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To: Nix 2; dighton; hchutch
When young Kerry returned to the States, he began protesting against the Vietnam War. On April 23, 1971, Kerry testified before Congress about atrocities he had allegedly seen and heard about.

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?

44 posted on 01/29/2004 9:04:12 AM PST by Poohbah ("Would you mind not shooting at the thermonuclear weapons?" -- Maj. Vic Deakins, USAF)
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To: Poohbah
Thank you, Poohbah. We really need to get all of these threads tied together. If Kerry is the dem's nominee, there will be enough info in this one spot to hang him from the nearest yardarm.
Remember FR in 2000. We were strong then, we can do it again!!!
I have enough stuff on Kerry to do my own novel, and today, Rush had probably the best, (last,) half hour of radio I have ever heard about ALL the kowtowing Pubbies do to make stupid libs like them when it's never gonna happen.
He was talking specifically about the memos on Bush's Judicial nominees. His words were extrordinarily strong and I tried to get in here from my truck to log on before he went off the air to give him a BRAVO!!!, but I'm too late.
At any rate, he said we have the goods on them and by G-d, we should use it.
I could not agree more.
Kerry is a monster. Period. It's about time to get ready to take him on with silver bullets and a Court Martial would be about as pure a bullet as I know. Early enough to start banging on the DoD door!!!
45 posted on 01/29/2004 12:39:40 PM PST by Nix 2 ( QUINN AND ROSE from 6-10 AM-104.7 FM in da Burgh&WWVA AM)
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