I commented on this idiot before.
Private Beauchamp has been exposed. Now he may be prosecuted for participating in warcrimes and sentenced to jailtime. Military bloggers investigated this story extensively by fact-checking Beauchamp and identifying his unit. If he is telling the truth, soldiers exposed him as a criminal and he will be severely punished. This will improve the integrity of the Army by removing a rotting apple.
Or Beauchamp is a complete liar. None of his stories are checking out, so the Army investigation will probably not find war crimes. In that case, he will probably be discharged for dishonorable conduct, violating OPSEC, and defaming his unit – thereby removing a rotting apple and improving the integrity of the service.
He will likely be exposed as a fabulist who has no merit as a journalist. This is a bad situation for Private Beauchamp and the New Republic. Really, pick your poison. In the most likely case, TNR has another Glass on its hands. TNR should investigate the accuracy of its stories before publishing. The fact that they are only now investigating means they are not journalists and their paper is no better than the National Enquirer.
I believe it is the duty of every soldier to prevent or uncover war crimes. Soldiers must be vigilant and hold themselves and their comrades to the highest standards of honor. Any crimes must be immediately reported to prevent rot from spreading. If there are cases of misconduct, the soldiers responsible must be isolated from the rest of their unit before the behavior becomes normalized and spreads.
Police and Military servicemen engage in a dangerous profession. They protect civilians from predation. They must never engage in predation themselves. There is a fine line when men apply violence, so discipline must be very strict. Soldiers and police officers without discipline and with the wrong attitude must be identified and removed ASAP.
This is a serious matter. Beauchamp violated laws and will be punished accordingly. There is a secondary issue about the lack of journalistic standards at the New Republic.
JD Johannes identified Private Beauchamp’s unit through the descriptions in the stories. He belongs to Alpha Company, 1-18, 1st Infantry Division. This ended the anonymous charade.
I suspected that Beauchamp’s stories might have a basis in reality, but he exaggerated them into absurd urban legends. Here’s what I said earlier this week:
You can see how urban legends can start. A Humvee hits a dog, hey, things happen. The story spreads and turns into a joke. Perhaps a Bradley did hit a dog at some point. A soldier saw some dead bodies and made some black jokes.
Greyhawk sarcastically noted that there are Bradleys in Iraq, there are dogs in Iraq, and there are assholes in the Army. This does not prove that Beauchamp’s narratives were true.
So here is how Scott Thomas takes a small fact and twists it beyond recognition. A cemetary becomes a mass grave. This is factually incorrect and is the first indication that Beauchamp is a fabulist. An Army Officer at FOB Falcon, offers his testimony about what happened. He is in Alpha 1-18 and would have been a witness to many of Beauchamp’s claims.
I am a U.S. Army officer and have been stationed at FOB Falcon, Baghdad, Iraq since October of 2006. I am currently still here. The stories that “Scott Thomas” describes are completely fictional. From some of the things he talks about I am led to believe that this individual may possibly be in my unit since we are the only ones with Bradley Fighting Vehicles and I recall the child cemetery that was uncovered in our sector while constructing a Combat Outpost.
He has never seen the burned woman in the DFAC. This would be the first crime committed by Private Beauchamp. If true, Beauchamp will be charged and punished according to the law.
First: I have never seen a woman on the FOB that was disfigured. FOB Falcon is full of combat Soldiers (men). There are very few female Soldiers on the FOB. After being here a year surrounded by men, I can tell you what every woman on this FOB looks like. IF there had been a woman with burns covering her face, and IF some undisciplined Soldier(s) had done something like described in this guys story, he would have been dealt with swiftly and harshly. The dining facility here is small and usually crowded. Any NCO or officer that had heard or seen someone committing this type behavior would have immediately approached that group and reacted to that situation. Those Soldiers would have had UCMJ actions taken against them. No one I know, NCO, officer, or even lower enlisted, would have tolerated this.
There was no mass grave. There was, however, a cemetery. It was nothing like Beauchamp described. And of course, Beauchamp would also be guilty of crimes if this did occur.
Second: There was a children’s cemetery unearthed while constructing a Combat Outpost (COP) in the farm land south of Baghdad International Airport. It was not a mass grave. It was not the result of some inhumane genocide. It was an unmarked commentary where the locals had buried children some years back. There are many such unmarked cemeteries in and around Baghdad. The remains unearthed that day were transported to another location and reburied. While I was not there personally, and can not confirm or deny and actions taken by Soldiers that day, I can tell you that no Soldier put a human skull under his helmet and wore it around.The Army Combat Helmet (ACH) is form fitted to the head. Unlike the old Kevlar helmets, the ACH does not have a gap between the helmet and the liner, only pads. It would have been impossible for him to have placed and human skull, of any size, between his helmet and his head. Further more, no leader would have tolerated this type of behavior. This type of behavior is strictly forbidden in the U.S. Army and would have made the individual involved subject to UCMJ actions.
It takes quite a lot of literary flair to turn a cemetery into a mass grave. It takes even more flair to describe desecration of bodies. And it takes an awful lot of flair to describe the absurd way the corpses were desecrated.
No soldier wears a children’s skull on their head under a helmet for 24 hours. It is physically impossible.
Beauchamp’s “reporting” leaves out crucial details that can confirm the accuracy of his story. He provides no timeframe for these events – something that is covered in Journalism 101. For instance, he should report the exact date that the woman was insulted in the DFAC. He refuses to do something so simple and necessary for accurate reporting. No one else has confirmed that the woman in question even exists, and, despite hundreds of possible witnesses in a crowded DFAC, no one else knows of the incident.
The Bradley and dog story remains the most probable – but not as Beauchamp described it.
Major Ludeke at FOB Falcon responds:
If the story *is* true, then “Scott” and whomever else is purporting to back up his assertions should come forward, identify themselves and submit their report through official channels. We are not in the business of suppressing his right to free speech…on the contrary- he’s free to submit whatever he wants, so long as it doesn’t put others at risk for operational security (OPSEC). Of course- by putting his name on such outlandish claims, he then has to account for what is clearly a series of false statements. So- obviously- it is left to reasonable people to decide who is telling the truth here.
Private Beauchamp will be prosecuted. The Army is now conducting an investigation. I believe he will be dishonorably discharged in the near-future, if not imprisoned.
His list of possible crimes and misconduct include abusing civilian women, desecrating corpses, violations of all sorts of regulations, failure to report misconduct, and so on. Unless he lied and these events never occured. Let’s hope so for his sake.
He is also guilty of OPSEC violations. On his personal blog, he published his unit name and its deployment schedules amongst many other violations. This is a major no-no. That information remains classified to keep his unit safe.
Private Beauchamp is an extremely immature man who lacks the intelligence and responsibilty for this line of work. Unfortunately, due to immature men like him, military blogging will be looked upon with suspicion by senior officers. There has been a long-running conflict between blogging and OPSEC. This affair does not help honest milbloggers.
Private Beauchamp is married to a TNR writer – Elspeth Reeve. This is an obvious conflict of interest. TNR took him as credible solely due to his relationship with a staffer. TNR immediately fired the employee who blew the whistle.
Yes, Firing the Whistleblowers. TNR is trying to coverup their mistakes.
So who is Private Beauchamp?
BlackFive had the best theories on who Scott Thomas was. He was either a soldier who pulled a prank on the TNR. Or he was a pissant:
Scott Thomas is a lying sack of shit. Every unit has a Scott Thomas, the whiny pissant whose brilliance is never recognized and who is always being abused by the chain of command for stuff that’s not his fault. It would be normal to hear folks telling him to STFU and do his damn job.
It turns out, Beauchamp is a lazy pissant who is full of himself.
My Day off is just that
Americans dont like smart people…at least people who are intelligent just to expand human knowledge. If youre smart, it better lead to riches. And as for the all american heroes, they’re not more intlligent than you…just sexier or faster or in a gang, or, like, really really really good at football. It leaves no hope for those who are pretty useless save their intellect. Sorry AJ. You’ll always be MY hero.
Today: went to the library, checked out some new movies, was on the internet FAR too long….listened to Wilco and The Smiths….have to work 24 hr CQ tomorrow night. Damn.
Not much else to say really. Vicar in a TuTu.
He seems emotionally immature and has a juvenile persecution complex, as Ace says. The man cannot spell “intelligent” or use 2nd grade grammar.
It gets better:
bavarian stories in some sort of rounded metaphysical order…personality death stories intersecting with poesy home memory reflections. You begin with a place and an action and let it carry in every direction till the words are vibrating on the page, dripping in thick robust delapidated barnhouses of adjectives and pronouns…no time for the subtle gray faced calculations of a PERFORMED intimacy…go…but remember what Kerouac forgot: revision is spontaneous also. a brief coming back to america introduction, stories about soldiers, prositutes, innocent students rendered featherless by dark rivets of experience and the decadence of human pursuits in every vein…and then there’s the veins…follow ’em. Cut your wrist let it bleed onto the paper in unique soulpatterns of mindthoughts.
Soulpatterns of mindthoughts? Is he kidding me? prositutes? delapidated? rendered featherless? Is he really this retarded?
He has a history of simply making up stories on his blog. He was writing fiction about Iraq long before being deployed.
On his blog:
“Shit, I don’t know…put a 556 in his head”
On the street below the mans brown face dissolves into a thick red mist. The lights in the cities houses shut off in unison. Elecricity rationing. Water rationing too. You ever tried to survive for more than a few hours in hundred and twenty degree weather without water? In the streets the kids bodies start convulsing in semi-orgasmic rhythms. Their pants fill up with shit and piss and the smart ones sneak out to the fields to hidden caches of water jugs and trinkets of candy from the american soldiers.
“See that sarge, kids digging or something?”
“Well, better safe then sorry. Cap his ass Leclaire.”
“You sure sarge?”
“Well, im either right or wrong. And if I’m wrong im still right because i could have been right even though i was wrong.”
They watch the sliver of red sun fall slower and slower, silhouetting the little barbarians falling bodies. The Chaplain turns and walks back towards the FOB in contemplation. Gotta rack out early tonight. Handing out bibles in the marketplace tomorrow, early. Unintelligible rap blares out of the open doors of the HUMVEE.
So did Private Beauchamp participate in a war crime? Did he report this incident to his commanding officers? It seems absurd, but if it did happen, this would be an egregious war crime.
No. Because it never happened. He was not even deployed to Iraq yet when he wrote this story. The painfully stupid dialogue is a giveaway. I don’t know any human beings who speak like that. This tells us Private Beauchamp had an artistic narrative about Iraq before having any experiences there.
It gets worse and worse.
Every morning I get up and say I’m Scott Beauchamp, in the army, living in Germany, and this is my life, and I’m going to be treated like shit today and do landscaping and janitorial work and practice killing people and there could be no other way to appreciate what I had or what I’m going to have once I get out other than enduring this now when all I really want to do is teach history and lay around and read and hustle around and repair the world (tikkun olam) and sift through knowledge and improve culture and learn how to sail and work in soup kitchens and start a family and really, I mean REALLY study the best the western civilization has to offer and facilitiate the mystery and power through everything I do, but I cant do it without getting through this army experience first, which will add a legitimacy to EVERYTHING i do afterwards, and totally bolster my opinions on defense, etc, and of course its making me a lot less lazy, just because im not use to being lazy any more, etc.
At least he admits he is lazy and probably incompetent.
Amazing. He joined the Army to gain “credibility” for anti-war positions. I don’t understand his logic. He also has an idealistic ideology to believe in. He clarifies in other posts that he believes this “credibility” help him sell books. Not with that crappy juvenile writing. It’s like reading teenage goth poetry. You know, slashing your wrists to display your soulpatterns of mindthoughts and shit.
Private Beauchamp is a self-declared “Artist”. He’s not a real soldier or a journalist.
I discussed his attitude in Art Theory and Reasoning. Beauchamp believes the entire world is a narrative that he can shape. He creates fictional art, not real reporting. What we have here is a bad artist who lacked the intelligence to get into real professions.
Bottom Line: TNR now has three fabulists: Shallit, Glass, and Beauchamp.
The Army purged itself of an immature and incapable man who was harming the mission. Either Beauchamp is a war criminal or he spreads disinformation and violates OPSEC.
Thank you for exposing him, TNR. It’s a win-win for us.