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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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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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To: Boundless

IIRC Lehman had made a referral to the Navy Dept. Did anybody else hear or read about this ..??


51 posted on 09/02/2004 2:20:21 PM PDT by CyberAnt (Sen.Miller said, "Bush is a God-fearing man with a good heart and a spine of tempered steel")
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To: Mach9
They left out the response "possible clerical error" after:

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.”

52 posted on 09/02/2004 5:29:42 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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To: Phantom Lord

However, Judicial Watch did get mentioned on FoxNews this evening (with quick video) in regard to this Kerry investigation. Thus, it has been noticed.


53 posted on 09/02/2004 5:41:41 PM PDT by fight_truth_decay
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