Iraq, Afghanistan veteran handed over to military officials by police under charges of "deserting the Army"
Alex Jones & Paul Joseph Watson
July 25, 2007
Loose Change producer and Iraq and Afghanistan veteran Korey Rowe has been arrested and handed over to military officials without bail for allegedly "deserting the Army".
According to a report in the New York Daily Star, Rowe was arrested on Monday night at a county Route 47 residence in Oneonta.
Here is the column by staff writer Jake Palmateer:
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.
Arrests and court martials for deserters are incredibly rare and this appears to be an obvious case of political persecution as the Loose Change crew prepare the cinematic release of the final version of their popular documentary.
According to MSNBC, "Despite a rise in desertions from the Army as the Iraq war drags on into a fifth year, the U.S. military does almost nothing to find those who flee and rarely prosecutes those it gets its hands on."
The Army court-martialed just 5% of deserters last year, with that number dropping to just 1 per cent or less for the Navy and the Marines.
Rowe enlisted in the Army in August 2001 and left in June 2005. He has been out of the Army for over two years. He was previously arrested under similar circumstances but was immediately released.
Alex Jones interviewed Rowe at a conference in Chicago last year, during which he exposed how CNN and the military would stage photo-ops to make it appear as if Al-Qaeda members were being killed in Afghanistan, along with a host of other cover-ups and atrocities.
This will inevitably backfire on the authorities, but only if we put intense pressure on them to release Korey.
Neo-Cons Cheer Arrest Of Korey Rowe
Paul Joseph Watson
July 25, 2007
Neo-Con website Newsbusters and Michele "put every Muslim in a concentration camp" Malkin's Hot Air are both lauding the arrest of Loose Change producer Korey Rowe, advocating the internment of American citizens for their political opinions.
Hot Air laments the fact that Rowe wasn't apprehended earlier at his previous public appearances while Newsbusters columnist Noel Sheppard goes further - identifying Rowe's 9/11 activism as a legitimate reason for his arrest on behalf the Army.
Under this logic, Michele Malkin herself should have been incarcerated for questioning the official story of 9/11 in a column she wrote in March 2002.
Frothing comments on the Digg page of our earlier article also triumph the fact that the military are now kidnapping American citizens as political prisoners.
by Larry Simons
Today must have been a glorious day for the imbeciles of America (those who still accept the government’s fairy tale version of the events of 9/11). But also, it was a time of cheer for Neo-con buffoons such as Michelle “lips” Malkin who on both of her websites cheer the arrest of Loose Change producer Korey Rowe. I’m sure in the pea brains of the ‘official’ conspiracy theorists, they are finding joy linking Rowe’s arrest with his version of 9/11 being incorrect. “He gets arrested for “desertion” so he must be wrong about 9/11” is what I’m sure the general sentiment is in Sheepville.
My position about this is simply this: I don’t care if he did it or not. In fact, if he did, it solidifies his opposition to Bush and his criminal policies….in other words, it makes even MORE sense. I’m waiting until more facts develop about this, but a small part of me feels that he didn’t desert at all. If he had, why did they wait so long to arrest him since he has been in the public eye since the popularity of “Loose Change” on the internet? Simply put…he was EASY TO FIND. I was in NYC on September 11, 2006 and I saw him there, and I wasn’t even looking for him!
This obviously boils down to 2 possible things: He didn’t desert at all, and Rowe’s arrest is a complete and utter fabrication to serve as one big political attack to damage the credibility of Loose Change and the 9/11 Truth Movement, or he did desert and they are going after Rowe solely for his political views. It’s a fact that the Army has only court-martialed 5% of all deserters in 2006, so are we to believe that Rowe just happens to be included in this small percentage when he has been in the public spotlight for the past 2 years, and there have been countless opportunities for law enforcement to make an arrest?
Whether he deserted or not, the timing of this arrest is no accident. The release of ‘Loose Change: Final Cut’ is only 1-2 months away. Had this arrest been made last year, or 6 months ago, it wouldn’t have had the same impact on the release of this film since its release would have been as far as 18 months away.
This is America. Timing is everything. Deserter or not, this act by the powers-that-be to make Rowe a political prisoner and to assassinate reputations, so when the film is released, people (misled by the media) will jeer and yell “deserter!” in an attempt to discredit the film without realizing or even caring that Rowe’s alleged desertion falls in line with his dissent of the war and political views.
Now, we come to the hypocrisy of the buffoons. Noel Sheppard of Newsbusters, in an attempt to smear Rowe and the 9/11 truthers, without realizing it, actually defends our case. Here is an excerpt from his hit piece on Rowe today:
“No mention (by Rowe) of deserting the military in a lengthy interview with Smith magazine, either, even though several questions involved his Army service. Of course, that's not something you advertise. However, given the publicity of his film, one has to wonder why he wasn't picked up sooner? On the other hand, according to the Star, the military doesn't focus a lot of attention on finding deserters. Regardless, it seems given Rowe's activism concerning 9/11 being an inside job, maybe the Army should have done more to apprehend him sooner.”
Sheppard says “No mention of deserting the military in a lengthy interview with Smith magazine, either, even though several questions involved his Army service. Of course, that’s not something you advertise.” Here are the questions that Smith magazine asked regarding Rowe’s Army service:
“What made you want to join the military?”
“Did you want to go to war?”
“What were you doing in Afghanistan?”
“And in Iraq?”
“How did that experience change you?”
“When you got back from Iraq did you know you wanted to go work on the film?”
“When you came back was there anything that really bothered you about the American public?”
This was all that was asked about Rowe's Army service. Not ONE of those questions would prompt ANYONE to say, “Oh yeah, I deserted” But when you read Sheppards column, he leaves out these questions, doesn’t he? Then he quotes The Star reporting that “the military doesn’t focus a lot of attention on finding deserters.” Excellent point Noel. They don’t spend a lot of time going after deserters. And why would that be Noel? Because maybe they’re not out in the public eye? Maybe they’re not dissenting the war? Maybe they’re not making films that tell the truth about 9-11? Maybe they’re not doing interviews for magazines? Oh wait! That’s what Korey Rowe did! So, did the Army go after Rowe for deserting or for his political activism? Since he’s been out for TWO years, I think we have our answer. If it bothered the Army that he deserted, where were they for two years? If it didn’t bother them in 2005 and in 2006, why does it now?
It all boils down to the fact that there’s only two ways you can stand on this: Either you feel that Rowe was busted for his political views (since the Army did not act for two years knowing Rowe’s whereabouts), or that you feel he was busted for desertion and the Army just NOW found out about it. Either way, it’s bogus. Either way, the truth of 9-11 does not change because someone may or may not have deserted from the Army.
Now, onto “lips” Malkin. I’m going to make this one quick since this is a pretty damned easy expose of the FIXED News Neo-con hypocrite. On both of Malkin’s websites, www.michellemalkin.com and www.hotair.com , “lips” takes delight in the Korey Rowe arrest story. No shock there. She’s taken the Neo-con position on the alternate story of 9-11 for some time…in fact, since at least mid to late 2002, because in March of 2002, she did an article DOUBTING the official story of 9-11! Here is that entire article:
“THE six-month anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is upon us. Here are a half-dozen unsolved mysteries still on my mind:
What really happened on United Airlines Flight 93? As the Philadelphia Daily News reported back in November, many folks in Shanksville, Pa., where the hijacked Boeing 757 crashed, believe the plane was shot down.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing a small, unmarked jet flying overhead immediately after impact; others are convinced they heard the piercing sound of a missile. A federal flight controller told The Telegraph of Nashua, N.H., that an F-16 had indeed been in "hot pursuit" of Flight 93 until it hit the ground. One of the 911calls from a passenger on the flight indicated that there was an explosion aboard the plane. The FBI immediately confiscated the tape.
The eight-mile-wide debris field seems to bolster claims of an on-board explosion. So did the discovery of a one-ton chunk of the plane's engine far from the rest of the crash site - which some say points to evidence that a heat-seeking missile targeted the flight. Then there's the eight-minute gap from the time all cell phone calls from the plane ceased and the time it crashed.
Although both the cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder were recovered, not a single scrap about what was on the black boxes has been officially released. This despite the government's otherwise routine release of such information. (Recall that after American Airlines Flight 587 crashed in New York last November, the feds released detailed information from one of the black boxes within less than two days.) The feds insist on keeping all the Flight 11 data secret because disclosing such information might "interfere with enforcement proceedings." Against whom? All the hijack culprits are dead.
What really happened on American Airlines Flight 11? Did one of the hijackers have a gun on board? Was it planted before the flight took off, or was it smuggled on? Either way, shouldn't someone be held accountable if such an egregious security breach did in fact take place? Investigative reporter Paul Sperry, formerly of Investor's Business Daily and now with Worldnetdaily.com, scooped the mainstream press by exposing a high-level, internal report from the Federal Aviation Administration. It detailed the alleged shooting of Flight 11 passenger Daniel Lewin by hijacker Satam Al Suqami.
According to the document, which was later obtained by the Washington Post, USA Today, and others, an onboard flight attendant reported in a phone call that "one bullet was reported to have been fired" during the flight, killing Lewin before the plane crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. FAA officials dismissed the leaked memo as a draft and claimed that the very specific report of gunfire - including the names of the victim, shooter, and their precise seat numbers -- was an editing error.
Just a typo, huh?
Who murdered Katherine Smith, and why? Smith was the Tennessee state license examiner who had been implicated last month in a phony ID scam involving a group of shady Middle Eastern men from New York City. Investigators say there are "connections" between the ring and the Sept. 11 terrorists; one of them had a repair pass in his possession that gave him access to the lower levels of the World Trade Center basement. It was dated Sept. 5.
A day before Smith was to appear in court over the matter, she died in a bizarre and fiery crash inside a car registered to one of her Middle Eastern co-defendants. Smith was burned beyond recognition; her arms and legs disintegrated in the flames. Yet, her car was traveling barely over 20 mph when it hit a utility pole and damage to the vehicle was minimal. This week, the Tennessee Highway Patrol concluded definitively that her "death was not the result of the crash itself. Her death was by other means." Is this the vengeful work of al Qaeda killers still on the loose?
Finally: Why does Norm Mineta still have a job? Who's responsible for the anthrax attacks? And the most nagging unresolved question of all: So where the he-l is Osama bin Laden, anyway?”
Hmmmm, interesting huh? Now, “lips” advocates the internment of any American for their political opinions. Looks like Malkin received the same brainwashing O’ Reilly received when he joined FIXED News. Malkin is not the only one at FIXED News that has done an about face on conspiracies. O’ Reilly did a conspiracy piece on JFK assassination in 1991 when he was with Inside Edition where his view is clear in the piece that he does not think Oswald acted alone, now he calls conspiracy people “kooks”. Here’s that clip:
Now, here’s O’ Reilly on The Factor talking to Vincent Bugloisi after his brainwashing.
It seems like when you join FIXED News…you lose a lot of things, including your integrity and your memory. They’re all drinking the same water over there at FIXED News. The question I have is: When can we take Malkin to the internment camps?
UPDATE: Defiant Korey Rowe: "I'm Not Going Anywhere"
Loose Change producer released, heads to Fort Campbell to clear his name
Paul Joseph Watson
July 26, 2007
A defiant Korey Rowe promised his detractors "I'm not going anywhere" in a brief You Tube video last night after he was released from Fort Drum and headed to Fort Campbell to clear his name for good.
Rowe, an Iraq and Afghanistan combat veteran, is one of the producers of Loose Change, a wildly popular documentary that alleges U.S. government involvement in the 9/11 attack. He was arrested on Monday night on charges of desertion even though he had been out of the Army for two years and had made numerous public appearances since at which authorities could have apprehended him.
Rowe's case is an obvious example of political persecution, his movements over the last two years have largely been public knowledge and the arrest was obviously timed to coincide with the upcoming cinematic release of Loose Change Final Cut, and intended as a chilling effect for the rest of the 9/11 truth community.
As we highlighted yesterday, the Army court-martialed just 5% of deserters last year, with that number dropping to just 1 per cent or less for the Navy and the Marines. Rowe had satisfactorily completed his tour of duty and yet was grabbed by police and handed over to military officials on the basis of a tip-off the authorities received.
9/11 truth debunkers like Michelle "put every Muslim in a concentration camp" Malkin and Neo-Con blowhards Newsbusters applauded the arrest of American citizens for their political viewpoints yesterday, lamenting the fact that Rowe had not been kidnapped sooner as a result of his activism.
This whole episode has been a public relations disaster for the authorities and the debunkers, and it will only serve in bringing more attention to the theatre debut of the Loose Change documentary, which is tentatively scheduled to be released on the weekend preceding September 11, 2007.
And as Korey Rowe defiantly stated, no matter what the Neo-Con press whores say about us and no matter what the authorities do to try and intimidate us - the 9/11 truth movement is here to stay and we are not going anywhere.
SECOND UPDATE: 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
Paul Joseph Watson
July 26, 2007
Korey Rowe, the Afghanistan and Iraq combat veteran and producer of Loose Change, who was arrested on Monday under charges of desertion, presented his honorable discharge papers to the arresting officers and yet was grabbed after a sophisticated operation where police staked out his house from the woods and cut his phone lines.
Rowe was interviewed about the events today for a Fox News report.
Korey Rowe, 24, who served with the 101st Airborne in Afghanistan and Iraq, told FOXNews.com 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.