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Town duped by her story of service (Fake soldier, MN)
StarTribune.com ^ | 4/17/11 | Mark Brunswick

Posted on 04/17/2011 3:34:08 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo

The town of Cass Lake embraced Elizabeth McKenzie last month when she arrived at the high school in her Army uniform for a welcome home ceremony.

Though she isn't a tribal member, the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Honor Guard gave her a blanket and an eagle feather to honor her as a woman warrior for her service in Afghanistan. There was a tribal drum ceremony and a reception line. Accepting the town's gratitude, McKenzie talked about the close calls she'd had and a war injury that brought her home. She led the march in the high school gym, carrying the American flag, and the local newspaper documented the hero's return.

But none of it was true. The 20-year-old McKenzie was never injured in combat, had never been to Afghanistan, never been deployed anywhere. In fact, she's never been in the military.

(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...


TOPICS: Local News; Military/Veterans; Society
KEYWORDS: duped; fake; hoax; soldier; stolenvalor
GUILTY!



1 posted on 04/17/2011 3:34:18 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

“I think she just wanted some attention,” - from the article.

I’d give her LOTS of attention...in the psychiatric ward.


2 posted on 04/17/2011 3:43:00 PM PDT by choctaw man (Good ole Andrew Jackson, or You're the Reason God Made Oklahoma...)
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To: choctaw man

Just send her to F ghanistan.


3 posted on 04/17/2011 3:44:30 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: choctaw man

I think we need to give these Stolen Valor people a REAL chance to redeem themselves. We need soldiers who can be bait for Taliban IED’s or al-Queda snipers. That way, they can actually have done something for America.


4 posted on 04/17/2011 3:45:28 PM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Democrats- Forgetting 9/11 since 9/12/01)
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To: choctaw man

Yeah, she went to a lot of effort to score a blanket...


5 posted on 04/17/2011 3:46:23 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: choctaw man
I’d give her LOTS of attention...in the psychiatric ward.

of the state prison.

6 posted on 04/17/2011 3:47:31 PM PDT by El Gato ("The second amendment is the reset button of the US constitution"-Doug McKay)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

In a case like this, I think the best punishment would be to set her to do community service, such as picking up trash on the Ojibwe reservation for a year.


7 posted on 04/17/2011 3:50:39 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Is it really that hard for the organizers of these events to verify the credentials of these people? How hard is it to consult with the various service branches to verify these stories?


8 posted on 04/17/2011 3:50:45 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: El Gato

How about pushing the ‘chow cart’ through the wards at Walter Reed for a month wearing BDU’s with the word ‘LIAR’ stenciled on the back.


9 posted on 04/17/2011 3:51:41 PM PDT by maine yankee
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To: maine yankee

She speaks with forked tongue.


10 posted on 04/17/2011 3:54:00 PM PDT by Ax (Barak Hussein Obama is of Questionable Provenance.)
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To: El Gato
of the state prison.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that lying about your military service is protected by the First Amendment. Not sure whether impersonating a military member by wearing a uniform would still be illegal or not.

11 posted on 04/17/2011 4:04:47 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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12 posted on 04/17/2011 4:05:20 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: maine yankee

ooooh, I like it.


13 posted on 04/17/2011 4:11:23 PM PDT by gatorhead
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To: USNBandit

How about lying about your citizenship?


14 posted on 04/17/2011 4:11:44 PM PDT by SkyDancer (For the Left It's far easier for them to preach tolerance than practice tolerance.)
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To: maine yankee
...pushing the ‘chow cart’ through the wards...

...followed by 6 months (April-Sept inclussive) cleaning latrines at South Pole Station, wearing that same uniform.

15 posted on 04/17/2011 4:22:45 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (Made in America, by proud American citizens, in 1946.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
"A lot of people feel bad, but in one way they can't blame themselves for having hope in somebody," said Zeb Hemsworth, the police chief of Pike Bay Township, who investigated the case. "Because having hope in somebody is a good thing."

What a pant load.

16 posted on 04/17/2011 4:31:28 PM PDT by TankerKC (I feel 271 degrees out of sync today, which isn't half bad.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
During the homecoming ceremony, some veterans had noticed that details of her uniform looked askew, though they'd kept their thoughts to themselves. The chevrons signifying her rank were different on her cap from her blouse, and neither was for the rank she claimed to hold, private first class.

Seriously?

17 posted on 04/17/2011 4:33:04 PM PDT by TankerKC (I feel 271 degrees out of sync today, which isn't half bad.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Stolen Valor and the ones accusing actual vets of never serving, despite having no proof, should be treated the same. Sleaze bags all of them !


18 posted on 04/17/2011 4:33:19 PM PDT by AnyStreetFL (www.AnyStreet.org - Conservative Community Organizing, ACORN without the evil)
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To: SkyDancer

There is a law specific to false claims of citizenship. 18 USC 911.


19 posted on 04/17/2011 4:39:09 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: maine yankee

THAT is a fine idea!


20 posted on 04/17/2011 4:41:17 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: USNBandit

I wonder if Barry knows that. Well, he’d have Eric Holder on his side. What’s 18 USC 911 to him anyway? He won didn’t he?


21 posted on 04/17/2011 4:57:11 PM PDT by SkyDancer (For the Left It's far easier for them to preach tolerance than practice tolerance.)
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To: TankerKC
Most of these people get caught for outrageous claims. They tell everybody they are Special Forces Airborne Force Recon Seal Top Gun mega warriors with over the top awards such as multiple DSCs, the MOH, DFCs despite not having an aviation background.

I had a classmate at Annapolis (not for long) that was prior enlisted and showed up with an award claimed from supposed prior Army service. It took just a tiny bit of time for him to get popped, a speedy Honor board, followed by UCMJ and departure from the service.

22 posted on 04/17/2011 4:58:50 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: SkyDancer

Looking up 18 USC 911 did make me start thinking a bit. A conviction on that offense makes you inadmissible for future trips to the U.S. I don’t know if that includes use of false working documents, but if it doesn’t the law needs to be updated.


23 posted on 04/17/2011 5:12:44 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

Some judge said having and using a false SS# was okay. Isn’t that supposed to be proof of citizenship? Of sorts?


24 posted on 04/17/2011 5:16:00 PM PDT by SkyDancer (For the Left It's far easier for them to preach tolerance than practice tolerance.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Is there going to be some penalty? She can’t be allowed to get away with this.


25 posted on 04/17/2011 5:30:43 PM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (There is no native criminal class except Congress. Mark Twain)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

I would assume so. There are laws against this. However, it is MN....

The feds will hopefully take this on.


26 posted on 04/17/2011 5:34:34 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

-GUILTY-


27 posted on 04/17/2011 5:36:08 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

They can get her for impersonation at the very least. The rest would be covered if the Stolen Valor Act was still around.


28 posted on 04/17/2011 6:02:12 PM PDT by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Butch alert!


29 posted on 04/17/2011 6:04:48 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Don’t forget the feather.


30 posted on 04/17/2011 6:31:57 PM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Past Your Eyes

I thought about that.

She cannot legally possess that feather, as she is not a native american.


31 posted on 04/17/2011 6:34:33 PM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (FreeRepublic. Now, More Than Ever.)
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To: TankerKC

So, Chief Hemsworth, how’s that “Hopey Changey” thingy working out for you? Hmmmm?


32 posted on 04/17/2011 8:23:33 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("If we don't stand for something, we shall fall for anything" - Peter Marshall)
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