Swabbing The Deck

The Navy gets a squeaky-clean new boss -- and another black eye

Even as Defense Secretary Dick Cheney moved last week to put the Tailhook scandal behind him by naming a squeaky-clean number cruncher as Acting Navy Secretary, the Pentagon found itself embarrassed by new reports of sexual harassment and misconduct in the Navy.

% At the center of the new charges is Navy Lieut. Paula Coughlin, one of 26 women sexually molested during last year's Las Vegas Hilton convention of the Tailhook Association, an organization of Navy and Marine pilots. Coughlin told officials at the Naval Investigative Service in November that the agent assigned to her case, Laney Spigener, not only invited...

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