ADMIRAL PROBED IN "FAT LEONARD" BRIBERY
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Why are we not surprised?
When two Navy admirals, including Ted Branch (USNA Class of 1986) came under investigation for corruption in the worst bribery scandal in service history four years ago, in the back of our mind, we knew that somehow, someway, the top brass would get a free pass.
VICE ADM Branch, who retired last year after 37 years in the Navy, can heave a sigh of relief. The Department of Justice has announced they have "cleared" the name of the former Chief of Naval Intelligence. Likewise, the Navy has shut down its own probe into possible violations. They claim whatever Branch did, it did not rise to the level of criminal behavior, a fleet spokesperson said Sunday night.
THEY "DECLINED TO PROSECUTE"
The DOJ declined to prosecute the Long Beach, Miss. native and has shut down its own investigation into possible ethics violations, claiming they did not rise to the level of criminal behavior. Yeah, sure. Translation: "Different spanks for different ranks," is still the watchword of the Navy.
Branch, whose security clearance was suspended in 2013, won't lose any rank or one cent off his fat pension check. The Coronado, Calif resident now makes big bucks directing a program at the San Diego-based non-profit group CyberTeen - handling special technical integrated innovations.
"I and my family are pleased this ordeal is now over. I am very proud of my many years of service," Branch wrote in a statement issued to reporters. He declined to go on camera or answer media questions.about corrupt Malaysian contractor Leonard Francis (see Related Stories below) who regularly bribed U.S. naval officers.
|TWO ADMIRALS UNDER INVESTIGATION IN NAVY
PROBE OF BRIBERY RING IN PACIFIC - TED BRANCH
AND BRUCE LOVELESS HAVE SECURITY ACCESS
SUSPENDED - FLAG OFFICERS (BOTH USNA GRADS)
"PLACED ON LEAVE" - TWO MORE OFFICERS, CDR
JOSE LUIS SANCHEZ AND CAPT DANIEL DUSEK,
CAUGHT UP IN BIGGEST NAVY SCANDAL SINCE
TAILHOOK - CASH AND HOOKERS "CORRUPTED"