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I thought the rule was "never volunteer"?

In a training exercise at Guantanamo Bay, Spc Sean Baker volunteered to wear an orange jumpsuit and portray an uncooperative detainee. The MPs, who were told that he was an unruly detainee who had assaulted an American sergeant, allegedly “inflicted a beating that resulted in a traumatic brain injury.”

Baker, a Gulf War veteran who reenlisted after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, was medically retired in April 2004. He said the assault left him with seizures, blackouts, headaches, insomnia and psychological problems. In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Lexington, Ky., Baker asked the Army to reinstate him in a position that would accommodate his medical condition..."I still want to serve," Baker said...

The Pentagon initially said that Baker's hospitalization following the training incident was not related to the beating. Later, officials conceded that he was treated for injuries suffered when a five-man MP "internal reaction force" choked him, slammed his head several times against a concrete floor and sprayed him with pepper gas.

Baker's now suing the Army for $15 million. I say support the troops, let him have it...and maybe, just maybe, we should be re-thinking the policies being used on real prisoners.

Posted by William Cohen at June 19, 2005 8:04 PM