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Pentagon Inspector General Contacts Secretary of the Navy about Kerry Awards,
Press Release, Judicial Watch | 9/2/04 | Henry Mark Holzer

Posted on 09/02/2004 11:15:29 AM PDT by Mach9

PENTAGON INSPECTOR GENERAL CONTACTS SECRETARY OF THE NAVY ABOUT KERRY AWARDS > >Reacts to Investigation Request by Judicial Watch > > >(Washington, DC) Judicial Watch, the public interest group that >investigates and prosecutes government corruption and abuse, announced >today that the Inspector General ("IG") of the Department of Defense has >informed the Secretary of the Navy of Judicial Watch's "formal complaint >and request for investigation, determination and final disposition of the >awards granted to Lieutenant (junior grade) John Forbes Kerry, U.S. Naval >Reserve." > > >The Defense Department IG cited Section 8(d) of the Inspector General Act >of 1978, which states: ". . . the IG of the Department of Defense shall >expeditiously report suspected or alleged violations of chapter 47 of >title 10, United States Code (Uniform Code of Military Justice), to the >Secretary of the military department concerned or the Secretary of Defense." > > >On August 18, 2004, Judicial Watch filed a complaint and request for >investigation and final disposition of awards granted to Kerry with the >Inspectors General of the Department of Defense and the Department of the >Navy, as well as the Chief of Naval Operations and the Navy's Board of >Decorations and Medals. See the complaint and the Department of Defense >IG letter by clicking here. > > >On Tuesday, August 31, 2004, Judicial Watch called upon Senator Kerry to >remove the Silver Star citation from his political campaign Internet site >pending a review of the granting of the award by the U.S. Navy. Senator >Kerry's political Internet site displays a document listing a "Silver Star >with Combat 'V.'" The Combat "V" device is never awarded with the >nation's third highest award for heroism. A U.S. Navy spokesperson has >reportedly stated: "The Navy has never issued a 'Combat V' to anyone for a >Silver Star." Additionally, former Navy Secretary John Lehman was quoted >with respect to the Silver Star citation as saying: "It is a total mystery >to me. I never saw it. I never signed it. I never approved it. And the >additional language it contains was not written by me." > > >"We hope this is the beginning of an actual investigation of the >legitimacy of Senator Kerry's awards by the Navy and the Pentagon," stated >Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. > >


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: combatv; johnfkerry; judicialwatch; kerry; militaryrecord; silverstar
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1 posted on 09/02/2004 11:15:30 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: Mach9

Your formating is as bad as Judicial Watch's track record.


2 posted on 09/02/2004 11:16:19 AM PDT by Phantom Lord (Advantages are taken, not handed out)
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To: Mach9

Still nothing legit on this story.


3 posted on 09/02/2004 11:16:29 AM PDT by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: Mach9

Judicial Watch and Newsmax reporting this. I think I'll wait until something credible reports this.


4 posted on 09/02/2004 11:17:20 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone

Like ABC, CNN, NBC


5 posted on 09/02/2004 11:18:42 AM PDT by stockpirate ("Kerry, backed by, supported by, lead by, funded by, admired by, COMMUNISTS!" It's about VVAW)
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To: Phantom Lord

Sorry--haste.


6 posted on 09/02/2004 11:18:47 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: Mach9

Here's the link:
http://www.judicialwatch.org/3809.shtml

“We hope this is the beginning of an actual investigation ..."

That about sums it up. More JW "hope".

If any official action does result, it will be on the Navy's
calendar, and not the election's.


7 posted on 09/02/2004 11:19:28 AM PDT by Boundless
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To: areafiftyone
Judicial Watch and Newsmax reporting this. I think I'll wait until something credible reports this.

Debka?

8 posted on 09/02/2004 11:20:18 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (W-04!)
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To: Mach9

Is the "IG" of the Defense Department a political appointee or a federal civil service person?


9 posted on 09/02/2004 11:20:20 AM PDT by RexBeach (Before God makes you greedy, he makes you stupid.)
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To: Mach9

Click the logo to donate to Swift Boat Veterans for Truth!


10 posted on 09/02/2004 11:20:27 AM PDT by petercooper (Kerry passes up terror briefing: "They have offered to brief me. I just haven't had time.")
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To: Mach9

This is the kind of John Edwards lawyering I detest. This group jumps in with a letter, issues press releases, and then will take credit for breaking wide open what others have researched and discovered -- in this case, a writer for the Chicago Sun-Times.


11 posted on 09/02/2004 11:20:32 AM PDT by holdonnow
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To: stockpirate

Not necessarily but Newsmax is hardly read by the mainstream public and also Judicial Watch has never won any of their lawsuits.


12 posted on 09/02/2004 11:21:10 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: holdonnow

Which writer? I believe Hank Holzer initiated this investigation--as he has initiated thousands of the same in the past.


13 posted on 09/02/2004 11:22:20 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: Mach9

I take it you haven't learned about JW yet. Do a FReeper search of threads four years ago.


14 posted on 09/02/2004 11:23:31 AM PDT by bayourod (You're either for President Bush or against him. There is no "but...")
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To: holdonnow
Plus, they have created an opening for some functionary to shuffle some paper then issue a "report" leaving the medals intact, which the Old Media will then trumpet as an exoneration.
15 posted on 09/02/2004 11:23:54 AM PDT by Taliesan (fiction police)
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To: Boundless

Thanks for the link. The Navy may not have a choice.


16 posted on 09/02/2004 11:24:26 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: bayourod
Judicial Watch and Newsmax reporting this. I think I'll wait until something credible reports this.

LewRockwell.com nails it more often then Judical Watch.
17 posted on 09/02/2004 11:25:02 AM PDT by Belisaurius ("Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, Ted" - Joseph Kennedy 1958)
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To: areafiftyone
All the press release states is that JW has filed a complaint with the Navy and the Navy is processing the complaint according to its procedures for doing so.

I don't doubt the credibility of the release, only JW's inflated sense of self importance.

This is like if I issued a press release to wit:

"Joe 6-Pack today issued a press release that it has contacted the police regarding A51's apparent cruelty to little puppy dogs, and police are investigating the allegation."

It doesn't necessarily prove anything regarding your abuse of puppy dogs.

18 posted on 09/02/2004 11:25:10 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack ("We deal in hard calibers and hot lead." - Roland Deschaines)
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To: bayourod

Yes, yes, I know. My faith lies in Holzer, not JW.


19 posted on 09/02/2004 11:25:20 AM PDT by Mach9
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To: RexBeach

Try military. As far as I know all Inspector Generals are military from DoD to the local Commands. I know in the AF they have always been military with a civilian advisor.


20 posted on 09/02/2004 11:25:20 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Oklahoma is Reagan Country and now Bush Country -- Win Another One for the Gipper!)
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To: Mach9

Pass the word.


21 posted on 09/02/2004 11:25:28 AM PDT by Ciexyz ("FR, best viewed with a budgie on hand")
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To: Joe 6-pack

Is there any way we can find more info on this from the Navy?


22 posted on 09/02/2004 11:26:37 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: holdonnow

I thought DoD was investigating this before JW jumped in or am I wrong?


23 posted on 09/02/2004 11:27:16 AM PDT by PhiKapMom (AOII Mom -- Oklahoma is Reagan Country and now Bush Country -- Win Another One for the Gipper!)
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To: stockpirate

24 posted on 09/02/2004 11:27:34 AM PDT by OSHA (Cheap Shots, Low Blows and Late Hits. Free Delivery. Fast Friendly Service with a Smile!)
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To: PhiKapMom

Right. Should have thought of that. Thank you!


25 posted on 09/02/2004 11:28:32 AM PDT by RexBeach (Before God makes you greedy, he makes you stupid.)
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To: areafiftyone

Newsmax, the Salon.com for freepers.

What I like about Newsmax is they don't waste any money on reporters and line producers.

They just sit in their parent's basement and watch their cable news channels.


26 posted on 09/02/2004 11:30:45 AM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: Bluntpoint

Newsmax is like having your own Waynes World


27 posted on 09/02/2004 11:32:27 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone

Waynes World sans the critical thinking of Wayne and Garth.


28 posted on 09/02/2004 11:34:34 AM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: holdonnow

Agreed.


29 posted on 09/02/2004 11:36:22 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (www.opgratitude.com)
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To: Mach9
Sorry--haste.

Haste makes waste!

Go to the blackboard and write <P> 100 times!

30 posted on 09/02/2004 11:37:32 AM PDT by vox humana
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To: Bluntpoint

All kidding aside, It would be nice if this turns out to be true.


31 posted on 09/02/2004 11:38:51 AM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; LindaSOG; Radix; Kathy in Alaska; MoJo2001; LaDivaLoca; Fawnn; ...

Check the link on reply #7. I don't know what to make of this ping.


32 posted on 09/02/2004 11:53:28 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (I'm also glad Zell Miller is on OUR side!)
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To: areafiftyone

I will not believe the story until six cable and print news outlets report on such and Newsmax reads and or views these, rewrites their copy, and places their special spin sause to their article.


33 posted on 09/02/2004 11:56:00 AM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: Bluntpoint

"Waynes World sans the critical thinking of Wayne and Garth."

What are you trying to say; 'they're not worthy, they're not worthy, they're not worthy'.


34 posted on 09/02/2004 11:59:13 AM PDT by familyofman (people think I'm insane because I am frowning all the time)
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To: Bluntpoint
Well I won't believe it until "BAT BOY" confirms it.
35 posted on 09/02/2004 12:02:12 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone
Did you see that National Inquirer purportedly showing an alien with Rush Limbaugh.

I thought they did not exist, but the very next day, I found a Limbaugh on the radio.
36 posted on 09/02/2004 12:06:43 PM PDT by Bluntpoint
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To: Arrowhead1952

I sure would like to see this investigated by the Navy - I know that!!!


37 posted on 09/02/2004 12:07:51 PM PDT by StarCMC (It's God's job to forgive Bin Laden, it's our job to arrange the meeting.)
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To: Joe 6-pack; areafiftyone

A51, how do you respond to the allegations made by Joe6-pack?

Are you now, or have you ever been, a pet owner?


38 posted on 09/02/2004 12:13:59 PM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: Arrowhead1952

Neither do I, really.


39 posted on 09/02/2004 12:15:04 PM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: Old Sarge

I like your tagline.


40 posted on 09/02/2004 12:20:02 PM PDT by diabolicNYC (Kill 'em all, let Allah sort 'em out)
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To: diabolicNYC

Why, THANK you, Diablo!


41 posted on 09/02/2004 12:21:07 PM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: areafiftyone

Not only have they not won any, I don't even know of any that they've gotten to a verdict. They're great at filing law suits and terrible at following them through.


42 posted on 09/02/2004 12:23:02 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Old Sarge

I have not or have I never ever abused puppies. But I do go for the occasional Yak on and off.


43 posted on 09/02/2004 12:29:44 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: Boundless
More JW "hope".

Yeah, they really stuck it to the Clintons.

/sarcasm

much more smoke than fire and don't forget to send in another 25 bucks.

44 posted on 09/02/2004 12:31:13 PM PDT by TC Rider (The United States Constitution 1791. All Rights Reserved.)
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To: Old Sarge; areafiftyone
Easy there Sarge....purely hypothetical situation there (for training purposes only...paint it blue.)

A51, as to your earlier question, a FOIA request would probably be the most expeditious route todetermine the status of a Navy or DOD IG investigation; however, I doubt anything would be released as long as the investigation was open. Even afterwards, I'd imagine it would be heavily redacted without a signed SF180 (which it's obvioous by now, Kerry will not sign).

Someone who is more familiar with the Navy or Defense Dep't. IG functions may have more (or better) info.

45 posted on 09/02/2004 12:32:02 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack ("We deal in hard calibers and hot lead." - Roland Deschaines)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Oh I didn't take your response to heart. As I told Old Sarge I prefer the occasional Yak! ;-)


46 posted on 09/02/2004 12:34:24 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: Joe 6-pack; areafiftyone
Easy there Sarge....purely hypothetical situation there (for training purposes only...paint it blue.)

I know, man, I know! I just picked up the ball and trotted a little...

47 posted on 09/02/2004 12:34:53 PM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: areafiftyone

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww....


48 posted on 09/02/2004 12:35:25 PM PDT by Old Sarge (ZOT 'em all, let MOD sort 'em out!)
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To: Old Sarge

LOL


49 posted on 09/02/2004 12:36:08 PM PDT by areafiftyone (Democrats = the hamster is dead but the wheel is still spinning)
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To: areafiftyone

Being reported in the Sun Times

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1205935/posts


50 posted on 09/02/2004 1:05:45 PM PDT by stockpirate ("Kerry, backed by, supported by, lead by, funded by, admired by, COMMUNISTS!" It's about VVAW)
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