Wednesday, November 9, 2005
The St Pete Times here has again reported on the events at SOCom. This time the indictment has charges of wire fraud, bribery and conspiracy to defraud the United States and the indicted is a former Army colonel. The St Pete Times notes that "SOCom, which oversees the nation's elite commandos, has been at the forefront of the war on terror."
This is frightening. The men and women at the "forefront of the war on terror" have trouble following the law? Obviously, the accused is innocent until proven guilty, but one has to wonder about what is happening at SOCom. The latest indictment is of an individual with a background (West Point) that one would think would not lend itself to being caught up in this type of criminality. Irrespective of the individual's guilt or innocence, one has to wonder if the problem here is the organization, and the culture that has been created for these individuals to work within. For the sake of the men and women serving our country, the St Pete Times needs to continue coverage as they are providing necessary transparency to this situation. It is important that those on the frontlines receive the best equipment and best resources.