[Marxism] FW: [snow-news] Army whistle-blower's captain tried to have psych eval falsified

David McDonald dbmcdonald at comcast.net
Fri Jun 18 09:21:25 MDT 2004


An interesting piece dug up by Mark Jensen of Pierce County (WA) United
for Peace

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Subject: [snow-news] Army whistle-blower's captain tried to have psych
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NEWS:  Army captain tried to have psych exam of abuse whistle-blower
falsified

[AP reports that an Army captain has been accused of telling a mental
health
counselor to falsify a psychological evaluation of a 49-year-old
sergeant in
the reserves (with 18 years of experience as a prison guard in civilian
life)
in order to impugn his credibility after he charged three fellow
soldiers with
abuse of prisoners in the Iraqi city of Samarra.  -- A link to this
story was
posted on the SNOW-NEWS listserv as it appeared in the *Olympian* -- the
only
paper in which it's appeared so far, acc. to the Google News page.  But
the
*Olympian*  published only the first seven paragraphs.  The last eight
paragraphs appear in the story only in the full version, published on
the AP
web site (and only there, as far as I know).  --Mark]

http://www.ufppc.org/index.php?option=content&task=view&id=829

NATIONAL GUARD OFFICER ACCUSED OF TRYING TO ALTER MEDICAL RECORDS
By Matt Gouras

** Alleged goal was to discredit whistle-blower **

Associated Press
June 17, 2004

http://www.theolympian.com/home/news/20040617/topstories/75822.shtml
or
http://customwire.ap.org/dynamic/stories/P/PRISONER_ABUSE_CALIF?SITE=APW
EB

A National Guard commander told a mental health counselor to change an
evaluation to show that a serviceman who accused fellow soldiers of
abusing
Iraqi prisoners was mentally unfit, another soldier said.

The commander has refused to comment on the allegation.  And it is not
clear
whether the evaluation was, in fact, changed.

Sgt. Greg Ford of the 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion has said he
was
stripped of his duties and ordered to see combat-stress counselors after
reporting that three fellow soldiers in the California National Guard
unit
brazenly abused Iraqi detainees during interrogations in Samarra last
year.
He said the soldiers choked detainees, threatened them with guns and
stuck lit
cigarettes in their ears.

Ford was placed under the supervision of Sgt. 1st Class Michael
Marciello, a
team leader in the battalion.  In an interview this week, Marciello said
he
was ordered to watch Ford's behavior at all times.

He said unit commanders believed something must have been wrong with
Ford for
making such "wild" claims against his fellow soldiers.

Marciello said that after a mental health evaluation came back saying
Ford was
OK, he witnessed a company commander in the 223rd, Capt. Vic Artiga, ask
a
counselor to change her evaluation.

"The company commander requested that this woman reconsider the end
result of
her analysis," Marciello said.

He said he did not know what the final report said.

"Something happened for them to take Greg away," Marciello said.  "After
a
short discussion, they agreed to refer him to Germany for further
evaluation.
Then the following day, Greg was gone."

Ford has said that he underwent psychiatric evaluations at military
installations in Germany and San Antonio, Texas, and that those
evaluations
found nothing wrong with him.

Ford said the counselor who evaluated him in Iraq was Capt. Merle Madera
of
the 113th Medical Company.  She did not return a call seeking comment
Wednesday.

Artiga would not say whether he influenced Ford's mental evaluation.
And he
defended his soldiers against Ford's abuse accusations.

"I know they conducted all their obligations legally, morally, and
ethically,"
he said.

Marciello said he had never worked with Ford until after the sergeant
made the
allegations, and could not corroborate his claims of abuse.

Ford, 49, said he was a state prison guard for 18 years.  He has since
returned home to the Sacramento suburb of Fair Oaks.  His unit, the San
Francisco-based 223rd, returned home in March.

---Associated Press Writer Terence Chea in San Francisco contributed to
this
report.


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