Web Editors' Choice 2012

By Bloomberg - 2012-12-24T16:25:34Z

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The Army Fails to Save a Soul

The murders of five U.S. service members at Camp Liberty, Iraq, in May 2009 were the worst case of U.S. soldier-on-soldier violence since the war there began. Elliot Blair Smith obtained thousands of pages of Army investigative records and was the first reporter to speak to the shooter, Sgt. John Russell, after he was deemed mentally competent to stand trial two years later. Through his detailed investigation of Army mental-health care, Smith brought to life the story of how the long war and multiple deployments turned some U.S. service members, such as Russell, into dangers to themselves and the public.