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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  1. Joe

    Well. to the people of reason on this post, I want to congratulate you all for having a brain and using it. For everyone else, I ask that you go and talk to your god in your so called "tongue" like Mrs. Palin and ask him to give you a brain. This is the most out of touch person in america and she could be one step away from the oval office. America please wake up. Even if you don't agree with the other side on all the issues, that's fine. That's what is great about this country. You cannot be this shallow minded to elect an old man who has veered far to the right himself with a woman who is this radical.

    September 8, 2008 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  2. anon

    More smears and lies from the left. Is this the "change" Obama nation is going to deliver?

    September 8, 2008 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  3. Cindy

    If Palin wants the media to leave her kids alone, she should not be politicizing their deployments. Track will now be a VIP target. His entire unit will be targets. At least McCain has been wise enough to not use his sons for political posturing.

    Palin saw the speech written for her ahead of time. She should have had the wisdom to protect her son and his unit and cut that section of her speech out.

    September 8, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  4. Bonnie in Colorado

    Sarah Palin attended and graduated from the Unversity of Idaho. She didn't attend six colleges in six years. That is another "bit of gossip" that is disgusting. Please stop spreading your gossip.

    September 8, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  5. rodlang

    The biggest joke of the day is Obama saying he wanted to join the military after high school but the Vietnam War was over so they didn't need him. LMAO....hey Obama you still could have joined you idiot.

    There is nothing illegal about saying your son/daughter is being deployed to Iraq/Afghanistan. In fact, the military has ceremonies for family members to say goodbye to their loved ones which are often covered by the media. You don't know exactly where you are being deployed until you get overseas and get your orders. At that point, you are not allowed to divulge any information. Thus, the DOD said nothign wrong occured here. C'mon libs, try to get your facts right for a change.

    September 8, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  6. Joe

    Bonnie, you need to pay attention to the facts. Her own state senate leader, a female republican, admitted that Palin was for the bridge to nowhere at first. That's just for starters. I'm not going to waste my time going into every other aspect of her record that this woman has distorted. The only hysterical comments on this post are that of your own.

    September 8, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  7. Shari

    This is not a picture of Track Palin – Can you not even get that right?

    September 8, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  8. Michael

    It's funny and a little sad to read all the garbage from the Obama people. There is the real world where normal decent people will vote for McCain/Palin. And there are the crazy nut cases in the fantasy blog world who will vote for Obama.
    Good thing for America there are lot more sain decent people in the US than left wing crazies.

    America IS Great! McCain/Palin 08!

    September 8, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  9. The Obama team is in PANIC mode.

    Has everyone noticed how the Obama Campaign doesn't have anything positive to discuss anymore. What happened to the new "changed" way of running a campaign. The Obama team is doing exactly what they renounced as "old style" politics. They 1st blamed Hillary and then the Republicans for running campaigns based on fear and the throw the kitchen sink mentality. Now that Obama is no longer ahead in the polls, he turned out to be no better than Hillary or McCain.

    September 8, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  10. CNNman

    Yep, this sounds like a democrats are getting desperate. They are unable to attack Mrs. Palin's record so they are going after her children. Any independents out there should take notice of this dirty tactic.

    September 8, 2008 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  11. rodlang

    "I have a niece and nephew in the Marines. Unfortunately I couldn't secure any special treatment for them, as most families with loved ones in the military can't.

    However, Palin and McCain won't have that problem."

    McCain's younger son has already served in Iraq (Marines)...he received no special treatment. His older son is a senior at the Naval Academy.

    September 8, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  12. KB

    Obama says lay off one listens.
    True leader, isn't he?

    September 8, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  13. LEETA



    September 8, 2008 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  14. Barbara

    Since the repubs have no solutions, they put out a distraction "in lipstick".

    Worked, didn't it? That's all we see and hear. Makes me want to puke.

    This nation has problems, and they send us distractions.

    Please post this CNN

    September 8, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  15. nitro

    who would name their son this stupid az name.

    September 8, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  16. fella from Chicago

    If McCain /Palin win the election will all of you hate spewing left wing Dems do what Alec Baldwin did win George W. won by moving out of the country? Baldwin did move out of the country as he promised, didn't he? Of course not, left wing liberals lie and break their promises. Enough said; I guess I won't be voting for Obama.

    September 8, 2008 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  17. Proud American

    Ive heard her speak of her son's impending deployment, but have yet to hear the exact date time and place. Just another attempt by a bunch of "pinko lefties" to discredit her. Get over yourselves!

    September 8, 2008 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. Barbara

    Are they saving Israel/Iran and Georgia/Russia for October to instill fear about war?

    After the current distraction, it's about all they have left to control the ignorant folks in this country that don't have cable.

    September 8, 2008 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  19. Michael in Houston

    Alot of you think that they are makin ga mountian out of mole hill. How many of you have been a combat zone? More than likely not many. The enemy has T.V.'s, radios, satelite, even cable. They get more intelligence from our media than they do from thier intellgence agencies. Yes this puts his Division, company, and squad in danger. They look for high price targets like this. You people don't understand, we are not fighting a war, we are fighting an ideology. These are not honorable soliders, these are cowards, willing to do anything to get thier 15 minutes of fame for thier cause. I am not a McCain or Palin supporter but politics aside, she is an idiot to annouce her son's departure, knowing the price that will be on his head.

    September 8, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  20. Jean

    It seems to me that anynthing Sarah Palin say or does is off limits for questions. What is this about? Why is this okay?

    Sarah palin is running for public office, (a job for either male or female). Who or how will she be vetted?

    September 8, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. VEE

    Democrats need to go on the offensive. We cannot be afraid of being called names. Paulin made a choice and so she has to face the state competetion of reality. George Bushes' endorsement proves the point that a McCain/Paulin administration will be a continuation of Bushes' failed policies. Iam sure we do not want to continue to loose our homes. Dont be fooled people, it will be worse if we mistake. Vote for change in term of growth and prosperity and not change in line with George Bush. Vote Obama!

    September 8, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  22. Dawn

    I'm not sure how the Pentagon spokesman can say that this isn't an issue. I'm on a military installation daily and the reader board at both gates specifically mentions OPSEC and watching information revealed in emails or public conversations. LORs and Article 15s are being handed out almost DAILY for speaking openly about deployment dates and locations. Why is it that he gets to operate under a different set of rules? Must be nice to not have to suffer consequences when your mom's a "famous/celebrity" politician!!

    Aren't any of you military members and family members concerned that we may have a VP who thinks nothing of announcing troop unit deployment information on national television? This woman proves through her actions that she doesn't even care about the safety of her own son. She sure doesn't care about your family members! All she cares about is media hype that her son is in the military.

    September 8, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. ItsMidnite

    The secrect service protects every movement that the candidates and their familys make.
    There were secret servive people protecting the Obama children at church on Sunday.
    I know that we have a voluntary military, the young man volunteered to serve and protect his country.
    I have no idea if any ,or what measures the military may deceide upon
    to provide for Tracks well being, but let's face it......... wheter he likes it or not, he is no longer a " normal recruit ". He now has a pretty big target on his back . Added risk suggests added protection.

    September 8, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. Vicki Webster

    Amen to the Gary comment. I agree with you 110%. YOUNG haters that is who he attracts.

    September 8, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  25. Foreign observer

    An election is not about how nice the candidate and his / her family might be but about the convictions they have and about the issues they want to achieve. Narrow minded or even lying candidates can be very dangerous especially on foreign policy.

    September 8, 2008 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
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