[Marxism] FW: [snow-news] Army whistle-blower's captain tried to have psych eval falsified
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
From: jensenmk [mailto:jensenmk at plu.edu]
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 2004 11:19 PM
To: snow-news at lists.riseup.net
Subject: [snow-news] Army whistle-blower's captain tried to have psych
NEWS: Army captain tried to have psych exam of abuse whistle-blower
[AP reports that an Army captain has been accused of telling a mental
counselor to falsify a psychological evaluation of a 49-year-old
the reserves (with 18 years of experience as a prison guard in civilian
in order to impugn his credibility after he charged three fellow
abuse of prisoners in the Iraqi city of Samarra. -- A link to this
posted on the SNOW-NEWS listserv as it appeared in the *Olympian* -- the
paper in which it's appeared so far, acc. to the Google News page. But
*Olympian* published only the first seven paragraphs. The last eight
paragraphs appear in the story only in the full version, published on
web site (and only there, as far as I know). --Mark]
NATIONAL GUARD OFFICER ACCUSED OF TRYING TO ALTER MEDICAL RECORDS
By Matt Gouras
** Alleged goal was to discredit whistle-blower **
June 17, 2004
A National Guard commander told a mental health counselor to change an
evaluation to show that a serviceman who accused fellow soldiers of
Iraqi prisoners was mentally unfit, another soldier said.
The commander has refused to comment on the allegation. And it is not
whether the evaluation was, in fact, changed.
Sgt. Greg Ford of the 223rd Military Intelligence Battalion has said he
stripped of his duties and ordered to see combat-stress counselors after
reporting that three fellow soldiers in the California National Guard
brazenly abused Iraqi detainees during interrogations in Samarra last
He said the soldiers choked detainees, threatened them with guns and
cigarettes in their ears.
Ford was placed under the supervision of Sgt. 1st Class Michael
team leader in the battalion. In an interview this week, Marciello said
was ordered to watch Ford's behavior at all times.
He said unit commanders believed something must have been wrong with
making such "wild" claims against his fellow soldiers.
Marciello said that after a mental health evaluation came back saying
OK, he witnessed a company commander in the 223rd, Capt. Vic Artiga, ask
counselor to change her evaluation.
"The company commander requested that this woman reconsider the end
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
short discussion, they agreed to refer him to Germany for further
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
found nothing wrong with him.
Ford said the counselor who evaluated him in Iraq was Capt. Merle Madera
the 113th Medical Company. She did not return a call seeking comment
Artiga would not say whether he influenced Ford's mental evaluation.
defended his soldiers against Ford's abuse accusations.
"I know they conducted all their obligations legally, morally, and
Marciello said he had never worked with Ford until after the sergeant
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
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