What a POS. It's a good thing Iraq Veterans Against the War did their due dilligence in verifying his service before they propped up video of him on the net. Hey, whatever works right? Who cares if it's true so long as it supports the cause. http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=18363073&BRD=1817&PAG=461&dept_id=68561&rfi=6 Fake veteran faces charges Associated Press, Wire services May 19, 2007 SEATTLE (AP) - A man who tried to position himself as a leader of the anti-war movement by claiming to have participated in war crimes while serving in Iraq is facing federal charges of falsifying his record. Jesse Adam Macbeth, 23, formerly of Phoenix, garnered attention on blogs and in some alternative media after he began claiming in 2005 to have been awarded a Purple Heart for his service, which he said included slaughtering innocents in a Fallujah mosque. His story was contradicted by his discharge form, showing that he was kicked out of the Army after six weeks at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2003 because of his "entry level performance and conduct." A complaint unsealed Friday in U.S. District Court in Seattle charged him with one count of using or possessing a forged or altered military discharge certificate, and one count of making false statements in seeking benefits from the Veterans Administration. Macbeth's public defender, Jay Stansell, declined to comment. Organizations that opposed the war, including Iraq Veterans Against the War, posted videos or statements containing Macbeth's claims on their Web sites. In one videotaped interview, a skinny, stuttering Macbeth, dressed in a camouflage jacket, described slaughtering hundreds of people in a mosque: "We would burn their bodies ... hang their bodies from the rafters in the mosque," he said. Iraq Veterans Against the War and other organizations removed the claims after learning they were false. "He approached us in early 2006, posing as a war veteran. He seemed very emotionally distressed about his experiences," said Amadee Braxton, a spokeswoman for Iraq Veterans Against the War, based in Philadelphia.