Navy Benches Intel Chiefs in Bribery Scandal … And Promises That More Heads Will Roll 2 of 2


Francis allegedly purchased the concert tickets and paid for prostitutes for the men who attended, according to Misiewicz\’s complaint.

\”Don\’t chicken out bro we need u with us on the front lines ūüôā … Who can we trust in the Office for Lady Ga Ga?\” Francis said in a May 2012 email to Misiewicz, prosecutors allege, noting the playful use of emoticons in the message. \”Tickets are not the issue who will keep silent :)\”

Beliveau is accused of passing information about NCIS\’s investigation into Glenn Defense to Francis in exchange for prostitutes, airfare, posh hotel rooms, and a laptop computer for Beliveau\’s girlfriend. In particular, it outlines one trip Francis allegedly arranged for Beliveau in March 2011 to Bangkok, Thailand.

\”According to one email, Francis asked: ‚ÄėJoyce your kinda Babe\’? Beliveau replied ‚ÄėNice. You bet. Hopefully I\’m her kinda guy, hehe,\’\” the criminal complaint against him says. A photograph of the woman was allegedly attached to the email.

The complaint against Sanchez includes similar allegations. Prosecutors say he received $100,000 cash from Francis\’s company in January 2009, and continued to share sensitive Navy information with him until earlier this year. It included internal information that Glenn Defense used to its advantage while servicing U.S. ships. The company has locations in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Australia, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and the United States, and deliberately overcharged the Navy while \”husbanding\” the ships, providing food, fuel, water, waste removal, and other tasks, prosecutors say.

Sanchez\’s complaint also has a variety of specific allegations regarding the officer accepting prostitution. Francis is accused of emailing a woman in Indonesia early in March 2011 to arrange prostitutes to meet Sanchez, another unidentified Navy commander, and two other men in Singapore.

One of the emails described one of the \”girls\” as \”Alda 167 cm [height] 36b [bra size] very young n still study, 17 yr,\” the complaint says. Francis later sent an email cancelling the planned meeting due to a tsunami in the region that allegedly kept Sanchez and his friends away from Singapore, prosecutors say.

Later that month, however, Francis sent Sanchez an email containing a picture of one of the prostitutes that had planned to meet the Navy officers in Singapore, court documents say. A brief message was attached: \”I miss you BABE :).\” Sanchez allegedly emailed the Glenn Defense CEO back the same day, saying \”Nice pictures…..Brings back good memories :).\”

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Navy Benches Intel Chiefs in Bribery Scandal … And Promises That More Heads Will Roll 1 of 2


The U.S. Navy\’s widening scandal involving prostitutes, cash bribes and the fat-cat defense contractor who allegedly supplied them for sensitive military information just expanded to colossal proportions. The Navy announced Friday night that it has suspended access to classified information for two senior intelligence officers, effectively relieving them from duty. It\’s all part of the ongoing investigation into global defense Glenn Defense Marine Asia.

And the Pentagon is warning that more officers are likely to be implicated in this scandal, the Navy\’s biggest in decades.

Vice Adm. Ted Branch, pictured above, and Rear Adm. Bruce Loveless — the service\’s director of naval intelligence and director of intelligence operations, respectively — have not been charged with any crimes. But the suspension \”was deemed prudent given the sensitive nature [of] their current duties and to protect and support the integrity of the investigative process,\” said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Navy\’s top spokesman, in a statement.

The allegations against Admirals Branch and Loveless \”involve inappropriate conduct prior to their current assignments and flag officer rank,\” Kirby said. Intelligence officers need to maintain high standards in their personal lives because they\’re such tempting targets for blackmail by a hostile spy service. The military frequently pulls personnel from vital intelligence jobs if it believes their credibility could be compromised. Any association with a scandal involving prostitutes and bribery would certainly count as a reputational threat. At the moment, however, \”there is no indication, nor do the allegations suggest, that in either case there was any breach of classified information,\” Kirby added.

The announcement takes a growing scandal and expands it to the most senior levels of the U.S. military. The Navy has not seen a scandal this large since dozens of naval officers were accused of sexually assaulting about 80 women and a handful of men at the Tailhook Association Symposium in Las Vegas in 1991. That incident ultimately ruined or harmed the careers of more than a dozen admirals.

Kirby told Foreign Policy on Friday night that he expects the scandal to continue expanding. Branch and Loveless\’s clearances were suspended at the direction of Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, he added.

\”I believe there will be more naval officers and perhaps Navy civilians implicated in this scandal,\” Kirby told Foreign Policy. \”These allegations are personal misconduct.\”

Already, three Navy officials and two Glenn Defense executives have been charged in U.S. federal court in connection with the case. All three other Navy personnel — two active-duty commanders and a senior agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service — are accused of sharing sensitive or classified information with Glenn Defense CEO Leonard Glenn Francis in exchange for prostitutes, cash and other favors. Francis allegedly used that information, in turn, to overbill the U.S. military millions of dollars while servicing Navy ships in ports across the Pacific.

The Navy also relieved of command Capt. Daniel Dusek, the captain of the amphibious ship Bonhomme Richard, in connection with the investigation. He has not been charged with any crimes, but officials said that commanders lost confidence in him.

The Navy\’s announcement Friday came as Francis, the Glenn Defense CEO, appeared in court with two others already facing charges: Cmdr. Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, the first officer accused, and NCIS agent John Beliveau.

Also charged in the case are Cmdr. Jose Luis Sanchez and Glenn Defense executive Alex Wisidagama of Singapore. Misiewicz, Beliveau and Sanchez allegedly accepted bribes in the forms of prostitutes while traveling in the Pacific and luxury hotels in exchange for a variety of Navy information, including ship schedules. Sanchez is accused of accepting $100,000 in cash and prostitutes. Wisidagama is accused of serving as a lynchpin in his company\’s alleged scheme to overbill the Navy throughout Southeast Asia.

\”According to the allegations in this case, a number of officials were willing to sacrifice their integrity and millions of taxpayer dollars for personal gratification,\” U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said this week in announcing the charges against Sanchez. \”While the overwhelming majority of the 400,000 active-duty Navy personnel conduct themselves in a manner that is beyond reproach, we and our law enforcement partners at Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Defense Criminal Investigative Service continue to investigate the allegations of fraud and corruption that tarnish the stellar reputation of the U.S. Navy.\”

The scandal has rocked the Navy\’s 7th Fleet, headquartered in Yokosuka, Japan, just as it was set to boost operations in the Pacific. Court documents in the cases of both Misiewicz and Sanchez say that other unidentified Navy personnel were aware of malfeasance, and either did nothing or participated in the schemes. In one example, the criminal complaint against Misiewicz says he attended a Lady Gaga concert on May 25, 2012, with other Navy personnel who visited Laem Chebang, Thailand, during a port stop by the Blue Ridge, the command ship of the Navy\’s 7th Fleet. Several of the officer ensnared in the scandal served on the ship during their careers.

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Wikileaks – Research – Part 2 of 2


While conducting vetting research, I came across this recent attack on Julian Assange and Edward Snowden. It is of note because of who she is and Voice America sponsoring her , along with Oprah favoring her.
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While discussing the bust of the Silk Road, Alvarez goes out of his way to link Assange and Snowden to the Silk Road.

BTW, a quick side note; this guy has an eerie profile that matches guys like Julian Assange and Edward Snowden, which makes me wonderer we are getting a peek into a generational shift in thinking about markets and the government that could have some really scary consequences.

Ahh yea, like scary young lonely white guys

with the smarts to cause some serious damage

and who are up to no good. Somebody get them a girl friend, please.

The program concludes by joking   about the silk road is what happens when young people do not have jobs.

John McAfee October 11, 2013 – The Costa Report
@ 1:37:00 Mentions Julian and Snowden
segment begins @ 1:35:00
It is the closing segment to the show.

She is best known for her controversial book, The Watchman’s Rattle, which offers an evolutionary explanation for modern problems such as government gridlock, terrorism, obesity, the decline in education, violence, etc.

and The New York Times speculated whether Costa would be “Oprah’s Next Star.”[6]
The success of¬† The Watchman’s Rattle¬† led to a syndicated weekly radio news program called¬† The Costa Report. The program is characterized by its nonpartisan nature. Each week Costa interviews newsmakers ranging from¬† Ron Paul,[23]¬† Pat Buchanan,[24]¬† Vint Cerf,[25]¬† and¬† Alan Dershowitz[26]¬† to¬† Michael Dukakis,[27]¬† John R. Bolton[28]¬† and¬† Noam Chomsky,[29]¬† in search of solutions to global challenges. The program is in its third season and airs in Chicago,[30]¬† Seattle,[31]¬† Tucson,[32]¬† San Jose, Portland and other metro areas throughout the United States.[33]
In 2011,  The Costa Report  was syndicated by The Business TalkRadio Network  [34]  and VoiceAmerica.[35]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_D._Costa

The male speaking is Louis Alvarez:
He and his company is unremarkable.
http://www.insideview.com/directory/alvarez-technology-group-inc
http://www.inc.com/profile/alvarez-technology-group
http://business.salinaschamber.com/list/member/alvarez-technology-group-inc-salinas-1119
Revenue:  $3M
Industry:  Business Services
Employees:  21
SIC:  Services-Computer Programming, Data Processing, Etc.  (7370)
NAICS:  Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services  (518210)Description:Alvarez Technology Group, Inc. provides information technology (IT) services to small- and mid-sized businesses in the United States. It offers IT support services, such as help desk, IT systems monitoring, real-time management, technical support, network management, computers and telephones integration, data security and backup, and IT consulting services. The company also provides security services, such as disaster recovery planning, system security consulting, network security evaluation and audits, intrusion testing and assessment, anti-virus/anti-spyware/anti-spam, content filtering and use policy enforcement, and email policy compliance services. In addition, it offers design and integration services, including network design and configuration; deployment of network servers and PCs; network upgrades, including servers; server optimization, including Windows, Linux/Unix, and Novell NetWare; workstation upgrade and deployment services; project management and implementation; and cabling and wiring engineering. The company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Salinas, California.
2013-10-05 20:14:55

Wikileaks – Research – Part 1 of 2


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Astroturfing- Astroturfing Syndicate

To many these terms may be new or even unknown.

Astroturfing is defined by Wikipedia as:

Astroturfing is the practice of masking the sponsors of a message (e.g. political, advertising, or public relations) to give the appearance of it coming from a disinterested, grassroots participant.

Syndicate is defined by Wikipedia as:

A syndicate is a self-organizing group of individuals, companies, corporations or entities formed to transact some specific business, or to promote a common interest. In most cases formed groups aim to scale up their profits. Although there are many legal syndicates formed around the world, people tend to link the term syndicate to various criminal activities.

Astroturfing Syndicate would be the combination of the two

Organized groups of individuals, companies, corporations or entities that practice the masking of sponsors of a message to give the appearance of it coming from a disinterested, grassroots participants.

Defining social behavior in the digital realm is processing at a very quick pace. In addition, as the digital space becomes more ingrained with daily lives the effects are felt across the human spectrum. In fact, many people do not go one single day without hearing an audio clip or viewing a video clip. Moreover, those that do not luxuriate within the internet are encapsulated into the digital realm by television and or radio. Eventually, all are encapsulated because even if the person lives in a remote location, those that govern are encapsulated into the digital age.

In essence digital media on the internet is more permanent than that which is not. An individual can listen to a recording made 2 years ago as easily as one made last week, especially if the information is mirrored or the site that hosts it is maintained.

As a criminologist the sociology aspect of this is profound and ground breaking.

Many people witnessed the James Clapper lies to congress. Many people witnessed James Clapper confess to perjury when Clapper said that he had chosen “I thought was the most truthful or least most untruthful manner” when he testified.

Yet, he has not been charged. However, astroturfing syndicates engage in a form of witness intimidation.

That is one notable example many have knowledge of from their own digital experiences. Yet, there are many crimes the general population witness, such as crimes committed by BP during the oil spill clean-up of the US Gulf Coast region, that are not as globally known, but very well-known regionally nonetheless. Astroturfing syndicates are engaging in witness cowing and intimidation.

It would be na√Įve, if not unbalanced to think that the cowing and intimidation patterns do not go from digital to non-digital instances.

Witness intimidation is a crime.

Research has shown that astroturfers seek out individuals to cow and intimidate. That criminal anti-social behavior is called stalking, be it digital or non-digital.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroturfing

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syndicate

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/war_stories/2013/06/fire_dni_james_clapper_he_lied_to_congress_about_nsa_surveillance.html

http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/308979-clapper-apologies-for-erroneous-statement-to-congress-on-us-data-collection

http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/homeland-security/304995-james-clapper-four-strikes-and-youre-out

Monbiot, George. “The need to protect the Internet from ‚Äėastroturfing‚Äôgrows ever more urgent.”¬†The Guardian¬†23 (2011).

Tigner, Ronan. “Online Astroturfing and the European Union‚Äôs unfair commercial Practices Directive.”¬†Community College Week¬†(2009): 13.