(Originally published in Edmonton Journal (Alberta), August 12 2006)
SEATTLE - Shortly after returning from Iraq last year, U.S. army Sgt. Ricky Clousing gathered a few belongings and sneaked out of Fort Bragg, N.C., leaving only a note quoting slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
After six months spent seeing the "daily physical, psychological and emotional harassment of civilians," the 24-year-old said he was confused and disenchanted with the U.S. role in the war.
On Friday, he said he plans to turn himself over to authorities at Fort Lewis, south of Seattle. He declined to say when.