46 online
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 10 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
General News    H4'ed 9/29/13

No. 2 US nuke chief suspended over gambling probe

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments
Message RT TV
Original posted on RT

The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Wyoming (SSBN 742) approaches Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.(Photo by: Lt. Rebecca Rebarich tratcom.mil)

The general in charge of all US nuclear offensive forces has suspended his deputy, Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, over his suspected role in a casino scandal that involved "a significant monetary amount" of counterfeit gambling chips.

Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler suspended Giardina on September 3 without publicly announcing the move. 

Giardina is currently under state investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, but has not been arrested or charged thus far, a Strategic Command top spokeswoman, Navy Capt. Pamela Kunze, said.

Giardina was prohibited from performing duties related to nuclear weapons and other issues requiring a security clearance, Kunze told AP.

Criminal investigators discovered "a significant monetary amount" in counterfeit chips at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs, Iowa, DCI special agent David Dales announced on Saturday.

"We were able to detect this one pretty quickly and jump on it,"

Vice Admiral Timothy M.
Vice Admiral Timothy M. "Tim" Giardina. (Photo from stratcom.mil)

Dales said, without giving any details on how Giardina might have been involved. He said Giardina had been under investigation since June 16 and his superior became aware of it on July 17.

Giardina -- a career submarine officer and former deputy commander and chief of staff at the US Pacific Fleet -- became deputy commander of Strategic Command in December 2011. Strategic Command is one of the Unified Combatant Commands overseeing the entirety of the US nuclear force, including nuclear-armed submarines and nuclear bombers, as well as land-based nuclear missiles. It is also in charge of military satellites, intelligence, surveillance, and US information warfare operations.

The unusual action became another blow to the US nuclear command after an officer in charge of a nuclear missile unit at Malmstrom Air Force Base was relieved of duty last month after the unit failed a safety and security inspection. Last spring another unit in Minot, North Dakota received weak grades on a safety inspection, resulting in 17 launch control officers temporarily being placed off duty.

Meanwhile, the previous head of Strategic Command, Gen. James "Hoss" Cartwright, is under a DoJ investigation for leaking classified information to the press. Cartwright, a four-star general, was stripped of his security clearance, Foreign Policy reported last week. 

Rate It | View Ratings

RT TV Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

rt.com is Russian television, which actually does a great job reporting on US news too.
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Senators terrified with abuse of Patriot Act's secret laws

"US foreign policy is a marketing strategy for selling weapons" -- Jill Stein

Pope Francis shakes up Vatican Bank supervisory board

Google involved with Clinton campaign, controls information flow -- Assange

DOJ wants Bush, senior cabinet members exempt from Iraq War trial

"World moving away from American financial hegemony"

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend