More video footage produced by a senior officer aboard the USS Enterprise has emerged, and one clip suggests Naval leadership may have known what the Enterprise’s second-in-command was up to.
Capt. Owen Honors was relieved of his command of the Enterprise this week, when footage from a series of “raunchy” movies he produced in 2006 and 2007 was made public. Honors was second in command aboard the aircraft carrier at the time.
Though Honors is heard repeatedly claiming in the videos that his superior officers know nothing of his “XO Movie Night,” footage from one of the films, obtained by the Navy Times, suggests that may not be the case.
In one video, Honors refers to an unidentified interviewee as being “from the high-level staff,” which the Navy Times interprets to mean a staffer from the office of the admiral in charge of the air carrier strike group. At the time the videos were made, that would have been Rear Adm. Raymond Spicer, who did not respond to request for comment from the Times.
In videos shot in 2006 and 2007 and obtained initially by the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, Capt. Honors is seen using anti-gay slurs and ringleading numerous skits depicting scenes such as female sailors pretending to shower together; sailors dressed in drag; and simulated masturbation and rectal exams.
The videos were broadcast on a weekly basis via closed-circuit television to the Enterprise’s approximately 6,000 crew members, and some were reportedly produced while the carrier was deployed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Honors was relieved of command of the Enterprise on Tuesday, a move that observers said marks the unofficial end of the captain’s military career.
“While Capt. [Owen] Honors’ performance as commanding officer of Enterprise has been without incident, his profound lack of good judgment and professionalism … calls into question his character, and undermines his credibility to continue to serve effectively in command,” Adm. John Harvey said in announcing Honors’ dismissal.
The news was met with disappointment by many sailors who have come to Honors’ defense since the videos went public.
“Capt. Honors brought up our morale and provided well needed and appreciated comic relief. We were underway for long durations, supporting two theaters of war simultaneously, he brought many smiles to a worn out and tired crew. I can easily say that all of the crew, ship’s company and air wing embarked, appreciated the videos,” Chief Petty Officer Andrew Hodyl wrote on Facebook.
But, as Honors himself acknowledged in the videos, the “XO Movie Night” was offensive to some on board, who complained about the videos’ content.
It is unknown why the videos, now three or four years old, only came to light in the past few days. The Navy has launched an investigation, which Adm. Harvey said would “look at all aspects of the production of the videos, to include the actions of other senior officers who knew of the videos, and what they did or did not do in response.”
The following video was posted to the Web by the Navy Times.
Michael Moore breaks down why Trump is ‘scared’ of The Squad: ‘They’re the force out there!’
Legendary filmmaker Michael Moore revealed why President Donald Trump is so scared of the women of color in Congress known as The Squad.
The Squad is made up of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
"So, Michael, when your political opposition tells you this is the play we’re going to run and the president underscores it, and they’re running this play, is there any — is The Squad blameless for giving the president a steady stream of oxygen and ammunition?" MSNBC's Brian Williams asked.
"I’m so glad he’s that frightened of them, both he and [Benjamin] Netanyahu are scared of them. And the reason they are is — and this is why Trump isn’t as dumb as he comes off," Moore said.
Trump has spent his vacation golfing, watching cable TV — and panicking about a recession: AP
While President Donald Trump has been able to golf frequently while on vacation in New Jersey, he may not return to DC well-rested.
"Trump has spent much of the week at his New Jersey golf club, many of his mornings on the links, his afternoons watching cable television and his evenings calling confidants and business executives to get their take on the market’s volatility," the Associated Press reported Friday.
"Though he has expressed private worries about Wall Street, he is also skeptical about some of the weaker economic indicators, wondering if the media and establishment figures are manipulating the data to make him look bad, according to two Republicans close to the White House, not authorized to discuss private conversations," the AP noted.
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Republican strategist Rick Wilson slammed the Trump administration on HBO's "Real Time" with Bill Maher on Friday.
Wilson is the author of the 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever.
The GOP consultant said America needs to replace the "Goddamn oil lobbyist who runs the f*cking EPA right now."
"This is just punitive dickishness by these people," Wilson charged. "They're just doing this to be *ssholes, they want their base to be like, 'we're taking those regulations away."
"It is just performative assh*lery," he added.