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  •  I think he sent some of the other stuff first... (6+ / 0-)

    the time-line's hazy - because the government's not tossing out evidence that could be used at trial, I guess - but that's my best guess.

    And yes, it sounds like he was 'mentally disturbed' by the time he started in this behavior. Read his Wikipedia page to get an idea of the challenges he was dealing with.

    Of course, the Army holds partial culpability in this: how the HELL did a guy with his issues even get through basic training (he failed once), much less get a Top Secret clearance with a Special Compartmented Intelligence access (not the highest, but WAY up there)?

    And then, even when he was behaving in an un-balanced manner - and apparently living at least a semi-open gay lifestyle, pre-DADT repeal - his chain of command decided to send him to a combat zone.

    Now don't get me wrong - I'm 100% pro-gay, and I stood up and applauded the repeal of DADT. But at the time it was against Army regulations, and even if they didn't want to use it to discharge him, how in HELL could they just ignore everything and keep him read in on his security clearance?????

    In my day, that clearance and SCI access would have been suspended in a heartbeat, and he would have been guarding a gate in the compound while they took a real close look at him and sorted things out.

    You don't mess with security, period.

    Cheers.

    Against stupidity the gods themselves contend in vain. Friedrich Schiller

    by databob on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 11:01:38 AM PST

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