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U.S. soldier seeks Canadian refugee status

Chris

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U.S. soldier seeks Canadian refugee status
Last Updated Thu, 19 Feb 2004 7:51:49
TORONTO - A U.S. soldier who is absent without leave is seeking refugee status in Canada as a conscientious objector.

Jeremy Hinzman, who faces prosecution in the U.S., left the 82nd Airborne Division in North Carolina last month and fled to Toronto with his wife and baby.

Hinzman told the Fayetteville Observer in a phone interview that he had "a romantic vision" of the army when he joined three years ago.

He said the structure of army life, complete with subsidized housing, groceries and money for education, appealed to him.

But at the start of basic training, he became disillusioned and horrified by chanting about killing during marches, shooting at targets without faces and the dehumanization of the enemy.

Hinzman applied as a conscientious objector, saying he wanted to fulfil his service obligation but not fight in combat.

His application was rejected while he was in Afghanistan.

Hinzman said he and his wife decided to flee to Toronto before he could be shipped off to Iraq.

Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board said none of the 268 American applicants for refugee status last year were accepted.

Sgt. Pam Smith, a spokesperson for the 82nd Airborne based at Fort Bragg, N.C., said Hinzman could be arrested in the U.S., and would be put on a national database.

But she said the army won't search him out.

"We don't have time to go and track down people who go [absent without leave]," she said. "We're fighting a war."



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kodos

TRIBE Member
I read the full article somewhere else and laughed my ass off. Who would have ever thought that joining the army would bring you into contact with people that are eager to kill!!!

If this guy wanted to make the rest of his life hard he did a great job.
 

AVE

TRIBE Member
haha

if you're a conscientious objector and don't want to fight, why in the fuck would you join the army?? Just for the subsidized housing?

what a tool.
 

Littlest Hobo

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by kodos
I read the full article somewhere else and laughed my ass off. Who would have ever thought that joining the army would bring you into contact with people that are eager to kill!!!

If this guy wanted to make the rest of his life hard he did a great job.
I read this article a few weeks back in the Globe. The guy’s a flake – his career aspiration is to be a bike courier.

That being said, I hope he wins fugee status. Just to piss off los americanos.
 
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docta seuss

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Littlest Hobo

I hope he wins fugee status. Just to piss off los americanos.
werd.

maybe we'll see him around the city, fulfilling his grand aspirations on his bicyclette.
 

FC St. Pauli

TRIBE Member
Originally posted by Littlest Hobo

That being said, I hope he wins fugee status. Just to piss off los americanos.
no way

we're not here to help disgruntled americanos "piss off" their country

let him sort it out in the US

ridiculous
 

Mike Richards

TRIBE Member
Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board said none of the 268 American applicants for refugee status last year were accepted

I hope not! Refugee and American do not belong in the same sentence.
 
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