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Defenders of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth like to point out that 250 veterans have signed up with the group. Here are some of the tactics used to build that number:

Houston Chronicle 8/20/04: The group [SBVfT] decided to hire a private investigator to probe Brinkley's account of the war — to find "some neutral way of actually questioning people involved in these incidents," O'Neill said.

But the investigator's questions did not seem neutral to some.

Patrick Runyon, who served on a mission with Kerry, said he initially thought the caller was from a pro-Kerry group, and happily gave a statement about the night Kerry won his first Purple Heart. The investigator said he would e-mail it to him for his signature. Runyon said the edited version was stripped of all references to enemy combat, making it look like just another night in the Mekong Delta.

"It made it sound like I didn't believe we got any returned fire," he said. "He made it sound like it was a normal operation. It was the scariest night of my life."
Deceptive tactics. Par for the course.


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