Claims to fame: Lawyer; former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel & JAG (Judge Advocate General Corps) lawyer, 800th MP Brigade, who was taken to task for his role in the Abu Ghraib prison-torture scandal; Bronze Medal recipient; deputy director, Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), New York; ex-ROTC; Eagle Scout; former Cub Scoutmaster; Catholic; father of three; alleged lesbian impersonator
Moral apex: Arrested and charged with aggravated harassment and criminal impersonation after allegedly impersonating a 54-year-old woman and posting her photo and personal information on a lesbian dating site (and said to have come on to a 15-year-old girl on the same site).
What the…? Why? Nobody knows, least of all the alleged victim, who reportedly told police O’Hare was an acquaintance from their college days at St. John’s University, but has “no relationship whatsoever” with him.
Who’s the woman? Her name is being withheld, but the New York Post says her husband is “a prominent lawyer” and her “deceased father was a well-respected supervising judge.”
SILive.com quotes court documents: “(O’Hare) did set up an account and written profile in the name of the [woman] on an internet Web site by pretending to be the informant, posting her home telephone number, posting a picture of the informant, and asking and directing persons to call her at home, in order to injure, harass, annoy and alarm her, and that persons did then call her telephone.”
Worse for O’Hare: ACS says he used city-owned computers to pull this nasty stunt.
Is he nuts, or just nasty? Or both? We couldn’t possibly know, especially until, and if, he’s convicted of a crime. But we’re guessing… both.
What was his involvement with Abu Ghraib? He was one of several officers lambasted in a scathing 2004 Army report for the “dysfunctional” and “lackadaisical” operation of the notorious Iraq prison, with the Command Judge Advocate declaring:
Numerous witnesses stated that the 800th MP Brigade S-1, MAJ Hinzman and S-4, MAJ Green, were essentially dysfunctional, but that despite numerous complaints, these officers were not replaced. This had a detrimental effect on the Brigade Staff’s effectiveness and morale. Moreover, the Brigade Command Judge Advocate, LTC James O’Hare, appears to lack initiative and was unwilling to accept responsibility for any of his actions. …
In 2005 (for reasons we can’t comprehend), O’Hare was promoted to colonel.
What now? Well, he’s been suspended from ACS without pay, and he’s free without bail, so now we wait and see what they do with him.
Suggested Bible reading for Mr. O’Hare:
The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
— Ezekiel 34:4
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