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Walts, posers & wannabes (merged)

ModlrMike said:
A step in the right direction, however it needs to record more that valour awards. To not include regular awards would just encourage the walts to fore go their bronze stars etc, and keep wearing the medals and decorations for service and the like.

Maybe they should look at the GG's Honours Recipient Search page as a starting point.
This guy made a fool of himself on national TV...


novaatlantic said:
This guy made a fool of himself on national TV...


But not before suckering a bunch of people into thinking he was the real deal..
Kevin Lionel Quick got caught out for defrauding the government by telling bulldust stories to get a higher pension.

Read his story here. http://www.anzmi.net/quick/quick.html

He's just appeared in court again and ordered to repay $64,000 to the government.


and even got himself on national tv

http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/video/  click on the video  "Veterans lies spark outrage"
In the wake of the SCOTUS decision on the Stolen valor act, the poser sues those who exposed him.



A week or so ago, I was honored with a request of some folks from SOCNET for our help in assisting them in a legal battle they’re having with a stolen valor thief turned bully who happens to be a lawyer. John Giduck was discharged from the Army after a lengthy career of 58 days and proceeded to build another career based on lies about his military experience – you know because all of that Drill & Ceremony gives him a distinct advantage in the world of private security. Well, the folks at SOCNET outed him as a phony and started damaging his business, so like some of the phonies we’ve had here, he struck back. I’ll let the folks from SOCNET explain the whole story;

I am a member of the U.S. Special Operations Website known as SOCNET.COM. It is, since 1996, a place for military, law enforcement and special operations personnel to “hang out” and commiserate. It is open to the public at large and often serves as a sounding board to verify someone’s bonafides in the aforementioned careers; as well as discuss various other topics.

In 2007, a member asked about an individual named John Giduck who made claims, in writing, that he was a former US Army Special Forces Soldier, Ranger, tactical parachute instructor, etc. Mr. Giduck specializes in lectures and seminars given to law enforcement and military organizations about active shooters in schools. He based his work on a book he published (Mar 2005) about the Beslan School Siege in Russia (1 Sep 2004). As usual, several of us contacted former associates to establish Mr Giduck’s credentials. Within a few days we learned that Mr. Giduck had never served in the Army nor ever been a sworn police officer. Needless to say, it put a severe ‘dent’ in his credibility and ability to critique tactics, techniques and procedures. Several of us reported our findings on SOCNET and let it go. Lots of posers, but not a lot of time to deal with them..

His company, Archangel, immediately went on the offensive and posted very long diatribes about his expertise, duty, loyalty, etc. The usual fluff one expects from individuals with direct financial ties to posers: Attack the people who question them, but not directly address facts associated with their fraudulent background. One Archangel employee, Anderson, went as far as to physically threaten a SOCNET member. The post was archived so as not to inflame the situation any further. Anderson owns a gun store in Colorado, so the threat had some degree of credibility.

After three months of harangue, Archangel and Mr. Giduck’s proxies gave up and SOCNET ignored them as well. In November 2011, another associate of Archangel and Mr. Giduck re-opened the controversy by resurrecting the old thread from 2007. This associate, Mason, is former SEAL who defrauded the Navy of $110,000 and turned on his commander Richard Marcinko (“Rougue Warrior”) in exchange for a lighter sentence. The irony of a known poser using a convicted felon to defend his ‘honor’ was not lost on us…

Mason essentially warned SOCNET as a whole that if we did not apologize to Mr. Giduck, there would be trouble ahead. We did some research and discovered three things: Whenever someone used Google and searched used “John Giduck”, SOCNET was the number one search result. Second, fewer law enforcement organizations were contacting him for speaking engagements. Many of us believe they didn’t call him back because he really didn’t provide any real value-added to their policies or training. Third, he just published another book on how a person can “Bring Out the Green Beret in You”. He co-wrote the book with Anderson. The free publicity on SOCNET apparently harmed his book sales.

Mr. Giduck stepped up his campaign along two lines: First, he promised to reveal Personal Identifying Information (PII) of every member of SOCNET he could find. Many of the members of SOCNET are on active duty or serve in sensitive duty positions. His first revelation was of an active-duty Army Special Forces Soldier. We later found out that Mr. Giduck used the Special Operations Association and the Special Forces Association to find the Soldier and publicly release his information. This Soldier is a Silver Star recipient (from Afghanistan) and serves as a Team Sergeant in a Special Forces Group.

Ron McCan, a former president of the Special Forces Association and an employee working at the Special Forces School, used his access to sensitive records and Army Knowledge Online to provide Mr. Giduck everything he needed to place the Soldier’s life in danger as well as his family. Ironically, this Soldier was the first to back away from the controversy surrounding Mr. Giduck when the President of the Special Operations Association, ‘Tilt’ Meyer, informed the Soldier that Mr. Giduck was in fact an ‘Honorary’ Lifetime Member of the SOA as well as legal counsel for the SOA. In other words, this Soldier had nothing to do with challenging the credibility of Mr. Giduck.

You can view the results of his efforts to reveal the PII of SOCNET membership at his web site [Editor Note: I removed the link to protect TAH readers from a dangerous script at the website mentioned]:

Second, Mr. Giduck mailed a ‘pseudo’ lawsuit (early 2012) directly to the Soldier demanding $200,000 from him; as well as contacting the Army directly to investigate the Soldier. The US Army cleared him of all wrong-doing.

Since March 2012 several of us on our own time began open-source research into Mr. Giduck’s past and post our findings. Among the things we discovered:

Mr. Giduck was a practicing attorney in Colorado. One of his last clients was Donna Yaklich, a woman accused (later convicted) of murdering her husband, a Pueblo PD Police Officer. He had an public affair with her after the husband’s death and flew to the Caribbean with her when the Pueblo PD issued a warrant for her arrest. She later returned, turned herself in and retained better counsel…

Mr. Giduck said he never served in the military. We found he enlisted in the Army and failed out of basic training after 58 days.

Mr. Giduck went to Russia and publicly claimed he trained with the Russian SOF, Spetsnaz, as well as consorting with the FSB. The FSB is the successor to the KGB from the Soviet era. This item set off alarm bells with those still in government service. The reason being is we are duty, morally and ethically bound to report these instances to our security and counter-intelligence. There is no “wiggle room” on that process either.

Mr. Giduck consistently provided background information to various organizations throughout the USA alluding to his military experience in SOF. This information is on the internet in cached files or the actual web sites.

Mr. Giduck used the ‘legend’ he created to segue himself into sensitive facilities as well as a national-level Tier One Counter-Terrorism organization. Mr. Giduck does not have a security clearance granted by the DoD or the US Government in general.

There are several other instances of his claims not matching actual experience. SOCNET has a compendium at these URLs:

–Timeline of Claims

–Outline of Activities by functional area.

Mr. Giduck has a ‘spot’ on the Poser’s “Wall of Shame” at the POW Network web site.

Other people also questioned his credibility:

This article was written in March/April 2011, but the seminar Mr Giduck spoke at was January 2010; almost two years BEFORE the Giduck Issue was resurrected by Giduck’s employees on SOCNET.

The second URL above is especially damning because it’s written by a retired Intelligence Analyst from the CIA. Mr Cariens, the analyst, started reporting on John Giduck’s so-called research on the VA-Tech Shooting in 2008 (three years before Giduck’s employees resurrected issue):


Mr. Giduck finally revealed two weeks ago what his real intention with collecting and publishing PII: He filed a civil lawsuit against 21 members of SOCNET and 30 unnamed “John Does”. Case Number 12CV128, Park County Courthouse, Colorado. Rather than elaborating on the lawsuit, I’ll summarize: It’s childish, very poorly written and is a textbook example of SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation). Coincidentally, Colorado does not have anti-SLAPP regulations as do many other states. It also comes on the heels of the SCOTUS overturning the “Stolen Valor” Act as an infringement of First Amendment rights. Mr. Giduck’s lawsuit will be the first of many more suits filed by posers to defend their ‘legends’; particularly on the internet.

No doubt you’re asking why I’m writing to you regarding this situation. In short, I’m asking for your web site’s help in publicizing this vendetta Mr. Giduck has against anyone who challenges his credibility.

Below is a letter from another member of SOCNET that best sums up the situation:

“If Giduck is allowed to win this fight it will open the door for every military poser busted on this and other websites to file suit. This suit is about money. It has been from the beginning. That was apparent from the first e-mail that slipped out of his control where Giduck states that he is looking for some deep pockets to sue and win a summary judgement.

This isn’t just about SOCNET. It’s about all of us. If he wins, we will have lost our right to have a free-speech-based opinion about those who would steal what cost us so much to earn. For years this man has posed as a Ranger and a Special Forces Soldier to sell his snake oil to LE and military personnel all over the country, and he has profited greatly. His profits are now in danger due to the truth coming out and him being exposed as the poser that he is. He has infiltrated the Special Operations Association as well as the Special Forces Association and has used them against us.

The first person he attacked, MSG XXXX, is a life member of both associations. MSG XXXX is a Silver Star recipient and an active duty E-8. Giduck attempted to extort $200K from MSG XXXX through threat of a lawsuit. MSG XXXX was served this legal document after his personal information was handed over to Giduck by the SOA. Later, the President of the SFA also used his official access as a contractor at SWC to obtain further personal information about MSG XXXX which was also handed over to Giduck. Neither association lifted a finger to stand behind our brother, MSG XXXX. MSG XXXX crime? He asked the SOA President how John Giduck could be a life member of SOA,(as per Giduck’s promotional materials) when he only served less than two months in the Army. Turns out Giduck was an “Honorary” life member. A fact that Giduck didn’t bother to mention. Giduck obtained his honorary membership in SOA by cash donations and providing free legal representation. Giduck was also the “Registered Agent” for the SOA, meaning that he had legal control of the association.

This is not an indictment of the entire SOA. They are mostly of a different generation that shy away from the internet. Most of them probably weren’t aware of any of this. The SFA is basically in the same boat. Cash donations bought influence and access. I will let others speak about the SFA if they so choose, as that is out of my lane.

Bottom line is, we, and what we stand for, are under attack. Our brothers are victims of this frivolous lawsuit filed by this impostor. We need your help. We talk about our brotherhood a lot and how we will always stand together. Well, that time has come. This website is a powerful force as we have seen many times. I’m asking you to get actively involved in this situation and stand beside us. If he is allowed to win, the consequences are dire. Not only for our brothers who are being sued and whose families, homes, careers and financial well being is at stake, but for the future of SOCNET and others like it.”
A small group of us on SOCNET are trying to get the word out publicly of Mr. Giduck’s actions. We are asking your assistance, and asking your readership to spread the word about Mr. Giduck. Mr. Giduck is fast becoming a serial litigator and will use the litigations as a source of revenue to supplement his income as a speaker. Jonathan Keith Idema did the same thing as does the Westboro Baptist Church.

I apologize for the long diatribe, but I felt you needed some situation awareness regarding Mr. Giduck’s actions.

We could really use your help. We’re not backing down from this and those of us named in the current lawsuit have no choice. We’re in it to win it.

I’ve seen where Giduck has even fooled author Brad Thor, whose novels I’ve stopped reading because of his relationship with Giduck. I don’t tolerate bullies very well, and TSO and I have been the subject of a few recently. I don’t blame these guys for not backing down. Since the Supreme Court put it all on our shoulders to enforce the standards of our veteran community, none of us can surrender an inch to these childish little thugs.

So now you know the Giduck story. Share this link to get the word out and move us up the search engine results for John Giduck


Danjanou said:
Compliments of the NRF forum , this has to be shared.


Doesn't seem to be working...I don't think the img tags will work with the type of link you're using.
Occam said:
Doesn't seem to be working...I don't think the img tags will work with the type of link you're using.

Thought it was just me.
Strike said:
Occam said:
Doesn't seem to be working...I don't think the img tags will work with the type of link you're using.
Thought it was just me.
I've found that when I'm looking at the forums via a system with firewalls, if the source of the photo is blocked, I get a blank screen instead of the photos.
Sorry guys deleted those and recopied here. As I said compliments of the NRF




Phoney soldier confesses to lies but avoids jail
By: Mike McIntyre
Posted: 1:00 AM | Comments: 6 (including replies)

Josh Tuckett is no Canadian hero. But that didn't stop the Winnipeg man from pretending to be one for more than two years and even fooling members of his own family into believing he was serving his country.
The bizarre web of lies was laid out in a courtroom Tuesday as Tuckett pleaded guilty to a rarely used charge of impersonating a member of the military by wearing a uniform without authorization.
"Obviously this was a very elaborate type of fantasy world you built for yourself," provincial court Judge Patti Umpherville said upon hearing the facts of the case. She agreed to a recommendation from lawyers to spare Tuckett a criminal record by giving him a discharge, citing the fact he didn't gain any benefit from his unusual actions.
Tuckett, 21, was arrested last November after he showed up at an official military event in Winnipeg in full uniform, passing himself off as a corporal who had recently done tours of Afghanistan and Haiti and had previously been stationed in Alberta. His story unravelled when he presented a false name badge and identification number, court was told.
Tuckett admitted to the charade, claiming he'd purchased the uniform while volunteering with the military cadets and playing on a paintball team. But his deception went much deeper, with Tuckett also confessing he'd falsely told members of his own family, including his fiancée, that he was a full-fledged soldier. Tuckett even convinced his loved ones he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of witnessing three fellow soldiers lose their lives while on enemy soil.
"This was absolute foolishness," defence lawyer Greg Brodsky told court Tuesday. He rejected questions from the judge about Tuckett's mental state, saying there is no evidence of any issues.
"You can appreciate why I'd have a big red flag go up," said Umpherville.
"He doesn't have post-traumatic stress or a mental illness. He has an embarrassment," Brodsky replied. "This made him feel important. He wasn't trying to get any benefit except recognition, adulation."
Tuckett certainly got that. In 2009, he was interviewed and photographed in full military gear for a weekly newspaper publication in Niverville. The story, titled Local Heroes Welcomed Home, spoke of how three local soldiers had just returned from a tour of Afghanistan. Tuckett attended the event and told a reporter he was anxious to head overseas.
"As part of the evening, Corporal Josh Tuckett was wished well as he prepares to head to Afghanistan in September," the article stated.
Tuckett later admitted to investigators he had attended several similar events over the past few years as part of the hoax.
"I apologize for my actions. I guess I never gave it a good thought what I was doing," Tuckett told court on Tuesday.
"So it was about the attention?" asked Umpherville.
"A little bit, yes," Tuckett said, wiping tears from his eyes.
Umpherville noted the maximum sentence is six months behind bars, but said that would typically apply to cases where the deception is used for a more sinister purpose.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 8, 2012 A5

*updated to include photo,  looks like he pretended to be with 2PPCLI
No harm done in any real sense, no gain realized, perp utterly humiliated and called out publicly in the press...

I see justice being done here. Good enough for this troop.
Did a google search on his name,  just seeing what else would come up.. found video from an airsoft group he is/was part of.

ArmyRick said:
Watched the video, are they for real?  ::)
In their own minds. :o
Glad to see their with the SSF.  ::) As a former member of the then SSF I find it totally disrespectful.
Airsofters be better than real soldiers on the skills was the quote that really got me.
I agree, they make me want to vomit. I bet I made more sweat on one day in Pet than they have in their entire lives. They shouldnt wear the uniform (and rank) let alone the maroon beret. What a bunch of geeks.
LOL, the fun continues:  http://6cbg.org/Site/index.php

It is even better than the Quebec Militia.

Check out the link to the Scout/Snipers or as they call themselves "hunters of gunmen".  I can see how the poor kid crossed the line from fantasy to reality, these guys are living life without the danger or the paycheck!
Hahaha, oh no, the video got posted here too...

6CBG: "We have the muzzle discipline of a glow stick at a rave"... anybody want to translate that into Latin for them?