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Orrin Hatch introduces amendment to criminalize Blumenthal-ism

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) is attempting to amend the 2005 Stolen Honor Act, which criminalized false claims of military service, in order to punish people who lie about being in combat -- people like Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal (D), a Senate candidate. Here's Hatch:

My amendment would add to this existing statute, making false statements regarding participation in combat operations. It appears to me that individuals make these false claims in order to obtain honorariums, employment, elected office or other positions of authority.

If convicted of this misdemeanor offense, the perpetrator could face 6 months in jail and/or a fine. This is the same penalty for falsely obtaining and wearing awards or medals.

My emphasis, which makes it clear that Hatch is talking about Blumenthal, even though Hatch's office declined to say this when I asked. "The amendment says what the amendment says," a spokesperson told me.

Here's the text, which makes it clear that the 6 months or fine would hit anyone who made the exaggeration "verbally or in writing":

ARM10852 - False Statement of Military Service

By David Weigel  |  May 27, 2010; 2:28 PM ET
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