On my Web site, thehansenfiles.com, we reported on the case of a U.S. soldier on his second tour in Iraq who was shot by a fellow soldier. The Army has been criticized for its handling of the case amidst accusations of an initial cover-up. You can see the video report here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/26870041#26870041 and get more details here: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26858333/. Let me know what you think of all this. I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have.
UPDATE: A number of you have mentioned the racial component to this story and have asked why this wasn't deemed to be a hate crime.
Even if it was a hate crime, and we do not know if it was, hate crimes are difficult to prove for various reasons. As far as any of you know, beyond what was mentioned in the Army's investigation report, did Sgt. Prasenski exhibit attitudes or behavior that indicated his views on race?
I'd also be interested in seeing or hearing any more solid information about what went on in the unit in Iraq between the time Sgt. Cole was shot and Capt. May took control of the case. If there was a "cover-up" - as Capt. May put it - did it go beyond the story Sgt. Prasenski and the two other soldiers in the CHU told? Did others in the unit know what really happened? Are there witnesses we should contact? Or is there information that you have that indicates that there was not a cover-up?
And one last thing. If any family or friends of Sgt. Cole want to put their thoughts about the case and Sgt. Cole on video tape, send it to us using this link: