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Cyber Attack Shuts Down Website




On the eve of breaking new developments in the mysterious
case of Jill Metzger, the female Air Force major who disappeared from her U.S. military
base for three days in 2006, a deliberate cyber attack shut down our
MilitaryCorruption.com website.

But don’t look for any major media coverage of the attack on our
First Amendment right of free speech. In this case, www.MilitaryCorruption.com [1] (MCC) was deemed a threat to undermine the credibility of
someone considered to be one of the leading feminist icons in the U.S. military
services.

Remember that it was Metzger’s claim, not backed up by any
evidence, that she had been abducted and then heroically escaped her
captors. Many media organizations in the U.S. trumpeted this claim. But
circumstantial evidence, some of it offered by local media in Kyrgyzstan,
where Metzger was based, indicated she left that military installation for
personal reasons and concocted a cover story.

If that tale turns out to be false, and there is a lot of reason
to doubt it, the military top brass who have been protecting her―and the
mainstream media which have refused to investigate the matter―will end up
looking like fools or worse. That’s why MilitaryCorruption.com was a
threat, and that’s why we were closed down―temporarily.

Readers of the AIM [2] website will
be familiar with the curious case. AIM editor Cliff Kincaid has written
several stories about it. Referring to Metzger’s status as a prominent woman in
the military and two-time Air Force Marathon winner, he has called it the
military scandal the media won’t touch. He’s referring to the feminists in
positions of media power who didn’t want to do anything to undermine Metzger’s
role as a successful model for what women can do in the military.

Like Kincaid, I have always been suspicious of Metzger’s story.
MilitaryCorruption.com has even offered $100,000 for documentation that will
prove what really happened, as well as information leading to the arrest and
conviction of anyone guilty of pension fraud.

We didn’t get all of the documents we needed, like a hard copy
of the closely-guarded Air Force investigative report, but we did obtain
inside information when we interviewed an OSI (Office of Special
Investigations) agent who worked the case and contributed to that
document. That information indicates that not only was Metzger’s story
about being kidnapped and abducted false, but that military officials have
knowledge of the cover-up. And that means that military higher-ups know that
she is not entitled to the “temporary disability retirement” with full benefits
that she is currently receiving. If they knowingly participated in a
fraudulent scheme to give her such military benefits, they can be prosecuted.

But just as we were preparing to release the new information―and
we had alerted the public in a press release to what was coming―we were hit
with what a member of our technical staff concluded was “a calculated DOD
(Department of Defense) cyber attack.” It destroyed our home page and made
it impossible for many thousands of daily readers to access the site.  The
trail, we were told, led all the way to the U.S. Army installation at Ft. Meade, Md.

You should realize, dear reader, that your government has zillions
of taxpayer dollars to equip and employ the best computer experts in the
business, stick them in a uniform and put them to work in the underground rooms
at Meade.

We can understand the need for cyber attacks directed at foreign
and hostile sites. But www.MilitaryCorruption.com [1] is run by a group of veterans who only want
accountability and truth from the military high command.

We phoned the Pentagon Public Affairs Office and asked for an
explanation. I am a former public affairs officer (PAO) myself, so knew
full well there could be only one of two replies: “no comment” or “we know
nothing about it.”  MCC got the “we know nothing about it” response, right
after the officer on duty said he was indeed familiar with a website called
MilitaryCorruption.com.

Since that attack, which knocked us offline for more than 48 hours
and was as costly as it was frustrating to both us and our loyal readers, we
are back on the Internet promising legal action against any individual, be they
civilian or military, if we catch them committing such a criminal act. It
is possible. We nailed a foul-mouthed PAO at the Pentagon, Lt. Cdr. Daniel
Hetledge, USN, a few years back. He had been sending us a series of
anonymous and profanity-laced e-mails questioning our patriotism and honor when
one of our talented webmasters traced him back to his desk via his IP number.

A phone call from yours truly to this individual, and then his
commanding officer, resulted in a written apology, which is probably the only
time in history that the flacks in the Pentagon ever apologized in print to
anyone from the media for behaving badly.

Hetledge was bounced out of his PAO job and sent to the boondocks,
while we gleefully published the apology from a public affairs colonel who
became apoplectic at our antics.  “You didn’t tell me you were going to
publish that!” he screamed over the telephone. To which I replied: “You
didn’t ask us not to.”

Why would the Pentagon be so sensitive and annoyed by a website
based in suburban Phoenix, Arizona, that gets only two million hits a month, is
read daily in more than 40 countries of the world as well as on all U.S.
military installations in CONUS and overseas? Because we’d just laid them
out with a “one-two punch.” The Metzger cover-up isn’t the only story we’ve
been investigating.

Those of you reading these words are invited to click on www.MilitaryCorruption.com [1] to see our recent story on how U.S. military officers in World War
II promised American GI prisoners “commutation of sentence” if they would agree
to participate in a little experiment on an island in the Pacific.

Seems the Pentagon wanted to know if Japanese soldiers could
survive our bombs while hunkered down in bunkers 30 feet below ground. The
deal was, if the prisoners emerged from the holes okay, they would be free
men.  What the Army Air Force didn’t tell them, however, was that no one
would come out alive. The “bombs” were canisters of deadly mustard gas.

You can imagine the curses of the dying American GI’s, as they
realized the betrayal and discovered to their horror they were to be disposed
of as “human guinea pigs.”

Another story, our third installment in the “National Guard Dirty
Tricks Handbook” series, didn’t please the brass either. But it was
our press advisory, published on September 6, promising the final word on the
Metzger cover-up, that apparently became the final straw.

We told of an Air Force OSI (Office of Special Investigations)
agent who’d worked on the Metzger case and decided to obey his conscience,
telling us the inside story of the investigation and subsequent
cover-up. A “major” embarrassment, pardon the pun. No other civilian
media, especially the lap-dog Air Force Times, would dare touch such a “politically-incorrect”
story. But we did.

MilitaryCorruption.com has published numerous articles over the
past couple years as we uncovered bits of new information about the puzzling
case. Now we had the missing piece.  Several senior officers could face
charges if Metzger’s lucrative PTSD “disability” pension (based on her
so-called heroics) turned out to be a “pay-off” or “hush-money.”

“We were told to lay off her, because she had somebody really big
right by the balls,” the agent said in one of our lengthy background
interviews. The generals and Pentagon will do whatever it takes to protect
their own. Rats backed into a corner always bite back. So someone with
plenty of rank decided to pull the plug on us and see what we’d do.

Well, we’re back on line.  We’ve published the first two
installments in the Metzger series and will post the third and final one if we
have no further interference. The motto of MilitaryCorruption.com is
FIGHTING FOR THE TRUTH and EXPOSING THE CORRUPT. The staff intends to
stand by that and not cower before those who would attempt to censor and
silence us.

We are here to stay.