So, 'over there' in Washington you have the Department of the Navy which is part of the Department of Defence. Jolly good show! Er, except for one itsy-bitsy thing. The Head of Naval Intelligence, a pretty important job given the multiple problems of the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea, is not actually allowed access to any classified information. And nor is his deputy, the Head of Naval Intelligence Operations! One has a sudden vision of them blindfolded and stumbling round the war-room sticking pins in maps rather like the child's party game of pinning the tail on the fox.
For more than two years, the Navy’s intelligence chief has been stuck with a major handicap: He’s not allowed to know any secrets.
Vice Adm. Ted “Twig” Branch has been barred from reading, seeing or hearing classified information since November 2013, when the Navy learned from the Justice Department that his name had surfaced in a giant corruption investigation involving a foreign defense contractor and scores of Navy personnel.
Worried that Branch was on the verge of being indicted, Navy leaders suspended his access to classified materials. They did the same to one of his deputies, Rear Adm. Bruce F. Loveless, the Navy’s director of intelligence operations.
According to hotair.com, the finger of suspicion points at the (non)Justice Department 'over there' (previous proprietor, Eric Holder - yeeeeees quite!) who have had this case under investigation for 800 days and have still not filed charges. Have they, one wonders, been taking lessons from our deeply useless Director of Public Prosecutions?
For one thing, it turns out that the Justice Department never completed its corruption investigation. It has gone on for more than 800 days without a determination of whether Branch and Loveless committed criminal or liable acts. Investigators have not shared their findings with the military.
I wonder if the same sort of thing was going on before Pearl Harbour? I await inside information from ex-Able Seaman 'JK' - I have it on very good authority that he knows about these sorts of things!