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Posted: 9/3/2004 8:04:55 PM EDT
From the New York Times, September 4.

Guardsman Given Life in Prison for Trying to Help Al Qaeda

Published: September 4, 2004

EATTLE, Sept. 3 - A National Guardsman was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for trying to aid Al Qaeda. The soldier, Specialist Ryan G. Anderson, had been caught in a sting operation offering information on military vulnerabilities to investigators posing as members of the Qaeda terrorist group.

Lawyers for Specialist Anderson argued that he suffered from mental disorders, including bipolar disorder and Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism marked by eccentric behavior, as well as from a tendency to create alternate personas in order to make himself feel important, said Jeff Young, spokesman for the Fort Lewis Army base south of here.

The defense lawyers also argued that the information Specialist Anderson had offered federal investigators in the sting was easily available and not classified.

But after a court martial at Fort Lewis, a panel of nine commissioned officers found on Thursday that the soldier, a convert to Islam who sometimes used the name Amir Abdul Rashid, was guilty of five counts of attempting to give military intelligence to Al Qaeda.

After about four hours' deliberation they delivered his life sentence early Friday morning, adding the possibility of parole but also giving him a dishonorable discharge and demoting him to the rank of private.

Mr. Young could not say when Specialist Anderson, 27, might be eligible for parole.

An organization that monitors extremist groups notified the authorities after Specialist Anderson began posting, with his Muslim name, to a Web site that caters to Muslim militants.

The sting was conducted in late January and early February of this year. Specialist Anderson was charged on Feb. 12. The agents posing as terrorists had recorded him providing details on vulnerabilities of tanks and advice on how to kill American soldiers.

During the proceedings Specialist Anderson said the pressures of a looming deployment to Iraq had contributed to his behavior, and he apologized before the sentencing. His unit, the 81st Armored Brigade, is now in Iraq, Mr. Young said.

So, when his ass was finally on the line, his principles, perverted though they are, went by the boards entirely. Why didn't he just say "Allahu ackbar?" I guess the pig got his tongue. What a piece of shit.

Link Posted: 9/3/2004 8:36:09 PM EDT
When I was in West Germany there was a guy stationed at Fulda that was giving information to his East German girlfriend. He stole a HMMWV and a computer and drove into East Germany. They took his goods and sent him back to West Germany. I never heard what became of that scum bag!
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 8:38:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 8:38:33 PM EDT
Hey, I have many strong signs of Asperger's syndrome too, but you don't see me betraying my country.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 8:44:42 PM EDT
I hope they make sure to announce his crimes when they throw him in the general population....
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 9:13:12 PM EDT
Would I be banned if I said kill him all?
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 9:15:00 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 9:15:39 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 9:38:56 PM EDT
Thanks, O short, fat, flightless one!

I really am very disappointed that America has lost its stomach for appropriate punishment. This type of crime, above many others, is certainly deserving of a public hanging. I just believe that simple punishment of the criminal does society an injustice if it excludes a deterrent effect for others.
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 9:43:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Aimless:

Originally Posted By BlammO:
Would I be banned if I said kill him all?



What's the point of the death penalty in the military if you're not going to use it in a clear-cut case like this?
Link Posted: 9/3/2004 9:44:30 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/3/2004 9:47:55 PM EDT by Aimless]
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