Skip to comments."Rathergate" Scandal Takes New Turn - (Col.David Hackworth was "secret source!)
Posted on 01/13/2005 5:05:51 PM PST by CHARLITE
Cliff Kincaid, editor of Accuracy in Media (AIM), commented that, "Rather's reference to Abu Ghraib, in the context of preparing the bogus attack on Bush, demonstrates that the agenda of Rather and CBS was not only to sabotage Bush's re-election campaign but to undermine the war in Iraq. They were looking for 'big' stories to hurt the U.S. at home and abroad. The Abu Ghraib story on CBS inflamed the Arab/Muslim world against the U.S., inevitably costing the lives of more American soldiers in Iraq at the hands of fanatical Muslim terrorists."
AIM and Romerstein drew attention to another bombshell in the report--that CBS used David Hackworth to vouch for the authenticity of the fake documents. The report says that Hackworth, who writes a regular column running under the title "Defending America," accepted the fake memos used by CBS as legitimate and taped an interview for broadcast saying so.
In what can only be seen as a major blow to his credibility as a spokesman on military affairs, the CBS report (page 96) says that Hackworth was interviewed by Rather for the Guard story "as an expert to evaluate the documents that Mapes obtained from Lieutenant Colonel Burkett."
(Excerpt) Read more at aim.org ...
In some ways, Hackworth is now becoming somewhat like Scott Ritter...........i.e. losing credibility, stature, reputation?
I'd like to know how the heck anyone could authenticate anything from COPIES.
hackworth lost it long ago... he's part of the moveon.org set...
i hope this report is true, lol....
Great find. Hackworthless has been going downhill in credibility for a long time. While I used to believe in him, after all of his criticism of the Commanding Generals in the Gulf Theater and the President as well as his willing role in helping CBS with Abu Graihb, I think he is as worthless as the perfumed princes he claims to try and expose.
I wouldn't doubt the defenders of CBS would use the Pope himself to defend their lying and Un-American activities. I don't know about the Hack but he's been off-the-wall of late. Maybe some of the lead he took has finally gotten to his brain.
Just the FACT that CBS asked Hackworth to authenticate PROVES Hack is a "fellow traveller" and NOT a friend of the military like he has portrayd himself to be.
Hack has been a fool for a long time. He is a self-prompoting blow hard.
What these people will never understand is the only thing one has is their credibility and once that is gone; it's gone and you just don't have anything else. You will never be taken seriously.
anybody but dan would be responsible. (/s)
Yes he did. This has been known ever since the photos came out and was discussed here on FR.
I remember him on Fox shows too, and then I started thinking "this guy's a crackpot." Shortly thereafter I never saw him again on Fox.
Here is a link.
I am beginning to suspect Hackworth was an accomplice of the left all along.
Someone else posted this reference to Hackworth, the day that the report was released, with the additional information that Hackworth was Mapes source for the Abu Ghaib photos.
And like Ritter, he did a huge flip flop.
I initially liked this guy, but the more I saw of him, the more I distrusted him. He may be one of the most decorated combat veterans, but, in my humble opinion, he's a hamburger short of a Happy Meal!
Ret. Col. David Hackworth, one of the most decorated living U.S. soldiers and a WorldNetDaily columnist, helped expose the Iraqi prisoner abuse scandal after learning about it from U.S. troops on the ground.
Hackworth pledges to discuss his role in the international controversy in his next column, scheduled for publication Tuesday.
"The Pentagon hoped it would go away or at least that the responsible high brass would escape untarnished," Hackworth told WND this weekend.
The story began to unravel earlier this year with the actions of Ivan Frederick, father of an Army reservist turned prison guard in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Ivan Frederick, who became the target of an investigation for mistreating prisoners. Photographs of the abuse were beginning to circulate among soldiers and military investigators.
Frederick turned to his brother-in-law, William Lawson, for help. Both feared the younger Frederick would end up taking the fall for what they considered command lapses. So, Lawson sent an e-mail message in March to Hackworth, who is known for challenging the military establishment.
Within minutes, Lawson got a call back from one of Hackworth's associates. The author and commentator put Lawson in touch with the CBS News program "60 Minutes II" and help set in motion events that led to the public disclosure and apologies by President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
One irony of the way the story came to light: Lawson first tried to bring attention to the scandal by writing to 17 members of Congress, but, he told the New York Times, he got virtually no response. Now, members of the House and Senate are calling for Rumsfeld's resignation for not bringing the matter to their attention.
Before contacting Hackworth, Lawson said he also went to the Red Cross, members of Congress in both parties and Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly.
One major figure in the scandal, a two-star general, has already been reassigned with a new post running Fort Huachuca in Arizona.
Maj. Gen. Barbara G. Fast, who is now the fort's deputy commander and is serving overseas in Baghdad, will take over as head of the post and its military intelligence school in late summer or early fall. In a recent Army report on the Iraq prisoner abuse scandal, disgraced Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the commander of several military police officers facing criminal charges, identified Fast as the person largely responsible for causing prison overcrowding in Iraq.
Fast has been serving since last summer as intelligence chief for the U.S. military command in Baghdad. In that role, she was the person responsible for approving the release of prisoners who "are of no intelligence value and no longer pose a significant threat" to American forces and allies.
Karpinski told Army investigators looking at prison abuse that Fast "routinely" refused to approve the release of such prisoners even after a military review panel in Iraq had recommended that they be released.
I respect Hack's service, but, of his own choosing, he began going down a path where most conservatives couldn't and wouldn't follow.
I think he became heady with his initial "fame". In order to maintain his status, it looks like he had to become ever more outrageous and controversial.
A petty observation, to be sure, but his TV garb always made him look like he was about ready to smear black stuff on his face and head off for a secret commando mission some where. Hack is very much aging, but the crew cut and black turtle neck seemed to me a phony "tough guy" image he was projecting for the cameras.
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