Still Waiting … is a powerful memoir about a whistleblowers fight for justice from the California National Guard.
As I examined all of the Guard disorganized and antiquated documents, I knew I was also onto something big, maybe with the same national ramifications as Watergate, Rathergate and the Worldcom accounting scandal. My digital research led me to discover leaks coming from inside the National Guard, I discovered various types of communications, specifically, an open computer database and plain webpages with scanned policies from the 20th century – There was data everywhere. Decades of it!
By the end of my research and archiving in the U.S. federal courts, I had discovered four major performance abuse scandals in the National Guard between 1997 and 2014.
First, the “Rathergate” scandal, in 2004, was a major political scandal that started in 1997. The scandal refers to a set of National Guard performance documents allegedly written by the former commanding officer of President George W. Bush in the early 1970s, and aired on the CBS program 60 Minutes, September 8, 2004.
Second, the “Ghost Soldier” scandal in 2001, in which National Guard units across the USA routinely mislead troop strength reports by including soldiers who are no longer in the Guard. Many National Guard units had inflated the numbers of soldiers in their ranks to conceal an inability to recruit and keep troops.
Third, the “Doctrinal Revolution” scandal in 2006 – 2009, was a little known controversy within the U.S. Federal Court system that refers to a point in time or set of documents that overrode settled case law on intra-military immunity,” such as the Feres doctrine during Bush’s Iraqi and Afghanistan wars.
Fourth, the “Recruiting Bonus” scandal in 2010, the California National Guard could not met its performance numbers, so it erroneously gave recruiting bonus to soldiers to re-enlist or enlist into the National Guard during Bush’s Iraqi and Afghanistan wars.
This memoir is important because it exposes the offhand and cavalier manner in which the National Guard treats brave men and women who serve in the United States military while those in charge, all the way up to the Pentagon, seek to cover their backs through obfuscation.
Janetra Johnson is sharing the Guard’s past policies through her legal court case. This book is important to anyone who had suffered discrimination in the National Guard from 1997 to 2014 and need “new material evidence” to state a claim about the Guard past practices and policy.
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