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Old 11-01-2003, 08:07 PM
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Who do you call when this happens?

Couldn't find a US source, so here's a UK one.

Colonel 'fired gun to scare prisoner'
By David Rennie


A colonel in the US army faces a court martial, and up to eight years in prison, after he allegedly frightened an Iraqi into revealing details of an impending attack by firing a pistol next to his head, it was reported yesterday.

Army sources confirmed that Lt Col Allen B West of the Fourth Infantry Division has been charged with aggravated assault and faces either a court martial or being forced to resign early, losing retirement benefits.

The charges have been criticised by soldiers in the field, who pointed to the intense dangers faced in the Sunni triangle near Tikrit, including an assassination plot reportedly aimed at Col West, an artillery officer.

In an e-mail to the Washington Times newspaper, Col West admitted to participating in the interrogation of an Iraqi policeman, identified by an informer as involved in attacks on US forces.

Determined to pry information from the policeman about an impending sniper attack, Col West said he took personal charge of the interrogation, warning subordinates that "it could get ugly".

In his e-mail, Col West said two of his soldiers did "physically aggress" the policeman. When that failed, he threatened the detained man with his 9mm pistol, and fired it twice.

He wrote: "Once I fired into the weapons clearing barrel outside the facility alone, and the next time I did it while having his head close to the barrel. I stood in between the firing and his person. I admit that what I did was not right, but it was done with the concern of the safety of my soldiers and myself."

Col West said he had informed his superiors of his actions, and that he heard nothing more until army chiefs carried out a broader inquiry into the "command-climate" of his brigade.

Col West's wife, Angela, speaking from her home in Fort Hood, Texas, told The Telegraph: "This is very distressing."

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Old 11-01-2003, 09:24 PM
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Re: Who do you call when this happens?

Originally posted by Kuan
Couldn't find a US source, so here's a UK one.

Colonel 'fired gun to scare prisoner'
By David Rennie
Send your opinion to your senators and congressman. CC your letter to your local newspaper.

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