National Guardsman: Life in Prison for Trying to Help al Qaeda

Specialist Ryan G. Anderson was sentenced yesterday to life in prison for trying to make a deal to pass military secrets to agents posing as al Qaeda.

Lawyers for Specialist Anderson argued that he suffered from mental disorders, including bipolar disorder and Asperger's syndrome, a form of autism marked by eccentric behavior, as well as from a tendency to create alternate personas in order to make himself feel important, said Jeff Young, spokesman for the Fort Lewis Army base south of here.

How did he get into the National Guard in the first place? Is there no screening process?

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