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March 23, 2004
John Kerry Strongarms Witnesses to 1971 VVAW Meeting?

Yesterday's New York Sun ran a story by Thomas Lipscomb following up on the attendance and participation of John Kerry at the November 1971 Vietnam Veterans Against the War debate on whether to assassinate several pro-war politicians, including Senators John Stennis, John Tower, and Strom Thurmond. Unfortunately, it requires a registration -- but Lipscomb kindly authorized my Northern Alliance colleague, Big Trunk at Power Line, to post it in its entirety today. One witness to Kerry's participation tells Lipscomb that the Kerry campaign may be engaging in a bit of witness tampering:

A Vietnam veteran who said he remembers John Kerry participating in a 1971 Kansas City meeting at which an assassination plot was discussed says an official with the Kerry presidential campaign called him this month and pressured him to change his story.

The veteran, John Musgrave, says he was called twice by the head of Veterans for Kerry, John Hurley, while a reporter for the Kansas City Star worked on a follow-up piece to a New York Sun article about the November 1971 meeting of Vietnam Veterans Against the War at which a plot to kill U.S. senators was voted down. Asked by The New York Sun if he felt pressured, Mr. Musgrave said, "In the second call I did." Mr. Musgrave said Mr. Hurley said Mr. Kerry had told him "he was definitely not in Kansas City."

According to Mr. Musgrave, Mr. Hurley said, "Why don't you refresh your memory and call that reporter back?"

Make sure you read the entire article. I share Trunk's pessimism that the mainstream media will do their best to ignore this story, but at least Mr. Musgrave isn't fooled. The thrice-wounded Marine veteran of Vietnam tells Lipscomb that he has no plans to vote for someone who calls him a liar.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the Sun article that doesn't require registration (courtesy DC at Brainstorming).

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