If the allegations in this story prove to be true there are a whole lot of heads that ought to role not only at BAE Systems but the State Department also who it seems has the final word on what technologies and weapons can be sold to foreign countries.
Soon after joining BAE, Sgt. Meyer learned it was trying to sell advanced thermal optic scopes to Pakistan, according to the suit. In an email to his supervisor, identified as Bobby McCreight, Sgt. Meyer voiced his objections to the sale, the lawsuit states.
“We are taking the best gear, the best technology on the market to date and giving it to guys known to stab us in the back,” Sgt. Meyer wrote to Mr. McCreight, according to the lawsuit. “These are the same people killing our guys.”
BAE tries to pass the buck to our State Department but trying to say they had the final say doesn’t relieve you of the fact that you were trying to sell them in the first place.
For a person in a supervisory position to then embark on campaign of character assassination in retaliation against somebody who had the courage of his convictions to act on his complaints is even more reprehensible. While this points to a serious personality flaw on the part of the supervisor, it also points to the systemic attitude in the industry.
In the suit, Sgt. Meyer said that after he voiced his criticism, Mr. McCreight began “berating and belittling” him. The supervisor criticized Sgt. Meyer for making a trip with their BAE division president and made sarcastic remarks about Sgt. Meyer’s nomination for the Medal of Honor, allegedly ridiculing his “pending star status,” the suit says.
At the end of May, Sgt. Meyer’s complaint said, he resigned from BAE over the proposed sale to Pakistan and attempted to get his old job back at Ausgar. In the suit, Sgt. Meyer said he was told that that company wanted to hire him back as did the Defense Department program officer who approves hiring for the optics program.
About the same time, Mr. McCreight contacted a Defense Department program manager and said that Sgt. Meyer was “mentally unstable” and “had a problem related to drinking in a social setting,” the lawsuit alleges.
Sgt Meyer not only displays the physical courage required to earn the Medal of Honor but also a trait we used to call intestinal fortitude, often referred to as moral courage. Moral courage is defined as doing the right thing even when nobody is looking or when you know that you are going to face criticism. Some people might know it as peer pressure. Whatever you want to call it, it is a rare trait and until facts come out to disprove the claims made by Sgt Meyers I am on his side and ready to fight for him.