Thursday, April 26, 2018
Military News

Two lawmakers have questions on Jill Kelley leak

WASHINGTON — Two Republican congressmen say the Justice Department's inspector general's office is declining to look into a complaint by Tampa socialite Jill Kelley that her identity was leaked to the news media after she reported to the FBI that she was the victim of a cyberstalker.

In an letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, U.S. Reps. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., and Walter Jones, R-N.C., said their concerns "merit a full investigation" by the Department of Justice.

"Given the imperative of protecting personal information … and your Department's aggressive investigation of leaks in other cases, it is surprising that the Inspector General has refused to take any steps to investigate this matter. No citizen who comes forth with a criminal complaint should be subjected to the improper, embarrassing, and potential safety-threatening public disclosure of personal information," the congressmen wrote in a letter sent Friday.

Kelley is suing the FBI and the departments of Defense and State in an effort to learn who in the U.S. government leaked her name and some of her emails amid the uproar over Gen. David Petraeus' affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell.

The FBI found that Broadwell was the cyberstalker who sent harassing emails to Kelley.

"Law-abiding citizens who come forth to report a crime should never have their privacy invaded, their identities disclosed, following false and shameless statements leaked by the same government we trust to protect us," Kelley said in a statement Monday. "I am honored that Congress is demanding accountability so that my family's unwarranted tragedy will bring forth tougher penalties, more sanctions and newer policies in the hope that other victims of a crime will not be dissuaded or afraid to trust our government.

Petraeus befriended the Kelleys — Jill and her husband, Scott — while serving as leader of U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base. Petraeus was CIA director when the scandal broke.

The Justice Department says it is reviewing the information from the congressmen, who posed questions about the legality of leaking information about witnesses, whether the federal Privacy Act applies to information in FBI investigative files and what policies are in place to prevent leaks.

Comments
Rescuing the rescuers from the trauma of seeing buddies crash to their deaths

Rescuing the rescuers from the trauma of seeing buddies crash to their deaths

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE — In his mind, Lee Von Hack-Prestinary kept circling the crash site.His friends were in the wreckage below, and he couldn’t help.The memory brought him to tears.Seated across from him, at Patrick Air Force Base near Cocoa Beach...
Published: 04/26/18
SOCom leader wanted to toss Google exec from car. Because he was right.

SOCom leader wanted to toss Google exec from car. Because he was right.

TAMPA — Standing in front of an audience of several thousand scientists, data wonks, geospatial intelligence analysts and other big thinkers, Army Gen. Tony Thomas drew some laughs when he talked about the time he felt the urge to toss Google CEO Eri...
Published: 04/26/18
Howard Altman: Why we’re so sure Assad is to blame for chemical attacks

Howard Altman: Why we’re so sure Assad is to blame for chemical attacks

Russia and Syria dismiss as a hoax the claims that the regime of Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons in the rebel-held enclave of Douma on April 7.So just how did the U.S. conclude Assad was to blame?It was largely Assad’s intent a...
Published: 04/26/18

Military sex assault reports jump 10 percent

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped by nearly 10 percent in 2017, a year that saw a massive online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the services, triggering greater awareness of sexual harassment and o...
Published: 04/25/18
Armed Forces History Museum collection has a new home, but new owner is a mystery

Armed Forces History Museum collection has a new home, but new owner is a mystery

LARGO — The contents of the Armed Forces History Museum have been sold, but no one is ready to talk about the future of the collection of military memorabilia.A collector named John Piazza used his personal collection to start the public museum, whic...
Published: 04/24/18
US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

US veteran who survived blast receives penis transplant

WASHINGTON — A Baltimore hospital says a wounded U.S. veteran has received the world’s most extensive penis transplant. Doctors at Johns Hopkins University say the transplant included the scrotum and part of the abdominal wall. They say the patient h...
Published: 04/23/18
Howard Altman: Tampa company analyzed strike on Syrian facilities

Howard Altman: Tampa company analyzed strike on Syrian facilities

After President Donald Trump announced the U.S., France and England had carried out attacks on three Syrian chemical weapons centers, a Tampa company began its own analysis of the bomb damage.The analysis, by geospatial intelligence firm Radiant Solu...
Published: 04/20/18
Howard Altman: Air Force turns to original Phillie Phanatic to develop mascot

Howard Altman: Air Force turns to original Phillie Phanatic to develop mascot

Air Mobility Command, the Air Force headquarters overseeing MacDill Air Force Base, wants to develop its own mascot to help interest children in a career with the flying branch. And they are turning to the original Phillie Phanatic, David Raymond, fo...
Published: 04/11/18
Updated: 04/12/18
Trump says U.S. to decide on response to ‘atrocious’ Syria chemical attack in 24 to 48 hours

Trump says U.S. to decide on response to ‘atrocious’ Syria chemical attack in 24 to 48 hours

Washington PostWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration would be making "major decisions" about its response to a suspected chemical attack in Syria within the next 24 to 48 hours, decrying the action as "atrocious" and...
Updated one month ago

North Korea tells US that Kim Jong Un ready to discuss nukes

Associated PressWASHINGTON — North Korea’s government has communicated with the United States to say that leader Kim Jong Un is ready to discuss his nuclear weapons program with President Donald Trump, officials said Sunday, increasing the likelihood...
Updated one month ago