Guardsman Arrested for Attempting to Aid al Qaeda
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 13, 2004 A Washington Army National Guard soldier whose unit is deploying to Iraq was arrested Feb. 12 at Fort Lewis, Wash., for attempting to pass information about military capabilities to al Qaeda operatives.
Spc. Ryan G. Anderson, a tank crew member from the 81st Armor Brigade, was taken into custody without incident by military and federal law enforcement officials, the Fort Lewis public affairs office reported.
News reports said Anderson attempted to pass information about U.S. military weaponry and vehicles and vulnerabilities to terrorists through an Internet chat room.
Fort Lewis officials said they expect to charge Anderson with aiding the enemy under Uniform Code of Military Justice Articles 80 and 104. He is being held at the Fort Lewis Regional Corrections Facility.
The arrest followed a joint investigation by the Army, the FBI and the Justice Department, Fort Lewis officials reported.
Anderson's brigade, made up of Washington, California and Minnesota National Guardsmen, was mobilized as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and is preparing to deploy to Iraq, Fort Lewis officials said.
National Guard Bureau officials said the unit is among 15 enhanced separate brigades, all of which have received more resources and a higher priority for equipping and training than typical brigades.