Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Korey Rowe charged

Rowe returns to Fort Campbell, Ky. Source: By Jake Palmateer Staff Writer 7-31-2007
Oneonta film producer Korey Rowe has been returned to his unit, which is gearing up for its third deployment to Iraq since Operation Iraqi Freedom began in March 2003.
Rowe, who was arrested last week on a charge of desertion, has previously said he served with the 187th Infantry Regiment, part of the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division.
In May, the Pentagon announced three of the 101st's four brigades "including 3rd Brigade" would be deploying to Iraq as early as next month.
Rowe, who joined the Army in August 2001, is a member of the Oneonta-based film production company Louder Than Words. The company is working on a third edition of "Loose Change," which contends the U.S. government was complicit in the 9/11 attacks.
"According to our files, he is still on active duty," said Cathy Gramling, a media relations specialist for Fort Campbell, Ky., home of the 101st.
Rowe was listed as absent without leave on June 15, 2005, and was assumed to have deserted in mid-July 2005, Gramling said Monday.
All four brigades of the 101st deployed to Iraq in mid-2005. An Army brigade has an optimum strength of about 4,000 soldiers. A source close to Rowe's family has said he was at the end of his active-duty enlistment in the summer of 2005 and was trying to avoid serving a second tour of duty in Iraq under the Army's stop-loss policy when he went AWOL. He returned to Fort Campbell that summer to clear up the matter but left for good after he was told he would be sent to Iraq, the source said. Rowe is also a veteran of service in Afghanistan.
Since his arrest, Rowe has said he is a "political prisoner" and a victim of a paperwork glitch.
Gramling said she did not know if there would be a court martial for Rowe or what else is next for the 24-year-old. "We're not at that point yet," Gramling said. Rowe's colleagues at Louder Than Words said they do not know what will eventually happen but have been in contact with Rowe. "Every other day (Rowe says) the situation is different," said the group’s administrative assistant Kristy Kissner on Monday. Army deserters are rarely court-martialed and are usually either returned to their units or discharged from the Army, according to an Associated Press report last month.
"Korey Rowe is a big part of Louder Than Words," Kissner said. "He's missed. We're all worried." Rowe is not being jailed while his case is being decided, Gramling said. "He's not in confinement," Gramling said.
The following are U.S. military policies used with retain or recall soldiers for active-duty status:
Stop-loss _ In place since the end of the Vietnam War, this policy authorizes the Army in times of conflict to keep a soldier beyond his or her active-duty commitment. When utilized, it allows the Army to keep units fully-staffed for the length of deployments.
Individual Ready Reserve _ When a soldier enlists, he or she actually signs up for an eight-year period split into two parts. The first part is that soldier’s active-duty commitment, which is typically for three to six years. The remaining time of the eight-year obligation is spent in the Individual Ready Reserve, which has no serviceobligation but leaves a soldier subject to recall to active duty.

NEWS!!! Korey is fine!!

He speaks into his mobile phone:
and says:

(unintelligble) .. political prisoner here.
Boston Airport on my way to Fort Campbell (Ky, his duty base, 101st Airborn)
I have been released (unintelligble)
I am still going down there to make sure I am out of the system once and for all, so I am not longer a political prisoner.
Thanks for all your support, all your phone-calls, thanks for the -uh- article, Screw Loose Change, I am not going anywhere.

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Movie creator charged

By Jake Palmateer -- Staff Writer

ONEONTA _ An Oneonta man who helped produce a 9/11 conspiracy documentary that became an Internet hit was arrested Monday for allegedly deserting the Army.

Korey Rowe, 24, a veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq, was picked up by deputies at about 10:45 p.m. Monday, Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin Jr. said.

Rowe, along with Dylan Avery and Jason Bermas, are members of Louder Than Words, a production company that is working on a third edition of the movie "Loose Change," which contends the U.S. government was involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. That edition is intended to be a theatrical release.

Rowe and the other members of Louder Than Words have appeared on radio shows including The Alex Jones Show and have been mentioned in Time magazine. Vanity Fair magazine published a feature story on the group last August.

Since 2002, Rowe was interviewed by The Daily Star several times about "Loose Change" and his experiences in the military.

"We developed information that he was at a county Route 47 residence in Oneonta last night," Devlin said Tuesday.

Rowe was arrested on a "military warrant" that Devlin said was brought to the attention of deputies by the Oneonta Police Department, who received information from a source outside of that department.

Rowe was living at the Route 47 home, Devlin said.

City police officials who were able to comment on the case were unavailable Tuesday night.

After deputies received the information from Oneonta police, they reached out to the Army, and officials from Fort Knox faxed a copy of the warrant, deputies said.

Rowe previously told The Daily Star he enlisted in August 2001. He left the Army in June 2005, according to the Louder Than Words website.

He is being held without bail in the Otsego County jail and is waiting to be picked up by U.S. Army officials, Devlin said.

The Associated Press reported last month that deserters are rarely court-martialed by the Army.

Although 3,301 soldiers deserted in the 2006 fiscal year, there were just 174 troops court-martialed.

The AP report said some deserters are returned to their units, while others are discharged in non-criminal proceedings.

Desertion rates have been rising since 2004, but the Army does little to seek out deserters and instead relies on a database that can be cross-checked by local law-enforcement agencies during encounters such as traffic stops, the report states.

The Department of Defense public-affairs office did not immediately return a call for comment Tuesday.

A woman who answered Rowe’s cell phone Tuesday and identified herself only as Kristy said Rowe was "taken" from a house Monday night.

The Louder Than Words website lists a Kristy Kissner as an administrative assistant for the group.

"All we know is that he has been arrested," the woman said. "We know nothing. We just hope that whatever happened comes out."

Rowe’s parents did not immediately return a message left Tuesday.

In media interviews, Rowe has criticized the Iraq war and the Bush administration.

Desertion is defined under Article 85 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice as being when a soldier leaves his or her unit or place of duty with the intent to remain away from there permanently or quits his or her unit with the intent to avoid hazardous duty. It is considered a felony.



posted at 11:32 am on July 25, 2007 by Allahpundit

Via the boys at SLC boys, who through a herculean effort have managed to suppress their bubbling schadenfreude at the news.

He won’t be court-martialed — few deserters are, per the article, and if he is it’ll only be used as further proof of, ahem, “the conspiracy” — but I’m curious to find out when he went AWOL. According to him, he did six months in Kandahar in 2002 and then not quite 11 months in Kuwait and Iraq from February 2003 to January 2004. Question to vets: Are 11-month tours normal? I’m assuming he must have done a full tour and then come home as it would have been difficult, to say the least, for him to escape while on duty and hitch a ride back to the States. And a follow-up question: How did they miss snaring this tool at the dozens of media appearances he’s made in the past few years to promote his agitprop?

Rowe’s car seen at old Griffiss base

By Jake Palmateer

Staff Writer

ONEONTA _ A trip last week to film the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome led to the arrest of Oneonta resident Korey Rowe for allegedly deserting from the Army in 2005.

Air Force Office of Special Investigations personnel notified the Oneonta Police Department there was an outstanding desertion warrant for Rowe, city Police Lt. Cameron Allison said.

"An individual was warned about taking pictures on military property in Rome, N.Y.," Allison said Wednesday. "The vehicle was registered to Korey Rowe."

The case was handed over to Otsego County sheriff’s deputies, who arrested Rowe on Monday night, Allison said.

A source close to Rowe’s family said the 24-year-old was at the end of his active-duty enlistment in the summer of 2005 and was trying to avoid serving a second tour of duty in Iraq under the Army’s stop-loss policy. That policy, in place since the end of the Vietnam War, authorizes the military in wartime to keep a soldier beyond his or her active-duty enlistment termination date.

Rowe, a member of the Oneonta-based film production company Louder Than Words, was apprehended at his county Route 47 home by sheriff’s deputies bearing a military warrant for desertion. Louder Than Words is working on a third edition of "Loose Change," a documentary challenging the official government account of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Dylan Avery, the creator of the original "Loose Change film," said he was in Rome alone to film the base and was driving the car.

The base is home to the Northeast Air Defense Sector, a component of North American Aerospace Defense Command.

Military police from Fort Drum picked Rowe up from the Otsego County jail Wednesday morning, and he was driven back to the Watertown base.

"We’ve talked to him. He’s fine. And he should be back home soon," Avery, a childhood friend, said.

Rowe is expecting to be processed out of the Army in a week or two, he added.

"That’s the impression he’s getting," Avery said.

Commanders have a range of administrative, non-judicial and judicial tools at their disposal to address acts of absence without leave and desertion, according to an Army fact sheet on desertion.

"Mr. Rowe’s case will follow the same procedures and policies as any other soldier," Army spokesman Anthony O’Bryant said Wednesday.

He said the Army could not comment on the details of an individual personnel matter.

If a soldier is found guilty through a court martial, five years is the maximum term of confinement for AWOL or desertion under normal circumstances, according to the fact sheet.

Although the death penalty is on the books as a punishment for desertion during wartime, it has not been used in the modern era.

Judicial and non-judicial penalties also include "no punishment" or a dishonorable discharge, according to the fact sheet.

"The overwhelming majority of soldiers are ready to serve," O’Bryant said.

He added annual desertions are less than 1 percent of the 500,000-strong force.

When soldiers desert or go AWOL, a warrant is issued for their arrest, and in a lot of cases, the Army simply waits for a deserter to show up in the law-enforcement system after a traffic stop or other encounter, O’Bryant said.

"It’s not that it’s not a high priority, but as you can imagine, there are a lot of other things going on," he said.

The source close to Rowe’s family said the family only learned after his arrest Monday that he was wanted for desertion.

But a handful of Rowe’s close friends knew he had not been "totally released," the source said.

In the summer of 2005 and with just a short time before his four-year enlistment was to expire, Rowe was arrested in the town of Oneonta for driving while intoxicated, the source said.

A routine check revealed he was AWOL, and he was taken into custody by Fort Drum military police, the source added.

However, once he was in Fort Drum, Rowe was released on his own recognizance to appear at his duty base with the 101st Airborne in Fort Campbell, Ky., the source said.

Rowe returned to Fort Campbell where he was told he would be "immediately" sent back to Iraq, and after unsuccessfully trying to fight the stop-loss order and AWOL charge, he decided to desert, the source said.

"He had honestly felt he had done his time," the source said.

An infantryman, Rowe served with the 101st on a six-month tour of Afghanistan in 2002 and a nearly year-long tour in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

But Rowe did not keep a low profile after the summer of 2005.

Along with other members of Louder Than Words, Rowe conducted radio interviews and was even featured in Vanity Fair magazine in August 2006.

The group was to have appeared on ABC’s "The View" on May 24, but the lineup of the show was changed after an on-screen fight May 23 between co-hosts Rosie O’Donnell and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.

O’Donnell has since left the show.

Rowe is a headstrong individual, the source said when asked why he didn’t go underground: "He felt that it was his responsibility to let the American people know about 9/11."

Rowe Arrested Despite Honorable Discharge Papers

Rowe Arrested Despite Honorable Discharge Papers
Loose Change producer reveals startling new details to Prison Planet, Fox News, including how arresting officers cut his phone lines, came out of the woods - Fort Drum officials immediately released Rowe following barrage of phone calls

Rowe was interviewed about the events today for a Fox News report.

(Article continues below)

Korey Rowe, 24, who served with the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan and Iraq, told that he was honorably discharged from the military 18 months ago — which he said he explained to sheriffs when they pounded on his door late Monday night.

“When they came to my house, I showed them my paperwork,” Rowe said. “The cops said, 'You’re still in the system.'”

Rowe was turned over to officials at Fort Drum — the closest military base — who then booked him on a flight to Fort Campbell, Ky., where his unit is based, to try to straighten out why the military issued a warrant for his arrest.

“A warrant for my arrest came down and showed up on the sheriff’s desk,” Rowe said. “Where it came from and why it showed up all of a sudden is a mystery to me.”

Rowe said he was sitting in his living room watching the show “Cops” and drinking a beer Monday night when police banged on the door.

“I thought it was the TV,” he said. “There was f-----g mad cops out there. I thought, here we go.”

There were at least five sheriffs on hand for his arrest, Rowe said. They told him he had an active-duty warrant from the military.

“They pulled a whole operation. They cut my phone lines. They came from the woods. It was crazy — it was ridiculous,” he said.

Rowe shared further details with us about the sequence of events than is revealed in the Fox News article.

According to Rowe, Army officials at Fort Drum, where Rowe was held for a day and a half, seemed uninterested in the case until their phone lines were incinerated by a barrage of calls from listeners who responded to our call to action yesterday morning.

It was at that point that officials checked into Rowe's record and immediately confirmed that he had received an honorable discharge and told Rowe he was free to leave, and even offered to pay his way to get back to New York. They were baffled as to why a warrant would be out for his arrest when he had clearly been given permission to leave the Army in 2005.

It was Korey Rowe's personal decision to travel on to Fort Campbell Kentucky in an attempt to ensure his name was completely expunged from the system and that such events would not repeat for a third time, with Rowe having been arrested once before under a similar pretext.

Rowe was able to board an airplane without being apprehended, as he had been many times before the incident, because there has never been a warrant against his name in the database.

Though Korey Rowe puts the arrest down to a probable "administrative error", many in the 9/11 truth movement will be wondering if this was part of a pre-emptive strategy to discredit the upcoming cinematic release of Loose Change Final Cut.

The documentary is set to include explosive new interviews that will shake the political spectrum to the core.

The nature of the arrest certainly has Army intelligence planning written all over it and we will be certain to share more details upon Korey Rowe's return from Kentucky, which is expected to be in around a week's time.
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tours can be anywhere from three months to eighteen months, depending on the mission.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 9:56:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Depending on the unit and your MOS, anywhere from a couple days (Special Forces) to 15 months (Military Police).

Just speculating... doubt he fled a theater of combat, more likely failed to report to training and/or deployment back into a theater of combat.

Personally, sounds like military code of conduct issue like the soldier that got smacked for protesting while wearing a military uniform. Lest not forget, soldiers give up a lot of civil rights that we take for granted when they enlist.

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 1:29:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Doyle Plantain said...

do your homework, stop parroting and maybe if your common sense re-emerges from a lifetime of television commercials and flag-waving you will see the overwhelming physical evidence undermining the official tale of 9/11.

btw - congrats on the effort, but the site needs some work. i know i've neglected mine, but sheesh...

Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 1:29:00 PM PDT  

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