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Writer Appears to Side With Prosecution Against Army Drill Sergeant Accused of Multiple Sexual Assaults

The number of inflammatory and suggestive words in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article published today about the court-martial of an Army drill sergeant on sexual assault charges leaves me speechless. Almost.


It may turn out that the accused, Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, committed these acts. Whether he did or not, however, I take issue with the way writer Jesse Bogan approached this story. Why? Because it appears Bogan might be working for the prosecution on this first day of the Soldier’s court-martial at Fort Leonard Wood, 147 miles southwest of St. Louis.

According to Bogan, several women at the sprawling base in the south-central Missouri Ozarks say Sergeant Sanchez added to a legacy of sex abuse that has plagued the military. Really?  Plagued the military?  The only people who believe sexual assault has plagued the military share the mindset of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and seem to believe every military man who’s ever noticed that a woman looks different than a man is guilty of rape — or, at a minimum, sexual assault.

Six paragraphs below, Bogan wrote another line — Jaw-dropping reports of sexual misconduct within the ranks have led to outrage and action on Capitol Hill in recent years to reform the military’s criminal justice system. — supportive of Senator McCaskill’s witch-hunting efforts but light years apart from the reality of what military life is like.

Rather than rehash so much of the source information that makes the senator and the writer look foolish, I’ll point both of them to a piece published Aug. 28 and suggest they read it.  Incredibly, it takes into account the views of people who stand opposite Senator McCaskill when it comes to her sexual assault witch hunt. Plus, it reminds me of the term that once described a true journalist:  objective.

In addition, I’ll suggest the liberally-dynamic duo read my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August, as an example of how an agenda-driven prosecution ruined a man’s career and life as an elite American warfighter and member of the Army’s Green Beret fraternity.

If the reporter reads either of the items I suggested, readers of the Post-Dispatch might see improved reporting on the topic of sexual assault in the military one day in the future. If the senator reads either of them, I suspected she will never admit to it; hence, the reason she needs to be retired at the first election-day opportunity.

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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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