[Marxism] US air force officer charged for anti-Bush graffiti

Jeffrey Thomas Piercy, El Pato Comunista mqduck at sonic.net
Fri Aug 12 03:24:13 MDT 2005


http://www.nzherald.co.nz/index.cfm?c_id=2&ObjectID=10340306

US air force officer charged for anti-Bush graffiti

11.08.05 4.20pm

DENVER - A US Air Force colonel has been charged with painting 
obscenities on parked cars bearing pro-President Bush bumper stickers, 
police said.

Lt Col Alexis Fecteau, who supervises 41 full-time and part-time 
reservists at the National Security Space Institute in Colorado Springs, 
Colorado, is suspected of vandalising 12 cars at Denver International 
Airport over a six-month period, Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.

"Lieutenant Colonel Fecteau has been charged with one count of felony 
mischief and six misdemeanor counts related to the vandalism," Jackson said.

Fecteau, who could not be reached for comment, is scheduled to be 
arraigned later this month.

Police said they received numerous complaints dating back to December 
2004 from people with cars bearing Bush or Bush-Cheney campaign bumper 
stickers that their vehicles had been vandalised.

Police set up a bait car with a pro-Bush bumper sticker, parked it at 
the airport with a surveillance camera, and waited. On July 1, the 
camera recorded a man spray-painting over the bumper sticker with an 
expletive.

Investigators traced the license plate of the suspected vandal to 
Fecteau, 42, who turned himself into police last week and was released 
after posting a US$5000 ($7300) bond.

Jackson would not comment on a possible motive for the vandalism, but 
said one victim had to spend US$2000 on repairs after it was 
spray-painted, which led to the felony charge.

Maj. Tina Barber-Matthew, spokeswoman for the US Air Force Space 
Command, said the case was under investigation, but that it would be 
"premature" to discuss what discipline Fecteau would face if convicted.

"Until we can validate or invalidate the charges, he is still on 
full-duty status," she said.

Barber-Matthew said Fecteau has been in charge at the post since October 
2004. The institute provides ongoing training to Air Force personnel to 
keep them current on space technology and its applications, she said.

- REUTERS





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