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Insider Report: Vets to Release Anti-Kerry Movie

Monday, 06 September 2004 12:00 AM

1. Another Vets Group Exposes Kerry's 'Stolen Honor'

A new documentary will soon be released that may do more damage to John Kerry than even the devastating Swift Boat Veterans' ad.

It's called "Stolen Honor" -- and remember, you heard it here first.

The documentary, just weeks from release, details what his Vietnam critics say was John Kerry's betrayal of America.

In a description of the new film, the producers explain that "when John Kerry appeared before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the spring of 1971, his testimony sent shock waves throughout America and the world. ... Lt. Kerry's widely televised statements were dramatic and persuasive, made all the more credible by the fact he had been there, said he had witnessed many of these same atrocities."

The info sheet on the film continues:

"That single act earned for Kerry the lasting enmity of Vietnam veterans, especially those who had borne the brunt of his accusations, that small percentage of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen who actually served on the frontlines. Many of these combat veterans would carry the scars of their service for life. Kerry's repudiation of their sacrifice represented yet another war wound, one that would never heal. As compelling as Kerry's Senate testimony was, these men knew it was lacking in one key element ... truth. They knew from their own combat experiences virtually all his allegations were lies; the U.S. military would never countenance such brutality. And, they also knew his actions were a deliberate betrayal of all of them, especially the more than 58,000 who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

"But, perhaps, more than any living group of combat veterans, it was America's POWs who suffered most, forced to endure the immediate  consequences of Kerry's treacherous falsehoods. In 1971, some 700 of these men were reported as captured or missing in action, most presumed held prisoner by the North Vietnamese Communists in such places as the notorious Hanoi Hilton. Already subjected to years of torture, solitary confinement and unspeakable psychological and physical abuse, their lives were literally hanging by a thread when Kerry issued his damning testimony. In mere moments, Kerry had willingly given the Vietnamese Communists what they had spent years of torture and blood-letting to drag out of their American hostages, an unqualified 'confession' they were all war criminals."

"Stolen Honor" is being produced by Red, White and Blue Productions, Inc., an independent producer of documentaries based in Harrisburg, Pa. Carlton Sherwood, president of Red, White and Blue Productions, is a longtime newspaper and TV investigative reporter. A Pulitzer Prize and Peabody Award winner, Sherwood has investigated how the behavior of John Kerry as a leader of the anti-war movement during the Vietnam era impacted American POWs.

The results are shocking and no doubt will ignite a new wave of controversy in this year's already overheated political race.

2. Witches for Kerry

First it was America's strip clubs, then Fidel Castro, a Sandinista thug, and now yet another group is apparently joining John Kerry's ... uh, <I>un-</I>illustrious string of supporters: pagans.

Self-professed witch Traci Laird spoke to U.S. News and World Report before the GOP convention about her and her fellow witches' protest plans.

"Because of the high energy from both sides, it is a potent place for magic. There will be a private ritual ... which will, hopefully, tap the energy of the convention for a spell to remove Bush from D.C.," said Laird.

The group's Web site describes itself this way:

<blockquote>The Pagan Cluster is a loose affiliation of individuals and affinity groups who bring an earth-based spirituality to actions for global justice and peace. In our actions we incorporate art, music, drums, ritual, myth, humor and magic: the art of changing consciousness at will. We make most of our strategic decisions by divination, read Tarot cards obsessively and go into trance frequently. Nevertheless, we practice direct democracy and organize in an anti-authoritarian manner. As a cluster, we are committed to nonviolence, but we participate in actions with those who practice a diversity of tactics. Many of us have our spiritual roots in the Reclaiming tradition of feminist Witchcraft www.reclaiming.org , but we welcome participation from Pagans of any tradition, or for that matter, from anyone willing to put up with Pagans.</blockquote>

Also posted on the site was a schedule of training sessions, one of which was to be held in a church called St. Mark's - child care provided, of course.

Instructions for what to bring to the protest included "appropriate colors, capes ... a sun hat" and sunscreen. Oddly, no one was asked to bring a broom.

3. The Next Wave of Bodyguards 

There's a new breed of bodyguard these days, and a champion Thai kickboxer is making sure they get the respect they deserve.

With help from some former FBI, CIA and Secret Service agents, Nirmalya Bhowmick created the California University of Protection & Intelligence Management (CUPIM). The school is now the only place where you can earn a degree in private security work.

But these graduates won't be just run-of-the-mill security guards. CUPIM is turning them into counterterrorism professionals.

"There is a difference between being a protection specialist and being a bouncer," said Bhowmick.

"We're weeding out the Neanderthals," CUPIM Chief Executive Peter Rugato told Forbes. "Companies want brain stems on their security people, not walking refrigerators."

One of the university's board members, former CIA agent Michael Howard, said that they are fighting the bodyguard stereotype that lumps protection agents in with rent-a-cops and "big burly men following celebrities around."

"This helps the industry become professional," said Howard, who is also the director of worldwide security operations for Microsoft. "It puts an emphasis on education and theory -- not just shooting and driving and other tactical matters."

Financial analyst Elizabeth Rainville also works as a bodyguard. As an example of the kind of training students go through, Rainville was "bound, doused with water, forced to kneel in front of a fan and interrogated by hooded thugs who had earlier abducted her." Fortunately, she passed that class.

The events of 9/11 gave rebirth to the private security industry. Rugato explained that the era of increased terrorist activity and a more globalized economy make "credible executive protection" a major necessity, particularly for corporations.

"To say that Bill Gates or any other prominent private or public executive is not in the crosshairs is totally absurd," he said. "There's a clear shift from IT and physical security to executive protection. IT and physical security are still concerns, but life is an even bigger concern."

"Private security in the U.S. is still kind of a head-in-the-sand kind of situation," said Roy Bordes, vice president of Alexandria, Va.-based American Society of Industrial Security.

Because many companies view security as just another expense, corporate security guards are often low-paid and entry-level employees with low skills.

But CUPIM hopes to change all that by making its degree program the seal of approval for industry agents. Teaching threat assessment, intelligence gathering, long-range event planning, and how to manage a team of security personnel for corporate clients, the school offers classes online.

"We have people who are deployed in the Middle East taking classes with their laptops," he said. "That's the hot spot right now, and we're delivering the education they need," said Rugato.

In March, terrorists murdered four American private security agents in Fallujah.

"The quality of domestic private security officers needs to be improved to match the skill of military and law enforcement personnel in the world of homeland security, Bordes said.

4. Border Patrol Told to Go Easy on Illegals

The Homeland Security Department wants the U.S. Border Patrol to scale back on arresting illegal aliens.

Apparently the BP wasn't sensitive enough when its agents arrested 450 illegals recently in Southern California, the Washington Times reported.

Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security at HSD, was unhappy about the arrests and said "they had not been approved by officials in Washington."

Hutchinson tried to smooth the ruffled feathers of Rep. Joe Baca, D-Calif., and others in California's congressional delegation who whined that the those detained were "victims of racial profiling" and panicked Hispanics. In a letter, Hutchinson assured that from now on HSD would "consider the sensitivities" of enforcing immigration law.

Now a new policy is being considered to restrict illegal alien arrests of those heading into the U.S. from its southern border, checkpoints and transportation hubs such as airports. The policy would leave U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) responsible for going after illegals once they're safely inside the U.S.

Trouble is, there are as many as 12 million illegals and only 2,300 ICE agents. They have their hands full just trying to catch 400,000 criminal aliens and foreign national "absconders" who disappeared after their deportations were ordered.

National Border Patrol Council president T.J. Bonner said that "these mobile patrol arrests were actually having an impact in Mexico. Word was getting around that you weren't necessarily OK once you got past the border."

Hutchinson has often come under fire recently by Californians and Americans across the country who are fed up with America's "Come on in!" policy toward illegal immigrants.

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