Friday, June 08, 2007

Old Dem Tricks...

Man Who Lied About Actions In Iraq Admits Faking Forms
By David Bowermaster

Jesse MacBeth stoked opposition to the Iraq war in 2006 when he spoke out about atrocities he committed as a U.S. Army Ranger serving as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

MacBeth, 23, of Tacoma, claimed to have killed more than 200 people, many at close range, some as they prayed in a mosque. He spoke at an anti-war rally in Tacoma and appeared in a 20-minute anti-war video that circulated widely on the Internet.

Trouble is, none of MacBeth's claims was true. He made it through only six weeks of Army basic training, was never a Ranger and never set foot in Iraq.

Conservative bloggers exposed MacBeth's lies in May 2006, destroying his credibility and embarrassing the Seattle company that produced the video about his exploits.

MacBeth's comeuppance continued Thursday, when he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle to one count of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Before becoming a public figure, MacBeth admitted, he filed a bogus claim for VA benefits in 2005 that included a fraudulent military-discharge form.

MacBeth said on the forms that he had been in the Army for more than three years and had achieved the rank of corporal. He also claimed he had been awarded a Purple Heart and that he was discharged because he suffered from post-traumatic-stress disorder.

None of those assertions was true, MacBeth acknowledged in a plea agreement.



Anonymous bobcat said...

Sheesh, are they still pulling this old dodge? What a bunch of hucksters! I sure don't hear about any rightwingers pulling crap like this....

7:42 AM  
Anonymous z said...

This guy's no worse than our politicians, folks. It's nuts when you hear Hewitt and Medved asking "Why and HOW can the left LIE like this...even high standing members of Congress!??"

I'll tell them how, it's such an obvious reason!....people HEAR THEM and BELIEVE THEM, and then they never hear the truth. The left can say anything they like and the media publishes it....same as this guy in the article. We heard it, the WORLD heard it, Al Jazeerah hears it, and hears Reid say we've lost the war.

DOesn't matter a BIT to our Left once they've got the lie in the American's HEARD, people believe. People learn to hate anything but what THEY say. And these people vote. this is disgusting.

8:31 AM  
Blogger VerityINK said...

I still hear 'Bush lied, kids died' at DU; they're still analyzing those 16 words!

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is typical agitation propaganda, ''agit-prop'' that the Left routinely engages in. Its curious and despicable treatment of soldiers. On one hand they revile the military but will use a ''disillusioned'' soldier as a straw man to disparge the military or start flowing with crocadile tears about ''the troops''. I hate to be repeating cliches but as my brother (1st. lieutenat,5th. Marine Div) is fond of saying about these types:"They ain't worth the powder it would take to kill 'em''. J'Mac

3:30 PM  
Blogger Russet Shadows said...

The left, like the communists before it, and like the Islamists currently, believe that the only lie which is wrong is the one that is discovered.

7:06 PM  

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