Commentary by Kay B. Day
Update May 11: Capt. Carl Bjork's verdicts are in--a mixed blessing. Read our latest article about Bjork's trial and sentencing, Capt. Bjork's verdict--a study in trickle down policy...
Update Feb. 12: Since this story was written new facts have emerged about Capt. Carl Bjork's case. His accusers are not 'insurgents.' They are former Iraqi police officials. Please read Milblogger's post a backgrounder for Capt. Carl Bjork's case.
Capt. Carl Bjork awaits word on the outcome of testimony given as part of an Article 32 hearing in Iraq, undertaken because Iraqi “insurgents” accused the captain of murder. Before we talk about those Iraqis, we need to talk about the captain.
People have emailed and phoned me to talk about Bjork. The overwhelming impression I’ve formed—the captain is a man among men.
One man who wishes to remain anonymous knows Bjork well, from running missions together. Bjork, said my caller, “has detained hundreds of insurgents…he was promoted from lieutentant to captain after serving in Iraq…he was in charge of training Iraqi police. He’s the ultimate American soldier. He does everything by the book. He even read the Koran before he went to Iraq. He would never do anything unlawful.”
Bjork’s attorney Victor Kelley told Washington Times radio show host Rick Amato on Wednesday Bjork has received the Bronze Star and a number of commendations for his service.
My caller said he heard from Bjork recently. “His Article 32 ended Wednesday…they have a certain amount of time before they decide whether to court martial him or not.” My caller said Bjork learned he was being investigated after he left Iraq. “Then they stuck him at Ft. Knox…they wouldn’t let him leave or get promoted…they kept him stuck in his job.”
Kelley, whose law firm includes the division The National Military Justice Group, has done two interviews with Amato. The US Report has attempted to contact Kelley but we realize his travel schedule and commitments more than likely have him time challenged.
Kelley told Amato in the second interview there were between 14-20 witnesses in the hearing. The accusations are levied by 4 Iraqi “insurgents.” Kelley dropped a bombshell.
“Several CID agents testified telephonically, and one NCIS and the lead agent…it’s pretty remarkable. [The lead agent] testified he was questioning one of the Iraqis and the Iraqi suggested bringing another witness in over inconsistencies…and then they brought Iraqi #3 in…and then #4…they’re getting information through an interpreter…he’s getting different signals.”
Kelley asked the agent, “What you’re doing is a search for truth, right? How can you do your job searching for the truth if you got 4 guys sitting down and all getting their stories together?”
The rather astounding response—they were all just “talking among themselves.”
The lead agent testified he wasn’t asking them any questions but it was clear, Kelley said, from the transcript the agent did ask them questions.
Translation for our readers—the witnesses colluded and got their stories in line. What kind of investigation permits such tactics?
We feel compelled to point out the complete lack of reason in using the term ‘insurgent’ to describe the mercenaries we are fighting. The so-called insurgents are nothing more than killers benefiting from a culture of death.
While fanatics claim their fighting is on behalf of their deity, those with common sense know better. This war is about power and money and ideology. It is about controlling people by using a particular faith.
This war, for the so-called ‘insurgents,’ is an economy wherein the focus is on killing for money rather than on building a real economy based on production of goods and delivery of services.
For real insurgents there is a measure of respect for rising up against an unjust government. If that had been the case these insurgents most certainly would have risen against Saddam Hussein.
For the American soldier, this war has to be an exercise in frustration.
Kelley said Bjork should have an answer about the outcome of the Article 32 soon—“in about a week or the next couple of weeks.”
Think about this in personal terms. It’s the Christmas season and you managed to serve in Iraq and come home alive. You’ve earned commendations for your service. Your fellow soldiers praise you for your integrity and your honor. You have a bright future ahead of you.
And then 3 or 4 of the enemy levy accusations that are inconsistent from the start. But these men are offered an opportunity to discuss their narrative. They can, in effect, edit their claims. This action permitted a spectacular opportunity for revision.
Suddenly you are confronting proceedings that if they go against you, could land you in prison for life.
You did nothing wrong. You played by the rule book decreed by politicians who are not in harm’s way—they’re in Washington spending taxpayer bucks on chic galas and will shortly head home to make merry.
You await your fate in a sequence of events that can only make sense to a mindless bureaucrat who is unable to comprehend reality.
In essence, the politicians and their military affiliates have desecrated an American hero.
My caller told me, “They’re using psychological warfare—insurgents will try to do anything they can to destroy Americans—they come from all over the place—Syria, Iraq, Egypt.” They’re all Muslim.
And in doing so, these killers-for-hire succeeded in derailing one of America’s finest.
My caller said, “They totally just ruined a great soldier’s career…he’s a real great guy.”
This is broader than one soldier, however. Actions such as those levied at Bjork ripple like a stone thrown into a pond.
Kelley said, “It has a spillover effect to our other soldiers.”
As usual big branded media is asleep at the wheel. The Article 32 was open. “Any member of the press can watch,” said Kelley.
Despicable is too weak a word for the actions of our country’s leaders and for so-called American media.
Main Street Americans however know better. Thousands have joined the Facebook group Support Carl Bjork. We should contact our senators and our congressmen. We should contact anyone we know in the military. We should remind them a hero deserves respect.
And right now, instead of honor, Capt. Bjork is receiving shameful disrespect. Proceedings against him should stop immediately. The entire process has been contaminated and to take the word of the enemy, to allow the enemy to collude and thereby fabricate, is almost more than this American can bear.
Despicable is too kind a word.
[Ed. Note: You can listen to Amato's interview with Kelley at WS Radio. The interview spills from segment 1 to segment 2, so click on the 2nd program to hear the wrapup.]