GAO looks into Coast Guard

GAO looks into Coast Guard

There are 81 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Nov 10, 2007, titled GAO looks into Coast Guard. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

The Government Accountability Office is investigating the U.S. Coast Guard's administrative law system, as members of Congress move forward with plans to dismantle the system and hand its responsibilities to ...

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Curious

AOL

#61 Nov 28, 2007
So when does the big meeting take place in Washington? I want to be there.
count me in too

Wakefield, RI

#62 Nov 28, 2007
Me too. Count me in!
Senator Whitehouse letter

Wakefield, RI

#63 Nov 29, 2007
I have just been given information that Senator Sheldon Whitehouse from RI has sent a letter to Thad Allenof the US Coast Guard. The letter expresses concerns about "flawed" Coast Guard ALJ system. The letter requests a response to the allegations of bias. The letter also requests the information on what steps the Coast Guard will take to adress the flaws in the current system. Congressman Elijah Cummings indeed has allies who will help him form a fair judicial system and dismantle the current corrupt system.
Greg

Cresson, TX

#64 Nov 29, 2007
I was looking at graigs list in NO LA I ran accross an article titled USCG is stealing Mariners Licenses good reading sounds like the drums are beating down south what would happen if the mariners decided to walk out until the CG dismantled there judicial system How long would it take the companies to get involved talk about giving Thad Allen his second black eye
Greg

Cresson, TX

#65 Nov 29, 2007
Lets get a group together with our evidence and head east I will bring tapes and documents Someone needs to contact Capt Joe Kinneary and inform him
RI in in

Wakefield, RI

#66 Nov 30, 2007
I know 3 or 4 commercial fishermen from RI who had their lives ruined by the unscrupulous bastards the Coast Guard calls admiralty law judges. These people are passionate about seeing this judicial system dismantled. They would travel anywhere and testify under oath to whom ever would listen. i also know a few commercial fishermen who were pressured with this corrupt judicial system into signing a plea agreement. Using a corrupt judicial system to pressure respondents is nothing short of EXTORTION. These people would also be willing to testify. I can not believe these unscrupulous bastards are currently ruling on current cases. Something definately needs to be done to speed up the dismanteling process.
Class Action Lawsuit

Wakefield, RI

#67 Nov 30, 2007
I am still seeking a lawfirm to respresent those who either appeared before the Coast Guard ALJ or signed a plea agreement instead of getting a predetermined verdict of guilt. I am sure the damages are in the hindreds of millions of dollars. Any takers just speak up. The early bird catches the worm. You'll be glad you did with your percentage of take. Just post your name on this site and the ball will get rolling. You might be surprised how many individuals have incurred damages with this corrupt system. There are a lot of innocent victims here. So Speak up. Who is going to be the luck lawfirm to take this on. This is a golden opportunity for an aggressive group.
Greg

Cresson, TX

#68 Dec 3, 2007
When was Thad Allen vested with executive powers
Allen and Ingolia must go

Wakefield, RI

#69 Dec 4, 2007
Thad Allen thinks he is above the law. He witnesses corruption right under his nose and then tries to sweep it all under the rug. When he reappointed Ingolia in October of 2007 after his "corrupt exploits" wer made public, he further "fliped the middle finger" to all the victims of this ordeal. Allen, Ingolia and Brudzinski must go. Any honorable and fair judicial system can not include there 3 "unscrupulous bastards".
Captain John

Plano, TX

#70 Dec 14, 2007
CG Aviator Chief wrote:
<quoted text>
We are the experts when it comes to maratime law. Who else would you suggest oversee these hearings?
I guess this pretty much sums up my feelings, and puts the dilemma in the proper context. Here an admitted USCG Lifer is letting us (the civilian mariner) that the USCG IS the expert law interpreter, maker, and adjudicator.
WOW, I didn't realize that ONE organization had this amount of power, influence, and control.... Oops, i forgot, the NAZI party did this recently if I recall.
I guess CG Aviator and Joe conveniently forgot that we in this country have a three part legislative body; executive, legislative and judicial. Some big news there, Huh?
Why are we (as mariners) subject to this one party law? This is crazy to allow a military justice system to have control over civilian lives, careers, and industry.
Lt Eric Shine USNR K P 91

Palm Springs, CA

#71 Dec 31, 2007
I am a graduate of KINGS POINT, sister Academy to West Point and Annapolis. My father and brother attended West Point, my uncle went to Annapolis as well. My family has a long history of Federal and Military Service. Congressional and Presidential appointments and all.
Also, unfortunately I have a great deal of experience with the COAST GUARD's system of MILITARY TRIBUNALS that are being used in violation of Separation of Powers Doctrine, in violation of Shipping Articles Act of 1791, in violation of Judiciary Act of 1789, in violation of Articles of Agreement known as Shipping Articles that many U.S. Merchant Marine Federal Maritime Officers work on, in violation of Admiralty and general maritime laws and customs, in violation of Due Process Clause of U.S. Constitution, in violation of far too many amendments to U.S. Constitution including 1st, 4th, 5th, 8th, and others, in violation of the Jones Act [46 USC 688 recodified to 3010], in violation of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 that established my Academy at Kings Point, and in violation of the UCMJ [as I am and have been a NAVAL OFFICER for the time period in which the "Coast Guard" came after me for ??], in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act of 1946, in violation of the Whistle Blower Protection Acts of 1998 and subsequent [including 46 USC 2114 as well as incorporated], in violation of Federal contracting laws, in violation of the Shipping Commissioners Act of 1872, the Suits in Admiralty Act of 1965 and I could list a whole slew of other laws, protections, provisions, amendments, laws, rules and regulations, including the Coast Guard's own that are intentionally and openly violated by this system and how it is and has been being run.
This system is nothing but a "RACKET".....
With ex Coast Guard Officers and personnel and others "Acting" as those who would be your lawyer for you and help yo keep your "license" or make the pain that the Coast Guard will impose upon you less painful somehow....
Lt Eric Shine USNR K P 91

Palm Springs, CA

#72 Dec 31, 2007
ALJ Brudzinski - in fact - is a "RETIRED" LCDR from the US Coast Guard himself - and pensioneer.
A crook who has been involved in OIL PROFITEERING cases within the Commerce Department pertaining to IRAN and OIL EMBARGOES and much more....
Take a look at the case from the TSA that he sat on named RENDON v. TSA.... where he set up a racket to charge all americans $700 for cursing in an airport and used an undercover "Federal Agent" from the TSA to set up the bogus case law...
The Coast Guard system is simply put - un-Constitutional and is no longer is [if it ever truly was] following the strict boundaries of Constitutional law and order, especially as pertaining to general maritime and admiralty law that is C-O-N-S-T-I-T-U-T-I-O-N-A-L in nature.
This system was intended for the "COAST" Guards" [geee those names should give you a clue as to what they are supposed to do - look at their history as an OFF SHOOT of the Merchant Marine - not the other way around]own personnel and not for the personnel of the US MERCHANT MARINE whose rights and remedies rest within the Federal Judiciary alone and not in any form of Administrative system of MILITARY TRIBUNALS.....
General maritime and admiralty law, including our rights to our licenses and more are supposed to be heard within the FEDERAL JUDICIARY... not some KANGAROO COURT......
Lt Eric Shine USNR K P 91

Palm Springs, CA

#73 Dec 31, 2007
Admiralty and general maritime law is something that pre-dates our great Declaration of Indpendendence and Constitution - it is NOT however "administrative" in nature or form....
The Coast Guard is and has been acting well outside its own boundaries - as any and all "administrative" activities are supposed to be for "internal" personnel of any such Agency or Department and not for Federal and even Naval Auxiliary Officers from a separate and distinct Branch of Federal Service....
The PRESUMPTION of innocence is supposed to be afforded to any and all personnel and NO RIGHTS or LIBERTIES or PROPERTY [including a license] is supposed to be taken away, held, suspended, fined, seized, or injured in any way , shape or form absent full and commensurate DUE PROCESS that is supposed to come from under an independent judiciary - and NOT from under MILITARY TRIBUNALS.
The Coast Guard is basically carrying out SPECIAL, SUMMARY or GENERAL COURT MARTIALS of civilians for civilian affairs including fines, fees, penalties, and more that any and ALL Branches of the MILITARY are strictly forbidden from getting involved in.
Posse Comitatus bars this along with so many other provisions - EXCEPT WHEN LIVING WITHIN A MILITARY DICTATORSHIP.......
Admiral Thad Allen thinks he is JOHN WAYNE.... or better yet President/ General Musharraf...
Anyone who loves or defends this system is I-G-N-O-R-A-N-T of and stands to defy the rule of law, the Constitution, our beloved Declaration of Independence, and anything resembling the benevolent and beneficial nature of admiralty and general maritime law and customs that did not INCLUDE the "Life Saving Service" and "Light House Service" and the "Customs Revenue Cutter Service" and these other "Branches" of what splintered off of the U.S. Merchant Marine is now in charge of "TAKING LIVES AND PROPERTY" rather then protecting them and saving them....
Dig a little deeper into the involvement of ALJ/ LCDR. BRUDZINSKI into the 911 Family Trust funds and his involvement in screwing people over their as well to get a real TASTE of how corrupt this guy and his fellow racketeers are.... in fact one family was a First Assistant Engineer who lost his life in one of the flights..... and BRUDZNISKI was involved in manipulating that INSURANCE TRUST FUND as well... along with a series of other rackets...
Brudzinski and Allen are much dirtier then you may care to know - investigate them and get info out to all - including Congress.....
Thad Allen was working for MICHAEL BROWN of FEMA fame and for doing such a good job in "moving" money - was appointed Commandant.. total crook..
Dig, dig, dig deep and investigate and disemminate - the TRUTH shall set you free.
Lt Eric Shine Kings Point

Palm Springs, CA

#74 Jan 8, 2008
Oh...... and COMMANDANTE ADMIRAL THAD ALLEN is married to PAMELA HESS - related to the HESS OIL TYCOONS ala "Germany" and also Rudolph Hess who was named as Deputy to Hitler - by Hitler....
It would appear that the apple does not fall far from the tree - or the affinity of the apple toward certain worms....
Now there should be no misgivings on why the COAST GUARD has named its first 2 DEEP WATER vessels the BERTHOLF and the WAESCHE - 2 good German names...
Bertholf was the first USCG Commandant who was COURT MARTIALED out of the Naval Academy - ended up at in the Life Saving and other Services only to become the first USCG Commandante... and as was appointed by the KING of England in the early 1900's as a "KNIGHT".... He passed over 22 others of higher rank and length of service to become the "first Commandant"... another "good German"...
And why we now have a GERMAN POPE....
And T-Mobile is owned by a German Corporation that is majority stake owned and controlled by the German Government....
Or why we have an "Austrian" - "Prince" for a Governor of California who is set to "run" for Vice President with Bloomberg as President on the Independent ticket - with announcement coming out after the Repubs and Demogogues figure out who is going to run their own Corporation or feudal state.....
Or involvement of the "BUSH" clan with American President Lines, and the involvement of Stanley Dollar and the Dollar family in not only American President Lines - but also "Bohemian Grove."
Start connecting all of the dots within all of these OLD WORLD - fascist families who are setting up a TYRANNY and MILITARY DICTATORSHIP here in American from right underneath our noses....
curious

AOL

#75 Jan 13, 2008
So when is Congress taking the step? It's been too quiet.
Lt Shine USNR

Palm Springs, CA

#76 Jan 27, 2008
Congress will take several steps -
1. Congress will act appropriately only when demanded do by the People...
2. Congress will act to re-write or make such laws or redefine terms like "torture" and "enemy combatant" to protect the administration and to ensure that many of those involved cannot and will not be PROSECUTED by the FBI and Justice Department, unless people DEMAND proper action....
If you get a chance to read the TRANSCRIPTS from the most recent proceeding held on October 23rd, 2007 in Long Beach where I am being tried before a US COAST GUARD JAG MILITARY TRIBUNAL to "court martial" me from "civilian" life somehow and to "ALIENATE" me to non-Citizen status... keep me in limbo, force me to be my own counsel, try and tie me to Timothy McVeigh, hold me in detention for over 5 years or more, steal documents, falsify and even fabrciate evidence, change judges multiple times in the middle of the proceedings and not even "start over" [which goes to double - jeopardy, put a BOLO out on me saying that I may be dangerous, allow the "citing officer" to take over the case and become the PROSECUTOR after holding on to me for 5 years while he can go get his law degree and become a JAG officer.... and so much more.....
I have to ask myself - what is everyone else waiting for? Congress will do nothing until WE THE PEOPLE force them to investigate and hold more full and proper hearings allowing people like myself and others before Congress so that it knows more about what is going on.....
Write, call, visit, talk it up, call AM/ FM/ XM radio and more...
No one can find out what the GAO is actually doing, or who authorized it... if you know ... please post as the GAO called me in response to a message I left with WALKER - Comptroller General [ I believe] and they say they need the letter from Congress turning them on....
Plus people need to push the OMB, Oberstar, Cummings, Whitehouse and others with calls, visits, emails,letters or this will be you following in my steed and tried by MILITARY OFFICERS for trumped up and bogus and improper charges only to cover up their own screw-ups and corruptions.....
THAD ALLEN is married to PAMELA HESS of the HESS OIL family dynasty [from Austria/ Germany through Canada] and related to Rudolph Hess who was the Deputy Fuhrer to Adolph Hitler...
Any connection between the 2 National Security Cutters being named the
BERTHOLF and the
WAESCHE....
I'd say... and more...
Marty-New Jersey

Brick, NJ

#78 Apr 4, 2008
Captain John wrote:
<quoted text>
I guess this pretty much sums up my feelings, and puts the dilemma in the proper context. Here an admitted USCG Lifer is letting us (the civilian mariner) that the USCG IS the expert law interpreter, maker, and adjudicator.
WOW, I didn't realize that ONE organization had this amount of power, influence, and control.... Oops, i forgot, the NAZI party did this recently if I recall.
I guess CG Aviator and Joe conveniently forgot that we in this country have a three part legislative body; executive, legislative and judicial. Some big news there, Huh?
Why are we (as mariners) subject to this one party law? This is crazy to allow a military justice system to have control over civilian lives, careers, and industry.
To Captain John,---Your last sentence hits it right on the head! The military has no right to interfear with civilian justice. When I appeared before ALJ Fitzpatrick I forgot to salute--the guy actually thought I was in the Coast Guard and he was presiding over a court marshall.
capts wife

Vineland, NJ

#79 May 2, 2008
I am sad to say that we have had the pleasure of witnessing first hand an alj courtroom in 2007. Of course Ingolia picked his "big brother" Fitzpatrick, he of course retired right before he was to hear our case, then of course got handed down to brudzinski. What a surprise, guilty, and then the appeal for review, surprise again, guilty. I will do everything I can to help.
mirrored

Shreveport, LA

#80 Jun 25, 2009
Me thinks they just pooped their whites with that GAO Report. Oops.
Anon

Prairieville, LA

#81 Oct 9, 2010

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