Monday, March 13, 2006

Don't these guys have something better to do?

The Marines just aren't interested in forgiving and forgetting, looks like. The Guardian reports that Allen Abney was arrested on the U.S.-Canadian border today for deserting during basic training 38 years ago.

Since he took over the marine corps Absentee Collection Centre in 2004, chief warrant officer James Averhart has reopened cold cases and claims to have tracked down 33 deserters. "I have a different leadership style than the guys who have had this job. My job is to catch deserters. And that's what I do," he told Florida's St Petersburg Times . . .

Legal observers said the new drive to hunt down Vietnam deserters is designed as a deterrent for soldiers being sent to Iraq. "They're really hardcore about this," Ms Abney said. "I think there have been a lot of these young guys now trying to get refuge in Canada, and they decided they were going to set an example."


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