Monday, July 27, 2015

Army redefines the word slow

Posted By on Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 10:20 AM

Back in September 2013, almost two years ago, we requested information through the Freedom of Information Act regarding who has been banned from Fort Carson dating back to 2008.
click to enlarge Alvarez, left, and Pogany are still fighting the Army with a federal lawsuit. - PAM ZUBECK
  • Pam Zubeck
  • Alvarez, left, and Pogany are still fighting the Army with a federal lawsuit.
This request stemmed from a story about two vets who were banned from Carson after helping soldiers gain the proper treatment for service-related medical needs at a time when the Army was ousting troops using infractions that might have been related to their medical problems stemming from combat. For example, a soldier might get a DUI that stems from his inability to cope with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

A thorough examination of this phenomenon by reporter Dave Philipps in 2013 resulted in his winning a Pulitzer Prize.

In May 2014 we reported on a lawsuit filed by soldier advocates Robert Alvarez and Georg-Andreas Pogany, who were banned from Fort Carson in what they allege was blowback for their advocacy. They had filed a lawsuit against five officers charging that the ban violates their constitutional rights to free speech, due process and access to courts. That lawsuit is pending.

We wanted to find out what other people had been banned and for what reason; hence, the FOIA request.

While the government found 614 records responsive to the request, none is being released. Here's the Army's letter of denial.

 

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