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John Kerry: Shredding documents and abandoning veterans
townhall.com ^ | 2/11/04 | Ben Shapiro

Posted on 02/10/2004 9:35:44 PM PST by kattracks

John Kerry is running as a Vietnam veteran. The Kerry campaign Web site states: "When John Kerry returned home from Vietnam, he joined his fellow veterans in vowing never to abandon future veterans of America's wars. Kerry's commitment to veterans has never wavered and stands strong to this day." But Kerry's resume tells a very different story.

Kerry's actions in Vietnam were heroic, but his actions upon his return were inexcusable. Kerry associated with the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, a rabid anti-war group that defamed United States soldiers and often protested under the banner of the Viet Cong.

Kerry testified before Congress that American soldiers had "raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs ... poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam." He has never named anyone who committed these atrocious acts and admits that he never witnessed these war crimes. Kerry's words certainly contributed to fortifying Viet Cong morale and promoting Viet Cong interests.

Kerry's abandonment of U.S. soldiers in Vietnam wasn't over yet. When he became a senator, Kerry continued to stab Vietnam soldiers in the back. Kerry began pushing normalization of trade with Vietnam. To that purpose, he founded the Senate Select Committee for POW/MIA Affairs. Kerry became chair of the committee. In order to normalize trade, the Vietnamese government would have to prove that its hands were now clean with regard to POW/MIAs.

Kerry tried to erase the possibility that prisoners of war were still alive in captivity in Vietnam. I spoke Monday evening with Mike Benge, a POW/MIA activist. Benge was a civilian POW held from 1968 until 1973 by the North Vietnamese Army; he spent 27 months in solitary confinement, one year in a "black box," and one year in a cage in Cambodia. Benge accuses Sen. Kerry of shredding key papers documenting "live sightings of POWs in Vietnam and Laos" during the POW/MIA hearings. According to Benge, Kerry attempted to shred all copies to prevent leaks and future declassification of the materials.

John F. McCreary, a Defense Intelligence Agency analyst assigned to Kerry's committee, reported knowledge of Kerry's document shredding to Vice Chairman Bob Smith. A memorandum by McCreary explains: "Senator John Kerry ... told the Select Committee members that 'all copies' would be destroyed. This statement was made in the presence of the undersigned and of the Staff Chief Counsel who offered no protest." On April 9, 1992, McCreary verified that the original document was destroyed, as well as 14 copies. The memo continues: "On 15 April 1992, the Staff Chief Counsel, J. William Codinha ... ridiculed the Staff members for expressing their concerns; and replied, in response to questions about the potential consequences, 'Who's the injured party,' and 'How are they going to find out because its classified.'"

On April 16, Kerry stated that the original documents had remained in the Office of Senate Security all along, so nothing wrong had been done. Actually, this was not the case, according to McCreary: "the Staff Director had deposited a copy of the intelligence briefing text in the Office of Senate Security at 1307 on 16 April." In a classic CYA maneuver, Kerry had ordered a non-original copy of the document entered into the Office of Senate Security -- but only after protests from staff caused him to rethink complete destruction of the documents. As McCreary stated, this "constitute(d) an act to cover-up the destruction."

Mike Benge also told me that Kerry hung one POW/MIA testifier out to dry. Garnett "Bill" Bell was chief of the U.S. Office of POW/MIA Affairs in Hanoi when he testified before the Senate Select Committee. Benge says that he brokered a deal with Bell: Kerry would grant Bell immunity from retaliation by the Defense Department if Bell testified. Bell testified; the immunity never came. Bell was fired, Benge stated.

Normalization for Vietnam passed overwhelmingly in the Senate, largely due to Kerry's persistence. Kerry's pro-normalization views seem particularly strong when viewed in comparison with Kerry's other foreign-policy positions. Kerry has flip-flopped repeatedly on the war in Iraq, but his support for the Vietnamese government has been unwavering. According to Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby, in 2002 Kerry blocked the Vietnam Human Rights Act from coming to a vote.

Is John Kerry committed to Vietnam veterans? Perhaps the ones back in the United States. But for the Vietnam soldiers who died because Kerry provided aid and comfort to the Viet Cong, or the POWs who may have lived out their lives in cages, Kerry's lack of commitment had tragic consequences.

©2003 Creators Syndicate, Inc.

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TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2004; benshapiro; kerry; kerryrecord; vietnamveterans

1 posted on 02/10/2004 9:35:45 PM PST by kattracks
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To: SunStar
http://www.aiipowmia.com/inter23/in290603kerry.html

Re: Kerry, Protestors & POWs

From: POW-MIA InterNetwork

Date: June 29, 2003

"As a rising star with Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Kerry attended a February 1971 seminar bankrolled by Fonda, who was the group's most prominent booster.

Last December, former POW Michael Benges told the Washington Times that retired Gen. George S. Patton III lumped Kerry in with Fonda and Clark, complaining that they had all "given aid and comfort to the enemy."

Even the most famous POW of all, Sen. John McCain, later revealed that his North Vietnamese captors used reports about the Kerry-led protest to taunt him and his fellow prisoners."

3 posted on 02/10/2004 10:08:08 PM PST by FairOpinion (If you are not voting for Bush, you are voting for the terrorists.)
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To: FairOpinion
Good post, I think that we need some more early photos of Kerry in the profile. I just noticed that he has a pronagthic jaw and had surgery to correct it. He looks really bad in that early photo.
4 posted on 02/10/2004 10:13:58 PM PST by Eva
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To: kattracks
Is John Kerry committed to Vietnam veterans? Perhaps the ones back in the United States. But for the Vietnam soldiers who died because Kerry provided aid and comfort to the Viet Cong, or the POWs who may have lived out their lives in cages, Kerry's lack of commitment had tragic consequences.

I said this last night, and I'll say it again: This guy is starting to make Bill Clinton look benign.

5 posted on 02/10/2004 10:22:49 PM PST by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (BUSH IN '04: Because we want to outlive Osama Bin Laden.)
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To: kattracks
Memos of John F. McCreary- POW/MIA network

Long Read but very interesting.

6 posted on 02/10/2004 10:32:59 PM PST by armymarinemom (My Son Liberated the Honor Roll Students in Iraq)
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To: kattracks
BTTT
7 posted on 02/11/2004 4:33:11 AM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: SunStar
This is spooky....I definitely see John Kerry but what is really freaking me out is John Lynd, aka TALIBAN JOHNNY sitting directly behind and to the right of Hanoi Jane. Could this be some kind of weird hallucination or are we in a time warp? Man, I gotta watch what I smoke.
8 posted on 02/11/2004 4:36:55 AM PST by Toespi
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To: SunStar
Kerry testified before Congress

He committed PREJURY before Congress.

9 posted on 02/11/2004 4:48:28 AM PST by GailA (Millington Rally for America after action http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/872519/posts)
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To: kattracks
bttt
10 posted on 02/11/2004 12:16:40 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
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To: JohnHuang2; Hon
Can we have some pings here? This is the real deal.
11 posted on 02/14/2004 6:50:05 PM PST by William McKinley
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To: Miss Marple; Neets
Here's the FR post.
12 posted on 02/14/2004 6:56:07 PM PST by William McKinley
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J. William Codinha
13 posted on 02/14/2004 6:59:06 PM PST by William McKinley
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I like how Codinha here is quoted as if he was some impartial guy: click
14 posted on 02/14/2004 7:00:52 PM PST by William McKinley
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Codinha was in on the Ron Carey defense
15 posted on 02/14/2004 7:03:24 PM PST by William McKinley
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To: William McKinley; Howlin; hchutch; Grampa Dave; Pokey78; MJY1288
Excellent! I am pinging people who are interested and have ping lists!
16 posted on 02/14/2004 7:03:33 PM PST by Miss Marple
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To: kattracks
Kerry has flip-flopped repeatedly on the war in Iraq, but his support for the Vietnamese government has been unwavering.

Indeed.

17 posted on 02/14/2004 7:03:55 PM PST by cyncooper
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
This is DAMNING. I simply cannot believe anyone who had been thru the living hell of Nam could turn their backs on those who were still there.

I'm going to copy and paste this to all the Nam vets I know.
18 posted on 02/14/2004 7:05:41 PM PST by Iowa Granny (Impersonating June Cleaver since 1967)
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To: kattracks
Hold your noses and go and see for yourself what JFKerry says on his website.

www.johnkerry.com
19 posted on 02/14/2004 7:08:11 PM PST by Just mythoughts
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To: Iowa Granny
We should all be spreading the word...

BTTT
20 posted on 02/14/2004 7:11:18 PM PST by krunkygirl
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To: FairOpinion
Last December, former POW Michael Benges told the Washington Times that retired Gen. George S. Patton III lumped Kerry in with Fonda and Clark, complaining that they had all "given aid and comfort to the enemy."

Hmm. Didn't Gen. George S. Patton III died in an automibile accident in 1945? Would that mean Michael Benges had been in contact with the dead? Maybe it means that aiipowmia has a few problems with historical accuracy.

21 posted on 02/14/2004 7:20:43 PM PST by delacoert
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To: Iowa Granny
Bump for later.
22 posted on 02/14/2004 7:32:47 PM PST by Angelwood (FReepers are Everywhere! We Support Our Troops! (Hillary's Vast Rt Wg Conspiracy))
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To: delacoert
You are wrong. The Gen. Patton referred to in the quote is the Gen. Patton's SON. Many people don't know that the great General had a great General as a son who followed in his footsteps.
23 posted on 02/14/2004 7:35:36 PM PST by Nimitz
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To: Nimitz
My apologies. I stand corrected.
24 posted on 02/14/2004 7:40:40 PM PST by delacoert
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To: Iowa Granny
Did you read the thread about Mrs. Kerry being the bag lady for the left? One of the recipients of her millions (according to this article) is the National Lawyer Guild which defended these Commie-lovin peaceniks at Drake. Mickelson was telling about their Communist connections.
25 posted on 02/14/2004 7:57:19 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma
I haven't made it around to that thread yet. So many threads, so little time.
26 posted on 02/14/2004 8:04:30 PM PST by Iowa Granny (Impersonating June Cleaver since 1967)
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To: Iowa Granny
These people are disgusting.
27 posted on 02/15/2004 5:17:05 AM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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