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Inside Shadow Investigation to Silence Military Whistleblower for Biden Admin Criticism

An Army three-star general and a West Point associate professor used government resources in an unofficial investigation to hunt down and punish an anonymous active-duty whistleblower who criticized Army leaders and the Biden administration on social media, according to private emails and text messages obtained exclusively by Breitbart News.

Army Training and Doctrine Command Deputy Commander Lt. Gen. Maria Gervais and Army Maj. Jessica Dawson — who is also an “information warfare research scientist” at the Army Cyber Institute — used their official authority and access to government resources to track down the whistleblower and get him identified publicly and punished by his chain of command.

Despite the lack of evidence, they repeatedly accused the whistleblower of being a “counterintelligence” and “insider threat” in a seeming effort to trigger action by Army Criminal Investigative Division (CID) — an independent federal law enforcement agency with expansive powers designed to investigate serious felonies.

Pat Wier, a civilian defense attorney and Navy reservist, said a CID investigation would require an assumption or designation of a serious threat and called Gervais and Dawson’s trumping up of accusations for exercising free speech rights “wrongful.”

“His alleged actions did not rise to the level of a serious crime, or any crime at all,” he said.

Rather, it appeared to be an attempt by rogue military officials seeking to use the levers of government to punish political dissent.

Gervais and Dawson ran their shadow investigation for nearly a year, enlisting help from a mob of online associates consisting of progressive current and former members of the military who disagreed with the whistleblower politically.

Their efforts led to the doxxing — or public “outing” — of the suspected whistleblower’s identity and an Army two-star general’s former aide filing an inspector general complaint against him, a weaponization of the IG system in retaliation for critical social media posts.

That complaint then sparked an investigation into the whistleblower by his chain of command (what is known as a 15-6 investigation). The investigating officer found that the suspected whistleblower, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Samuel Shoemate, had violated Army Regulation 600-20 by “posting derogatory and disrespectful images/memes on multiple social accounts … towards different Senior Officials and Military Leaders.”

It also found that Shoemate violated Uniform Code of Military Justice Articles 88 (Contempt towards Senior Officials), 89 (Disrespect toward Superior Commissioned Officers, 133 (Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer and Gentleman), and DOD Instruction 5400.17 Official Use of Social Media for Public Affairs Purposes.

The investigating officer recommended “appropriate adverse administrative action and/or appropriate UCMJ action” against Shoemate. He ultimately was given a General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand — essentially a letter of reprimand. He retired from the Army on Tuesday, August 1, 2023.

Shoemate, who is planning to begin speaking about his experience publicly, told Breitbart News in a statement:

The DOD publicly boasts about its adherence to the law with numerous checks and balances in place to prevent unlawful conduct, but the shadow policy it actually operates under allows senior officers and officials to act with impunity as seen here. A lieutenant general colluding with various other senior officials to conduct their own unofficial investigation, with the use of government resources, is emblematic of larger, systemic abuses observed within the DOD in recent years.

Despite Dawson’s repeated suggestions he was a “counterintelligence” or “insider threat,” Shoemate had a flawless military record. His 2019 Officer Evaluation Report (OER) said he “lived, and reinforced, the Army Values, daily.” It also said:

[Shoemate’s] conduct within the unit was always above reproach, and he fostered an environment that empowered Soldiers, free from sexual harassment or discrimination of any kind. His desire to develop a robust and cohesive team was evidence in the respectful way he approach every interaction and conversation with each member of the team.

Breitbart News exclusively obtained the 15-6 investigative report on Shoemate, which detailed the efforts of Gervais, Dawson, and their associates to silence a whistleblower for critical tweets.

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  • Louis Galmarini says:

    We’re no longer living in a Constitutional Republic, but under a neo-Marxist regime, which not only doesn’t recognize the Constitution, it also doesn’t recognize rule of law. When our own government no longer sees us as human beings with dignity and worth but as things to be manipulated, maneuvered, mined for data, manhandled, conned into believing it has our best interests at heart, mistreated, jailed if we dare step out of line, and/or punished unjustly (without remorse)—all the while refusing to oweup to its own failings— REVOLUTION IS A RESPONSIBILITY.

    This current ILLEGITIMATE ‘Administration’ w/ it’s ILLEGITIMATE POTUS figurehead is telling you, YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS. Their message to all of us is: COMPLY OR DIE, (i.e. You WILL get vaccinated, or we’ll take your livelihood from you. In other words – you, [and your family] won’t eat).


    History has taught us you cannot reason nor negotiate w/ dictators. Why? Because they’re psychopaths – ALL OF THEM. Many believe protesting will facilitate change. IT WILL NOT. Protests aimlessly serve as nothing more than exercises in futility. Not one country has ever been saved from dictatorial tyrants by protests – not one.


    History has taught us there’s only ONE way for a country to rid itself from dictatorship. YOU ELIMINATE THE DICTATORS – BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY – DONE.

    ONE BULLET IN LESS THAN ONE SECOND – that’s all it could take to change the course of history. That’s all it could take to facilitate a positive path forward for change. Example:

    If someone/anyone would have been successful in assassinating Hitler ANY time before Sept.1, 1939 – WWII WOULD HAVE NEVER HAPPENED! Think about that for just a second. MILLIONS wouldn’t have been killed. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers would have been spared. Trillions of dollars wouldn’t have been expended.

    We may be conservatives, however, we’re not doormats…and contrary to popular opinion, (and what the Catholic ‘church’ has preached for centuries), one of the 10 Commandments given to Moses by God NEVER commanded THOU SHALT NOT KILL. He commanded THOU SHALT NOT MURDER. There’s a difference – quite a difference, and you need look no further than the Bible itself to find dozens of examples of righteous killing(s) – ALL w/ Gods’ blessing.

    Therefore, attempt to force me to do ANYTHING against my will, you’ll be found w/ a bullet in your head. That goes for ANYONE – including ILLEGITIMATE ‘Presidents’.

    That said: I’m done w/ this bullshit – ALL of it. I’m 71 years old, have lived a good, long life, and have no more patience to go through the (so-called) ‘legal’ means to eliminate these dictators. They don’t play by the rules, why should we? Therefore, I will do whatever it takes before they completely destroy this country. My ancestors knew how to take care of business, (the way it’s supposed to be taken care of) – swiftly and permanently. Just get me to w/i 100 feet of ANY person in this current ILLEGITIMATE ‘Administration’ – BAM! DONE! Consequences? I couldn’t care less. I may go to jail – but they’ll still be dead…and (to me), that’s all that counts. Besides, at this point, (to me) the words ‘life in prison’ are (pretty much) – meaningless. I’m going to do my part – WILL YOU?

    (Are you listening DOJ/Gestapo? When you come for me – BE PREPARED TO DIE).

  • Grant says:

    Our military doesn’t want good people, they want the right people who are woke neutered males or LGBTQ+++. Good luck going forward with that in the next confrontation. I would NEVER consider serving under this bullshit regime in power in any branch of the armed services because they view you as the enemy now. They wouldn’t have your back when the shit hits the fan and that’s a fact, sad day for our military and our response to a real incoming threat now. Maybe they’d send over a tranny to blow Putin and Xi and get their minds off world domination for a few hours.

  • Larry Bowling says:

    When the top brass in the military start going after our soldiers for expressing their true feelings about all of the WOKE INDOCTRINATION going on in our military, it is time to change out the top brass, not attack soldiers.
    So let me give the top brass a piece of my mind, as an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War! People who enlist in the armed forces do not do so in order to get trained in WOKE IDEOLOGY, they enlist because they care about our country and want to defend it. Well trained recruits will fight and win any war we get involved in! Recruits who are subjected to WOKE training end up with very negative impressions of the military and then their heart is not in the fight, so to speak.

  • angrybill says:

    Sometimes I feel like I am being disrespected but that at other times I think, “I really don’t give a fuck”. Here’s my issue: I have for, several years, been trying to correct the nation in the misspelling and pronunciation of President bidet’s name. It’s “bidet” and I surely wish EVERYONE who hates that mumbling fuckwad would call him by his correct name “bidet”. Capitalization is unnecessary as he doesn’t deserve and respect at all. Ok all ya’ll? “BIDET” not biden. Lets get a “movement” going on this sea change folks, please!

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