Archive for the ‘Fort Jackson’ Category

March 01, 2010

No ‘poison food plot’ at Fort Jackson but 4 Muslims discharged from army?

Rick Moran
Given the whitewash of what happened at Fort Hood, the news that an army investigation has concluded there was no plot to poison the food at Fort Jackson but that 4 of the 5 translators involved have been dismissed from the army, I think some further clarification is in order.

In fact, the way this story has been played by the army leaves a lot of questions unanswered. It was left to a Congressman, Representative Joe Wilson, to announce the news that the investigation revealed that there was not an effort to poison food,” Wilson said. The probe also showed the men had not been disloyal.

So why were 4 of the 5 dismissed from the army? Petty theft, according to Wilson. Sounds reasonable. Except if the investigation into the food poisoning threat is over, why did they seize and are still analyzing the soldiers’ laptops?

Republican Rep. Joe Wilson, who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, said the soldiers’ laptops had been seized and were being analyzed. Congressional officials with knowledge of the case said cell phones and Arabic writings had been confiscated as well.Wilson said the soldiers were discharged because of unrelated incidents of minor theft.

Are you buying this? If there’s no question of their disloyalty, why the continuing investigation? Why not wait until all the facts are in to exonerate these guys?

Strange indeed.

What about those discharges?

Wilson also disclosed for the first time that four of the Muslim soldiers had been “administratively separated” from the Army, a military designation that means they were discharged with neither honorable nor dishonorable status.“If you don’t succeed (in the Army), you can be administratively discharged without a court-martial and without a full military review,” Wilson said.

The fifth soldier was removed from active duty and returned to the National Guard’s jurisdiction in Virginia, Wilson said.

I must confess to being ignorant about most military procedural matters but if they stole from their fellow soldiers, shouldn’t that rate a dishonorable discharge?

Lots of questions, few answers. I wonder if we’ll ever know all the facts?

February 19, 2010

5 Muslim soldiers arrested at Fort Jackson

Rick Moran
If true – and so far, the army is denying there is much of a story – the arrest of 5 Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson in South Carolina for trying to poison the base food supply is extraordinarily bad news.

This is especially true because according to one source, there is a connection to the 5 American Muslims who journeyed to Pakistan allegedly to train to be terrorists.

CBN News blog:

CBN News has learned exclusively that five Muslim soldiers at Fort Jackson in South Carolina were arrested just before Christmas. It is unclear whether the men are still in custody. The five were part of the Arabic Translation program at the base.Patrick Jones, the Deputy Public Affairs Officer for Fort Jackson, confirmed for CBN News yesterday afternoon that an investigation was ongoing .

Prior to this posting, CBN News learned that these details were also confirmed by a government official with knowledge of the investigation.

The men are suspected of trying to poison the food supply at Fort Jackson.

A source with intimate knowledge of the investigation, which is ongoing, told CBN News investigators suspect the “Fort Jackson Five” may have been in contact with the group of five Washington, DC area Muslims that traveled to Pakistan to wage jihad against U.S. troops in December. That group was arrested by Pakistani authorities, also just before Christmas.

Why the secrecy? Can’t they even tell us if the 5 soldiers are still under arrest and being held?

Jen Rubin:

I spoke with a source knowledgeable about the Army’s anti-terrorism training and the progress of the Fort Jackson investigation. He makes several key points. First, while Army spokesman Chris Gray pronounced that “there is no credible information to support the allegations” in the poisoning case, this is bellied by the fact that five individuals were arrested. So my source asks, “If that’s true, then this was a miscarriage of justice!”Second, had the Fort Jackson incident come to light before release of the Fort Hood review, it would have been very difficult to give such short shrift to the jihadist motivation of Major Nadal Hasan. Nor would it be possible for the arrest of five Muslim individuals accused of poisoning fellow soldiers to have gone unnoticed at the “highest levels” of the Department of Defense. The only rational conclusion is that the Army worked furiously to keep the Ford Jackson incident under the media radar and to proceed with the Fort Hood whitewash. He says bluntly, “I think the DOD culpability and involvement at the highest levels is much more direct. I’m told they were directly keeping a lid on this to prevent derailing what they were doing with the Fort Hood report.” The source predicts that the Army will continue its “nothing to see here, move along” reaction to the Fort Jackson incident.

Intelligent speculation – but that’s all it is.

I would think we have a right to know if there is an active terrorist cell in the United States army. But then, that would contradict everything the Obama administration has tried to do with regard to domestic terror cells. And the military obviously, as shown by the Fort Hood report, simply does not want to deal with the problem.

I fear the only way this will change is if an attack is carried out by Muslim soldiers on civilians. And then, of course, it will be too late.