Here (Daily Mail) is an interesting story out of the UK.
Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 39, is a decorated war hero with a record of selfless courage on tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.
At the time he killed the badly-wounded insurgent in Afghanistan in September 2011, he was still mourning the death of his father.
Blackman, who is married and from Taunton, Somerset, faces life in prison when he is sentenced today. He was finally named yesterday after losing a year-long legal battle to keep his identity secret.
He is the first British soldier convicted of murder on active service abroad since the Second World War.
Last night the publication of his name following a High Court ruling led to a wave of calls for leniency and a special Facebook page being set up to back him.
The Master Sergeant who alleged used an on base prostitution ring, but in the end never went through with the act, was sentenced to a reduction to E-7 and a reprimand. Ft. hood press release here. The unit SAPR coordinator that led the ring has still not been charged.
The job of repatriating prisoners at Gitmo must be surreal. This saga (Miami Herald) is reminiscent of the Roman Moroney’s deportation in Johnny Dangerously (see speech here [questionable language]), when he famously quipped that he’s “not from there.”
In the not so bright criminals category:
Petty Officer 2nd Class David Karl Becker told a few of his fellow Navy SEALs last year he had a surefire way for them to make some extra money, federal investigators said.
All they had to do was pocket some ammunition and maybe a smoke grenade or two during their field exercises, he said, according to court documents. Later, they would tell their supervisors they used it all.
Virginian Pilot story here.
From the Air Force Times here:
Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson will now exercise oversight of the confidential informant program at the academy following a media report alleging that cadets have been victimized by investigators.
This follows an earlier report by the Colorado Springs Gazette, here, that OSI disavowed one of its informants after he got in trouble at the Academy.