BRAC Cover-up, Part 4
In Part 3 OCGJ revealed the unmistakable “smoking gun” that condemns the Greene County political class. Case No. 2009CV0305 served not only as an indictment against Defendants Haller, Reid and Perales for failing to release public records pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Section 149, it also brought corrupt Judge Sumner Walters out into the bright sunshine as he enabled Prosecutor (and Defendant) Haller to operate on both sides of the law. Part 3 also listed ten other clear-cut infractions of federal and Ohio statutes, not to mention breach of contract regarding the BRAC Initiative Agreement. Any one of these multiple infractions by itself could put the perpetrators away for months or years, but there is one other transgression that stands out as particularly damming, and that would be diminishing national security for the sake of financial gain.
In Exhibit 2a, Greentree agent Lou Ferraro writes to Dayton Development Coalition CEO JP Nauseef that “We would like to see if PMA can help us gathering information in the Intel area.” Then in Exhibit 2b, PMA lobbyist Briggs Shade reveals to Nauseef his source in the Pentagon “Hinted that if DC site is selected, NAIC could be vulnerable.” (NAIC has been renamed NASIC, which is the National Air and Space Intelligence Center located at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio). In any case, private citizen Lou Ferraro, a retired Air Force general officer, and Briggs Shade, a PMA lobbyist have no business mining intelligence information from an airman in the Pentagon who by the way, is not authorized to pass along sensitive information to un-cleared personnel, military or civilian.
Both Ferraro and Shade passed through the revolving door from uniformed military officers to bagmen for the military-industrial complex. As former senior officers they both should be fully aware of the three requirements necessary to share classified or sensitive unclassified information:
- Recipients of classified or sensitive unclassified information must have a “need to know,”
- Recipients of classified or sensitive unclassified information must possess a current security clearance, and
- To comply with COMSEC (communications security) and OPSEC (operations security) receivers and disclosers of classified or sensitive unclassified information must sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA) that they will not knowingly disclose sensitive information to non-cleared individuals.
Furthermore, Briggs Shade’s “source” in the Pentagon should know better than to share sensitive unclassified information with Shade or any one else who doesn’t meet the three criteria above. Moreover, he or she broke the BRAC rules of engagement that prohibit “talk(ing) about (BRAC) issues outside your duties.” But of course like many other senior officers, government bureaucrats and politicians, Shade’s contact on the Air Staff was probably posturing for the day he would be selling himself to anyone who could supplement his military pension with a six-figure salary and generous benefits.
To summarize Part 4, Greentree and Dayton Development Coalition agents, Lou Ferraro and Briggs Shade respectively, conspired with Shade’s “source” in the Pentagon to disclose and receive sensitive unclassified information, not to mention they violated BRAC rules of engagement. With insiders like this working their backroom political shenanigans it’s no wonder savings from the 2005 BRAC fell woefully short of expectations.