Army claims hate groups in uniform not as big a problem as portrayed
August 9th, 2012
11:34 PM ET

Army claims hate groups in uniform not as big a problem as portrayed

By Larry Shaughnessy

In the wake of the massacre at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, a number of reports emerged that the gunman was a former soldier who embraced the white supremacist movement during his time in the Army more than a decade ago.

Wade Michael Page served at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from 1995 until he left the Army in 1998. A criminologist who interviewed Page told CNN that's where he became a white supremacist.

"What he told me during the course of our time together was that he really started to identify with the neo-Nazism during his time in the military," Pete Simi, a Univerisity of Nebraska criminologist told CNN recently. "He (Page) really started getting into during his time in the military."

But the Army Thursday said extremism in the military is not as widespread as the Page case might seem to indicate.

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March 13th, 2012
03:57 PM ET

Investigators probing whether alcohol a factor in Afghanistan shootings

By Barbara Starr and Chris Lawrence

The military is investigating whether alcohol was a factor in the weekend shootings allegedly committed by a U.S. soldier in two villages in Afghanistan, two senior military officials told CNN Tuesday.

One of the senior military officials said alcohol was found on the base in the area where the suspect lived. It is not clear yet if the alcohol belonged to the soldier; a toxic screening was conducted but the results have not been returned, the official said. FULL POST