Thursday, February 18, 2010

Poisoning at Fort Jackson, SC

Catherine Herridge of Fox News reports that a number of US soldiers have been detained at Fort Jackson in South Carolina for attempting to intentionally poison the food supply at the Army base. Reports indicate that the soldiers may be members of an Arabic translator team.  CBN News reports that the soliders were actually detained in December.  According to Fox News:
The ongoing probe began two months ago, Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division, told Fox News.
The Army is taking the allegations “extremely seriously,” Grey said, but so far, "there is no credible information to support the allegations."
The suspects were part of a Arabic translation program called "09 Lima" and use Arabic as their first language, two sources told Fox News. Another military source said they were Muslim.
Grey would not confirm or deny the sources’ information.
 This appears to be a growing trend of infiltration of the US military by Muslim extremists.

Updates will follow as they become available.


  1. They were arrested before Christmas and it's just now coming out as a "breaking" story? That's interesting.

  2. It is odd that it has taken so long to 'break'. I can only speculate why.

  3. Josh--

    Slow down. First, let's consider the source: this is reported by the, um, not exactly objectve outlet of the Christian Broadcast Network and echoed by Fox News.

    Second, there are several troubling details of this story that don't quite add up. No one has been arrested, and the Army denies it happened (they're only investigating it as of now). Here's former Army CID officer Donald Sensing of "Sense of Events" (

    "There is not a scintilla of credibility in this report, not least because Stakelbeck is evidently entirely ignorant of military investigation procedures. Accused soldiers are not kept in "custody." Fort Jackson does not have a jail, it has detention cells for very temporary detention of suspects.

    There is no bail system in the Army and it is unusual for accused soldiers not be be released back to their units, where their commander may place them on restricted movement and/or under watch 24/7.

    Usually, there are arrangements with a local sheriff's office for custody of soldiers accused of violent felonies; someone charged with assault or murder, for example, is not someone you want to put back into his barracks room under strict orders not to flee or hurt anyone.

    But you have to be dreaming if you think that five presumably Muslim soldiers, accused of a murder conspiracy, and held in the Columbia jail, would not have been reported in the media long ago. Trust me, they ain't there."

    Be careful; you urge prudence in jumping to conlcusions when Mossad is suspected of rubbing out a Hamas official, but when Drudge spits out two headlines as part of his Obama-is-the-devil campaign, you write that "this appears to be a growing trend of infiltration of U.S. military by Muslim extremists."

    Let's see where the facts lead us before we allow political views to influence our judgment.

    (As I write this, the story is currently not available on the CBN site, btw. I guess I can only "speculate" why it's been taken down.)


  4. Karl~

    You're right it seems like it has gone nowhere. I've seen updates in the past few hours that indicate that this was an ongoing investigation that did not lead to any convincing evidence. It will be interesting to see what sparked the investigation - if we will ever get that information. [By the way, the NYT has picked up the story as well.]



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