“FRAUD ON THE COURT” AND DEAD SOLDIERS
by Sharon Rondeau
BAH is a U.S. government contracting company employing 22,000 people for which Edward Snowden, who revealed NSA spying on Americans in June 2013, had worked before making his revelations public from a hotel room in Hong Kong.
Bennett’s book, which has 269 pages, reveals his assiduous composition, while incarcerated in federal prison, of both template letters sent to major media figures and personalized letters which appealed to what Bennett hoped would be a sense of duty on the part of the U.S. military, including Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.
In his many letters, prepared on an electric typewriter without internet access, Bennett stated that he had been unlawfully prosecuted, tried and convicted, that the U.S. Army did nothing to stop it, and that the information he possessed interfaced with Snowden’s revelations regarding the NSA and CIA “involving Swiss banks, Brad Birkenfeld, and terrorist financing.”
Birkenfeld was an American citizen and banker for five years at UBS in Switzerland who in 2007 sought a subpoena from the U.S. Justice Department in order to testify as to the sheltering of Americans’ money, held in more than 19,000 UBS accounts, from taxation. After testifying in 2007 to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations chaired by then-Sen. Carl Levin, no action was taken on the information he provided. However, in 2008, Birkenfeld was prosecuted by the Justice Department for allegedly failing to disclose his dealings with a California businessman as they related to his work at UBS.
Bennett told The Post & Email that Birkenfeld had, in fact, disclosed that information to the Senate subcommittee.
Birkenfeld’s whistleblowing enabled the IRS to recover billions of dollars in taxes from American UBS account-holders, but he was the only person sentenced to prison, as he remarked in an August 2010 interview with CBS’s Steve Kroft.
At the federal prison in Schuylkill, PA, Bennett and Birkenfeld met, exchanged information, and realized that each had reached the same conclusions regarding terrorist funding having originated from UBS accounts.
Congressional representatives who received Bennett’s entreaties for a debriefing regarding the information he had acquired on terrorist funding include former House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Sen. James Webb, Sen. James Inhofe, Sen. Marco Rubio, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, former Rep. Michele Bachmann, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, Sen. Rand Paul, and many others.
Paul was the only member of Congress who sent a response by means of a form letter.
Bennett holds a Ph.D. (ABD) in Political Theory, with the topic of his dissertation having been “Military-Intelligence Contractors, Swiss Banks, and Terrorist Threat Financing Networks and Operations.”
Between 2003 and 2008, Bennett had worked in the Bush administration on domestic policy, acting as a liaison with the U.S. State Department, Health and Human Services, the Pentagon and U.S. Central Command. He also attended officer training school by invitation for the U.S. Army Reserves in the 11th Psychological Operations (PSYOP) Battalion based in Upper Marlboro, MD.
In January 2010, he was offered a new position within Booz Allen as a Terror Finance Analyst. Bennett told The Post & Email that he considered it his responsibility to protect U.S. men and women in uniform by cutting off the sources of terrorist funding around the world.
After relocating to Tampa, FL to assume his new duties, Bennett was stopped twice at gunpoint on MacDill Air Force Base, where he had been provided housing by his employer, and accused of possessing unregistered firearms. He was handcuffed, interrogated harshly, and finally released. Months later, despite his position as a military officer, he was prosecuted as a civilian, by the U.S. Department of Justice. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara C. Sweeney of the Middle District of Florida accused Bennett of wearing a military uniform without authorization and making a false statement in regard to his on-base housing.
In a letter to one of his attorneys dated July 20, 2013, Bennett stated that he had acquired new information about the circumstances of his trial which showed:
1. Fraud on the court perpetrated by AUSA Sweeney and SAUSA Timothy Goines. Timothy Goines unlawfully participated in my prosecution wearing his military uniform, and misled the court into believing the Army had approved his prosecution and uniform wearing activity. This also violates the 1870 Posse Comitatus Act, and possibly many more serious statutes and military laws.
2. Constitutional violations occurred, civil rights violations occurred, and the separation of military jurisdiction over military matters was violated by the Dept. of Justice claiming jurisdiction of a military officer, wearing a military uniform, performing military duties, on a military base, in relation to his military function.
3. No military review or administrative hearing was held prior to the indictment filed against my [sic] by the Justice Department. There is substantial case law from the Supreme Court which demands that the Administrative Remedy and Investigations process within the military (agency) is performed FIRST, before sending the issue to the courts. This never happened, and the process was violated, and my rights as an officer of the U.S. military have been violated–and thereby every other officer and servicemember in the U.S. military.
In a letter to a university professor, Bennett wrote that “The AUSA also had brought in a Special Assistant US Attorney–and dressed him in an Air Force uniform to mislead the jury into thinking the military was participating in my trial (I discovered this later at my Administrative Board review which met to consider discharging me based on the civilian court conviction).”
In a letter dated July 11, 2013 addressed to Carl Levin, Bennett wrote:
Be advised, this is an “OFFICIAL COMMUNICATION TO CONGRESS BY A UNITED STATES ARMY OFFICER” concerning a National Security matter, and should be considered a “WHISTLEBLOWING REPORT”, and afforded all the rights, protections, and privileges therein.
As you are by now fully and intimately aware, starting in the summer of 2012, I have written numerous letters to you and your committee concerning intelligence exposing terrorist threat financing through Union Bank of Switzerland, as reported by Brad Birkenfeld (subsequently paid $104 million by the U.S. Government) and requested you initiate a debriefing and investigation into this matter. This matter was also addressed in an ARMY INTELLIGENCE REPORT (which you received a copy of) which was submitted to General Jeff Jacobs, Commander of U.S. Civil Affairs-Psychological Operations Command on September 25, 2012.
A copy of this report was also sent to Lynne Halbrooks, Inspector General at the Pentagon, which her office acknowledged receipt of.
It has been over ten (10) months since this report was released to you and the Inspector General, and no official response whatsoever has been given to me in writing, or investigation initiated, since its release.
This is an obscene and intolerable failure of government officials, considering military servicemembers have been killed or maimed as a result of terrorist and combatant activity financed by the banks and networks described in my report. Worst of all, these financial networks continue to fund terrorist attacks against our troops because of you and your Armed Forces Committee’s unwillingness to investigate and address this conspiracy and cover-up.
Had my report been thoroughly examined and the parties and sources debriefed, counter-measures could have been deployed, and military members (and contractors) would be alive today instead of dead;…
Lenin and McKeon did not seek re-election in November 2014.
A letter to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey appears below; The Post & Email apologizes for the incomplete text in the left margin due to the stiffness of the newly-printed book.
A letter to Chaffetz follows.