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Local soldier convicted of trying to aid al-Qaida

Military jury finds Ryan Anderson guilty on all five counts
Anderson 1995 yearbook photo
Anderson 1995 yearbook photo
Updated: 8:39 p.m. ET Sept. 2, 2004

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - A soldier accused of trying to give al-Qaida information about U.S. troops, including methods for killing soldiers, was found guilty Thursday on all five counts of trying to help the terrorist network.

The verdict in Spc. Ryan G. Anderson's court-martial, which began Monday, was announced late Thursday afternoon.

Anderson, a tank crewman whose 81st Armor Brigade unit is now in Iraq, was accused of trying to give terrorists information about U.S. soldiers' strength and tactics. The terrorists he thought he was meeting with were actually undercover federal agents, prosecutors said.

A military spokesman has said the charges amount to attempted treason.

Conviction required agreement by two-thirds of the jury of nine commissioned officers all from Fort Lewis. The jury vote was not immediately announced.

Anderson, a 27-year-old Muslim convert, could face a maximum penalty of life in prison. The court took a brief recess after the verdict was announced, then planned to reconvene to consider his sentence.

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bummer 03.Sep.2004 11:46


ALL Americans should be doing MORE to stop this insane fucking war-economy.

he didn't punkout 04.Sep.2004 19:58

Ytzhak montfu65@hotmail.com

peace to ryan anderson ...at least the bruh didn't punk out.

"While I love my homeland, I believe the leaders have taken this horrible road. I have no belief in what the American Army has asked me to do. They have taken me from my family and sent me to die," ...But Anderson, a convert to Islam, said he would not fight overseas against "brother" Muslims. "I am very upset about that," he said. "I love my country, but I fear my government." -- ryan anderson

chock up another political prisoner.


Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson
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