Saturday, February 07, 2015

In The Coast Guard Where Intelligence Ends Investigations Begin

The U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS), as it is known today, came into existence in 1915 by the assignment of a “Chief Intelligence Officer” at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.; it remained relatively unknown to the general public until the enactment of prohibition.  From then on “Coast Guard Intelligence” grew in personnel and responsibility.  In 1986, Coast Guard Intelligence was split and “Coast Guard Investigations” was formed.  In 1996, Coast Guard Investigations was replaced by the present-day “Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS).”

 In 1986, the criminal and intelligence functions of CGI were split from one another and two distinct programs were the result, Coast Guard Intelligence and Coast Guard Investigations.  Both programs continued to expand in scope and responsibility.  In 1993, a blue ribbon panel, consisting of representatives from the Coast Guard and other Federal law enforcement agencies was commissioned to chart the future course of Coast Guard Investigations.  One of the panel’s recommendations was to consolidate or centralize the investigative mission.  On 17 June 1996, that recommendation was implemented with the inauguration of the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS).

Mr. Michael Berkow is the Director, Coast Guard Investigative Service
Mr. Berkow joined the Coast Guard Investigative Service in October, 2012.  With more than 30 years in law enforcement, Mr. Berkow is an experienced police executive with extensive knowledge of both the domestic and international arenas. He is a published author and guest lecturer on a variety of topics including; community-oriented policing, integrity, and the operation of internal misconduct systems. 
Prior to his move to the south, Mr. Berkow served as a Deputy Chief in charge of the Professional Standards Bureau and Chief of Staff with the Los Angeles Police Department.  He joined LAPD in 2003 as the first outsider appointed to a sworn staff officer position and was responsible for all anti-corruption, misconduct, and use of force investigations.  Mr. Berkow was also heavily involved in counter terrorism strategies, leadership training and development.

In May 2006 a female police detective with the LAPD sued the LAPD and Michael Berkow  claiming that Mr. Berkow awarded choice assignments to female members of the LAPD who had sex with him. Ms. Ya-May Christle was awarded more than $1,000,000.00 (a million dollars) in damages by a Los Angeles jury.
Ms. Ya-May Christle was a Whistleblower. The jury believed that because she complained against her former boss, Mr. Berkow, she was demoted from a prestigious assignment with a substantial loss in pay. This amounted to retaliation for blowing the whistle on Mr. Berkow.
Before she was demoted, Ms. Ya-May Christle was on track to become the LAPD's first Asian-American female lieutenant. The 18 and a half year veteran police detective had worked for Mr. Berkow for over three and a half years.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

A fish rots from the head down.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is this man a "sexual predator"? If not, then who can be?

9:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was this sexual harassment? Or, was this sexual discrimination? Did this involve sexual assault?

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did he use the power of his office and his official position to achieve sexual gratification? Is that the text book definition of sexual harassment?

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many women has he promoted or has he recommended for promotion since the Coast Guard hired him as Director of CGIS?

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If he has a habit of demanding sexual favors before he will promote a woman on his staff, what stigma does this attach to every woman that he promoted while he was with the LAPD? This reinforces the stigma that all women have "to sleep their way to the top".

9:52 AM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

If this is his modus operandi, has he promoted any women on his Coast Guard staff? Does he go after female officers only? Or, has he set his sights on any enlisted females? If so, that would tend to prove that he does not discriminated between officer and enlisted personnel.

9:54 AM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

I wonder if the Coast Guard knew about his record before they hired him? How could they not know? In this age nothing is hidden from prying eyes. After all, this is the Coast Guard Investigative Service. Surely, they would investigate any person seeking the top job, wouldn't they? Only two key strokes would reveal about all there is to know about anyone these days. So, if the Coast Guard knew and they hired him anyway, what does that say about the Coast Guard's stated policy concerning sexual harassment, sexual discrimination, sexual assault, zero tolerance concerning matters of sexual discrimination, equal opportunity, and "merit selections"; that is merit promotion of only the best qualified, without regard to race, sex, age, color, creed, gender transformation, sexual orientation, or physical handicap?

10:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, so Berkow is implied as being rotten based on the posts. You have to understand the nature of those that rise up the ranks of local, state, and federal government within the USA. A lot of that is based on being "connected" or part of the "privileged class". That means doing favors for your friends who helped you get to that point. Call it whatever you like such as nepotism, etc.

Think of a retired 4 star Admiral being able to walk the hallways drumming up business. Sitting across the negotiations table from her or him is an O-6 who is indebted to the retired 4 star, or perhaps feels political pressure to give into to the 4 star admiral. So what ? Let's not pretend that this does not happen in the Coast Guard, and it only happens more in other agencies.

Lastly, even if Berkow is rotten, does that mean the hit job on Strickland would not occur ? Ask yourselves honestly about the culture of the Coast Guard and CGIS. Without Berkow, would CGIS still operate the way it does, perhaps itself being aided by a Coast Guard legal team that operates like the legal adviser for some 3rd world banana republic dictator ? Would it still be business as usual without Berkow ?

EXAMINE THE CULTURE AND ORGANIZATIONAL NORMS OF THE COAST GUARD. That means having the CG unwrap the national security + humanitarian service flag from itself. That means peeling away its public relations layer and political correctness veneer.

Then tell me what you see LCDR Steverson.

4:37 PM  
Blogger ichbinalj said...

Thank you, Mr Anonymous.
I give up. You got me. I confess. Since you out-ted, what more can I say?
You called right; it is nepotism, favoritism, despotism, partisanism, patronage, partiality, preferential treatment, injustice, corruption, inequity, bias, discrimination, preference,one-sidedness, and corruptibility.
It's just plain unfair, and, it may now be the American Way; but, still, it stinks, and it is corrupt, crooked, conscienceless, and deceitful, dishonest, and dishonorable; not to mention immoral, inequitable, two-faced and underhanded.
Does that mean the hit job on Strickland would not have occurred?
Of course not. Berkow and CGIS were not around in the 1960s when I saw it happening again and again. But, it only happened to certain people in those days. Today it happens to the best and the brightest, the fair-haired boys, the Golden Children, those who otherwise were programed to succeed, those like Benjamin Strickland. It makes you wonder, haw far have we fallen, and is there any farther we can fall before we all end up in the toilet????

2:37 PM  

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