- The experiences of the atomic scientists clearly show the need to take personal responsibility, the danger that things will move too fast, and the way in which a process can take on a life of its own. We can, as they did, create insurmountable problems in almost no time flat. We must do more thinking up front if we are not to be similarly surprised and shocked by the consequences of our inventions.”
"He who thinks and thinks for himself, will always have a claim to thanks; it is no matter whether it be right or wrong, so as it be explicit. If it is right, it will serve as a guide to direct; if wrong, as a beacon to warn."
Eric Shine is having a bad day. Scheduled to appear before a military tribunal in Long Beach, California on October 23, he discovered upon arrival that his paperwork provided the incorrect address for the hearing. He is now scrambling to get the correct address to the media. As well as an address change, there has been a room change, and Eric Shine's case will now be heard in Room 5150.
The implications of that room number are not lost on some of the recipients of his eleventh hour phone calls. "5150" is police code for an involuntary mental detainment. And in a bizarre twist of congruence, Eric Shine is being charged with..... “being depressed.” The 46-year-old former Merchant Marine and whistleblower is being hauled in front of a military tribunal and being charged with a state of mind, with no allegations of misconduct or negligence in his actions.
Some of the most horrific stories of human rights abuses in our modern times have come from political dissidents incarcerated in mental hospitals in Soviet Russia. The current regime in the United States of America has now adopted this method of targeting and removing "threats" to the regime. These stories are seldom, if ever, reported in the mainstream media.
The first such incarceration that came to my attention happened in the wake of Watergate, when Martha Mitchell, then the wife of U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell, was psychiatrically incarcerated in an effort to discredit her.
Eric Shine first caught the attention of the establishment while he was a midshipman at Kings Point, the Merchant Marine academy in Long Island, New York. Shine was editor of the student newspaper at the Academy, and published documents, which were harshly critical of the academy at a time when policies were under fire at that institution. Because of the ensuing scandal, the Admiral resigned. Shine went on to graduate with various honors, with an engineers license and a Naval Commission, and was serving on the SS COMET when he reported two events which were to soon enmesh him in a series of legal retaliatory moves now endangering his very freedom.
Lt. Eric Shine, a merchant marine officer and federal employee under the Merchant Marine Act of 1936, attempted to prevent a boiler explosion before it occurred on the SS COMET in 2000, and tried to prevent dumping of hazardous materials at Alameda, California from the same vessel. He then reported the violations to his immediate superior, the vessel’s Chief Engineer. Subsequently, he filed a grievance through his federal officers association. When he attempted to report the matter to the Coast Guard, he was fired for so doing.
Shine filed several lawsuits for tortuous breach of shipping articles and federal contracts, labor disputes, federal contracting violations and safety violations. Technically, Shine is a whistleblower and must be accorded the protections afforded in the Whistleblower Protection Act, shipping articles and other legislation.
The Coast Guard investigated the COMET and found that the explosion and the dumping had in fact, occurred. Coast Guard Lieutenant Chris Tribolet then instead turned the investigation against Eric Shine. Shine was investigated for misconduct and any possible infractions of law and was exonerated. When the Coast Guard could find no evidence of misconduct on the part of Shine, Tribolet then took back over the investigation and directed his efforts towards attacking Shine’s competence. In an email to Lcdr. Kristin Williams, Tribolet revealed his intent in the following statements:
“Misconduct is human behavior that violates some formal rule….While it is difficult to define how Shine may have violated 33 or 46 CFR, his interference with proper and safe navigation of the ships is undeniably an issue. We may have to look to tort or admiralty precedents but I’m quite sure that we can frame the issue to show that there was misconduct.”
Works by the same Author
In the Shadow of Hermes
for 'common good'
and Living In-The-World
Modern science simply presents us with its own particular view of the world, derived from its own particular perspective of the world. I believe the modern scientific view of the world is valid, but I don’t believe it’s the only valid perspective of the world. I believe that the biblical view of the world and our own observations of the phenomenal world are equally valid. In short, I don’t think modern science has a lock on the truth. I am certain that God—the Creator of the world—does not deceive us. And I believe that God created the phenomena of the world to appear to us as they do because our Creator intends, through these phenomenal appearances, to communicate (to us) true knowledge of himself, of ourselves, of the world, and of how we should live our lives in-community with others.
When you have finished reading this book, it’s my hope that you will realize (if you haven’t already) that nothing in life—nothing—is more important than are the people with whom we share our lives. Our lives are very brief, and our lives are wasted if they are not spent helping others. Spending our lives helping others is a very simple concept, one that Christ himself taught us, and yet we can easily forget its importance. If we desire to gain our lives, we should be willing to lose them; and if we desire to be rich, we should be willing to become poor. We can be certain that the tighter our grasp on earthly things becomes, the easier they will slip through our fingers.