Wednesday, June 28, 2017

OPA / DOJ Does What It Does Best ...

Kristian Saucier, a machinist's mate aboard the USS Alexandria from 2007 to 2012, used his cellphone to photograph parts of the submarine's nuclear propulsion system while it was docked at the U.S. Navy’s submarine base Conncticut. It is reported that he "knew they would be classified, but he wanted to show his family what he did in the Navy." He denied sharing the photos with "any unauthorized recipient," but was given a one-year sentence for "unauthorized retention of national defense information."

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump complained, "They took the kid who wanted some pictures of the submarine ... That’s an old submarine; they’ve got plenty of pictures. If the enemy wants them, they’ve got plenty of them.”

Now, it is reported that the Office of the Pardon Attorney, in the Department of Justice has denied Saucier's application for clemency. His attorney is "surprised and disappointed,” saying:
“The fact that the president acknowledged that he was reviewing it and looking at it, in mid-January, signaled that he was putting his personal touch on this. The bureaucracy stifled our effort. We’re not confident that the president ever saw the petition for a pardon or clemency.”
The Editor knows the feeling. The OPA once assured him that President Obama would see materials related to a clemency petition. But it never happened. Reason 3,645 to remove the clemency process from the Department of Justice. See story here.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Has the Editor been in contact with any members of congress about problems with the OPA?

beth curtis said...

It is a deep swamp.

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