Skip to comments.Pentagon Inspector General Contacts Secretary of the Navy about Kerry Awards,
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. > >
Why, THANK you, Diablo!
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.
I have not or have I never ever abused puppies. But I do go for the occasional Yak on and off.
Yeah, they really stuck it to the Clintons.
much more smoke than fire and don't forget to send in another 25 bucks.
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.
Oh I didn't take your response to heart. As I told Old Sarge I prefer the occasional Yak! ;-)
I know, man, I know! I just picked up the ball and trotted a little...
Being reported in the Sun Times
IIRC Lehman had made a referral to the Navy Dept. Did anybody else hear or read about this ..??
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.
However, Judicial Watch did get mentioned on FoxNews this evening (with quick video) in regard to this Kerry investigation. Thus, it has been noticed.