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Social Media Postings Reveal Much About ‘Psychic Medium’ Who Accused AF Basic Training Instructor of Sexual Assault

If the woman who waited 17 years to accuse Air Force MSgt. Michael Silva of sexually assaulting her is truly a “psychic medium” as she claimed in a series of Twitter postings in October 2009, shouldn’t she have known in advance if she was about to become the victim of a horrible crime?

The "psychic medium" who accused Michael Silva of sexual assault should have known if he was a threat to her, right?

The woman who accused Michael Silva of sexual assault should have known if she was in danger, right? After all, she claimed to be a “psychic medium” on Twitter.

Though I’m no expert on anything having to do with so-called “psychic abilities,” I consider myself a master of the obvious, often amazed by what I find on a person’s social media postings.

Only days after raising serious questions about the accuracy of information Silva’s accuser posted on her Facebook page three years ago, I became aware of this woman’s Twitter postings. I credit my awareness to several interesting screenshots, including the one shown above, forwarded to me by someone who’s been closely following the case of the 24-year Air Force veteran and former Basic Military Training Instructor who, in January, was tried, convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Do Facebook and Twitter postings alone indicate deceit on the part of this accuser? Hardly. They should, however, hold some weight for Maj. Gen. Mark A. Brown, the convening authority, as he makes his decision regarding the recently-filed request for clemency via which Silva hopes to have his conviction overturned.

If, based upon the details highlighted above and in previous articles, you believe Silva deserves some form of clemency, I encourage you to reach out and share your feelings with General Brown, 2nd Air Force commander. His contact information appears below:

MAJOR GENERAL MARK A. BROWN
2nd Air Force
Keesler AFB, MS
Email:  mark.brown@us.af.mil

At the same time, it wouldn’t hurt to contact — or simply copy — General Brown’s boss as well. His contact information appears below:

LIEUTENANT GENERAL DARRYL ROBERSON
Air Education and Training Command
1 F Street, Suite 1
JBSA Randolph TX 78150-4324
Phone: (210) 652-5224
Email: darryl.roberson@us.af.mil

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Fellow Soldiers Support Wrongly-Convicted Green Beret

I interviewed Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart several times and have gotten to know him well during the past three years, but I will probably never know the former Green Beret as well as the Soldiers with whom he served combat tours in places like Kosovo and Iraq. After Stewart was tried and found guilty on bogus sexual assault-related charges during three days in August 2009, many of his brothers-in-arms wrote letters of support on his behalf.

Click graphic above to read letters written by Soldiers in support of Kelly A. Stewart (PDF).

Click graphic above to read letters written by Soldiers in support of Kelly A. Stewart (PDF).

Written by an Army officer who was serving with Stewart at the time he was accused of raping and kidnapping a then-28-year-old German woman, one of those letters (see excerpt below) addresses a few — but not all — of the problems with the prosecution that resulted in Stewart being sentenced to eight years confinement at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan:

Having testified at the trial, my greatest disappointment was his conviction without forensic evidence, without consideration of the alleged victim’s psychiatric history, and his conviction without consideration for why the victim left her phone number and never left the hotel room following sexual contact with PVT Stewart. I feel that some in the jury may have confused their disdain for PVT Stewart’s violation of his marriage covenant with his guilt as a violent sexual criminal. He was not on trial for adultery.*

Unfortunately, letters like the one above seemed to carry little weight with Army officials who considered them alongside other documents submitted as part of Stewart’s Request for Clemency packet.

While the letters spoke volumes about the respect Stewart earned from his fellow Soldiers, other pieces of information I pored over — including the Record of Trialconvinced me beyond a shadow of a doubt that the highly-decorated Stewart is a victim of the military justice system bowing to political correctness and pressure from the German government.

To learn more about why Stewart, a man who served his country honorably, should have never been prosecuted, more less convicted, order and read Three Days In August.

To provide financial assistance to Stewart and his family, click on the “DONATE” button at SaveThisSoldier.com, a website built and managed by Stewart’s dad, himself retired after more than 30 years of service in Air Force Special Operations.

*Editor’s Note: Stewart is referred to as a private in the excerpt above, because his sentence included a demotion to the Army’s lowest enlisted rank as well as prison time and a dishonorable discharge.

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