Thursday, April 15, 2010

Disposable Soldiers

"The Nation" Disposable Soldiers: "The mortar shell that wrecked Chuck Luther's life exploded at the base of the guard tower. Luther heard the brief whistling, followed by a flash of fire, a plume of smoke and a deafening bang that shook the tower and threw him to the floor. The Army sergeant's head slammed against the concrete, and he lay there in the Iraqi heat, his nose leaking clear fluid."

Joshua Kors: When the Army Uses "Enhanced Interrogation" on an American Soldier

Joshua Kors: When the Army Uses "Enhanced Interrogation" on an American Soldier: "In gruesome detail, Luther described what happened to him at Camp Taji's aid station. He thought he would receive medical care. Instead he was confined to an isolation chamber and held there for over a month, under enforced sleep deprivation, until he agreed to sign papers saying that he was ill before coming to Iraq and thus not eligible for disability and medical benefits. 'They wanted me to say I had a 'personality disorder,'' Luther told me."