The Chicago Sun-Times carries a story Thursday about Department of Defense (“DOD”) accusations on December 9, 2009 that Kirk had unlawfully engaged in “partisan political activities.” That accusation was triggered by materials Andy Martin submitted to DOD on August 1, 2009 as part of his Freedom of Information Act filings at DOD. In other words, Martin's complaints to DOD about Kirk’s unlawful activities triggered an investigation that culminated in the Undersecretary’s accusations against Kirk contained in DOD’s December 9, 2009 letter.
Andy Martin continues to be the driving force behind forcing Mark Kirk out of politics. Andy had not previously released his original August 1, 2009 complaints/FOIA demands to DOD which triggered Kirk’s problems with DOD. These letters will be placed on the internet before his June 10th news conference. “I said last week there was more to come about Kirk, and it is still coming,” Martin says. “No one believed me in January. Maybe people are believing now.”
New York [CHICAGO] NEWS CONFERENCE: Thursday, June 10th
Chicago crime fighter Andy Martin blows open the Mark Kirk military fraud scandal with dramatic new disclosures
Tea Party sympathizer Andy Martin explains the context in which the Department of Defense in December, 2009 accused Kirk of “partisan political activities” in military uniform
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ANNOUNCEMENT OF THURSDAY NEWS CONFERENCE IN NEW YORK
Andy Martin explains why the Department of Defense in December, 2009 accused Mark Kirk of unlawful political activity; Martin had been filing charges against Kirk with DOD since August
Martin says the latest DOD documents are the “smoking gun” that will end Kirk’s candidacy and career
(CHICAGO)(June 10, 2010) Chicago crime fighter and anti-corruption crusader Andy Martin will hold a New York news conference today, Thursday, June 10th to place the Chicago Sun-Times story on the Department of Defense’s accusations against Mark Kirk’s “illegal political activities” in uniform in context:
“The Sun-Times has picked up Department of Defense (“DOD”) documents from the web site www.Nitpicker.blogspot.com,” Martin says. “But no one knew of my clandestine activity behind the scenes until today.
“Why did the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense accuse Mark Kirk of illegal ‘partisan political activities’ while in uniform? It was because of my earlier complaints to DOD, and the accusations I made against Kirk in my FOIA (“Freedom of Information Act”) activity. I will post these documents separately before my New York news conference Thursday.
“I made my initial FOIA request to Secretary of Defense Robert Gates on August 1st. Likewise, I sent Mark Kirk a letter on August 1st asking him to waive his rights under the Privacy Act. He refused. But Kirk knew as early as August 1, 2009 that I was seeking his military records. Between August 1, 2009 and today’s date I have engaged in spirited correspondence with DOD.
“DOD Undersecretary Gail McGinn was obviously aware of my efforts to secure the release of Kirk’s records. I had been tipped off that there was unhappiness within the Pentagon at Kirk’s grandstanding, and was advised to file a FOIA request, which I did.
“Thus, Undersecretary’s McGinn’s accusations of unlawful ‘partisan political activities’ in uniform was triggered by my ongoing comments to DOD
“Mr. Kirk’s statement Wednesday night implicitly acknowledges that within his campaign I am seen as the devil that will not let go. Kirk is obsessed with me. Kirk’s own statement Wednesday evening mentions my radio ads, as he did when he falsely claimed at the Union League Club he had been ‘fighting for [Andy Martin’s] freedom’ in Afghanistan. Kirk knows I have been hounding DOD to tell the truth. I have also filed a DADT complaint against Kirk with the Navy.
“It is unseemly that Kirk now claims his ‘private’ records have been compromised, when he used DOD secrecy to conceal his own criminal activity. Using federal property for political activity is a criminal act. Instead of filing his own FOIA complaint, Kirk should grant the waiver I asked for and direct the release of all of his military records. Kirk has been using federal secrecy laws to cover up his fraudulent activity in uniform.
“The reason the Sun-Times story and the Nitpicker blog entry appear out of context in so far as Undersecretary Gail McGinn’s accusations of unlawful partisan activity by Kirk (all political activity in uniform is unlawful) of December 9, 2009 is because prior to today (June 10th) no one in the media or public knew I had been clandestinely orchestrating DOD investigations against Kirk since August 1, 2009.
“I am usually known as a man who is pretty quick with a news release. But because I was aware of the explosive nature of the DOD allegations against Kirk, I did not issue a news release on August 1st. I planned to use my information about Kirk’s military fraud in campaign advertising. So we kept the FOIA activity embargoed. I held the ‘military imposter’ story until I began running radio ads exposing Kirk as a military fraud in January, 2010. My radio advertisement which exposed Kirk as a military masquerader is still available to be heard on my web site:
“I ran ads exposing Mark Kirk as a military fraud and I also posted a letter from DOD on my web site www.markKirk.us dated October 28, 2009 [which letter I had also kept under wraps in 2009] disclosing a lack of any DOD records to document Kirk’s imaginary claims about his military service in Afghanistan:
“Mr. Kirk is an evil man who has habitually lied to the people of Illinois about his military service. I repeat what I have previously stated: his decades long exaggerations are clinically significant evidence of a mental disorder. I am delighted to have been the man who started the ball rolling to drum him out of the military service and politics. He is a disgrace to the Republican Party,” Martin will state in New York City.
“The documents were posted on my web sites; the ads were broadcast on radio stations across the State of Illinois. Where were the media? Where were Republican Party leaders? They were too busy attacking and smearing Andy Martin to search for the truth about Mark Kirk. They are all getting what they deserve.
“Ironically, in response to my initial disclosures, WBBM-AM put up its own web site ‘Who is Andy Martin?’ instead of one ‘Who is Mark Kirk?’ Who knew who Kirk was? Except the old Internet Powerhouse; I knew.
“Now that I am releasing my documents from August, 2009 which were sent to Secretary of Defense Gates, the media and people of Illinois can see ‘the rest of the story’ and understand why Undersecretary McGinn attacked Kirk in December, 2009.
“Mark Kirk? R.I.P. Bye, bye Markie. Good riddance to the Kirkster. Maybe he can move in with his butt boy Mark Foley and the two of them can live happily ever after.”
Martin’s latest anti-Kirk blogs:
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-----------------------------Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie "Obama: The Hawai'i years." Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of www.ContrarianCommentary.com. Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York. UPDATES: www.twitter.com/AndyMartinUSAwww.facebook.com/AndyMartin Andy's columns are also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com.
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