SKP: SAVE KINGS POINT
DO NOT TAKE ANY MORE SURVEYS UNTIL SEA YEAR IS RESTORED
Since June 16th, you have been the victims of the Maritime Administration and Academy leadership who have gone to the press and in national newspapers and defamed and maligned you in an effort to hide their own failures. They told your parents, you neighbors, the public and Congress that you, all Kings Pointers, and an entire industry are deviants. That is their message about our school, about you, and about Kings Pointers. That is their message about our profession.
They willfully misrepresented the data they collected from you
in midshipmen surveys and used it against you
You must take a stand and keep this from happening again — because they are going to do it to you again. The irony is that even as they refuse to listen to you, they need your data.The only way to keep them from using your data against you and Kings Point is to deny them the data. Your response should be, “No Sea, No D[ata].” You have the power and the legal right** to deny them the data. Do not let them bully or coerce you into thinking otherwise. When people in authority abuse their authority, you must act.
No Sea, No D!
Even saying you love Sea Year will give them “data” they can twist to permanently cancel training on commercial ships – They will claim that such data shows that you “loved” sea year as they define it – on reserve fleet, MSC and Navy ships.
They had no problem misrepresenting data to sacrifice your education, your graduation, the Academy’s world-class reputation and even the commitment they made to you when you entered KP. Data is the ammunition they need to weaponize SA/SH against you. Don’t give them any more ammo until sea year on commercial ships is fully restored.
YOU ARE THE TOOL FOR STATE SCHOOL SHIP FUNDING!
The Maritime Administrator has spent three years working with the state school lobbyists to get Congress to pay up to $1.8B for new training ships for the state schools. The first will be a replacement for the aging EMPIRE STATE. By cancelling Sea Year on commercial ships, the Administrator created a training crisis; MARAD then ‘solved’ the crisis it created by forcing Kings Pointers onto training ships, thus creating a powerful argument – you – to take to Congress to fund those ships. This is how they use your data against you.
THE SELECTION OF LMI WAS ‘WIRED’ – LMI WAS PRE-SELECTED FOR THE “CULTURE” STUDY CONTRACT
As we reported here, LMI knew that it was getting the culture study contract award even before the deadline for submitting bids for the RFQ had passed. The administration pre-chose the contractor because that’s the best way to ensure that it gets the result it wants from the study. The deck is stacked against you. It’s time for a new deck – No Sea, No D.
There are many pieces to the puzzle, but when we assemble them, everything points to the fact that the administration has pre-ordained the result of the study, which will be a recommendation that sea year on commercial ships be halted permanently. That solution dovetails with the agenda of those within MARAD and DOT who are seeking that eventual $1.8 billion to fund the construction of training ships for the state schools. It dovetails with the inquiries that MARAD has been making of Military Sealift Command regarding using MSC to do ALL USMMA midshipmen training for Sea Year (at least until Kings Pointers can be put on the new state school ships).
You must not allow the Academy to gather further data that will again be weaponized against you. We know that Maritime Administrator Jaenichen and Advisory Board Chairwoman Sharon van Wyk have been to Kings Point at least twice in the last week to try to bully midshipmen into participating in focus groups and SA/SH surveys or studies. They cannot legally make you “voluntarily” participate in such focus groups, surveys or studies. They need your cooperation. Freedom of speech includes the freedom not to speak. To put it in terms of the philosopher Ayn Rand, “Evil requires the sanction of the victim.” You must not give them that sanction. You must refuse to participate in any data collection effort related to SA/SH until such time as sea year on commercial ships is restored and all programs at the Academy are returned to normal.
It is time for you to take charge. Everyone wants you back to sea on commercial ships except 3 people – Jaenichen, Helis, and van Wyk. The administration won’t listen to Congress; it won’t listen to the alumni; it won’t listen to your parents and it doesn’t want to listen to you — but it desperately needs your data. If the midshipmen – the “children” (Helis’ words) – that the Administration claims it is trying to protect rise up in respectful protest and refuse to go quietly to the slaughterhouse, it can’t ignore you.
The administration will fight you on this. It will bully you. And when that happens, you must remember Helis’ admonition that SA/SH begins with bullying. You should promptly report such bullying to the SARC and insist that it be in the form of a reportable complaint. Whether it is Jaenichen, van Wyk, Helis, Sosa, or anyone else, you should report that bullying incident. Only then will the bullying stop. (And that will create truthful data that cannot be ignored – that the bullying problem at Kings Point is Administration-on-midshipman bullying – We all witnessed it at homecoming.)
You will be told that your failure to participate is jeopardizing the return of sea year. Hogwash. This administration has no intention of restoring sea year on commercial ships. You will be told that your failure to participate could cost the school reaccreditation. Balderdash. The requirements for avoiding loss of reaccreditation are spelled out here and participating in SA/SH surveys and focus groups is not a part of it. Intellectually, such a claim is no different than blaming a sexual assault victim for the assault because s/he was dressed provocatively. Such arguments are the words of people desperate to get your “voluntary” participation.
Many of you fear retaliation. But you need not be open in your rebellion. You can accept a survey, fill in every single oval (if you return it blank they can fill it in as they wish for you), put “No Sea, No D” in any comment fields, and put the survey in the sealed envelope you are provided. If you would like, write across the top of each page, “No Sea, No D – under protest.”
If they won’t let you fill it out anonymously, refuse to participate. If they force you to participate, write “Under protest” on every page. If they ask you to participate in a focus group, you can decline, or, if you prefer, participate but offer nothing of substance. (An answer such as “There is nothing I care to offer in response to that question” is a truthful answer.)
Some of your classmates will not go along with this. Do not let that discourage you; most will. But rest assured, refusing to participate is the key to defeating this. That is why Jaenichen and van Wyk and DOT representatives have spent so much time propagandizing this over the last few weeks. They know they need the sanction of their victims. This is why they have tried to keep you from speaking with alumni –they can’t stand Kings Point alumni (their disdain for alumni was demonstrated when Jaenichen referred to alumni as “a–h—s” at homecoming) because our Kings Point training turned us into what they fear — leaders who will not “go along to get along.”
Midshipmen, this is your hour. You need to all hang together or you, most assuredly, will hang separately. There are thousands of Kings Pointers, parents, professional mariners, Congressmen and others who are behind you and the Academy. Pay it back to them and pay it forward to the next generation of Kings Pointers. Do not be bullied. Acta non Verba.
SAVE KINGS POINT — SKP
No Sea, No D
** I will put up a separate post about your legal rights in the next day or two. But here are a few keys: If someone orders you to participate, make it clear that you wish to refuse to do so as a protest of the administration’s sea year
stand down cancellation. This makes your conduct a form of speech that is protected by the First Amendment. Under the First Amendment, the right to speak includes the right to refuse to speak. If you are still ordered to do so, make it clear on any document you are compelled to fill out that you are doing so under protest. Under no circumstances be disruptive. Remain respectful and keep your voice at a conversational tone. Document what happens. Write down the names of witnesses while it is fresh in your mind. If you are nevertheless compelled to participate, remember you also have a Fifth Amendment right to avoid giving incriminating statements. You don’t know what might be incriminating, so err on the side of caution. For example, even if you were a victim of SA/SH, if you were under the legal age for drinking and alcohol was involved, you could be incriminating yourself. If you were a witness and did nothing to intervene, you could conceivably be charged as an accessory or co-conspirator. If you helped a victim clean up after an incident, you could be charged with destruction of evidence. (Watch this video by a law professor as to why you should never give a statement to the police or other authorities because of the way innocent statements or actions can be used against you.) Err on the side of caution and assert your Fifth Amendment right to remain silent.