Fat Leonard to take down the entire Navy?

Retired admiral and eight others latest charged in Singapore scandal

Leonard Glenn Francis (aka "Fat Leonard")
  • Leonard Glenn Francis (aka "Fat Leonard")

Retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Bruce Loveless and eight other naval officers were charged today (March 14) in the scandal involving Singapore-based Glenn Defense Marine Asia.

The Navy brass received sex parties with prostitutes, along with luxury meals and travel, in exchange for providing critical secret information to the company, which profited from knowing the movements of Navy ships.

The other defendants include Captain David Newland, chief of staff to the Commander of the Seventh Fleet; Colonel Enrico DeGuzman, assistant chief of staff for operations of the U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific; Captain James Dolan; Captain Donald Hornbeck; Captain David Lausman; Lt. Commander Stephen Shedd; Commander Mario Herrera; and Chief Warrant Officer Robert Gorsuch.

All were charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. Nine, including Loveless, were charged with bribery. The officers were arrested early Tuesday morning in California, Texas, Florida, Colorado, and Virginia. The officers will face federal charges in San Diego.

Including these defendants, 25 individuals have been charged in the alleged corruption.

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Sometimes I used Word to write my responses and cut & paste them into the text box. By the time I returned and saw my misspelling (thank you spellcheck) the ability to edit was timed out.

Maybe I should snag that job at the Del Mar Times where my spelling would be acceptable no matter how bad.

Ponzi: I never thought of it as a misspelled word. I thought of it as a clever play on words. "Anchors away" does express neatly the future of those Navy people who took prostitutes over patriotism. Best, Don Bauder

Ponzi: Aweigh in a manger? Best, Don Bauder

Now let's see who gets punishment for sex abuse of military women that they've tried to cover up for-freakin-ever. Stupid-sexist-bastards. Put them way-aweigh.

shirleyberan: The Singapore scandal shows how far Navy personnel, including officers,will go to satisfy their sex urges. I agree we should do more about sexual abuse of women in our own military. Best, Don Bauder

probably the reason most of the pacific fleet gets shore leave in Pattaya or Phuket several times a year

Murphyjunk: Makes sense. Best, Don Bauder

This is a real black eye for the navy. It has always held up its officer corps as something superior to the other services. When any one of them screws up, he/she is usually dealt with most severely, and is forced out. Now we see that a lot of these guys, and nearly all high-ranking now, just thought that taking all those favors was, if not OK, at least unlikely to have any repercussions. Now they could be doing hard time in a federal prison, instead of enjoying their retirements golfing and traveling the world. So, going along to get along, when it came to favors and bribes, was well embedded.

On the other hand, the navy always regarded its army (The Marine Corps) as a bunch of semi-crazy types with over-the-top urges. So, this behavior by its members and former members isn't really unexpected, by me at least. (Not to say I condone it; I don't.)

Both of these situations are the sort of thing the NCIS should have exposed and rooted out years ago. Too bad that it isn't the kind of super-cop/detective outfit that is portrayed on TV. (It actually is great TV drama.) Reform of the navy department will have to seriously start at the very top, and will take a long time. This sort of behavior didn't start yesterday; it's been growing for many years, and will take many years of constant clean-up to eliminate.

Visduh: Yes, reform should start at the top with the Secretary of the Navy, whoever that is (and assuming he is not involved in the Singapore Swing.) I have been writing about this scandal for a long time, and each time I write about a new episode, I keep wondering how this was kept secret for so long. My guess is that top Navy brass knew about it and wanted to cover it up, but that is just a guess.

I was in the Army back in the 1950s. The publication Army Times made fun of the Navy and its sailors. But that was just part of the competition among the branches. The Navy publication probably made fun of the Army. Best, Don Bauder

Mike Murphy: I certainly think that whoever is in charge now will get scrutinized and interrogated for why he didn't know about this. Best, Don Bauder

Military intelligence is overrated.

Ponzi: Some say "military intelligence" is an oxymoron. Best, Don Bauder

seems the military is still hurting for supplies if you believe the spiel by troops direct to get donations to supply the men with critical items they don't get issued.

it calls itself a non profit org.

could it be they buy the stuff from a supplier ( that gets it on gov.liq auctions) at inflated prices and re-sends it to the troops/

Murphyjunk: If what you say is true, then the U.S. is no different from many corrupt countries. Well-meaning Americans send money to poor and ailing people in many downtrodden lands. Kleptocrats in those countries intercept the money and send it to Swiss banks so they can tap it themselves. Best, Don Bauder

Peggy Hall McKeon: Alas, what you say has a lot of truth -- at least verisimilitude -- to it. Even as a lowly private, I observed some behavior like that in the Army in the 1950s. Best, Don Bauder

Rich Gibson: So that's where the saying, "military intelligence is an oxymoron" came from. I never believed it had originated with me. Best, Don Bauder

Mike Murphy: Tell us more about Admiral Zumwalt. Many years ago, I researched and wrote a story for Business Week on Executive Jet Aviation, which was founded and headed by a retired general, a satyr, or perhaps better described as male nymphomaniac. Best, Don Bauder

Not much to tell that is not on the internet. I think if he was still around he would be asked some uncomfortable questions on the current subject,

as a side note, I got to meet him in high school, his brother was our civics teacher and he came to address the class at an assembly.
Impressive character even back then.

Murphyjunk: OK, I will check him out on the internet. Best, Don Bauder

I wonder how far up the chain of command they will investigate this before they are told to stop?

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