h/t Gary Spina
The brother of a Marine deserter, Wassef Ali Hassoun, blamed his brother’s problems on military bias when his brother was first charged in 2005. At the time, he said the military should “make him feel good about his service.”
Hassoun, who disappeared in Iraq in 2004 and apparently deserted a second time in 2005 has resurfaced and is currently being held at an undisclosed location in the United States.
Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, 34, a naturalized Lebanese, turned himself in and was flown Sunday from an undisclosed location in the Middle East to Norfolk, Va.
Wassef Ali-Hassoun in 2004.
No one knows where Hassoun, an Arabic translator, has been since 2005.
He deserted the first time in Fallujah in 2004 and turned up in Beirut Lebanon claiming he was kidnapped. Al Jazeera even had a picture of Hassoun blindfolded with a sword over his head.
file photo/Hassoun pictured with sword & blindfold.
Hassoun said Islamic extremists held him. He was remarkably unharmed when he turned himself in the first time in June, 2004. He was returned to the U.S. at that time.
Hassoun with his mother in an undated photo.
After a Navy investigation, the military charged Hassoun with desertion, loss of government property, theft of a military firearm for allegedly leaving the Fallujah camp with a 9 mm service pistol, and theft of a Humvee.
He was allowed visits to his family in Utah and again disappeared in 2005 in Utah.
No one knows where he has been for nine years or why he suddenly decided to reappear in the mid-East somewhere.
When the fake story about Islamic terrorists didn’t work out in 2005, he said he didn’t desert. In an interview with the Associated Press in Salt Lake City, Hassoun’s brother, Mohamad, said Wassef Ali Hassoun was a victim of anti-Muslim bias in the U.S. military.
There is no evidence of it yet and the military denied it.
The brother also said the pressure of facing desertion charges was partly to blame for Hassoun’s decision to flee while in Utah.
“Instead of them giving him medals and making him feel good about his service and what he was doing for his country, they gave him an Article 32,” Hassoun said of the military court proceedings that his brother was to have faced in January 2005.
He wants a medal!!!