AWOL Soldier Surrenders in Ky.

Associated Press
AWOL Soldier Surrenders in Ky.
Tue Oct 3, 2006 20:52

"The only way to win, is with a CULTURE WAR!" Abbie Hoffman

AWOL Soldier Surrenders in Ky.

The Associated Press
Tuesday, October 3, 2006; 3:09 PM

RADCLIFF, Ky. -- An Army soldier who fled to Canada rather than redeploy to Iraq surrendered Tuesday to military officials after asking for leniency.

Spc. Darrell Anderson, 24, said he deserted the Army last year because he could no longer fight in what he believes is an illegal war.

"I feel that by resisting I made up for the things I did in Iraq," Anderson said during a press briefing shortly before he turned himself in at nearby Fort Knox. "I feel I made up for the sins I committed in this war."

Anderson, of Lexington, returned to the United States from Canada on Saturday. He could face a charge of desertion.

Attorney Jim Sennerty of Chicago said Anderson will be interviewed by military investigators, given a uniform and assigned to a barracks while his case is processed. In three to five days, he will be given a discharge of other than honorable. At that point, he should be free from his military commitment and face no other charges, Sennerty said.

"He's not a criminal," Sennerty said.

Fort Knox public affairs officer Connie Schaffery has said officers had been in touch with Anderson but she couldn't say what would happen until after he surrendered.

Anderson joined the Army in January 2003 and went to Iraq a year later with the 1st Armored Division. He was wounded and received a Purple Heart in 2004.

He fled to Canada in early 2005 after receiving orders to return for a second tour of duty in Iraq, becoming a highly visible war critic and spokesman for Canadian peace groups.

Anderson's mother, Anita Dennis, said the military failed in its responsibility to take care of her son after he returned from war.

"They treated his physical wounds, but they left his emotional wounds untreated," Dennis said through tears. Anderson said he suffered from nightmares and was unable to get the treatment he needed by the time he was ordered to redeploy.
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"The only way to win, is with a CULTURE WAR!" Abbie Hoffman

Abbie Hoffman, 1960s and 70s activist and anarchist, was Co-Founder of Youth International Party (YIP a.k.a. Yippies) and one of "Chicago Seven". He was the subject of a security investigation in 1968 in view of his anarchist actions, as well as an anti-riot law investigation as a result of his leadership in disturbances at the 1968 Democratic National Convention (DEMCON) in Chicago.

Lives in the Balance

The SEPTEMBER 1968 GRAND JURY further charges:
That during the period beginning on or about August 1, 1968, through on or about August 7, 1968,

defendant herein, did travel in interstate commerce from outside the State of Illinois to Chicago, Illinois, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, with intent to incite, organize, promote and encourage a riot and, thereafter, on or about August 26, 1968, at Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, and on or about August 27, 1968, at Lincoln Park, Chicago, Illinois, and on or about August 29, 1968, at Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, he did speak to assemblages of persons for the purpose of inciting, organizing, promoting, and encouraging a riot; in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2101.

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