Holy cow. So this guy was in the SOA, and then when asked for some info, he whig'd out and accused THEM of stuff? Who's he suing? Seems like he's sue Jesus...
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- Published: Monday, 30 July 2012 12:04
- Written by Special Operations Association (SOA)
DATE: JULY 20, 2012
SUBJECT: THE BOARD REVOKES THE SOA HONORARY TITLE OF MR. JOHN GIDUCK
THE CORPORATE PURPOSES OF THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS ASSOCIATION (SOA) AS SET FORTH IN THE BY LAWS INCLUDE: PERPETUATION OF THE ESPRIT DE CORP OF THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS COMMUNITY, FRATERNALLY UNITING SPECIAL OPERATIONS VETERANS, AND ENCOURAGING MEMBERS OF THE SOA TO ESTABLISH A FRIENDLY PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP AND A SPIRIT OF COOPERATION.
THE DIRECTORS OF THE SOA ARE CHARGED WITH THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OPERATING THE SOA IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BYLAWS.
MASTER SERGEANT JONATHAN CLOUSE IS AN ACTIVE DUTY SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER AND A GENERAL MEMBER OF THE SOA.
MR. JOHN GIDUCK IS A LAWYER AND AUTHOR WHO ALSO CONDUCTS TRAINING SEMINARS. MR. GIDUCK PREVIOUSLY OFFERED TO AND DID PROVIDE PRO BONO LEGAL SERVICES TO THE SOA.
MR. GIDUCK DOES NOT QUALIFY TO BE A MEMBER OF THE SOA. HOWEVER, THE SOA BOARD VOTED TO AWARD MR. GIDUCK NON-MEMBER STATUS; SPECIFICALLY, HONORARY TITLE OR STATUS. A PERSON GRANTED AN HONORARY TITLE IS NOT A MEMBER OF THE SOA AND HAS NO VESTED MEMBERSHIP RIGHTS UNDER THE BYLAWS.
A LEGAL DISPUTE HAS DEVELOPED BETWEEN MR. GIDUCK, MSG CLOUSE AND OTHER PERSONS CONCERNING POSTS MADE ON A WEBSITE CALLED “SOCNET”; SPECIFICALLY, MR. GIDUCK CONTENDS HE HAS BEEN THE VICTIM OF LIBELOUS STATEMENTS AND THREATS.
MR. GIDUCK SENT A DEMAND LETTER IN WHICH HE ALLEGED THAT MSG. CLOUSE HAD PARTICIPATED IN A CONSPIRACY TO INJURE OR DAMAGE HIM OR HIS PROPERTY. MSG CLOUSE, THROUGH HIS LAWYER, REQUESTED THAT THE SOA PROVIDE INDEMNIFICATION FOR THIS CLAIM.
THE SOA REPORTED THE REQUEST FOR INDEMNITY TO ITS INSURER. A DEDUCTIBLE WAS PAID AND COUNSEL RETAINED FOR THE SOA.
IN ACCORDANCE WITH ITS RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT THE SOA IS OPERATED IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE PRINCIPLES SET FORTH IN THE BY LAWS, THE BOARD INITIATED AN INVESTIGATION. A REQUEST FOR INFORMATION WAS SENT TO THE LAWYERS FOR MSG. CLOUSE AND RESPONSES WERE SENT TO SOA LAWYERS.
A LETTER REQUESTING INFORMATION WAS ALSO SENT TO MR. GIDUCK. THIS LETTER REQUESTED THAT MR. GIDUCK PROVIDE INFORMATION CONCERNING STATEMENTS ALLEGEDLY MADE BY MSG. CLOUSE.
THE BOARD ALSO ADVISED MR. GIDUCK THAT, ALTHOUGH IT COULD NOT DICTATE OR CONTROL HOW HE CONDUCTED HIS PERSONAL AFFAIRS, HE WAS ASKED TO TRY TO PROMPTLY RESOLVE THIS DISPUTE WITH MSG CLOUSE BECAUSE BOTH WERE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SOA. IF HE WAS UNABLE OR UNWILLING TO RESOLVE THE DISPUTE, THE BOARD ASKED IF HE WOULD AGREE TO SUSPEND HIS HONORARY TITLE DURING THE COURSE OF HIS LAWSUIT.
IN RESPONSE, MR. GIDUCK SENT A LETTER DEMANDING THAT THE BOARD PRODUCE A FOUR PAGE LIST OF INFORMATION AND ACCUSED THE BOARD MEMBERS OF BEING “COMPLICIT IN THIS CAMPAIGN OF ILLEGALITY AGAINST ME”. MR. GIDUCK PLACED THE BOARD ON “FORMAL NOTICE” THAT HE CONSIDERED THE BOARD MEMBERS TO BE PARTIES TO A CONSPIRACY TO “RUIN HIM FINANCIALLY”.
AFTER DUE CONSIDERATION, THE BOARD HAS CONCLUDED THAT A PERSON WHO ACCUSES THE MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, WHILE ACTING IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITIES ON BEHALF OF THE SOA, OF BEING “COMPLICIT” IN AN “ALLEGED CAMPAIGN OF ILLEGALITY” CANNOT PROPERLY BE CONSIDERED FOR OR CONTINUED IN HONORARY TITLE OR STATUS WITH THE SOA. SUCH ACTS ARE NOT CONSISTENT WITH THE PRINCIPLES OF THE SOA.
THE BOARD IS ALSO AWARE THAT MSG. CLOUSE MADE A REQUEST FOR INDEMNITY AND MAY INITIATE LEGAL PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE SOA. THE BOARD IS FURTHER AWARE THAT AFTER MSG. CLOUSE LEARNED HE HAD BEEN SUED, HE MADE INTERNET POSTS WHICH WERE CRITICAL OF SOA OFFICERS.
HOWEVER, MSG. CLOUSE IS A GENERAL MEMBER OF THE SOA IN GOOD STANDING. AS SUCH HE IS ENTITLED TO CERTAIN RIGHTS UNDER THE BYLAWS, INCLUDING NOTICE AND THE RIGHT TO PRESENT EVIDENCE TO THE MEMBERSHIP. THE BOARD WILL REQUEST THAT COUNSEL FURNISH A REPORT ON THESE MATTERS.
THEREFORE, THE BOARD HAS VOTED TO REVOKE THE HONORARY TITLE OF MR. GIDUCK FOR THE REASONS STATED ABOVE INCLUDING THE FACT THAT HE ACCUSED MEMBERS OF THE BOARD, WHILE ACTING IN THEIR OFFICIAL CAPACITIES ON BEHALF OF THE SOA, TO BEING PARTIES TO OR COMPLICIT IN UNLAWFUL ACTS. SUCH STATEMENTS AND CHARGES ARE CONTRARY TO THE PRINCIPLES OF THE SOA AS STATED IN THE BYLAWS. HONORARY TITLE IS GRANTED BY THE BOARD AND MAY BE REVOKED BY THE BOARD.
THE BOARD RECOGNIZES THAT MR. GIDUCK HAS A RELATIONSHIP WITH SOME MEMBERS OF THE SOA AND THE BY LAWS PROVIDE THAT ANY MEMBER OF THE SOA MAY AT ANY TIME REQUEST BY APPLICATION THAT MR. GIDUCK’S HONORARY TITLE BE RECONSIDERED. ANY APPLICATION WILL BE GIVEN CONSIDERATION AS REQUIRED BY THE BYLAWS.
THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, SPECIAL OPERATIONS ASSOCIATION.
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This commment is unpublished.· 6 years ago"IN RESPONSE, MR. GIDUCK SENT A LETTER DEMANDING THAT THE BOARD PRODUCE A FOUR PAGE LIST OF INFORMATION AND ACCUSED THE BOARD MEMBERS OF BEING “COMPLICIT IN THIS CAMPAIGN OF ILLEGALITY AGAINST ME”. MR. GIDUCK PLACED THE BOARD ON “FORMAL NOTICE” THAT HE CONSIDERED THE BOARD MEMBERS TO BE PARTIES TO A CONSPIRACY TO “RUIN HIM FINANCIALLY”."
Holy cow. So this guy was in the SOA, and then when asked for some info, he whig'd out and accused THEM of stuff? Who's he suing? Seems like he's sue Jesus...
This commment is unpublished.· 6 years agoI suspect that, as the former house counsel to the SOA, that Dr. Giduck knows precisely how much money that they have in their coffers.
It would not surprise me if Dr. Giduck adds the SOA to an amended lawsuit, in the hope that he could attach SOA funds in a hypothetical future judgement that he plans to win.
Here is the thing. Giduck is not a special operator. He never has been one. He is superb at sidling up to real special operators, and he knows how to stroke them, but Giduck has no practical military experience of his own. In fact, he was released from active duty in the US Army after 58 days of basic training.
Giduck is a lawyer. He thinks like a lawyer, he acts like a lawyer. When he found himself the subject of critical comments about his seminar presentations, he did not think to simply ignore the comments, which were minor and not massively harmful. No, Giduck thought like a lawyer. He conspired with the president of the SFA and the president of the SOA to learn the personal identifying information of MSG Jon Clouse, a serving Green Beret and recipient of the Silver Star. Giduck then sent Clouse a legal threat letter attempting to extort $200,000 from him.
In this threat letter, Giduck threatened MSG Clouse, and warned him "not to sell his house." Giduck wanted to win a judgement against Jon Clouse, and secure his family home in satisfaction of the debt. This is the sort of person that Jim Hetrick and John Meyer of the SOA let into their hen house. Now, they may also receive one of the highest honors that the special operations community can share: to be named as a defendant in Dr. John Giduck's fatuous lawsuit.
The legal filings are flying back and forth in Park County, Colorado. A judge will soon weigh in on a fundamental question: can John Giduck claim that "everybody" was mean to him, and that "everybody" said a bunch of critical things about him, without being specific about who said what, and when?
Can John Giduck, in fact, add defendants like the SOA to his lawsuit, because he alleges that they are participants in a "global criminal conspiracy" against him?
I would like to see the Vegas odds on that.
This commment is unpublished.· 6 years agoSo what is the recommended course of action when a person receives a lawsuit from The Gi-duck of Death, as it seems he is also working his way toward suing the entire 2nd moon of Endor?
I also agree the guy is espousing a whole lot of military hype for someone who flunked basic training. Buyer beware! Do your own homework on this cat and his credentials before entering his parlor.
It also seems he is using his shovel skills to dig himself a mighty deep hole.
All of the remarks in this post are of personal opinion based on what I have read, and are protected by the 1st amendment right of free speech.
This commment is unpublished.· 6 years agoThis may be of further interest on Giduck's history......
Couldnt cut the mustard with the Home Team!
This commment is unpublished.· 6 years agoNothing but net!
The Special Forces Association has a long established, fraternally inspired, policy of helping distressed members. This policy frequently takes the form of monetary support for specific, identified and confirmed need.
In furtherance of this policy the NBO has considered and voted to recognize Decade and Life Member MSG Jonathan Clouse, a serving member of the Regiment, as a Distressed Member. The NBO has verified that MSG Clouse has suffered and continues to suffer acute financial hardship as a direct result of his efforts in questioning the claims of a non-member who, among other statements and actions, inferred a relationship with our Association.
In this regard, the Board further finds that one John Giduck has had no relationship with the Special Forces Association; furthermore, he has neither any membership status, nor has he ever been extended any other rights or privileges by the Association.
In implementing our decision the Board has agreed to the following initial steps, as conditions warrant, the NBO may consider such other actions as it deems necessary and appropriate:
1. The immediate issuance of a check from our General Account in the amount of $2,000 to MSG Clouse for his legal defense.
2. Encouragement to each Association Chapter to assist in this effort, forwarding any monies directly to MSG Clouse.
3. The immediate outreach to both the Green Beret Foundation and the Special Forces Charitable Trust that they each match, on a dollar for dollar basis, the collective donations of our membership.”
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