[Vision2020] Justice turned upside down ( corrected)

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Tue May 1 11:42:16 PDT 2007

Mr. Falen stated:

"Tom posted yesterday that some GI's that were doing their job in Iraq were
convicted of kill several Iraqi civilians."


Where is this posting, Mr. Falen?

The closest posting I can find (over the past 30 days) is:

"Kabul Case Smalls Rotten"

This article was copied and pasted from the Air Force Times.  It concerns
"blowing the whistle" on what is perceived to be a government cover-up in
Kabul (that's in Afghanistan).

It is re-pasted below:


Kabul case smells rotten

Something definitely is fishy about the case against Lt. Cols. Gary Brown
and Christopher Hall ["Officers rebuked for Kabul clash," April 16]. They
pull their guns in a war zone to protect themselves in a potentially violent
incident, and they end up getting fragged by their own service. There are
allegations of bribing witnesses, falsifying legal documents and forging a
videotape of the incident in an effort to secure a conviction against two
distinguished officers.

The larger issue is the example this sets for all Air Force members. Is the
Air Force going to issue a lawyer to everyone who gets sent to Central
Command's area of responsibility? Will this lawyer advise service members
when they can pull their guns, aim them and fire? Why would any Air Force
member volunteer to serve in the AOR if this is the support he can expect to
receive from his superior officers? Unless there's more to the story than
has been reported, the Air Force owes these officers an apology and a

Lt. Col. Eric Newhouse
McChord Air Force Base, Wash.


You will notice several things.

1)  It is copied and pasted from the "Letters" section of the Air Force
Times.  As such, they are not my words, but the words of Lt. Col. Eric

2)  This incident occurred in Kabul Afghanistan (not Iraq).

3)  The letter concerns allegations of deaths by friendly fire, not deaths
of any local civilians.

I realize that I am not Shirley Ringo and tomorrow is not election day, but
certainly, Mr. Falen, you should be able to do better than that, especially
if you are considering running again for public office.

Seeya round town, Moscow.

Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

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