September 8th, 2008
01:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Vet group calls for investigation into Track Palin's deployment

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[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Track Palin is supposed to deploy to Iraq on Thursday ."]

(CNN) - A liberal veterans group called Monday for an official investigation into media discussion of Track Palin’s deployment to Iraq — prompting a Defense Department response that there had been no irregularities involved, and would be no investigation.

“Numerous outlets have reported the date and location of Palin's deployment, which compromises operational security,” said Vote Vets in a statement. “The source of the leaks would be acting in violation of the law, and putting troops at unnecessary risk, and could be prosecuted.”

But the kind of information the group is referring to is typically publicly released by the Defense Department well in advance of a unit’s deployment. And the date of Palin’s upcoming deployment has been referred to numerous times by his mother, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, on the campaign trail.

"There is no violation of operational security,” said Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman. “DoD tells the public when we rotate a brigade into Iraq or Afghanistan."

There was no word from the Pentagon on whether there had been any requests for special consideration in Track Palin’s case. Earlier this year, John McCain asked the media not to report the precise date and time his son Jack would be returning from Iraq until he was back in the United States, a request that was honored by all major news organizations.

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soundoff (252 Responses)
  1. White and Black support for Obama

    She is very good at telling lies, oh guys have you checked if the air plans money she sold on Ebay is in Alaska government account?

    She sold it and made profit ehh....
    Like Hillary said Sarah Palin is a very good community organizer if money is involve, but ordinary community organizer do not do it for money. sort of. actul responsibility working to get people to work.

    what about the investigation of Abuse of power.

    September 8, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  2. S. Boatman

    Way To Put Our Troops Directly In Harms Way! As If They Dont Have Enough To Deal With Already!

    September 8, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    Of course there was no wrong doing!
    He is Saint Sarah's son!
    Joe Biden's son is being to deployed to the Mid East as well.
    I just love the way CNN and the MSM are treating this lying, racist , book-burning, wench of very questionable character with kid gloves.
    I pray to God they do not win, and if they do God Help America.

    September 8, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. elle

    "And the date of Palin’s upcoming deployment has been referred to numerous times by his mother, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, on the campaign trail."

    September 8, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  5. Craig- Easton, PA

    I wish those out there on the left fringe would stop trying to manufacture soemthing out of nothing. It discredits all of the very real issues and problems with the Governor's record and policy views.

    September 8, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Bill Tampa

    Probably not an issue......I'm glad CNN is finally showing the you-tube video where Palin is saying Iraq is god's plan......We cannot afford to have this finatic a heartbeat waway from the presidency.!!!!!!!!!!!..I love God, but the Iraq obomination was the creation of Bush!!!!1

    September 8, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  7. Gina in Racine Wi

    I do not like McCain or Palin or there Politics.

    But for the sake of this young man, his fellow Troops and their safety......lets stay off this subject until they are back on USA soil.

    This comes from a Marin Mom. The Media, Veteran's Groups, not have to play Politics with out Troops lives. Leave that to the Bush Administration and the GOP

    September 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  8. Foreign observer

    Candidate Palin is simply unexperienced and naive on most issues (f.e. abstinence, Irak illegal invasion=gods will ) . She should have received an advice from McCain how to handle the deployment of her son.

    September 8, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. Grinell Meadors

    Sarah's heart is so full because her first-born is going off to battle, just the same as millions of mothers before and after. What would those hard-nosed men know of what a mother feels when her son is going into dangerous waters? She is proud of him and will pray earnestly for his safety; but, still, mothers will still yearn for their children's safety at all times.

    September 8, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Phil Newton from Murphy, Oregon

    Endangering your child and those with whom he serves.

    Family values?

    September 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |

    I love and respect our military personnel but ARE THEY TRYING TO COPY GRET BRITAINS PRINCE HARRY?

    My brother and brother-in-law was in the Marines and served in the first Gulf War and another brother-in-law was in the Navy also served in the First Gulf War, two uncles served in Korea and Vietnam, now we have cousins and friends in Iraq. Why are they giving Palin's especial treatment? After all he volunteered to join the service or did mommy made him? I'M JUST CURIOUS! I RESPECT MCCAINS SERVICE BUT HIS NO MAVERICK IN MY BOOK. HIS NOT THE FIRST POW AND PALIN IS NOT THE FIRST WOMAN TO ACCOMPLISH SOMETHING IN POLITICS. I JUST FEEL SORRY FOR HER BECAUSE THE REPUBLICANS ARE JUST USING HER FOR HER GOOD LOOKS.

    September 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. CNN why won't you post anything negative about Palin?!

    Average Americans don't believe that the Earth was created 7000 years ago;
    We don't ignore overwhelming scientific proof about global warming;
    We don't support Jews For Jesus;
    We don't support states seceding from the country;
    We don't support eminent domain;
    We don't support banning books;
    We don't support using political power for personal gain (Troopergate);
    We do support abortion in the case of rape or incest;
    We do support sexual education that deals with pre-marital sex, STDs and contraceptives

    Palin should not be allowed anywhere near the White House!
    She is an extreme religious fundalmentalist.
    She lied about a major corruption foe (she accepted campaign contributions in the same fundraising scheme at the center of a public corruption scandal that led to the indictment of Sen. Ted Stevens).
    She lied about being against earmarking (she requested $27 Million for tiny Wasilla – even McCain criticized her).
    She lied about her initial support for the Bridge to Nowhere (only reversing her opinion when it became politicially beneficial to do so).
    She does not support alternate energy sources.
    She is anti-environmental.
    She even lied about winning Miss Congeniality!

    Extreme is an understatement.

    So you really want a "Warrior For God" one heartbeat away from our nuclear arsenal? I thought unstable, belligerent religious extremists were our enemies...not our representatives.

    September 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    This is not an issue. Let's not get sidetracked.

    September 8, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  14. Bill Tampa

    Folks wake up..;Palin...6 colleges in 6 years......Baptized as a Catholic...changed churches and became a rid of Being a pentacostal..and now goes to various evangelical churches, Was for the bridge to nowhere, then was against the bridge to nowhere. Was for earmarks, now against me this shows a lack of discipline....!!!!!!!!!....To me this is scary!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Old Fart

    Who cares?

    September 8, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. Guy

    Sounds like someone is trying to get out of being deployed...

    September 8, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  17. LS

    Talk about carelessness

    Palin was and is negligent. Which means that her lack of forethought regarding her own son and other troops are just an example of her lack of intelligent experience when it comes war issues and other human lives.

    As a mother, I would be furious to know that another woman would put my son's life in danger for her own stupidity.

    September 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  18. Tennessee Mike

    This reeks of desperation on the parts of the Derms.

    I won't be surprised when some Dem operatives get arrested for rummaging through the Palinss garbage looking for something "incriminating".

    Shades of 1988.....ya'll better not let 'em take any photographs of Obama bin Laden with a Kevlar helmet falling over his eyes!

    September 8, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  19. Steve From Dallas

    Boring.... just hot air from Obama people trying to deflect public interest from focusing on their poll dropping candidate.

    Obama should have picked Hillary!

    September 8, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Rodham Democrat

    Why do I feel like Gov. Palin is manipulating her son's service to our country for political points?

    September 8, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  21. mobiusinformer

    Psssst... Obama-ites. The plane did NOT sell on eBay. Fire your fact checkers......if you have any.

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Please. Give it a rest.

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  23. lee

    Palin has become a distraction from the real problems Americans are facing. Are Americans dumb enough to forget what republicans did to them, and rally behind a person who has been picked( Sarah Palin) not beacause of competence, but to confuse Americans?This is not putting 'COUNTRY FIRST," this is putting "PALIN FIRST."

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. rON

    Who in their right mind would name their kid "Track"? Is the PALIN family nuts? You can bet "track" middle name my mom's an idiot, Palin will not be place in harms way.

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. VON BISMARK,Vienna.

    a SACRIFICIAL LAMB for the Presidency!

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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