WHAT THE HELL'S GOING ON AT MILITARY.COM?
CHANCE TO GET METZGER STORY OUT ON
"MAINSTREAM MEDIA" NOT WORTH GROVELING
BEFORE WARD CARROLL - "EFFUSIVE PRAISE"
TURNS TO RUDE PUT-DOWNS AS MACHIAVELLIAN
EDITOR SOLICITS STORY BELOW - THEN
DENIGRATES IT AS "DISORGANIZED BLOG"
WE LEARN LESSON - DON'T GET SUCKERED AGAIN
REMAIN "INDEPENDENT AND UNCENSORED"
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The old saying goes: "If it seems to be too good to be true, it usually is."
Here at MilitaryCorruption.com, we learned that the hard way recently, when, for a brief time, we allowed ourselves to believe the effusive praise of our web site by one Ward Carroll, current editor of Military.com.
Out of the blue, arrived an e-mail from him, inquiring if his mainstream media outlet could "share content" with the maverick MilitaryCorruption.com. He asked if there was anything he could do to "help publicize" MCC. On his "Barracks Patrol" page, he heaped praise upon us.
MilitaryCorruption.com first came into our scan a few weeks back, when its editor-in-chief, MAJ Glenn MacDonald, USAR (Ret.), and his killer team of military journalism and legal vets got to the facts surrounding the Capt. Holly Graf firing before any mainstream organizations. We checked Glenn's site out at that time and immediately felt at home . . . Glenn can actually write.
Now, Glenn has given The Barracks Patrol some new skinny: you may remember Jill Metzger as the two-time Air Force Marathon winner who was supposedly "abducted" in Kyrgyzstan back in Sept. 2006. According to Glenn, the Air Force brass stonewalled the mainstream media on what really happened, and soon those guys lost interest, but the gang at MilitaryCorruption.com stayed with it.
Glenn says he's on the verge of exposing a big-time cover-up that culminated in mysterious Metzger going out the door with a lucrative 100 per cent (tax-free) "disability" pension. MilitaryCorruption.com dared ask if it was "hush-money" instead.
At any rate, Glenn says a key source has now come forward to share the truth. If it unfolds as predicted, this could make the Holly Graf fiasco seem minor in comparison. Sex, lies, and millions of dollars in wasted taxpayer money spent on a search for nonexistent "kidnappers" adds up to a scandal worthy of a Congressional investigation.
So will the Jill Metzger cover-up go high order (as we say in the bomb dropping world?) Stay tuned . . .
Pretty nifty, huh? It looked like our new-found "friend" at Military.com might become an important ally.
Soon, Carroll was offering our editor-in-chief a paid byline story on page one. "Just keep the copy to no more than 1200 words," he said. When we asked what kind of impact such a piece on Metzger would have, Military.com's editor promised in an e-mail to go full-tilt getting the story out to "all the mainstream media outlets." That was the last civil or positive word we got from Ward Carroll.
When we submitted the article you are about to read, nothing was right. Carroll denigrated the piece as a "disorganized blog" and when asked on the phone for specific suggestions on what exactly he wanted, the smart-ass snarled: "I don't have time to hold your hand." Considering the fact he was insulting a 45-year journalism veteran, who started out as a US Army combat correspondent in Vietnam and later became a wire service correspondent and award-winning New York POST reporter, that crack was, shall we say, unappreciated.
The conversation was ended abruptly by MAJ MacDonald, who made the right decision to cease all association with the obnoxious jerk who runs the dull but well-read Military.com.
Here, below, is the story Carroll considered trash. Let us know what YOU think, dear reader. Just hit the CONTACT US tab on the MCC masthead.
By GLENN MacDONALD, USAR (Ret.)
Now it can be told. After nearly four years of investigation, running down every lead and answering hundreds of e-mails from sources on three continents, we can unequivocally say, the Maj. Jill Metzger cover-up has finally come undone.
"Its a house of cards, ready to fall," said a highly-placed former intelligence officer who worked the bizarre case of Metzger's alleged "abduction" in Kyrgyzstan in September of 2006.
This key source, who must remain anonymous for obvious reasons, "came in from the cold" recently to contact MilitaryCorruption.com and reveal what this person knows about this attempt to conceal the truth of what really happened from the American people.
The story is shameful, and the cover-up so audacious, it literally takes your breath away.
METZGER COSTS THE U.S. TAXPAYERS MILLIONS
Millions of taxpayer dollars were wasted on a fruitless "search" for Maj. Metzger's fictional "abductors" while Air Force brass hats and the OSI (Office of Special Investigations) knew she was lying about her "kidnapping."
The renewal agreement for U.S. forces to remain at strategic Manas air base in Kyrgyzstan was renegotiated at a steeply higher price, thanks to the "card" the local government could have played, protesting Metzger's baseless accusation that Kyrgyz citizens (two men and a woman) "abducted" the American officer. The damage to our foreign relations with a key Southwest Asia ally could have been disastrous if the government there had not found it to its advantage to demand more millions in rent for the base than they'd ever been paid before.
AIR FORCE "POSTER GIRL" ESCAPES ANY PUNISHMENT
If Metzger had returned to the U.S. and left the service quietly - despite avoiding punishment for being AWOL three days, making a false official statement, disobeying a standing order, fraternization, adultery, and conduct unbecoming an officer - some service members would be justifiably angry about such a double-standard of justice. But Metzger was a "poster girl" for the Air Force. Jill was a two-time winner of the Air Force Marathon; her indulgent father a retired colonel; and her much-younger and lower-ranking hubby, an OSI agent. All her military career, Metzger was well-known for "playing up to the generals." She had her "political skills" down pat.
What enraged Air Force rank-and-file, however, was the 100 per cent "disability" pension Metzger was awarded in 2007 when she was placed on the TDRL (Temporary Disabled Retired List). For her to score what many suspected was a "pay-off" or "hush money" in time of war, with genuinely wounded and disabled men and women coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan getting much less, was too much for many to bear. Seeing the arrogant Metzger run in the 2008 Air Force and Marine Corps Marathons while drawing total "disability" pay, seriously damaged military morale.
Metzger got the highest disability rating right off the bat for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). That "injury"could only have been incurred if she had actually been "traumatized" by a "kidnapping." Faked "abduction" stories don't count.
E-mails poured into MilitaryCorruption.com. Retired Maj. Tom Rawlings wrote: "Metzger is defrauding the government and dishonoring true disabled veterans. The truth needs to be known." Air Force veteran Robert Lee said: "Metzger shouldn't be allowed to get away with this miscarriage of justice. It's a mockery of the UCMJ. I cannot believe no other media outlet dares to reveal this woman for the fake and fraud that she is." Mike Campbell, a former Air Force public affairs officer at Andrews AFB near Washington, D.C. wrote: "It sickens me to see her get away with this. Please don't let up until you expose Metzger and the top brass that have protected her."
SECURITY CAMERA FILM UNDERCUTS "ABDUCTION" TALE
The intelligence officer source mentioned earlier was reviewing security camera film in Sept. 2006 at CENTCOM headquarters in Florida. He noticed Metzger walking "calmly and in a straight line" out of Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) department store right up to a parked car where she got in. "There was no struggle, no coercion, and most of all, no two men and a woman she claimed had grabbed her up. It was then that I knew her story was a lie. I took my concerns to J3, but nothing was done about it."
The officer said "none of her story made sense." He called Metzger "a fraud who doesn't deserve a pension. She should be dismissed from the Air Force, and the officers who enabled her to get that disability rating, they should be brought up on charges and court-martialed."
In a remarkable twist to the story, the INTEL specialist revealed Metzger was"initially suspected of leaking secrets to a Russian agent" because of her frequent trips into Bishkek from the air base, a violation of orders. He said that fear was later disproved. Other sources said the many trips were to set up a visit to a local abortion clinic.
KYRGYZ POLICE DOUBTED METZGER STORY FROM BEGINNING
Kyrgyz television in Bishkek reported a taxi-driver said he took Metzger to the Issyk Ata District Medical Clinic in Kant near a house where she later turned up, claiming she'd escaped her captors after "overpowering" a guard and running 30 miles, naked and barefoot, to freedom. The clinic is located, the TV report said, at the junction of Togolok-Moldo and Kievskay Streets.
Kemilbek Kiyazov, chief of the Sjuysic Region Police Dept., said Metzger's story "just doesn't add up."
"She made many contradictions and bizarre claims," he said, which caused the cop to doubt the abduction story from the start. For example, Kiyazov said Metzger declared she'd been robbed of a necklace by her "kidnappers," but couldn't explain why they hadn't touched the expensive wedding ring she was still wearing on her finger.
MANY REASONS POINT TO METZGER LYING
HAIR DYE ON HANDS: Why was brown hair dye stains found on the palms of Metzger's hands? She was seen purchasing hair dye in Bishkek at the market. Unlike the U.S., in Bishkek, no rubber gloves come with the package. Why dye your blonde hair, unless you want to disguise yourself when you're an American woman going to a abortion clinic.
BLOOD ON TOP OF FEET: Why was blood observed on the top of Metzger's feet? Wouldn't the bottoms be bloody or chafed? Or did the blood come from a certain medical procedure, gone wrong?
"OVER-POWERING" A GUARD: How could Metzger, all 90 pounds of her at the time, "overpower" an armed guard and escape nude and barefoot into the night without causing a ruckus and being pursued? And what "kidnappers" would leave a captive untied to even attempt an escape?
NO DECORATION FROM THE AIR FORCE: What's this? Why didn't the Air Force award Metzger a high decoration for her self-proclaimed feats of "derring-do?" Wouldn't you think the Pentagon would trumpet Metzger as a female super-achiever in order to recruit more women into the Air Force?
FLOWN OUT OF COUNTRY PRONTO: Why was Metzger whisked out of Kyrgyzstan on a diverted cargo flight before local police could complete their questioning?
REFUSES BLOOD TEST: Why did Metzger refuse to submit blood or undergo a pregnancy test at the military hospital in Germany?
FAILS TWO POLYGRAPH TESTS: Why, according to an OSI agent who worked the case and told MilitaryCorruption.com in a tape-recorded interview, Metzger is a fraud? Why did she fail a polygraph test, not once, but twice. "Her story kept changing, and had holes in it your could drive a truck through," he said. "We were told to lay off her - that she had some general by the balls."
A PROTECTOR IN HIGH PLACES
And who is that general?
All we can say here, is a guard in the bunker at Manas air base the night the major returned from her "abduction," said he was shocked by the sight of a three-star general anxiously awaiting Metzger's arrival.
Then-Lt. Gen. Gary North pressed his commander's coin into the palm of the frightened enlisted man and warned him that he "didn't see anything" and "not to talk to any reporters."
We wonder why?
Four-star Gen. North is said to be next-in-line to become Air Force chief of staff. And Jill Metzger has yet to be brought to justice.
The writer is a former United Press International correspondent and now editor-in-chief of MilitaryCorruption.com
WHAT'S THE "HIDDEN AGENDA?"
It's hard to tell what Ward Carroll's agenda was in all this. We can certainly sympathize with those who have to work for such a Machiavellian boss, and take comfort in the fact, we don't, and we won't.
Some things just come with too high a price tag. Taking crap and condescension from the likes of Carroll, is for us, unacceptable
MilitaryCorruption.com got blind sided on this one, folks, but we won't make that mistake again.
It's been four, long, hard, lonely years digging out the truth in the Jill Metzger case, trying in vain to break through the mainstream media's wall of silence. If need be, we'll do four more years. We will not give up. We're not going away.
Yes, it would have been nice to have had our story published on the "mainstream media" pages of Military.com. It would've embarrassed Air Force Times, if nothing else. And they deserve to be "called out" for their total lack of critical coverage of the Metzger cover-up. Anyone can re-write Pentagon press releases. It take courage, however, to occasionally "bite" the hand that feeds you.
You can count on this: we will continue to report the real news, without fear or favor. Uncensored and unafraid.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: If any news organizations out there wish to publish the article above, denigrated by the brilliant editor of Military.com, you can have it at no charge. And to our large and faithful readership - we'll reach five million hits in March - please tell us if you think what we wrote is a "disorganized blog" or not. Thank you.]