Monday, January 11, 2016
Navy Admiral Fired For Misuse Of Computer
The commander of the U.S. Navy's Carrier Strike Group, Admiral Richard Williams, Jr., was relieved of his duties last Friday. The official reason given for his removal was lack of confidence after an investigation allegedly found he misused government computer equipment by viewing pornography. A far different account is being reported by the Foreign Intelligence Service, the official external intelligence agency of Russia, which claims Williams made the mistake of discussing a home purchase in Dubai supposedly for President Obama's personal use.
The house in question was being offered for sale at $4.9 million, a deposit for which was supposedly made by the influential Washington lobbying firm, the Podesta Group, which was co-founded by Tony Podesta and John Podesta, two former Chicagoans with close ties to both President Obama and the Clintons. John Podesta has served as personal counselor to President Obama. The powerful law firm, DLA Piper, is reportedly representing the Podesta Group in the purchase of the seaside luxury home.
According to the Russian intelligence report, Admiral Williams was sacked after he posted a query on January 8 to the U.S. Naval Institute's "Readiness Kill Chain" list serve inquiring as to why Navy security and intelligence personnel were dispatched to Dubai for what he termed an "Obama house hunting mission." Within 18 hours of posting his message (since deleted), Admiral Williams was fired.
The Pentagon further sullied Admiral Williams' reputation by telling the Navy Times, a military news website owned by an affiliate of Gannett, that Williams was fired because he viewed pornography on his computer. Notably, Admiral Williams' supposed misuse of government equipment did not involve the misuse of any classified government information. The Russia intelligence agency claims the pornography claims are dubious given more recent restrictions it claims have been added to military computers to prevent misuses, including visiting pornographic websites.
Williams had been in charge of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Pacific Group prior to assuming command of Carrier Strike Group 15. He had received numerous military awards, including the Defense Superior Service Medal (two awards) Legion of Merit (five awards), Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), Joint Commendation Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (four awards), Army Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal (three awards).
It's quite interesting to see the swift action taken against military folks like Williams or Gen. David Petraeus compared to the kid gloves treatment former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has received after it was learned she illegally used a personal e-mail account to conduct official State Department business, which included the transmission of thousands of e-mails containing classified information. Clinton even instructed a State Department employee to strip one document of its confidential markings and send it via unsecured communication means in one of those e-mails.