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. God

    Lay off Sarah. She's My friend.

    September 8, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  2. milo

    "What happened to lay off the family?"

    Nothing, have you heard Obama, Biden, or anyone affiliated with the campaign take shots at her family?

    What I want to know is, if Palin really cares about the privacy of her kids, why is SHE exploiting them to try and get votes, whether it's her son in the military, or announcing her daughter's "news"? Let's not forget, despite all the accusations of "smears" and such, SHE was the one who made that announcement and put her daughter under public scrutiny.

    September 8, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. sara

    isn't palin herself the one talking about son's deployment

    September 8, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Obama is 43% Muslim= Arab-American president

    Yes, way to tackle the issues. Dems accuse the RNC of not talking about plans and relevant issues, and every other blog is something stupid like this one.

    September 8, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Clinton Fringer

    Obama meant....lay off his family. he also meant.........Don't vote for her becasue she is a woman, but do vote for me because I am black. Should have chosen Hillary and he wouldn't be having these problems. As far as the deployment dates.......they are always announced and as we military families know, those dates can be changed to either sooner or later.

    September 8, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |

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    B I D E N ' S--–S O N--–A S S I G N M E N T :::::

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    September 8, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. T'SAH from Virginia

    THIS IS SCART ... and she is going to be our VICE PRESIDENT. I figured that out a long time ago when she FIRST mentioned it!!!! And she kept mentioning it.... over and over again... Maybe she doesn't WANT her son to go to IRAG after all!!!

    Exposing him is detrimental not only to her own son BUT to all of the other soldiers around him.... SHAME ON YOU PALIN...!!!

    OBADEN 2008-2016 – YES WE CAN!!!

    September 8, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. Unshrub

    Bidden's son is going to war also, but you did hear him using it for votes. \

    September 8, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  9. Dave, Illinois

    rON, you are an idiot. Plain and simple Obamite idiot.

    September 8, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Madmax

    Dems... count your days to November. That lady that you hate may well be your VP... Get over it...

    September 8, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Palin has more experience than Obama

    LOL at the Obama backers flipping out. This is so funny!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. USA First


    September 8, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. RowlettTX

    Von, that was my point yesterday on another blog. He is a sacrificial lamb for the Republican's campaign!

    September 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Kiki in DC

    Criag-Easton, PA
    It discredits all of the very real issuess and policy views? I have not yet heard any thing come out of McPalin about issues or policy views.

    All I am trying to say what planet are we on. Did I miss anything? The only thing that came out her mouth since the convention (Pre Bush speech that seems to have some type of voo doo over people) is the same negative things about Obama that where already said 37 millions watch we know how you feel about Obama. Talk about your policy.
    Which by the way is not a speech because she paues every 10seconds so GOP can clap.
    I have not heard hers views on any policy or what she plan to do for USA!
    GOP told Obama to give substance and he did, I have yet heard anyone ask that of MCSAME and his side kick.......All of them!!!!!

    September 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Terry

    If I recall it was the GOP and or McCain and Palin who shared this information with the media they were so eager to show of here child going ot defend his country to help with their cause.

    September 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Doug

    People need to do some research on this woman. She has made speeches where she calls the Iraq War God's War. That statement alone says a lot about her. Isn't that statement similar to ones we have heard from the so-called 'enemy'?

    September 8, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. CW4

    You should all be ashamed of yourselves. Name calling, nasty remarks on issues you have no clue about...

    If you want hand outs and big government spending: Vote DNC

    If you are a hardworking American: Vote RNC

    September 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    One kid named after a hunting skill. One named after the city where ESPN (Palin's true aspiration) is based. One whose second middle name is Van (Trig Paxson Van Palin) so it sounds like Van Halen.

    I mean, these are really the people we want in charge?

    September 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. Bruce

    Palin is makeing CHEAP politics of the fact that she has ason in the Army. she is not the only canidate that has family members in the militray. This goes along with the cheap shot about her daughter being pregnant. First she pul the young girl into the spot light then complains when people ask the natural questions. Sheis trying too hard to have the sexest card played both ways. She holds it like a shield to protect her from all questions. then she azcts like she in to receive special consideration because she is a woman and then declars she is a pitbull.

    We do not need this type of person. She does not reflect my values. If her values are really the true values of the AMerican People I must be in the wrong country. I always thought America was the home of freedom no the village of stupidity

    September 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Max Mitchell

    The plane did not sell on Ebay, it was later sold for a $600,000 loss.

    September 8, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Anonymous

    Stop complaining ,talking so much and listen once in a while.

    September 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. trudy

    i am a Obama supporter an i am white &independet, Mc Cain there are a lot of us that dont trust they right wing on anything ,Palin is abaut as right an dishonest as you can get

    September 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. reddog

    give an idiot a palette, and (s)he'll write idiocy. doesn't anybody think before puking their comments. what possible good comes from the above...other than ego-tripping?

    September 8, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Harpo Michigan

    As for knowing when someone deploys, I have 2 nephews in Iraq..and they are is there for the 4th time by choice and we knew when they were going but could not know when they were coming home until they got here. Did not compromise anything. I also have a nephew in the Air Force who has been over and we knew when he was leaving too but could not know when he was coming back into the country.
    People need to know what they are talking about before responding to an open blog or comment like this.

    September 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  25. Keith COrnelius

    You people (Obama Supporters) are so pathetic, first just by bring him(Track) up again you are shinning the light onto the troops stop the crap already. If you people cannot speak FACTS then shut up already. The Obama supporters are starting to run scared, heck even prominent Democrats are saying Obama is in trouble, however wouldn't be if he chose HILLARY, which he didn't ...Judgment call.....BAD ONE.......
    Lets see do I want a VP who only garnered about 8,000 votes in the primary or the one who captured 18,000,000...Obama, I'll choose 8,000.......

    September 8, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
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