Skip to comments.Probe of Marine's disappearance re-opened
Posted on 11/17/2004 3:10:11 PM PST by F15Eagle
New evidence found in Falluja
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Military investigators have re-opened the case of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Wassef Hassoun after several personal items -- including his military ID and civilian passport -- were found in Falluja, the city where he disappeared in June.
Hassoun reappeared July 7 in Lebanon, where he was born and has relatives.
What happened to Hassoun during that time has been a mystery to military investigators who recently closed two separate investigations into the disappearance.
Because of the new evidence, the case of Hassoun's disappearance is unexpectedly open again. Investigators are assessing the evidence found in Falluja.
After the initial report that Hassoun was missing, military officials assumed he had walked away from camp. He was listed as a deserter.
His status was changed to captured after the release of a videotape that showed him blindfolded with a sword suspended over his head. A few days later, a posting to three Islamist Web sites claimed Hassoun had been beheaded.
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I'd wondered about this...
Hmmmm very interesting!
I'm wondering what they found that would reopen it. obviously we don't have all the details, but it says his stuff was in "good shape." OK.
I didn't lean one way or another but the story seemed pretty wild to wind up 500 miles away instead of at the base. this will be a rather curious one to watch.
Assuming his claim of being captured was true, was it normal for Marines to be alone when outside their protective perimeter? I can't imagine they would ever be alone and have always wondered how he came to be captured.
I guess it's either a miracle or a shell game. dunno.
I'm wondering what they found that led them to believe they should close it in the first place.
I received some e-mails that were forwarded around confidential USMC and former USMC sources, declaring that the investigation proved he was genuinely captured and not a deserter.
I have hopes those letters were accurate.
IMO the Marine Corps buried this embarrassing incident and will now have to press toward desertion and complying with the enemy.
I don't trust this guy.....just my gut feeling.
Like your tag line, MSM is the enemy within!
As for this Marine, somethings fishy. There's more to it then we've been hearing. Ya just don't go wondering around in a combat zone alone.
I agree. This whole episode goes against all the norms.
I can't imagine a US Marine being released by these savages whose only resemblance to humanity is that they walk upright.
The rule of thumb for a jarhead is simple. Would I share a foxhole with this guy? NO WAY!
The only time they might, against the rules, be "alone" was if they sneaked out to see a "lady".
Anyone hear what happened to the hand grenade tossing Muslim convert, that killed a couple officers as they ran out of the tend he blew up?
According to another thread...they found a spare uniform, military ID and a book.....the spare uniform is a tipoff that he wasn't abducted.....who has time to pack?...re-open the investigation!
maybe Marines found out he did go native, and CIA turned him.
I've not made up my mind on this guy. I can't believe that they didn't kill him unless his family has some really good connections!
That was something I was wondering about.
Did he leave wearing his uniform?
Was he stripped of his belongings?
Why would they be kept if he was stripped? Maybe souveniers, but...
What is making people think all this stuff is extra uniforms?
Is it COPIES of his ID's? They stripped his uniform to keep it, kept his ID's to infiltrate back into some unit to spy on us?
Marine Who Vanished in Iraq Heading Home"
Some of you know the type of activities I supervise at the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency (JPRA) or the Joint Service SERE Agency (JSSA) for you more senior gentleman. My staff and I have been directly involved in the repatriation and debriefing of Cpl Hausson. Obviously, I can not discuss the intimate details of his plight. I can share with the MILINET Community that this Marine's story is legit. He was abducted from his place of duty, interrogated, abused, threaten with death, yet upheld the traditional of the Marine Corps, protected his comrades, and abided by the articles of the Code of Conduct.
It's possible some of you have fallen victim to some official and unofficial mis-statement about Cpl Hassoun. We call the "CNN effect". In the coming days, weeks, or months you will find the media and people who just basically made up shit are wrong. The Marine Corps got one of its own back from the jaws of certain death. He should be welcomed back as a returning warrior, better yet as a Marine who has seen more than his share of hell.
Semper Fidelis, words that Cpl Hassoun clung to in his darkest hours.
Jim Perna Deputy Director for Intelligence Operations MSgt, USMC (Ret.)
More "CNN effect"?