagan administration and highly accomplished novelist), Larry would still be behind bars today.  Additionally you should know that former congressman and retired army LtCol Allen West has been an advocate for Larry and the “Leavenworth 10” since the beginning of this unbelievable journey.  I have nothing but the highest admiration for the above mentioned men, as I know you do.

 

Please don’t ask me how this whole evolution for eight years can still be continuing on until this time.  I have learned more about the military legal system in the past four years than I ever thought possible, or wanted to… and I still don’t understand it.  It’s the old adage, “one step forward and two steps back” when it comes to me, as just when I think I have it kinda figured out I discover that I still don’t know a damned thing.  Lastly, you should know that in the past year since Larry’s release, he has truly been what he always was… A Sergeant of Marines.  He is the top rated Sgt amongst 33 others in his command.  For those who will be doing further research, believe me, you will be scratching your head as to how this could ever happen to one of our own.  We never left a Marine in need behind in a hot LZ in Vietnam… and we are not about to change our ways now.

 

So, here is the latest unbelievable thing that the prosecution has pulled.  In the link below, the reference by Bridget Naso has to do with CID a few months back coming into the CampPen defense attorney’s offices, and required that the attorneys stand out in the passageway as they rifled through all the lawyer-client confidential files throughout the entire complex that encompasses the defense attorney’s offices.  To say the least there has been nothing but outrage out this way as to this latest event.  They were looking for a cellphone that was pertinent to another case, but after finding the phone early on, they continued to go through all of the other defense attorney’s case files, including Larry’s.  On the stand yesterday, Chris questioned the CID agents and others.  He caught them during questioning in several instances of “inconsistencies.”  To put it into a vernacular we are all familiar with… “He ripped them a new one.”

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/Marine-Sgt-Hutchins-Enlists-Civilian-Attorney-for-War-Crimes-Retrial-271322321.html

NAVY FOOTBALL COURTS-MARTIAL

“The case of the former football players has drawn attention at a time when the White House, Congress and Pentagon are focusing on sexual assaults in the military.

“The case was closed in November 2012, but reopened in January, when the alleged victim began cooperating.

“In the midst of the investigation, President Obama emphasized the importance of stamping out sexual assault during his May speech to this year’s graduating class. Susan Burke, the alleged victim’s attorney, went public days later, disclosing the investigation and what her client knew.”

 

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Michael Behenna wins parole

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Army Lieutenant Michael Behenna
Army Lieutenant Michael Behenna

“They came and got him about 7:30 this morning and gave him a letter to read,” Vicki Behenna said. “The letter said his request for clemency (a reduction in sentence) had been denied but that his request for parole had been granted.”

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A CHRISTIAN CITIZEN, EUGENE WITING’S PREAMBLE

“The Constitution of the United States is dead. 

“On June 24 2014 in Judge Kerry Blackwood’s court the Constitutional rights of Commander Walter Fitzpatrick were taken away.  His right to present to the Grand jury redress of grievances of massive government corruption was denied. 

“Please note that his rights under the Constitution are the same as yours and when Commander Fitzpatrick lost his rights so did you.   There will be a federal civil rights trial in the near future over this miscarriage of justice.

“Commander Fitzpatrick was found guilty with hearsay and lies on the part of the prosecutor Mr. Carter [Colonel, U.S. Army Retired] and [banker – attorney] Mr. Jeffry Cunningham.  There was  and never will be any proof of guilt.   Mr. Cunningham denied  Commander Fitzpatrick his right  ( and yours )  to present   to the Grand jury redress of grievances against the judicial side of  Government of McMinn County TN.  [Cunningham] also broke the law by not recusing himself when he knew what was in the presentment to the grand jury.

“The prosecutor Carter would not even honor Commander Fitzpatrick  by calling him Commander.   All you Vets beware you may be next if you have the courage of your convictions and keep your oath to our nations military  to stand for freedom. 

“Note there are more Americans in prison in the United States per capita than any country in the world.  Many of which do not deserve to be in prison put there by a rigged grand jury.  Some are guilty of “thinking “ about doing something.  Now the thought police are on the seen.

“Juries are so important that they can even nulify bad laws.  Did you know that?   The defense is banned to even bring that up in the court room.

“Shame on the judges, prosecutors and juries!”  

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First Amendment Dead in Tennessee pb

Posted By Sharon Rondeau On Saturday, June 28, 2014 @ 4:37 PM In National |

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR THE REST OF THE COUNTRY?

by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 28, 2014) — The same McMinn County, TN grand jury which was prejudiced by its foreman in January issued a presentment in March charging CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) with extortion, harassment, stalking, and aggravated perjury.

On Tuesday, Fitzpatrick was convicted on the counts of extortion and aggravated perjury but acquitted of harassment.  Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood, who was ordered to leave the bench in an unrelated case because of questions about his “impartiality,” dismissed the charge of “stalking” prior to the end of the trial.

On numerous occasions since late 2012, Fitzpatrick had attempted to submit evidence of crimes committed to the McMinn County grand jury in an exercise of his First Amendment right to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

In Tennessee’s Tenth Judicial District, which includes McMinn, Polk, Bradley and Monroe Counties, the grand juries alternate months of service so that the January group skips February and is convened again in March, then in May.

In January, then-grand jury foreman Jeffrey Cunningham had “informed” the grand jury of Fitzpatrick’s “history” after Fitzpatrick attempted to submit evidence of misconduct on the part of public officials to include Cunningham, the criminal court judges, prosecutors, and local law enforcement.  Fitzpatrick had asked Cunningham to recuse himself from the matter since he was named in the complaint, in accordance with state law, a point which Fitzpatrick’s attorney, Van Irion, raised during the trial.

One of the grand jurors said she voted to indict Fitzpatrick because she felt “intimidated” by him after what Cunningham had told the group in the grand jury room.

Cunningham refused to remove himself from presenting any of Fitzpatrick’s petitions to the grand jury while he served as foreman, reportedly resigning on March 4 of this year.

In February, Cunningham threatened Fitzpatrick with arrest if he should make another effort to bring a submission to the grand jury.

Blackwood was not impartial in Fitzpatrick’s case, as he had refused Fitzpatrick’s request without a hearing for a subsequent restraining order against Cunningham.

At issue was the hand-selecting of the grand jury foreman by the criminal court judges, a practice dating back decades in Tennessee but which is found nowhere in state code.  The Tennessee Rules of Criminal Procedure mandate that the grand jury foreman, while chosen by the judge, “must possess all the qualifications of a juror.”  A person chosen without the same vetting process as those selected in accordance with state law may or may not possess those “qualifications.”

The Fifth Amendment in the Bill of Rights is the only place in our founding documents which mentions the grand jury.  One legal source notes it as a “protection against abuse of government authority.”  When the Constitution was under deliberation, a Bill of Rights was insisted upon by the anti-Federalists, who feared that a central government created by the states would overreach its constraints and usurp power from the people.

Since Cunningham admitted that Fitzpatrick’s claims were accurate during testimony, it is unknown how the conviction on “aggravated perjury” materialized.  In Tennessee law, “extortion” signifies an attempt to “coerce” someone to do something.

There must be a unanimous finding of guilt for a conviction.  A legal analysis of the provisions of the Sixth Amendment, which includes the right to a trial by a jury of one’s peers, states:

By the time the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights were drafted and ratified, the institution of trial by jury was almost universally revered, so revered that its history had been traced back to Magna Carta. 42 The jury began in the form of a grand or presentment jury with the role of inquest and was started by Frankish conquerors to discover the King’s rights…

The guarantees of jury trial in the Federal and State Constitutions reflect a profound judgment about the way in which law should be enforced and justice administered. A right to jury trial is granted to criminal defendants in order to prevent oppression by the Government. Those who wrote our constitutions knew from history and experience that it was necessary to protect against unfounded criminal charges brought to eliminate enemies and against judges too responsive to the voice of higher authority. The framers of the constitutions strove to create an independent judiciary but insisted upon further protection against arbitrary action. Providing an accused with the right to be tried by a jury of his peers gave him an inestimable safeguard against the corrupt overzealous prosecutor and against the compliant, biased, or eccentric judge. . . . [T]he jury trial provisions . . . reflect a fundamental decision about the exercise of official power–a reluctance to entrust plenary powers over the life and liberty of the citizen to one judge or to a group of judges. Fear of unchecked power . . . found expression in the criminal law in this insistence upon community participation in the determination of guilt or innocence.” 48

With the systemic corruption within the Tennessee courts as reported by The Post & Email over more than four years, it is difficult to know whether or not the jury was “impartial” in Fitzpatrick’s case.

The prosecutor, A. Wayne Carter, said that Fitzpatrick lied in his attempted grand jury submissions, but Cunningham said that Fitzpatrick’s statements were accurate.

Carter retired from the U.S. Army as a “full-bird” colonel and has asked that Fitzpatrick be sentenced as a “career criminal” with enhanced sentencing for attempting to exercise his constitutional rights to petition the grand jury.  Carter excoriated Fitzpatrick for wearing his Navy uniform by asking, “How dare he wear his uniform here?  How dare he?”

Title 10 U.S.C., Section 772 (c) permits the wearing of a military uniform by retirees.  Fitzpatrick served in the Navy for 24 years and was honorably discharged.

In his submission, Fitzpatrick had attempted to inform the grand jury that its then-foreman, Jeffrey Cunningham, was acting outside the law by failing to inform them that he was a court employee hand-selected by Judge Amy Reedy rather than empaneled from a randomly-chosen jury pool as state law requires.  No one objected when Irion stated in a pre-trial hearing that Cunningham was an employee of the Tenth Judicial District rather than an empaneled juror; however, during the trial, both Carter and Cunningham characterized his role as “a juror.”

Last fall, Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper’s office issued a brief to an appellate court which stated unequivocally that the grand jury foreman “is not impaneled” as the other grand jurors are.

In Monroe County, grand jury foreman Gary Pettway was described in an indictment against Fitzpatrick as “a juror.”

Cunningham was “selected” when Reedy called him “at home” one evening and asked him to serve as her “next grand jury foreman” for McMinn County beginning in 2012.

As the alleged victim of the crimes, Cunningham testified on the witness stand that the statements in Fitzpatrick’s criminal complaints were accurate.  Carter insisted that they were not.  Cunningham retracted his position as Fitzpatrick’s accuser at the pre-trial hearing, and no police report or sworn statement was produced.

How, then, did the jury reach its conclusions?

Innocent men and women have spent years, and sometimes decades, in state prisons in Tennessee because of corrupt judges.

During Fitzpatrick’s trial, a rally calling upon a raise in the minimum wage was held outside the courthouse.  With last week’s jury verdict – that petitioning the Government for a redress of grievances is a felony – such future rallies will no longer be possible under the First Amendment.

The Obama regime targeted Tea Party, Second Amendment, pro-life, Christian, traditional-marriage groups and even a U.S. senator beginning in 2010 in an effort to quell their freedom of speech guaranteed under the First Amendment.  Obama operatives have been actively involved in silencing anyone investigating Obama’s background, life story, birthplace, or the veracity of his statements.  At the time of this writing, at least one of the operatives is facing criminal indictment for some of the same “crimes” of which Fitzpatrick was accused.

Beginning approximately three weeks ago, Fox News, Fox News Radio, and The Washington Times began to openly discuss the issue about Obama’s eligibility, birthplace, and life narrative, ending a six-year media blackout on the subject.  Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who launched an investigation at an undisclosed time after his Cold Case Posse declared that Obama’s long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form were fraudulent, has told The Times that he is “honing in” on the creators of the forgeries.

Now, almost daily, new revelations of corruption, intimidation, possible blackmail and illegal leaking of confidential information on the part of the regime are made by internet and broadcast media.

On March 17, 2009, Fitzpatrick filed a criminal complaint of treason against Obama for being a “foreign born domestic enemy.” After filing it on the federal level, Fitzpatrick attempted to take it to the Monroe County grand jury, where he resided at the time.  It was then that he discovered that Tennessee grand jury foremen serve for years, and sometimes decades, at the pleasure of criminal court judges.

Five years ago, Fitzpatrick was a lone voice naming Obama in the commission of treason.  Today he is not.

Adm. James A. Lyons (Ret.), formerly Commander, Pacific Fleet while CDR Fitzpatrick served in the Pacific Fleet, has described Obama’s actions as “the agenda an enemy would devise.”  On June 23, Lyons wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Times:

…What’s happening to America’s standing in the world is not due to incompetence, as some have claimed. This is planned. We are witnessing the Obama administration’s embrace of the Muslim Brotherhood creed, which is to destroy America from within. Congress must be responsible to take back America. Nothing less is acceptable.

Numerous others have joined the chorus accusing Obama of treason against the United States of America.

Radio show host Carl Gallups, who is privy to some of the investigative findings of Arpaio and the Cold Case Posse, said on his “Freedom Friday” show last night that Obama comes from a “deep Sunni [Muslim] background.”  During the 2008 campaign, Obama claimed he was a committed Christian, but his actions have belied his words as he continues to arm Islamic radicals throughout the Middle East.

Gallups also asserted that “we know” that blackmail was used by the regime as an attempt at intimidation, although he did not elucidate further.

In January 2010, Fitzpatrick wrote of the corruption in the Tennessee courts:

Judges and prosecutors trashed our grand juries in favor manufacturing a dark, secret machine few know about or know how to operate. The state designed and manufactured the machine to take direct action against people the state criminally accuses.

The machine and its operation are necessarily cloaked and hidden in order to keep the machine running smoothing without outside interference. Secrecy further gives cover to government criminals self-absorbed in protecting themselves and government criminal cohorts operating similar machines throughout Tennessee State and throughout America.

In The Post & Email’s first report on Tennessee judicial corruption entitled “The Face of Treason,” Fitzpatrick described the criminality of a long-serving grand jury foreman as “breathtaking and beyond people’s ability to believe.”

At the Bundy Ranch in April, BLM agents retreated after a large group of people arrived to defend the Bundys’ property and right to graze their cattle on the land in dispute.  Of the entrenched judicial corruption in Tennessee, Fitzpatrick has said, “It’s going to take large numbers of people standing up.”

“But a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored. Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” — John Adams

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Blockbuster Exclusive: State of Tennessee: Grand Jury Foremen Are Not Jurors!

Posted By Sharon Rondeau On Tuesday, November 26, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

IN CONTRADICTION OF STATE LAW

by Sharon Rondeau

The office of the Tennessee Attorney General and Reporter claims that the grand jury foreman is a state employee, not a juror empaneled by state statutes

(Nov. 26, 2013) — The Post & Email can exclusively report that the Tennessee state attorney general’s office has stated on the record that the “foreperson” of all grand juries in Tennessee is IS NOT A JUROR as Tennessee state statutes require.

In December of last year, CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III was convicted in the Monroe County, TN Criminal Court of “tampering with government records,” with Judge Walter C. Kurtz presiding.

Defense Attorney Van Irion submitted an appeal in the case of State of Tennessee v. Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, IIIprotesting CDR Fitzpatrick’s innocence. One of Irion’s points was that the grand jury foreman had over-served her legal term of one year.  Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) states that following their service on any jury in the state, jurors cannot be resummoned for a minimum of 24 months.

This past September, in his official capacity as Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Justice Division, Kyle Hixson responded to the Fitzpatrick appeal, writing a brief on the state’s behalf of which The Post & Email first came into possession last Thursday afternoon.

At the bottom of page 13 of his brief, Assistant Attorney General Hixson wrote:

“…the foreman of the grand jury is not ‘impaneled’ from the ‘summoned’ members of the ‘jury pool.’ See Tenn Code Ann. §§ 22-2-306, -307, and -310. The foreperson is ‘appoint[ed]’ by the trial court. Tenn. R. Crim. P. 6(g)(1). As such, section 314, by its terms, does not apply to the appointment process of the grand jury foreperson.”

The state’s entire argument can be read here: HIXSON BRIEF

Section 314 reads as follows:

“22-2-314.  Limitation on jury service.

“A juror who has completed a jury service term shall not be summoned to serve another jury service term in any court of this state for a period of twenty-four (24) months following the last day of such service; however, the county legislative body of any county, may, by majority vote, extend the twenty-four-month period.”

Hixson clearly reports that grand jury forepersons do not come from the “jury pool,” are never “summoned” to jury duty, are never “impaneled” as a jurors, and never subject to state laws which deal with jurors and jury duty.  Simply stated, Hixson affirms on behalf of the State of Tennessee that grand jury forepersons are never jurors.

However, Tennessee state law commands exactly the opposite: Tennessee statutes say that grand jury forepersons must always be jurors.

Tennessee state law, as tailored and refined by the Rules for Criminal Procedure, require that thirteen (13) jurors (or members) populate all state grand juries.

Hixson has now said, in clear terms in a statement against the state’s self-interest, that criminal court judges add a non-juror to the grand jury by their selection of the foreman. The 12 jurors plus one non-juror combination consequently leaves Tennessee grand juries one short of the lawfully-mandated requirement of thirteen (13) jurors. This has been and remains the case for decades.

Tennessee state law requires that all state residents, in the process of becoming jurors, must initially be randomly selected into the jury pool. From that pool, a smaller number of individuals are randomly selected to be issued summonses to report to the courtroom on a particular day, at which time jurors for the grand jury and trial juries are selected in but a third process of random selection.

In each of these three random selection rounds, the process used must be one that does not allow for the possibility of “human intervention.”

The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference describes the grand jury as:

…a group of thirteen citizens chosen from the jury panel. One of these thirteen is the fore person and will preside over the grand jury.

Assistant Attorney General Hixson now reports that criminal court judges have always been permitted to install a handpicked non-juror foreman, that is, to “appoint” the foreman from, as Monroe County Court Clerk Martha M. “Marty” Cook has said,from wherever they choose because the state laws that apply to jurors do not apply to non-jurors.

As readers of The Post & Email are already aware, Fitzpatrick’s challenges to the scope and operation of Tennessee grand juries arose upon his discovery in 2010 that the Monroe County Tennessee de facto grand jury foreman, Gary Pettway, had held that position since 1982, a period of twenty-eight (28) consecutive years.  Moreover, there was no appointing order or evidence that Pettway had ever been duly sworn in.

Fitzpatrick placed Pettway under citizen’s arrest in April 2010. State law enforcement officials ignored Fitzpatrick’s complaint and arrested Fitzpatrick instead. The Monroe County grand jury then indicted Fitzpatrick for attempting to intimidate a juror, Gary Pettway.

Fitzpatrick has demonstrated that the grand juries and trial juries in Tennessee are unduly influenced by prosecutors, grand jury foremen, and court personnel and contaminated by jurors serving consecutive terms in violation of state law (TCA 22-2-314).  In one case in Davidson County, a grand jury foreman chosen by a judge was discovered to be a convicted felon, which violates Tennessee statute and required the review of approximately 800 cases over which the illegally-serving foreman had presided.

Grand jury foremen in Monroe County are reportedly “picked from wherever” the judge “chooses” by means of an unknown vetting process.  Throughout Tennessee, grand jury foremen have served for decades or multiple times with occasional breaks in service.

Tennessee Code Annotated provides no special selection process for the grand jury foreman.

Grand jury tampering and judicial misconduct have been reported to The Post & Email in Campbell County, Roane County, Sevier County, and Madison County.  Crimes against District Attorney General R. Steven Bebb of the Tenth Judicial District have been alleged but dismissed by Tennessee Attorney General Robert E. Cooper, Jr., although members of the Tennessee General Assembly are working to remove Bebb from his post.

Now, for the first time ever, Kyle Hixson explains that (1) Gary Pettway was never a juror, resulting in (2) the law limiting jury service does not apply to grand jury forepersons such as Pettway, and (3) judicially “appointed” Tennessee residents are allowed to serve in a career position as a county employee called the  “grand jury foreman.”

Tennessee Code Annotated (TCA) 40-12-206 is the only state statute which details the composition of every Tennessee state grand jury. The law commands that all grand juries be populated with thirteen (13) jurors (members) and up to five (5) alternates. The law does not provide for the judicial appointment of a “foreman” into a Tennessee grand jury.

The same law makes no distinction among the jurors (members). There is no distinction or separate-identity, non-juror “foreman.”

The process by which all jurors are to be selected is described as (1) Randomly populate the “jury pool,” (2) Randomly select potential jurors from the “jury pool,” (3) “Summon” the potential jurors to court for random selection into the grand and trial (petit) jurors for identified term dates, and (4) “Impanel” the grand juries and trial jurors.

Hixson, representing the state of Tennessee, publicly declared in his September 2013 appeals brief that, in Tennessee, grand jury foremen are not jurors.

Restating the state’s now first-time ever publicly pronounced policy position more clearly:

  • The grand jury foreman is not a juror.

  • A criminal court trial judge individually and personally selects, then specifically delegates (appoints, employs) grand jury foremen in Tennessee state.

  • The grand jury foreman does not come from a randomly-selected jury pool.

  • The grand jury foreman is not summoned to a courtroom to participate in the process of jury impaneling.

  • Tennessee state statutes that apply to jurors and jury duty do not apply to the grand jury foreman who is, rather, a paid Tennessee state employee.

  • Judicial appointment of a grand jury foreman who is a “non-juror, as Hixson described the office and process, is illegal under the Tennessee statutes.

The Post & Email asks if the State of Tennessee is committing the same crime as that which the U.S. Navy continues to perpetrate after more than 23 years in which an honest person is sacrificed and condemned for the sake of preserving a criminal enterprise in which a judge’s personal appointee masquerades as a member of the grand jury, unduly influencing that body and often casting the decisive vote to indict.

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Editor’s Note:  More articles on Tennessee grand jury foremen and the law will be forthcoming in the near future.

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Fitzpatrick: “Court-Martialed for Nothing”

Posted By Sharon Rondeau On Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 4:45 PM In National | No Comments

FABRICATION, FALSEHOODS AND FORGERY

by Sharon Rondeau

CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III has illustrated through his own experience at court-martial that commanding officers have virtually unlimited discretion in formulating charges against a subordinate, at times using the system to retaliate against whistleblowers and others for personal and political reasons.

(Nov. 19, 2013) — CDR Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III (Ret.) and The Post & Email are preparing the manuscript for a book which will detail the numerous crimes involved in his Special Court-Martial of April 1990 which produced the largest criminal cover-up in U.S. military history.  Dozens and perhaps hundreds of officers are aware of the injustice meted out to Fitzpatrick wherein a forged document continues to be maintained as authentic after more than 23 years.

From beginning to end, the process was fraught with procedural violations, dishonesty, fabrication, and finally, the forgery of Fitzpatrick’s name to a “confession” document dated 17 July 1990 which he never saw.

Fitzpatrick has described the complicity of Naval officers and the Judge Advocate General’s office as their having been “willing to destroy subordinates to protect the institution.”  Having sought redress since the court-martial concluded, Fitzpatrick has named specific individuals as criminals, including his former defense attorney.  None will speak on the record or have filed a lawsuit against Fitzpatrick for defamation.  Had they done so, Fitzpatrick would be entitled to discovery in his own defense.

After having been missing for almost a year, Judge Advocate General Inspector General Capt. Rand Pixa reported that he discovered the original court-martial record.  Capt. Pixa alerted the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, and the next day, NCIS Special Agent Richard Allen discovered the original of the criminal forgery.  At that time, Allen discovered other documents in the original record of court-martial that matched the forgery.  Because of the matching documents, defense counsel Kevin Martis “Andy” Anderson was named as the primary suspect in the forgery.

Three months prior, on September 5, 1997, Fitzpatrick had gone to the Pentagon to speak with TJAG John Hutson about the forgery in his file.  Although blocked from speaking with Hutson directly, according to Fitzpatrick, Hutson called the NCIS director, who told NCIS Deputy Director Ernie Simon, “This forgery is real; we have a problem on our hands.”  Simon then generated a memo to various parties reflecting that conversation which said that if the forgery could be proved, “it makes the Navy look really, really bad” (see memo below).

The American taxpayer continues to pay for corruption and abuse within the U.S. military as well as a system of “justice” which is not constitutionally-based, but rather, emerged from the British Articles of War.

Many segments of the Fitzpatrick saga which will be incorporated into the book have appeared at The Post & Email with supporting documents released by the Navy in response to dozens of FOIA requests submitted over more than a decade following the sham proceeding.

The forgery remains in both Fitzpatrick’s service record and Record of Court-Martial.

Fitzpatrick describes the military system of “justice” as a function of commandand describes the proceedings against him asa vendettaconducted by a political admiral and his personal staff.  Because there is no review by a grand jury before charges are leveled against a defendant, a subordinate can be convicted and his career ruined without the presentation of any evidence.

Emails and letters from The Post & Email to Navy personnel about the crimes committed have gone unanswered over the last 19 months.  All of the principals involved or those who vouched for the authenticity of the forgery have been contacted over the last three months, with none responding.

The following segment describes how all of the “charges” except one against Fitzpatrick resulted in a “not guilty” verdict and that the only charge for which a “conviction” was pronounced was not a proper one.

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Bitoff took action and decided what he was going to do with me on the 11th of April 1990, a week after my court-martial was over.  At that time, John Bitoff did not have the court-martial record.  His big initial “B” is at the top of a memo dated 18 April 1990, when he took action on my case.  He didn’t formalize it in a letter that day, but that’s when he decided what he was going to do.  He did not have the clemency request or the court-martial record at that time.  All he had was Tim Zeller’s investigation report.

The thrust of the accusations that Zeller made against me, to include larceny, was for the funeral trip.  There were three charges:

  • Article 92, willful dereliction of duty;
  • Violation of Article 108, wrongful disposition of MWR fund, and in the specification under charge 2, Zeller articulated misuse of MWR funds for the funeral trip;
  • Violation of Article 121, was for larceny, in which Zeller accused me of stealing the money that was used for sending the females to accompany the female members of the Nordeen family.  I was accused of stealing that money and using it for myself.

Those are the three charges.

Under Charge 1, they said that I was commuting with the MWR van, but that was all.

For Charge 2, the specification was for the money used for the funeral trip.

The government did not charge me; there was no specific information.  Charge 1, Specification 1 was all that the panel found me guilty of.  When you read specification 1, it does not lay out what it was that I did specifically to abuse MWR funds.  Under that charge, Zeller did not lay out any specifics at all.  He didn’t accuse me, for example, of using money to send people to Hawaii.  He didn’t accuse me under Charge 1, specification 1 of misspending or stealing money for the electronic purchases; he didn’t charge me under Charge 1, specification 1 with any money that was spent for the funeral trip.

When you read the Letter of Reprimand, you see that the panel found me guilty of taking money for the electronics equipment and spending money for the trip to Hawaii.  I’ve explained to you why those two findings are impossible to arrive at.

The government didn’t charge me with either of those events that are criminal in nature, so I’ve been found guilty of nothing.  The government did not charge me with misusing, spending or stealing money for the electronics equipment or for misspending money for the trip to Hawaii, but these two things appear in the Letter of Reprimand, which is an impossibility because none of these things were discussed.  So where there was specific information for every event, I was found “not guilty.”  The government didn’t specify anything in Charge 1, Specification 1.  They didn’t talk about any particular event.  There was nothing there.  They might as well have charged me in Charge 1, Specification 1 with dereliction of duty for the sun not rising in the East this morning.  That’s not a crime.  They didn’t even do that.  “Fitzpatrick is being charged with dereliction of duty.”  OK.  In charging me with Dereliction of Duty, the government has to name the duty, and I had no assigned duties under the MWR program, so they didn’t do that.  Then they have to name the actual event that represents the dereliction.  They have to tell me what it was they say I did wrong; they didn’t do that, either.  So what was I defending myself against?

Detail of Charge 1, Specification 1 of Special Court-Martial of Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III in April 1990

Page 1 of court-martial charge and specification report

Page 2

Page 3

The military hearing officer, George Wells, during the court-martial on the 4th of April, said, “The government hasn’t charged Fitzpatrick with a crime under Charge 1, Specification 1.  I have some ideas about how we can fix it” – that’s what he said on page 98 and 99 of the court-martial record, but the government never fixed the charge.  Also, on block 17 of the Article 32 report, Quigley raised up a red flag and said that the charges were not in proper order.  Block 17, which is right above Block 18, said that there is no reasonable grounds to believe that Fitzpatrick committed the events of which he was accused.

The government charged me with criminal acts, and they gave out specifics.  In all of the places where specific information was given, I was found “not guilty.”  That’s consistent with what Matt Bogoshian said when he said, “There’s little, if any, evidence to believe that Fitzpatrick committed these crimes of which he is accused.”  Where a specific event was written down and said, “He did this…he used money for the funeral trip” I was found “not guilty.”  I was found “not guilty” of stealing the money for the trip.

Charge 1, specification 1 doesn’t name the duty, and it doesn’t name the act which violates the duty.  They found me guilty of nothing.  And in doing so, nobody’s ever had to explain how they were able to achieve that result.  Fitzpatrick had to know that he was doing something wrong to be accused of willful dereliction of duty.  That means he had to know.  But they didn’t name the duty that I was assigned.  If you look at my fitness report under “Duties Assigned,” you won’t find “Morale, Welfare and Recreation.”  I had other duties; the MWR program was assigned to other people to operate.   So if Zeller wanted to include me in that, by necessity, he would have had to charge other people, and they never did that.

The government didn’t charge me, and that charge for which I was found guilty, according to the Specification, doesn’t name an act.  They didn’t name a crime.  Zeller also had his dates wrong; he said that between July 1988 through January 1989, Fitzpatrick was involved in all this bad stuff.  Well, the electronics equipment was purchased in August; the funeral trip was in July; what was it that they said I did wrong in September?

So Zeller accused me of breaking regulations from July 1988 to January 1989.  Our ship deployed on September 12, 1988.  We were overseas; the first week in October, we were just making our approach into the Philippine Islands.  We did a pit stop, then from there, we moved into the South Pacific and the Indian Ocean through the Straits of Malacca into the Northern Arabian Sea.  So the ship was deployed.  So they accused me of nothing and they convicted me of committing a crime of nothing.  Under Charge 1, Specification 1, I’m not accused of a crime.  And that’s what I’ve been found guilty of.  They didn’t accuse a criminal act, and the military hearing officer said, “You haven’t accused him of anything here; you need to go back and fix this, and they didn’t, and that’s the only thing they found me guilty of.

Then you see the post-trial documents which Zeller and Anderson were exchanging which say, “Nobody knows what this guy did.”  And Anderson put it right out there; he had it correct in what he was writing in the Response to the Letter of Reprimand which he forged; the information that he put in there is correct.  He said what I’ve been telling you:  that “there were no warnings issued to Fitzpatrick.”  The word “warning” does not appear in the court-martial record.  Doug Dolan did not testify Anderson, maybe to protect himself in future days if they got caught, I don’t know – he told the admiral about the MWR trip to Hawaii, “Yes, there was a trip; it was scheduled; there’s evidence in the court-martial record in the Article 32 that says that there was a message that the ship received, and that it was seen by other people, and that people were sent to this meeting and they attended the meeting.”  Chief Wagner said, “Yes, I met with MWR personnel when I was in Hawaii.”  So the Letter of Reprimand bears no connection at all to the Record of Court-Martial or to the Article 32 report.  The only thing it refers back to is Zeller’s investigation reports, which were from September/October 1989.

Bitoff never looked at the court-martial record, and he never looked at the clemency request.  It was all a charade; it was a kibuki dance, to make it look as though what they were doing was legitimate.  All the time, it was nothing but a house of cards, a smokescreen, lining up dominoes.

The bottom line is that I’ve been found guilty of nothing.

Every place you look at this court-martial, you find a crime committed by Zeller or Bitoff.  Because of what they did, there never was a real Article 32.  What was going on was going on behind the scenes, and the Article 32 that was done in public was nothing but showcasing.  The same thing can be said for the court-martial.  The public court-martial in April 1990 was showcasing.  My real court-martial took place on the 12th of October, the day before the Navy birthday, in 1989, and Zeller pronounced me guilty of all these things.  Isn’t it interesting that at the end of the day, I was found guilty?  What was I found guilty of?  Nothing. 

If anybody stands behind the court-martial of Walt Fitzpatrick and says he was properly tried and convicted, and we can prove it, then the question becomes, “OK, what was it that Fitzpatrick did?  What did he do?”  If they point to the Letter of Reprimand and say, “This is what Bitoff’s (hand-picked) panel found:  they found that Fitzpatrick misused the money that was spent for the trip to Hawaii, and he misused the money that was spent for the electronics equipment.”  Then the next statement to whoever would be, “Where do you find that accusation made against CDR Fitzpatrick in the first place? Cite the page, the witness…” It wasn’t made.  They talked about it at the court-martial, but again, nothing came of it.

Then you go back to Zeller’s reports and you find out exactly where this information comes from in the beginning. Who said that it was against regulations to buy the electronic equipment?  Well, according to Zeller, it was Doug Dolan.  Who is Doug Dolan?  I never talked to Doug Dolan about this in the first place; Zeller never talked to Doug Dolan; Zeller made this up.

By the way, the assistant supply officer, Doug Dolan, was not part of the MWR organization.  He wasn’t assigned any duties with the MWR.

Doug and I were good friends.  I used to have something called the “XO Beat-Me-Up.”  We used to go to a bar at the end of the pier called Olive Oyl’s.”  It was named after Popeye‘s girlfriend, Olive Oyl.  It was very close to the China BasinBefore we moved across from Oakland to San Francisco for the overhaul, we did it somewhere else; I can’t remember where it was.

The XO Beat-Me-Up was off the ship.  I would walk in, and it was all the chief petty officers and me.  The first thing I did when I walked in was take off my collar devices and put them into a glass of beer.  It meant, “Chiefs, beat me up.  Take me to task.  Take me downtown.  If there’s a problem with the ship, if there’s a problem with me, please tell me.  There’s no attribution here.  You’re speaking to me as if I’m a nobody.”  I was taking the authority that I held as an executive officer and throwing it into a glass of beer.  “Anything that is said here stays here, and I will take action on any problems that you’ve found.”

The chief petty officers ran the ship.  One of the highest honors I ever received when I was in the Navy was to be picked as an honorary chief petty officer by the chiefs.  I told these guys, “I was an E-1 before I ever became an Ensign, and I’m here now, listening to you as chief petty officers, and you can consider me lower than an E-1.  Talk to me.”  That’s the way we ran the ship, and we did that regularly. If there was a complaint anywhere on the ship, it would have come to me through the chief petty officer grapevine.  And they had free access to me; they could have come in to me at any time and said, “Can you take off your collar devices?” and I would have said, “Sure, chief, whaddya got?”  That never happened.

Nobody came to me when we sent people on the funeral trip, and the feedback that I got from everybody – and I’m writing this in the book – was that this was something that they needed to do.

I never talked to Doug Dolan about this.  If Doug had come to me, he would have been one of many who would have come to me and said, “Hey, XO, we have a problem here.”  But it never happened.

The purchase of electronics equipment that was distributed throughout the entire ship was common fleet practice; it was not a criminal act.  So Zeller accused me in this Letter of Reprimand of doing something that was done by every ship I was had ever been on on throughout my career.  Every ship did it.  There was nothing wrong with it.  It was perfectly acceptable and accepted; we put it into our report, we sent our report off to the chain of command…so this nonsense about Doug Dolan is just that:  nonsense.  No one would have come to me and said, “We’re not supposed to do this” because everybody was doing it!

We had what we called Sight TV on board the ship.  In the old days, you would go out on one of the weather decks – and you see this in some of the old World War II movies where the sailors are out on the weather deck watching a movie under the stars.  When we were able to have video equipment on board the ship where we could pipe the movies into the compartments for the sailors and they had TVs to watch, they didn’t have to go out on the weather deck; they could watch a movie in their compartment or at their work center.  You could do it 24 hours a day and didn’t have to wait for a film to come on.  We did training on the TV system; it was an internal television network, if you will.

So purchasing TVs to support this internal television stations was common fleet practice.  To this day, I’m sure it’s common fleet practice.

Zeller made up the conversation before and after about my talking to Dolan. I never had those conversations with Dolan, and Zeller accused me of something that was not a criminal act.   You see this in Zeller’s investigation report.  Zeller attributes the “warning” to Doug Dolan in his investigation report, but there is no sworn statement from Doug Dolan.  That never happened.  Not even Zeller itemized his interview of Doug Dolan in his investigation report; he doesn’t put it there. Doug Dolan didn’t testify at the Article 32; he didn’t testify at the court-martial.  So how does this make it into the Letter of Reprimand?  Because Zeller made it up.

The same thing with the trip to Hawaii.  Where does that information come from?  It says in the Letter of Reprimand that the meeting was never scheduled and it was never held.  When you read Zeller’s investigation report, he attributes that position to himself.  He made it up himself.  When this meeting was discussed during the Article 32, it was 1) Yes, there was a message that it was scheduled, and 2) Yes, one of our chief petty officers attended.

I was never accused of misspending, mishandling or abusing the MWR funds for the trip to Hawaii; that was not an accusation I ever faced.  The government never accused me of a crime of any type or kind with regard to monies that were expended for the electronics equipment.  And that bears itself out when you take a look at the court-martial record and the Article 32. Then the hearing officer, Wells, said, “You haven’t accused Fitzpatrick of a crime here; fix this.  You need to state that he had actual knowledge; you need to state exactly what it is that he did; you need to state the duty, and you haven’t done that.  So get it fixed.”  So today I stand convicted of…NOTHING.

This is why Zeller and Bitoff and the others said, “We’re not calling in the NIS because they’re not available; we’re going to do this ourselves.”  That is nonsense and goes to their criminal intent.  They were going to set me up, and the only way they could ensure that they could frame me was  to handle the “investigation” by themselves.

Every time you see Bitoff’s signature, he’s involved in making a false official statement.  He was told a couple times that there’s nothing in the court-martial where these things that I was reprimanded for were even discussed.  Tim Zeller’s investigation reports were never considered at the Article 32 at all.  They were kept secret, and everything else that happened in between was all for show.  Then when the Letter of Reprimand came out, John Bitoff cited me for things that were never proven and were never brought up during the course of the court-martial.

Letter of Reprimand, page 1

Nobody came in to testify that the MWR meeting in Hawaii was never scheduled and that it never took place.  Quite the contrary, people came in and said, “Yes, I saw a message on the meeting,” or “Yes, I attended the meeting.”  In other words, Zeller’s accusation was disproved, but Bitoff ignored it.

After the court-martial was over and I started digging into the records to produce evidence of what I told them was going on when it was going on, people started to look at this and the response was “Oh, my gosh.  We have a real problem here.”  And the NCIS was told to back off by the Judge Advocate General of the Navy so the NCIS didn’t really take a hard look at it until 1997, and when they did, they said, “Oh, my gosh.” And this makes the Navy and the Marine Crops look really bad, and it “proves everything that Fitzpatrick has been talking about for a decade.”

Memo written to various parties from NCIS Deputy Director Ernie Simon stating that if the forgery were proved, it would make the Navy “look really bad.”

In those specific things I was charged with doing, I was found “not guilty.”

I do not know how the vote went.  I don’t know why they voted as they did, but my speculation is if they had found me guilty of anything specific, they would have had to explain themselves, and upon appeal it would have all unraveled.  If they said, for example, that they found me guilty of stealing the money that was used for the female escorts for the females in the Nordeen family, they would have had to answer for that.  Did Fitzpatrick put any money into his pocket?  No.   What was this money used for?  It was spent to send a contingent of females to escort the four females in the Nordeen family at a time of extraordinary crisis.  If they had found me guilty of that, they would have had to explain…if the entire crew knew that this was going on and nobody said anything, why 14 months later did this start?  What money did he steal?  Was this for personal use? No.  Did anything go into his pocket? No.  And Bitoff even said that.  So they would have had to explain themselves:  How do you find larceny there?

I was there.  This was our “9-11.”  The ship was knocked to its knees.  We had just taken a sucker-punch in the gut at a very critical time in our operational protocol.  The ship had been laid low.  The commanding officer’s brother had just been decapitated and dismembered in a car bomb attack by terrorists in Athens, Greece.  We came together as a crew, and this is something that the entire crew could participate in.  This was the beauty of using the MWR fund.  I’m writing this in the book.  Everybody could say, “I was part of honoring this man who has been taken down in this terrorist attack.”  Everybody contributed to the MWR fund.  Every time you bought a soda, a baseball cap, a bar of soap, a belt buckle, you contributed something to the MWR fund.  So by using that fund, which was the crew’s money, everybody could say, “I was part of this.”  I can’t tell you how uplifting it was for the crew, and the crew was appropriately applauded and recognized for this coming together in this crisis.  None of this was addressed in MWR regulations.  This wasn’t something that was prohibited.  It was not foreseeable, a tragic event, and the crew did what they thought was the right thing to do.  There was nothing untoward, nothing done under the table.  The entire crew knew, and we took a vote.

The MWR committee is made up of one person from each of the divisions.  They called an MWR meeting right after we began considering sending a contingent of people.  Only six or eight people showed up, and that wasn’t enough, so I said, “OK.  We don’t have time; we have to know from the crew now:  thumbs up or thumbs down.  So we called a meeting on the flight deck and the entire crew was there.  The entire crew was told, and the only people who weren’t at that meeting were, for example, the engineering department.   We were at anchor; the engineering plant was still working.  We were operating the boilers and all the machinery to keep the ship running at sea.  We had a team of watch standards up on the bridge, but not many.  So it was everybody on the ship except those people who had to be on watch, and of course, they learned about it from their division mates.  I explained the relationship I had with the chief petty officers:  I told the crew, “If you have a problem with this, tell your chief petty officer, or slip a note under my door, or tell your division officer.”  The chief petty officers were always accessible.  There wasn’t any dissent.  And of course, in the Article 32, J.J. Quigley wrote that his impression was that “99% of the crew was behind this.”  I would have said it was 100%.

So Zeller made up the misuse of the MWR funds.  Everything was invented.  There was no problem with the MWR fund.  There was no stealing of money; there was no misuse of money; there was nothing that was done under the table.  Zeller made all of it up.  None of the things that Zeller laid out specifically held any water, which means that Zeller and Adm. Bitoff were told at the 32 there were no grounds to bring these charges against me.  “You don’t have any grounds.”

Why did they say that they offered me Article 15, non-judicial punishment…which they never did, by the way.

The offering and the declination of the acceptance of the non-judicial punishment is a written event.  Bitoff and Zeller handled the Article 15 issue the same way that they handled the Letter of Reprimand.  They made believe that I was placed on notice; they made believe that I came in and said “no;” they made believe that Article 15 was offered and declined, but they have nothing in writing from me to support that.  When you take a look at the documents that are associated with the Mast package – I used to do this all the time; I did Executive Officer’s investigations and I dealt with Mast issues all the time.  There are boxes to check on the preprinted form:  “Does the accused accept Article 15 or not?”  If you’re at shore, you can decline it; if you’re at sea, you can’t.  So I was assigned to an ashore command, under John Bitoff, Combat Logistics Group 1.  If Bitoff was going to offer this, he had to do it in writing.  And then it had to be delivered to me, and then there’s a block and a signature line for “accept” or “decline.”  If it had been offered, I wouldn’t have signed it.  At that point in time, the Article 32 hearing officer said, “There is nothing to support these accusations.”  If it had been offered, I would have said “no.”  They would have pushed the piece of paper across the desk to me and said, “OK, we want you to sign here ‘decline.’” And I would have said “no.”  Then somebody would have written in the words “Refused to sign,” and then there would have been a witness to that.  So Zeller would have been there, and he would have written in, “Fitzpatrick refused to sign,” and he would have put his initials or his signature after that, and it would have been countersigned by somebody else on the staff, “In my witness, CDR Fitzpatrick refused Article 15.”

This is the point:  for this to go to court-martial, Bitoff had to make sure that Article 15 was not an option.  In other words, if it had been put in front of me, he knew I would have turned it down, and that would have been written and just more problematic.  Later, he said it was offered and that I turned it down.  In other words, Bitoff forced the court-martial.  He didn’t want me to accept Article 15 if he put that piece of paper in front of me and I put “yes” in the box…  By handling the Article 15 package in the same way that they handled the Letter of Reprimand, by pretending that I was a participant in the process and never being a participant in the process, they guaranteed a court-martial.  And what was I court-martialed for?  Well, nothing.  There were no charges to bring against me.  There was no substantiation.  That was borne out at the court-martial, because everything that they accused me of specifically I was found “not guilty.”  In Charge 1, Violation of Article 92, willful dereliction of duty, and the Spec said that I used MWR funds…well, what duty was assigned to you?  How did you misuse the funds?  That needs to appear in the charge, and it didn’t.

There are two episodes in the Letter of Reprimand:  one with the electronics equipment and the other with the MWR meeting in Hawaii.  These comparisons show that Bitoff took excerpts from Zeller’s investigation reports and included them in his Letter of Reprimand, but they were never part of the Article 32 or court-martial.  In each of the two episodes described in the Letter of Reprimand, we have comments that Zeller made in his investigation reports that track from those reports to the Letter of Reprimand but have no connection to the court-martial record or Article 32.  They are directly taken from Zeller’s reports and put into the Letter of Reprimand.

Citations from Zeller’s investigation reports which appeared in Bitoff’s 7 June 1990 Letter of Reprimand but did not come from the Article 32 or the court-martial

Zeller states emphatically that there was no MWR scheduled in Pearl Harbor, HI and no meeting held.  Then, parenthetically, Zeller wrote that “evidence used is investigating officer’s only.”  This is where we find Zeller identifying himself as the source of this claim, which he made up. 

The only testimony and evidence that John Bitoff relied upon was that which was taken from Zeller’s investigation reports.  He didn’t have anything from the court-martial or Article 32.  Zeller created a fiction which was not repeated at the Article 32 and the court-martial.  But it was repeated in Bitoff’s Letter of Reprimand.  That’s the only other place where you find these comments.

The references in Bitoff’s Letter of Reprimand which he says came from the court-martial record actually came from Zeller’s investigation reports

Zeller wrote these things in his reports, and then he kept the reports secret.  There were three versions of them dated 5 October 1989, 10 October 1989 and 23 October 1989.  We have the latter two. I’m sure that if we had the 5 October report, we would have another sentence that we could compare to Bitoff’s Letter of Reprimand.

The second set of comparisons is another example of Zeller having made up the accusation.  In the case of the electronics equipment, he made it up by creating a phantom witness with whom he never spoke.  In the second episode that deals with the Pearl Harbor trip, Zeller didn’t talk to anybody.  He made it up himself!  

For each of the two episodes that appear in the Letter of Reprimand – the electronics equipment and the Hawaii trip – the only other place where we find that language is in Zeller’s reports.  It did not come from any transcript of the Article 32 or the court-martial.  Zeller’s reports are the only other place where this language appears.

Zeller did not present himself or his investigation reports for examination at the Article 32 or at the court-martial. Nobody else came to the Article 32 or to the court-martial and repeated the information that came from Tim Zeller’s reports which was repeated in the Letter of Reprimand.  Zeller made it up, so he made sure it didn’t get talked about at the Article 32 or at the court-martial.  When push came to shove, he had nothing else; they didn’t find me guilty of anything specific, so Bitoff took it from Zeller’s investigation reports.  Very few people knew about those investigation reports.  I certainly wasn’t one who knew about them.

Remove the Article 32 transcript and the court-martial transcript.  Those transcripts are not used in the Letter of Reprimand.  It was as if they never existed.  This was never examined; it was never brought up; it was kept secret.  Bitoff’s Letter of Reprimand is a false official statement, as are Tim Zeller’s investigation reports.  Bitoff didn’t need the Article 32, and he didn’t need the court-martial.  He already knew he was going to find me guilty, and he had already determined what he was going to find me guilty of.  None of it was ever proven in any of the intervening exercises, one of which was the Article 32 and the other was the court-martial.  These things never came out in the transcripts.  Instead, Bitoff went back to Tim Zeller’s reports.

Because they rigged everything between the 32 investigation and the court-martial, it was all for show.  On the civilian side of the fence, what I’ve just described to you could never have happened.  In the circumstance where I was falsely accused in the military system, where it would never have made it through civilian protocols, John Bitoff got it through the Article 32, and then he got it through his own court-martial because he controlled it all.  The Article 32 came out and said that there was no reasonable grounds to believe that I had committed the offenses.  Well, John Bitoff didn’t care about that; he took it to the court-martial anyway.  Then who did he pick?  He picked his own people, and he told them, “You’re to find Fitzpatrick guilty, no matter what; end of story.”  And so they did.  In the civilian world, this is simply impossible. 

Tim Zeller put together reports that could not be substantiated in any way at all.  He made them up, and we know this because they weren’t substantiated at the 32 or at the court-martial.  So all the in-between part was nothing but a demonstration to the public, an illusion, that these accusation were actually considered.  They never were.

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This post was updated on November 20, 2013.

Second update on November 21, 2013.

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