New York Times Plays the PTSD Fool for Iraq War Fraudster
Amorita Randall lives across the state from Christensen, in a small town outside of Grand Junction. She is 27, a former naval construction worker who served in Iraq in 2004. Over the course of several phone conversations before visiting her in January, I grew accustomed to the way Randall coexisted with her memories. Mostly she inched up to them.
On days she was feeling stable, she would want to talk, calling me up and abruptly jumping into stories about her six years in the Navy, describing how she was raped twice – the second rape supposedly taking place just a matter of weeks before she arrived in Iraq. Her experience in Iraq, she said, included one notable combat incident, in which her Humvee was hit by an I.E.D., killing the soldier who was driving and leaving her with a brain injury. “I don’t remember all of it,” she told me when I met her in the sparsely furnished apartment she shares with her fiance?. “I don’t know if I passed out or what, but it was pretty gruesome.”
Here is the crazy correction:
CORRECTION: On March 12, three days after the article had gone to press, the Navy called The Times to say that it had found that Ms. Randall had never received imminent-danger pay or a combat-zone tax exemption, indicating that she was never in Iraq. Only part of her unit was sent there; Ms. Randall served with another part of it in Guam. The Navy also said that Ms. Randall was given the medal with the insignia because of a clerical error.
Based on the information that came to light after the article was printed, it is now clear that Ms. Randall did not serve in Iraq, but may have become convinced she did. Since the article appeared, Ms. Randall herself has questioned another member of her unit, who told Ms. Randall that she was not deployed to Iraq. If The Times had learned these facts before publication, it would not have included Ms. Randall in the article.
Miss Randall “may have become convinced” that she served in Iraq?
And I’m convinced I played for the Houston Rockets!
Where’s my cash, jack?
To clarify… I certainly have sympathy and great respect for the men and women who suffer because of their service for our country. However, I have no sympathy for the NYT for publishing bogus accusations against the military!
Dan Riehl has more on Miss Amorita