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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Phony war hero, Jesse Macbeth, sentenced

The once upon a time poster boy for the anti-war left pleaded guilty and has been sentenced for falsifying a Department of Veterans Affairs claim and an Army discharge record, he also collected more than $10,000 in benefits to which he was not entitled, and his claims of war crimes were quickly disseminated on the Internet. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik sentenced him to five months in prison, followed by three months in a halfway house.

The left grabbed onto him and ran with his "fairy tales" without bothering to verify whether this mans claims were true or not, because they didn't care. He said what they wanted to hear, so they held him up high, claiming he was proof of how horrible our military men and women were, until his claims were shown to be untrue.

MacBeth fooled peace groups and alternative media to become something of an anti-war star over the past four years.

He claimed he witnessed and participated in war crimes in Iraq with other Rangers, slaughtering hundreds of unarmed men, women and children.

In a widely distributed Internet video translated into Arabic, Macbeth said. "We would burn their bodies ... hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque."

Lasnik noted that the case operated in two arenas, one in the courtroom where he was sentenced specifically for the crime of falsifying records, and another "in the blogosphere and elsewhere where he became a symbol."

"Too many people with a political agenda grabbed ahold of Mr. MacBeth's story and ran with it because they wanted to believe it. Any sober look should have lead people to believe it was all a made-up rant," Lasnik said.

"They tried to make him a poster boy for their point of view, and I think that is outrageous," Lasnik said.
See this disgusting internet video for yourself.

The problem with what he did and what the anti-war left did was that Jesse Macbeth, not only never went to Iraq, but he never even made it out of basic training, yet he sought medical benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs, claiming he suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from his service as an Army Ranger in both Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq. He also claimed he had been awarded a Purple Heart.

One would think that after the Jesse Macbeth fiasco, the liberal left as well as the media would start fact checking and verifying information before running with stories that have no basis in truth, yet the more recent spectacle of Scott Thomas Beauchamp and The new Republic shows that some people just never learn and as long as someone will tell the anti-war crowd what they want to believe, they will believe it, truth doesn't matter at all.

Thanks to Hot Airs archives there is the timeline of Jesse Macbeth, how it started, who jumped on his bandwagon without fact checking or verifying any of his lies, the milbloggers and the right side of the blogosphere debunking his lies and finally his being exposed as the liar he is and was.

May 22, 2006- Anti-war video bogus?
May 23, 2006- Jesse Macbeth video goes viral
May 24, 2006- Jesse Macbeth’s MySpace page
May 26, 2006- Jesse Macbeth(?) posts his discharge form
May 31, 2006- AMVETS official: Jesse Macbeth tried to defraud the VA
Sept 28, 2006- Jesse Macbeth redux: Truther moron unmasked as military fake

MacBeth's is the latest case to be sentenced under "Operation Stolen Valor," which uses the new Stolen Valor Act to go after people posing as veterans, who often festoon themselves with awards and invent tales of long-term injuries, often to fraudulently acquire veterans benefits.


The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General operates a confidential public hot line to report crimes involving the VA or its programs. Call 800-488-8244, send a fax to 202-565-7936, e-mail or write to VA OIG hot line, P.O. Box 50410, Washington, D.C., 20091-0410.

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Remember That Fraud MacBeth? from Take Our Country Back...