Friday, March 31, 2006

And the point is?

U.S. deserter Joshua Key tells the immigration board a tale of attrocities the U.S.forces "alledgedly" commited in Iraq.
A "trigger-happy" U.S. army squad leader shot the foot off an unarmed Iraqi man and soldiers kicked a severed head around like a soccer ball...

If true these are terrible incidents that should be investigated.

Key, the father of four young children, told the hearing he joined the army for steady pay and medical coverage for his family. He said he initially went to Iraq as a willing participant because he believed U.S. intelligence claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.

But Key became disillusioned with the war during his service and decided to abandon his contract with the army during a two-week leave from Iraq in November 2003.

Disillusioned with the war or not willing to make the sacrifice for his steady pay and medical coverage for his family?

Irregardless of seeing these alledged attrocities, his post traumatic stress disorder, and being made an example of to other potential deserters what does any of this have to do with becoming a refugee? My understanding of our immigration system is refugee status is granted if the person will not be deported if he faces imminent harm such as the death penalty. My understanding of the American military court is even less but I am not aware of a death sentence being a penalty for desertion. Why he is even allowed to make these claims when the US military cannot defend themselves is beyond me. And since when has our immigration board become a forum to judge other countries foreign policies.

No doubt the next on the immigration board's docket will be Raja Ghulam Mustafa who will face immenint harm for not killing thousands of infidels.


Anonymous an American Soldier said...

Actually, Article 85 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice covers desertion. The maximum punishment during time of war is death. I am not a lawyer, but would think that the Congress would have to declare war for the death penalty to be applied. Congress hasn't declared war since WWII.
In this case, it appears the soldier deserted to avoid hazardous duty. The maximum punishment for desertion to avoid hazardous duty (when not at war) is Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for 5 years.

I am sure the U.S. government would not pursue the death penalty in this case.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Wade Ranger said...

Thank-you for the clarification.

1:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So the people who saw off the heads are OK with him, but don't you dare let off steam by an alleged kicking around of a used skulled.

Thank God this clown isn't protecting my Sisters when there in need , he would treat the abusers or attackers as the "Victims" and then run away when real men extract justice.

9:39 AM  
Blogger Winston said...

it's all about cowardice and anti-americanism

1:27 AM  

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