Skip to comments.Air Force officer charged for anti-Bush graffiti
Posted on 08/11/2005 2:48:13 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
A U.S. Air Force colonel has been charged with painting obscenities on parked cars bearing pro-President Bush bumper stickers, police said on Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Alexis Fecteau, who supervises 41 full-time and part-time reservists at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, Colo., is suspected of vandalizing 12 cars at Denver International Airport over a six-month period, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.
"Lieutenant Colonel Fecteau has been charged with one count of felony mischief and six misdemeanor counts related to the vandalism," Jackson said.
Fecteau, who could not be reached for comment, is scheduled to be arraigned later this month.
Police said they received numerous complaints dating back to December 2004 from people with cars bearing Bush or Bush-Cheney campaign bumper stickers that their vehicles had been vandalized.
Police set up a bait car with a pro-Bush bumper sticker, parked it at the airport with a surveillance camera, and waited. On July 1, the camera recorded a man spray-painting over the bumper sticker with an expletive.
Investigators traced the license plate of the suspected vandal to Fecteau, 42, who turned himself into police last week and was released after posting a $5,000 bond.
Jackson would not comment on a possible motive for the vandalism, but said one victim had to spend $2,000 on repairs after it was spray-painted, which led to the felony charge.
Maj. Tina Barber-Matthew, spokeswoman for the U.S. Air Force Space Command, said the case was under investigation, but that it would be "premature" to discuss what discipline Fecteau would face if convicted.
"Until we can validate or invalidate the charges, he is still on full-duty status," she said.
Barber-Matthew said Fecteau has been in charge at the post since October 2004. The institute provides ongoing training to Air Force personnel to keep them current on space technology and its applications, she said
Barber-Matthew said Fecteau has been in charge at the post since October 2004. The institute provides ongoing training to Air Force personnel to keep them current on space technology and its applications, she said.***
"Until we can validate or invalidate the charges, he is still on full-duty status," she said.
Oh, that's OK then as long as he's not piloting a B1 with nuclear weapons on board.
Is that a FRENCH name?
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. accused of defacing cars with pro-Bush bumper stickers
The Associated Press
A full-time Air Force Reserve lieutenant colonel could face criminal charges for allegedly vandalizing cars parked at Denver International Airport bearing bumper stickers supporting President George Bush .
Lt. Col. Alexis Fecteau, deputy for operations for reserve forces at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, is believed to be responsible for defacing at least 10 vehicles between December and June, police spokesman Sonny Jackson said Tuesday. A bait car left by a police detective was also defaced and the detective tracked down Fecteau, who turned himself in Friday.
He was released on bond. A message left for a man of the same name in Colorado Springs wasn't immediately returned.
Jackson said Fecteau is suspected of blacking out the Bush bumper stickers and then spray painting an expletive and the president's name on the vehicles.
Fecteau supervises 11 full-time and 30 part-time reservists at the institute, which is part of the Space Warfare Center at Schriever Air Force Base, said base spokesman Staff Sgt. Donald Branum.
"We are working with the local authorities," Branum said, reading a statement from the base. "We will investigate the allegations and let due process take its course."
The bait vehicle was equipped with a camera which was able to capture an image of the suspect and his car. Then a detective was able to find footage from a camera monitoring cars leaving the parking lot and traced Fecteau using the car's license plate, Jackson said.
Police have referred the case to prosecutors, who are considering filing criminal charges, he said.
That's how it reads to me.
He should be relieved of duty.
What an immature thing for this clown to do. This is one of those cases where we should have an automatic restitution clause in the law that forces the criminal to pay his victims five times whatever the damage was. In other words, if he intentionally caused $2,000 in damage to someone's car, he ought to be punished by having to pay $10,000 to the victim. We ought to start making CRIME PAY - for the victims instead of the criminals, many of whom get away with their crimes without getting caught. Garnish his wages. Track him for life. That guy is cra-zy!
This is too funny, this guy was obviously not taking part in the "Eagle Eyes" program.
Aim High buddy...
< ...who are considering filing criminal charges, he said.
No it's not a boondoggle. The U.S. has more than one space program. We use it for national defense and to protect our troops
Now they've been filed but he's still on duty.
The Eagle Eyes program is an anti-terrorism initiative that enlists the eyes and ears of Air Force members and citizens in the war on terror.
Obviously, this is one military facility that could be closed. They put a nutcase in charge and don't even know when to fire him, and he didn't have enough work to keep out of trouble. Where is BRAC when you need it?
Thank you for telling me that.
"Ongoing training to keep USAF personnel current on space applications" that employs more than 40 people is most definitely a boondoggle.
Where I work, there has to be a whole lot more for 40 people to do to justify their positions.
Sorry, this smells like big time PORK here.
I though it would help someone else.
Obviously this is a person that needs to be booted out the door.
The government is chock full of Clintoon liberals. We need a thorough housecleaning - the criteria - energy production.
In political terms, I would say about 75% of all officers are Republican, with a lesser percentage for NCOs.
I have only met a handful of vehement Democrats. Of those, two turned out to be gay, and one was certifiably insane. He was diagnosed with "bipolar" disorder and is now teaching high school.
I'm totally unsurprised or shocked.
I hope he's sued by each of his victims to recover their costs. If he can be charged for a civil rights violation, I hope they go forward. His actions are almost like those enviro-terrorists.
Yes. A terrorist.
When I see these piles of crap around held together by "hate bush" bumper stickers I feel a real need to DO something!
Of course, I've got a lot to lose... so I've never done anything. Still......
Yes, he should be relieved of duty. I wonder if this clown was over-promoted during the Clinturd's reign of terror...
Kick his stinking (insert body part) out of our Air Force.
What an immature thing for this clown to do.
Yeh...and he's a freaking Lt Col. You gotta' really wonder about the real clowns who kept promoting him.
I laugh [there are usually tons of LIBERAL cause stickers all over their cars]. When I drive by I have to look and see how silly they look in their righteousness.
Throw the book at him. Instead of civilian charges, he should be brought up on charges under the UCMJ: in addition to the obvious "conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman" I think there is also article 88 "contempt towards officials", article 109 PROPERTY OTHER THAN MILITARY PROPERTY OF UNITED STATES - WASTE, SPOILAGE, OR DESTRUCTION, and article 134, the general article which includes bringing discredit on the armed forces.
Sock it to him, consecutive sentences at hard labor in Leavenworth, reduction to E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and dishonorable discharge after his 15-20 years in the brig!
He should get a dishonorable discharge and serve time.
He should get at least 5 years. An example MUST be set!
You must realize that there are laws for celebrities, people of rank, the rich and then there are laws for the common people.
Common people would be arrested and put in jail with charges being filed immediately.
ACLU going to jump on this one? After all, the poor Colonel was just expressing his free speech rights.... [/sarcasm off].
I like your idea - pay the victim for your crime.
I work with a SNCO in the USAF who is a rapid Democrat.... He definately hates George Bush.."because we at war in the desert"
He is Black.. He is a angry man at just about anything.... He thinks that Clinton was ok because he did have sex with another women in the office. He thinks anything investigated on 60 minutes is the absolute gospel. He claims that Dick Cheney makes too much money..
But to be fair.. he complains that Walmart makes too much money.. and He shops there.. He is too me a typical democratic sheep..
He use to work in the military organization that supports the president (White House Communications Agency)for two years under Bush.. He claims that the President and Vice-President "Still gets liquired up".. But I think he is just a blow hard who is pushing the party line.
The majority of the military are conservative or just don't care about politics.. But there are always exceptions like the Lt Col and the SNCO that I heard of seen.
Immediately! He should also be charged with treason! He is in the service...he is trashing his Commander in Chief!
Is there a picture of the perp?
He'll also have the pleasure of hunting for a job as a convicted felon.
Many companies don't distinguish between types of felonies.
If you're a felon, they won't hire you. >
Does any one else see how similar his last name is to feces. I wonder how many time he has been laughed at.
10 U.S.C. Section 888 (a part of the Uniform Code of Military Justice applicable to this individual) provides:
Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.
A later section of the same code also prohibits military officers from engaging in "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman." Looks like ther's plenty of basis for giving this DemonRat a dishonorable discharge, and it ought to be done.