NC Prison Releases Soldier Convicted Of Desertion

A U.S. soldier who tried to go to Canada to avoid being deployed to Iraq has been released from a military prison after serving nearly a year for desertion.

The War Resisters Support Campaign says that Cliff Cornell left a prison at Camp Lejeune on Saturday and is trying to return to Canada.

The solider from Mountain Home, Ark., went to Canada in January 2005, a month before his 3rd Infantry Division unit was scheduled to deploy to Iraq.

Cornell said he feared for his own life and couldn't stomach the thought of killing. He returned to the U.S. when Canada refused his refugee status.

Cornell worked at a grocery store on Gabriola Island in British Columbia while in Canada and hopes to return to the area.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 19, 2010 at 12:10 AM
    Don't jump to conclusions too soon, this guy might be President one day. Puts me in mind of another man that was a draft dodgeing coward.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on Jan 17, 2010 at 10:53 PM
    Speaking of cowards... Lots of Anon's slinking around and slinging mud on this one, I see. LW is well within rights to say the deserter is a creep. If he loves Canada so much, send him there - in a box if necessary. Ted, you beat me to the punch but I'll back you up on that happily. I lived in a hippie-loving, granola-sucking, military-hating county in NorCal when this whole thing started, and had to fight the temptation to run my pickup over the idiot protestors by the freeway onramp every blasted day. Those hateful losers would insult, and even sometimes assault known Veterans and try to claim they were out there for PEACE. Enjoy your freedom to express yourself, but stop ignoring why you have it just because you think you could do a better job by sticking daisies in your hair.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 at 07:59 PM
    LW, your statements are just as bad as this guy deserting. I see that you do not care the least bit about this country. Feel free to leave, I'm sure no one will miss you. Good riddance.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2010 at 10:15 AM
    LW, we will sleep safer toinite knowing this. Wrap yourself in your flag and take a valium.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on Jan 17, 2010 at 06:42 AM
    What a COWARD. My son took the oath and this creep did to. I hope he gets spit on where ever he goes. My son leaves in 3 weeks I hope this chicken liver never touches and American flag and thinks he,s proud to be a American.
  • by TarHeel Location: Ayden on Jan 17, 2010 at 05:05 AM
    Ok, let's recap. He signed then refused. What if all the law enforcement refused to make arrest and firemen decide not to fight the fires or Hospital refused care. Is this acceptable? Don't think so. Make him repay every penny he was paid while in the military and be done with his kind.
  • by Ted Location: Grimesland on Jan 16, 2010 at 08:15 PM
    Anonymous you won't have to wait for AMD to give you that "enjoying freedomes' rhetoric again, I'll do it myself. True WITN will not allow either of us to say what we really think. But I'm pretty sure that I can get by with saying that folks such as yourself are spineless and weak and could only "Tell me what you thought" while I on the other hand could show you better than I could tell you.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 at 07:19 PM
    Amd, I would love to tell you where to go, but witn.com will not allow mw to post it. Don't give me your "enjoying freedoms" rhetoric again.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 at 06:15 PM
    Nathan, your post speaks volumes. Now, try to tell that to the flag waving hypocrites who bow and genuflect to our so-called "heroes" on this page.
  • by Anonymous military dude on Jan 16, 2010 at 05:51 PM
    A hero? you have got to be kidding me, he signed the contract, he swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States both foreign and domestic. A year is not enough for turning his back on his fellow soldiers. As stated before desertion during the time of war calls for the death penalty. Anonymous on Jan 16, 2010 at 06:48 PM, you seem to be enjoying your freedoms that these "mercenaries" and "trained killers" fight for every day. If you feel that way about our military, airline tickets are pretty cheap right now, why dont you get a one way ticket and leave?
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