Fighting for the truth . . . exposing the corrupt



In the last moments of his life, Navy Commander William Petrie had to know everything he had worked for in his military career was over.

Charged with "rape" of an enlisted person, Petrie knew from his 20-plus years of service, an accusation of this type was tantamount to complete destruction.

After all, the U.S. military court-martial conviction rate is upwards of 98%, rivaling that of Communist China.

His first instinct was to FIGHT the charges filed last December. But, by 0700, Feb. 12, just two hours before his Article 32 (preliminary hearing) was set to begin, Petrie decided he'd had enough.

The "top gun" Navy pilot and squadron commander with an impeccable record, used his car cell phone to tell his lawyers he "couldn't take it" any more.

Then, Petrie drove to a scenic but secluded overlook off the Colonial Parkway in Virginia, got out of his SUV, stood for a moment looking out over the gentle waters of the James River and raised a .357 Magnum to his head and pulled the trigger.

And in that instant, Cdr. Petrie joined the ranks of so many members of the armed forces who've committed suicide over the years rather than submit to the "mercy" of the military's "criminal justice" system.

No one will ever know for sure - except the alleged "victim" - whether Petrie was guilty as charged, but one thing is for sure. He knew he didn't have a chance. Even if exonerated at court-martial, his career was over, his reputation destroyed.

Knowing the feared NIS (Naval Investigative Service) and "politically-correct" JAG prosecutors would pursue him with all the subtlety of a pack of wild dogs on the scent of a wounded deer, Petrie chose to take his destiny in his own hands.

The Navy would like everyone to think that Petrie MUST be "guilty." After all, he did KILL himself, right?

Well, maybe that line works on civilians, unfamiliar with the "stacked-deck" procedures in military courtrooms, but to those who serve in uniform and know the score, they realize Petrie had come to a point where he had no faith left in "the system."

Just like the Army staff sergeant at Fort Meade who shot himself in the head after a female accuser fingered him for the terrible offense of putting his arm around her shoulder two years earlier, Petrie knew, for him, it was "all over."

The Navy's conduct leading up to the Article 32 hearing was suspect from the start. In a press release to the civilian media, it was emphasized Petrie was charged with "rape" of an "enlisted member." But the release pointedly made pains not to disclose whether the "victim" was male or female.

After Petrie's death, the Navy revealed the accuser was female.

So why the "mystery" about gender ? A former NIS agent, now retired, tells it was a "psychological" tactic.

"If you can mess with their head (the accused) you do it," the ex-agent said. "And by not releasing the sex of the victim, you make people think the officer might have raped a male. That makes it ten times worse, and not only besmirches the target but can make him come unhinged. That's what may have happened in this case."

EDITOR'S NOTE: Anyone with knowledge of misconduct by the NIS, the JAG, or untruthfulness on the part of
so-called "witnesses" or the "accuser" in this case, contact immediately. Your identity will be protected.