I had hoped his conviction of dereliction of duty would have ended this saga and allowed the families some closure. I don't understand why he feels the need to sue the airforce. To me, it seems like a document released to the public isn't that big of a deal considering the gravity of the incident....
U.S. 'friendly fire' pilot suing air force
Last Updated Thu, 08 Jul 2004 15:10:54
NEW ORLEANS - A U.S. fighter pilot appealing a dereliction of duty verdict in an accidental bombing that killed four Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan is also suing the Air Force.
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Harry Schmidt (AP file photo)
The lawyer for Maj. Harry Schmidt said the lawsuit will seek damages because the air force released documents to the public about the case.
Charles Gittins said the unprecedented release of the documents was a violation of Schmidt's privacy.
The lawyer's comments come a day after he said his client plans to appeal the dereliction of duty conviction. On Tuesday, Schmidt was given a letter of reprimand and ordered to forfeit $5,600 US in pay.
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In the reprimand, Lt.-Gen. Bruce Carlson slammed Schmidt's conduct, saying he "acted shamefully … exhibiting arrogance and a lack of flight discipline."
"The victims of your callous misbehaviour were from one of our staunch allies in Operation Enduring Freedom and were your comrades-in-arms," he wrote.
Schmidt was one of two National Guard pilots who dropped bombs during a nighttime, live-fire military exercise near Kandahar on an April 2002 mission.
The four soldiers were the first Canadians killed in combat since the Korean War. Eight others were wounded.
Schmidt maintains he was not briefed on the Canadian exercise before the flight. He says he was told in the briefing that Taliban fighters were active in the area