Kerry biographer urging:Release military records

By WND Staff

John Kerry’s biographer today called on the presidential candidate to release his military records and warned a Navy investigation into his medals could prove to be the “death knell” of his campaign.

In the past, Kerry has said he could not release some documents because of contractual obligations to Douglas Brinkley, author of “Tour of Duty.” Brinkley said he has no contractual claims to any of the papers.

“Clearly some of these military records should be made available to the press,” he said on Steve Malzberg’s WABC New York radio show today.

Brinkley also said that if the Navy investigation reveals deception in connection with Kerry’s medals, it could be the “death knell” for Kerry’s campaign. Professing uncertainty about what to make about the Swift Boat Vets’ claims, Brinkley said: “Right now it’s unclear. So we have to just wait to see what all this adds up to.”

“Is it sloppiness, is it purposeful intent, is there an easy explanation for it?” Brinkley wondered.

The Pentagon ordered an official investigation into the awarding of five Vietnam War decorations to the Massachusetts senator.

The London Telegraph says the inquiry is being carried out by the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Navy.

“It is the responsibility of all personnel to correct errors in official records,” a Navy spokesman told the paper. Another official said privately: “There’s a feeling that it’s time to deal with this thoroughly, once and for all.”

As WorldNetDaily reported last week, the Department of Defense informed Secretary of the Navy Gordon R. England of a formal request to investigate alleged military code violations in Sen. John Kerry’s Silver Star award.

The request was made by the public-interest group Judicial Watch after news reports revealed Kerry’s campaign website displays a document listing a “Silver Star with combat ‘V'” even though the combat “V” device is never given with the nation’s third highest award for heroism.

Also, there are three citations for the award, with the third, issued more than a decade after the event, bearing the signature of former Navy Secretary John Lehman.

Lehman, however, says he had nothing to do with the citation.

“It is a total mystery to me,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times. “I never saw it. I never signed it. I never approved it. And the additional language it contains was not written by me.”

The Telegraph says Lehman endorses the investigation of Kerry’s awards, stating the relevant records need to be “thoroughly researched and the facts established.”

Kerry’s campaign is firing back, calling the Navy probe an expensive waste.

“The facts are clear,” Kerry adviser Michael Meehan told the Telegraph. “The Navy awarded John Kerry the Silver Star, a Bronze Star with Combat V and three Purple Hearts. This is a waste of taxpayers’ dollars and the Pentagon’s time, especially during wartime.”

Though Judicial Watch is hoping for a report before the Nov. 2 presidential election, the Navy thus far is remaining silent on any timetable.

Jerome Corsi, author of “Unfit for Command,” the New York Times No. 1 best-seller by Swiftboat Veterans for Truth, told WorldNetDaily he considers the Judicial Watch complaint “an important and serious investigation.”

“We believe the secretary of the Navy will validate the charges we’ve made in ‘Unfit for Command,'” he said.

In a letter responding to Judicial Watch’s complaint, the inspector general of the Defense Department, John R. Crane, cited Section 8(d) of the Inspector General Act of 1978, which states “the IG of the Department of Defense shall expeditiously report suspected or alleged violations of chapter 47 of title 10, United States Code (Uniform Code of Military Justice), to the Secretary of the military department concerned or the Secretary of Defense.”

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