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MERIDETH BUCHER – “FAST-TRACK”
FORMER PENTAGON FLACK – BECOMES
“BUMBLING BUCHER” AS SERIES OF
MISTAKES BRINGS BAD PUBLICITY TO
CARLISLE BARRACKS
PAO’S BUREAUCRATIC “DOUBLESPEAK”
EXPOSED IN NEWSPAPER – ARROGANT
LTC BUCHER REFUSES TO ADMIT
MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM WINS FIRST
AMENDMENT FIGHT OVER INTERNET
NEWS SITE “ACCESS” ON POST


There’s an old saying that, “arrogance goes before a fall.” Never was that axiom more appropriate than in the case of obnoxious LTC Merideth Bucher, “fast-track,” former Pentagon flack, and – at least for the moment – public affairs officer at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania.

“BUMBLING BUCHER” will now take her place in our “Hall of Infamy” alongside her pal, Col. Mike “NO COMBAT” Colpo. You remember him – the West Point graduate and Infantry Airborne (or is it “chairborne?”) officer who managed to stay Stateside for 25 years “riding a desk.” All those nice “staff jobs,” and not one moment in combat anywhere – not Grenada, Panama, Somalia, Gulf War I, Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq – and not even ONE overseas duty tour either. In a quarter-century in uniform! What a lucky fellow he is. Must be great to have lots of highly-placed “friends” at PERSCOM and the Pentagon.

As for Bucher, we first exposed her arrogant and rude manner when we reproduced on these pages a transcript of a phone conversation we had with the hard-charging PAO. Not realizing her icy words would be exposed for the world to see, she snapped: “I do not really intend to look into this,” when we politely inquired as to WHY our web site was being illegally blocked at Carlisle Barracks.

EXPOSED IN THE NEWS MEDIA

The crusading newspaper, the Harrisburg, (Pa.) PATRIOT-NEWS exposed this illegal violation of our First Amendment rights and quoted Penn State University’s Dr. Robert Richards as saying: “The government cannot suppress speech just because it is unfavorable to the government. That is exactly what is happening here.”

The FRONT-PAGE story caught the eye of The Associated Press, which sent it all over the country. So did the Drudge Report and World Net Daily. Literally millions of Americans who still respect our Constitution read and were sickened by Bucher's “Dr. Geobbels-like” declaration that MilitaryCorruption.com was banned in order to promote “morale, good order and discipline.”
What an idiotic statement for an Army public affairs officer to say, when asked about the illegal block of a commercial news web site! One of our readers wrote in to say all Bucher needed to add at the end of her sentence was: “SEIG HEIL!”

AN EMBARRASSMENT TO GEN. HUNTOON?

BUMBLING BUCHER, who earlier sent us a threatening e-mail – then tried to “recall” it two hours later (which resulted in an official complaint by us to the Pentagon IG office) – can’t seem to stop making mistakes and embarrassing her boss, Carlisle Barracks Commandant, Maj. Gen. David Huntoon.

When PATRIOT-NEWS reporter Matt Miller tried to get a simple “yes or no” answer to whether the web site was “back on” again at Carlisle Barracks – many reports had come in to the newspaper and here at MCC that the block had been lifted – Bucher couldn’t bring herself to tell the truth.

“Lt. Col. Merideth Bucher, spokeswoman for the Army post, would not give a direct answer when asked if the site is still being blocked,” reported the PATRIOT-NEWS.

“Our network operations are under continuous review,” was her disingenuous, bureaucratic “doublespeak” to the newspaper reporter as she sought to deny us our VICTORY over censorship at Carlisle Barracks

ONE MISTAKE AFTER THE OTHER

Such clumsy behavior is so typical of this former Pentagon flack, who allegedly lacks a basic DINFOS (Defense Information Officer School) diploma. One would think that would be absolutely essential for such a “fast-track” PAO lieutenant colonel – to at least know the rudiments of the job, and not continuously “screw up.”

Now our many confidential informants on post tell us that workers are wondering how much longer Gen. Huntoon will tolerate such an inept performance by his public affairs officer. Colpo is “inoculated” by being a West Point graduate, but Bucher cannot claim to be a “ring-knocker” to protect her from her own very public failings.

We wonder what the NEXT and most serious miscue will be? Could it have already taken place? Say, on September 15, 2003 at 0932 hours local time? For your information, Bucher, an investigation has already begun.

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