Fort Irwin – CID recently wrapped up an investigation at Fort Irwin, CA, the home of the National Training Center (NTC). Reports of heavy handed leadership and civil rights abuses were filed with CID when a group of
soldiers overheard a platoon screaming “I can’t breathe” over and over. With the recent events in national news, and the bad publicity the Army has received recently involving the perception of not investigating incidents quickly enough, CID launched a full investigation involving fifteen agents who were all sent to the training base. The agents quickly determined this was a huge mix-up involving soldiers conducting “chemical attack response” training. One agent we interviewed, who asked to remain anonymous to speak openly, stated, “I can’t
believe how much fraud, waste and abuse we perpetrate on a daily basis with the amount of taxpayer dollars we waste. We’re federal agents for crying out loud.” One of the soldiers from the alleged platoon involved in the training claimed, “it pretty much is a civil rights violation. Have you seen what they make us wear? This has to be a violation of some kind of constitutional amendment. We really can’t breathe in this crap.” TERMINALCWO was informed that Fort Irwin is writing a new Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which will prevent these kind of misunderstandings in the future.