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FR Exclusive: Flashback -- Kerry Admits to Boston Globe that he Reenacted Combat Scenes (10/1996)
The Boston Globe Stacks -- 10/6/1996 | 08/19/2004 | Self using excepts from Boston Globe Report by Charles Sennott 10/6/1996

Posted on 08/18/2004 9:15:12 PM PDT by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

While running for Senate against Bill Weld in 1996, a lot of the same issues that dog Kerry now were part of the political landscape. To placate some concerns, John Kerry allowed reporter Charles Sennott of the Boston Globe to watch five hours of his homemade video that was taken while he was on the Meekong Delta in Vietnam.

The article, which is entited: "The making of the candidates: JOHN FORBES KERRY" was published on page A31 of the Globe on 10/6/1996.

In it, Kerry admitted that he had used a video camera while in combat and had reenacted many of the events that transpired on the film while a member of PT-93 on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam.

Specifically, he told Mr. Sennott that he had captured film reenacting the area where he had won his Silver Star: "I'll show you where they shot from. See? That's the hole covered up with reeds."

He further added: "This is just something that I improvised. . . . The point was not to just take an ambush, but to go directly at them," as he pointed to the Globe reporter where "he brought the boat ashore," and explained how he "returned later with a Super 8 millimeter hand-held movie camera to record highlights of the mission."

"That's me right there. One of my crew was filming all this," Kerry gleefully told the paper.

The Globe reporter asked thr $64,000 question we all were wondering: How exactly did Kerry manage to steer his boat and shoot his video at the same time?

In response, Kerry told the Globe: "I'd steer, or direct, or fire my gun, and hold onto it when I could. Sometimes the other guys would pick it up."

Kerry also demonstrated to the reporter how he "gripped an imaginary ship's helm and thrusting his camera hand out to the side."

Kerry also goes on in the article to "clarify" how he threw other soldier's medals over the wall during the April 1971 protest in Washington and how he has recurring nightmares about his Vietnam experience.


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If any FReepers want a copy of the actual article for their own personal use, send me an e-mail. We can only excerpt with the Globe, so I can't post the complete article.

I think the word needs to get out about how much of an opportunist Kerry is. What guy would reenact his own exploits and brag about it? He is dillusional.

1 posted on 08/18/2004 9:15:17 PM PDT by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Does he mention WHY he re-enacted these scenes, esp. while he was still there? Those have to be the busiest 4 months in history, for a single man to have experienced! If we are to believe all the stories, medals, secret agent trips, etc, he puts James Bond and Forrest Gump to shame!


2 posted on 08/18/2004 9:23:34 PM PDT by BonnieJ
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Dillusional? Sir, you are being charitable.


3 posted on 08/18/2004 9:26:41 PM PDT by Adrastus (If you don't like my attitude, talk to someone else.)
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To: BonnieJ

This is his explanation:

"Kerry dismisses the film record of his war as 'just something I did, no great meaning to it.'"

Uh huh, sure... opportunist.


4 posted on 08/18/2004 9:28:28 PM PDT by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Soooooo .. this is why the Globe is silent .. they were hoping nobody would find that story from 1996.

Or .. they think we're stupid .. or both ..??


5 posted on 08/18/2004 9:28:38 PM PDT by CyberAnt (President Bush: The only way to Peace is through Victory!)
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To: Adrastus

I'd love to see someone construct a timeline of Mr Ks' derring do in SEA. He would easily complete a 13 month tour of duty in 4 months and 11 days....while the rest of us indolent wretches took the whole of the allotted time...I don't know, some sort of time-warp thing?


6 posted on 08/18/2004 9:31:08 PM PDT by Adrastus (If you don't like my attitude, talk to someone else.)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY; ValerieUSA

Kerry is a liar.


7 posted on 08/18/2004 9:40:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Unlike some people, I have a profile. Okay, maybe it's a little large...)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Send this to Michael Dobbs at Washington Post. He needs all the research help he can get.


8 posted on 08/18/2004 9:40:53 PM PDT by NavySEAL F-16 (</B></BIG?</P>)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
Need to send it out to Rush, Hannity, etc. The media otherwise will never report it.
9 posted on 08/18/2004 9:41:49 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (I Annoy Buchananites)
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To: Adrastus

He was in actual combat for 3 months or less, since they have to go through a 1 month of orientation for Vietnam Duty on a Swift Boat captain.


10 posted on 08/18/2004 9:43:29 PM PDT by Iam1ru1-2
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To: BonnieJ
...Forrest Gump to shame!

Forest Gump! Bwahahaa. That's a good one!

11 posted on 08/18/2004 9:43:45 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

"while a member of PT-93 on the Mekong Delta in Vietnam"
I suspect he meant PT-73.
If the author is accurate, JFKjr is a nut job. He served on PT-93? That's close enough to PCF-94.
The assumption is that we are all dumb and we can't communicate ideas.
Kerry's political corpse will rot in the fall.
And his wife will leave him by Jan 1.


12 posted on 08/18/2004 9:45:24 PM PDT by ProudVet77 (So many questions for Kerry - so few answers from Kerry)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Why did he do it? To pass it off as the real thing? To use it like a scrapbook? Just to record his 'heroics' for posterity?


13 posted on 08/18/2004 9:47:44 PM PDT by Exit148 (Loose Change Club report.:since last Freepathon$12.87/ average 2.15/week. Painless!)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

He's also delusional.


14 posted on 08/18/2004 9:49:26 PM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: ProudVet77
I suspect he meant PT-73.

That would be my guess as well. He starts out the article by mentioning "Patrol Craft Fast 93," a six-member boat he was in charge of. I don't know whether to blame Kerry or the reporter for that one. I would think the reporter. Kerry should know what boat he is on.

15 posted on 08/18/2004 9:49:26 PM PDT by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
Excellent!

I have been touting this in a number of posts.

It was when I read it the first time that I got really, really scared. This man, Kerry, has not got it all - delusional, personality disorder, whatever - but definitely not a person who should be given the power that comes with the office of POTUS.

Please, send the article to every radio host and newspaper you can think of. This part of Kerry's life should be out there....

ScaniaBoy
16 posted on 08/18/2004 9:50:00 PM PDT by ScaniaBoy (Part of the Right Wing Research & Attack Machine)
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To: BonnieJ

"Stupid is as stupid does"


17 posted on 08/18/2004 9:50:56 PM PDT by Atchafalaya
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

" That's me right there. One of my crew was filming all this," Kerry gleefully told the paper. "

Kerry better get ahold of Del Sandusky, his main swift boat character witness , so they can get their stories straight.

"The Big Story With John Gibson," July 30, 2004

SANDUSKY: ... I was with John Kerry. We never had time to shoot movies or do any staging for any political reason or any other use than just a home movie.


18 posted on 08/18/2004 9:52:35 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: BonnieJ

I concur fully. To even think this scumbag ever wore a Naval Officer's uniform is beyond comprehension. Kerry's actions besmirch the core tenets of the senior service.

My heart is torn in anguish at the very thought that this despicable man is in contention for the Presidency.

God Save our great country.

Kindest regards to freepers all.


19 posted on 08/18/2004 9:52:51 PM PDT by dk/coro
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To: BonnieJ
#2
I am a housewife, approaching seasoned citizen status, and ignorant of the arts of war. But one question has been nagging me about these swift boat incidents. Were these particular incidents of any consequence in the overall scheme of the Vietnam War? Any press coverage at the time?
20 posted on 08/18/2004 9:54:52 PM PDT by RightField (The older you get . . . the older "old" is !)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

With every passing week, I am increasingly convinced that Kerry's whole stint in the Navy was expressly intended as nothing more than decoration for his political résumé.


21 posted on 08/18/2004 9:59:33 PM PDT by Riley (Need an experienced computer tech in the DC Metro area? I'm looking. Freepmail for details.)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
In it, Kerry admitted that he had used a video camera while in combat

Video Camera? Must have been expensive in 1968!

22 posted on 08/18/2004 10:08:17 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.)
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To: BonnieJ
Does he mention WHY he re-enacted these scenes, esp. while he was still there?

He needed to present it to Marlon Brando and Steven Spielberg about this idea he had for a movie about the Christmas ...

23 posted on 08/18/2004 10:08:31 PM PDT by Steven W.
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To: Riley

"With every passing week, I am increasingly convinced that Kerry's whole stint in the Navy was expressly intended as nothing more than decoration for his political résumé"

My thoughts exactly. He thought he was the only man in action. What a NUT!!! I read an article several months ago written by a reporter in Kerry's state. He said the reporters called Kerry "LIVESHOT". Said he would knock other people down to get in front of a camera. I can just imagine what thoughts goes through his head everytime he looks in a mirror. The thought makes me sick.


24 posted on 08/18/2004 10:09:43 PM PDT by fabriclady
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Bump this for the morning.


25 posted on 08/18/2004 10:19:16 PM PDT by TBP
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To: ntnychik; devolve; Smartass; Happy2BMe; MeekOneGOP

26 posted on 08/18/2004 10:30:55 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Being in combat is a very truamatic experience. Most vets I know, including my Father, usually don't want to talk about it. They don't want to relive the horrors of seeing their comrades dying in front of them. They certainly would not go to the trouble of reanacting them on film. Everything Kerry says and does is bu----it.


27 posted on 08/18/2004 10:42:44 PM PDT by willNJ
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To: RightField
I think Kerry's time in Vietnam pretty much coincided with the apogee of US military success there. I think we had 500,000 soldiers, sailors etc. deployed at the time. All four branches of the service were involved but it would be very difficult to point to any one Army or Marine division, Air Force bombing group, or Navy unit or series of operations that was primarily responsible for our success, which could have simply been a function of superior numbers of troops and firepower. (I was in intelligence at MACV at the time.) At any rate, we couldn't indefinitely support those huge numbers of troops in the field, and when we began withdrawing and handing responsibility to the South Vietnamese forces, we lost the advantage, and thus the war. So the valiant efforts of countless individuals and groups seems to have been in vain.

I don't think that the Swift Boat operation was of much particular consequence, other than keeping the bad guys under control in a specific area. I think the newsworthy part of it was the projection of naval power inland, like on the rivers of China during the Boxer Rebellion.

I am extremely skeptical that Kerry ever got to Cambodia. During that particular time, US forces honored Cambodia's neutrality, even as North Vietnamese forces did not, and US forces did not cross the border. After Kerry's time in Vietnam, and after my own, we were not so restrained.

28 posted on 08/18/2004 11:05:30 PM PDT by Sicvee (Sicvee)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY; NavySEAL F-16; ProudVet77

The $64,000 dollar question was answered correctly!

That means, we move up to the NEXT PLATEAU!

WHO PAID FOR THE USE OF THE (Navy's) BOAT AND CREW WHILE FILMING???

And the follow up:

WHO AUTHORIZED USING THE (Navy's) BOAT AND CREW?

And a third and final, for the money:

WERE YOUR MEN UNDER YOUR ORDERS TO PARTICPATE?


29 posted on 08/18/2004 11:12:34 PM PDT by ApplegateRanch (The world needs more horses, and fewer Jackasses!)
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To: potlatch


tricky tricky tricky


30 posted on 08/18/2004 11:13:37 PM PDT by devolve ( -- Kerry & POW's families - http://www.angelfire.com/film/macny/POW.html -)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
I'm just finishing Ulysses Grant: Personal Memoirs, which has prompted me to look online for Civil War photos. Look at these Federal Scouts and Guides, Army of the Potomac - Brandy Station, VA, March 1864, and then picture Kerry with his comrades, his Band of Brothers (the non-Swift Vets for Truth kind), and see if you can detect a difference.

This was taken 11 months before the end of the Civil War, after three years of hard, hard fighting.


31 posted on 08/18/2004 11:17:28 PM PDT by GretchenM (A country is a terrible thing to waste. Vote Republican.)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Creepy.

But Manchurian Candidates always follow the script.


32 posted on 08/18/2004 11:17:32 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (Hey, RNC! Get Bob Dylan to sing "Saving Grace" at the Convention!)
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Oops - photo taken in March 1864; war ended in April 1865 = 13 months more or less.


33 posted on 08/18/2004 11:19:02 PM PDT by GretchenM (A country is a terrible thing to waste. Vote Republican.)
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To: ApplegateRanch

Bonus points awarded for any evidence of swelling bank accounts or swollen knee caps among Kerry's comrades.


34 posted on 08/18/2004 11:22:21 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg (Hey, RNC! Get Bob Dylan to sing "Saving Grace" at the Convention!)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

save for later


35 posted on 08/18/2004 11:28:43 PM PDT by rolling_stone
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
Kerry should know what boat he is on.

OTOH, we are learning we cannot take any level of intelligence or recall for granted with kerry.

36 posted on 08/18/2004 11:33:53 PM PDT by GretchenM (A country is a terrible thing to waste. Vote Republican.)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Email this to Drudge!


37 posted on 08/18/2004 11:36:25 PM PDT by Capitalism2003 (America is too great for small dreams. - Ronald Reagan, speech to Congress. January 1, 1984.)
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To: Riley
I am increasingly convinced that Kerry's whole stint in the Navy was expressly intended as nothing more than decoration for his political résumé.

His commanders reached the same conclusion while he was in Vietnam. Contemporaneously they said he went there, positioned against the war, to create a reputation so he could run for political office. Which is precisely what he did, and did, and did.

38 posted on 08/18/2004 11:38:12 PM PDT by GretchenM (A country is a terrible thing to waste. Vote Republican.)
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To: RightField

Not of any consequence at all. No press coverage that I've heard of - though the existance of the patrols would have rated some minor coverage.


39 posted on 08/18/2004 11:40:35 PM PDT by wasnova
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To: JohnHuang2; MJY1288

I thought you'd enjoy reading ApplegateRanch's post @ http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1194404/posts?page=29#29, to wit:

"WHO PAID FOR THE USE OF THE (Navy's) BOAT AND CREW WHILE FILMING???

And the follow up:

WHO AUTHORIZED USING THE (Navy's) BOAT AND CREW?

And a third and final, for the money:

WERE YOUR MEN UNDER YOUR ORDERS TO PARTICPATE?"


40 posted on 08/18/2004 11:41:15 PM PDT by GretchenM (A country is a terrible thing to waste. Vote Republican.)
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To: potlatch; devolve

41 posted on 08/18/2004 11:46:15 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Capitalism2003
Email this to Drudge!

I did. If memory serves Drudge ran a report about the swifties said that Kerry was using this reenacted footage at the DNC for his Speilberg-produced introduction video. (There was a 700-plus Drudge FR post on it during the DNC). Some swarmy DNC-types tried to discredit him. This article totally vindicates Drudge and the swifties. As us FReepers know all too well, the swifties research in "Unfit for Command" is impeccable. The lamestream media can't refute it, so they are resorting to personal attacks on some of the swift vets that served.

42 posted on 08/18/2004 11:55:42 PM PDT by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

Delusions of granduer.

BUMP


43 posted on 08/19/2004 12:15:37 AM PDT by Finalapproach29er ( Election day: FOUR Supreme Court Justices! Enough said.)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
Crosslinked- to find the latest on the Franchurian Candidate, click the picture, goto "Last," and work backwards:


44 posted on 08/19/2004 12:38:25 AM PDT by backhoe (1990's? Decade of Frauds. 2000's? Decade of Lunatics...)
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To: potlatch; GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY; BonnieJ; Happy2BMe
As Grampa Dave says: "Christmas, 1968: Kerry with his Swift Boat Crew
in Scambodia. Kerry is wearing his CIA hat that came from Richard Nixon
a month before Nixon was sworn in as President."



45 posted on 08/19/2004 2:58:00 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: potlatch




46 posted on 08/19/2004 2:59:45 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (There is only one GOOD 'RAT: one that has been voted OUT of POWER !! Straight ticket GOP!)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
How exactly did Kerry manage to steer his boat and shoot his video at the same time?

While steering, Kerry got one Purple Heart when he dropped his camera on his left foot.

47 posted on 08/19/2004 3:13:06 AM PDT by beyond the sea (Free Martha Mitchell......... and Jail Teraaaaaayza)
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To: devolve

Looking at them makes me feel like I'm in Vegas!!


48 posted on 08/19/2004 6:58:57 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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To: GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY

wow.Thanks for posting. Bump for later.


49 posted on 08/19/2004 7:01:32 PM PDT by PilloryHillary (johnfkerrysucks.com)
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To: PhilDragoo

I hope Bush SEARS that branding iron on Kerry!


50 posted on 08/19/2004 7:09:35 PM PDT by potlatch (Sometimes I think I understand everything, then I regain consciousness.)
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