Jake Diliberto; the Matthis of Rethink Afghanistan

| April 13, 2012

Someone, who wants to remain anonymous, contacted me last night on Facebook. The gentleman told me that he was Jake Diliberto’s unit when the unit deployed to Afghanistan. Jake Diliberto is one of the founders of the organization “Rethink Afghanistan” which opposes the war against terror in Afghanistan.

Jake has been on Larry King, al Jazeera and Russia TV using his supposed service in Afghanistan as his “moral authority” on speaking to that issue. We’ve written about him in the past. Most recently, he was quoted by Adam Weinstein in Mother Jones, as Jake is also a Ron Paul supporter – another one of those combat veterans for Ron Paul. And Diliberto is a pal of Adam Kokesh. Anyway, here’s Diliberto on Larry King. King tells his audience that Diliberto is an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran at about 1:45 into the video;

Anyway, this person on Facebook told me last night that their Marine Corps unit did deploy to Afghanistan, but that Diliberto only got as far as Pakistan, when he fell asleep on guard duty and his leadership lost confidence in him and sent him back to the ship to pull kitchen duty while they continued on to Afghanistan.

I contacted Diliberto this morning to verify this information, he deleted my post to his wall saying that he didn’t want “hate mail” on his FB page. Of course, it wasn’t “hate mail”, I just asked Jake if it was true.

So we had a PM discussion on FB and all he would tell me is that the story is inaccurate. He wouldn’t explain how it was inaccurate. I asked him if he had been to Iraq, he responded that he had, but that his records showed that he was in Kuwait and not Iraq and that he was a “security augment” and not involved in combat operations. I told him he should show me his DD214 and he wanted me to make the trip to DC to see it. When I said he could email it to me, he dropped the subject abruptly.

Diliberto claimed that he had tried to be honest about his military service, but if you watched the video of the Larry King Show, did anyone notice whether or not Jake corrected Larry when he said Jake was an Iraq and Afghanistan War veteran? And where would Larry get the idea that Jake had deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan if Jake hadn’t told one of the producers that before the show?

When I made the point that Jake is no better than Matthis, he got huffy. But at least Matthis was inside Afghanistan, no matter how briefly. Jake never made it that far and still calls himself an Afghanistan veteran.

So sorry, I don’t have paperwork, but I could publish the Facebook discussion I had with Jake and you can judge for yourself how much of this is true or not. Like I said, he only told me that the story was inaccurate, but he wouldn’t tell me how it was inaccurate. He didn’t deny that he wasn’t deployed to Afghanistan, so this guy who came to me last night says he can assemble several others who served with Diliberto to verify his account. Diliberto won’t even send me his DD214 to prove them wrong. Yep, it’s all circumstantial, but the circumstances aren’t Diliberto’s friends.

Category: Phony soldiers, Rethink Afghanistan

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  1. NHSparky says:

    Great–now by his criteria I get to claim I was a Desert Storm vet because I was on AD then, even though I never got closer than, oh, 4000 miles to the Gulf.

  2. TSO says:

    I want to make sweet love to this post.
    I might even cuddle afterwards.

  3. Yat Yas 1833 says:

    A paulbot and buddies with adam kokesh? ‘Nough said!

  4. dnice says:

    Ugh after reading about Sgt. Periera and Cpt. Crawford yesterday (didn’t recognize him without the beard) now this.

    I want to be positive so if you’re in Jersey there is a benefit banquet to raise funds for Cpl. Greg Caron on 5/10 in Garwood, NJ. Just call the Garwood Police Department as the PBA there is organizing the banquet. If you want to know about Greg go to http://www.gregcaronfoundation.com/ .

    Sorry if this is a breach of protocol.

  5. Hondo says:


    Got enough info about the guy for a FOIA? If so and you don’t have the time, send the info to me and I’ll send one in.

  6. Tman says:

    Who would have ever thought we’d see the day that someone would be compared less favorably than Matthis.

  7. J.M. says:

    It seems that reporters could save themselves alot of time and potential for embaressment down the road by simply requesting to see an erb or dd214. It’s funny that some internet forums and sites are more stringent about verifying military credentials for their members then most major news groups.

  8. Hondo says:

    Well, well. I ran across this and thought it looked interesting enough to share. Looks like our “friend” Diloberto just might have a rather long history of exaggerating what he did in the USMC.

    The link below is to an article from the Vidette Online – the ISU online student newspaper – for 9 Oct 2005. That’s where Diliberto’s bio says he went to college; the name matches (his actual given name seems to be Jacob J. Diliberto); and that’s about the right year for him to have been a sophomore at ISU.


    So, the guy reportedly did a “stint in the military with the special operations unit “. Hmmmmmmmmm. Since I think MARSOC wasn’t organized until 2006, I’m pretty sure that would have to be Force RECON. But I’m not a USMC or SOF expert, so I could be wrong.

    Yeah, it’s possible the student newspaper screwed the pooch here and did the MSU thing (Made Stuff Up) concerning Diliberto’s military service, or otherwise got it wrong. But somehow, I kinda doubt that. I think I know exactly where they got that bit of “info”.

    In a related later article, Diliberto says he wants to “bring notoriety to the school”.


    Who knows – maybe we can help him do that.

  9. Jacobite says:

    Nice work Hondo. Lol

  10. Drama says:

    With a name like Diliberto I just keep thinking the Sunday funny papers.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Were you able to contact the Larry King show?

  12. Shamus62 says:

    He says was in Iraq, Astan and Africa here…

    “Jacob Diliberto chose to emphasize his personal transformation from a warrior to a supporter of peace, saying “My story today is about my journey to repentance.”

    He explained that after serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa, he argued in support of the war at college until a political science professor convinced him to travel with him to the West Bank and work with the Palestinian community. He is now committed to completing his education and working toward peace, and ended by saying, “Peace is possible, because I lived it.”

  13. JP says:

    What an assclown. I’m sick of these guys. I too am a libertarian (of sorts) but I don’t buy into the whole pussification/i hate myself and America bullshit. Please, Jonn, do what you all do best and set this MFer straight.

    “Dickwad in the open, fire for effect, over”

  14. Anonymous says:

    I met him once. I recall specifically that he said he was in special ops in AF. Looked me right in the eye when he said it. I didn’t agree with his politics or views, but gave him a pass due to his “service.”

  15. Cedo Alteram says:

    Sounds like the profile of a typical Ron Paul “vet” supporter.

  16. Jack says:

    @ 8 he could have been simple recon or ANGLICO, both special but I suspect he is claiming service with a MEU SOC(Special Operations Capable) as his stint with a special operations unit.

  17. Hondo says:

    Jack (@16). Thanks. I’m reasonably ignorant of USMC Special Operations organization, especially that a decade ago. I did not know that organic recon elements (vice Force Recon) and ANGLICO units were considered SO during that time frame – or today. Appreciate the info.

  18. Hondo says:

    FOIA away. Will send Jonn a copy if/when received.

  19. Hondo says:

    Got a phone call update (!) from an individual at NPRC today re: my FOIA request concerning Diliberto. Bottom line is that the USMC apparently still has Diliberto’s records. NPRC has forwarded my FOIA on to the USMC, so I should eventually get an answer from the USMC.

    However, the NPRC rep indicated that the USMC is fairly slow on FOIA request processing. So it’s likely gonna be some time before we know the truth about Jake.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Check out his linkedin page, he states that he served in Iraq there.

  21. Green Thumb says:

    Fucking Turd.

  22. Green Thumb says:

    What was the final status on this tool as a result of the SVT?

    Is he still speaking and “running the show”?


  23. Flyin' Pig says:

    I came across this NTAC (No Talent Ass Clown) at a bar in D.C. a little over a year ago. He was spewing his lies trying to impress a friend of one of my wife’s co-workers. I of course had a few cold adult beverages and had heard enough of his diarrhea of the mouth, and called him out (this was before I saw this site) He kept trying to impress me with all of his accolades and the wonderful things he was doing for me!! DBEU (Douche Bag Extraordinaire of the Universe) even gave me his phone # so I could check him out and get back to him. Since he gave it to me I feel free to give to the masses, do with it what you will. Enjoy! Jake Dilberto 630-338-6579

  24. Green Thumb says:

    Cool. Missed this number.


    Turd Licker.

  25. Green Thumb says:

    I called this fool over the holidays.

    I pretended to be an AMWAY salesman looking to sell a little stolen valor.

    He got pissed.

    It was fun.

    A Christmas present from me to me.

    Prank calls rock.

    Fucking Turd Pusher.

  26. Green Thumb says:

    Tried to call him again.


    I think he has changed that number or is not accepting calls.

    No suprise.

    Ass cleaner.

  27. EdUSMCleg says:

    Any updates on this dumbass?

  28. Flyin' Pig says:

    @Green Thumb, Glad you had some fun with this.


  29. Green Thumb says:

    Anything new with this turd?

  30. Ex-PH2 says:

    GT, I think you scared him off.

  31. Green Thumb says:


  32. Green Thumb says:

    On “The NO call list”.