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Charges Against Sailor Illustrate the Difference Between the Military and Politicians

Taking pictures of the nuclear reactor and control systems of an American Los Angeles-class attack submarine is a crime, and obstructing the investigation of federal officials investigating the case could land a sailor in prison for 30 years. Kristian Saucier, 28, served as a machinist mate aboard U.S.S. Alexandria (SSN-757) from September 2007 through March 2012. During that time, it is alleged that he took photographs of the nuclear reactor and control systems of the submarine. When the photographs on his cell phone were discovered, he allegedly attempted to destroy other photographs kept on his computer to keep the FBI and Naval Investigators from finding them.

Obviously, both taking pictures of classified equipment and attempting to obstruct an investigation are federal crimes. The first is punishable by a maximum of “10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 for unauthorized retention of defense information and 20 years and a $250,000 fine for obstruction of justice.”

If the sailor is guilty, he should face the consequences of his actions. Period. While in the Navy, I had access to classified material and the proper handling of it was ingrained in our behavior from day one. At the time, the Walker Spy Ring was being dismantled and new security procedures were being developed that are still in use today.

Kristian SaucierAlthough the charges against the sailor are interesting, and show that sometimes people do dumb things and then they have to pay for them, it also shows that we have a group of people in this country that not only don’t have to follow the rules, but are more than capable of flaunting the rules, obstructing investigations into their own rule-breaking and have every confidence of not being punished in any way, shape or form.

Petty Officer Saucier had classified information on an unauthorized and non-secure device and then attempted to destroy the information (and the device). Compare Saucier’s alleged crimes with the newest allegations against Hillary Clinton. Although Clinton may not have had pictures of a nuclear reactor on her phone, she knowingly sent at least four emails that “were classified when they were sent and are classified now.” The Inspector General’s investigation has found that the emails should have been sent through secure servers and not through her personal server.

Accountability only works if it is leavened across society equally. If Saucier is jailed and fined for what he has allegedly done, why should Clinton get a pass? The photographs that the sailor had are of equipment that is over 45 years old and, although it is still classified, it is difficult to imagine that all of our enemies have not seen and had access to this information for years.

The information that Clinton sent over an unsecured server may not have been about nuclear propulsion systems, but it was probably a lot more recent in nature. If the government is going to pursue charges against Petty Officer Saucier, they should be pursuing charges against former Secretary of State and current Presidential candidate Clinton as well.

After all, what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander.

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Matt is a former military journalist who spent 10 years in the US Navy. He served in various posts during his career, including a couple of deployments on the USS Valley Forge (CG-50). After leaving the Navy, he worked in management for a number of years before opening his own businesses. He ran those businesses until 2012 when he chose to leave the retail industry and return to writing. Matt currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to the US Patriot blog and other websites about political affairs, military activities and sailing.
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1 thought on “Charges Against Sailor Illustrate the Difference Between the Military and Politicians

  1. Interesting argument Matt. The problem in either agreeing or disagreeing with your contentions is that we are left with huge gaps of knowledge that make it impossible to determine whether we are comparing like transgressions. Perhaps as more evidence emerges, things will become clearer – though I very much doubt it as the nature of the information in both cases is such that we are unlikely to ever actually be able to make the meaningful comparison necessary to solving the problem.

    Philosophically, everyone should be equal in the eyes of the law. But reality is something else. Inequalities take place in the courts everyday. They arise from factors as diverse as social standing, access to money, education, political bias, enforcement policy & priorities, sentencing guidelines – the list goes on. Money is wasted at various levels of government everyday, chasing matters that some would argue are trivial while others equally argue are crucial to the public interest. If Hillary Clinton wasn’t running for POTUS, would anyone really care about her emails? Some probably would, but most people would have already consigned her to the filing cabinet of history.

    One thing can be said with some certainty, however. Between now and election day, we will get to hear much more about Mrs Clinton’s alleged sins, while the alleged sins of Petty Officer Saucier will likely fade from the public consciousness quite quickly.

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