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. Silence Dogood

    What happened to lay off the family? I guess we see what obama really means.

    September 8, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. sharon

    drip drip drip......I can't keep up. BTW..did you know that Alaskans pay NO income tax (rich oil reserves) so all that pork going their way is courtesy of every tax payer in the USA? What would your state have done witha little extra from the feds?

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

    families are off limits...except for these kids i'd like to use as political props.

    September 8, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  4. sine

    She uses her kids when it's politically convinent and then tell us to back off when it's not.

    It's quite entertaining, the hypocrisy of the republican party as a whole. Especially that double talk dribbling out of sean hannity's and Karl Roves mouths.

    Spare the American people with all this Sarah Palin is great for our country BS.

    Obama/Biden- the responsible choice

    September 8, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |

    Time to reach eh?

    7 Point lead in the polls gone... McCain leads in them all...

    Oh the joy... watching the "ONE" go down in flames...

    That what he gets for attacking women and children.... BYE OBAMA

    September 8, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. CW4Barack

    Let's pray and use our votes to stop the madness.....make sure you talk to your friends and ensure everyone you know who is eligible to vote is registered to vote. This morning I heard McBush is leading in the polls and that is just too scary! The Dems can't act like whimps and not hit back at her and hit back hard....forget this don't want to beat up on the hockey mom crap....she is out their attacking and attacking....let's see how well she can defend! They need to turn this pitbull with lipstick into a whimpering chuhuahua!

    September 8, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Eric-29-m-PA

    My fellow Democrats are worse than Republicans with these smears. This must stop!


    September 8, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Sen. Barack Obama

    Even I consider this to be unpatriotic. 🙁

    September 8, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Soldier 4 OBAMA

    His deployment is been used to gin up votes and I am sure Palin had him enlist to achieve her "plans". It is not Palin people should be worried about, it is her husband and his views on Independence for Alaska, those are the issues here, who is Palin and who more so is her Husband and his stance?

    September 8, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. b Jiggy

    Is his name Track?

    September 8, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. LB

    If she's that lose lipped about her own sons safety I guess she will definitly be a risk as a VP. Lose lips sink ships. It could be your son or daughter, neice, nephew, or grandchild shes putting at deaths door. Think about it. No foreign or military experience just beauty pagent skills. All she cares about is the photo shoots and snide remarks she can make. No real issues to stand on, except for McCain's issues of more war, don't know much about the economy, and the cost of college tuitions, McCain was to dumb to get into college.

    September 8, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. BR

    Wow, the left is getting pretty ridiculous. Where is the concern about Ayers, Wright, Pflegger, etc?? My bad, they all hate America so it is ok.

    September 8, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. demwit

    What kind of Mother names their kid Track? Palin is obviously not fit to be VP. She should go back to what she does best...., snowshoes and pregnant!!

    September 8, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  14. Frank

    Liberal Vets – Sad but true. I wonder what their agenda is all about? We can respect the Vet but when it comes to Liberal, we part company.

    September 8, 2008 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Sam

    I notice Senator Biden doesn't brag about his son going to Iraq.

    September 8, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Leah DiMarco, Texas

    It is Sarah Palin that keeps saying on the microphone in speeches that Track is leaving for Iraq on September 11th. She is using it as a political stunt!

    Hey Palin – please go back to Alaska and stay there!

    September 8, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  17. Tony

    Wow, liberals are absolutely squirming now. How pathetic! Lose with some dignity, guys. Give up and go post another stupid YouTube video or something.

    September 8, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  18. HF in CA

    Dems are great at trying to find a scandal where there is none. It's as if they have nothing better to throw at Republicans than "Look at what she's doing mommy!" They figure that if their liberal media pals just pick up on the story of an investigation, it influences Americans.

    Unfortuantely for Obama, who has tried to be above such things, he chose a running mate and is easily influenced by folks who pull out these crazy tactics.

    Seems to me that Dems think Americans are stupid...

    September 8, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. BKOI

    To all women who cherish their right to choose , their right to equal pay , their right to have the say over their own body !! Palin's views are "beyond the Pale (in) " VERY EXTREME !! BE WARNED ! SHE IS NOT YOUR FRIEND !! She is a religious extremist as well. SHe somehow believes she is on a mission from GOD . Talk about AUDACITY! This woman is dangerous. Her popularity is because of a speech given to her by Karl Rove and the Bush boys that she read well! Are the American people that stupid to fall for this blatant propaganda, if so then we are in big trouble! WAKE UP , we are being duped by the very people that have stolen the American dream ! Good ploy, steal something , then get the people to love you and reward you for promising to give it back! GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  20. Tony

    So typical of republican lies and hypocrisy.

    Of course she and McCain asked for special treatment for their sons and got it.

    The republicans have counted on the stupidity of the American people for decades, and are usually correct........unfortuntaetly.

    September 8, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  21. John in Ohio

    Funny thing is, she was lying about him going to Iraq on 9/11. That's just the muster date.

    Track Palin is going to Iraq as infantry, and doesn't have a lot of say in the matter. Beau Biden is going as a Captain. He doesn't have to go, as he's also the Delaware state Attorney General, but he's going anyway.

    This is a war that effects all of us.

    September 8, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  22. Roger

    wow you dems are getting desperate

    September 8, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  23. Billy J -Austin, TX-

    This is stupid. I am in no way for either of the republican candidates and Palin is especially lame, but this particular tactic is stupid.

    September 8, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. Women Decide

    Joe Biden's son is also serving in Iraq- on top of being the Attorney General of Delaware. Now that's impressive.

    By the way, Barack Obama- who was born in 1961- never had the opportunity to fight in a war because there were no wars going on during this late teens and twenties. I don't think we should hold that against him, you think?

    September 8, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  25. shannon

    wouldn't liberals just be better off spitting on this kid? they are basically doing the same thing right now.

    September 8, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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