Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Big Government's Newest Lie Against Alexi Giannoulias

I thought this article by an anonymous source posted on Big Government was very interesting because it seemed to insinuate that Democratic candidate was some kind of draft dodger - which most Americans would probably associate with the Vietnam War - but the draft Big Government was talking about was for the Greek military.

The anonymous author thought it was interesting that Giannoulias happened to play professional basketball in Greece for one season, and since Giannoulias holds duel citizenship, the author believes Giannoulias would be classified as a "permanent resident of abroad," but the author fails to understand just what that means, especially when he is talking about an American citizen who later obtains Greek dual-citizenship.
Persons who were born or established residence abroad before January 1st of the year of their 10th birthday. Permanent residents of abroad may remain in Greece, without incurring any military obligations for a cumulative period of SIX MONTHS within the same calendar year, only if they are registered as “permanent residents of abroad” (monimos katoikos exoterikou) with the appropriate recruiting office, and are in possession of a certificate confirming their status (pistopoiitiko monimou katoikou exoterikou) issued by the Greek consulate having jurisdiction over their foreign residence. The above certificate is valid for six months from the date of issuance.
Giannoulias played from 1998 to 1999, so unless the Greek basketball season lasts for twelve months (from June to June), Giannoulias had done nothing wrong.  The anonymous poster should have done their research before posting their garbage on Big Government - this is just one more reason why people should not trust Andrew Breitbart's site and take their "news" with a grain of salt.

I also find it interesting that they attack the Democratic candidate's alleged draft dodging but they are completely silent on Republican Mark Kirk's lying.  Can anyone say hypocrisy?

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