Skip to comments.Vetting the Vet Record (More exposure of Kerry's lies)
Posted on 01/28/2004 3:12:15 PM PST by Elkiejg
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My post on The Many Faces of John Kerry is germane.
Under military law, what was the duty of an officer -- Kerry, for example -- if he possessed such information?
It is the affirmative duty, under both the UCMJ and under the basic strictures of human decency, of any service member--commissioned, warrant, or noncommissioned officer AND non-rate enlisted person alike--to report any such action to higher authority if he witnesses any such action, or has reasonable cause to believe that such an action was committed.
If Kerry had real reason to believe this, then he is guilty of several serious felonies under the UCMJ, and can conceivably be recalled to active duty to stand court-martial.
"Following his investigation of the My Lai massacre for the Army, Lieutenant General William R. Peers and his investigative team made highly unusual and largely unprecedented recommendations. The Peers Commission proposed that charges also be preferred against a number of American staff officers, including the division chief of staff, the brigade operations officer, the task force operations and intelligence officers, and the division chaplain...
"One of the conclusions Peers drew following his My Lai investigation was that there was widespread failure to report suspected war crimes and civilian casualties, despite numerous directives and standing operating procedures (SOPs) requiring such reports. Even more damning was the conclusion that individuals within the task force headquarters took affirmative steps to conceal the massacre, including falsifying logs by changing the locations where civilians were reportedly killed. A staff officer involved in concealing a war crime may be prosecuted as an accessory after the fact in violation of Article 78, for misprison of a serious offense in violation of Article 134, or for dereliction of duty in violation of Article 92."
From "Staff Officer Responsibility for War Crimes,", LTC Michael J. Davidson, USA, published in the Mar/April 2001 issue of Military Review, the professional journal of the US Army Command & General Staff College. The full article is available at this link to the Military Review Website.
Do we really want to elect a President who could be readily indicted and convicted of war crimes by the very same International Criminal Court he would order the State Department to operate under?
"In 1997, Kerry felt there that were no threats to the United States. This prompted him to place this statement in the Congressional Record: ''Now that the [Cold War] struggle is over, why is it that our vast intelligence apparatus continues to grow even as Government resources for new and essential priorities fall far short of what is necessary?'' (Congressional Record, 5/1/97, p. S3891)"
I have been reading online, and wanted to honestly offer you at least ONE spot on this post where you may be taking things out of context. If you follow the link below, and search 1997 Records for pages S3891 AND S3892, you will see that Kerry's message was not at all what you have implied.
As you see, he is actually talking about streamlining and coordinating existing intelligence groups so that they can work more in synch.
"Every bureaucrascy seeks to increase the superiority of the professionally informed by keeping their knowledge and interventions secret. Bureaucratic administration always tends to be an administration of 'secret sessions' in so far as it can, it hides its knowledge and action from criticism."
His speech has examples, much like 9/11, where lack of coordination due to excessive bureaucracy lost the US its edge.
He was not, as seems to be implied, attempting to hack off an arm of intelligence for no good reason. This one sentence is presented far from its context.
Please follow the link and see for yourself.
BTTT for an old thread
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