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Iraq / Attacks / Prisoner Abuse Scandal / England / Recruitment Investigation #788791

CBS Evening News for Monday, May 02, 2005
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(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Baghdad: Mark Strassmann) The escalating violence in Iraq aimed at undermining the credibility of the new government featured; scenes shown from the latest car bombing sites in Baghdad; video shown of Australian kidnap victim Douglas Wood††, who lives in California; details given of Sunni anger over the political rise of the Shiite majority.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.

(Ft. Hood, Texas: Bob McNamara) The guilty plea from Army Pfc. Lynndie England† in exchange for a reduced sentence for abusing prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison featured; abuse photos shown; details given about England’s relationship with Pvt. Charles Graner, who has been convicted in the scandal. [In May, 2004, ENGLAND – states she was told to pose for the photos.] [England’s attorney Rick HERNANDEZ†- comments on England’s mental disabilities.]

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The Army’s announcement that it has failed to meet recruiting goals again noted.

(Denver: Rick Sallinger) Report from CBS Denver affiliate KCNC on high school honor student/journalist David McSwane†’s investigation into extreme measures by recruiters to meet quotas presented; audiotapes played of a Golden, Colorado, recruiter telling McSwane to create a fake diploma and to purchase a drug detoxification kit, and of Sgt. Tim Pickel† assisting McSwane. [McSWANE – says he wanted to see how far the Army would go to get one more soldier; recalls telling the recruiter he had a drug problem.] [Head of Army recruiting, Colorado region Lt. Col. Jeffrey BRODEUR†- criticizes the recruiters.] The reaction from other recruiters discussed.

(Studio: Bob Schieffer) The Supreme Court’s agreement to hear arguments on whether the government may withhold federal funds from colleges that ban military recruiters noted.

Schieffer, Bob;
Strassmann, Mark;
McNamara, Bob;
Sallinger, Rick

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