"Yesterday at 4:00p.m., Harry and Mr. Gittins presented evidence which was never presented before. Mr. Gittins received "top clearance to have classified evidence" only after the Armed Services ruled the Air Force was violating the Constitution, the 6th amendment, by not allowing a fair and just trial. That ruling in May cleared the way for this information to be presented by the defense.
Maj. Schmidt made a personal statement to Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson at an hour long closed hearing.
In an interview before the hearing, Gittins said the AF has "misled the public" about the threat that Schmidt faced on the night of the accident. The AF has taken the position that the threat that Schmidt perceived was not a true threat, Gittins said, but "that's a false statement."
Schmidt feared that Taliban forces were firing rocket-propelled munitions at his plane. Schmidt presented intelligence reports showing that rocket-propelled munitions had been used against US planes in Southwest Asia on at least two occasions.
Lt. Gen. Bruce Carlson gave no indication of when he would rule, Mr. Gittins said.
At this time we are gathering items for sale and silent auction. The fundraiser will be held
Sunday, October 3, 2004
1:00 to 5:00 p.m.
St. John Vianney High School
1311 S. Kirkwood Rd.
(near intersection of I-44 and S. Kirkwood Rd.)
If you or anyone you know would like to donate to this fundraiser (we have gift certificates to golf courses, restaurants, shops, hotels, plus all kinds of art work, things from shops, artist certificates, rugs, all new items, please e me or call 314 892 1206. Please come if you can, Bob Kuban and his band will be donating their time (they are a local band) The fundraiser should be awesome."
Thank you, Harry and Joan, Proud parents of Maj. Harry Schmidt
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