Jun 8, 2007

Massive schadenfreude attack 

No, not the one all over the news today, though the calls for mommy made me laugh out loud.

No, I'm talking about a "gotcha" much more near and dear to my heart. Anybody remember the name Jesse MacBeth? Uncle Jimbo crawled up the ass of this supposed Ranger and "confessed" Iraq war criminal extensively last year; as did Hot Air, as did Michell Malkin, as did many bloggers.

And now...
Jesse MacBeth stoked opposition to the Iraq war in 2006 when he spoke out about atrocities he committed as a U.S. Army Ranger serving as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

MacBeth, 23, of Tacoma, claimed to have killed more than 200 people, many at close range, some as they prayed in a mosque. He spoke at an anti-war rally in Tacoma and appeared in a 20-minute anti-war video that circulated widely on the Internet.

Trouble is, none of MacBeth's claims was true. He made it through only six weeks of Army basic training, was never a Ranger and never set foot in Iraq.

Conservative bloggers exposed MacBeth's lies in May 2006, destroying his credibility and embarrassing the Seattle company that produced the video about his exploits.

MacBeth's comeuppance continued Thursday, when he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Seattle to one count of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Before becoming a public figure, MacBeth admitted, he filed a bogus claim for VA benefits in 2005 that included a fraudulent military-discharge form.

MacBeth said on the forms that he had been in the Army for more than three years and had achieved the rank of corporal. He also claimed he had been awarded a Purple Heart and that he was discharged because he suffered from post-traumatic-stress disorder.
Sentencing goes 21 September. The max is 5 years and $250,000. Hopefully the judge lights him up, but it IS the "9th Circus," so God only knows... dude could get off with a sno-cone and a pat on the head. But maybe the judge is willing to hear out folks who respectfully ask that this sniveling punk get squashed... hard. I dunno... drop him a line.

Either way, just the fact that Jesse had to admit in a court of law that he's a lying little rat makes me happy.

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