Is this true? If it is, why wasn't Corey told? Seems to me that the timing of this announcement - just as supporters of peace all over Canada and the US are taking action to prevent Corey's deportation - is just a tad suspicious.
Why should we believe anything the US Army says? They lie to the young people they recruit, they lie to the public about what's happening in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the invasion and occupation they are waging is based on nothing but lies. If this is true, we obviously need proof.
From the Globe and Mail:
Lee Zaslofsky, a representative of the War Resisters Support Campaign, which has championed the ostensible causes of Mr. Glass and other American deserters in Canada, said that Mr. Glass's discharge was essentially an administrative fiction, by which the army "rather than [listing] people as AWOL [switches] them to individual ready reserve, so it doesn't look as bad when they don't show up."
He maintained that Mr. Glass could still be criminally punished in the United States, and called a statement to the contrary "spin."
Even if he is not subject to criminal penalty, Mr. Glass will remain liable for service in Iraq or elsewhere under the ready reserve program until 2010.
Even if the US Army has given Corey an other-than-honourable discharge, which is the best most resisters can hope for, will they be doing the same for the 200-plus war resisters in Canada, and the tens of thousands more living underground in the United States?
As much as we fervently want Corey Glass to remain safely and legally in Canada, this issue is not only about Corey. Every former soldier who has said no to the illegal, immoral and inhumane US occupation of Iraq should be offered safe haven in Canada.