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Army Allegedly Reneges on Deal With GI Who Fled

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Posted on Oct 31, 2006

Kyle Snyder fled to Canada when the Army threatened to send him back to Iraq, where he says he had been made to perform duties for which he was not trained.  Snyder’s lawyer says the Army had agreed to discharge his client if he came home but now intends to return him to his original unit.

AP via SFGate:

A soldier who fled to Canada rather than accept a second tour in Iraq turned himself over to military authorities at Fort Knox on Tuesday, his attorney said.

Kyle Snyder, a former combat engineer, left the U.S. in April 2005 while on leave. He said he worked as a welder and at a children’s health clinic in Canada.

Snyder’s lawyer, James Fennerty, said he had reached a deal with Army officials to allow Snyder to be processed back into uniform at Fort Knox, southwest of Louisville, and then be discharged. But he said Snyder told him Tuesday afternoon the Army wants to send him back to his original unit at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., where commanders would determine his future.

“We wouldn’t have brought him back here if we knew this was going to happen,” Fennerty said.


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By peedeecee, November 1, 2006 at 1:26 pm Link to this comment
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Americans should discourage everyone they know from joining the military until Bush is out of office and this adventure war, started on a whim, has ended. There is no honour in this war - none. There is also very little chance of the US “winning” it now (however that is defined), and all military deaths in Iraq were for nothing, which is absolutely unconscionable. What was done to Iraq and Iraqis was murderous.

The only person in America who does NOT honour the troops is their Commander-in-Chief, George W. Bush.

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By George, November 1, 2006 at 10:22 am Link to this comment
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If there was anything I learned in the Army (‘69-72), is that you can’t trust anything they say; that includes their statistics, their estimates and their promises.

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By Big Bill, November 1, 2006 at 10:12 am Link to this comment
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We should arrest boy bush today on this case alone. Mr. Snyder has refused to commit war crimes-his civilized duty under Geneva. bush, in turn is insisting he commit those war crimes, i.e. the crime is in progress.
He’s not president-arrest his soft spoiled ass, and get that trillion he stole off of him, and apologize to the world for allowing a rabid klansman to usurp gvt processes, and we’ll get back to reality, and have songs on the radio again.
Stand strong, Mr. Snyder. Don’t let that chickenhawk panzy send you ANYWHERE.

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By Scott, November 1, 2006 at 12:43 am Link to this comment
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You mean you can’t trust the American government to keep its word? Go figure.

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By R. A. Earl, October 31, 2006 at 9:29 pm Link to this comment
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America’s “authorities” have PROVEN to the world that their word is worthless… even when it’s in writing in a treaty! To trust American authorities, especially with your LIFE, Mr. Snyder, is not the decision I would have made.

Canada ain’t perfect… but it’s one hell of a lot more honest and trustworthy a country than the USA has turned out to be. You were in a far better place.

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By Sandy Swain, October 31, 2006 at 9:10 pm Link to this comment
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Where does integrity come into the “VOLUNTEER” concept? It looks like only the Government can get away with lying, breaking contracts and a total disregard for accountability. I am afraid that Mr. Snyder is just a cog in the wars’ wheel and he will not see justice done. I am too poor to leave this country but I can no longer feel the pride and confidence that I had before this Bush dictatorship.  Sandy Swain

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