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July 26, 2007
Scott Thomas Revealed (updated)
Scott Thomas came out of the closet today. His real name is Scott Thomas Beauchamp and he's serving with Alpha Company, 1/18 Infantry, Second Brigade Combat Team, First Infantry Division in Iraq:
It’s been maddening, to say the least, to see the plausibility of events that I witnessed questioned by people who have never served in Iraq. I was initially reluctant to take the time out of my already insane schedule fighting an actual war in order to play some role in an ideological battle that I never wanted to join. That being said, my character, my experiences, and those of my comrades in arms have been called into question, and I believe that it is important to stand by my writing under my real name.Meanwhile, The New Republic continues to backcheck their fact checkers to try and find out the truth in Beauchamp's allegations of bad behavior by American forces:
As we’ve noted in this space, some have questioned details that appeared in the Diarist “Shock Troops,” published under the pseudonym Scott Thomas. According to Major Kirk Luedeke, a public affairs officer at Forward Operating Base Falcon, a formal military investigation has also been launched into the incidents described in the piece. Beauchamp also has a My Space page with some revealing anecdotes:
Although the article was rigorously edited and fact-checked before it was published, we have decided to go back and, to the extent possible, re-report every detail. This process takes considerable time, as the primary subjects are on another continent, with intermittent access to phones and email. Thus far we’ve found nothing to disprove the facts in the article; we will release the full results of our search when it is completed.
And Michelle Malkin found another blog written by Beauchamp:
Here’s a blog authored by a “Scott Beauchamp,” titled “Sir Real Scott Thomas,” last updated in September 2006. Same bloated writing style. Here’s a post from April 2006 on his plans: ” ill return to america an author.”The real problem will be in trying to decide whether Beauchamp has been exaggerating or not. Given his overheated rhetoric found on various sites he contributed to, legitimate questions still need to be asked about his service and what exactly he saw in Iraq.
Ray Robison has found a blog post by Scott Thomas Beauchamp that may admit he was a liar. or it may be a rough version of literature. It's hard to tell because the post has been removed. Ray seels soeone witht he skills to find a cached version.