Updates: 11/18/2017 Leondro Aragoncillo; 05/14/2017;05/13/2017; 05/12/2017; 05/11/2017; 05/10/2017; 05/09/2017; 05/08/2017; 05/07/2017; 05/06/2017; 05/05/2017; 05/03/2017; 05/02/2017; 05/01/2017 FAT LEONARD CASE Significance: Why Fat Leonard is Important Names - List of Navy leaders involved Names - Glenn Marine Articles - Fat Leonard Case History/Contextual: 2002 Al Qaeda Singapore Connection (terrorist plots); Free Trade Agreement Vietnam; etc. Navy Ships and Ports Legal, Investigators, Cases, Trading Secrets Whistleblowers Related Navy corruption Related Singapore Corruption - Technology (Ships/Planes, naval supplier, high tech) Other: Aragoncillo, FBI spy for filippino government Significance: Why Fat Leonard is Important What is the Fat Leonard Scandal? “At the heart of the scandal was Glenn Defense Marine Asia of Singapore [a subsidiary of Glenn Marine Group], a firm run by Leonard Glenn Francis, a Malaysian national known as Fat Leonard for his 350-pound weight. Francis provided thousands of dollars in cash, travel expenses, luxury items, and prostitutes to a large number of U.S. uniformed officers, who in turn gave him classified material about the movements of U.S. ships and submarines, confidential contracting information, and information about active law enforcement investigations into Glenn Defense Marine Asia.” (Wikipedia) Significance In a word: American and western world security. The safety of military personnel on board every craft associated with the scandal. The safety of the intactness of the American presence in southeast Asia. The safety of the continental United States. The sheer vastness of the compromised situation - the zone of influence. Who was involved, how many, links to other significant issues (perhaps 9/11). Even more disturbing than the violations and the number of people fired or charged with crimes is that none of these people were called out by their peers. Do you really think that all these hundreds of people were able to conduct their misdeeds in utter secrecy from those who worked closely with them on a day to day basis with some of the misdeeds covering years? Of course not! Other people knew that wrongs were being committed and those who knew but said nothing are just as guilty of a failure of integrity (if not actual crimes!) as the principals. From Navy Matters Blog Spot (see in articles below) Names - List of Navy involved (and others) Head of Navy - Input on Case Richardson, John. Admiral, Chief of Naval Operations - responsible for ultimate oversight involving Fat Leonard Case and other issues: Indicates “This behavior is inconsistent with our standards and the expectations the nation has for us as military professionals. It damages the trust that the nation places in us, and is an embarrassment to the Navy.” (See Federal News Radio below) Admirals As of March 2017, about 30 admirals under investigation, handful of names gone public (see RT 03/15/2017) Branch, Ted. (aka “Twig”) Vice Admiral. Director of Naval Intelligence. (see below Washington Post 07/2015) Gilbeau, Robert. Admiral. Robert Gilbeau first active-duty Navy admiral in modern history to be convicted of a felony. Gilbeau's awards i nclude the Legion of Merit, a Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, four Meritorious Service Medals, a Navy Unit Commendation and a Combat Action Ribbon. (See Defense News 06/09/2016 below) Jansen, Adrian. Rear Admiral (See Wikipedia below) Kraft, Terry B. Rear Admiral, former commander of US Naval Forces Japan. (NA/US Navy) Loveless, Bruce. Rear Admiral, a recently retired Navy intelligence officer. Pentagon. Miller, Michael H. Vice Admiral, former superintendent of the Naval Academy. (NA/US Navy) Pimpo, David R. Rear Admiral. Former Commander of Naval Supply Systems Command. (A supply officer). Commanders Aruffo, Edmond. Lt. Commander - April 2009: Retired Lt. Cmdr. Edmond Aruffo takes a job as the country manager for GDMA operations in Japan (see San Diego Tribune 011/14/2015) Debord, Gentry. Lt. Commander. Supply officer. 41-year-old convicted of taking bribes and prostitutes.Debord pleaded guilty in October. He blamed his addiction to sex for agreeing to serve as a mole for Francis. He was sentenced to 30 months confinement. (See Washington Post 03/18/2017 below) Was based in Singapore at time of arrest. Malaki, Todd. Lt. Commander. Supply officer Blue Ridge and John S. McCain, and logistics officer Military Sealift Command. Navy lieutenant commander who slipped Francis proprietary and confidential military documents in exchange for gifts. Pleaded guilty April 15, 2015. Sentenced to three years, four months in prison. (See San Diego Trib. key players photo gallery 11/14/2015 below) Misiewicz, Michael Vannak Khem. (See Military Corruption below) Pitts, Bobby R. Commander, Supply Officer. Pitts was the Officer in Charge of the Navy’s Fleet Industrial Supply Command (FISC), which was charged with meeting the logistical needs of the U.S. Navy’s Seventh Fleet. Of Chesapeake, Virginia at time of arrest. Sanchez, Jose. LCDR (see Military Corruption below) Shedd, Stephen F. Active Duty Commander. Colonels de Guzman, Enrico. (aka Rick) Retired Marine Colonel. Captains: Brooks, Michael George. From June 2006 to July 2008, Brooks served as the U.S. Naval Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines. (see Paul Davis 06/2016 below) Of Fairfax Station, Virginia at time of arrest. Dusek, Daniel. Captain. [Gilbeau] supplants Capt. Daniel Dusek, the former deputy director of operations for the Navy's 7th Fleet, as the highest-ranking officer to plead guilty. In March, Dusek was sentenced to 46 months in prison and ordered to pay $30,000 in restitution and a $70,000 fine. There is a photo of him on Washington Post with a caption that reads: U.S. Navy Capt. Daniel Dusek, center, walks through chief sideboys during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard in 2012. Dusek handed over classified ship schedules and steered aircraft carriers to “fat revenue ports” controlled by Glenn Defense in return for prostitutes, alcohol and stays at luxury hotels (see Washington Post, 05/27/2016 below) Doland, James. (aka “JD”) Active Duty Captain. Haas, David. Captain, USNA graduate, USS Blue Ridge (See Military Corruption) Lausman, David. (aka “Too Tall”) Retired Captain. Horbeck, Donald. (aka “Bubbles”) Retired Captain. Newland, David. (aka “Newly”) Retired Captain. Other: Beliveau II, John. Former special agent of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Pleaded guilty in December 2013 to bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery; sentenced in October 2016 to 12 years in prison. (See Military Corruption, Wikipedia below) He had recently been named NCIS Agent of the Year (See 20 Committee below). Gorsuch, Robert. Retired Chief Warrant Officer. Herrera, Mario. (aka Choke or Choke OIC) Layug: Daniel. (see Washington Post 01/21/2016) an enlisted sailor with a weakness for electronic bling, was an easy mark. Over a three-year period, he repeatedly downloaded classified documents and other sensitive information about Navy operations in Asia, and handed it over for a low, low price, according to federal court records. Malaki, Todd. Kaur-Rachael, Sharon Gursharan (usually seen as Sharon Gursharan Kaur). Starting in 2006, Sharon Gursharan Kaur, a Singapore national who worked for the Navy, leaked confidential contract information to Francis for about $100,000 in cash and luxury vacations in Bali and Dubai, according to the Singapore Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau.Kaur has been charged with corruption and money-laundering offenses in Singapore. (See Washington Post, 05/27/2016 below). Simpkins, Paul. Civilian. (see Washington Post, 05/27/2016 below). Supervisory contract specialist for the Navy in Singapore. 02/28/2006 - Simpkins gets $50,000 in cash in an envelope at a hotel bar meeting with Francis (See San Diego Tribune 11/2015 below)Simpkins left the Singapore office that year to become a senior contracting executive for the Justice Department and later for the Defense Department. Prosecutors have accused him of maintaining a relationship with Francis while he worked in Washington (see Washington Post, 05/27/2016 below) Other Possible Connections to Scandal: Mullen, Mike. Admiral. photo: a photo shows Leonard with Admiral Mike Mullen. (See below Washington Post below, 05/27/2016 and Paul Davis on Crime, 05/28/2016) Admiral Michael Mullen retires after fours years of serving as the nation's highest-ranking military officer in both the Bush and Obama administrations, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, retired. New York Times: Admiral Michael Mullen Retires. By Vijai Singh (10/01/2011)https://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000001084663/adm- michael-mullen- retires.html?action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=supplemental&module=undefined&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=collection Wikipedia: As Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mullen was the highest-ranking officer in the United States Armed Forces. He retired from the Navy after over 43 years of service. Mullen is now a Professor at Princeton University. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Mullen Donnelly, John J. “Many of crew are still talking about the great adventures they experienced,” then-Capt. John J. Donnelly, then 7th Fleet chief of staff, said in a March 10, 2000, letter. He lauded Francis’s “warm hospitality,” calling it “truly remarkable” and that it “will long be remembered by all of us.” Donnelly would become a three-star admiral and commander of all U.S. submarine forces. Now retired, Donnelly said he had no memory of ever meeting Francis and that the letter was “a pro forma thank you note” generated by his staff. “I probably signed hundreds of similar letters during my two years in that job,” he added. (see Washington Post, 05/27/2016 below) Willard, Robert F. Vice Admiral. “Dear Leonard,” wrote then-Vice Adm. Robert F. Willard, then the 7th Fleet commander, on June 3, 2003. “Thank you for the top-notch hospitality. Your timely efforts and service will remain unparalleled.” Willard would become a four-star admiral and commander of all U.S. military forces in the Pacific. Now retired, he declined to comment. (See Washington Post, 05/27/2016). Greenert, Jonathan. Vice Admiral. “Thank you for the superb services,” gushed then-Vice Adm. Jonathan Greenert, the next commander of the 7th Fleet, on March 9, 2006. “Over the years, the reputation of Glenn Marine remains exceptional. . . . Keep up the great work. I wish you and your staff the very best and continued success!” Greenert would become chief of naval operations, the top job in the Navy. He retired last year and declined to comment. (see Washington Post, 05/27/2016). Locklear, Sam. Admiral. One brochure, published in 2008, shows Francis, smiling, in a collage of photos with Greenert and Willard and Adm. Sam Locklear, who later became commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific. (See Washington Post, 05/27/2016). Roughead, Gary. A chief of naval operations. Declined to comment. Photo with Frances. (See Washington Post, 05/27/2016). Names Glenn Marine (and one ship) Glenn Marine Defense Asia Francis, Leonard Glenn. CEO of an outfit called Glenn Defense Marine Asia. GDMA specialized in providing support services to ships of the Navy’s Seventh Fleet operating in the Pacific and Indian Ocean Peterson, Neil. Raja, Linda. Wisidagama, Alex. One of the executives from Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia who have pleaded guilty in the case is Alex Wisidagama who was sentenced in March to 63 months in prison and payment of $34.8 million in restitution to the Navy. Glenn Braveheart. (Not a Navy ship, but one belonging to Leonard Francis) - The Glenn Braveheart seen in Singapore in 2006. When in port, Francis would sometimes turn the Braveheart into a giant party boat, with prostitutes in the wardroom to entertain U.S. officers, according to court records and interviews. In another display of panache, he purchased an aging, decommissioned British warship, the RFA Sir Lancelot. He refurbished and renamed it the Glenn Braveheart.The vessel became the flagship of his fleet, and it would often deploy alongside the USS Blue Ridge, the 7th Fleet’s flagship. When in port, Francis would sometimes turn the Braveheart into a giant party boat, with prostitutes in the wardroom to entertain U.S. officers, according to court records and interviews.(photo with caption and article text - see Washington Post 05/27/2016) Fat Leonard: Companies, Military Positions, Investigators Legal, Investigators, Cases Legal Sources - Procedings/Report(s) Justice dot gov: Records in U.S. District Court in San Diego; U.S. Navy https://www.justice.gov/opa/press-release/file/948061/download Trading Secrets - Incident Examples Don’t be distracted! Do not lose sight of the real issues by the ongoingly repeated lists of perks received by Navy personnel in return for providing information; stay focused on what secrets were given to Francis over the years. As for the perks, find out suppliers of material products - like cigars, wine, etc. - as they could be part of the scandal. Examples: Sanchez. By early 2009, Sanchez is regularly sending Francis classified information on ship schedules…Oct. 16, 2009: Sanchez sends a Facebook message to Francis telling him the Navy is questioning $110,000 GDMA billed for force protection — or surrounding Navy ships with barges for security — while at a port in Malaysia. …Beliveau (July) sends an email to Francis, discussing the NCIS investigation and strategies for the company to deal with the questions…On Aug. 24 Dusek emails Francis that the carrier and its strike group will be stopping at the port in October…Dec. 3, 2011: In an email, Sanchez tells Francis of another Navy investigation into GDMA billing. Francis brushes it off. “I have inside intel from NCIS and read all the reports,” he writes. Layug gave schedules of ships. (see San Diego Tribune 11/14/2015). The indictment also alleges that Brooks provided Francis with sensitive Navy information, including billing information belonging to a GDMA competitor and Navy ship schedules. (Paul Davis on Crime, 05/2016). U.S. Navy Capt. Daniel Dusek: Dusek handed over classified ship schedules and steered aircraft carriers to “fat revenue ports” controlled by Glenn Defense in return for prostitutes, alcohol and stays at luxury hotels (See Washington Post 05/27/2016 below) Investigators Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS) Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) The Australian Federal Police ; Singapore Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau. Whistleblowers, Questioners of Over-billing or other issues Schaus, David. A junior officer assigned to the Navy’s Ship Support Office in Hong Kong, became livid after receiving a huge invoice from Glenn Defense in 2004. Schaus said it charged the Navy for pumping 100,000 gallons of sewage from a destroyer that spent four days in port — an impossible amount, because the ship’s tanks held just 12,000 gallons and were serviced only once a day. Schaus told The Post that he summoned Francis for an explanation. “He became furious, accusing me of calling him a liar. And I told him, ‘I am calling you a liar.’ He said, ‘Lieutenants don’t tell me what to do. Do you know who I am?’ He was being profane and banging on the table.” Afterward, Schaus said he was told by other Navy officials to back off, something that he said invariably happened when he raised questions about Glenn Defense.The company “was rotten from the first day I worked with them in 2004, and everyone knew they were rotten,” Schaus said. “Everyone knew what was going on, and it was just accepted as the way it was. If you tried to rock the boat, you got squashed.” (See Washington Post, 05/27/2016 below). Cases (partial list) Brooks, Pitts, Debord: From Paul Davis on Crime (see 05/2016 below) Retired Navy Captain Michael Brooks, 57, of Fairfax Station, Virginia; Commander Bobby Pitts, 47, of Chesapeake, Virginia; and Lieutenant Commander Gentry Debord, 47, who is based in Singapore, were charged on May 25, 2016, in the Southern District of California Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy of the Southern District of California, Acting Director Dermot O’Reilly of the Department of Defense’s Defense Criminal Investigative Service (DCIS), Director Andrew Traver of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and Director Anita Bales of Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) made the announcement. Ships and Ports: Military, Associated Ships, Locations 7th Fleet - United States Navy https://archive.org/details/ReadySeapower http://nation.time.com/2012/12/07/getting-it-wrong-at-7th-fleet/ http://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/navy-eased-after-hours-rules-4-days-before-okinawa-rape/ https://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-06-06/us-navy-bans-alcohol-in-japan-after-drunk-driving-rape-and-death https://www.stripes.com/news/7th-fleet-hopes-frank-discussion-will-curb-sexual-assaults-1.41914#.WQ3dOIjyvZY http://www.independentsentinel.com/entire-7th-fleet-loses-their-liberty-and-the-21st-amendment/ http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=86508 USS Blue Ridge. The command flagship for the Navy’s 7th Fleet, that is, it is the command ship which contains the headquarters of the U.S. Navy's Seventh Fleet, based in Yokosuka, Japan. USS Ronald Reagan. (CVN-76) Eighteen months later, the cycle repeated itself when another aircraft carrier [this USS Ronald Reagan, following the USS Decatur’s earlier visit] visited Hong Kong. (See Washington Post 05/27/2016 below) Rear Adm. Michael H. Miller, commander of the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group, knew Francis well. USS Essex. (ie, Debord) USS Decatur. In Hong Kong harbor, the guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur rests at anchor during a three-day port call in December 2004. When a Navy official in Singapore flagged questionable bills from Glenn Defense stemming from the port visit, one of Francis's alleged moles nipped the inquiry in the bud, according to prosecutors.“Do not request any invoices from this ship,” Simpkins ordered his colleague in an email, according to court records. “Do not violate this instruction. Contact the ship and rescind your request.”(see Washington Post 05/27/2016 below with photo, which was also found on Paul Davis on Crime 05/2016, also see below) Lake Erie. Cruiser -Feb. 1-4, 2010: The cruiser Lake Erie arrives in Sukomo, Japan, for a visit. The Navy says GDMA submitted inflated invoices totaling $234,902 for the visit.(see San Diego Tribune 11/14/2015) Abraham Lincoln. Aircraft carrier - Laem Chabang, Thailand Emory Land. Submarine (overbilling issue) Columbia - submarine (overbilling issue) Mustin -destroyer - Laem Chabang, Thailand, a Navy port where Navy operations are handled by GDMA (see San Diego Tribune 11/14/2015) John C. Stennis - Malaysia Ships Serviced In: Hong Kong Japan Singapore Philippines Thailand-Laem Chabang, Thailand Sepangar, Malaysia Related commands or organizations Naval Supply Systems Command (ie, Rear Admiral David Pimpo - former Commander) Naval Intelligence (ie, Vice Admiral Ted “Twig” Branch) Navy League. The firm became a leading sponsor of the Navy League of the United States, a civilian nonprofit group that advocates on behalf of the Navy. Related International Naval Royal Australian Navy (Radio Australia Net) Yokosuka Naval Base - Japan https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Fleet_Activities_Yokosuka ---end Ships and Ports--- Articles - Fat Leonard Case American Conservative: Fat Leonard and the Decline of Military Values: The officer corps was once assumed to be above larger cultural rot. No more.By Andrew J. Bacevich (03/20.2017) http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/fat-leonard-and-the-decline-of-military-values/ Defense News: (06/09/2016) http://www.defensenews.com/story/defense-news/2016/06/09/navy-gilbeau-fat-leonard-gdma-glenn-defense-marine-scandal-bribery- supply-logistics-pacific/85659838/ Federal News Radio: Face Navy’s 7th Fleet Scandal is Malignant. By Tom Temin (03/17/2017) https://federalnewsradio.com/tom-temin-commentary/2017/03/face-navys-7th-fleet-scandal-malignant/ Military dot com: by Erik Slavin (12/03/2015) http://www.military.com/daily-news/2015/12/03/another-former-navy-official-arrested-fat-leonard-bribery-case.html Military Corruption dot com: -Belieavu, John http://www.militarycorruption.com/belieavu.htm -Haas, David http://www.militarycorruption.com/haas.htm -Sanchez, Jose Sanchez http://www.militarycorruption.com/josesanchez.htm Excerpt: Navy CDR Jose Luis Sanchez has cut a deal with government prosecutors, and that could be bad news for two Navy flag officers, sources tell MilitaryCorruption.com. The 42 year-old former XO for Fleet Logistics Center at Yokosuka admitted to accepting bribes from Malaysian business mogul "Fat Leonard" Glenn Francis to make sure U.S. warships used his facilities at various Asian ports of call. Overcharging the Navy for various services, such as food and fuel, finally caught up with the obese crook. Sanchez, who faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced in March, (but probably will get far less jail time, because of his cooperation with federal investigators in this case) admitted he took $100,000 in cash payoffs and enjoyed free romps with prostitutes in exchange for his steering Naval craft to ports where Fat Leonard's contracting firm could rip them off. http://www.militarycorruption.com/josesanchez.htm -Misiewicz, Michael Vannak Khem - Navy CMDR http://www.militarycorruption.com/misiwiecz.htm MSN: Admiral, seven others charged with corruption in new ‘Fat Leonard’ indictment. By Craig Whitlock. (03/14/2017) http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/admiral-seven-others-charged-with-corruption-in-new-%E2%80%98fat- leonard%E2%80%99-indictment/ar-AAom2vy?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=wispr Excerpt: The Justice Department unsealed a fresh indictment Tuesday charging eight current and former Navy officials — including an admiral — with corruption and other crimes in the “Fat Leonard” bribery case, escalating an epic scandal that has dogged the Navy for the past four years. Among those charged were Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless, a senior Navy intelligence officer based at the Pentagon, several Navy captains and a retired colonel from the Marine Corps. The charges cover a period of eight years, from 2006 through 2014. The Navy personnel are accused of taking bribes in the form of lavish gifts, prostitutes and luxury hotel stays courtesy of Leonard Glenn Francis, a Singapore-based defense contractor who has already pleaded guilty to defrauding the Navy of tens of millions of dollars. The indictment lists page after page of bribes allegedly consumed by the defendants — seven senior officers and one enlisted sailor — including $25,000 watches, $2,000 boxes of Cohiba cigars, $2,000 bottles of cognac and $600-per-night hotel rooms. According to the charging documents, Francis also frequently sponsored wild sex parties for many officers on the USS Blue Ridge, the flagship of the Navy’s 7th Fleet, and other warships. During a port visit by the Blue Ridge to Manila in May 2008, for example, five of the Navy officers attended a “raging multi-day party, with a rotating carousel of prostitutes,” at the Shangri- La Hotel, according to the indictment. The group allegedly drank the hotel’s entire supply of Dom Perignon champagne and rang up expenses exceeding $50,000, which Francis covered in full. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/admiral-seven-others-charged-with-corruption-in-new-%E2%80%98fat- leonard%E2%80%99-indictment/ar-AAom2vy?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=wispr National Interest: Fat Leonard Scandal Talks a little about why secrets might be kept in the military such as occurred in the Fat Leonard Case. http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/the-us-navys-%E2%80%9Cfat-leonard-scandal%E2%80%9D-highlights-the-need- 16751 Navy Matters Blog Spot: Integrity http://navy-matters.blogspot.com/2017/04/integrity.html Excerpt: The “Fat Leonard” scandal that has rocked the Navy and the 7th Fleet, in particular, has, thus far, seen several current and former Navy commanders, including admirals, convicted of various charges with several others “censured or disciplined” for ethics violations. Currently, 30 admirals are still under investigation (5). Charges and violations cover the gamut from “simple” ethics violations to bribery, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and making false statements to federal investigators. So, that’s somewhere around 40 people involved in just one scandal and the investigation is still ongoing. More people will, undoubtedly be charged. The 7th Fleet command structure was, apparently, riddled with criminals. Even more disturbing than the violations and the number of people fired or charged with crimes is that none of these people were called out by their peers. Do you really think that all these hundreds of people were able to conduct their misdeeds in utter secrecy from those who worked closely with them on a day to day basis with some of the misdeeds covering years? Of course not! Other people knew that wrongs were being committed and those who knew but said nothing are just as guilty of a failure of integrity (if not actual crimes!) as the principals. For the period 2011-2016, we see that there were around 120 firings and another 30+ firings, charges, and convictions in the Fat Leonard scandal. Those, alone, give us a total of around 150 people who demonstrated a direct lack of integrity. If we assume, conservatively, that five other people knew about each individual’s failures but said nothing, we have an additional 750 command level people who also demonstrated ethical cowardice and a lack of integrity by not speaking up and reporting. That has us approaching a thousand integrity-challenged command level people who failed themselves, the Navy, and the nation. Note that we’re not even considering executive officer and below levels – just command levels. There’s yet another level of integrity failings that we’ve documented in this blog and that is the commonplace practice of retired admirals taking jobs with the very defense industry companies that they were supposed to be dealing with during service. At the very least, this represents an egregious conflict of interest and may well constitute actual bribery, extortion, and payback. Thus, add dozens and dozens of retired admirals to the list of demonstrably integrity-challenged command level people. While taking such jobs may not be against the law, it’s certainly a clear case of a lack of integrity and judgment unworthy of flag officers. Admirals have a pretty nice retirement package so it’s not like they desperately need the money. Thus far, this post is depressing but the real point has not yet been made. The real point is that the Navy is clearly systemically integrity-challenged and yet, if we go to war tomorrow, these are the very people who will be leading us in combat. Do we really want these kinds of people to be our combat leaders? Do we really think people with no integrity will lead us to victory? Even more immediately relevant is the fact that these people are making today’s decisions about tomorrow’s weapons, systems, and platforms. We’ve repeatedly noted the highly questionable (baffling?) decisions being made about various acquisition programs that seem to have no other explanation than graft, corruption, and payback in the form of retirement jobs with defense companies. Are these the people we want shaping our future Navy? http://navy-matters.blogspot.com/2017/04/integrity.html NPR: US Rear Admiral Pleads Guilty in Fat Leonard Navy Bribery and Fraud Case. By Bill Chappell (06/09/2016) http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/09/481475338/u-s-rear-admiral-pleads-guilty-in-fat-leonard-navy-bribery- and-fraud-case Paul Davis on Crime: -Three Navy Officers Charged http://www.pauldavisoncrime.com/2016/05/three-navy-officers-charged-in.html -Fat Leonard Man Who Seduced US Navy (Brief) http://www.pauldavisoncrime.com/2016/05/fat-leonard-francis-man-who-seduced-us.html photo: a photo shows Leonard with Admiral Mike Mullen. Radio Australia: Senior Australian sailors investigated over US Navy 'Fat Leonard' sex/bribery scandal. By Andrew Greene (03/17/2017) Reuters http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-navy-corruption-idUSKCN0Z92BZ RT (Question More): -Navy Officers Fat Leonard (03/15-16/2017) https://www.rt.com/usa/380861-navy-officers-fat-leonard/ -Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz Excerpt: Born in Cambodia during Vietnam war https://www.rt.com/usa/330570-navy-commander-guilty-bribery/ San Diego Union Tribune: -Navy repeatedly dismissed evidence 'Fat Leonard' was cheating the 7th Fleet. By Craig Whitlock (12/28/2016) http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-fat-leonard-20161228-story.html Excerpt: The Navy allowed the worst corruption scandal in its history to fester for several years by dismissing a flood of evidence that the rotund Asian defense contractor was cheating the service out of millions of dollars and bribing officers with booze, sex and lavish dinners, newly released documents show. http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/military/sd-me-fat-leonard-20161228-story.html -Simpkins Sentence (12/02/2016) http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/sd-me-simpkins-sentence-20161202-story.html Excerpt: When a Navy official asked to take a second look at invoices submitted by contractor “Fat” Leonard Francis for services his company performed during a ship visit to Hong Kong, the request was quickly thwarted. The admonishment sent to the official by supervising civilian Navy contract specialist Paul Simpkins was sharp: “Do not request any invoices from the ship … do not violate this instruction. Contact the ship and rescind your request.” http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/courts/sd-me-simpkins-sentence-20161202-story.html -Timeline of Fat Leonard Scandal. By Greg Moran (11/14/2015 http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sdut-timeline-of-fat-leonard-scandal-2015nov14- htmlstory.html -Ex-NCIS agent imprisoned in 'Fat Leonard' Navy fraud scheme. By Kristina Davis (10/14/2016) http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sd-me-ncis-sentence-20161014-story.html -Fat Leonard Bribery - Bail Release Request (2015) http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/sdut-fat-leonard-francis-navy-bribery-bail-release-2015may22- htmlstory.html Silent Soldier: Navy Repeatedly Dismissed Evidence that Fat Leonard Was Cheating the 7th Fleet (12/28/2016) https://silentsoldier.us/2016/12/28/navy-repeatedly-dismissed-evidence-that-fat-leonard-was-cheating-the-7th- fleet/ Washington Post: -2017 Navy officers convicted of corruption in ‘Fat Leonard’ scandal haven’t lost their pensions. By Craig Whitlock (03/18/2017) Gilbeau is one of seven current or former Navy officers who have pleaded guilty in an epic corruption and bribery scandal but are still eligible for generous retirement benefits, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/navy-officers-convicted-of-corruption-in-fat-leonard-scandal- havent-lost-their-pensions/2017/03/18/d60c6d4c-0363-11e7-b1e9- a05d3c21f7cf_story.html?utm_term=.43b5ebb4e105 -2016 The Man Who Seduced the 7th Fleet. By Craig Whitlock (05/27/2016) http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2016/05/27/the-man-who-seduced-the-7th- fleet/?utm_term=.eef4dec275a1 -2016 Epic Navy bribery scandal shows how easy it can be to steal military secret. By Craig Whitlock (01/21/2016) https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/21/sentencing-in-epic-navy-bribery-scandal- shows-how-easy-it-was-to-steal-military-secrets/ Excerpt: Layug: In the scheme of things, Layug was a small fish – a petty officer first class assigned to the supply corps at a Navy base in Japan….But evidence gathered in Layug’s case exposes the simple and audacious nature of the bribery racket, including how easy it was for him to pilfer secrets, and how nobody noticed for years….In 2010, Layug was assigned to the USS Blue Ridge, the command flagship for the Navy’s 7th Fleet, based in Japan. The next year, he was transferred to the Navy’s Fleet Logistics Center in Yokosuka, Japan, where he helped to provide logistical support to Navy vessels throughout the Pacific. In those positions, Layug had easy access to two things Glenn Defense Marine dearly wanted: classified information about Navy ship movements, including which ports they intended to visit; and trade secrets about what the competition was charging to supply those vessels. According to federal investigators, it didn’t take much to buy off the sailor. First, a Glenn Defense Marine executive gave him an unlocked cell phone. Over time, as Layug proved cooperative, the defense contractor fed his appetite for consumer electronics, bribing him with an iPad 3, a Wii video game console, a Blackberry phone, a Sony VAIO laptop, and a Nikon D5200 digital camera, documents filed by prosecutors show. They also indulged his desire for a good time, providing him and his Navy buddies with free luxury hotel rooms during their visits to ports in Hong Kong, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia, according to the documents. Starting in May 2012, Layug also received an “allowance” of $1,000 per month from Glenn Defense Marine, usually in envelopes of cash, the document show. In exchange, on at least five occasions, Layug handed over classified information about Navy ship schedules. To gather the material, the sailor simply entered a secure room aboard the USS Blue Ridge, logged onto a classified computer terminal and printed out the schedules. All documents in the secure room had to be printed on pink paper, to signify that the material was classified. But Layug just added a blank cover sheet, walked off the ship and took the documents home, according to investigators….In contrast, prosecutors sought a 27-month prison term for Layug, contending that he put national security at risk by selling the classified ship schedules, which reveal the planned movement of Navy warships up to a year in advance. “As seems abundantly obvious, in the wrong hands, this information would provide a substantial advantage to those intent on doing our Sailors, our Navy, and our Nation harm, essentially allowing them to know when and where to plan an attack,” wrote Pletcher, the federal prosecutor overseeing the case. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/01/21/sentencing-in-epic-navy-bribery-scandal- shows-how-easy-it-was-to-steal-military-secrets/ -2015 Three US Admirals Censured [Pimpo, Miller, Kraft]. By Craig Whitlock (07/17/2015) Excerpt: The incidents occurred nearly a decade ago, while all three officers — Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller, Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft and Rear Adm. David R. Pimpo — were assigned to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier strike group… On Friday night, the Navy released a handful of documents that shed new light on the case but withheld many others. Journalists had sought the public records for the past five months under the Freedom of Information Act. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/three-us-admirals-censured-in-fat-leonard-corruption- probe/2015/07/17/7f29ca1a-2b1f-11e5-a5ea-cf74396e59ec_story.html?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.a80f03144f15 Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fat_Leonard_scandal 20 Committee: Fat Leonard Sinks the Navy https://20committee.com/2015/01/16/fat-leonard-sinks-the-navy/ Excerpt: If the Navy expects to win the next war, it needs to restore confidence in its integrity, especially to its junior sailors, who see senior officers and admirals getting rich and living the high life, while their own careers, and often lives, can be ruined over a whiff of scandal regarding drink or women of the kind that sailors until recently would have termed “the weekend.” Puritanism for the lower ranks and wild (illegal) partying for the higher ranks is a great way to destroy morale. The FBI needs to brought in to figure out what really happened in the Fat Leonard drama, since the NCIS was itself compromised in the scandal, moreover its track record on high-profile investigations is less than stellar. There are troubling counterintelligence aspects of the GDMA story that need full and proper investigation. Additionally, a high-ranking panel must be convened by the Pentagon to produce recommendations on how to clean up Navy culture, particularly among the senior ranks. No currently serving admirals should be involved, since they cannot be trusted to be impartial, but there are several retired admirals of genuine integrity out there who are deeply concerned about the state of the Navy and would be ideal here; they are in the phone book. The American public deserves believable assurances that the Fat Leonard scandal will not be repeated, and junior officers and enlisted sailors need to feel confident that there are not two tiers of expectations and justice in the U.S. Navy. If that is not repaired, and morale in the fleet is not properly restored, the consequences may be dire indeed, and played out in the Western Pacific sooner than you think. https://20committee.com/2015/01/16/fat-leonard-sinks-the-navy/ ----end articles------------------- HISTORY/CONTEXTUAL Historic Singapore, contextual background, USA Relations, Post-9/11 Environment (Singapore-USA): 2002 CNN: Intelligence from Afghanistan breaks Singapore plot. By Barbara Starr. (01/11/2002) http://edition.cnn.com/2002/US/01/11/ret.singapore.plot/index.html Excerpt: WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Singapore has broken an al Qaeda plot targeting the U.S. Navy presence there as the direct result of intelligence gathered in Afghanistan, U.S. officials told CNN on Friday. The plot, these sources say, included plans to attack U.S. Navy ships, sailors and the nightspots they frequent. The 17,000 Americans living in Singapore and other expatriates were also among the targets. http://edition.cnn.com/2002/US/01/11/ret.singapore.plot/index.html Al Qaeda - Singapore Connection 2002 Plots in Singapore Shortly Before Fat Leonard Scandals and Around Time of 9/11 2002 Al Qaeda thwarted terrorist plot: Related Issue to Fat Leonard Case? Keep at Top of Mind for further investigation. Did the attack go underground or change form via Fat Leonard) Please notice the following in terms of what was to be attacked: -nightspots that Navy sailors frequent - this brings us closer to wine n’ dine, prostitutes involved in Fat Leonard case. - US Navy ships - numbers of shipped targeted for overbilling, etc. in Fat Leonard case, and their projected port calls made known to outsiders (Fat Leonard). CNN: Intelligence from Afghanistan breaks Singapore plot. By Barbara Starr (01/11/2002) http://edition.cnn.com/2002/US/01/11/ret.singapore.plot/index.html Excerpts from CNN (link above): How plot was thwarted U.S. officials say the ring was broken up because of intelligence the U.S. military gained inside Afghanistan while searching al-Qaeda hideouts. Singapore says it had a handle on the problem from the beginning -- without U.S. assistance Terrorist or Related Organizations involved in Singapore thwarted attack -Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Philippines) -Jemaah Islamiya (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia) -Ibnu Umar (See Straits TImes 2013 article in continuted below) Jemaah Islamiya: a clandestine organization that has cells in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. Eight of them had gone to al Qaeda camps in Afghanistan for training that included use of AK-47s and mortars and study of military tactics, they said, and the group's leader in Singapore, Ibrahim Maidin, underwent military training in Afghanistan in 1993. Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines: Two of the 15 people who were arrested were released, but ordered not to contact any terrorist organization for the next two years. They had donated money to religious organizations involved with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the Philippines, where they had visited a training camp, but were not members of Jemaah Al Qaeda -Singapore Plots: Jemaah Islamiya What is Jemaah Islamiya? Jemaah Islamiah is a Southeast Asian militant extremist Islamist terror group dedicated to the establishment of a Daulah Islamiyah in Southeast Asia Possible Australia link to Jemaah Islamiya - Halal (a few Australians involved in Fat Leonard) http://www.islamiccouncilwa.com.au/ Plot: Afghan related organization called Jemaah Islamiya in Singapore: Plot against Navy in January 2002, very shortly after 9/11: The plot, these sources say, included plans to attack U.S. Navy ships, sailors and the nightspots they frequent. The 17,000 Americans living in Singapore and other expatriates were also among the targets. People: Ibrahim Maidin, underwent military training in Afghanistan in 1993. Mohamed Khalim bin Jaffar, Mohamed Elias. What was under surveillance by the terrorists: the Embassy and Australia came up in Fat Leonard The group also carried out surveillance of the U.S. Embassy, the Australian High Commission, the Israeli Embassy and commercial buildings housing U.S. companies in conjunction with a group from outside Singapore Three terrorist cells: Authorities said three cells were involved in planning attacks: First cell: One was to target a shuttle bus service used by U.S. personnel in Singapore, and Singapore official said a videotape made by its leader, Mohamed Khalim bin Jaffar, was found in the rubble of an al-Qaeda leader's house in Afghanistan. For unknown reasons, the plan was not carried out. Under a second plan, U.S. Navy vessels northeast of Singapore between Changi and Pulau Tekong may have been targeted for bombing. Khalim's possessions included a map that showed observation posts in Singapore and Johor and a "kill zone" in the channel between Changi and Pulau Tekong. Authorities said he had a list of more than 200 U.S. companies in Singapore, two tampered Singapore passports, 15 forged Malaysian and Philippines immigration stamps, night-vision binoculars and papers describing how to make bombs. Second cell: The second cell obtained photographs in April 2000 of Paya Lebar Air Base and the U.S. planes there as a potential target. The pictures were found among bin Jaffar's possessions. The group also carried out surveillance of the U.S. Embassy, the Australian High Commission, the Israeli Embassy and commercial buildings housing U.S. companies in conjunction with a group from outside Singapore, two members of which told the cell they had stockpiled four tons of ammonium nitrate in Malaysia and needed 17 more. Mohamed Elias, a 29-year-old manager, tried to make the purchase but was arrested by Singapore authorities before he could do so. Third cell: Authorities said a third cell formed after last September's terror attacks in the United States. They observed targets that included U.S. companies, but stopped when they heard other suspects had been arrested by Singapore authorities. Earlier plots discovered as early as Dec. 2001 Wikipedia: Singapore embassies attack plot https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore_embassies_attack_plot The Singapore embassies attack plot was a plan in 2001 by Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) to bomb the diplomatic missions and attack personnel of the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Israel based in Singapore. There were also several other targets. The plot was uncovered in December 2001 and as many as 15 people were arrested in Singapore within a month. Further investigation and intelligence prompted the detention of another 26 persons from 2002 to 2005. As of 2006, 37 of them were still being detained without trial, under the Internal Security Act. Four had been released on restriction orders. 2003 and beyond: TPP, Australia, etc.: Free Trade Agreement (Singapore and related issues involving free trade agreements) http://www.naftaclaims.com/commissionfiles/US-Singapore_Investment_Chapter.pdf https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/courts/news/2004/03/16/611/use-free-trade-agreements-to-fight-corruption-and-promote-democracy/ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-03-18/free-trade-agreements-used-help-american-workers-now-they-hurt-them http://waysandmeans.house.gov/Media/pdf/singapore/hr2739Singachievesobjectives.pdf http://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/safta/pages/singapore-australia-fta.aspx https://www.mti.gov.sg/MTIInsights/SiteAssets/Pages/TPP/Seven%20things%20you%20should%20know%20about%20the%20TPP%20(Final).p df https://www.transparency.org/whatwedo/answer/anti_corruption_and_transparency_provisions_in_trade_agreements Earlier Pre-9/11 Environment (Singapore-USA) Singapore Window: Lee's memoirs reveal covert aid to Khmer Rouge (10/02/2000) http://www.singapore-window.org/sw00/001002sc.htm Excerpt: South China Morning Post AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE in Phnom Penh: CAMBODIA'S genocidal Khmer Rouge and allied non-communist insurgents received massive sums of largely covert aid from China, the United States, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in the 1980s, according to Singapore Senior Minister Lee Kuan Yew.As much as US$1.3 billion was spent supporting rebel groups fighting Vietnamese and allied Cambodian forces after Hanoi's invasion of Cambodia, which toppled the Khmer Rouge regime in 1979. "Our representative on the Thai-Malaysian-Singaporean-US group that met in Bangkok to co-ordinate our programme estimated that the United States dispensed a total of about US$150 million in covert aid to the non- communist groups," the former Singapore leader said in his recently published memoirs. http://www.singapore-window.org/sw00/001002sc.htm 1988: Hendrickson Affair 2006 (est) - Current: Fat Leonard Case 2015: Asian Summit/Obama Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore%E2%80%93United_States_relations 2015 Asian Summit - Obama Bilateral relations Hendrickson Affair (1988) Free Trade Agreement (2003) Visa Waiver Country Military Relations: Singapore has long standing military relations with the United States. The United States sells arms to Singapore and provides access to its bases to train the Singaporean armed services outside of their small city-state.[14] Under the US-Singapore Strategic Framework Agreement, some US Navy littoral combat ships are to rotationally deployed to Singapore.[15 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singapore%E2%80%93United_States_relations Some sources listed on this wikipedia page: Crossette, Barbara. (1988-05-08), "Singapore Asks Removal of U.S. Envoy", The New York Times, retrieved 2010-03-03 Brabenec, James. (2010-11-24), "Singaporeans get HIMARS qualified.", GlobalSecurity.org, retrieved 2011-03-17 Tomkins, Damien. (8 June 2011), "US Reaffirms Asia Role", The Diplomat, retrieved 2011-09-05 "Singaporean student numbers at US varsities hit 10-year high". Retrieved 11 February 2012. "Channel Newsasia". Retrieved 11 February 2012. Ambassador CHAN Heng Chee, Washington, D.C.: Singapore Embassy, retrieved 2010-03-12 Kirk Wagar. retrieved 2016-12-16 Bittersweet farewell for US ambassador to Singapore Kirk Wagar, hours before Trump's inauguration. MSN. 2017-01- McFarland reportedly offered Singapore ambassador post. The Hill. 2017-04-01. Retrieved 2014-04-10. Straits Times: The hidden journey of a Singapore JI detainee. By Shefali Rekhi, Assistant Foreign Editor (04/07/2013) Excerpt: What is it that turns an individual to terrorism? And how difficult is it to get them to return to a life of normalcy? The life stories of those who take this journey and return offers insights…The training was to prepare JI members to be operationally ready to overthrow the regional governments and establish a Daulah Islamiyah based on Syariah. http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/the-hidden-journey-of-a-singapore-ji-detainee Related Navy Corruption Robert C. Martinage, acting undersecretary of the Navy….and others Stripes: Navy civilian’s affair uncovered during contracting probe https://www.stripes.com/top-navy-civilian-s-affair-uncovered-during-contracting-probe-1.262521#.WRXQpGjyvZY Washington Post: Navy’s second ranking civilian resigns amid criminal investigation. By Craig Whitlock. (2014) Excerpt: In that case, three senior Navy intelligence officials who reported to Martinage are under investigation for an alleged contracting scheme that charged the military $1.6 million for homemade silencers that cost only $8,000 to manufacture, court records show. Involves Mark S. Landersman mechanic (brother of one of the Navy intelligence officials under scrutiny) and others. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/navys-second-ranking-civilian-resigns-amid-criminal-investigation/2014/01/15/9305ece2- 7df8-11e3-93c1-0e888170b723_story.html?utm_term=.a7aad05e9f64 Tailhook Wikipedia: Tailhook Scandal: Macho culture which belittles women https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailhook_scandal New York Times: Revisiting the Military’s Tailhook Scandal. Michael Winerip. (05/13/2013) http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/13/booming/revisiting-the-militarys-tailhook-scandal-video.html Related Issues: Old Vietnam material, Cambodia - Khmer Rouge; Corporation Corruption Other Parts of Military Other Corporations - Military contractors (supplies, technology, ships and human intervention/protection services) General Dynamics Corp Watch: General Dynamics Corporation http://www.corpwatch.org/section.php?id=12 Blackwater, the questionable use of private military contractors Brookings dot edu: Peter Singer - The Dark Truth About Blackwater (10/02/2007) Excerpt: When we evaluate the facts, the use of private military contractors appears to have harmed, rather than helped, the counterinsurgency efforts of the U.S. mission in Iraq, going against our best doctrine and undermining critical efforts of our troops. Even worse, the government can no longer carry out one of its most basic core missions: to fight and win the nation’s wars. Instead, the massive outsourcing of military operations has created a dependency on private firms like Blackwater that has given rise to dangerous vulnerabilities….Our dependency on military contractors shows all the signs of the last downward spirals of an addiction. If we judge by what has happened in Iraq, when it comes to counterinsurgency and the use of private military contractors, the U.S. has locked its national security into a vicious cycle. It can’t win with them, but can’t go to war without them. https://www.brookings.edu/articles/the-dark-truth-about-blackwater/ Singapore Technology: Singapore Area Related Corruption Issues Singapore Corporations ST (Singapore Technologies) Composite -ST Marine Seatrade-Maritime: Two former ST Marine [Singapore Technologies Marine] executives plead guilty to corruption. By Lee Hong Liang (08/2016) Excerpt: The corruption scandal took place between 2000 and 2009, and the men were charged in December 2014 and July 2015. http://www.seatrade-maritime.com/news/asia/two-former-st-marine-executives-plead-guilty-to-corruption.html Straits Times: Former ST Marine [Singapore Technologies Marine] president given short detention order, corruption charges withdrawn. By Ng Huiwen. (01/2017) http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/former-st-marine-president-given-short-detention-order-corruption-charges Excerpt: Court documents showed that at least $24.9 million in bribes, which were falsely claimed as entertainment expenses, were paid by ST Marine between 2000 and 2011….Chang was charged last month (December) under the Companies Act, which also involved ignoring information that pointed to criminal wrongdoing at ST Marine. -VT Systems: Excerpt from About Section: VT Systems is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering), an integrated engineering group providing solutions and services in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. ST Engineering ranks among the largest companies listed on the Singapore Exchange… Since its establishment in 2001, Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems) has made a name for itself as a global leader in the engineering industry. 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