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ON THE FIRING LINE VOL. 1, NO. 5


HELLO, MR. AND MS. SERVICE-MEMBER AND ALL THE SHIPS AT SEA AND PLANES IN THE AIR . . . LET’S GO TO PRESS. FLASH!!!

We promised you an update in our series on the so-called “suicide” of a CID general’s wife – the “inside scoop” from our DEEP COVER sources about the delayed “gunshot residue tests” in the mysterious demise of a woman known to “hate” guns.

Her body was “found” by the general back in July 2000 in their Manassas, Va. home. The two had been battling over the general’s alleged mistress (a young CID agent whose career he had greatly “helped”), we are told.

The next thing he knew, the general claimed, his wife had shot herself to death in the basement of their home. Many unexplained and suspicious actions took place from that moment on, including the strange destruction of the “suicide” weapon by a crony of the general at the CID crime lab in Georgia. The general wanted the entire process photographed – step-by-step. Seems he doesn’t trust even his “flunkies.”

That very vital information about the GSR test, leaked to us by sources “in the know,” will have to wait until next edition. We have BIG news breaking!

NEW information has reached us about a mysterious “bruise” on the dead wife’s head that might indicate she was rendered unconscious prior to the fatal shot. If that were true, it would seem rather unlikely that she killed herself. We are sure the general and the group of senior CID agents he called to his home before the local cops arrived, would contend the “bump” came when the wife “fell” a foot or two from a cot onto the basement floor. Yeah. Right. That’s the ticket.

Well, gang – and we know this series is read at the Pentagon, by FBI agents, present and former CID investigators (friends and foes of the general) and more than a few members of the news media – we’ll let you in on something else.

There’s been a BIZARRE death just up the road from Manassas, Va. – in Centreville. And the “circumstances” of this death are strikingly similar to the one we have been investigating these past few issues.

Young, attractive, hard-charging lawyer/lobbyist Megan Barry, 15 years younger than her hubby, is dead of a “gunshot wound” in what cops and her husband say was “an apparent suicide.”

Seems this deceased wife also had a powerful law enforcement husband – Fairfax County Sheriff Stan Barry. He claims he “stepped out for a few minutes” around midnight, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2003, during which time his young wife, married to him only since the previous November, allegedly shot herself to death in their home. No motive given.

In fact, the only press coverage of the incident, by the time this column “went to bed,” was in the Washington POST of Saturday, Feb. 15th. The story was rather intriguing, since it said Sheriff Barry had “no comment,” on his wife’s death and that an autopsy had been done, but “no results” had been released.

No details on what type of gun was used, or where Ms. Barry got it, if indeed she was the one who pulled the trigger. No information on who it belonged to, or what caliber it was. While the sheriff “stepped out” in the middle of the night, did someone else fire the fatal shot? Were there marital troubles in the household? Inquiring minds want to know.

The huge snowstorm that blanketed northern Virginia certainly was a break for those who might want this story to become “old news” fast. But it won’t fade away as long as MilitaryCorruption.com, with its huge readership in the Washington Beltway (and around the world) follow our investigative reports.

As chief law enforcement officer in his county, the Democrat sheriff is in a position to know how the investigation – if there is much of one – is “progressing.” Some unkind souls might say Barry is in a position to “influence” it.

The one thing we know for sure is, Stan Barry was also Fairfax County sheriff the night the general’s wife allegedly shot herself to death, much in the same fashion, we are told, as Ms. Barry allegedly dispatched herself to the world beyond.

Surely the sheriff would be familiar with what happened in the general’s case. Maybe Barry reads MilitaryCorruption.com – specifically, this column. At any rate, what are the odds, dear reader, of two wives of powerful “law enforcement” figures, BOTH killing themselves with a handgun in an alleged “suicide” in towns adjoining each other?


RELIEVED IN DUI CASE – Is it true that Air Force Brig. Gen. David Scott, wing commander at Little Rock AFB, has been relieved of command because of a “third” DUI?

Sources tell us Scott allegedly has a long history of DUI offenses. They say he’s been in trouble that way in Germany and also while wing commander at Hurlburt Field, Fla.

His less-than admirers also tell us that Scott is alleged to have had an affair with an enlisted woman under his command while his wife was pregnant with their last child - while in Germany as 7th SOS commander. In fact, the record will show he left his wife and married the enlisted woman.

“No charges were ever filed against him for his activities,” a senior officer said. “He was a special ops GOLDEN BOY, and they took care of him but good.”

Now, apparently, his luck has run out.


SAY IT ISN’T SO – What have we come to in the U.S. Army when the famed “Old Guard” from the 3rd U.S. Infantry harbors a band of burglars and car thieves? Have the standards fallen this low?

For those of you who love the movie GARDENS OF STONE, and this Vietnam vet is one who does, “The Old Guard” is that elite group of men and women who stand watch over our Unknown Soldier and perform sacred burial services for our fallen dead at Arlington National Cemetery.

Now comes word that at least five members of that special corps have been arrested in connection with a string of residential burglaries in the Washington, D.C. area.

Stolen in the break-ins, were jewelry, lap-top computers, cameras and two handguns. The ring was busted when one of the members was pulled over by D.C. police driving a stolen 2000 Porsche.

Several other soldiers in the ceremonial unit are also suspected and could be arrested by press time. We can be grateful they’ve been caught, but the dishonor they have brought to “The Old Guard” cannot be removed.


TOP NCO BUSTED ON DRUG CHARGE – You’d think after a service member has reached the top NCO grades of E-8 and E-9, he or she might have enough brains not to “blow everything” they have worked for over the years on drug use.

But in the case of a Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. “topkick,” he not only used the junk, he “manufactured” it.

Senior Master Sgt. George R. Parsons, chief of enlisted aircrews at the 58th Special Operations Squadron, was arrested for “using, distributing, possessing and attempting to manufacture methamphetamine,” JAG officials say.

More than 24 years of military service were wasted and Parsons forfeited his retirement benefits and pay at court-martial.

“You wonder how many other top-ranking NCOs in the Air Force are committing crimes and haven’t been caught yet,” a disgusted technical sergeant told us.


MARINE MAJOR CHARGED WITH RAPE -- If our relations with Japan hadn’t suffered enough, with all the sex assault cases that crop up each year involving U.S. forces in Japan and Okinawa, the latest incident, involving a Marine Corps major and a Japanese woman, has increased tensions anew.

Officials at Naha, Okinawa say the alleged rape took place last November when MAJ Michael Brown “attacked” a local woman sitting in his parked car. But sources on the island tell us Brown may be the victim of “false charges” and has already been “sacrificed for political expediency.”

The Camp Courtney officer admits being in his car with his accuser, but denies the rape incident took place.

Brown, 39, was indicted by Japanese authorities in December. The Marines handed Brown over to the local police who locked him up. Naha District Court has rejected two requests by the officer to be released on bail.


AIR FORCE CAPTAIN SUES VACCINNE MAKERS – Gulf War veteran Capt. Frank Schmuck has been ill since 1991. Extreme weight loss, frequent urination, short-term memory loss, bleeding ulcers and inability to sleep are just a few of the maladies that have stricken this former airline pilot.

Schmuck, now retired from the Air Force, claims in papers filed in California Supreme Court that the Mercury-based preservative “thimerosal,” in vaccines he has taken since 1991, have ruined his health.

He cites documentation showing the mercury ingredient to be “highly-toxic” and a “known carcinogen.”

Schmuck, of Tempe, Arizona, feels this is a prime cause of Gulf War Syndrome, which has sickened and killed many Gulf War vets in the past 12 years.

“Tests on my hair,” Schmuck said, “show mercury levels 30 times that found in an average human being.”

The disgusted and desperate former pilot has seen his body weight plummet from 175 to little more than 130 pounds, making him a “human skeleton.”

Schmuck says his primary goal in the lawsuit is to force the pharmaceutical companies to stop using the questionable preservative. “Maybe we can save some lives and prevent some misery in the process,” he said.


CLOSE, BUT NO CIGAR – It was just days before Capt. David C. Ruff was scheduled to retire after a long career in the Navy.

But just when his pension check was in sight, the 0-6 was relieved of command by Vice Adm. Alfred G. Harms Jr.

The former commander of the Navy’s Supply Corps School in Athens, Ga. “got the boot,” we are told, because Harms “lost confidence in the captain’s ability to command.”

No further details were released, except that Ruff is “under investigation” for a complaint that came in just before he was to leave the Navy.


NAVY CAPTAIN PUNISHED AT ADMIRAL’S MAST – Allegedly “groping” a female subordinate in a Portland, Ore. hotel bar has landed Navy Capt. Paul A. Anderson in big trouble.

The former commanding officer of the Navy - Marine Corps Reserve Center in Portland, was found guilty of “indecent assault, sexual harassment, fraternization and conduct unbecoming an officer” at mast before Rear Admiral Robert Passmore, commander of Readiness Command Northwest.

The veteran officer, planning to retire in a matter of weeks, encountered some drinking reservists at the hotel bar last July. Anderson was off-duty, but the reservists were on drill weekend.

The alleged offenses occurred July 12 against a female sailor under Anderson’s command. The complaint wasn’t filed until August 2nd.

Anderson’s fate hangs in the wind, as a Navy board will decide whether to “bust” Anderson down one grade to commander, a significant loss in pension over the course of years.


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