Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Conscientious Objector facing Charges of Child Porn Possession

The Associated Press reports that an Article 32 is taking place today at Fort Campbell. Pfc. Naser Abdo, a 21-year-old infantry soldier, applied for conscientious objector status last year after he decided Islamic standards would prohibit his service in the U.S. Army in any war. The Deputy Assistant Secretary, Army Review Boards Agency, recommended he be separated from the Army as a conscientious objector. But the discharge is delayed until the criminal charge is resolved. When he joined the Army in 2009, Abdo said he initially felt he could be a soldier and a Muslim at the same time. But he said his understanding of Islam changed as he went through training ahead of a planned deployment to Afghanistan and he worried whether going to war was the right thing to do. The military charge says 34 images of child pornography were found on his computer.  Abdo denies the charge.  "It is because I am a conscientious objector and am fighting against going to Afghanistan that I have been charged with this crime," he said.