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Green Beret Holds No Grudge Against His German Accuser

Few people would blame Kelly A. Stewart for harboring bad feelings toward the German woman whose accusations led to his court-martial, his conviction and time behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  But the former Army Green Beret holds no grudge.

Kelly A. Stewart on a mission in Iraq.

Kelly A. Stewart on a mission in Iraq.

“I won’t even go there, because… you can’t be mad at somebody like that,” said Stewart, the Soldier whose life is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice.

Stewart’s statement above, made during an interview May 18, 2011, came moments after he challenged me to find anyone who’s heard him say anything negative about his accuser.

“When you have a toddler and that toddler spills milk, you can’t be made at that toddler because that’s that toddlers do,” he continued.  “No matter if that toddler breaks your best iPod or does anything to you, you can’t get mad.  You get frustrated, but you can’t get mad and you can’t hold resentment toward him, because he’s just a kid, just a toddler.

“I don’t think, realistically, that she understands what she’s doing, so I can’t be mad at her,” Stewart said.  “Really, I’m more disappointed with the people who have allowed it to go this far.  That’s where most of my disappointment — or hurt — is.”

Find out more about the events that changed Stewart’s life forever inside the pages of Three Days In August, the book about which New York Times best-selling author Richard Miniter wrote the following:

“Well-written and thoroughly researched, Three Days In August paints a convincing portrait of a military justice process that appears to have lacked one essential element – justice.” — Richard Miniter

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Special Forces Soldier Recalls Unusual Experience With TSA

In a previous post, I shared details about what Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart experienced upon his arrival at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  In this post, I share the former Green Beret’s recollections about an experience he had with Transportation Security Administration officials during a trip he took as a prisoner traveling under heavy security escort on a commercial passenger jet from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City.

Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart

Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart

Around 10 o’clock that morning, Stewart’s handlers asked if he was hungry.  He told them he was, and they got him some food.

A short time later, a TSA officer appeared and told Stewart they would take him to the search point, search him and then load him aboard the aircraft before everyone else boarded.  He thought things were looking up, but was wrong.

“They wheeled me out, and we get up there to the security checkpoint,” Stewart said.  “Of course, the TSA people there clearly weren’t briefed.

“They were like, ‘Well, we’ve gotta wand him,’” Stewart recalled.  “Now, think about wanding someone who has two sets of metal handcuffs on.  How do you do that?”

Recalling that he had to stand up in his hospital gown, Stewart vividly remembers all of the people in the airport passing by, seeing these people in uniforms and saying, “Thank you for your service.  Thank you for your service.”

“And here I am, standing in double-handcuffs and hospital clothes with a Chuck Norris beard, and they’re just scared of me,” Stewart said, adding that he felt bad because he knew the scene probably frightened some people, especially little kids, at the airport.

Before boarding his flight, the TSA folks told his handlers they needed to see if Stewart had any bombs on him.  They proceeded to swab the soles of his feet and the palms of his hands until they were confident he had not somehow smuggled a bomb out of his prison cell at Quantico and transported it to the airport while double-handcuffed and under escort.

The recollections above represent a sampling of what you’ll find inside Three Days In August, a book in which Stewart’s life and battle with the military justice system are chronicled. To learn more about Stewart’s story, order a copy of Three Days In August.

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