Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Video: Bergdahl charged with desertion



From DoD:

Army Charges Bergdahl With Desertion


DoD News, Defense Media Activity



WASHINGTON, March 25, 2015 – U.S. Army Forces Command has thoroughly reviewed the Army investigation surrounding Sgt. Robert Bowdrie Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan and formally charged him today under the Uniform Code of Military Justice with “Desertion with Intent to Shirk Important or Hazardous Duty” and “Misbehavior Before The Enemy by Endangering the Safety of a Command, Unit or Place,” and has referred the case to an Article 32 preliminary hearing, command officials announced today in a news release.


The remainder of the release follows:



Sgt. Bergdahl is charged under the Uniform Code of Military Justice with one count of Article 85, “Desertion with Intent to Shirk Important or Hazardous Duty,” and one count of Article 99, “Misbehavior Before The Enemy by Endangering the Safety of a Command, Unit or Place.” Army Sgt. Bergdahl disappeared June 30, 2009, from Combat Outpost Mest-Lalak in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, and was subsequently captured.



An Article 32 preliminary hearing is a legal procedure under the Uniform Code of Military Justice designed to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to merit a court-martial and is required before a case can be tried by a General Court-Martial.



Legal experts often compare this to a civilian grand jury inquiry. The Article 32 hearing will take place at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Specific scheduling details and procedures for news-media coverage of the hearing will be announced at a later date.


Following the Article 32 preliminary hearing and receipt of the Article 32 preliminary hearing officer’s recommendations, the report will be forwarded to a General Court-Martial convening authority who may refer charges to a General Court-martial, refer the charges to a Special Court-martial, dismiss the charges, or take any other action deemed appropriate.


Article 85 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, “Desertion with Intent to Shirk Important or Hazardous Duty,” carries a maximum potential punishment of a dishonorable discharge, reduction to the rank of E-1, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and maximum confinement of five years. Article 99 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, “Misbehavior Before The Enemy by Endangering the Safety of a Command, Unit or Place,” carries a maximum potential penalty of dishonorable discharge, reduction to the rank of E-1, total forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and possible confinement for life.


Under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the specific legal elements for Article 85, “Desertion with Intent to Shirk Important or Hazardous Duty,” are: (1) “The accused quit his (or her) unit or place of duty,” (2) “The accused did so with the intent to avoid or shirk certain service,” (3) The duty to be performed was hazardous or important,” (4) “The accused knew he (or she) was required for the duty or service,” and (5) “The accused remained absent until a certain date.”


The specific legal elements for Article 99, “Misbehavior Before The Enemy by Endangering the Safety of a Command, Unit or Place,” are: (1) “The accused has a duty to defend a unit or place,” (2) “The accused committed misconduct,” (3) “The accused thereby endangered the unit or place,” and (4) “The act occurred before the enemy.”


Forces Command officials associated with this legal case cannot discuss or disclose the findings of the 2014 investigation while legal actions are pending out of respect to the judicial process, the rights of the accused, and to ensure the proceeding’s fairness and impartiality. The Army’s 2014 investigation into the circumstances of the soldier’s 2009 disappearance and capture in Afghanistan is currently being treated as potential evidence in the pending Article 32 preliminary hearing.




President Barack Obama speaks during an appearance in the Rose Garden of the White House, accompanied by Bowe Bergdahl's parents Bob and Jani Bergdahl  Photo: Mandel Ngan/ Getty



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US Medal of Honor Day


National Medal of Honor Day

Today we honor the 3,493 recipients of the Medal of Honor for their service above and beyond the call of duty. In 1990, Congress designated March 25 as "National Medal of Honor Day” because it was on this day in 1863 the first Medals of Honor were presented by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton to six of the surviving members of the Andrew’s Raiders for their actions during the Civil War.   [GO read that history.]


The Medal of Honor 


 The Medal of Honor is the nation's highest medal for valor in combat that can be awarded to members of the armed forces.


 The medal was first authorized in 1861 for Sailors and Marines, and the following year for Soldiers as well.


Since then, more than 3,400 Medals of Honor have been awarded to members of all DoD services and the Coast Guard....



Israel and Democracy by Frederick Forsyth

From Daily Express:

Israel is proof that democracy works says FREDERICK FORSYTH
SELF-righteousness is often the comfort blanket of the young and alwys of the luvvies and this is now being evidenced by students who think they are striking a blow for humanity by banning Israeli speakers from their campus or musicians from our concert halls.

By FREDERICK FORSYTHI do not like bigotry and am no admirer of bone idleness.

You have to be seriously lazy not to do a bit of research before striking a silly pose – even if you are a well subsidised student.

How many of the banner wavers know that there are one and a half million Palestinian Arabs who are citizens of Israel?

If their plight is so appalling, why don’t they leave?

They could jump in the car and in an hour be over the border into Gaza to live under Hamas.

But they don’t. In the same time they could be in the West Bank, living under the PLO government.

But they stay put. Why?

Well, it seems they have a better life and are well aware of it. They have better homes and jobs, better hospitals for their aged and better schools for their kids.

They have better social security.

They are exempt from military service unless they volunteer, which many do.

If they get into trouble with the law on a civil matter they have a better chance of a fair trial and an unpurchased judge rather than a kangaroo court and a mediaeval punishment.

Also unsaid on campus is that the Palestinians under Yasser Arafat had many chances to improve their lot and prosper but always chose the path of armed pursuit of the pipe dream of the eradication of Israel.

In Gaza, Hamas still does....

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Omar Khadr applies for bail


From Global News:

March 24, 2015

Omar Khadr’s bail application before the court 


The Canadian Press

EDMONTON – A court in Edmonton is set to hear a bail application from former Guantanamo Bay inmate, Omar Khadr.

Khadr wants to be released from Bowden Institution in Innisfail, Alta., where he is more than half-way through his eight-year sentence.

He says he deserves freedom while he appeals his war crimes conviction in the U.S....

Sgt 1st Class Christopher Speer was unavailable for comment. 

Friday, March 20, 2015

Yemen: Pentagon loses $500 Million stash of weapons

What could possibly go wrong????

From JihadWatch:

Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen  BY 


There are “fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials.” Combine this with the weapons Obama gave to “moderate rebels” in Syria that are now being used by the Islamic State, and the U.S. has provided weapons to a significant segment of the global jihad.



“Pentagon loses track of $500 million in weapons, equipment given to Yemen,” by Craig Whitlock,Washington Post, March 17, 2015:



The Pentagon is unable to account for more than $500 million in U.S. military aid given to Yemen, amid fears that the weaponry, aircraft and equipment is at risk of being seized by Iranian-backed rebels or al-Qaeda, according to U.S. officials....




  Read the rest here, as the insanity continues.


[Related:  Yemen crisis: More than 100 die in attacks on Sanaa mosques ]

Thursday, March 19, 2015

9/11 Legacy continues: Autoimmunity Rising in 9/11 Workers

Not a week goes by without us losing a 9/11 First Responder.  This may not be front page news anymore, but the legacy of that awful day continues to claim lives.  Read on:
- Each month spent working at World Trace Center site tied to 13% increased risk developing autoimmune disease later.

The list of ailments afflicting the World Trade Center first responders has grown to include systemic autoimmune diseases, a new study reported.


[...]


"The terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center (WTC) buildings and the subsequent building collapses and fires exposed rescue/recovery workers to aerosolized WTC dust, an amalgam of pulverized cement, glass fibers, silica, asbestos, lead, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls, and polychlorinated furans and dioxins," they noted.

The result has been the development of various respiratory and other diseases including asthma, gastroesophageal reflux, and cancer in up to 70% of the exposed New York City fire department (FDNY) members, but the entire range of potential health effects is not yet known and may take decades to fully manifest.

The FDNY-WTC Health Program has been following almost 16,000 firefighters and emergency medical system responders who worked at the site during the 10 months of cleanup that followed the attack....
Never forget.