This article makes me sad for the Academy and for the United States. I was extremely involved at USAFA from 2003 through 2008 in the transformation initiated by the Secretary of the USAF and the Chief of Staff of the USAF neither of whom were graduates nor ever served at USAFA. The story was broken by Ms. Zubeck and most of the complaints were found to be unprosecutable because of the lack of evidence or time from the incident until it was reported was outside of the statute of limitations governing the offenses. This in no way implies they did not occur but for those of you that cherish our constitution and beat USAFA over the head with it, realize that due process is afforded to all, especially the guilty.
First of all at no time were any of the female victims considered to be culpable or complicit in the crimes committed against them. On the contrary several males were given adminstrative punishment, forced to resign, or worse, sometimes on nothing more than hearsay. To be clear, there were definitely problems that needed to be addressed and theses problems were handled as fast as justice would permit and unfortunately to extremes to the demise of the guilty. Sadly, but very altruisticly, USAFA did not want to compare themeselves with other universities and consistently set goals of zero tolerance and zero incidents despite other institutions having rates tens times higher. As we transitioned from the cadet disciplinary system to the UCMJ, which always applied to all cadets, we removed a tool that the cadets were using to police themselves for minor infractions. It was replaced it with an unwieldy UCMJ adminstered by the AOC not the cadets and self policing stop entirely creating an us versus them for the cadets and officers.
Shortly after this masssive transition, in which USAFA through out the baby with the bath water, the MRFF began asking USAFA's leadership to look into issues involving religeous intolerance in the Spring of 2004. There were indeed 70 plus accusations and upon review all but 15 or so (ROM) were filed by Mr. Weinstein on behalf of his sons. Each was investigated to the best of our ability and Lt Gen Rosa did implement sensitivy training to ensure the USAFA entire population (Cadets, officers, enlisted and civilians) understood our obligations under the constitution with regards to religeous freedom, USAF policies and USAFA directives. In all my time at USAFA (five years) I did indeed hear of a handful of religeously charged incidents that were swiftly delt with within the legal parameters afforded USAFA by the UCMJ. Again, most of the punishments were behind closed doors and the victims were not informed of the severity of the punishment due to restrictions placed on the leadership by the privacy act. Given my druthers I would have made the outcomes public.
The bottomline is, Ms. Zubeck has been relegated to a third rate publication attempting to sensationalize any piece of trivia in order to move back into the prominence she found herself as the 2003 USAFA sexual assualt scandal was broken. She is employing out of context e-mails that paint the biased picture she needs to create and foster another career propelling story to get out of career death spiral she now founds herself in. Mr. Weinstein whom I have never met, I am sure is completely honorable, does exceptional due deligence in research of incidents and is fully committed in his endeavors to fight wrongs he sees in his alma mater. Again, punitive actions against the guilty are not provided to him for review and all actions must conform to the UCMJ. Unfortunately, in this day and age perception has become reality, facts are inconvenient and hyperbole is much more readily accepted by the feable mind.
For you Zoomies that are trying, through articles written by Ms. Zubeck, to pass judgement on your alma mater do some research. Ask people that still work there, not Colorado College professors that blog or other third party validators of anti-military bias what is going on your institution. Try the AOG, talk to cadets you may run into or recent graduates and ask them. If you are ashamed, what have you done to understand the percieved problem, correct the things that need to be corrected and support the finest institution for higher learning in the country to grow and become better. If your answer is read blogs from a non-published, obscure venue of anti-military biased hate than look at yourself in the mirror and scream hypocrite, throw your contrails in the trash and thank yourself for becoming a "miserable creature that has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than yourself."
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