Post authored by Henry Castillo, NIMJ Law Student Intern
Army Announces Court Martial Date in Chinese-American Hazing Case
The Army has announced that Sgt. Travis Carden of Fowler, Ind., will go on trial on April 4in a U.S. military court in Afghanistan on charges including hazing, maltreatment and assault. Carden and seven others are charged in the October death of 19-yr-old Pvt. Chen, a Chinese-American. The case against the other seven are pending. WaPo story can be found here.
Bradley Manning Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Bradley Manning, the former US Army soldier accused of leaking sensitive documents to Wiki[shhh], began the process of formal court-martial last Thursday. Now it is being reported that he is among the 231 people up for a Nobel Peace Prize this year. Find the full story here.
Army Investigating “flat-out abuse” in Kosovo
Seventeen commissioned and noncommissioned officers in Kosovo have been suspended amid an Army investigation into allegations they employed harsh training tactics to initiate soldiers. Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling declined to describe the details of the allegations citing the Army’s ongoing investigation. Hertling said the soldiers could face a range of punishments. No Man Note: And my favorite quote from a senior officer this year, ““It was all about not respecting soldiers, using the wrong kinds of training methods, frat house kinds of jackassery, and just poor leadership.” Army Times full story can be found here.
U.S. Prosecutors Allegedly Prepare Secret Charges Against Julian Assange
According to an email obtained by hackers U.S. prosecutors have prepared secret charges against Wiki[shhh] founder Julian Assange. Find the full story here.
Aftermath of Quran Burning Still Developing
First, the Department of Defense issued new “Quran Distribution Guidance” memo. The memo states that Qurans will only distributed to US service members who are Muslim, as indicated on their dog tags. Story can be found here. Also, resulting from the Quran burning incident is it being reported that NATO has agreed to have soldiers who burned copies of the Quran face trial. The story is still developing and can be found here.