Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Show lewd videos, get fired. Allow two men to be murdered, don't get fired.

According to the AP, a Navy Captain has been removed from his command because of raunchy comedy videos he made and showed to his command several years ago.

"While Capt. Honors' performance as commanding officer of USS Enterprise has been without incident, his profound lack of good judgment and professionalism while previously serving as executive officer on Enterprise calls into question his character and completely undermines his credibility to continue to serve effectively in command," Harvey said in a statement read to reporters in Norfolk on Tuesday afternoon. [AP]
Contrast the Navy's action here with the Army's actions surrounding the murder of my late husband, Captain Phillip Esposito and First Lieutenant Louis Allen by Alberto Martinez, a soldier under my husband's command. In my late husband's case, Martinez issued hundreds of death threats prior to his act of murder; nevertheless, none of the individuals who heard these threats and failed to act against them have been held to account for their own "profound lack of good judgment and professionalism."

The fact is that Capt. Honors' video hurt literally no one, yet the Navy's punishment of this officer was infinitely more severe than any imposed upon those whose inaction led to my husband's murder. It goes without saying that there ought to be more justice for my late husband and Lt. Allen than what we have received.

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