Daily Report: Sanity Board for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, Psychotropic Drugs and the Military, US Military to Help Pakistan Avalanche Victims

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Staff Sgt. Robert Bales

Soldier accused of murdering 17 Afghan villagers will face 'sanity board' - The Seattle Times "Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be examined in spring by an Army panel of doctors to determine whether he is mentally fit to stand trial on charges of murdering 17 Afghan villagers, according to an Army official briefed on the case."

Soldiers at war in fog of psychotropic drugs - Los Angeles Times "In a small but growing number of cases across the nation, lawyers are blaming the U.S. military's heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their clients' aberrant behavior and related health problems."

US military experts to assist Pakistan avalanche rescue efforts - Associated Press "An avalanche that buried more than 120 soldiers in a Himalayan region close to India has put a spotlight on what critics say is one of world's most pointless military deployments: two poverty-wracked nations engaged in a costly standoff over an uninhabitable patch of mountain and ice."

Memo Acknowledges Afghan Paradigm Shift, Spokesman Says - American Forces Press Service "A memorandum of understanding between the United States and Afghanistan on special operations acknowledges the paradigm shift occurring in the country, a senior Pentagon spokesman said today."

Marines Seek DOD Guidance on Social Media Use - Associated Press "Marine Corps officials are seeking additional guidance from the Pentagon regarding service members’ use of social media amid discharge proceedings against a Camp Pendleton sergeant who criticized President Barack Obama on Facebook."