Army War College rescinds plagiarist Senator’s degree

Army War College rescinds plagiarist Senator’s degree

Things have gone from bad to worse for Democratic Senator John Walsh, of Montana. In July, it was revealed that Walsh had plagiarized his masters thesis at the U.S. Army War College. In August, the Senator, who had been seeking re-election, announced he was dropping out of the race. Now comes word that the university has rescinded his degree.

The New York Post reports that an academic review board appointed to look into the case reached the determination on Friday that Walsh’s thesis contained “little, if any, original language or research and that it was ‘primarily composed of verbatim liftings from other sources’…”

“In short, the paper was plagiarized and…the plagiarism was intentional,” the review board said in its report.

Walsh’s office released a statement saying the senator disagrees with the findings but accepts the college’s decision.

“I apologize to all Montanans for the plagiarism in my 2007 paper, and I am prepared to live with its consequences,” Walsh said in the statement. “I may not be a scholar, but I am proud to have been a soldier who has served Montana and this great nation for 33 years in uniform.”

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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