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How Kerry whistleblower suffered for truth [Swiftboat vet Steve Gardner]
Chicago Sun-Times ^ | November 29, 2004 | BY MARY LANEY

Posted on 11/29/2004 4:30:45 AM PST by johnny7

This is the story of a military veteran whistleblower. He spoke out against someone he thought was dangerous for the nation, talked to local newspapers, and appeared on talk shows. In return, he was vilified by reporters, threatened by a political operative, fired by his company, and now he's broke.

His name is Steve Gardner. He's also known as "The 10th Brother," as in Band of Brothers. He's one of two members of Sen. John Kerry's 12 Vietnam swift boat crew members who refused to stand with Kerry at the Democratic Convention. The other man remained silent. "They said I had a political agenda. I had no and have no political agenda whatsoever. I saw John Kerry on television saying he was running for the Democratic nomination for president, and I knew I couldn't ever see him as commander in chief -- not after what I saw in Vietnam, not after the lies I heard him tell about what he says he did and what he says others did."

Gardner explains he was sitting at home in Clover, S.C., when he first saw Kerry on television. It was before the primary races. For 35 years, Gardner says, he hadn't talked about his tour of duty in Vietnam. But when he saw Kerry talking about running, he says he got up, called the newspaper in town, called radio stations and "talked to anyone I could about why this man should never be president." Eventually he got a call from Adm. Roy Huffman, who had been in charge of the coastal division in Vietnam, reunited with other swift boat veterans, and the rest is, as they say, history.

Gardner's story is one that bears telling. He volunteered for the Navy, enlisting on his 18th birthday in February 1966. After training, he was shipped to Vietnam and served for two years as a gunner in the swift boat division. His superior, for four months, was none other than Lt. j.g. John F. Kerry. "I had confrontations with him there. He nearly got us rammed by the VC one night because he wasn't watching the helm. I heard the motor coming close, turned on the spotlight, and the boat was only 90 feet away, coming fast. The VC was aiming an AK47 at us. I shot him out of the boat. We pulled a woman and a baby off the boat. Kerry wrote it up that we captured two VC and killed four more on the beach. None of that was true. The only thing true on Kerry's report was the date. The woman was catatonic and wouldn't call her baby VC and there were no VC on the beach. If we had seen that report before Kerry sent it up the chain of command, he would have been court-martialed and never allowed to run for office. And that's just the San Pan incident. There was much more. He is a self-aggrandizing bold-faced liar. I believe he caused the extension of that war."

Gardner told this story and others to radio stations and he wrote a piece for the local paper. Then, he says, he received a phone call from John Hurley, the veterans organizer for Kerry's campaign. Hurley, Gardner says, asked him to come out for Kerry. He told Hurley to leave him alone and that he'd never be for Kerry. It was then Gardner says, he was threatened with, "You better watch your step. We can look into your finances." Next, Gardner said he received a call from Douglas Brinkley, the author of Tour of Duty: John Kerry and the Vietnam War. Brinkley told Gardner he was calling only to "fact check" the book -- which was already in print. "I told him that the guy in the book is not the same guy I served with. I told him Kerry was a coward. He would patrol the middle of the river. The canals were dangerous. He wouldn't go there unless he had another boat pushing him."

Days later, Brinkley called again, warning Gardner to expect some calls. It seems Brinkley had used the "fact checking" conversation to write an inflammatory article about Gardner for Time.com. The article, implying that Gardner was politically motivated, appeared under the headline "The 10th Brother." Twenty-four hours later, Gardner got an e-mail from his company, Millennium Information Services, informing him that his services would no longer be necessary. He was laid off in an e-mail -- by the same man who only days before had congratulated him for his exemplary work in a territory which covered North and South Carolina. The e-mail stated that his position was being eliminated. Since then, he's seen the company advertising for his old position. Gardner doesn't have the money to sue to get the job back. "I'm broke. I've been hurt every way I can be hurt. I have no money in the bank but am doing little bits here and there to pay the bills," he said. All the millions of dollars raised by Gardner and his fellow Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and all the proceeds from John O'Neill's book, Unfit for Command, go to families of veterans, POWs and MIAs.

And, even though Gardner is broke and jobless for speaking out, the husband and father of three says he'd do it all over again. He says it wasn't for politics. It was for America.

   


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: South Carolina
KEYWORDS: brinkley; dirtyrats; dirtytricks; filthyrats; kerry; kerrylies; lurch; mediabias; rats; stevegardner; swiftboat; swiftboatveterans; swiftvets; whistleblower
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“Gardner got an e-mail from his company... informing him that his services would no longer be necessary.”

Gardner was lucky... he had a lot of others saying the same thing. If it was just one or two 'whistleblowers', the story would never have seen the light of day... they would have had a 'fatal accident'.

1 posted on 11/29/2004 4:30:45 AM PST by johnny7
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To: johnny7
Gardner's story is one that bears telling.

~sigh. Chicago Sun Times tells it after the election.

2 posted on 11/29/2004 4:35:22 AM PST by Drango (Those who advocate robbing (taxing) Peter to pay Paul...will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: johnny7; Jim Robinson
"Gardner's story is one that bears telling."

But not until AFTER the election, right MSM?

Seems like the generosity of FReepers could be tapped for this poor guy.....

3 posted on 11/29/2004 4:35:51 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: johnny7

God bless the truth tellers..May he get a better job soon.


4 posted on 11/29/2004 4:36:22 AM PST by MEG33 ( Congratulations President Bush!..Thank you God. Four More Years!)
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To: johnny7

This person should contact a good lawyer with a record of experience in this area -- possibly, he should start with the head of the Swift Boat vets group, who is himself a lawyer.


5 posted on 11/29/2004 4:38:59 AM PST by Tax Government (Boycott and defeat the Legacy Media. Become a monthly contributor to FR.)
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To: RaceBannon

A "could be worse" story.....


6 posted on 11/29/2004 4:40:40 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: johnny7

People have a strange desire to believe that politics is not played for keeps. Gardner still could end up pushing up daisies unless he shuts up now.

Kerry never did anything I can find out about to make the 170 million dollars he claims for his net worth. His wives say he only got a few million from them. (Wonder what his real net worth is. Big bucks are real easy to hide in Bermuda, the Channel Islands, etc.} Think the folks who made that "investment" in Kerry are happy campers?


7 posted on 11/29/2004 4:41:24 AM PST by Iris7 (.....to protect the Constitution from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Same bunch, anyway.)
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To: johnny7
"If it was just one or two 'whistleblowers', the story would never have seen the light of day... they would have had a 'fatal accident'."

Agree with you on that one.
Nevertheless, Freepers must find a way to help this guy.
Brae American heroes like him should not be allowed to go destitute for helping to save the country for the horrors and the abomination of a possible Hanoi John Kerry regime. Is there something that is being done in that direction right now so we can contribute?
8 posted on 11/29/2004 4:41:48 AM PST by KwasiOwusu
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To: johnny7

This seems to be the company that fired him:

http://www.millinfo.com/productsandservices.htm


9 posted on 11/29/2004 4:42:54 AM PST by Cicero (Nil illegitemus carborundum est)
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To: johnny7; Liz; Mia T
I told him Kerry was a coward. He would patrol the middle of the river. The canals were dangerous. He wouldn't go there unless he had another boat pushing him."

I can see "coward", "opportunist", and "fraud" written all over his long, dull, and pretentious face! He is a cold, soulless human being.

10 posted on 11/29/2004 4:42:58 AM PST by beyond the sea (I know beyond a doubt ...... my heart will lead me there)
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To: Tax Government

Surely there is a good-hearted conservative lawyer who would assist Gardner in suing the pants off of Kerry and that odious "historian" Brinkley.


11 posted on 11/29/2004 4:43:27 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: anniegetyourgun
Seems like the generosity of FReepers could be tapped for this poor guy....

YES......... let's do this somehow.

12 posted on 11/29/2004 4:44:03 AM PST by beyond the sea (I know beyond a doubt ...... my heart will lead me there)
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To: MEG33

He will get a job right soon if he recants, says that evil pubs bribed him to lie about JFK. Real good job if he can pick out Carl Rove from a line up.


13 posted on 11/29/2004 4:44:05 AM PST by Iris7 (.....to protect the Constitution from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Same bunch, anyway.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

I agree a fund raiser for this guy would be admirable..


14 posted on 11/29/2004 4:45:47 AM PST by Ambient
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To: johnny7

Generosity ? Agreed !

Anyone know where or how to send him a few bucks to tide him over ?


15 posted on 11/29/2004 4:46:22 AM PST by jcon40
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To: johnny7

Open Secrets shows John Pietrzak, president of Millennium Information Services, gave $500 to Carol Moseley-Braun in 1997, with earlier amounts to Tom Harkin and Dan Rostenkowski. No money to Republicans.


16 posted on 11/29/2004 4:50:37 AM PST by kcvl
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To: jcon40

Bump.


17 posted on 11/29/2004 4:51:13 AM PST by Stentor
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To: patton; 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub; IGOTMINE; Nick Danger; Chieftain

Talk about bravery - then and now.


18 posted on 11/29/2004 4:51:29 AM PST by Coop (In memory of a true hero - Pat Tillman)
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To: johnny7

I'm definitely up for a fund raiser for this brave hero!!


20 posted on 11/29/2004 4:53:30 AM PST by Ros42
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To: johnny7; Iris7
Yep, 250 highly decorated vets all getting capped would have gotten around the MSM info black-out, even if they were carefully "accidented". Also, it would have been much harder to smear them if they were murder victims.

Since Kerry is making gurgling sounds about running again, I suspect that the rest of the SBVTs would immediately reactivate if a suspicious accident killed one of their own, especially one as prominent as Steve Gardner.

21 posted on 11/29/2004 4:54:03 AM PST by Sal
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To: KwasiOwusu

I just tried to logon to the SBVT discussion boards to check for a thread about helping Gardner and they're shut down...says try later...unusual.

I'm all for helping out a real Hero.
Let's find out more about his former company too.


22 posted on 11/29/2004 4:54:04 AM PST by WebTalk (Whatever it takes!)
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To: Cicero
"This seems to be the company that fired him:

http://www.millinfo.com/productsandservices.htm "

It may be time for Millennium Information Services Inc to be given a taste of their own medicine, by being put on a blacklist of evil companies that need to be boycotted by conservative entities and denied any contracts they bid for .
These clowns bet their company on a Hanoi John Kerry victory. They lost big time, and now they may very well find themselves paying the price for their sleazy, nasty behavior.
23 posted on 11/29/2004 4:57:55 AM PST by KwasiOwusu
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To: kcvl
"Open Secrets shows John Pietrzak, president of Millennium Information Services, gave $500 to Carol Moseley-Braun in 1997, with earlier amounts to Tom Harkin and Dan Rostenkowski. No money to Republicans."

Figures. Why am I not surprised?
24 posted on 11/29/2004 5:00:10 AM PST by KwasiOwusu
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To: Ambient
Something has to be done to help him...these guys did so much to expose Kerry, not to mention their service in Vietnam...It must have been gut wrenching to drudge up all this past stuff and have to think about it day and night and figure out what to do to get the truth out about Kerry. It's a GREAT day in America now that this piece of crap lost so lets get together and help Steve Gardner get back on his feet. He's a true hero for sticking his neck out!
25 posted on 11/29/2004 5:01:16 AM PST by ladiesview61
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To: Tax Government

Alas, a lawyer would be of little help. 99% of the time (albeit dependant on the state), an employer can fire its employee for any reason, EXCEPT: race, sex, religion, disability, national origin, refusing to commit an illegal act, and in retribution for filing a workers' comp claim.

I do not hire Democrats, for example. I fing them lazy, stupid, and much more likely to blame others for their shortcomings. They also do not get along with others in my conservative workplace.

I would be loath to give up my First Amendemnt right of association (which includes, by necessity, the right of dis-association).

What he needs is a Republican to hire him.


26 posted on 11/29/2004 5:03:05 AM PST by MeanWestTexan
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To: johnny7

BTTT


27 posted on 11/29/2004 5:10:01 AM PST by spodefly (I've posted nothing but BTTT over 1000 times!!!)
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To: WebTalk
"I just tried to logon to the SBVT discussion boards to check for a thread about helping Gardner and they're shut down...says try later...unusual"

I think they are back in business.
I just logged on to the SBVT site.
Can't see any thread about helping Gardner though.
28 posted on 11/29/2004 5:15:44 AM PST by KwasiOwusu
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To: Sal

I would bet on "suicide", not on "accident."


29 posted on 11/29/2004 5:16:09 AM PST by Iris7 (.....to protect the Constitution from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. Same bunch, anyway.)
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To: johnny7

Ok, Freepers - it's time for all of us to pull together for this guy and help him. Someone's gotta be able to help him find a job, and maybe we should even work on getting up some $$$ for him.....anyone got some ideas?


30 posted on 11/29/2004 5:22:33 AM PST by Arlis
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To: johnny7

Indredibly sad story.


31 posted on 11/29/2004 5:25:36 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: Ambient; Arlis; beyond the sea; johnny7; All

Okay, there are too many Steven Gardners in SC. I can't find him without more data - like middle name, etc. Therefore we'll have to write to Swiftees to find out how and if he can be reached for donations. I'm willing to do the legwork - will see where it goes from there.


32 posted on 11/29/2004 5:25:45 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Arlis

I'm on my way out of town for the day--but if anyone sets something up, would someone please give me a ping?


33 posted on 11/29/2004 5:26:27 AM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: Iris7

Ah yes, the tried and true Clintonian method.


34 posted on 11/29/2004 5:30:41 AM PST by Sal
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To: kittymyrib
suing the pants off of Kerry and that odious "historian" Brinkley.
My dream is to see the day that the Federal Communications Propaganda Commission is sued for allowing and promoting the fraudulent use by its licensees of The New York Times as a standard of objectivity.

They have no choice but to do it, of course - otherwise they would have to admit that the entire reason d' etre of broadcast journalism is a fraud.

Newspapers (such as the NYT) are necessessarily protected by the First Amendment, meaning that they cannot be sued for being wrong, or for omitting an important truth. Broadcasters, being licensed as the Constitution does not permit newspapers to be licensed, have no real First Amendment protection and consequently must put up a false front of objectivity. Since that is already the commercial posture of the NYT, it is natural that the two would find it important to go along and get along with each other.

Only the false front of objectivity motivates the unanimity of the broadcasters, subverted only at the margins by talk radio and the Fox News Channel. Only the unanimity of the broadcasters made the Kerry campaign appear respectable in the face of truth telling by most of Kerry's comrades and superiors. Without that, the absurdity of the nomination of a hero of the enemy to be Commander-in-Chief would have been patent.


35 posted on 11/29/2004 5:31:30 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters but PR.)
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To: MEG33

Obviously the company wasn't worth working for anyhow if politics is the only basis used for job performance.

Steven Gardner will find a better job. In the mean time, he needs our support.


36 posted on 11/29/2004 5:31:45 AM PST by o_zarkman44
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To: johnny7

How about have Gardner tell his story through speaking engagements? or writing a book?

Somebody - somewhere - one should be able to help him.


37 posted on 11/29/2004 5:34:58 AM PST by El Oviedo
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To: Jim Robinson
Before I proceed to get info on where we can send donations for this guy, I must ask if you are willing to utilize this forum in this way? If so, do you want us to do it on this thread - or provide a link to it with a new thread to raise funds for this gentleman?

And, perhaps you already have the means and connections with Swiftees to obtain a safe address (not his home) to which donations for Mr. Gardner can be sent? I don't want to reinvent the wheel.

38 posted on 11/29/2004 5:35:01 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: El Oviedo; johnny7; Arlis; beyond the sea; o_zarkman44; Sal; MizSterious; KwasiOwusu; spodefly; ...

See #38


39 posted on 11/29/2004 5:38:22 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: johnny7

If he was a direct employee of Millennium Information Services he would qualify for unemployment benefits while looking for other work.

Sounds like he might have been an independent contractor. And, if so, no unemployment benefits. The e-mail "firing" would be more understandable in that case - yet still slimy.


40 posted on 11/29/2004 5:39:19 AM PST by jackbill
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To: Ambient
Rather than a fund raiser - let's have somebody teach him how to speak ala Toastmasters, then let him tell his story all over the country.

Or get a Hollywood Writer to help him write a movie - "Vietnam, John and I".

41 posted on 11/29/2004 5:42:32 AM PST by El Oviedo
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To: johnny7

Someone out there needs to get this man a job. It's the very least he deserves. As to Millinium Information Services, may their business fall through the floor.


42 posted on 11/29/2004 5:55:33 AM PST by McGavin999 (George Soros just learned a very expensive lesson-America can't be bought.)
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To: anniegetyourgun

I have been checking out the SBVT boards this morning.
I feel certain that we are going to get get some information in that regard come up on there sooner or later, if the situation is as dire as this article implies.


43 posted on 11/29/2004 6:01:06 AM PST by KwasiOwusu
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To: johnny7

Since the SBVT are one of the reasons GW is in the White House today.....
Perhaps our President could give him a hand....

I sure would have no objections to our government giving a guy like this a job...
and one that pays well too boot...

I am sure there is a dirty rotten Clintonista that was put in power after a decent careeer employee was fired....(one who is making good tax payer money and who is somewhere entrenched in OUR govt.) that could be shown the door and room made for Mr. Gardner..


44 posted on 11/29/2004 6:02:26 AM PST by joesnuffy ("The merit of our Constitution was, not that it promotes democracy, but checks it." Horatio Seymour)
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To: KwasiOwusu

Thanks, KO. Anything you can find out would be great. I expect we'll also hear from JimRob at a more reasonable hour Pacific time! Somehow, we'll find a way....


45 posted on 11/29/2004 6:04:54 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun
" I must ask if you are willing to utilize this forum in this way?" I cannot give a definitive answer on if that is the right way to use this forum or not. Whatever the general consensus is, will be good enough for me.
46 posted on 11/29/2004 6:05:17 AM PST by KwasiOwusu
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To: johnny7; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; gitmogrunt; ...

Seems there is a LOT of democrat operatives suing or something to get even when the truth is told....


47 posted on 11/29/2004 6:06:56 AM PST by RaceBannon (Arab Media pulled out of Fallujah; Could we get the MSM to pull out of America??)
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To: All; Robe; Jim Robinson
I think we've found someone who is local to Steven Gardner - who also vouches for Steve's good character. Freeper ROBE is willing and able to coordinate something to help him.

STAY TUNED!

48 posted on 11/29/2004 6:13:48 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun

"Freeper ROBE is willing and able to coordinate something to help him."


Awesome!!! :)


49 posted on 11/29/2004 6:22:28 AM PST by Ros42
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To: johnny7
I sent this thread along to a Swiftie Captain (Retired) who was very active pre-election. I have to leave it up to him as to using his Swift Boats email list/contacts.
I'll let you know if I hear anything. ;-)
50 posted on 11/29/2004 6:30:51 AM PST by Tunehead54 (Repeal the 22nd Amendment!)
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