Selected Pete

And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

Kerry coerced, threatened, mutilated reputations, and ravaged our country in a manner reminescent of Jane Fonda

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Pitkin’s About Face
excerpt from Newsmax article by Dave Eberhart titled: Vet: Kerry Pressured Me to Lie About Atrocities


After years of living a lie, the turnabout by Pitkin is 180 degrees.

In 1971 he introduced himself before the “Winter Soldiers” investigative panel this way:
“My name is Steve Pitkin, age 20, from Baltimore. I served with the 9th Division from May of ’69 until I was air-evacuated in July of ’69. I’ll testify about the beating of civilians and enemy personnel, destruction of villages, indiscriminate use of artillery, the general racism and the attitude of the American GI toward the Vietnamese. I will also talk about some of the problems of the GIs toward one another and the hassle with officers.”

Now, in a sworn affidavit recently executed in Palm Beach County, Fla., he has set the record straight: “…During my service in Vietnam, I neither witnessed nor participated in any American war crimes or atrocities against civilians, nor was I ever aware of any such actions. I did witness the results of Vietcong atrocities against Vietnamese civilians, including the murder of tribal leaders…
“I joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War (VVAW), at Catonsville Community College in Baltimore in 1970.

“In January of 1971, I rode in a van with John Kerry, a national leader of the VVAW, and others from Washington D.C. to Detroit to attend the Winter Soldier Investigation, a conference intended to publicize alleged American war crimes in Vietnam. Having no knowledge of such war crimes, I did not intend to speak at the event.

“During the Winter Soldier Investigation, John Kerry and other leaders of that event pressured me to testify about American war crimes, despite my repeated statements that I could not honestly do so. One event leader strongly implied that I would not be provided transportation back to my home in Baltimore, Maryland, if I failed to comply. Kerry and other leaders of the event instructed me to publicly state that I had witnessed incidents of rape, brutality, atrocities and racism, knowing that such statements would necessarily be untrue.”

In his affidavit, Pitkin also describes how John Kerry’s famous medal tossing in front of the U.S. Capitol was staged: “In April 1971, I attended a VVAW protest in Washington D.C. known as ‘Dewey Canyon III.’ During this event I was present when protestors, including John Kerry, threw medals and ribbons over a fence outside the U.S. Capitol. I witnessed a man holding a bag of ribbons and medals and handing them out to other protestors. I saw that many of the ribbons and medals were not those that would be received by veterans of combat in Vietnam.”

Pitkin served with the Ninth Division of the U.S. Army beginning 25 May 1969. A mortar explosion wounded him and later the wounds became infected, resulting in his removal from the combat zone. During his tour he received the Combat Infantry Badge, Army Commendation Medal, RVN Cross of Gallantry, Air Medal and Purple Heart. He went on later in life to retire from the U.S. Coast Guard.

NewsMax spoke to Scott Swett of SwiftVets.com and Wintersoldiers.com who gave some background as to how Steve Pitkin surfaced after three decades. According to Swett, Pitkin placed a comment on the SwiftVets.com bulletin board about a month ago. Swett says it was he who followed up, interviewing Pitkin over the course of a couple of days.
Says Swett: “Pitkin is unique in a couple of ways. He is the only Winter Soldier investigation subject to come forward and under oath recant his testimony. Pitkin is furthermore the only investigation interviewee to return to the military. But most significantly, Pitkin was interviewed directly by Kerry himself on a segment called the ‘miscellaneous panel.’”

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Written by selectedpete

October 20, 2004 at 7:28 am

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  1. If only the MSM would pick up on this. Nice Blog.

    Vigilant Times

    October 20, 2004 at 2:27 pm


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