Conduct Unbecoming: One Officer's Struggle with the Texas Air National Guard

The Texas Air National Guard decides to step in the middle of an officer's private business, tossing him after he dates an about-to-be-divorced woman.

For almost every workday over the past ten months, a 35-year-old first lieutenant in the Texas Air National Guard has done little more than sit in the Lackland Air Force Base library. His security clearance, accrued through 14 years of steady, strong work, has been revoked. His requests for transfer have been ­denied.

Since the August day that his commander, Lt. Col. David Penney, called the first lieutenant — who doesn't want his real name used for this story, so we'll call him Ian Mac­Leod — into his office, Mac­Leod has been ostracized by co-workers and friends and forced into this room at the expense of both his unit and taxpayers alike.

MacLeod isn't accused of espionage for the Chinese or of gross violations regarding the mishandling of his duties. Indeed, among all the charges levied against Mac­Leod by his superiors in the 273rd Information Operations Squadron unit, the most justifiable is "misuse of government computers" — a claim that arose only because he sent a handful of personal e-mails from his Gmail account on his work computer, a practice that has, according to protocol, been allowed for TXANG members since 2010.

Army Sgt. Brady Ellis hacked the e-mail account of his estranged wife, Candse Ellis, who had begun dating First Lt. Ian MacLeod. Brady, who here admits what he's done, then forwarded the tampered e-mails to MacLeod's commanding officers. To view larger image, click here.
Army Sgt. Brady Ellis hacked the e-mail account of his estranged wife, Candse Ellis, who had begun dating First Lt. Ian MacLeod. Brady, who here admits what he's done, then forwarded the tampered e-mails to MacLeod's commanding officers. To view larger image, click here.

Instead, MacLeod has been cloistered in the library for purportedly carrying on an inappropriate relationship with a local woman, Candse Ellis, a nursing student and part-time waitress who presents neither security risk nor physical threat to TXANG. After Mac­Leod's commanders got wind of their brief relationship, they instructed him to cut off all communication with Ellis. They forced his personal life into a hole, and then shattered his career.

"My impression," according to MacLeod's Judge Advocate General (JAG), his military defense attorney, "is that their intention is to inflict as much pain [on MacLeod] as possible in the process." (This airman requested anonymity as well, noting that such identification could threaten his career with the Guard.)

It's difficult to understand why TXANG is concerned with the private lives of Mac­Leod and ­Ellis, both of whom are divorced. The Guard declined to comment for this story.

And yet, for the past ten months, Mac­Leod has stewed. He has no idea what's been happening in Ellis's life. He has no idea what he did to deserve either the charges or the isolation treatment. And his commanders — in an organization only a few years removed from a massive 2009 scandal that saw both women and minorities denied promotions and found that higher-ups had not been reporting double pay — have seemingly done everything possible to keep it that way.

On June 30, nearly a year after being forced into the library, Mac­Leod will finally be granted voluntary separation and allowed to leave his unit. And now that he's on his way out, Mac­Leod wants to share his story. As he says, "The purpose of this all was to destroy my career."
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MacLeod grew up in Olympia, Washington, the youngest of six in a military family. His father served in the Air Force and the Air National Guard for more than 26 years, retiring with the rank of lieutenant colonel. But he put no pressure on his children, and MacLeod bounced around for a couple of years after high school, swinging between a Dairy Queen and a tire factory.

Then, in a chat room — this was the late '90s — MacLeod began talking with an airman stationed in Korea. She described her work, her accomplishments and the places she'd visited. MacLeod was hooked. "My dad never even really suggested joining the military," he said. "It had to be on my own terms."

And so it was. Enlistment in the Air Force was initially difficult — for Mac­Leod, coming from a world of grunge and lethargy, the order was something of a shock. "I had a lot of growing up to do," he notes. However, one commander, Antonio Montoya, recognized where Mac­Leod fit in. "I'll never forget him — he helped train me to speak up and speak loud, and if I know something's wrong, I need to do something to change it," MacLeod remembers. "He taught me that you can't just keep your mouth shut."

MacLeod outlasted the growing pains. He worked as a database manager — computer and arms logistics. Brainy stuff. He found himself on the island of Diego Garcia when the Afghan bombing campaign began. He remained stationed in the Gulf when the Iraq invasion started. Eventually he headed back to the States to earn a degree from the Academy of Military Science within the Air Force Officer Training School.

The Air Force, meanwhile, was activating the 624th Operations Center, a cyber operations command center out of Lackland. Noticing Mac­Leod's work, the service asked him to help the program settle. Four months later, MacLeod's wife and daughters joined him in Texas. The move to transfer to ­TXANG took off.

MacLeod says he had no concerns about transferring to the Guard's 273rd IOS, for which he would soon be working. The effects of the 2009 scandal had apparently dissipated. A few field-grade officers made some comments to MacLeod along the way, but that was it — comments. Nothing substantive. "What's funny about officers is that they never want to be specific," MacLeod says. "They'll say, 'Be careful — just watch your six.' Well, okay. But I don't know what that means."

MacLeod's energy was initially directed elsewhere, at a marriage that was suddenly faltering. He won't delve into specifics, but divorce followed in September 2011, and MacLeod was awarded custody of all three daughters. (The oldest ended up opting to live with her mother.)

But while his marriage was faltering, his career continued its ascension. Promotions followed, and annual evaluations revealed an employee well-regarded by commanders both present and past. "Up to June 2012, I managed to win three quarterly awards and get nominated for another award," MacLeod says, scrolling through the documentation. "I'm thinking my commander likes me, my superior likes me, that things are going well and the sky's again the limit."

He didn't create any fast friends, but he wasn't concerned about that. "I've been successful everywhere else, and I didn't hear of any individual to look out for, nothing specific," he says. "They were very polite over there [in the 273rd] — that's about it. I should have considered that there wasn't a lot of enthusiasm from people in the unit...And in hindsight, I hadn't realized that with one or two key people, I guess I just rubbed them the wrong way."

Ellis was experiencing a simultaneous disintegration of her own. Her 12-year marriage to Brady Ellis, an Army sergeant based in San Antonio, was imploding in a fit of vitriol and epithets. Brady Ellis did not return a request for comment from the Houston Press.

"I had to literally only correspond through text or e-mail, when he would call me a cunt, call me a whore," remembers Ellis, who had had four young children with Brady by the time the marriage fell apart in mid-2012. Brady would call, and Ellis would text back. He'd leave a voice-mail, and she'd e-mail. He finally got the message. All the while the insults kept flying, direct and detailed, lodged in her phone for perpetuity. The October divorce date couldn't come swiftly enough.

And then, weeks into their separation, Brady sent a text that was a bit different. "As far as I'm concerned," he wrote to Ellis, "we aren't married anymore."

A few days later, Ellis headed to her job as a server at an Egg & I restaurant in San Antonio. MacLeod walked in the door. Ellis remembered his name tag from a few weeks before, when ­MacLeod and his father had sat in her section. "I got hit on all the time at work, and I always ­ignored it," Ellis said. "But [Ian] made such an ­impression that I told him, 'The next time you come back in, ask for my section.'"

So MacLeod did as she instructed. Two young daughters in tow, he sat in her section.

That night, MacLeod messaged her on Facebook. Days later, they were e-mailing. Not long after, they were meeting. As Ellis filed for divorce in July, her relationship with MacLeod began to blossom.

Then, not two months after MacLeod first messaged her, he stopped. She'd text him and hear nothing back. She'd call him and hear only a voice mail. There was no communication. There was no reason. Only silence.

Four days after MacLeod went quiet, Brady made a confession to his wife.

"I'm done spying on you," he wrote her via text, admitting he had hacked her e-mail. "[Y]ou chose a[n e-mail] password that I guessed on the first try. I'm sure it is frustrating but I did what I had to do and don't forget I am an intel analyst. That's what I do...

"You left yourself wide open," he continued. "It took no skill or special knowlegde [sic]. I just followed the pattern you use in your passwords." And then, as a kicker: "Stay away from [Ian ­MacLeod]. [I]f I ever catch wind of you talking to [Ian] he will go down. My battalion commander wants him to lose his clearance and his job."

Brady had forwarded the e-mails, the text of which both Candse Ellis and MacLeod claim Brady changed, to his commander. "He made me out to be a complete whore," Ellis said. "When he told me what he sent, I was just floored — he made it sound like I was a happily married woman. He put some talk in there that no woman should [say]. Disgusting. Disgusting."

After Brady's Army commander notified ­MacLeod's TXANG superiors, Penney brought MacLeod into his office. Although Penney had noted in MacLeod's June evaluation that the first lieutenant was a "[t]ruly stellar officer" and was "[s]elected as one of the group's finest!" Penney informed him that an investigation was being opened into certain allegations about his relationship with Ellis. Moreover, Penney told MacLeod that he had placed a No-Contact Order on the first lieutenant, barring MacLeod from speaking with the woman he had begun seeing. MacLeod couldn't even let her know he'd no longer be contacting her.

After Penney told him about the order, Mac­Leod grew quiet, trying to absorb the news. He asked to see the evidence that had led to the investigation, but Penney denied his request. MacLeod still had no idea that Brady had hacked Candse's e-mails or that Brady had forwarded the compromised e-mails to his superiors, who then sent them along to Penney.

MacLeod knew only that there were "allegations" surrounding his relationship with Ellis. But he had no idea what those charges contained.

"Allegations of what?" MacLeod said. "That she and I were dating each other? There's nothing illegal about that — the Air Guard doesn't have a clause on adultery...If you tell two single individuals you can't talk to each other, and there's no way to tie that into the mission, why on earth, Col. Penney, would you care about whether or not Candse and I talked to each other?"
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After Brady owned up to his activities, Candse quickly sent an e-mail about the text conversations to both Penney and Maj. Sonya Batchelor, the prosecuting JAG. Tabulating and tagging all her conversations with Brady had finally paid off.

Days passed and Ellis waited. However, she never received a response from MacLeod's superiors. And none of the text messages — the ones in which Brady spelled out how he had hacked into Ellis's e-mails — ever made it into the final investigative documents.

But e-mails obtained from both Penney and Batchelor show that they both not only had received Ellis's e-mails, but sought advice from Maj. Kristy Leasman, another member of the 273rd. As Batchelor wrote on August 17, a week after Ellis's initial e-mail, "Mrs. Ellis apparently has been busy e-mailing me."

(Brady Ellis didn't believe anything would come of MacLeod's investigation: "Tomorrow I will stop everything," he wrote to Candse Ellis in early August. "Hell if you can stop the prosecution of a man that has been investigated for the last 5 months with all kinds of evidence I should be able to stop a stupid little deal [with] your fuck buddy.")

Meanwhile, MacLeod idled. He waited for the air to clear, waited for it to be shown that the ­allegations were nothing but a mistake. Ten days into his waiting, he saw his clearance revoked. A few weeks later, he learned that Capt. Jesse Allen had been tabbed to lead the Command Directed Investigation (CDI).

Allen and MacLeod met on September 19. Despite CDI guidelines that discourage leading questioning, Allen ran through a list of personal questions with Mac­Leod that were markedly specific. Things about MacLeod's private life. Things about MacLeod's sex life. "What do you do when you meet?" Allen asked, looking into the times MacLeod saw Ellis. Then: "Have you ever been intimate with Candse Ellis?" Just like Penney, ­Allen refused to present any evidence against ­MacLeod, who still had no idea what precisely had prompted this line of inquiry.

Refusing to let the Guard into this part of his life, MacLeod cited Article 31 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which allowed him to ­remain silent. Such a decision, he says, would later give his superiors further ammunition to dislodge him.

"I had faith in my commanding officer...but [Penney] is an asshole," MacLeod says. "And then they are asking about my relationship with Candse. [But] it's not the Guard's business...They have no business in being relationship police."

The investigation was completed shortly after, and the report was delivered to Penney on October 10. The CDI found that MacLeod was guilty of carrying on an "inappropriate relationship...that was to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the Texas National Guard." However, it's not simply that Candse and Brady Ellis's relationship was actually, if not legally, over — it's also that adultery isn't even prohibited by the Texas Code of Military Justice, to which MacLeod was ­subject.

Furthermore, Brady wasn't even a member of the same branch of the military as ­MacLeod.

"They argued it was prejudicial to good order and discipline — that it interfered with unit functioning," said the airman representing MacLeod. "They said it was affecting [Brady] in a negative way. Our argument was if the Texas Air National Guard gets involved every time Army or Navy or the Air Force is upset, where will it stop? If this is the measure, you can argue anything is connected."

Indeed, the CDI, the stack of findings on which MacLeod's entire curtailment is based, is full of holes. According to MacLeod's JAG, Allen said he never received the messages that Ellis had forwarded to Batchelor and Penney. As such, they're not included in the final package, and the CDI found that "[t]here is no evidence that the e-mails were altered and these e-mails were determined to be credible."

Likewise, in the November 17 memo summarizing the findings, Penney noted that the investigation found MacLeod guilty of "improperly us[ing] [his] government computer for personal use to engage in an inappropriate relationship," pointing to a few e-mails MacLeod sent Ellis from work. But again, such e-mailing is, within reason, perfectly acceptable for servicemen.

But that's not all. Leasman stated in an affidavit included in the CDI that Ellis "may have moved in with Lt [MacLeod], which would have violated [MacLeod's] responsibility to report cohabitation." But there is no evidence that the two ever lived together. Leasman also somehow claimed that "a real situation for blackmail was possible" in the relationship between MacLeod and Ellis, noting that Ellis "could use that relationship to manipulate [MacLeod]. She could easily say that she would tell everyone what they did together if he did not do what she wanted."

As the CDI noted, MacLeod was being punished "due to a real situation of blackmail, cohabitation and...loss of trustworthiness."

(In a further mark against the CDI's integrity, and despite her inclusion as a witness, Leasman was appointed as Allen's "administrative assistan[t]," which, according to MacLeod's JAG, "taints the reliability of the entire investigation".)

On November 17, Penney called MacLeod into his office to inform him of his decision. According to the November 17 memo, Penney noted that he would "recommend to the Texas Adjutant General (TAG) that [MacLeod's] current [Active Guard Reserve] tour be involuntarily curtailed." MacLeod's career would be all but over.

MacLeod never received any intermediate ­disciplinary actions — no reprimands, no notes, no warnings. As MacLeod's father, the 26-year veteran, wrote, "I never had, or saw, a superior officer work actively to get rid of a subordinate without following the proper procedures, which always included extensive counseling for the ­subordinate."

"[Penney] sets up a meeting and tells me he's going to recommend that I get fired from my job," MacLeod said. As far as Penney was concerned, the matter was closed. MacLeod asked why Penney had come to his decision. "He wouldn't tell me why," MacLeod says. "He would just say, 'Because that's what I'm going to do.'"
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With his clearance still revoked, Mac­Leod, consigned to the base library, set to work on a thesis while trying to figure out how he could appeal his involuntary curtailment. Come December 1, e-mails with his superiors began going unanswered, further stranding him.

His defense JAG helped him begin compiling everything they'd need to present his best case. Divorce papers showing previous legal rulings in his favor. Lists of Air National Guard awards. The defense JAG even reached out to Ellis to procure a separate statement in which she noted, "Lt Col Penney never responded to my e-mails."

"[MacLeod] is unlike any other client I've had," said MacLeod's defense JAG. "You're usually dealing with people having a hard time being a member of the military, [but] this guy is stellar. He has everything tabbed and organized. I've been nothing but impressed with him."

As an added measure, the defense JAG made sure to request additional notification if the charges against MacLeod shifted. "I put in our letter, 'Please let us know about changes to the package,' but of course we never heard anything for months and months and months," said the airman. A meeting with Col. Susan Dickens, the group commander, revealed that the charges against him stemmed from "trust issues," but, as before, uncertainties remained.

After weeks of further silence, MacLeod and his defense JAG asked the Inspector General to look into the matter, and the IG's office opened an initial investigation in early February. (The IG's office was accused of conflicts of interest in ­TXANG's corruption and gender-discrimination probe four years ago.) On March 21, seven months into his holding pattern, MacLeod received a memo back from the IG: "The research found the issues submitted to the Texas Military Forces ­Office of the Inspector General are not matters appropriate for resolution through the IG Complaints Resolution System."

Despite the response, MacLeod said he learned from his IG contact that the decision on curtailment seemed to have shifted from one based on the claim of an "inappropriate relationship" to one that relied on the non-responses he offered in his interview with Allen. "Col. David Escobedo [of the IG's office] said it's because of how I didn't answer the questions," MacLeod says.

But on March 20, when MacLeod met with Col. John Kane, Kane said the CDI interview had played no role in claims of a loss of trust. "He said it has nothing to do with the whole untrustworthiness thing," MacLeod remembers. "And then I ask what did happen, and the response is just, 'Well, I dunno...I'm sorry we couldn't fire you faster.'"

A memo filed April 12 by the defense JAG ­revealed that the issue of trustworthiness had ­indeed existed prior to the initial investigation. "[T]he vague accusation of lack of trustworthiness was confirmed in 3 Apr[il 20]13 telephone conversation with Captain Jesse Allen...Captain Allen said that when he met with Colonel Dickens...after being appointed the investigating officer, Colonel Dickens said to him that the investigation was about 'trust.'"

And yet MacLeod had never lied. MacLeod had never misled. He refused to answer the pointed questions in the interview — but he had the right to do that. With the IG's decision, however, his final option was exhausted. The Texas Air National Guard will not simply have wasted 11 months of his life, but, by MacLeod's calculations, will have cost taxpayers a minimum of $78,000, and likely more, by keeping him aboard.

All of this the result of evidence that was, from the very beginning, compromised. As the April 12 memo sums: "It is clear that Lt. Col. Batchelor received the exculpatory evidence in question on 9 Aug 12. The question is what happened to that evidence and why was it not provided to Captain Allen."
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It's a warm Tuesday afternoon just outside San Antonio. Ian MacLeod is sitting in a coffeeshop, relaxed in a T-shirt and jeans — he's left the library, realizing that no amount of reporting for duty on the base will persuade his superiors to let him stay in the Guard. He's reading an e-mail from Leasman, one of the individuals he believes was looking for any excuse to fire him. "There has been no veering regarding the decision made in your case," Leasman wrote. "The decision to curtail is based on the findings in the CDI, and your multiple responses and submissions."

No veering. Nothing about the transition from citing his relationship as the reason for the curtailment to claiming a loss of trust as the reason. Mac­Leod's laugh is laced with as much sarcasm as his position will allow.

He will have lived in this rabbit hole for 11 months. A separation application submitted April 8 was finally approved — but only after Penney and Leasman both made sure to note it was considered "due to conduct unbecoming of an ­officer."

Even then, his separation date keeps getting pushed back, from May 1 to May 15 to May 30. Last week, MacLeod learned that it had been postponed again, to June 30. Eleven months in, MacLeod will finally receive an honorable discharge and a voluntary separation from the Texas Air National Guard. He can leave the library for good.

But the first lieutenant still doesn't know where he'll find a job. His work in the military has been all but derailed. He has to find employment, because he's raising a pair of daughters on his own.

MacLeod takes a momentary break from rereading the e-mails for the 100th time to delve into an area that's as painful to revisit as any. "For all I know, Candse could be seeing somebody else at this point," he says, forcing a smile. "Maybe one day our paths will cross." And he looks past the computer screen, just for a moment, before returning to the documents he's collated since this all began. He starts thumbing through the notes in front of him, rather than plugging at the emotions that spurred all this last June.

Ellis, though — she can't keep it buried. She said she would call a reporter to discuss her feelings. But even though she's nearly a year removed from when this all began, she can't.

And so she texts. "I was emotionally distraught when this all occurred last August," she writes. "[Ian] is a very special guy...He deserves better than this. He deserves to have a command that supports him. He did nothing wrong. I only want what is best for him. I hope he doesn't hold meeting me against [me].

"When this is done, I would love to hear from him and know how it all turns out," she continues. "I'd like to hear about his life and if possible get to know him again. He is a wonderful human being...I miss him every day. "

casey.michel@houstonpress.com

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SOMEONEWHOCARES
SOMEONEWHOCARES

I will not comment.  There are people in this article who I love and have loved.  I don't want any more mud slung at them.   Find someone else to pour out the negatives.  I hope Ian finds his answers too.

SOMEONEWHOCARES
SOMEONEWHOCARES

I am a close family member of Brady's and I am saddened by many of the comments that have been shared. Ian, if you feel an injustice has been done then I would advise you to follow through and get some answers.  Many have suggested writing or calling your congressman.  That is probably a good way to go. I am sure of a few things.  First, Brady was trying to save a family, not take away your career. Second, he is not the vengeful man who is being portrayed.  He is a man who loves his family and I know they all know it.  In many ways I do feel like you were a victim in this ordeal, however, you did make some choices you have to be responsible for.  Many of you have accused Brady's family of writing many of the comments, but FYI Brady asked all of his immediate family to please not comment.  He felt this was not the proper forum to discuss these matters.  If family members are writing, I am surprised by some of the info because most of our family wasn't aware of many of these things.  Candse, you are the only one who knows the truth of it all.  I would hope this story could be over.  Ian, go find out answers for yourself, but let's not do anymore to destroy lives here. SOMEONE WHO CARES

SOMEONEWHOCARES
SOMEONEWHOCARES

I am a close family member of Brady's and I am saddened by many of the comments that have been shared. Ian, if you feel an injustice has been done then I would advise you to follow through and get some answers.  Many have suggested writing or calling your congressman.  That is probably a good way to go. I am sure of a few things.  First, Brady was trying to save a family, not take away your career. Second, he is not the vengeful man who is being portrayed.  He is a man who loves his family and I know they all know it.  In many ways I do feel like you were a victim in this ordeal, however, you did make some choices you have to be responsible for.  Many of you have accused Brady's family of writing many of the comments, but FYI Brady asked all of his immediate family to please not comment.  He felt this was not the proper forum to discuss these matters.  If family members are writing, I am surprised by some of the info because most of our family wasn't aware of many of these things.  Candse, you are the only one who knows the truth of it all.  I would hope this story could be over.  Ian, go find out answers for yourself, but let's not do anymore to destroy lives here.

LoneStarGirl82
LoneStarGirl82

The true focus of this story to examine the possiblity of injustice in the military. I'm aware that injustices happen but why are we so quick to condemn the commanders who had to make the hard choices in this case? These commanders didn't rise to the top because they were complete retards. Could it be that the decisions that were made where based on things not even discussed in this article? Note that only one side is even represented here. 

While the focus of this story is the military justice system the root of this story is adultry. There's a reason why adultry is not socially, religiously, and in some cases lawfully acceptable. It's because the consequences of adultery are usually extreme as evidenced in this whole scenario.

Because of Candse's alleged sexual escapades not only one man's life was ruined (Ian's) but another man's life was destroyed too (Brady's) Because of Candse's alleged affair we sit and read this article and make uninformed judgements. The cause of this entire argument is one woman who instead of ending an unhappy marriage the way most folks do with divorse, she chose to do it in a way that caused every bit of this situation. If she was so unhappy she might have just tried divorse.

Concerning the now popular subject of Brady: Has anyone even thought to ask the question; Why on earth would Brady be compelled to "hack" his OWN wife's email? Could it be that she was untrustworthy and had been unfaithful in the past? Could it be that he wanted to protect his family from an unknown advasary (Ian)? If, as the article states, Brady used harsh language toward her; is that not to be expected after someone lies and commits adultery? I know if my husband discovered I had had an affair, he would do more than just swear at me (or my lover).

I am saddened for both men in this story, both are victims. I believe they both probably meant well. They both got wrapped up with a woman who as seen by this article is capable of destroying anything. Sometimes there is more to a story than is written on the printed page. Especially when the subject of the story is the source herself.

Best of luck to all parties involved. Hope Candse is enjoying the reprocussions of HER desisions.

JusticeForIan
JusticeForIan

This story is interresting.  @Iansstory you are right.  This story should have been about Ian and his individual experience with the National Guard.  Unfortunately the reporter included information from an undreditable source resulting in a mudslinging tabloid and diverted from what really needed to be understood and what was likely the real story he was trying to tell for Ian's sake.  I have a hard time believing there is such concrete corruption in our system.  Forgive me for still having a little faith in that.  I would certainly hate for a new headline to emerge telling the story of how Candse orchastrated the story in an attempt to smear her ex-husbands name and get her boyfriends job back just to ease the guilt of her personal wrongdoing that was clearly stated in the article as adultry.  In the meantime, family and friends, show your support to your loved one and let the people who need to take action for the justice of Ian do what they need to do.  Perhaps this does qualify for an outside investigation and a call to your congressman. 

MJT1
MJT1

If you ever have a friend or relation in the situation, the best leverage is to get your congressman involved.  Over the decades that seems to be the best second resort.

CandseLies
CandseLies

This is a report of the apparent injustice of this Guardsman, which if true I hope justice is served, but this also clearly has intent to smear the names of Brady and his superiors.  Therefore I feel it important to share the truth Casey Micheal failed to report that led up to the apparent injustice.

I was a friend of Candse before she was married then met Brady and got to know him fairly well.  So I feel I am a credible source however am  certainly biased.

Where the reporter failed was with the following facts:

1.  CANDSE has had multiple ADULTEROUS affairs prior to all of this

2.  CANDSE is a professional MANIPULATOR (which shows in this article because she was able to deceive "Ian" into thinking she is trustworthy and the reporter to report slanderous lies.)

3.  Although their marriage was rocky, they were still legally married during her previous affairs and this one.  

I could go on but my point here is about ADULTERY.  If CANDSE didn't make HER choice to sleep with other men while still married we wouldn't be reading any of this.

Even though the commentary seems to believe that ADULTERY is justified, the military and most of the world does not.  Hence the shitty consequenses for all involved.

So what is the result of this.  We have no winners and a whole bunch of losers. CANDSE being the biggest loser.  All this will blow over and life will go on but she has to live with the choice she made forever.  Oh, how I would hate to be in her shoes.



CandseLies
CandseLies

This is a report of the apparent injustice of this Guardsman, which if true I hope justice is served, but this also clearly has intent to smear the names of Brady and his superiors.  Therefore I feel it important to share the truth Casey Micheal failed to report that led up to the apparent injustice.

I was a friend of Candse before she was married then met Brady and got to know him fairly well.  So I feel I am a credible source however am  certainly biased.

Where the reporter failed was with the following facts:

1.  CANDSE has had multiple ADULTEROUS affairs prior to all of this

2.  CANDSE is a professional MANIPULATOR (which shows in this article because she was able to deceive "Ian" into thinking she is trustworthy and the reporter to report slanderous lies.)

3.  Although their marriage was rocky, they were still legally married during her previous affairs and this one.  

I could go on but my point here is about ADULTERY.  If CANDSE didn't make HER choice to sleep with other men while still married we wouldn't be reading any of this.

Even though the commentary seems to believe that ADULTERY is justified, the military and most of the world does not.  Hence the shitty consequenses for all involved.

So what is the result of this.  We have no winners and a whole bunch of losers. CANDSE being the biggest loser.  All this will blow over and life will go on but she has to live with the choice she made forever.  Oh, how I would hate to be in her shoes.



Retiredwithhonor
Retiredwithhonor

Who are the Despicable Members of the Guard. Penney, Leasman, and Kane. They are dispicable!!!! how dare they call themselves members of the military. How can those three sleep at night. How can they hold such distinguished positions and then be so deplorable. 

susanna.harper
susanna.harper

If the investigation is complete, then I do not understand why the reporter could not get a full-accounting of the charges.  If the investigation is not complete, then the silence makes sense.  I do not see a  HIPPA issue here.  I hope and pray there is more to this story, and that everyone involved, minus Brady, had the best intentions.   As it is presented here,  this story does not look good for the Texas National Guard, and it certainly does not look good for the active duty component involved in this story.  An Intel Analyst behaving this way?  Holy Tomato!!  What happens if his command pisses him off?  Will he send something to the  Chinese?  Please do a follow up to this story.  I hope to goodness we are missing some very big pieces!!

susanna.harper
susanna.harper

If the e-mail from Brady is true, then I have no confidence in Brady as a military member.  Bad stuff happens to people all the time.  How you respond to those events shows your character.  Brady has shown us all he has the emotional maturity of a nine year old.  Those actions were not from someone trying to save a marriage.  Those actions were from someone whose motivation was to show his ex wife who was the boss.  It's the "I'll fix you" mentality.  Someone exercising the "I'll fix the marriage mentality" had many, many, many options.  Not only that but Brady's behavior is ham handed manipulation.  I would not want someone like Brady to be responsible for any troops what-so-ever.  His actions in this event shows no military values, and I am surprised that some sort of corrective action has not been rendered.  

Skeeziks_Lies
Skeeziks_Lies

Bullshit.  Yo bud hacked into her email account.  Nothing else he says has ANY credibility dickweed.

Just another asshole floating along in life

fightthefight
fightthefight

The Texas Guard is corrupt. Poor Ian. we all should focus on the story. Not the innocent players . The Guard is the bad guys and no one else. Everyone else had a small part here.

shamwich
shamwich

We should write senator cornyn and see if he'll look into it...maybe assign an outside investigator or something

annonymoussucks
annonymoussucks

This whole story is rotten to the core. Whomever anonymous and Skeeziks are SHUT UP! it is obvious that you are either Brady or Family, so no one cares about how stupid you are. I mean honestly. I'm only 16 and I know who you are. I am a girl and I LUV me A GOOD LUV story. IAN if that is your pic you are hot. hahaha. But really. sad story. so gross.  everyone is being real mean to  Candse. STOP it. It only makes you look like ass......... the texts do a nice job a proving Brady is a liar.

Seriously.
Seriously.

ok, I'm just an outsider reading this story, but it seems that skeeziks is a family member of Brady, secondly. You need to stop. If you had actually read the article you would see that THE REPORTER did his job, He didn't just listen to people talk and decided HEY LETS write a story based off of nothing. In fact I think it is his job to make sure his story is air tight. SO SKEEZIKS you are only hindering this story. Not trying to pop your bubble here.  I'm ALSO thinking that we should also focus on the point of the story. It is about Ian.I mean all of what 2 paragraphs are focused on Brady. It seems like. The real culprits here isnt Brady;  It is the Texas Air national guard. Sure Brady lied and did something stupid, but the Guard ran with it, even when they had proof it was a lie. SO,  It isn't about Candse or Brady. IT IS about IAN!  Also, 15 minutes of fame/ Yes, this is exactly what a woman wants to be famous for!  

Also seems like a love story to me. Ian Contact that girl. Seems like she misses you. 

Seriously People. 

skeeziks_68
skeeziks_68

I will stand up for the truth and I am not anonymous!! I was married to a liar and a munipulater just like Candse is. She is a coward, if she wasn't she would take the resposibility for what she did, not only to Brady but to her children and "Ian". Two sides to every story, there is only one here, a liar and a cheater, Candse! Was there anything ever mentioned in the article about how Brady let go of his family here, his business of 10 years, everything he has ever known to join the military to make more money to make Candse happy because she was never hapy with anything he ever did for her??? And this is how she repaid him??? Her inlaws have done more for her than their own kids to try to make her happy and she pulls this on them also??!!! Karma is all I have to say!! Karma will come around!!!

eastcoasth8r
eastcoasth8r

@SOMEONEWHOCARES "I could care less about your personal stuff...but if I ever catch wind of you talking to Ian he will go down"? What a real sweetheart. Not a "vengeful" bone in his body. Sounds pretty psycho to me!

Blackknight
Blackknight

@Ashamed a person with a "good" name doesn't talk like that to women, angry or not. brady is a sorry excuse for a human being. i wont even say he's a man because he's obviously a bully and a coward. what he did is against the law and its just a matter of time before it catches up to him. plus this story isn't even about brady it's about the texas guard using this as an opportunity to get rid of a guy who was apparently rocking the boat because his performance was too good.

VdubSkillz
VdubSkillz

@Ashamed youre an idiot. brady uses his military intel skillz to hack into her account and they dont even live together anymore? thats illegal, its just a matter of time before Ian sues Brady for damages considering his career is over because of Brady tampering with those emails and lying so much. sounds more like candse just wants brady to stay the hell away from her, why would she care about "smearing" his "good" name? if he was so good he would have given the reporter evidence of how "good" he is but instead he chose to not comment just like the IRS lady did the other day. theyre both pleading the fifth cuz theyre GUILTY GUILTY GUILTY of lying!!!

Illuminati73
Illuminati73

@Ashamed You have GOT to be kidding me. Everyone here who has been targeting Candse is a relative of Brady's. This story isn't even about him, and it really just goes to show how pathetic and self-centered he and his family are. Get a life and get a clue, this isn't about him OR Candse, it's about the TX ANG and how they handled the situation through lies, skipping due process, and all at cost to the taxpayers. Your name suits you, you should be ashamed for being so lame.

Illuminati73
Illuminati73

@LoneStarGirl82 Pretty sure the "root" of the story is why the military would care so much about this relationship as to derail someone's career without due process, using dishonest means, and at great cost to taxpayers. That is a personal vendetta, and I can assure you that if the relationship was between two men they would not have been touched out of fear of being labelled "discriminatory". The men are not victims, they are both adults who are responsible for their own behaviors. People reading this (Brady's family members) are so quick to point fingers at the woman as if she forced Brady to go through her email account, as if she forced Ian to date her, or as if the men somehow are not responsible for their own choices. Your argument is not addressing that one day Brady tells her he doesn't consider them married anymore, then the next he's looking into her email account and trying to get involved in business that was no longer his. When you people are no longer living together and are waiting for the paperwork to finish, there is no relationship in existence anymore.

Illuminati73
Illuminati73

@JusticeForIan I agree, the story is about how the Guard handled the situation. The story clearly states that the defending JAG quoted that there was evidence in Ian's favor that was deliberately left out, and that due process was ignored in order to further the personal agenda of Ian's commanders. The only reason this story is even in the news is because it departs from the normal way of things. The reporter would not publish this without checking sources and evidence. In addition, why would the TX ANG not comment? That doesn't make sense. Google up "texas guard corruption" and see how many results pop up with stories about this organization. It is corrupt. 

Iansstory
Iansstory

@CandseLies WHy don't you air Brady's dirty laundry? You are a F.....g nut job! get a clue.

Storyfocus
Storyfocus

@CandseLies I find it so weird that whomever these EXTREMELY disturbed people are, they fail to see the actual evidence. Then they choose to make this whole story about a emotionally immature man, Named BRADY. the story is about IAN and what has happened to him. IF you notice, There are all of 2 paragraphs about Brady. SO PLEASE focus on the important person here and contact your congressman.

CandseLiesSucks
CandseLiesSucks

Uh, yeah, because that makes it okay for Brady to tell her "I don't even consider us married" and then to go hack her email account. You're a dumbass. This article isn't even about either of them. And if you knew her BEFORE she was married that was over 12 years ago. What do you know about any of this?

Iansstory
Iansstory

@CandseLies to Candselies, and  all of you feeling the need to defend Brady.  The story is about Ian. IAN, IAN, IAN. it has nothing to do with Brady being an IDIOT, or any of what else you are saying. It won't help Ian get his Job back, for what Brady did. It won't help The Immoral Commander,s that are part of this, pay for their illegal actions. No, one cares about Brady. Really, they don't You can air all of Candse's SUPPOSED DIRTY LAUNDRY, but notice no one has aired Brady's. (not because their isn't any. I can guarantee that man has LOADS! his text emanate emotionally unstable and passive aggressive child "nine Year old.")  Why because the real people of the world are focusing on the very illegal actions, of the GUARD. this isn't a public smear campaign against Brady Ellis. It is a campaign to stop the injustice of the Guard.

It seems that you all want to justify a very emotionally immature mans very illegal actions. WHY? the story isn't about him. It is about Ian. You can say anything you want. But as storyfocus says. No one is smearing Brady, He did that himself, in Text! he left a trail of physical evidence. Are we sure we want this guy working for the military? "If I EVER catch wind of you seeing {} he will go down." Who says that. He is a nobody threatening an officer.
The guard needs to be held accountable for what they have done. "asshole," penny. Leasman the evil. and Kane for not being man enough to stop what was clearly illegal and wrong.

The Guard is pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. and I'm ashamed to know that these people represent our country. They are getting rid of a fine officer. A man that is "stellar" lets focus on this, and not the childish immature actions of a passive aggressive "nine year old."

Leave Candse Alone. Hasn't she gone through enough. Notice she doesn't air anyones laundry. Only Brady's very sad, and pathetic family and Friends.

This being said. God bless Candse and Ian. I hope the reconnect one day. Sounds like they had a special connection.

Storyfocus
Storyfocus

@CandseLies You knew her before marrying Brady 12 years ago. Considering how you talk now. I can understand why she stopped being friends with you. YOU admit it yourself. YOU ARE BIAS!!! therefore I'd hate to be in your shoes. You must be very lonely to have to focus this story on a man that clearly is not innocent. NO ONE smeared Brady he did that himself, by committing illegal actions.  Someone needs to let Brady command see how much of a liar and PROFESSIONAL MANIPULATOR HE IS! His exwife was merely smart enough to keep the proof, so that she could show the PEOPLE. He is not innocent here. so as candseliessuck says your are truly a DUMBASS!

CandseLiesSucks
CandseLiesSucks

Uh, yeah, because that makes it okay for Brady to tell her "I don't even consider us married" and then to go hack her email account. You're a dumbass. This article isn't even about either of them. And if you knew her BEFORE she was married that was over 12 years ago. If she had so many affairs, why was Brady such a loser to not get a divorce and stay with a "professional manipulator"? You're lying.

susanna.harper
susanna.harper

In addition, I am sure his behavior is indicative of how he conducted himself as a husband; he might have intimidated and threatened his family.   At any time, Brady could have entered counseling with his wife at no cost to himself, but he chose not to.

skeeziks_68
skeeziks_68

One day when you grow up, you will see the truth! And NO, this w NOT Brady!

skeeziks_68
skeeziks_68

Brady didn't lie or do anything but try to save his marriage. Candse lied to both men involved. shame on her!

Skeeziks_Lies
Skeeziks_Lies

@skeeziks_68 Bwa wah wah.  You got dumped for being a loser.

Now you want to take it out on other folks.  Buzz off, troll

TXRepublican
TXRepublican

@skeeziks_68 Pretty sure the article says Brady declined to comment. Why didn't he have anything to say? An investigative journalist would do his homework and look at evidence.

Why1
Why1

@skeeziks_68 But this isn't about her. This is about the LT being railroaded. Be mad at her all you want but why ruin the career of someone else in the process? 

Hannible0311
Hannible0311

@CandseLies "well, that's, like, your opinion, man"--The Dude...silly POG army intel bubba goes on a tattle tale spree and messes with some dud'es career...geez..go to to your room silly POG.

GuinnessLvr
GuinnessLvr

@skeeziks_68 Obviously you didn't even read the story. Brady is the reason we have such strict DV laws, to protect women from stalkers and crazies like him!

Cindyloukeegan
Cindyloukeegan

@skeeziks_68   says you!!! he admits to lying in the texts. READ them. this isn't about Brady. It is about the GUARD!!!!  read the article. Shame on you for making this about Brady. I'm pretty sure that Brady does not want this 15 minutes of fame that you are giving him. 

MJT1
MJT1

@TXRepublican @skeeziks_68 He didn't want to go to jail for cyber-stalking or be cashiered out of the military for conduct unbecoming (domestic abuse).  He anonymously drops the bomb on Ian whose superiors dislike because he's uber-efficient and not a member of the Old Boys club.

skeeziks_68
skeeziks_68

@TXRepublican @skeeziks_68 Brady is taking the high road and not commenting or responding for the sake of his family, unlike his now ex-wife! It should have been a private matter but she was inclined to have her 15 minutes of fame!!

skeeziks_68
skeeziks_68

@Why1 @skeeziks_68 She wants this to be about her. She isn't just ruining the life of the LT, she is ruining the lives of her family also by taking this to the extent that she has!

eastcoasth8r
eastcoasth8r

@Ashamed In that one text message it looks like she said "I am the one you should be angry at. Not anyone else." That's called taking responsibility. Brady is a psycho! It's funny too because the guy who got five years for hacking his ex-wifes email also said "I did what I had to do." Good luck with the judge on that one!

EmotionallyDetached
EmotionallyDetached

@Ashamed nobody cares. the story is about how the military took something that isnt even against their rules to kick the guy out. evidence was left out, the guy was ordered to sit in the library for ten months and taxpayers are footing the bill? he asked to transfer and they wouldn't let him? someone inside had it out for this guy. brady could have given them a video of ian and candse doing it and since it wasnt against guard rules it shouldnt have mattered. they used this situation to ruin the guy...im telling you, someone on the inside wanted ian out of the service. knowing the guard...its cuz he wasnt part of the "club" for some reason. they wanted to cause him "pain". it all could have been avoided if brady hadnt started it. if a spouse is legitimately cheating, thats between the spouses to hash out, not between one spouse and the "other" person. brady was wrong and so was the guard. 

skeeziks_68
skeeziks_68

This is all about Candse and her 15 minutes of fame! I feel bad for the man in the Guard, I'm sure she wasn't honest with him"

Seriously.
Seriously.

@skeeziks_68 @TXRepublican  It's funny, if he was innocent. you would think he would have responded. His not repsonding isn't high road. It is the fact that you can't deny the evidence the reporter has. Also skeezik-68/ the story is not about Brady. It is about Ian. 


MJT1
MJT1

@skeeziks_68 @Why1 But it's not about her.  It's about commanding officers who are not accountable for their actions or their decisions.  Can you say "star chamber"?

Skeeziks_Lies
Skeeziks_Lies

@skeeziks_68 BS, he harasses her and you call that a marriage.  Go stick your head in a barrel of vinegar.

Cindyloukeegan
Cindyloukeegan

@skeeziks_68 WHO ARE YOU? The story is about The Texas Guard. You are focusing on trivial stuff. Secondly, your personal feelings do not have a valid point in the fact that the law does not state because people are married (technically  still) that a human being no longer has privacy. . He admits to Illegally accessing her email. HELLO! It is obvious that he never had access to it. Just because you have personal opinions doesn't mean that the rest of the world follows. 

GuinnessLvr
GuinnessLvr

@skeeziks_68 Brady texted and told her he didn't consider themselves married anymore (And then, weeks into their separation, Brady sent a text that was a bit different. "As far as I'm concerned," he wrote to Ellis, "we aren't married anymore."), plus they were living separately. That relationship was over before she and Ian started dating.

skeeziks_68
skeeziks_68

Have you ever been cheated on?? They were married and she cheated!! Married people should have access to each others email, Facebook, ect. . Unless there is something to hide!

freakyone
freakyone

@Why1

@skeeziks_68

Why is the poor guy being screwed for knowing and dating a woman? Someone had it out for  Ian.

It does not seem  that a Military entity can nor should be allowed to get away with what they did. I hope this guy finds Justice.

How is this article about the Woman's family? Did I miss a page somewhere.

How does Candse want it to be about her? the whole Article is basically dedicated to Ian. She only gave a few bits of information.

from what I can read, it looks  that only the Candse Woman was willing to come out into the open and speak about this injustice, when questioned. She gave her name, when  everyone else was anonymous or refused to comment. Even though she may be called names or risked persecution and more lies, she was strong enough to face the firing squad and fight for this guy, even after he stopped talking to her. Even now she misses the guy and worries about how he is. 

Candse wherever you are now. I hope you continue to be strong.

Ian, I hope you fight back.

Brady..................... 

Why1
Why1

@skeeziks_68@Why1I am pretty sure she didn't break into his e-mail and I am pretty sure she didnt go to the LT's CoC...

"I'm done spying on you," he wrote her via text, admitting he had hacked her e-mail. "[Y]ou chose a[n e-mail] password that I guessed on the first try. I'm sure it is frustrating but I did what I had to do and don't forget I am an intel analyst. That's what I do...

"You left yourself wide open," he continued. "It took no skill or special knowlegde [sic]. I just followed the pattern you use in your passwords." And then, as a kicker: "Stay away from [Ian ­MacLeod]. [I]f I ever catch wind of you talking to [Ian] he will go down. My battalion commander wants him to lose his clearance and his job."

Again, not the point at all. I ask again, WHY is the LT being screwed here?

 
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