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#106 pstall

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:37 PM

Holy Syriana Batman.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:38 PM

Holy Syriana Batman.



Yup, how deep will the rabbit hole go?

#108 Floppin

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:40 PM

In similar news, Brig. General Jeffrey Sinclair's court martial trial started the other day.

Here’s what the deputy commander of the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division allegedly said when subordinates objected to his crass attitude toward women: “I’m a general, I’ll do whatever the [expletive] I want.”


That and other details emerged from the beginning of Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair’s court-martial, which kicked off Monday morning at Fort Bragg, for offenses including “forcible sodomy.” The hearing represented a first glimpse into a case that the Pentagon and the Army have gone to surprising lengths to keep quiet — lengths they haven’t gone to in other high-profile cases, including the one against a sergeant charged with much more serious crimes who also begins his court-martial on Monday.


Even if Sinclair gets convicted, the process might inadvertently vindicate his alleged view that generals get special treatment. “This doesn’t just smell bad,” a former Air Force lawyer, Col. Morris Davis, tells Danger Room, “it reeks.”


The first wave of details about Sinclair’s case began to emerge on Monday. Little has been revealed about Sinclair’s case besides the list of charges against him, including “wrongful sexual conduct,” forced sodomy, misusing official funds and more. But at the military version of a grand jury hearing on Monday morning, the Army disclosed that Sinclair’s alleged misconduct involved five women, four of them subordinate Army officers, in locations as varied as Fort Bragg and Afghanistan. The Fayetteville Observer reported from the hearing that Sinclair’s “encounters” with the women occurred “in a parking lot, in his office in Afghanistan with the door open, on an exposed balcony at a hotel and on a plane, where he allegedly groped a woman.” At least one of these encounters, the military contends, was forced.



Before Monday, the military had said little else about Sinclair’s court-martial. It didn’t disclose a so-called charge sheet summarizing the evidence against him. Until Monday, it didn’t reveal even whom his defense counsel was (a lieutenant colonel named Jackie Thompson). And the Pentagon rejected a Freedom of Information Act request from the Associated Press for such basic information, on the grounds that disclosure constituted an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” and could jeopardize the integrity of Sinclair’s court-martial. (Thompson argued Monday that the prosecution has done just that on its own, by reading confidential attorney-client emails, and is seeking a new prosecutorial team.)


Staff Sgt. Robert Bales — whose own court martial starts on Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state – got no such protective treatment. But he’s accused of being more than a scumbag with overeager hands. Bales allegedly is a war criminal, committing one of the most heinous acts of the 11-year conflict in Afghanistan. Bales supposedly massacred 17 people in Afghanistan, including nine children. While the Pentagon hardly rushed to disclose anything about his grisly case, it did confirm important details, such as where in Afghanistan the assault took place and the presence of a spy blimp that recorded Bales turning himself in to base forces in southern Afghanistan.


Davis, a former chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, says the military has been similarly open in several of its top criminal cases. The Army released charge sheets and identified the investigating officers when it charged Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan with the Fort Hood shootings in 2009 and Pfc. Bradley Manning in the WikiLeaks disclosures. That stands in contrast to the treatment being received by Brig. Gen. Sinclair. “Clearly those cases are much more high-visibility and high-stakes than the Sinclair case,” Davis says.


The military also aired accusations in a rape case against a basic-training instructor, Staff. Sgt. Luis Walker, Davis notes: ”The Walker court-martial is a similar type of case to Brigadier General Sinclair — a superior alleged to have engaged in sexual misconduct with subordinates … and from a legal and common sense perspective you’d think the two would be subject to similar rules and similar treatment.”



http://www.wired.com...orcible-sodomy/

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#109 FurdTurgason

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:42 PM

Second term curse

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 12:45 PM

Just some quick takeaways. Heard about Cantor the other day and how it took 4 days to get it to th FBI. Did he not throw Obama a bone by not bringing this up? The connections on this is amazing.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:56 AM

the reason al gore lost was he was wooden and looked like a douchbag on tv.


And yet he won the majority of votes for President by half a million?

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:12 PM

And yet he won the majority of votes for President by half a million?


he still lost. and it was definitely his election to lose... people didn't like him and they didn't relate to him.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 02:34 PM

Second term curse

It wasn't Patraeus' second term. I think CIA director is just a job without term limits or anything.

#114 cookinwithgas

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:49 PM

the reason al gore lost was he was wooden and looked like a douchbag on tv.


All you have to do is listen to some of Dubyas more unforgettable quips on the campaign trail to know that personality of the opponents was not a big motivating factor this particular time.

#115 pstall

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 09:58 PM

stay in the now fellas. gore/clinton/w don't have much to do with this. now don't be those kind that see something shiny and lose focus.

what about libya and back up being called in and the fbi knowing months in advance and blah blah blah?

#116 Kevin Greene

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 10:07 PM

Yup, how deep will the rabbit hole go?


Just who the hell is in charge here. ;-)

#117 FurdTurgason

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 11:45 PM

I keep hoping Obama will be unmasked and the 2012 election will have a Scooby Doo ending.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:48 PM

Patraeus himself shot down your conspiracy theory. Sorry guys, maybe next time your "feelings" will be correct.

http://www.politicus...n-benghazi.html

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 02:52 PM

how many times you think when his wife had "a feeling" about him cheating he goes no honey, you are the apple of my eye.

rodeo i know you are not this naive. of COURSE he is going to debunk everything possible.no honor among thieves.

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Posted 16 November 2012 - 03:37 PM

rodeo i know you are not this naive


how do you know this?


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