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.
If Jon Stewart ever grows up I might pay attention to him. Or not.
See if you can get a picture of the ring, and post it to the FR Canteen. You will probably get the most help there.
Thanks for the ping!
Millenium Information Systems, according to original article
"Does anyone care what Jon Stewart has to say?"
He's simply another smart @$$.
Way to go, Gary!! Good luck, Steve!!
Thanks for the ping to the story! I wonder if FR's "The Loan Arranger" isn't the helper mentioned :-)
Happy to hear things are looking up!
Stewart is like a lot of people. He believes whoever puts money in his pocket
I notice you haven't been here long -
Since Dec 18, 2004
But I can't imagine why in the world you would bring up Jon Stewart's name in this thread. And, by the way, it's spelled Jon, not John.
Gardner has demonstrated his courage and integrity!
May he 'live long and prosper'!
On last night's O'Reilly show, I believe Bill O'Reilly also offered to help Mr. Gardner. His former company just lost a man of great integrity and it's their loss. One heck of a crappy company that would do this to a vet. Good luck Mr. Gardner and thank you for your great service to America!
Well sure .. as long as you bash Bush and vote for them. So what else is new ..??
Why in the world would we prefer that?
Thanks for the ping....so happy to hear this!!
Does the ring look like any of these?
Kind of like this scene from the movie "Casablanca" -
Prefect of Police -"I'm shocked ... shocked to find that there's gambling going on in this establishment."
Waiter - "Here are your winnings sir."
Prefect of Police - "Why thank you!"
I just can't believe he is gone. He was a good man. a tough ole bird , but with a heart of gold. and a Conservative to the core.
I'm so sorry. You are in my prayers.
Maybe someone else can help you with the ring.
I received a note from Steve Gardener and a post card from Tommy Dale for my "help" also Linda Tripp...
Good for Aldrich!
"Does anyone care what Jon Stewart has to say?"
I don't. But someone must. He singlehandedly got the show "Crossfire" cancelled.