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Vietnam Vets File Lawsuit Against John Kerry
Human Events Online ^ | October 12, 2005 | Michael P. Tremoglie

Posted on 10/12/2005 8:56:25 AM PDT by Thanatos

Vietnam Vets File Lawsuit Against John Kerry

by Michael P. Tremoglie
Posted Oct 12, 2005

The former presidential candidate who, during his election campaign, proudly contrasted his military service during the Vietnam War with that of President Bush's National Guard service - and who once led an organization of Vietnam veterans protesting the war in Vietnam - is being sued by some Vietnam veterans.

The Vietnam Veterans Legacy Foundation is a plaintiff along with Red, White, and Blue Productions, and Vietnam veteran turned journalist Carlton Sherwood, in a defamation action against current Massachusetts Senator John Kerry and Tony Podesta, who was Kerry's Pennsylvania campaign manager.

The lawsuit, filed in Philadelphia, claims that Kerry and Podesta libeled, slandered, and caused financial harm to the plaintiffs as they sought to prevent the presentation of Sherwood's documentary movie Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal before the 2004 presidential election.

The lawsuit states:

Sherwood established plaintiff Red, White, and Blue productions an independent film company which produced the documentary Stolen Honor: Wounds That Never Heal....This documentary tells the story of Kerry's involvement with the VVAW (Vietnam Veterans Against the War) and his participation in the so-called "Winter Soldier" investigation...Stolen Honor also reports that...Kerry testified before the United States Senate that during the Winter Soldier investigation Vietnam veterans testified to war crimes...not isolated incidents but crimes committed on a day to day basis with full awareness of officers at all levels of command...in fact the stories told by participants in the Winter Solider investigation were outrageous and slanderous falsehoods against Vietnam veterans...Stolen Honor accurately reported that Kerry's statements.. were lies concocted by antiwar activists...Kerry knew this testimony was false...Vietnam veterans including former POW's had been falsely tarred...Sherwood produced Stolen Honor to bring this otherwise ignored history to light ...and to explain the public sense of betrayal felt by many Vietnam veterans- particularly among former POW's - against Kerry and others who built their reputations slandering America's Vietnam veterans.

The lawsuit continues by saying that the movie received its initial funding entirely from Pennsylvania veterans. It asserts that Stolen Honor points out Kerry's false allegations were used by the North Vietnamese to threaten and demoralize the approximately 700 POW's in North Vietnam. Stolen Honor told this history through interviews with some POW's including a Medal of Honor recipient and one who recounted how his interrogator went through Kerry's statements and told him that Kerry admitted he was a war criminal and deserved punishment.

The lawsuit states that the plaintiffs had a contract with Sinclair Broadcasting to air the documentary and a contract with the Baederwood Theater of Abington, Pa., to show the movie. It further claims there was a coordinated conspiracy by, "defendants Kerry, Podesta and others acting in concert with and on behalf of Kerry, to discredit and silence Sherwood and Stolen Honor, through a campaign of knowing, deliberate, and malicious falsehoods about Sherwood and Stolen Honor and of illegitimate and malicious threats directed at Sinclair and Baederwood." The suit states these actions by Kerry et. al. caused Sinclair to show only portions of the movie and Baederwood to refuse to show it.

This may be the first time in American history that a presidential candidate was sued for actions taken by him and his campaign during an election. It may also be the first time that an antiwar activist was sued, if only tangentially, for allegations made about American military personnel.

Democrats did indeed respond vehemently to Stolen Honor. Sinclair, according to a contemporaneous Newsweek report, canceled their broadcast after being intimidated by Democrats. For example, a Democrat New York State Comptroller sent a letter to Sinclair criticizing the broadcast. The Comptroller was the sole trustee for the NY State Common Retirement Fund, which owned 250,000 shares of Sinclair stock.

The Baederwood Theater received phone calls threatening boycotts if it showed the movie. Ominous phone calls were responsible for a suburban Philadelphia conference center canceling another presentation scheduled after Baederwood.

Although the Kerry campaign denied any involvement with these efforts, an October 15, 2004 email from Podesta to Kerry activists called Carlton Sherwood a, "disgraced former journalist, right-wing propagandist and apologist for cult-leader Sun Myung Moon." Podesta urged Kerry workers to ".... take action ...against this garbage.... let the theater know that, as a member of the community, you object to ...this film ...they should not allow "Stolen Honor" to be shown on their screen."

If this lawsuit accomplishes nothing else, it will be that the heroes of Vietnam are finally condemning the lies told about them during the war. If nothing else results from this, it will be that those who served their country meritoriously, despite great controversy, despite the adversity, those who truly deserve to be called the Greatest Generation, are once again serving their country by telling the truth about Vietnam.




TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: kerry; lurch; lyingtraitor; stolenhonor; vvlf; wheresteresa

1 posted on 10/12/2005 8:56:28 AM PDT by Thanatos
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To: Thanatos

BUMP for truth!


2 posted on 10/12/2005 9:03:33 AM PDT by cgk (Bennett: If we are surrounded by the trivial & vicious, it is all too easy to make our peace with it)
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To: cgk

bump


3 posted on 10/12/2005 9:07:41 AM PDT by Christian4Bush (FreeRepublic: your educational retreat from the stress of Leftist media jihad.)
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To: Thanatos

If this one goes forward, if it is allowed by the system, frenchie will finally get what he's had coming.


4 posted on 10/12/2005 9:09:40 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Bring the troops home means bring the war home.)
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub

PING!!
Ms.B


5 posted on 10/12/2005 9:11:47 AM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: Thanatos
Go for it!

From what we're told about Kerry's illegal imposition into the diplomatic realm while still in uniform, he should not be eligable for any public service, let alone senator, let alone president.

6 posted on 10/12/2005 9:12:37 AM PDT by nightdriver
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To: Thanatos

YYYeeessss!!!!


7 posted on 10/12/2005 9:13:43 AM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: lilylangtree

bump


8 posted on 10/12/2005 9:16:00 AM PDT by Mcirrus (Future Reference)
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To: Thanatos

BTTT


9 posted on 10/12/2005 9:17:02 AM PDT by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but recently have come to my senses.)
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To: Thanatos

Kerry is the person who almost SINGLE-HANDEDLY is responsible for Vietnam vets being called "baby-killers"


10 posted on 10/12/2005 9:19:56 AM PDT by Mr. K (Some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don't help...)
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To: BIGLOOK; All

Want to help?

https://www.grasswave.com/vvlf/donate.php


11 posted on 10/12/2005 9:20:35 AM PDT by Stashiu (RVN, 1969-70)
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To: Interesting Times

Ping


12 posted on 10/12/2005 9:21:12 AM PDT by The Shrew (www.swiftvets.com & www.wintersoldier.com - The Truth Shall Set YOU Free!)
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To: Thanatos

Bump!


13 posted on 10/12/2005 9:29:21 AM PDT by jonno (We are NOT a democracy - though we are democratic. We ARE a constitutional republic.)
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To: Thanatos

Loving it! "Bring it on Kerry", aka "J f'n Kerry", aka "the Cambodia Commando". The gift that keep on giving. LOL!


14 posted on 10/12/2005 9:36:24 AM PDT by Don Carlos (Christian, VRWC Member, Gun Nut, Right-wing Wacko. I feel sooo blessed!)
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To: Don Carlos

ask lurch about his form 180 that he promised to sign 10 months ago

hurry before he crawls back under his rock


15 posted on 10/12/2005 9:43:44 AM PDT by daku
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To: Thanatos
This may be the first time in American history that a presidential candidate was sued for actions taken by him and his campaign during an election.

Its about friggin time. More and more crapola spewed from the mouths of candidates and their minions should be viewed through a truth-o-meter. It false statements are made they should be held accountable just like all other citizens. Nobody should be above the law.

16 posted on 10/12/2005 9:53:55 AM PDT by Go Gordon
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To: Thanatos

Good. If this succeeds, W should sue CBS for libel and slander, as well.


17 posted on 10/12/2005 9:54:08 AM PDT by knittnmom (...surrounded by reality)
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To: Thanatos

I know this is changing the subject, but has Kerry's wife abandoned "Heinz-Kerry" and taken her first husband's name back?


18 posted on 10/12/2005 10:08:44 AM PDT by Savage Beast (Evil committed in the name of God is the ultimate blasphemy.)
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To: Thanatos

Let's see if the Euro-weenies can pull his ass outta the line of fire. What ever justice he gets, it will never be enough for what he and his cohorts did.


19 posted on 10/12/2005 10:31:11 AM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Thanatos
Kerry's treasonous actions, upon his return from his Christmas break in Cambodia, in Paris with the delegations of the NVA and Communists from Hanoi remain begging prosecution. Why is he still a sitting U.S. senator?
20 posted on 10/12/2005 12:26:26 PM PDT by afnamvet
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To: nightdriver

"From what we're told about Kerry's illegal imposition into the diplomatic realm while still in uniform, he should not be eligable for any public service, let alone senator, let alone president."

Agreed! The only public service he should be performing is picking up the litter by the roadside in his orange jumpsuit.


21 posted on 10/12/2005 12:50:12 PM PDT by Shadow Deamon
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To: Thanatos; AlwaysFree; Angelwood; Apple Blossom; beandog; Bigg Red; BillF; bmwcyle; bukner98; ...

BUMP!! and ping....


22 posted on 10/12/2005 1:25:11 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (Judge not, unless ye be a God-fearing originalist)
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To: Albion Wilde
Thanks for the ping. sKerry is a traitor, pure and simple. Too bad those in a position to take care of this POS have chosen to wimp out.

NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW!

23 posted on 10/12/2005 2:08:42 PM PDT by upchuck (A fireman running up the stairs at the WTC as the towers began to collapse: HERO defined ~ Ben Stein)
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To: Thanatos; wardaddy; Joe Brower; Cannoneer No. 4; Criminal Number 18F; Dan from Michigan; Eaker; ...
Death toll rises for military reservists

You can thank the comrades on the left for that story too. Please ignore its AP spin if you can. I posted it to recognize their service and sacrifice.

Thank God for the Swift Boat Vets!

From time to time, I’ll ping on noteworthy articles about politics, foreign and military affairs. FReepmail me if you want on or off my list.

24 posted on 10/12/2005 2:11:17 PM PDT by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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To: Thanatos

later read


25 posted on 10/12/2005 2:14:03 PM PDT by Red6
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To: neverdem

I will never understand...nor do I want to delve that deeply into their psyche, to understand, why the leftist in this country crow so happily about the deaths of their fellow Americans


26 posted on 10/12/2005 2:18:47 PM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Go Gordon

I agree with you.

Campaign finance reform never held people accountable for their claims......hopefully this hammer will fall heavily on the 'sportin' Senator who is as shallow as a rain puddle in the Sahara.


27 posted on 10/12/2005 3:08:36 PM PDT by gortklattu (God knows who is best, everybody else is making guesses - Tony Snow)
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To: Thanatos

What took so long? Maybe we can get Ted Kennedy on murder since there is no statute of limitations for that.


28 posted on 10/12/2005 4:14:44 PM PDT by trooprally
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To: afnamvet

He should be tried as a traitor for sedition, for meddling in gov't affairs in secret talks with the NVA. Not to mention lying under oath and writing your own purple heart recommendation. And to think this jackass may be running in '08...


29 posted on 10/12/2005 6:25:59 PM PDT by Rocketwolf68
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To: Stashiu
Already done last week.
I really want this lawsuit to go to court. I want Discovery Rules to pry open Kerry's service record and subsequent investigation files.
30 posted on 10/12/2005 7:34:26 PM PDT by BIGLOOK (I once opposed keelhauling but recently have come to my senses.)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


31 posted on 10/12/2005 8:42:46 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

lying traitor sKerry.


32 posted on 10/12/2005 9:42:03 PM PDT by bitt (THE PRESIDENT: "Ask the pollsters. My job is to lead and to solve problems. ")
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To: Thanatos

Amen BUMP!!


33 posted on 10/13/2005 4:13:41 AM PDT by conservativecorner
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To: Albion Wilde

Excellent! Go, Swifties!


34 posted on 10/13/2005 5:38:35 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Do not trust Democrats with national security!)
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To: Thanatos

Now if we can get teh Swifties to sue him.


35 posted on 10/13/2005 6:33:52 AM PDT by TBP
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To: Thanatos
In this or any other lawsuits, discovery and depositions will kill Kerry and his cohourts. I'll bet he would even settle out of court to hide his lying, traitorous history forever.

He can afford to settle.....that low-life piece of scum, Podesta, can't.

Leni

36 posted on 10/13/2005 6:44:42 AM PDT by MinuteGal (Re: The Anti-War Sheehan-ites - They want to live in the garden but not tend the garden)
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