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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Hometown support

From the Dayton Daily News:

In an interview with the Dayton Daily News before he was silenced, Shaffer said Sept. 11 was "the most devastating single attack on the U.S. in our history.

"To be true to my oath of office — to protect the Constitution from all enemies foreign and domestic — it was my duty to come forward and tell the truth," he said.

Shaffer, who met with staff members of the Sept. 11 Commission in Afghanistan in October 2003, was suspended with pay in June 2004.

Hometown support

One person who believes Shaffer is telling the truth is James Walker, professor emeritus of political science at Wright State. Shaffer graduated from the university in Fairborn in June 1986 with degrees in political science and environmental studies.

During his senior year, Shaffer was on Walker's national championship mock trial team that defeated Northwestern University.

Shaffer credits that experience with honing his public speaking skills, which have come in handy once he stepped into the media spotlight after 22 years under cover.

"I became much more able to speak in public," he said of the mock trial team experience. "I was always painfully shy growing up. This helped get me out of my shell."

Walker, Shaffer's college mentor who has stayed in contact with him, recalled the student told him about his desire to go into intelligence. The two had discussed truthfulness.

Walker told him he'd rather have someone of his character engage in intelligence activities than someone who may be drawn to the service for adventure or the image.

"That always comes back to me," Walker said. "When this story broke, people asked me, 'Do you think he's telling the truth?' I'm absolutely sure.' "