LATEST CORRUPTION AT OSAN AFB KOREA
(c) 2005 MilitaryCorruption.com
Life is never dull for U.S. military forces in Korea. We have reported, while the "main stream media" in the States ignored, stories like the time a full colonel and chief contracting officer for the U.S. Army in Korea was caught with "kick-back money" - $400,000K alone in hundred dollar bills - stuffed under his mattress (the bird colonel's Korean wife was the "bagman" in the scam). Or the Army major who dumped his wife's very dead body off a bridge in the middle of the night, just as a Korean police patrol was passing by. Bad timing!
Well now, we have another scandal to rock USFK, and this one - if properly investigated and followed up on - could lead to some very big fish. The problem is, sources on the scene tell us that the "fix" may be in. In other words, 1Lt. Jason Davis, a jerk hated even by his colleagues on the Osan AFB "town patrol" where he allegedly shook down bar owners for bribes and sex in exchange for keeping the juice joints open, may just get "amnesia" during his court-martial in September.
"He knows plenty," said a deep-cover military source who fears retaliation from the top brass on post if his identity was known. "If he's smart, Davis will keep his mouth shut about how far up the line the payoffs and bribes went. Even if it's said that Forsyth (Gen. "Maury" Forsyth) and that [expletive deleted] Dowling (Col. Maria Dowling, top dog at the local Armed Forces Disciplinary Control Board) [AFDCB] weren't corrupt, just stupid not to know what Davis was up to for at least five months, it could - and should - end their military careers."
But there's no danger of that, said the informant. "If they can get away with it, this case will be swept under the rug as fast as possible after a deal is cut in exchange for the lieutenant's cooperation. Why, the Command even scheduled the start of the court martial for Monday, (9/19) which is a big Korean holiday.
"You've got to hand it to those slickie-boys at JAG for timing this trial to coincide with Chusok, the Korean Thanksgiving. That was clever. Everyone (who isn't an outcast) goes to the country house of whichever relative maintains the family tomb," the source said. "Hell, the population in the cities drops to fraction of normal. All businesses close. Full attention is focused on the family. And guess what? Surprise, surprise - this means without a doubt, no, repeat, no Korean reporters will be attending or covering the court-martial."
Militarycorruption.com has also learned from off-post sources that a Korean female bar owner that had accused Davis of rape has conveniently "disappeared" and thus is unavailable to testify. As are several "witnesses." It's true that those pesky "gun charges" - a big deal under Korean law - pose a problem, but with the right amount of cash, even that can be disposed of.
WHAT DID THEY (TOP BRASS) KNOW AND WHEN DID THEY KNOW IT?
While the top brass want to create the illusion that no one knew about Davis demanding sex from girls at various bars in exchange for favors to the owner, many in the military community at Osan know better. The big question being asked is how much money found its way up the line while Davis operated with seeming impunity.
How could Davis do his alleged shake-downs and act in such an outrageous way unless he felt he had protection from above? It seems impossible that the local bar owners would not notify the AFDCB. Of course, maybe they figured it wouldn't do any good.
If he hadn't been hit with a "rape" charge by the Korean woman - thus involving the local gendarmes - the disgraced Citadel grad might still be "King" of the Osan Town Patrol. What is needed here is a U.S. Congressional committee to look into systematic corruption at all U.S. bases in Korea. Sen. John McCain, who helped bring down former Air Force Secretary James "Bullfrog" Roche in the Boeing contract scandal, would be the ideal person to grill the generals as to who knew what, and when.
PROSTITUTION AND "HUMAN TRAFFICKING" FLOURISH AT OSAN
Human rights groups should also get involved in this case.
Despite much smoke and mirrors about "reform," why do bars at Osan still supply "human trafficked" prostitutes to American servicemembers? Gen. Forsyth can't be THAT stupid that he isn't aware that the bar owners "lock up" their Filipina and other TCN bargirls when they aren't on duty.
An American civilian asks us how could Forsyth "overlook" a well-organized, Korean-led black-market ring at Osan Air Base "which has grown only more bold under the general's nose."
"Black-market stores continue to openly sell commissary products only a few hundred meters from Osan's main gate in Songtan's market area, next to the bar district," the source reported, "and tons of money is made victimizing American enlisted members."
Another scam that seems to have flourished under Forsyth's reign is housing rip-offs. Not only were "approved" apartments greatly overpriced and utilities shockingly inflated (with the full knowlegdge of the Osan "leadership") but newly-arrived airmen were frequently put into full-priced Korean hotel rooms for days to weeks on end, when empty rooms existed on base! Who was getting their palm greased there?
Of the many readers who have contacted us since our first story on 1Lt. Davis - a classmate at the Citadel wrote us he wanted to "burn" Davis at a stake(!) - the following seems to be the general consensus: Forsyth should be relieved of command immediately and Dowling reprimanded. The AFDCB as it is presently constituted should be investigated and if need be, replaced. The OSI needs to stop giving "tip-offs to selected bar owners" when a raid is ready to take place.
FULL "HOUSE-CLEANING" NEEDED OF STUPID OR CORRUPT "LEADERS"
The Osan military community has no faith in its "leaders" and the corruption involving both Americans and Koreans has become a matter of routine. Only the spotlight of media attention will force the Air Force to "clean house."
Until they get serious, crime and corruption, kick-back schemes and all sorts of scandals will continue to plague U.S. Forces in Korea.
[EDITOR'S NOTE] - In the interest of fairness, MilitaryCorruption.com invites Gen. Forsyth, Col. Dowling and anyone else who feels they have been unfairly portrayed here to utilize our pages - and 150,000 readers-a-day audience - to "clear the record." Our sympathies to Gen. Leon LaPorte who, we're told, is being moved out of Korea before the end of the year (he wasn't scheduled to leave until Spring 2006). "It'll be interesting to see if he retires or gets a better assignment," said an Air Force field-grade. "His replacement is another dirtbag, according to the only guy I know who ever met him . . . but things can't get much worse around here."