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US Army deserter surrenders

by WOODS-HICK / October 4, 2006 6:11 PM PDT
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A soldier of conscience? No, just a mere deserter,...
by Paul C / October 4, 2006 7:25 PM PDT

...someone who dishonored himself and the uniform he once wore.

From the piece you cited:

While in Canada, Anderson had applied for refugee status, though to qualify, Anderson would have to successfully argue that the US was persecuting him for exercising rights protected by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Canada has to date - and to its credit - refused to accept this defense. I suspect that Mr. Anderson's decision was motivated solely by that fact. I suspect that the U.S. Army has, according to Anderson's lawyer, decided to just discharge him rather than seek the prison sentence that he so richly deserves made the decision that much easier.

Let us forget that this man both wore his country's uniform and dishonored it and himself, although I suspect that we'll hear more from him as he stands alongside Mother Sheehan and the rest of Moonbat Nation...

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This guy has been on the news in Buffalo alot
by dirtyrich / October 4, 2006 8:38 PM PDT

as we get stories from Canada.
The only reason that he decided to come home was that he was unable to work in Canada due to his immigration status (illegal immigrant). Supposedly, he, and his Canadian wife (wow, that was fast - wonder if there was any reason for the quick marriage) have pretty much had to live on the charity of others.

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Is he the one.....
by Angeline Booher / October 5, 2006 2:24 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Yup
by dirtyrich / October 5, 2006 6:31 AM PDT
In reply to: Is he the one.....
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no wd he was a deserter
by Mark5019 / October 4, 2006 10:39 PM PDT

to bad he wont be shot for it

he disgraced his uniform

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his defense atty must be
by WOODS-HICK / October 5, 2006 2:00 AM PDT

trying to lower the charge to awol. the deal must have been worked out before his going home to 'face' justice.

he did serve honorably, he was hospitalized for his wound, his purple heart is legit. he did not desert under fire.

he should have tried harder to convince his army doctors that he was suffering from PTSD. fleeing to canada was his mistake.

'illegal war defense', they do not want to debate that in the courts.

Article 85?Desertion

Article 86?Absence without leave

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(NT) (NT) No, just a disgrace
by Evie / October 5, 2006 2:03 AM PDT
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Not surprising.
by Angeline Booher / October 5, 2006 2:21 AM PDT

He is entitled to the best defense.

However, just as you knew when you enlisted in the Army, a soldier does not pick and choose what he/she considers to be "legal".

There is no evidence I have seen that he tried to convince some of his peers to join him. So, he deserted them and fled on his own without a thougt or care that they remained in harm's way, and the void left by his desertion had to be filled by another soldier.

Just my 2 cents.

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definitely disgraced
by WOODS-HICK / October 5, 2006 2:45 AM PDT

my understanding was he was stateside when he deserted after learning of his unit going back.

since the principal job description of a soldier is fighting, I do not sympathize with one who volunteers and wonders why they are in a war. guard and reservists included. firemen wondering why they have to go into burning buildings are a comparable example. it is easier for them to quit.

he might have caused more harm if he went with his unit considering his mental state. even if he was just afraid.

his sentence should be strong enough to discourage others to follow his actions.

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If that's how you feel ...
by Evie / October 5, 2006 2:54 AM PDT
In reply to: definitely disgraced

... why did you initially describe him as a soldier of conscience?

Doesn't square.

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note: ?
by WOODS-HICK / October 5, 2006 3:01 AM PDT

that was a question, not a description, to prompt a discussion.

if he had gone back and survived he might have become a local hero, he was awarded the purple heart. guess he wasn't planning on running for president in 30yrs.

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(NT) (NT) Maybe next time you should add your answer then.
by Evie / October 5, 2006 3:05 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) nah, too easy to win the discussion
by WOODS-HICK / October 5, 2006 12:02 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) but were the self inflicted wounds?
by Mark5019 / October 5, 2006 3:27 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) no reports of that so far
by WOODS-HICK / October 5, 2006 12:03 PM PDT
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wd since its an all volunteer
by Mark5019 / October 5, 2006 3:26 AM PDT
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service he new as others new you "cant" pick where you serve evan though some stayed home with mothers
he ran hes scum end of discusion

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just find a tree and hang him
by Mark5019 / October 5, 2006 3:25 AM PDT

he deserted and ran like the draft dodgers with yellow streaks down there back

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(NT) (NT) do you have a purple heart award?
by WOODS-HICK / October 5, 2006 3:36 AM PDT
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by Mark5019 / October 5, 2006 3:50 AM PDT

but never accepted it its on records

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(NT) (NT) it was your decision, no questions here
by WOODS-HICK / October 5, 2006 12:04 PM PDT
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excactly my decision
by Mark5019 / October 5, 2006 1:06 PM PDT

but that dosnt make this coward a non deserter.

i got my award because of a scratch i dont think it was a reason to get a medal

not unlike some presidential candidate did

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need to start some time
by Mark5019 / October 5, 2006 1:32 PM PDT

why not use this coward as an exsample

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so shoot them after conviction
by Mark5019 / October 5, 2006 11:22 PM PDT

or send them in shackles to war zone to remove mines:)

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Mark had posted about this a couple weeks ago
by MarciaB / October 5, 2006 10:10 PM PDT
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(NT) (NT) and my views about these cowards remain
by Mark5019 / October 5, 2006 11:24 PM PDT
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''we mustn?t lend ourselves to the same evil
by WOODS-HICK / October 8, 2006 5:59 PM PDT

which we condemn.''...henry david thoreau.

The abuse of power in Iraq is not isolated or spontaneous but rather part of a larger pattern of abuse that senior military officials are condoning rather than condemning. Whenever abuses of power by the military in Iraq surface the military has done its best to paint the soldiers as a few bad apples. In fact, the soldiers are victims themselves of poor policies and leadership that guarantees these sorts of things will happen.

''On August 31st, Sgt. Clousing was charged with violating Article 85 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (desertion). If found guilty, he could face a maximum of two years in confinement.''

US soldier disputing legality of Iraq war facing court-martial for desertion

and another surrenders but not to the enemy

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because he is the enemy
by Mark5019 / October 8, 2006 11:15 PM PDT

hard to surrender to yourself

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