Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Kerry allows Navy release of military, medical records

Only a year and a half after initial requests for this material.

WASHINGTON -- Senator John F. Kerry, ending at least two years of refusal, has waived privacy restrictions and authorized the release of his full military and medical records.

The records, which the Navy Personnel Command provided to the Globe, are mostly a duplication of what Kerry released during his 2004 campaign for president, including numerous commendations from commanding officers who later criticized Kerry's Vietnam service.

The lack of any substantive new material about Kerry's military career in the documents raises the question of why Kerry refused for so long to waive privacy restrictions. An earlier release of the full record might have helped his campaign because it contains a number of reports lauding his service. Indeed, one of the first actions of the group that came to be known as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth was to call on Kerry to sign a privacy waiver and release all of his military and medical records.

That is the key statement, why indeed? It appears he just released the same crap again. There were a substantianal number of missing files, including reason for discharge etc. The significant questions still exist and won't be answered by anything released so far or likely ever.

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