20 de marzo de 2012

El sargento que mató 16 civiles (incluyendo a 9 niños en Afganistán) tuvo problemas legales antes de alistarse

En el 2007, 12% de militares alistados tenían record criminal antes de
alistarse y se alistaron con una dispensa del ARMY, Eso afecta la
moral de la mayoría de los militares, gente buena, trabajadora y
responsable. Ahora sale a la luz que el militar Bales, quien asesinó a
16 civiles la semana pasada, y quien niega recordar el horrendo
asesinato, tenía record criminal. Indudablemente, tres asignaciones
en Irak y una en Afganistán lo trastornaron, pero que no se nieguen
los hechos, no hay excusas.

By Liz Goodwin Yahoo The Lookout News Reporter 20-3-2012

The staff sergeant suspected of shooting 16 Afghan civilians, many of
them children, had a trail of legal troubles behind him, and his
defense team may use those to argue the Army didn't properly screen
him before deployment, experts say.
Yesterday, Gary Liebschner from Carroll, Ohio, told ABC News that
Robert Bales was ordered to pay him more than $1 million after an
arbitrator ruled that Bales defrauded him the year before he joined
the Army. Liebschner says he never received the sum. Bales was
Liebschner's stockbroker, and wasn't charged criminally in the case.
During recruiting, the Army screens applicants' criminal history, and
occasionally hands out "moral waivers" to applicants who have two or
more misdemeanor convictions or one serious conviction so they can
still join the force. (Murder and some other crimes cannot be waived.)
In 2007, the Boston Globe reported that 12 percent of the Army's
entire recruiting class had criminal records, a reflection of how
badly the Army was struggling to meet its recruiting quotas then.
The Army won't release details of Bales' 11-year military record, so
it's unclear if his fraud charges showed up in the background search
the military did, or whether Bales needed a moral waiver to join the
military. The AP reported that he also had a 1998 citation for
possessing alcohol on Daytona Beach, and never paid the $65 ticket.
That would most likely count as a minor nontraffic violation, which
wouldn't require a waiver.