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Exclusive (11/15/2000) This message tells of a conspiracy orchestrated by Bill Clinton to fly the American Flag on Naval vessels in a subordinate position to communist flags in upcoming visits. Unfortunately, this example of "investigative journalism" includes a lot of accusations and conspiracy, but no facts.

Subject: President Clinton's Plans

President Clinton reportedly plans to visit China and Vietnam before the end of his term, and according to high-ranking Navy officers, the commander in chief will alter long-standing naval regulations to allow the American flag to fly below that of Vietnam when he sails into the communist nation's territorial waters on a U.S. Navy ship. Highly placed Navy sources who spoke on condition of anonymity believe this action on the president's part would further devastate already tenuous Navy morale.

As part of his swan song, Clinton reportedly intends to visit two ports aboard Naval vessels. Trip one takes him to the People's Republic of China, which has a regulation that no war ship of any country may enter its territorial waters flying a flag higher than that of the People's Republic of China. According to one Navy source, China and the U.S. have effected a compromise whereby both flags-the U.S. and the PRC-will be flown from U.S. naval vessels at the same height. But visceral outrage is resulting from a proposed change to Navy regulations that would result in the American flag being displayed subordinate to the flag of Vietnam.

Navy regulations and tradition prescribe that no country's flag will be displayed in a superior position to the U.S. flag. However, Vietnam's rules reportedly demand that the Vietnamese flag shall always fly in a superior position to any other country's flag.

High-ranking naval officers, speaking on condition that their names not be published, say the reason for all the alarm, anger and career-threatening rhetoric is that Clinton allegedly has either ordered, or is about to order, the secretary of the Navy to amend regulations to permit the Vietnamese flag to be displayed over the U.S. flag. "I'd like to blow the @#&*% thing up!" said one frustrated officer. The United States Navy Regulations began with the enactment by the Continental Congress of the "Rules for the Regulation of the Navy of the United Colonies" on Nov.28, 1775. So a long and proud history bolsters the long-held Navy tradition that no country's flag will fly higher than that of the United States.

Commenting on the report, Col. David Hackworth, America's most decorated living war veteran, said, "What's new? Clinton has done everything else to dishonor the flag, why not make it number two?" He added, "Congress ought to pull this traitor's travel plug"

Calls to the Navy Staff Operations and Special Events office were referred to the Public Affairs Office, which then referred WND to the news desk. When WND outlined the scenario, the spokesman-whose first comment was, "Wow" - later called back to say, "We haven't been able to find anything on it yet, but we're trying to run the story to ground."

Adm. Thomas B.Fargo, commander in chief of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, reportedly has visited the People's Republic of China recently also, although the reason for the trip is not known.

NOTE: Some of you may wonder what the fuss is about, but please remember that the Navy prides itself on honor and tradition. The Naval Officers are not being "childish and petty" when they speak out against this. Morale is at an all-time low, and military commands do not need to once again be berated for their job. How does this "slap in the face" decision fall under the power(s) of the Commander in Chief? It reminds me of when Hillary ordered that uniforms not be worn by the White House in-house Marines. This order still stands, if you visit the White House today, 8 yrs. later. What used to be a sought-after, privileged job, is now seen as a tour of punishment by these young Marines who stand around in civilian clothes. They not only lost their uniform but their self-esteem to be seen in the uniform they are asked to defend. How much more can the people that are asked to defend our freedom take?

The crews on the Navy ships leave their families and loved ones behind more than 6 months at a time. Everything possible should be done to praise and encourage them for their dedication! Clinton will enjoy his boat ride for a few hours and never look back to see the eyes of the men and women who serve our country.

Just as the Clinton Administration will never look back at the damage that has been done to our Military and to this Nation.

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Ron Brassard Air Force Program Manager

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

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The text of this e-mail is actually an article written by columnist Geoff Metcalf. Metcalf writes for WorldNetDaily (the "WND" in the text), a web site that describes itself as "a fiercely independent news service created to capitalize on new media technology and opportunities, to reinterpret the role of the free press as a guardian of liberty, an exponent of truth and an uncompromising disseminator of news." In other words, bull-dog journalism - a medium well-known for reporting first, getting the facts second.

The "NOTE:" portion was not part of the original article and was presumably added by Mr. Brassard of the Air Force. I was unable to confirm that Mr Brassard exists or represents the Air Force. If he did write the comments, he was most likely not acting with authorization from the U.S. Air Force. His claim that the story is "being blocked by all major news media" is absolutely absurd. This is precisely the type of story that would be all over the news if it had a shred of truth to it.

What isn't being forwarded is the follow-up article by Metcalf two days later that includes the Navy's official denial of the allegations. In it, Alan P. Goldstein, assistant chief of information for technology integration in the Navy's Office of Information in the Pentagon is cited as writing:

"The Navy is not aware of any planned trips by the President to China or Vietnam aboard a Navy ship. I have also read the article in the Internet publication and can assure you that there are no plans to change the regulations governing the flying of the U.S. flag on U.S. Navy warships. Federal statutes determine Navy Regulations on the flying of the national ensign on Navy vessels, and are not subject to alteration by the Department of the Navy."

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American Flag Dips to Vietnam, China? August 23, 2000
Navy Denies Flag Allegations August 25, 2000

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