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  • Soldier Refuses Second Tour of Duty to Iraq

    02/21/2009 8:22:18 PM PST · by Thunder90 · 63 replies · 3,823+ views
    WBAY TV ^ | 2/21/2009 | Adam Aaro
    A Green Bay soldier was supposed to catch a flight Friday morning taking him back to active duty in Iraq, but he intentionally missed it because he says the war is immoral. Specialist Kristoffer Walker and his wife Sierra enjoyed Friday night at home together -- a night they weren't supposed to be together. "Early this morning I made a decision not to go back to Iraq," he told us Friday.
  • AWOL US soldier returns from Canada: "I'm just not a fighter."

    02/10/2009 6:30:47 AM PST · by theruleshavechanged · 35 replies · 2,600+ views
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 2/10/09 | Associated Press
    "I'm nervous, scared," Cornell said, wiping puffy eyes beneath his sunglasses Monday at a Savannah hotel after a three-day bus ride from Seattle. "I'm just not a fighter. I know it sounds funny, but I have a really soft heart."
  • Obama Votes 'Present' Again

    02/05/2009 2:18:19 PM PST · by redhotright · 11 replies · 1,610+ views
    http://redhotright.blogspot.com/ ^ | 2009-02-05 | Red-Hot Right
    During his stint as a legislator, Obama became quite well known for avoiding issues by voting 'Present' instead of 'Yes' or 'No'. And just like he hasn't kicked his smoking habit, the Comrade-in-Chief hasn't kicked this dirty little habit either. Fox News reports that Obama is AWOL in the Stimulus debate, but continues to make snide obstructionist remarks from the sidelines about how the Republicans aren't cooperating. That kind of thing may have made him think he was being cute while he was just another anonymous face in the legislature, but when he's the President, this is totally unacceptable behavior.
  • U.S. deserter ordered to leave Canada

    01/07/2009 8:19:32 AM PST · by fanfan · 43 replies · 2,803+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Jan 07, 2009 | Paola Loriggio
    The first female U.S. Iraq war resister to seek refuge in Canada has been ordered to leave the country before the end of the month or face deportation. Kimberley Rivera, who served in Iraq in 2006 and fled to Canada in 2007 after refusing redeployment, was told this morning she has until Jan. 27 to return to the U.S., said Michelle Rubidoux of the War Resisters Support Campaign. "It's ridiculous," said Rubidoux, who accompanied Rivera to her hearing at the Greater Toronto Enforcement Centre on Airport Road. The decision will force Rivera to uproot her family – her husband Mario...
  • AWOL Soldier Seeks Sanctuary In Ithaca

    12/04/2008 5:13:56 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 13 replies · 1,713+ views
    After fighting 15 months in Afghanistan, 22-year-old Trevor Loope of Texas went AWOL from the Army. Stationed at Fort Drum, he left his post one year ago to seek better health care for depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He's hoping Ithaca's Common Council will hear his plea. Flanked with veterans at his side Wednesday night, Loope and his attorney approached city officials asking them to help him avoid criminal charges under Ithaca's new "Community of Sanctuary" law. The law, passed two months ago, is aimed at allowing veterans to exercise free speech and peaceful protests of war in the...
  • Portland’s Professional Protesters Still Seek Sanctuary For AWOL’s & Deserters

    12/03/2008 11:11:05 PM PST · by DakotaRed · 6 replies · 1,136+ views
    Right In A Left World ^ | December 3, 2008 | Lew Waters
    Still seeking to out lib the liberal Mecca’s of San Francisco and Seattle, Portland, Oregon is home to a class of professional protesters who live only to protest. Nothing energizes these moonbats more than the United States defending itself or fighting those who seek our total destruction. It should come as no surprise that once again, the malcontents that have infested Portland are seeking to make Portland a Sanctuary City where those who desert the obligation they volunteered for in our Military can come to when they need a safe place to live. The anti-war ilk in Portland desire the...
  • Marines pick up AWOL Hering in Washington

    11/22/2008 2:24:06 PM PST · by george76 · 31 replies · 2,479+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | November 22, 2008
    A Marine escort picked up Lance Cpl. Lance Hering at the Clallam County jail ...to take the AWOL Marine to Camp Pendleton in San Diego... Port Angeles police officers arrested Lance Cpl. Hering — who may face desertion charges after staging his disappearance in Colorado and spending 26 months in hiding — last Sunday at William R. Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles. Hering was reported missing in August 2006. A friend said Hering had wandered off after he was injured in a rock-climbing accident near Boulder. After a massive search, authorities concluded the report was a hoax.
  • US deserter in Canada wins stay of deportation (Hinzman)

    09/22/2008 3:57:30 PM PDT · by james500 · 9 replies · 953+ views
    AP ^ | 9/22/2008 | ROB GILLIES
    A U.S. Army soldier who fled to Canada after learning his unit was being deployed to Iraq won a last-minute stay of deportation Monday. Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley ruled Jeremy Hinzman can stay in Canada while the court decides whether he can appeal his deportation order. "We're elated," Hinzman said moments after the decision was released. "(But) we're not out of the woods at all. We just have a stay of removal." ... In his three-page ruling, Mosley wrote, "Based on the evidence and submissions before me, I am satisfied that the applicants would suffer irreparable harm if a...
  • Caption this moonbat protest - 'Stop the Army’s child recruitment program'

    08/20/2008 5:01:28 AM PDT · by redstates4ever · 46 replies · 1,445+ views
    IndyBay.com ^ | 8/6/08 | Jeff Paterson
    "SAN FRANCISCO (August 6, 2008) – About 50 anti-war activists targeted the video game maker Ubisoft today to “help stop the Army’s child recruitment program” in the form of the free “America’s Army” game. Organizers noted that the game “targets children as young as 13” while South Park game companies Ubisoft, Gameloft, and Secret Level were profiting from the illegal recruitment program.“America’s Army”—available since 2002 as a free download—is a game developed by the U.S. military to instruct players in “Army values,” portray the army in a positive light, and increase potential recruits. The “game” is the property and brainchild...
  • Swiss Gourmand Is Missing For Reasons Unknown

    08/05/2008 7:40:03 AM PDT · by Apollo 13 · 7 replies · 1,078+ views
    NRC Handelsblad (Holland) | Aug 5, 2008 | Apollo 13
    Swiss gourmand Pascal Henry, aged 46, was completing his life's dream: having the best dinners in all restaurants on the globe that carry Michelin's coveted three star-accolade (68 in all). The guy was at his 40th spot, restaurant 'El Bulli' in Roses, Catalunya, Spain. A journalist from a local paper, sitting next to him, asked him for his personal card, as a memento. He rose, said: 'I'll be right back', and went... missing. He had told his acquaintances that his mission would set him back for about the price of a nice new quality car with all extras included. What...
  • AWOL soldier from Oregon sentenced

    07/17/2008 5:08:05 PM PDT · by MovementConservative · 21 replies · 1,488+ views
    Oregonlive ^ | July 17, 2008 11:49AM | Oregonian
    An Oregon soldier whose case has caused a stir in anti-war groups nationwide has been sentenced to six months in jail, a loss of pay, a reduction of rank and a bad-conduct discharge for being absent without leave. Pfc. James Burmeister, who was born in Portland and raised in the Eugene area, received the sentence Wednesday from a military judge at a court martial held at Fort Knox, Ky. Burmeister agreed to plead guilty to the charge in exchange for an agreement by military prosecutors not to seek more serious charges. Anti-war activists from filmmaker Michael Moore to groups such...
  • Please advise... just learned my nephew has gone A.W.O.L.

    06/19/2008 5:20:04 PM PDT · by Number57 · 75 replies · 2,154+ views
    I haven't posted a thread in some time, but my sister is freaking out. Her son, 20, was supposed to get on a plane for Germany on Monday (then on to Afghanistan), but he never boarded. He later sent her a text msg and apparently this is all over a woman. I need to know what consequences he faces if he doesn't report soon. Personally, I am shocked. I keep thinking its a joke. UNBELIEVABLE. Any advice is very much appreciated.
  • US soldier refuses to report for active duty in Iraq

    06/15/2008 5:19:33 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 107 replies · 2,882+ views
    AFP via Breitbart ^ | Jun 15, 2008 | afp
    A month after US army reservist Matthis Chiroux publicly refused to deploy to Iraq, the former sergeant on Sunday set himself up for possible prosecution by failing to report for active duty with his unit in South Carolina. "Tonight at midnight, I may face further action from the army for refusing to reactivate to participate in the Iraq occupation," Chiroux told reporters in Washington. "I stand here today in defense of those who have been stripped of their voices in this occupation, the warriors of this nation...", Chiroux read from a statement as his father Rob, who had travelled to...
  • City politicians AWOL as Fightin' 69th deploys for duty in Afghanistan

    01/17/2008 5:30:20 PM PST · by SandRat · 13 replies · 1,002+ views
    DAILY NEWS ^ | STEPHANIE GASKELL
    Dozens of friends and family gathered in Manhattan Wednesday to honor New York National Guard soldiers being deployed to Afghanistan - but not one politician showed up. The soldiers of the legendary Manhattan-based Fighting 69th rushed to Ground Zero on 9/11 to help secure the area and search for survivors. They guarded one of the most dangerous roads in Iraq in 2004. Now about 350 soldiers will head to Afghanistan for a year to help train local police. While not every politician was invited to the Hunter College ceremony - one of nine across the state - the lack of...
  • Going AWOL

    12/06/2007 7:48:10 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 49 replies · 1,667+ views
    Details ^ | January 2007 | Melba Newsome
    Since the beginning of the war, hundreds of deserters have fled to Canada, fearful of being jailed or forced to return to duty. It’s starting to look like they need not have bothered: Despite troop shortages and problems hitting recruitment targets, Pentagon officials say it would be a poor use of time to go after deserters. “We don’t actively look for a deserter or have bounty hunters who go out knocking on doors,” Army spokesman Major Nathan Banks says. “It doesn’t serve our purpose to lose manpower or focus in the global war on terror to find them, because the...
  • Canada court: AWOL U.S. soldiers not refugees

    11/15/2007 11:48:55 AM PST · by SoldierMedic · 30 replies · 1,388+ views
    The Supreme Court of Canada on Thursday refused to hear an appeal by two U.S. military deserters who sought refuge in the country to avoid deployment to Iraq, a conflict they argued is “immoral and illegal.” The announcement ends a bid by American soldiers Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey, the plaintiffs in the case, to win refugee status and opens the way for them to be deported to the United States, where they could face court martial for going AWOL and missing troop movements. It also could lead to deportation of dozens of other American soldiers who have filed formal...
  • Top court refuses to hear appeal from U.S. army deserters (in Canada)

    11/15/2007 11:50:08 AM PST · by ECM · 3 replies · 755+ views
    CanWest News Service via Canada.com ^ | Thursday, November 15, 2007 | Meagan Fitzpatrick
    Canada's top court will not hear the case of two Americans who sought refugee status here after deserting the U.S. army in 2004 to avoid being deployed to Iraq. In a decision released Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected a bid by Jeremy Hinzman and Brandon Hughey to stay in Canada as refugees. The court's ruling backs previous ones by the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Immigration and Refugee Board. Before Thursday's ruling, the Federal Court of Appeal last rejected the claims by Hinzman and Hughey, who crossed the border rather than face possible court...
  • Man Shot By Police Is AWOL Soldier

    09/19/2007 5:15:56 PM PDT · by RDTF · 14 replies · 883+ views
    WJZ ^ | Sept 19, 2007 | AP
    (AP) ABERDEEN, Md. Military officials say a man shot by Aberdeen police is a soldier who had been away from Aberdeen Proving Ground without permission since last month. Army officials say 22-year-old Private Evan Parker, of Pittsford, N.Y., had been AWOL since late August. Aberdeen police say officers called to a disturbance at a motel Sunday night encountered Parker and when they learned his military status, they took him to the base. When officers returned to the motel around 11 a.m. Monday for a suspicious person call, Parker had returned. Police say he displayed a gun and waved it threateningly...
  • NYC soldier jailed for attempt to avoid Iraq

    09/18/2007 5:47:45 PM PDT · by soupcon · 9 replies · 826+ views
    Newsday ^ | 09/18/07 | ALFONSO A. CASTILLO
    A U.S. serviceman from the Bronx will spend a year in jail after he admitted in court that he arranged to have himself shot in the knee to avoid having to return to Iraq for a second tour of duty, Bronx prosecutors said Tuesday. Jonathan Aponte, 20, pleaded guilty to third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a misdemeanor. In exchange for his guilty plea, State Supreme Court Justice John Byrne agreed to sentence Aponte to a year in jail on Oct. 17. Aponte's Legal Aid attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Aponte originally claimed he had been shot in...
  • Movie creator charged [“Loose Change” producer arrested for deserting the Army]

    07/25/2007 8:37:11 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 45 replies · 3,783+ views
    Daily Star ^ | 2/25/07
    An Oneonta man who helped produce a 9/11 conspiracy documentary that became an Internet hit was arrested Monday for allegedly deserting the Army. Korey Rowe, 24, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, was picked up by deputies at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said… Rowe was arrested on a “military warrant” that Devlin said was brought to the attention of deputies by the Oneonta Police Department, who received information from a source outside of that department… After deputies received the information from Oneonta police, they reached out to the Army, and officials from Fort Knox...
  • No Court-Martial for Soldier With PTSD

    07/07/2007 2:13:19 PM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 11 replies · 1,271+ views
    KLBJ 590 ^ | 7/7/2007 | By BEN DOBBIN
    An Iraq war veteran will not be court-martialed for leaving his post without permission for 15 months to undergo treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, the Army said. Instead of facing a bad conduct discharge _ a felony punishable by up to a year in military prison _ Spc. Eugene Cherry admitted he was absent without leave and was granted a general discharge, rather than an honorable discharge, the Army said Friday. "It really wasn't about proving I went AWOL _ that's a given," Cherry, who was to be tried by court-martial Monday, said in a telephone interview from Fort Drum...
  • 12 News (Milwaukee) Finds Service Members Who Fled To Canada To Avoid War

    05/10/2007 10:09:43 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies · 2,131+ views
    WISN TV (Milwaukee) ^ | May 10, 2007
    TORONTO -- There is an untold story of the war in Iraq -- a story about soldiers who have gone to Canada to avoid going back to Iraq. Many people think about the Vietnam War draft dodgers when they hear about people heading to Canada to avoid military service, but the soldiers in the Persian Gulf War and the Iraq War are part of an all-volunteer force. "I signed up before the invasion of Iraq," Corey Glass said in his Toronto apartment. "I joined the National Guard thinking it was a humanitarian organization." Glass is an Army National Guardsman from...
  • Decorated veteran mistaken as deserter for second time

    05/04/2007 8:22:51 AM PDT · by Lady J USA 1981 · 11 replies · 848+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | May 4, 2007 | Associated Press
    Decorated veteran mistaken as deserter for second time 5/4/2007, 1:45 a.m. PDT porwam The Associated Press GLADSTONE, Ore. (AP) — For a second time, a decorated Iraq war veteran has been mistakenly listed as a deserter — this time costing him a day in jail. Joe Wolters, 26, of Gladstone was released the Clackamas County Jail on Wednesday after his parents spent the day making frantic phone calls to Army officials, who eventually cleared up the paperwork mistake. "I was a little mad at the Army," said Wolters, who enlisted in 2002 and spent a year stationed in Iraq as...
  • U.S. soldier in London to avoid Iraq war (London Ontario Canada)

    04/14/2007 1:22:50 PM PDT · by Clive · 41 replies · 1,135+ views
    Sun Media ^ | Patrick Maloney
    If he had any doubts upon arriving here, big news from back home likely erased them. It was 5 p.m. Wednesday when Linjamin Mull, stepping off a bus in downtown London, ended a two-week journey that turned him from an American soldier to expatriate, just as the Iraq war controversy flared again in the U.S. That same day, the U.S. government announced troop deployments to Iraq -- a war Mull refuses to join -- will be extended from 12 to 15 months. "Most people don't have the courage to leave," said Mull, a New York City social worker and graduate...
  • The Women’s War (Female Deserters Cry "Sexual Harrassment")

    03/20/2007 7:00:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies · 1,542+ views
    The New York Times ^ | March 18, 2007 | Sara Corbett
    On the morning of Monday, Jan. 9, 2006, a 21-year-old Army specialist named Suzanne Swift went AWOL. Her unit, the 54th Military Police Company, out of Fort Lewis, Wash., was two days away from leaving for Iraq. Swift and her platoon had been home less than a year, having completed one 12-month tour of duty in February 2005, and now the rumor was that they were headed to Baghdad to run a detention center. The footlockers were packed. The company's 130 soldiers had been granted a weekend leave in order to go where they needed to go, to say whatever...
  • AWOL soldier found in Mojave Desert

    01/22/2007 5:09:46 AM PST · by radar101 · 35 replies · 1,627+ views
    Inland Daily Bulletin ^ | 01/22/2007 | Guy McCarthy
    An Army Ranger who served in Iraq and Afghanistan took maps of the Mojave Desert and abandoned his car late last week southwest of Needles, sheriffís officials said Sunday. But rescuers ó including volunteers from Redlands and Yucaipa ó helped find the young soldier alive and unhurt Sunday afternoon on a mountaintop south of the Mojave National Preserve, said San Bernardino County sheriffís Deputy Dave Pichotta, who was assigned to the search. Andrew Stone, 20, of Wisconsin was found alone and uninjured about 1:30 p.m. Sunday on a peak in the Sacramento Mountains, said Pichotta, a volunteer forces coordinator working...
  • SAN FRANCISCO: Troops opposed to Iraq war get show of support (Turncoat Barfer)

    12/10/2006 11:47:05 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies · 623+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12-10-06 | Cecilia M. Vega
    On the night before Darrell Anderson was supposed to return to Iraq for his second tour of duty, he got in a car and drove to Canada. The Army specialist decided he could not go back to the place where he had shot at Iraqi civilians, been wounded by a roadside bomb, and watched other soldiers die. So he went absent without leave. "I'd spend three years in prison rather than go back to Iraq," Anderson, 24, said Saturday. Instead he spent nearly two years in Canada before returning home to Kentucky and turning himself in to the military, where...
  • AWOL Soldiers Reconsider Return to U.S.

    11/05/2006 5:01:25 PM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 57 replies · 1,458+ views
    ABC.com ^ | Nov 4, 2006 | BRETT BARROUQUERE
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. Nov 4, 2006 (AP)— Since going to Canada to avoid another deployment to Iraq, Corey Glass has considered returning to the United States. But after hearing that a fellow former soldier who surrendered to the military and was ordered to return to his unit instead of being discharged, Glass may not return at all. "They're not going to win the hearts and minds like that," said Glass, 24, who signed on with the Indiana National Guard in 2002. Kyle Snyder, a one-time combat engineer who joined the military in 2003, disappeared Wednesday, a day after surrendering at Fort...
  • AWOL Soldier Who Returned -- Flees Again!

    11/01/2006 10:34:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies · 637+ views
    BREITBART ^ | November 1, 2006 | BRETT BARROUQUERE
    A U.S. Army soldier who fled to Canada rather than return to Iraq has disappeared again, this time just a day after surrendering to the military. Pvt. Kyle Snyder, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo., told The Associated Press he was supposed to return by bus to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Louisville on Tuesday but didn't go. He said he went AWOL after Fort Knox officials told him he would be sent back to his unit, the 94th Engineer Battalion. Snyder returned to the United States on Saturday, after his lawyer said he had reached a deal to receive an other-than-honorable...
  • Escape for ones own Army

    10/09/2006 9:34:52 PM PDT · by Red6 · 13 replies · 856+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | 08. Oktober 2006 | Marc Widmann
    He should have gone for the second time to Iraq - US soldier Augustin Aguayo fled from his apartment in Schweinfurt and disappeared. Since this week the deserter sits in the Mannheim military prison and waits for his process. He is worldwide one of thousands of cases. Mannheim - Both military policemen sat beside his wife in the sitting room, they waited. Their tone was rough. He should pack his things, they ordered, fast. They tried to figure out how they could bring him fastest to the airport. For a long time his companions of the 1 infantry division waited...
  • GOP Unworthy Of Governing (Where Was the Party's Leadership On The Foley Matter Alert)

    10/02/2006 10:18:47 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 54 replies · 1,379+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 10/02/06 | Joseph Farah
    This column is going to make me very unpopular with Republicans. I don't care. It must be said. Following the revelations about Florida Rep. Mark Foley's sexually suggestive e-mails to a 16-year-old congressional page, I have concluded Republicans are unworthy of retaining control of the federal government. I sincerely regret this is the case. I would much prefer that there were a real viable alternative to the Democrats, who are not only unworthy, but also unacceptable. But wishful thinking is not going to protect our country. Wishful thinking is not going to expand freedom, promote justice and restore morality to...
  • Army deserter returns to U.S., Kentucky home - Lawyer Says Army Won't Court-Martial

    10/01/2006 6:10:28 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 29 replies · 2,125+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | October 1, 2006 | Jim Warren
    Lexington's Darrell Anderson crossed the border back into the United States yesterday afternoon, almost two years after deserting from the Army and fleeing to Canada, and started for home in Kentucky, where he plans to turn himself in at Fort Knox on Tuesday. But Anderson's stay at Fort Knox apparently could be brief, according to his attorney. Chicago lawyer Jim Fennerty, who is representing Anderson, told reporters in Canada yesterday that an officer at Fort Knox told him by phone last week that the Army has decided not to court-martial Anderson, and plans to release him within three to five...
  • Army deserter will return to face consequences (canada ain't so grand)

    09/24/2006 7:56:12 PM PDT · by Btrp113Cav · 42 replies · 2,475+ views
    CNN ^ | September 23, 2006 | AP
    LEXINGTON, Kentucky (AP) -- A soldier who fled to Canada two years ago after serving in Iraq said he would return home to face consequences from the U.S. Army.
  • Friend of missing Marine arrested for false reporting

    09/07/2006 12:05:46 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 14 replies · 772+ views
    News Channel 3 ^ | September 7, 2006
    BOULDER, Colo. Authorities say a Marine who is missing after reportedly injuring his head while hiking in Colorado's Eldorado Canyon last week staged his disappearance. Boulder County officials say they're still looking for 21-year-old Lance Hering, who was back at Camp Pendleton, California, after being on leave from Iraq. They say they've arrested Hering's friend, 20-year-old Steve Powers, for investigation of allegedly making a false report. Authorities say they became suspicious when they re-interviewed Powers about his August 29th hiking trip with Hering. They say he eventually confessed that the disappearance was staged and that Hering was avoiding his return...
  • AWOL Soldier Refuses to Return to Iraq

    09/01/2006 10:39:19 AM PDT · by stm · 72 replies · 1,425+ views
    We hear from a soldier who is refusing to fight in Iraq. Mark Wilkerson has been AWOL for more than a year and is turning himself in at Fort Hood in Texas today. In a taped video statement he says, "I am not willing to kill or be killed for something I don't believe in. My morals said going to Iraq was not the right thing to do." I was not going to live a life of violence." [includes rush transcript]
  • Specialist explains decision to leave post (Info on Army AWOL not provided by MSM)

    09/01/2006 8:32:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 15 replies · 1,146+ views
    The Killeen (Texas) Daily Herald ^ | September 1, 2006 | Emily Baker
    Spc. Mark Wilkerson already had made the decision to serve in the military when airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. He had joined the Army the summer before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks but was even more inspired to serve after his nation was attacked. "I found a new resolve after (the attacks)," Wilkerson, 22, said Thursday morning before returning to Fort Hood – the place he began losing faith in the ideals with which he was raised – after being absent without leave for 18 months. "I felt I could avenge the people...
  • AWOL U.S. soldier surrenders (After press conference at Camp Casey)

    09/01/2006 7:29:33 AM PDT · by LA Woman3 · 46 replies · 1,010+ views
    The Waco Tribune Herald ^ | Friday, September 01, 2006 | Mike Anderson
    FORT HOOD — An Iraq war veteran who left his unit and spent 19 months on the run surrendered to military officials at Fort Hood on Thursday, bolstered by anti-war demonstrators from Crawford’s Camp Casey III. Army Spc. Mark Wilkerson, 22, said he gradually became convinced the war was wrong while he served as a military police officer in Iraq. “We were told our mission was to win the hearts and minds of the people — I’m sure a lot of people are familiar with that phrase,” he said. “But when I got there, the treatment of the people in...
  • GAO finds some deserters still getting paychecks

    08/30/2006 12:09:20 AM PDT · by FreedomCalls · 8 replies · 628+ views
    The Stars and Stripes ^ | Wednesday, August 30, 2006 | Leo Shane III
    WASHINGTON — Congressional researchers have identified dozens of AWOL guardsmen and reservists receiving paychecks despite their criminal absence, and said the Army has no reliable system to ensure that those deserters are taken off the service’s payroll. Over the last three years, the Government Accountability Office has monitored 75 cases of guardsmen and reservists who failed to report to active duty when their units were called up, but still received “improper and possibly fraudulent pay” while listed as deserters. The researchers estimated those errors cost the Army nearly $880,000 over that span, and said their calculations “likely significantly understate the...
  • Poll to Freep (Should Watada Face Court Martial?)

    08/24/2006 2:51:22 PM PDT · by Spyder · 16 replies · 763+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | 08/24/2006 | Self
    A new poll to freep. This one doesn't usually get hit by Freepers and they do occasionally report on poll results on the local news. Do you think 1st Lt. Ehren Watada should face a court martial for refusing to go to Iraq?
  • AWOL soldier turns himself in

    08/19/2006 4:56:52 AM PDT · by cf_river_rat · 51 replies · 2,749+ views
    News 14 Carolina ^ | 8/19/06 | Ashley Smith
    SGT Ricky Clousing at RDU on Friday. MORRISVILLE, N.C. -- A Fort Bragg soldier is in military custody after being AWOL for more than a year.Sergeant Ricky Clousing went absent without official leave from Fort Bragg in 2005. Last week he turned himself into military authorities at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington after attending a “Veterans for Peace” convention.Instead of wearing his military uniform, Clousing wore a T-shirt that said “Free Speech” and said it’s with a clear conscience that he turned himself into military custody."Because it was always my intention of turning myself in I decided that now...
  • Army War Objector Returns to Base (Quotes MLK Jr)

    08/13/2006 6:20:22 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 12 replies · 661+ views
    Associated Press (AP) ^ | August 13 | Staff
    Shortly after returning from Iraq last year, Army Sgt. Ricky Clousing gathered a few belongings and sneaked out of Fort Bragg, leaving only a note quoting Martin Luther King. After six months spent seeing the "daily physical, psychological and emotional harassment of civilians," the 24-year-old said he was confused and disenchanted with the United States' role in the war.
  • Army interrogator to return to military custody (stomach-turner)

    08/11/2006 3:47:03 PM PDT · by MizSterious · 6 replies · 524+ views
    Fayetteville Online ^ | Friday, August 11, 2006 | N/A
    Published on Friday, August 11, 2006 Army interrogator to return to military custody SEATTLE The Associated Press Shortly after returning from Iraq last year, Army Sgt. Ricky Clousing gathered a few belongings and left Fort Bragg in the middle of the night, leaving only a note quoting Martin Luther King. Less than six months in Iraq, seeing the "daily physical, psychological and emotional harassment of civilians," had left him confused and disenchanted with the United States' role in the war, he said. "My experience in Iraq really made me second-guess my ability to perform as a soldier and also forced...
  • AWOL soldier to surrender at Fort Lewis

    08/11/2006 2:54:59 PM PDT · by carlo3b · 11 replies · 782+ views
    KTVB.com ^ | August 11, 2006 | Associated Press
    AWOL soldier to surrender at Fort Lewis01:43 PM MDT on Friday, August 11, 2006Associated PressFORT LEWIS, Wash. -- An Army sergeant who went AWOL from Fort Bragg out of disgust with the Iraq war says he'll turn himself in Friday at Fort Lewis. Lawyers for 24-year-old Ricky Clousing of Sumner have tried to negotiate a discharge without success. At an anti-war conference Friday morning at the University of Washington, Clousing announced he would turn himself in later at the Army base. Clousing spent six months in Iraq and says he became confused and disenchanted with the U.S. role in Iraq....
  • Vietnam war draft dodgers reunion opens in British Columbia town

    07/07/2006 12:00:44 PM PDT · by siddude · 39 replies · 1,645+ views
    CASTLEGAR, British Columbia -- For Craig Wiester of Minneapolis, fleeing to Canada to avoid the draft during the Vietnam war meant losing a country, a way of life - and his father. "He felt it was a man's duty to go when his country called," Wiester said Thursday at the opening of a four-day reunion and peace event to honor U.S. draft resisters who fled to Canada and the Canadians who assisted them. Organizers were expecting hundreds of draft resisters and their Canadian supporters to attend the gathering, which includes workshops and panel discussions at Selkirk College and the nearby...
  • Army charges officer for refusing to fight in Iraq [First Lt. Ehren Watada....]

    07/05/2006 6:02:17 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 44 replies · 1,250+ views
    Army charges officer for refusing to fight in Iraq Wed Jul 5, 2006 08:28 PM ET By Daisuke Wakabayashi SEATTLE (Reuters) - The U.S. Army filed three charges on Wednesday against an officer who refused to fight in Iraq due to objections over the legality of the war. First Lt. Ehren Watada, who supporters say is the first commissioned U.S. officer to publicly refuse to serve in Iraq and face a military court, remained at Fort Lewis base in Washington state when his unit shipped out to Iraq on June 22. Watada called the war and U.S. occupation of Iraq...
  • Army Lieutenant Refuses Orders to Iraq

    07/05/2006 4:29:06 PM PDT · by pabianice · 38 replies · 880+ views
    VetNet | 7/6/06
    On July 5, 2006, the Army brought three charges against an officer who refused to deploy to Iraq because he believes the war is illegal, according to officials at Fort Lewis, Wash. First Lt. Ehren Watada, of 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, at Fort Lewis was charged with missing movement, contempt toward officials and conduct unbecoming an officer. His unit deployed to Iraq on June 22. He has since been reassigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, I Corps. Eric Seitz, Watada’s attorney, said he’s not surprised that his client was charged with missing movement. The other two charges were unexpected,...
  • War-protesting Fort Lewis officer doesn't deploy with his unit

    06/22/2006 4:46:35 PM PDT · by BurbankKarl · 84 replies · 1,431+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 6/22/06 | Alex Fryer
    A Fort Lewis-based officer who declared that he would not accompany his unit to Iraq followed his promise this morning. Lt. Ehren Watada was not present when his battalion, part of the 3rd Brigade 2nd Infantry Division, gathered at 5:13 a.m. Instead, Watada remained within his headquarters building. Watada, who joined the Army in 2003, said he came believe the Iraq war was illegal and immoral, and he had a duty not to follow orders. No charges against Watada will be filed until the commander has had a chance to review all of the facts of the case and consult...
  • Army officer expected to publicly refuse to serve in Iraq

    06/06/2006 7:57:37 PM PDT · by markomalley · 111 replies · 2,121+ views
    AP via WKYC.COM ^ | 6/6/2006 | Danielle Fink
    SEATTLE (AP) -- An Army lieutenant in Washington state is expected to go public Wednesday with his refusal to deploy to Iraq. Attorney Eric Seitz tells Seattle's K-O-M-O Radio that Lieutenant Ehren Watada (wah-TAH'-dah) opposes the war and first asked to be re-assigned and also asked to be allowed to resign his commission. Seitz says after both requests were denied, Watada told his superiors he wouldn't go to Iraq. Two anti-war groups say the soldier will announce his refusal at a news conference in Tacoma. A Fort Lewis spokeswoman had no comment.
  • Murtha AWOL

    05/21/2006 10:40:50 AM PDT · by CBLJN · 12 replies · 384+ views
    John Murtha served his country well during the Vietnam era but today in the War on Terror John Murtha is AWOL.
  • Commanders Irked that Iraqi Soldiers Can Just Walk Away

    04/15/2006 9:32:03 AM PDT · by thegreatbeast · 11 replies · 547+ views
    AP via NewsMax ^ | Friday, April 14, 2006 | Not given
    ABU GHRAIB, Iraq -- U.S. and Iraqi commanders are increasingly critical of a policy that lets Iraqi soldiers leave their units virtually at will - essentially deserting with no punishment. They blame the lax rule for draining the Iraqi ranks to confront the insurgency - in some cases by 30 percent or even half. Iraqi officials, however, say they have no choice but to allow the policy, or they may gain virtually no volunteers.