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Michael Moore Innocent Of Slander

A federal appeals court ruled that filmmaker Michael Moore did not defame an Iraqi war veteran when Moore used a clip from a television interview without his permission in the anti-war documentary “Farenheit 9/11″ Army Sgt. Peter Damon, who lost an arm in combat, claimed he was humilitated and emotionally distressed when Moore used the clip to make an attack on President Bush and the war in Iraq. Damon said in his interview with Moore he was complaining about a drug that he was using and not attacking the president or the war in Iraq but Moore made it appear he was making anti-war comments.

Judge Aida Delgado-Colon said: “There is no reason to believe that a reasonable member of the military or veteran community would cnclude that Damon’s appearance in the documentary conveyed a defmanatory meaning, and therefore lowered his reputation or subjected him to scorn, hatred, ridicule or contempt in that community.”

Television people whether intentionally or unintentionally frequently transform the words of someone being interviewed into expressions that bear slight resemblance to what was said. Unfortunately, that is the world of television.

Female Iraq Vet Aims At Republican Seat

Jill Morganthaler, a 30 year Army veteran, has decided to sift from fighting on the fields of Iraq to zeroing in on a Repulican congressman who ran a dirty campaign in 2006 to defeat a former female Iraq war veteran.If the 53 year-old suburban mother wins the Demcoratic nomination for congress, she will take on conservative Republican Rep. Petr Roskam who defeated Tammy Duckworth in 2006 by a few hundred votes. During her tour in Iraq, Morgenthaler served as a military spokesperson and got caught in the tragedy of Abu Ghraib scandal. “I would never apologize what those seven(US soldiers) did. Not only what they did was totally wrong to the prisoners, it was wrong for our nation. It really hurt the good we were doing.”

Morgenthaler believes the Iraq government has to assume more responsibility for safety because it is important to get our troops back home. Morgenthaler has received the enthusiastic support of Duckworth who joins in seeking the defeat of a conservative
Republican supporter of the Iraq war.

A Biting Iraq War Story!

It was just an ordinary holiday party at Christmas time when some friends got together in a Wisconsin town, but things got hot and biting when two men began discussing the war in Iraq. Ramon Aleaga, who had been fighting in Iraq, was sharing some gruesome tales of killing people during his tour of duty when he aroused the ire of Brian Johnson. He shouted: “Shut up. My dad was in Vietnam and those guys don’t tell stories like that.” Within moments the two men were rolling on the floor and hitting one another. During the minor Wisconsin war, the main casualty occurred when Aleaga inadvertently bit off the ear of his opponent. Johnson was taken to the hospital which informed him that his missing ear piece could not be reattached. Mr. Aleaga will now stand trial on a mayhem charge.

In a sense, the story is silly and unimportant, in another sense, it is a tragic reminder that Vietnam war veterans were unable to articulate and come to grips with the horrors they endured in that faraway nation in Asia. Perhaps, if Mr. Johnson had understood the truth of Vietnam brutality he might have shared the anger of Aleaga rather than taking out his own anger on a young man who saw and did too much.