Jesse Macbeth

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Jesse Macbeth of Tacoma, Washington,[1] is a disgraced former soldier who falsely claimed in 2006 to be a U.S. Army Ranger and a veteran of the Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Macbeth lied in alternative media interviews that he and his unit routinely committed war crimes in Iraq.[2][3]

Transcripts of the video were made in English and Arabic.[4] Accounts in Macbeth's name appear on and, and both were used to post claims about military service in Iraq.[5]

No record of Ranger service

According to the U.S. Army, there is no record of Macbeth being a Ranger,[6][7] or serving in a combat unit: he was discharged from the service after having been declared unfit or unsuitable for the Army, or both,[8] before he could complete basic training.[9]


After his release from the Army in 2004, Macbeth purported himself to be a veteran, telling war stories and garnering attention from the mainstream media,[10][11] and student media outlets. He joined Iraq Veterans Against the War in January of 2006,[12] and represented, or was scheduled to represent them publicly at various events throughout the country;[13][14][15] the organization has since said it does not endorse Macbeth or his accounts of military service.[12]

Conviction and sentencing

On September 21, 2007, Macbeth admitted in federal court that he had faked his war record. U.S. Attorney Jeffrey Sullivan declared that Macbeth had been in the Army for just 44 days[16] "as a private at Fort Benning, Ga., in 2003 but was released 'for issues related to entry-level performance and conduct,' according to court papers."[1]

On June 7, 2007, MacBeth "pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. MacBeth admitted that he filed a bogus claim for VA benefits in 2005, which included a fraudulent military-discharge form."[17]

Macbeth was sentenced to five months in jail, "three months in a halfway house after his release and three years of probation."[17]


Related SourceWatch articles


  1. 1.0 1.1 David Bowermaster, "Man who lied about actions in Iraq admits faking forms," Seattle Times, June 8, 2007.
  2. "Jessie Macbeth: Former Army Ranger and Iraq War Veteran" video,, inactive as of May 24, 2006.
  3. "The War the Media is Not Reporting — An Iraqi Veteran Speaks Out in Justice,", April 26, 2006 (replaced with statement rejecting false statements May 26, 2006).
  4. Imad Khadduri, "By my hands alone, I took out 201 people," Free Iraq Blogspot, May 27, 2006.
  5. AllahPundit, "Anti-war video bogus?" Hot Air Blog, May 22, 2006.
  6. Jeff Schogol, "Man who bragged of murdering Iraqis debunked by Army," Stars & Stripes, May 28, 2006.
  7. Michelle Malkin, "Fake Soldier Tale Debunked," Washington Times, May 27, 2006.
  8. Army Regulation 635-200, Enlisted Separations (Discharges).
  9. McQ, "Jesse Macbeth's -real- DD-214,", May 27, 2006.
  10. Pam Crandall, "Soldier struggles with memories of Iraqi war," Eastern Arizona Courier, November 3, 2003 (subscription required).
  11. Free to Camp Coalition, "Coffee Plantation Refuses Service to Black Veteran," Arizona Indymedia, April 6, 2004.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Statement on Macbeth Video," Iraq Veterans Against the War, retrieved June 2, 2006.
  13. Lietta Ruger, Photo of Macbeth carrying Iraq Veterans Against the War banner, Dying to Preserve the Lies, March 21, 2006.
  14. Lietta Ruger, Photo of Macbeth at microphone at subsequent rally, Dying to Preserve the Lies, March 21, 2006.
  15. David Swanson, "Halliburton on the Run! Post Rally Event," After Downing Street, May 13, 2006.
  16. Brian Ross and Vic Walter, "Anti-War YouTube 'Vet' Admits He Is Faker," The Blotter Blog/ABC News, September 21, 2007.
  17. 17.0 17.1 Jennifer Sullivan, "Man who posed as military hero sentenced to 5 months in prison," Seattle Times, September 21, 2007.

External articles

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