Ad tries try to tie Lieberman to Nazis in the military

Published: Friday July 28, 2006

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A group that touts itself as an organization of liberal bloggers has produced an ad that attempts to link the incumbency of Senator Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) to a rise in neo-Nazi activity in the US military.

The group, ImpeachPAC, calls it "the progressive blogosphere's first TV ad in the closely-watched Democratic primary battle between incumbent Senator Joe Lieberman and his progressive challenger, Ned Lamont."

No other liberal bloggers or groups have endorsed the ad.

The ad relies heavily on a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, that quotes a Pentagon investigator as saying, "Recruiters are knowingly allowing neo-Nazis and white supremacists to join the armed forces, and commanders don't remove them from the military even after we positively identify them as extremists or gang members."

The ad claims that after 320 extremists were identified by investigators, President Bush--and the Senate, including Lieberman--did nothing to remove the others. It also attempts to link Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh to the phenomenon.

According to a statement issued by ImpeachPAC president Bob Fertik, "ImpeachPAC is running this TV ad in Connecticut because the infiltration of neo-Nazis in our military is a direct consequence of the disastrous Iraq War that Senator Joe Lieberman enthusiastically supports."

ImpeachPAC has endorsed six candidates who actively support the impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney, and has announced its support for Lamont

"We hope these ads will stimulate debate in the blogosphere and beyond about the disastrous consequences of the Iraq War, and persuade voters to defeat those politicians - like Senator Joe Lieberman - who continue to support this war," Fertik said.