Our recent article “FIRE RUMSFELD NOW!” – a stand similar to that of the Washington POST and other mainstream newspapers – must have riled up the sycophants in “Rummie’s” office.
We received an unsigned e-mail May 21 from ddsmttayz003.sam.pentagon.mil (we tracked it back to Hetlage, Daniel, LCDR, OASD-PA) that’s got to be one of the most stupid e-mails ever sent by a so-called “public affairs officer” in the history of the U.S. military.
So “off the wall” is its contents, we felt we just had to share this with you, our readers. We swear, we couldn’t make this stuff up!
WE MUST BE “GETTING TO THEM”
How else can one explain the contents of the e-mail we are about to reproduce for your reading pleasure and amusement?
Nowhere does Hetlage discuss the First Amendment to the United States Constitution or the value of a free press. He seems to feel we shouldn’t tell our readers the hard truth about his Machiavellian boss, embattled Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
Thank God for those who are willing to say: “The emperor has no clothes!” Our editor-in-chief and others fought and spilled blood to preserve our right to do so. Hetlage would rather do a “Herr Goebbels” and attack our point of view. As of press time, the Marine Corps has dropped their block of National Public Radio (NPR) at Quantico MCB, but still has an illegal block on MilitaryCorruption.com, (see related stories below). But we have news for our frenetic critic, Daniel Hetlage . The vast majority of the American people would disagree with his notion of “approved” news.
THE HETLAGE E-MAIL, TYPOS AND ALL
Since I was able to view your website (sic) on a US (sic) Gov’t (sic) computer…it’s not being blocked as you would hope. (Hello! Of course you can still get us on a government computer. We never said you couldn’t. If you had read our story you should have comprehended we are talking about a ban on MARINE CORPS computer systems.)
Therefore, your publicity scheme of ‘covering up your truths’ is as false as the tripe on your website (sic). (Now that’s real clear, we guess? Do you call our investigative article on the money trail in the forced Anthrax shot scam; the exposure of “different spanks for different ranks” and violations of military justice; the use of a “suicide” finding to cover-up the real cause of death in murders like that of Col. Jimmy Sabow, USMC; our story on the Army colonel in Korea who was caught with $400,000 in hundred dollar bills (bribes) stuffed in his mattress – do you call all that “tripe?” Well, we guess YOU would!)
It’s easy to write sensational stories when you don’t let the facts interfere. (Documentation, please. Where are our “facts” wrong?)
I know this e-mail won’t get published . . . (You lose. We don’t believe in censorship here at MilitaryCorruption.com.)
. . . I am active duty military and will continue to fight to protect your first (sic) amendment (sic) right to free speech, even though your entire webpage (sic) is an affront to what this country stands for." (What “country” are you talking about? Some tin-horn dictatorship with a “Ministry of Information” to control the “news” for the masses?)
Free speech is your right, (Gee, thanks!) this right however, doesn’t come without responsibility. You can say what you want (Tell that to the Marines – censors.) but be prepared TO FACE THE CONSEQUENCES when you do. (Oh, my god! Are you “threatening” us? We’re shaking in our boots already! Just what do you suggest should happen to us?)
What you’re doing is wrong (In the view of people like you? Absolutely!) and I am loathe that people like you (Those who believe in freedom of the press) . . . smear the names of good people who do good things. (Are you referring to “Rummie,” your benevolent boss?)
And for what it’s worth, (not much), I know the DoD makes mistakes. (No kidding?) I am not a neo-conservative. I don’t label myself because that limits my thought (And your towering intellect, right?) which is what you and your viewers (sic) (Hello! We are a web site. We don’t have “viewers.”) have done.
You’re so limited in what you perceive to be the truth, that you couldn’t tell if it bit you in the butt. (You must be talking about yourself.)
WE WON’T EASE UP ON RUMSFELD
There’s no love lost between MilitaryCorruption.com and the arrogant and obnoxious Donald Rumsfeld. After all, we had the temerity to say that the “stink of defeat and cover-up” lingers like a barnyard manure pile around the prickly ears of the present defense secretary.
If the Bush administration foolishly “clings to him” as time goes on, GW might just blow this election! We “don’t have a dog in this fight.” Kerry is unacceptable to most of our readers, especially Vietnam vets. And Bush’s treatment of disabled veterans, especially on the issue of Concurrent Receipt, is nothing short of shameful. Especially for one who never risked his life in a combat zone.
We intend to hammer Rumsfeld some more, until he finally gets the message and “resigns.” He told the media he’d quit if he wasn’t “effective” any more. What does it take? Wholesale disaster in Iraq? If LBJ had dumped Robert McNamara during the Vietnam War, we might have had a better result. Put Colin Powell in there. ANYONE would be better than what we have now
“CALLED ON THE CARPET"
If we could be a “bug on the wall” at the Pentagon (we already have our share our sources in the building) it would be fun to see bumbling PAO Daniel Hetlage don his “knee pads” and enter the rarified atmosphere of “Rummie’s” office.
(TONGUE SLIGHTLY IN CHEEK) “Well, sir,” gushed the supercilious press flack, “I sure showed that MAJ MacDonald (MCC’s editor-in-chief) a thing or too, huh, boss?”
“You numbskull!” thundered the acerbic Rumsfeld. “What you did was thoroughly piss off a decorated, 100% disabled, multi-tour Vietnam veteran and retired “Mustang” (up-from-the-ranks) field grade officer! Now they (MilitaryCorruption.com) will be on my ass more than ever!
“All you did was show how stupid you are, and hand them ammunition to use on us. We don’t want the American people to know how out-of-control we are. Now, you come off in that dumb e-mail like some totalitarian jerk. Thanks a lot!
“Gee, boss. How was I to know they’d track it back to me? I didn’t have the balls to sign my name to it. Well, no one will care.”
“You’d better hope no one does. Anyway I have a new assignment for you.”
“What’s that, boss?” said the expectant suck-up.
“Port security in Adak, Alaska. In a row boat. Think you can handle it?”
(EDITOR’S NOTE: While we all had a good laugh over the above, there is a chilling lesson is what this impudent PAO writes. There are more like him, many more, and the public better wake up to the fact that not everyone in uniform shares their values.
We urge all NAVY personnel who read this site to forward this story to all your buddies; photocopy it and pass around on base; send to your local newspapers and members of Congress; post it on bulletin boards; share it on submarines and seagoing warships. From Brunswick, Maine to Bremerton, Washington, from Pensacola to San Diego, let’s give LCDR Daniel Hetlage, Pentagon PAO, the “publicity” that he well deserves.)
AND OTHER MARINE CORPS BASES – WE
FILE COMPLAINT – ILLEGAL BLOCKING
OF MILITARYCORRUPTION.COM A FIRST
AMENDMENT, FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
ISSUE – APPEAL TO COMMANDANT TO
OVERTURN BAN – INTIMIDATION CALL
TO OUR EDITOR FROM QUANTICO, MAN
REFUSES TO GIVE ID – MAJ. KATRINA
HENSLEY INSOLENT TO VIETNAM VET
TO GENERAL MIKE HAGEE
U.S. MARINE CORPS