Friday, December 22, 2006

Jacksonville's Daily News: Ricky Clousing released from the brig this Saturday

A Fort Bragg paratrooper charged with unauthorized absence for the military after serving in Iraq will be released from the Camp Lejeune brig on Saturday.
Former Army Sgt. Ricky Clousing of Sumner, Wash., was sentenced to three months confinement during an October court-martial. Many people are anxiously awaiting his release, and there will be a special ceremony in Raleigh to mark the occasion.
Clousing, who served with the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg, was an Army interrogator in Iraq. It was there his supporters say he witnessed the horrors of war.
“He was made aware of a lot of the abuses that were going on to the Iraqis and to the detainees,” said Mia Austin-Scoggins, media director of the Fayetteville Peace Group.

The above is from Joe Miller's "Paratrooper who went AWOL to be released" (Jacksonville's The Daily News). Open with what matters, then wade through the trash . . .

In the New York Times today, Paul von Zielbauer is paired with serial obscurer Carolyn Marshall who most infamously managed to co-write about Abeer without ever naming her and presented the defense argument as fact -- surprising since legal experts would note that the defense argument was unheard of and Marshall managed to co-present it before even the defense had -- not in a "The defense states . . ." but in a "This is what happened" kind of way. The article's crap, the way anything she puts her byline to is. As it goes on and on, search in vain for any indication that Iraqis were spoken to for the piece -- they weren't. Search for any qyotes from other sources (such as Time) where witnesses have been quoted -- you won't find any. Carolyn Marshall is a really lousy reporter and there used to be a term for people like her who hung around military bases but we'll be kind this morning and just note that the term isn't "reporter."

In the real world, or a close approximation, the US military announced today: "Three Marines and one Sailor assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died Thursday from wounds sustained due to enemy action while operating in Al Anbar Province."

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