Skip to comments.Swift Boat Vet Receives Help from Former Whistle-Blower (Steve Gardner update)
Posted on 01/12/2005 1:05:01 PM PST by timpad
Steve Gardner, member of the effective 527 group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, is getting legal and financial help from Gary Aldrich, former whistle-blower and president of The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty. Gardner, also know as "The 10th Brother", was one of two men who courageously refused to stand with Senator John Kerry at the Democratic convention. As a result of this and an interview he gave stressing his strong opposition to a Kerry presidency, Gardner suffered threats, insults, and, finally, a mysterious firing from his lucrative employment. Gardner, an exemplary manager, was fired within 24-hours of the release of the article detailing his strong opinions against Kerry. In a phone call, Gardner's former manager admitted that top company officials were "Democrats" but denied that Gardner's anti-Kerry stance played any part.
Gardner kept his firing quiet, but a Chicago Sun Times reporter became aware and wrote an article revealing the firing. Gardner became a household name as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and other conservative talk-show hosts interviewed him or talked about his plight, questioning his former employer's blatant act of whistle-blower retaliation.
Gary Aldrich: "I contacted Steve Gardner and offered my help. It's very important that when a whistle-blower has the courage to reveal significant truth bearing on important decisions made by our countrymen, that that whistle-blower is not punished, and at the end of the day is no worse off for doing the right thing."
Gary Aldrich suffered similar retaliation when his best-selling book, Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House, rankled the Clintons' and the Reno Justice Department where Aldrich was employed as an FBI agent in the White House in 1996. Because of the attacks on Aldrich and his subsequent vindication, he formed The Patrick Henry Center to assist and inspire other whistle-blowers to come forward.
The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty
Swfit Boat ping!
Yeah evil dums believe in free speech and the freedom to vote.
btw, WHO did he work for?
Big Swifties ~ Bump!
Strictly speaking, I don't think Gardner is a "whistleblower" in the usual sense of that word.
Thanks for the update on this fellow, timpad!
I hope he sues his former employer for this and wins!
I respect the fact that he was willing to suffer for what he beleives. Unless you prefer John Stewart's take on the Swifties "the ironically named Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, who are neither swift nor truthful."
What help can Gary Aldrich provide?
Is he going to hire him?
Perhaps "help" of the same nature we (FReepers) provided: $
I wonder how that's turning out.
Since this will get a lot of Vets, I need to ask a question. a friend of mine died on Christmas eve. he had served in Korea, and VN. It has been really hard because he was not expected to die, and was treated horribly by the hospital and Dr. (Misdiagnosis) I have spent the morning going thru his things, packing and all. I found a leather case and in it he had his SS Card and a few other important things, but what ended my work was a ring. It had his initial, a golden eagle, and on the sides it had 2 bronze leaves and 2 silver. The funeral home said he could be buried at Arlington. I just wonder if anyone can tell me the significance of the ring, since it apparently meant a lot to him.
Does anyone care what Jon Stewart has to say?
Don't know, haven't found any reference yet other than what's in the release.
I would agree. I would also assert however that Aldrich does fit that description.
Thanks for the ping.