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Breaking: Utah Marine (Hassoun) who went missing in Iraq charged with desertion
Salt Lake Trib ^ | 12/09/2004 03:57 PM | Derek P. Jensen

Posted on 12/09/2004 3:38:42 PM PST by Former Military Chick

Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun of West Jordan, who has been the subject of a five-month investigation into his June disappearance from a U.S. military camp near Fallujah, Iraq, has been charged with desertion by the U.S. Marine Corps.

Hassoun, 24, will also be charged with loss of government property and theft of a military firearm for allegedly leaving his post still in possession of his 9mm handgun, as well as theft of wrongful appropriation of a government vehicle, according to officials at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

Hassoun remains on duty at Camp Lejeune and has not been taken into custody.

Contacted Thursday afternoon, a Hassoun family member said he was "shocked" by the announcement.

Details about how the Utah Marine showed up in a purported hostage video before later appearing as a free man in Lebanon were not released.

If found guilty of desertion, Hassoun could face a dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of pay and allowances, and five years confinement for each specification.

Hassoun will be assigned military defense counsel to represent him, and has the right to be represented by a civilian attorney of his choice at no expense to the United States.


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KEYWORDS: deserter; hassoun; iraq; marines
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I have posted articles on this man when he went missing, there was always something odd about it, when he showed up many were of the same mind, there is something fishy and indeed something was, if the facts are true he does not deserve to wear the Marine Corp uniform.
1 posted on 12/09/2004 3:38:42 PM PST by Former Military Chick
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To: Former Military Chick

Where there is smoke ...


2 posted on 12/09/2004 3:39:22 PM PST by bushisdamanin04
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To: Chieftain; Ragtime Cowgirl; gatorbait; GreyFriar; americanmother; The Mayor; Seadog Bytes; EGPWS; ..

ping


3 posted on 12/09/2004 3:40:20 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Find a way each day to make a difference.)
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To: Former Military Chick

Right from the beginning his story was suspect.


4 posted on 12/09/2004 3:40:40 PM PST by Dante3
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To: Former Military Chick

On Fox, they mentioned finding some of his belongings in Fallujah, if I heard correctly. I wonder which side he's really on?


5 posted on 12/09/2004 3:41:07 PM PST by MizSterious (First, the journalists, THEN the lawyers.)
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To: bushisdamanin04

there is fire? Did I win a spot on Jeopardy?


6 posted on 12/09/2004 3:41:27 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Find a way each day to make a difference.)
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To: Former Military Chick
Didn't the Marines find some of his gear in Fallujah?
7 posted on 12/09/2004 3:41:41 PM PST by colorado tanker (The People Have Spoken)
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To: Former Military Chick

Sure like to know what he was up to. Wouldn't you?


8 posted on 12/09/2004 3:41:58 PM PST by GVnana (If I had a Buckhead moment would I know it?)
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To: Former Military Chick

I don't know, but I'll call Alec pronto!


9 posted on 12/09/2004 3:43:02 PM PST by bushisdamanin04
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To: MizSterious

My beloved (who is not home right now) had said the same as you report from FOX. Dave also said he probably regrets they went into Fallujah, it was there they found his hiding place. I will beloved post when he gets home if there is more he heard on this.


10 posted on 12/09/2004 3:43:07 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Find a way each day to make a difference.)
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To: RaceBannon

Ping.


11 posted on 12/09/2004 3:43:33 PM PST by ErnBatavia (ErnBatavia, Coulter, Malkin, Ingraham....the ultimate Menage a Quatro)
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To: GVgirl

Heck yes, then he returned to the states and was treated like some sort of hero, folks were so relieved that he was alive. He milked it all and now it is time to pay the piper so to speak.


12 posted on 12/09/2004 3:44:15 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Find a way each day to make a difference.)
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To: Former Military Chick
Hassoun remains on duty at Camp Lejeune and has not been taken into custody.

For what reasons??

13 posted on 12/09/2004 3:44:55 PM PST by lonevoice (Vast Right Wing Pajama Party)
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To: Former Military Chick

5 month investigation... I would say the military was making sure all its ducks were in a row.... that being the case... throw the book at him....


I agree with you FMC.. when this first broke .... it definatly felt fishy.


14 posted on 12/09/2004 3:44:57 PM PST by Americanwolf (Democratic Underground... Digital Crack for the the loony left.....Hey troll! Put the pipe down!)
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To: Former Military Chick

Sorry, your answer was not in the form of a question. It should have been, What is 'there is fire'?


15 posted on 12/09/2004 3:45:23 PM PST by Bush_Democrat (Now EX-Democrat)
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To: Former Military Chick
Actually, I think THIS thread was breaking. But nevertheless, still interesting from hometown source.
16 posted on 12/09/2004 3:47:32 PM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: Former Military Chick
Forthcoming statement by Hassoun's defense lawyer Mark Geragos:

"They're only charging him because he's Muslim and of Arabic descent."

17 posted on 12/09/2004 3:49:21 PM PST by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: Former Military Chick

Is this the guy that people were suspicious of because some guys from his unit had been found dead, thinking maybe he had given their patrol routine away?


18 posted on 12/09/2004 3:50:06 PM PST by monkeywrench
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To: Former Military Chick

I have been suspicious about this story from the get-go. Something never felt right.


19 posted on 12/09/2004 3:54:06 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: lonevoice

I believe he is a Muslim.


20 posted on 12/09/2004 3:56:10 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Former Military Chick; Chemist_Geek; TexKat; Gucho; Grampa Dave; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BJClinton; ...

"Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun of West Jordan, who has been the subject of a five-month investigation into his June disappearance from a U.S. military camp near Fallujah, Iraq, has been charged with desertion by the U.S. Marine Corps."That person "Wassef Ali Hassoun" is not good!!! What America strong persons "Marine" do to that person Thank you


21 posted on 12/09/2004 3:58:06 PM PST by anonymoussierra
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To: Former Military Chick

Shoot him.


22 posted on 12/09/2004 3:59:27 PM PST by johnb838 (Killmore.)
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First of all I did do a search but did not have the name in the aricle I added it so folks would know, but, did not search with it. Sorry. This thread does have at least a story and I am more than happy to update as news warrents.

Here is an article that discusses at the end what they found:

Marine who went missing in Iraq charged
During fighting last month in Fallujah, U.S. troops recovered Hassoun's personal belongings in a box on the third floor of a three-story commercial building. The property included an identification card, a uniform and a book.

Hassoun To Remain On Normal Duty For Now

23 posted on 12/09/2004 3:59:47 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Find a way each day to make a difference.)
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To: Former Military Chick
The real charge should have been TREASON.
24 posted on 12/09/2004 4:00:10 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: pbrown

I believe you're right. But, I still don't "get" why he isn't cooling his heels in the brig pending court martial.


25 posted on 12/09/2004 4:01:41 PM PST by lonevoice (Vast Right Wing Pajama Party)
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To: Former Military Chick
First of all I did do a search but did not have the name in the aricle I added it so folks would know, but, did not search with it. Sorry.

No sweat. Rest easy, FMC; it's not a duplicate post when the story is from a different source. The other one was Fox News. Yours was the Salt Lake Tribune. It's all good.

26 posted on 12/09/2004 4:02:16 PM PST by Prime Choice (I like Democrats, too. Let's exchange recipes.)
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To: monkeywrench
Is this the guy that people were suspicious of because some guys from his unit had been found dead

If this is true, shoot him with an RPG. Or better yet, I have a dull fishing knife that could be used. I hear Saws-alls are real good for cutting bone.

27 posted on 12/09/2004 4:02:47 PM PST by johnb838 (Killmore.)
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To: Bush_Democrat

Same thing Alec just told me. Sorry ...


28 posted on 12/09/2004 4:02:59 PM PST by bushisdamanin04
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To: Former Military Chick

Im glad they decided to do this, I think after Fallujah(sp) we all saw this coming...This *Marine* has a lot of explaning to do.


29 posted on 12/09/2004 4:03:51 PM PST by mystery-ak (Please pray for Maj Tammy Duckworth)
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To: F16Fighter

I believe the penalty for desertion, particularly in a war zone, is death. Treason is a lesser offense, isn't it?


30 posted on 12/09/2004 4:03:54 PM PST by johnb838 (Killmore.)
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To: MizSterious
On Fox, they mentioned finding some of his belongings in Fallujah, if I heard correctly. I wonder which side he's really on?

That was also mentioned last week when our guys started finding the chemicals and weapons.

31 posted on 12/09/2004 4:05:30 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Former Military Chick
Those of us whose gut instinct told us that Hassoun was a rat are vindicated.

Those pinheads who chastised us can eat crow.

32 posted on 12/09/2004 4:06:29 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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It could be easily be argued (though they wouldn't tell us for sure, would they?) that the Hassoun was indeed aiding and abetting the enemy...

That's treason.

33 posted on 12/09/2004 4:07:34 PM PST by F16Fighter
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To: johnb838
If this is true, shoot him with an RPG. Or better yet, I have a dull fishing knife that could be used. I hear Saws-alls are real good for cutting bone.

Take him to the bridge. You know the bridge, the green one.

34 posted on 12/09/2004 4:07:41 PM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: RaceBannon
You were given bad gouge.

I'd s***can that "source".

CPL HASSOUN VINDICATED! LIVED BY MARINE CORPS MOTTO: SEMPER FIDELIS! traitor

35 posted on 12/09/2004 4:15:11 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Former Military Chick
...if the facts are true he does not deserve to wear the Marine Corp uniform.

You got that right. After he's found guilty the worst punishment they could
give him is to send him back to the Marines he deserted. Payback time.
Semper Fi ...
36 posted on 12/09/2004 4:15:57 PM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Former Military Chick


37 posted on 12/09/2004 4:16:34 PM PST by Pittsburg Phil
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To: lonevoice
He's a Muslim. Just watch and listen for all the....it's only becaues he's a muslim, or he loves his country, islam is against....blah...blah...blah. Watch and see.

Why did he do it? The same reason the black muslim threw a grenade into the tent of his fellow Americans in Kuwait....he's a MUSLIM.

38 posted on 12/09/2004 4:19:51 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: lonevoice; All

Um, maybe they're hoping some of his ex-buddies will look after it?


39 posted on 12/09/2004 4:22:16 PM PST by Conservative Canuck (The Voice of One Crying in the Wilderness)
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To: pbrown

He will become the lefts poster boy.


40 posted on 12/09/2004 4:22:18 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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For those that would like more info here are some links. Sorry format isn't better.


Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun at U.S. Embassy in Beirut

By Chris Short - 08 Jul 2004 - 1320

Fox News advises:
"The U.S. Marine who was feared kidnapped by terrorists in Iraq has turned up safe and in good health at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, the Pentagon said Thursday."

CNN reports:
"Hassoun, who is of Lebanese descent, arrived at the embassy at 6 p.m. (11 a.m. ET), two U.S. sources said."

MSNBC is stating:
"He was said to be in good health and the State Department said he was talking with U.S. officials. 'We were able to go get him,' State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said, without elaborating."

Reuters is bringing this to the table:
"'He is at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. He is safe. He appears to be healthy. We're working through the details of what the next steps are,' said a U.S. defense official at the Pentagon, speaking on condition of anonymity."

Well. I'm sure this isn't the last we're going to hear about Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun but at least it's nice to know he's safe.

If this whole thing was a hoax he's screwed and probably going to Fort Leavenworth for a long time.

If it can be proven that this was a real kidnapping then he will probably be treated as POW and be offered an early out of the Marine Corps and some form of benefits (like Jessica Lynch).

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41 posted on 12/09/2004 4:24:48 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Find a way each day to make a difference.)
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To: Former Military Chick

Bookmarked, thanks.


42 posted on 12/09/2004 4:32:35 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: oh8eleven; A.A. Cunningham; Prime Choice; F16Fighter; johnb838; pbrown
My beloved is stationed at Ft Leavenworth, perhaps we will give him a nice welcome ...NOT! He will have a nice new jail cell though, you have to see the new prison, looks like a campus, will take some photo's next time on Post. The old one, which was made of brick by brick, is now all but history. Will see if I can get a few photo's of that one.

Hard Labor folks ... very HARD LABOR.. what he put his fellow Marines through ... oh you have no clue of the words I am thinking and not typing, my parents raised me with some manners ... please please cant I say them. :)

43 posted on 12/09/2004 4:35:57 PM PST by Former Military Chick (Find a way each day to make a difference.)
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To: Former Military Chick
I'm sure there's an honor code in military prisons too. I hope they treat traitors as badly as a regular prison treats child molesters.
44 posted on 12/09/2004 4:42:02 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: colorado tanker

They found his ID, his passport, his uniform.

Big question: Why did he leave his installation with his passport? He absolutely doesn't need one in Iraq.


45 posted on 12/09/2004 7:35:42 PM PST by No Longer Free State (If integrity does not reside in the captain of the ship, then it is not on board)
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To: lonevoice
Hassoun remains on duty at Camp Lejeune and has not been taken into custody.

For what reasons??

Standards for pre-trial confinement in the military are actually pretty high. His command has to prove either he's a flight risk (tough to do when he turned himself in once he got to Lebanon), or that he's a threat to himslef or others.

46 posted on 12/09/2004 7:38:42 PM PST by No Longer Free State (If integrity does not reside in the captain of the ship, then it is not on board)
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To: Former Military Chick

Big surprise--not~!!


47 posted on 12/09/2004 7:52:12 PM PST by pepperdog
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To: Former Military Chick

Yep. This is the Marine that went missing and landed in Lebanon with his family. Part of me thought he was a gutless worm and wanted an easy way out of serving, and the other part of me thought he was working with the terrorists. It was no coincidence that he was the only person freed at the hands of the terrorists.


48 posted on 12/09/2004 10:01:36 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (Congratulations President-Re-Elect George W. Bush!)
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To: Former Military Chick

To all as well...The penalty for desertion in a combat zone, IS death. Interestingly enough, an officer can pull out his trusty sidearm and summarily execute a soldier who disobey's a direct order or who attempts to desert IN COMBAT...doesn't happen often, but it is lawful.


49 posted on 12/11/2004 4:24:01 AM PST by Jackal007 (Saber Six...Out!)
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To: monkeywrench; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; ...

around the time of his initial disappearance, there was a sniper team found dead. It was a day or two after he left, or the actual day he left.

Many here thought it was a sign of his treason, that he turned in some Marines to prove he was not fighting Iraqi's anymore or something.

I was an original accuser of this Marine, but then I got an e-mail from an Old Marine I served with who kept in touch with some other Old Marines from Quantico. Quantico SERE people said that Hassoun's story was legit, and I publically apologized for calling him a traitor.

For the Military's story to change, something profound has been learned, that is my opinion. This guy sounds like a traitor again.

But I will hold off on saying that this time...until the trial...


50 posted on 12/11/2004 5:13:04 AM PST by RaceBannon (Arab Media pulled out of Fallujah; Could we get the MSM to pull out of America??)
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