Analysis of Scott Allan Bennett
Scott Allan Bennett was an alleged defense contractor at USSOCOM, MacDill AFB, Tampa, Florida.
(CNN) — A man who worked as a civilian military contractor at a U.S. Air Force base in Tampa, Florida has been indicted for improperly getting military housing and failing to report the weapons he had at the location, the Department of Justice said Friday.
Scott Allan Bennett faces up to five years in prison for the charges stemming from his alleged actions last year at MacDill Air Force Base, the headquarters of both Central Command and Special Operations Command.
U.S. District Court
Middle District of Florida (Tampa)
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JANUARY 6–In an embarrassing security breach at the Florida military base where U.S. Central Command is headquartered, a man masqueraded as a top military aide to procure housing on the base, where he stored a large weapons cache in his home, The Smoking Gun has learned.
The brazen scheme was discovered last year by military investigators only after Scott Allan Bennett, 39, was arrested for drunk driving at an entrance gate to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
Though ineligible for base housing, Bennett “repeatedly” pretended to be on “active duty military orders.” Last January, Bennett–dressed in a military uniform–visited MacDill’s Base Housing Office and claimed to have just gotten off a plane with Admiral Eric Olson, who heads the clandestine U.S. Special Operations Command. Olson’s sprawling, 60,000-troop command is headquartered at MacDill, also home to U.S. Central Command, or CENTCOM, which is responsible for combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Scott Allan Bennett was sentenced to three years in federal prison for lying to government officials to obtain housing on MacDill Air Force Base and other charges.
Bennett, who worked for military contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and had top-secret security clearance, also was convicted of wearing a U.S. military uniform without authorization and violating security regulations related to 10 guns and 9,000 rounds of ammunition found in his possession at the base, a statement said.
He was arrested in April 2010 after he was stopped during a routine security inspection at a MacDill gate. A federal jury convicted Bennett of all charges in July
On April 23, 2010, Bennett approached MacDill Air Force Base’s Dale Mabry Gate (Doc. # 23 at 2) and was selected for random Base entry point screening. (Doc. # 25 at 2). During the screening, Bennett appeared intoxicated, which prompted MacDill security to call Tampa Police. (Id. at 3). MacDill security continued to question Bennett until Tampa Police arrived. (Id.). After failing a field sobriety test, Bennett was arrested and searched; police discovered a concealed handgun on Bennett’s person in addition to other weapons in Bennett’s car. (Id.).
Later that morning, Detective Garcia of MacDill security was informed of Bennett’s arrest. (Id.). In an initial inquiry, Detective Garcia learned Bennett had received authorization to live on MacDill Air Force Base as an active duty Army Reservist with orders from U.S. Central Command. (Id. at 3-4). Further investigation revealed, however, that Bennett was in fact a civilian contractor working for U.S. Central Command. (Id. at 4). When Bennett returned to MacDill Air Force Base he consented to a vehicle search by Detective Garcia; Detective Garcia found empty gun holsters, a knife, and pepper spray. (Id.). After obtaining a search warrant, Detective Garcia found seven unauthorized firearms, over 9,000 rounds of ammunition, and other contraband in Bennett’s on-Base housing. (Id. at 3).
Scott Allan Bennett’s book
Scott Allan Bennett’s bio from book:
Scott Bennett is a U.S. Army Special Operations Officer (11th Psychological Operations Battalion, Civil Affairs-Psychological Operations Command), and a global psychological warfare-counterterrorism analyst, formerly with defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. He received a Direct Commission as an Officer, held a Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmentalized Information (TS/SCI) security clearance, and worked in the highest levels of international counterterrorism in Washington DC and MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida. He has developed and managed psychological warfare theories, products, and operations for U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command, the State Department Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and other government agencies.
WARNING: In the event of my untimely death, additional documents and materials will be immediately released which expose all previously undisclosed persons, networks, operations, and financial accounts relating to illegal foreign and domestic terrorism activities. All materials have been safely uploaded to legal counsel. Congress and Military authorities have been notified of this.
To be continued….
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