CARLISLE BARRACKS MAY FACE MULTI-
MILLION DOLLAR LAWSUIT IN “THEFT”
OF BRADLEY AIDE’S HANDGUN
EXECUTOR OF ESTATE FINGERS “JOHN
GIBLIN” AS OFFICIAL WHO OK’D .45
BEING SHIPPED TO ARMY POST – (ABC)
WHTM-TV FORCES “BUMBLING” PAO
TO ADMIT BARRACKS HAS MISSING
HANDGUN – ATF PAPERS, GUN DEALERS,
BACK UP HONEYCUTT CLAIM TO
OWNERSHIP – “THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE
DECENCY TO TELL THE MAN THEY’D
RIPPED OFF HIS PROPERTY,” SAYS
ONE SOURCE ON POST
© 2005 MilitaryCorruption.com
As if things couldn’t get much worse for the embattled “leadership” at scandal-plagued Carlisle Barracks, they just did!
For several months, the Command has “stonewalled” gun owner Charles Honeycutt – the highly-respected, longtime aide to Gen. Omar Bradley and his wife “Kitty” – that they even had his “missing” weapon. Top-rated ABC affiliate, WHTM-TV in Harrisburg, Pa., broke new ground in the shameful incident by forcing “fast-track, former Pentagon flack” public affairs officer, LTC Merideth “Bumbling” Bucher, to admit the Barracks had possession of Honeycutt’s property after all!
In an EXCLUSIVE interview with MilitaryCorruption.com, ace TV reporter Ali Langen told us: “When we asked about the gun, at first (Bucher) wouldn’t even answer our questions. We were simply told it was a matter of probate and the will. I replied, ‘You’re NOT answering our questions.’”
Despite Bucher’s tap-dance, the Channel 27 reporter was doggedly persistent, and wouldn’t be blown off by the stonewalling PAO.
“It was like ten minutes before I got them to admit they had it (possession of Honeycutt’s gun), and then it was another five minutes before I got them to agree to let us actually see it!”
The “ground rules” were strict. No news film could be taken of the disputed weapon. No tape-recording could be made. And only one WHTM-TV staffer – leaving behind the cameraman and news director – could go with Col. Rob Delasandro to view the gun.
Langen, tipped off by MilitaryCorruption.com, and supplied a fax of the Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms ownership papers by Mr. Honeycutt, asked the colonel to read off the serial number on the handgun.
“That proved it was the one,” Langen reported, saying “the number matched” with the serial number listed on Honeycutt’s ATF document.
After some two months of cruelly refusing to acknowledge to the Bradley aide they even had his weapon, thanks to the Harrisburg television station and a fine example of hard-hitting, investigative journalism – the PATRIOT-NEWS, on the other hand, meekly deferred to Bucher in tip-toeing around the question of whether or not the Barracks had possession of the controversial weapon – WHTM-TV forced Barracks officials to finally acknowledge they had the .45 pistol all along!
BARRACK’S WORKER CONDEMNS COMMAND’S DECEIT
“They didn’t have the decency to tell the man they’d ripped off his property,” a deep-cover source on post told MilitaryCorruption.com: “Many people here, who read your first story, [See: CARLISLE BARRACKS IN THE CROSSHAIRS”] are disgusted at what they (the Command) have done, but everybody’s very frightened and don’t dare say a thing.”
A few months ago, troubled Commandant, Gen. David Huntoon; his right-hand man, chief-of-staff, COL Mike “NO COMBAT” Colpo; along with the aid of CID goons – who ominously asked targeted personnel on post if the editor-in-chief of this web site was a “security risk” – launched a vicious “witch-hunt” for our confidential informants at Carlisle Barracks. It was partly successful.
In fact, they “turned” the FAT RAT, also known as THE BUDDHA – a former source for MilitaryCorruption.com – into a two-faced “snitch,” who now scurrilously attacks the forum he once highly praised (we have full documentation as to his embarrassing flip-flop.)
This phony and crybaby tells a sad “story” to all who will listen, that he “lost” his job and pension after the editor-in-chief of MCC “ratted out” his own “confidential informants” to the Command. THAT is so ludicrous, it is laughable! FAT RAT is the real Barrack’s “flunkie.” And he’ll have a hard time explaining why he’s still receiving his paycheck until April 2005, when his civil service pension “kicks in.”
Those of you whom the CID questioned, have him to thank for your getting “the fifth degree.” Also keep an eye on another former “CI,” whose perfidy on post is well known. He’s “NO COMBAT” Colpo’s “coffee buddy.” A self-described “survivor,” he once got “punched out” by a angered Upton Hall employee.
A QUICK “RECAP” OF THE FACTS IN THIS CASE
As we stated before, you need to “click on” to our previous story about this incident to follow all the “twists and turns”. Suffice it to say, we’ll try and “recap” here – in a few words – what has gone on before.
Gen. Omar Bradley died in the early 1980’s. His beloved wife, “Kitty” Bradley, passed on early in 2004. In her will, she left certain items to the Omar Bradley Foundation and Carlisle Barracks that were worth a great deal of money.
When then-Military History Institute Director Conrad Crane [he now runs the Army Heritage and Education Center (AHEC) on post after previous honcho, Col. Alan Cate, had to resign in the wake of a sex scandal,] went out to the Bradley mansion in California, he and his sidekick, John Giblin, were expressly told by longtime Bradley aide Charles Honeycutt NOT to “inventory or remove” a certain valuable, limited edition .45 caliber handgun, issued in Gen. Bradley’s name, when they shipped estate items back to Pennsylvania.
This statement “was made in front of a Bradley family member” who has furnished MilitaryCorruption.com with a notarized statement, attesting to that fact.
In view of what happened next, that witness and that documented statement is very important.
“THEY TOOK YOUR GUN,” MAID WARNS HONEYCUTT
In the late summer of 2004, Bradley maid Rosie Matta [she has been interviewed at length by MilitaryCorruption.com], warned Honeycutt that his prized gun had been taken anyway. The elderly man was “stunned” the Army would disregard his explicit and unambiguous instructions.
We published the e-mail traffic between him and Carlisle Barracks JAG officer Kateni T. Leakehe in our earlier story. It is very clear to most readers, the Command cynically sought to “stonewall” Honeycutt after he demanded to know what had become of his property.
At no time did Leakehe admit or even acknowledge that the Barracks was in possession of the missing firearm. That is highly suspicious on the face of it! Finally, after weeks of “back-and-forth,” the Command simply stopped communicating with Honeycutt, knowing full well he was very upset at the “non-response” he had received from the post JAG.
Honeycutt, who found out from friends about MilitaryCorruption.com and our many stories on corruption at the once-respected Carlisle, Pa. Army installation, asked for help. Our initial, copyrighted story in December, 2004 put some “heat” on the Barracks, but not enough to make them do the honest thing and return the handgun to it’s rightful owner.
Now, it looks like a combination of media scrutiny; intervention by California Congresswoman Mary Bono; public pressure on the Pentagon; and a likely lawsuit and court action to recover the illegally removed weapon, will be needed to force Carlisle Barracks to return the gun to it’s rightful owner.
JOHN GIBLIN “FINGERED” BY ESTATE EXECUTOR
Our investigators in California have interviewed various people, including Richard Lauter, executor of the Bradley estate.
He confirmed to our reporter that John Giblin, a key aide to Conrad Crane, had told him the Army was “entitled” to the weapon, that it was “part of the Bradley estate,” and that is why it was removed.
Informed that Charles Honeycutt is the recognized owner of the handgun by the ATF and the California gun shop it was registered at, Lauter expressed some regret.
“If I felt he (Honeycutt) was the owner, of course I would respect that.”
Lauter said it was “my understanding” from Giblin, that “Honeycutt told the Army that he had registered the gun for Mrs. Bradley as a convenience, and that it was therefore part of the estate.”
Honeycutt vigorously denied saying any such thing, and accused the Barracks official of lying.
“Giblin was standing just three feet away when I told Crane, in front of a Bradley family member – the best witness you could have in such a situation – NOT to inventory or remove the gun. I said I had documentation it was mine,” Honeycutt told MilitaryCorruption.com.
TAKING ADVANTAGE OF A SICK, ELDERLY MAN
“They know I’ve been in poor health. I’ve had a heart attack, my kidneys are functioning at 15% of capacity. I’m almost 70 years old, and maybe they figured I’d die soon, so they could grab my gun and get away with it. Well, I’m here to tell you they won’t!
“I’m going into court to get back my property and expose them for what they are. If I have to, I’ll sue everyone from Gen. Huntoon on down, for conspiracy to steal my pistol and then disguise the fact they took it. They are responsible for the theft of my treasured gift from Mrs. Bradley. I won’t allow them to cheat me! Let the American people – in the glare of media publicity – decide if Carlisle Barracks has acted honestly or not.”
As for Lauter, the executor told us: “If I’d known then, what I know now, I wouldn’t have given the gun to Honeycutt or the Army. I would have placed it with the Probate Court in California and let the judge decide who the rightful owner is.”
A longtime Barracks observer told us Lauter’s bombshell disclosure about Giblin prevents the Command from “fixing the blame” on the executor of the will.
“Honeycutt says the gun is his and has ATF paperwork to prove it,” the source said. “Lauter says he let the Army take the gun when they assured him it was theirs. Now, with these latest revelations, the Barracks will be hard put to successfully accuse the executor of being at fault.
They can’t wiggle out of it, saying the whole thing was a simple mistake. It’s really another example of the supreme arrogance of these people, who think they are above the law, and are willing to inflict pain and suffering on an old man to get their greedy hands on what’s actually his.”
LOOKING FOR A “PLAUSIBLE DENIAL”
Carlisle Barracks is between a rock and a hard place. Now that they can’t believably blame the executor of the Bradley will for their taking the gun, several “talking points” have been “floated” by the PAO trying to cloud the issue and confuse inquiring reporters.
For example: Bucher likes to spout that “Honeycutt isn’t in the will!” What does that have to do with the price of beans, when Mrs. Bradley – in good health and in full possession of her faculties back in 2001 – gave Honeycutt the valuable .45 as a gift three years before her death?
Any idiot knows, when some one during their lifetime “gives” you a “gift,” they do not have to make provision for it later on in their will.
Another “story” floated out there by the increasingly desperate Command is that Honeycutt doesn’t own the disputed gun because he “registered it for Mrs. Bradley as a convenience for her.”
How do they explain all the other firearms owned by Mrs. Bradley were registered in her name? Why not this one? The limited-edition pistol was not registered in Kitty’s name because of the simple fact she gave it to her loyal and longtime aide, Charles Honeycutt. It was and is his!
Furthermore, a MilitaryCorruption.com investigator questioned several California gun ship owners to find out if such a scenario, registering a gun for someone else “as a convenience” could even be accomplished.
Randy Archbold of “The Shootist Gun Shop” in Marietta, Calif. told us such an action would be illegal.
“That’s called a straw purchase. It’s illegal and not allowed at any gun shop I know. According to the law, no one can fill out the paperwork to take possession of a firearm on behalf of another person. It’s not legal and it’s never been legal.”
Appraised that Honeycutt has an official ATF F-4473 form showing he is the registered owner, Archbold said that can only mean one thing. “The gun belongs to him! Anything else is just so much BS!”
“HOISTED BY THEIR OWN PETARDS”
When WHTM-TV reporter Ali Lanyon told a colonel at Carlisle Barracks that she had a copy of the ATF document proving Honeycutt owned the hand gun, she was slyly told: “There’s a Part II to the document that supports our contention.”
MilitaryCorruption.com investigators contacted the ATF Forms Distribution Center and requested a copy of “Part II.” We were told the form is OBSOLETE. Since the hand gun was illegally removed from California and moved across state lines last August – a federal offense punishable by a fine and jail time – the Part II of the ATF Form F-4473 – was already unusable back then.
BUT, the discontinued document has not yet been “deleted” from the ATF data base as of December 27, 2004. Did Carlisle Barracks legal eagles, grasping for any straws to justify what had been done, compound their problem by falsely affixing Honeycutt’s “signature” and/or other writing to the form in an effort to fool others into thinking grabbing the gun was legal?
We DEMAND Carlisle Barracks “come clean” and make available the Part II document to MilitaryCorruption.com, WHTM-TV and other responsible investigative media outlets to see if any crime has been committed, in addition to what has already been perpetrated.
Gen. David Huntoon should recognize that the old saying: “The buck stops here,” as well as his “command responsibility” make him accountable to the proper legal authorities and the media who seek to “get to the bottom” of this utterly disgraceful chapter in Carlisle Barrack’s sordid history.
In light of what recently happened with Maj. Gen. Thomas J. Fiscus, chief legal officer for the Air Force, who got a “tap on the wrist” after having sex with more than two dozen women – enlisted, officer and civilian – and got to retire with a pension and avoid prison, we insist that Gen. Huntoon stay on active duty and face the consequences of his actions.
If he is guilty of being part of a “cover-up”
in trying to deprive the former aide to Gen. Omar Bradley of his private property,
we don’t want Huntoon “retiring” any time soon. We do
want to see him stand COURT-MARTIAL, if charged in this case. It would do
the Army good to show that no one, not even an arrogant, “boy-wonder”
general, is “above the law.”
BARRACKS IN “CROSSHAIRS”
OVER BRADLEY ESTATE CHARGES
FORMER GENERAL’S AIDE CLAIMS
OFFICIALS – “GREEDY FOR VALUABLE
HOLDINGS” – GRABBED PRIVATE
PROPERTY- BRADLEY FAMILY
MEMBERS DENOUNCE ACTIONS
DOD-IG INVESTIGATION ASKED
CONGRESSIONAL PROBE MAY BE NEXT