Today, I offer an expanded version of my weekly recap for Nov. 29-Dec. 5, 2015.
Nov. 29: Nashville’s Fox 17 Omits Key Details From News Reports About Army Officer Caught Up In Murder Investigation — Recent news reports aired on Fox 17 in Nashville might have caused viewers to think Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin is the only “person of interest” to investigators trying to find the person(s) responsible for several dead bodies found Nov. 19 in Pembroke, Ky. Why? Because reporter Sabrina Hall omitted many key details in her rush to inform viewers about events in the small town near Fort Campbell.
Nov. 30: Attorney Cites ‘Foul Smell in the Air’ Surrounding Effort to Link Army Officer to Multiple Murders Near Fort Campbell — As Bill Summers tells it, there’s a “foul smell in the air” in Christian County, Ky., and it stems from the way investigators and prosecutors are treating his client after several bodies were found in the small town of Pembroke, 30 minutes north-northeast of Fort Campbell.
Nov. 30: FLASHBACK: A Presidential Candidate Lied to Me in 2011 — Four years ago today, I published a piece about my trust in then-Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain being placed in peril and, eventually, broken more than eight months after I’d asked him a serious question during a phone call. Hoping the 2016 candidates are paying attention, I share it again (only slightly modified for republication).
Nov. 30: Exclusive Interview: Army Officer Fighting Toughest Battle — An elite Army Ranger and master Army aviator, Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin flew some 1,000 hours of combat missions in Iraq. Today, however, the 47-year-old attack helicopter pilot is fighting the toughest battle of his life at home. He shared details of that battle during an exclusive interview Sept. 2. Today, for the first time ever, I share the complete 49-minute version of the interview, complete with on-screen updates.
Dec. 1: Army Prosecutes Officer on Child Abuse Charges After State Officials in Kentucky Declare Charges ‘Unsubstantiated’ — Though officials with the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services issued a finding Jan. 3, 2013, that allegations of child abuse and/or neglect against Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin were unsubstantiated, Army leaders opted to move forward with the prosecution of the dedicated Soldier, based largely on allegations made by a woman who pleaded guilty in Christian County (Ky.) Court Oct. 14 to a felony charge of bigamy — that is, she admitted to having married Major Martin without telling him she was still married to another man.
Dec. 2: Law-and-Order Veterans ‘Smell A Rat’ at Fort Campbell — During more than four months of reporting on the Army’s misguided prosecution of Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin, I’ve had conversations with many people about the case. Recent interactions with two law-and-order veterans, both of whom will remain unidentified due to the fact they’re frequently involved in military justice cases, are worth sharing as both seem to “smell a rat” at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Dec. 3: FLASHBACK: What Works in Mumbai Might Work in D.C. — While diving into my archives, I came across a piece I wrote and published seven years ago this week. Because direct links to a newspaper report and a public opinion survey cited in the article were “dead,” I replaced them with Wayback Machine links. Considering recent terror events such as the ones in Paris last month and the one in San Bernadino, Calif., yesterday, I think the article remains worth sharing. See if you agree.
Dec. 5: New Video Released: ‘I Do Not Like Barack O’Bam’ — On Friday, I wrapped up production of a new video, “I Do Not Like Barack O’Bam.” I wrote the copyrighted words for this “slam poetry” effort in March 2011 and only recently decided it was time to combine those words with images to convey my feelings about President Barack Obama. If you’re a conservative and a fan of the late Ted Geisel (“Dr. Seuss”), I think you’ll enjoy it immensely.
So busy writing that I didn’t get around to sharing a weekly update two weeks in a row, I’ll try to make up for it below by sharing some of the best pieces from Nov. 15-28, 2015:
Nov. 16: You Can Send Kid to College, But You Can’t Make Him Think — After trying to learn more this weekend about the folks involved in the Million Student March student group, I learned you can send a kid to college, but you can’t make him think.
Nov. 16: Government Funds Program to Develop Voice Stress-Based Vetting Technology Despite Fact Technology Already Exists — Would it surprise you to learn the federal government has been spending millions of dollars to develop a voice stress-based credibility-assessment technology to vet foreign individuals seeking entry into the United States from places like Syria? Hardly. But it might surprise you to learn the money has been spent despite the fact that kind of technology already exists and has proven itself over and over again in places like Afghanistan, Iraqand Guantanamo Bay.
Nov. 21: ‘Tryphorgetin’ Back to Haunt Hillary After 8-Year Hiatus — Eight years ago this month, I was in fairly-regular contact with Bruce Chapman, the part-time producer of short and funny politically-incorrect videos. One of his spots touted the fictitious pharmaceutical product, “Tryphorgetin,” as it poked fun at Hillary Clinton in the fall of 2007 before seeming to disappear from the web after the 2008 elections. Today, it resurfaced in my Facebook feed, and I decided it was worth sharing again as the former first lady, senator and secretary of state makes another run for the White House.
Nov. 23: Guest Writer Says Obama ‘Should Be Forced to Resign’ — Guest writer Paul R. Hollrah explained why, for the good of the people, Barack Obama “should be forced to resign.” It’s a good read.
Nov. 24: Multiple Bodies Found Near Fort Campbell as Army Officer’s Trial on Sexual Assault Charges Only One Week Away — It would be an understatement of epic proportions to say only that things have gotten more interesting since I published the first of more than three-dozen articles related to the efforts of Army’s efforts to prosecute Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin, 47, on sexual assault allegations. Why? Because so much more, including several mysterious deaths, has happened since then.
Nov. 24: Is Army Trying to Destroy Officer’s Chance for Fair Trial? — In a previous report today, I shared an update about the discovery of several dead bodies in Pembroke, Ky., and how Army Criminal Investigation Division agents have made it virtually impossible for Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin to obtain a fair trial as he prepares to fight sexual assault charges levied against him by the Army. Below, I share a treasure trove of disturbing, never-before-published details about recent events in the case.
Nov. 24: Army Officer’s Military Trial Delayed by Military Judge — “MAJ Christian Martin’s General Court Martial has been officially delayed by the military judge as of today. It has not been re-docketed so there is no new date to report at this time,” wrote Army LTC Chevelle Thomas in an email message I received at 3:22 p.m. Central today.
Nov. 25: Officials Identify Gunshot Victim Found Inside Home While Facebook Comments About Case Appear and Disappear — Two important developments related to the military justice case of Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin surfaced during the past 24 hours. Chief among them is that Christian County (Ky.) Sheriff’s Office and Coroner’s Office officials released information about the identity of a shooting victim whose body was found Thursday afternoon inside a home at 443 South Main Street in Pembroke, Ky.
Nov. 28: My Answer Hasn’t Changed After Four Years — Almost every time I give a media interview about my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, I’m asked why I wrote it. My answer goes something like this: “I believe Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, the man whose life is chronicled in the book, deserves a new trial.” Then I explain why.
UPDATE 12/7/2015 at 8:12 a.m. Central: I failed to include a note that a military judge continued the military trial date for Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin to sometime in March 2016, though no specific date has been set.
UPDATE 12/10/2015 at 11:08 a.m. Central: I’ve learned that Major Martin’s military trial date is set for March 14-18, 2016.
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