(Update - 21 June - Well, Mr. Fitzpatrick responded to my offer by further attacks and lies. His choice, but it leads me to suspect I may have hit too close to the mark. Though his comparison of his critics with the British commanders at the Battle of Cowpens speaks more for his ego than anything else. And I have to thank him for introducing me to a couple more blogs I didn't know about.
I don't think "offering someone a place to air their side of something" is somehow self-doubt. And I suspect it's more than he would offer on his blog either.
And it does say a lot about Mr. Fitzpatrick that he has to sign off with "United States Navy Retired" and "United States Naval Academy Class of 1975". It confirms my theory that a lot of his sense of self-worth and self-identity is still tied up in something that is no longer his.)
(Update - 20 June - A note to Mr. Fitzpatrick's friend "Tim". If you wish to comment and present your side of things, you are welcome to do so.
On the other hand, sending me email along the lines of "Looks like he wants to play................stupid man. His pals are not going to like what this will come to." doesn't do your side any favours.)
(Update - 19 June - I just got an email from Mr. Fitzpatrick. All he did was repost my bio in the YtD writers section.
In the interest of being fair, I welcome any further information from Mr. Fitzpatrick as to his behaviour and his side of the story. He is also welcome to comment here as well, as YtD does not censor comments.)
One of the "rising stars" in the fantasy tiddlywinks league is Walter Fitzpatrick. A Naval Acadamy graduate who became popular with the birthers and the pretend grand "jury" sect for a nasty letter sent to Obama claiming treason, Mr. Fitizpatrick is now a hero and "patriot" among the birther tribes.
I wonder how many of them know who he really is though? Some seem to think he's still a serving officer, others believe he's retired, but subject to recall.
It would be a cold day in hell before he was recalled though. Why? Well, what he doesn't talk about is why he's not in the Navy - or why his blog is called "JAG hunters". Seems Mr. Fitzpatrick doesn't have a very squeaky clean record. From all indications, Mr. Fitzpatrick's naval career was a good one, with rumours of the fast track to Admiral's stars. Executive Officer of a ship is usually seen as the last step before being placed in Command of a ship.
And all that was sunk by Mr. Fitzpatrick's own hands. You see, he was relieved of his position and court-martialed.
"Fitzpatrick is struggling to clear his name of a court-martial conviction that left a career-destroying letter of reprimand in his personnel record.
Navy records state that Fitzpatrick failed to properly supervise the spending of his ship's ``morale, welfare and recreation" money - nongovernmental money raised for the crew's use through proceeds from the ship's retail store - and while he did not personally gain from the money, his decisions violated Navy policies.
The money is usually used by the crew to pay for items such as TV and audio equipment, recreational supplies and other nonmilitary gear."
and the end result:
"He was convicted on one count of being ``derelict in the performance of those duties (as executive officer) in that he willfully failed to follow proper procedures for the accounting and expenditure of Morale, Welfare and Recreational Funds. . . . " A career-ending letter of reprimand was placed in his personnel file."
Nobody forced him to dip into the ship's morale funds, but he did, and as a result was placed on the beach following court martial.
A lapse in judgement, but one serious enough to insure he was passed over for promotion not once, not twice, but three times, with forced retirement as a Lt. Commander the capstone to a once-promising career.
"Exiled to shore staff jobs, Fitzpatrick has twice been passed over for promotion to commander, and is due for mandatory retirement in July."
He's seen his classmates from the Naval Academy go on to bigger and better things, worse he's seeing NROTC graduates and OCS mustangs go ahead of him. He's knows that anyone who's familar with the military will see the grade he retired at and realize what a screw-up he is. And he can't blame anyone but himself. To make things worse, he knows the only reason he stayed in as long as he was able is the fact he IS a Naval Academy graduate - and that he would have been long since gone if he hadn't been one.
He's lost almost all of his self-identity. He's not an officer, he's not serving in the military, he's not defending his country, he's NOTHING anymore. And those he identifies with rightfully shun him.
So he lashes out. Unable to take responsibility for his own actions, he first attacks the JAG, seeing a grand conspiracy that was designed specifically to scuttle his career. His hatred grows to cover not only the JAG, but the entire UCMJ system. And, by extension, the entire US governmental legal system. It's not HIS actions that ruined his career, oh no. But this deep, dark conspiracy that was out to get him.
"Fitzpatrick has accused officers of his ship's administrative command of a ``vendetta" against him after he criticized the Oakland headquarters for inadequate support on a number of issues. Fitzpatrick said the staff officers retaliated by trumping up charges against him to drive him from the service.
Navy officers involved in prosecuting Fitzpatrick on financial negligence charges deny any hidden motives.
``I can't fault the individual's heart but I can fault his judgment," said retired Rear Adm. John Bitoff, who presided over the investigation and appointed the court-martial against Fitzpatrick. ``This was not some kind of a witch hunt."
And then he see something he hates almost as much - Barack Obama. For whatever reason, be it race, be it politics, be it presumed religion, but Fitzpatrick hates Obama. And he sees the US legal system - the very thing he hates with the heat of a thousand white hot suns - standing up to protect Obama. This becomes intolerable.
Clinging to one of the only bits of self-identity he has left, he uses Naval Academy stationary to write a nasty letter. And that letter is seen by the Fantasy Grand Jury - themselves fighting against the legal system he hates so much - as some sort of legal document.
They don't care it has no validity
They don't care Fitzpatrick is no longer a serving officer
They don't care Fitzpatrick was court-martialed and retired in disgrace
Suddenly Fitzpatrick has his identity back, since the fantasy grand jury people seem to see him as he sees himself still - a Naval Officer and Patriot, defending his country proudly. His self-identity has been validated. And never mind that in doing so, he's allied himself with people that go against the oath he took AS an officer.
But that oath is meaningless to him. His hatred has grown to the point he sees the entire US government has part of the conspiracy that beached him. After all, the people who tried and convicted him, his classmates from the Academy, all of those people went on and he was cast out. Therefore it's the government that's invalid, and therefore his oath is meaningless.
I don't know what Fitzpatrick wants - more validation?? The belief that once the government is overthrown he'll get those Admiral stars he believed was his by right?? That somehow all those that tried him for HIS lack of judgement will face their own court-martial and moment of shame??
Whatever his reasons, there is, at his core, a bitter, angry man. Paranoid, believing his "due" was stolen from him, and unable to accept responsibility for his own actions, yes. But bitter, angry, and lashing out. And in lashing out, has betrayed the oath he took and everything he was taught as a Naval Officer. The irony being is that he's now destroyed and spat upon everything he stood for as an Officer.
Lt. Commander Walter Fitzpatrick III, USN, is no more.
Mr. Walter Fitzpatrick III is all that remains.
No longer an officer, no longer a gentleman, no longer, even a patriot. But a sad angry man willing to fall to the depths of treason and sedition in an attempt to punish those he holds responsible for his own failure and own lack of judgement.