With all of the viral Stolen Valor posts on the internet, John Giduck may be thinking that we’ve forgotten about him and his odd financial dealings with Chester PA’s Police Commissioner Joseph “Joe” Bail. We haven’t. If what John Giduck says is true about holding 2012 fiscal year contracts with the Chester PA Police department, then has Joe Bail violated the Pennsylvania State Ethics Act?
John Giduck loves to tell people through his mouthpiece website and through other people that he’s never lied on his website about his background. So let’s take John Giduck at his word for a moment. Ok, that made me laugh.
On the “About” page of his personal website, johngiduck.com, John Giduck clearly states that he was hired by the Chester Police Department in January 2012
In January 2012 he [John Giduck] was hired to assist in creating the international intelligence section of the Narcotics & Intelligence Unit of the City of Chester (PA) Police Department and also serves as a training coordinator.
Joseph Bail Apparently Hires John Giduck After Being Named Chester Police Chief
So just so that we understand, Joe Bail was sworn into his position as the Chief of Chester, PA of 3 Jan 2012. According to John Giduck, he must have then immediately hired John Giduck within the first month to be training coordinator and form an intel unit within the Chester, PA police department.
Joseph Bail’s Business Relationships With John Giduck
Here is the potential problem: Joe Bail also happens to serve as a consultant to John Giduck’s company, Archangel Group. Joe Bail even lists it on his offical biography on the Chester city website but inaccurately and perhaps intentionally states that Archangel Group is a non-profit organization…which it hasn’t been for years. Here is a screen capture from the Chester City website:
As a consultant to the Archangel Group, a non-profit organization specializing in police and military unit training in anti-terror operations, he has travelled to Russia following the Beslan school crisis on a fact finding trip for the book “Terror at Beslan” with the author, John Giduck. Commissioner Bail is currently the only active American Law Enforcement Officer to interview the Russian Special Forces personnel that responded to the Beslan massacre.
Commissioner Bail, along with John Giduck, has also travelled to Mumbai, India, Ma’Lot, Isreal, and several other areas subjected to terrorist events to assess the information and training needed for American police.
Additionally, Joseph Bail edited John Giduck’s book, Terror At Beslan, and co-authored John Giduck’s Shooter Down. JOe Bail isn’t the only senior Chester police official involved. Joe Bail and Ernie Manerchia were involved in research for what is rumored to be another John Giduck book about the Mumbai terror attacks. Here is what the Archangel Group’s website says about their participation:
One month after this horrific strategic level terrorist attack, Archangel sent three representatives to Mumbai to conduct an investigation and assessment of these attacks. Comprised of John Giduck (author of Terror at Beslan, and co-author of The Green Beret In You), Major Joseph Bail, a 35-plus year police veteran from the City of Chester, Pennsylvania, and long-time SWAT commander, 20-year police veteran, SWATand dive team leader, Ernie Manerchia, the Archangel team interviewed top level military and special forces officers, including the operations commander, assault team members, police, hotel and restaurant employees, accessed government and military reports and evidence, viewed crime scene photos of the attack sites, and traversed every path of the terrorist attack teams, from their insertion on shore to their division into five units and ultimate attacks. Information as to how these attacks were planned, intelligence and surveillance conducted, targets selected, and types of attacks chosen for the respective sites is critical to law enforcement in continuing to prepare for terror attacks on American soil.
Joseph Bail went on to write an error filled magazine article about the Mumbai attacks which have been analyzed by this website. Joe Bail also wrote a rebuttal to criticisms about John Giduck that had been published in a prominent magazine using his title within the Chester police department to strengthen his claims.
The State of Pennsylvania’s Ethics Act
You can read the entire Act here. What does it says about financial relationships such as what seem to exist between Joe Bail and John Giduck?
(f) Contract.–No public official or public employee or his spouse or child or any business in which the person or his spouse or child is associated shall enter into any contract valued at $500 or more with the governmental body with which the public official or public employee is associated or any subcontract valued at $500 or more with any person who has been awarded a contract with the governmental body with which the public official or public employee is associated, unless the contract has been awarded through an open and public process, including prior public notice and subsequent public disclosure of all proposals considered and contracts awarded. In such a case, the public official or public employee shall not have any supervisory or overall responsibility for the implementation or administration of the contract. Any contract or subcontract made in violation of this subsection shall be voidable by a court of competent jurisdiction if the suit is commenced within 90 days of the making of the contract or subcontract.
Someone please point me to the “open and public process” that was used in hiring John Giduck. We’ve done a significant amount of searching for evidence of this contract. If there was such a process, it would be interesting to know exactly what constitutes “public”. Note that this is not a vendetta – we are searching for the truth around what a reasonable person might believe a quid pro quo contracting deal involvingpublic persons and the public interest in the form of Chester city funds. It’s your money…you should care.
Although more than a few organizations in Pennsylvania may be interested in this, I’m sure glad that Pennsylvania has a complaint process for these matters. Let’s get to the bottom of this.