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Army Special Forces major charged with cyberstalking ex-wife in revenge porn case
A man accused in a revenge porn lawsuit in Fayetteville of spreading nude photos of his ex-wife online has been charged criminally in connection with the case, the ex-wife's lawyer said on Friday.
Court records say 42-year-old Adam Matthew Clark of Moore County was arrested by the Fayetteville Police Department on April 5 on charges that he stalked and cyberstalked his ex-wife, Elizabeth Ann Clark of Fayetteville. The charges are misdemeanors.
In August, Elizabeth Clark sued Adam Clark and Kimberly Rae Barrett, his new significant other. She alleges they have harassed her, spread nude photos of her online and published libelous comments about her. Elizabeth Clark's suit also accuses Kimberly Barrett of alienation-of-affection — of breaking up her marriage with Adam Clark.
The lawsuit alleges the harassment stems from a dispute over how much child support that Adam Clark should pay to Elizabeth Clark for the care of their two children.
Neither Adam Clark's lawyer nor Kimberly Barrett's lawyer responded to requests for comment for this story. In court papers, they deny the allegations in the lawsuit.
Elizabeth Clark's lawyer Michael Porter on Friday showed The Fayetteville Observer examples of the activity he alleges was committed against Elizabeth Clark. He has a copy of a personal ad that was posted in the "Missed Connections" section of the Craigslist classified advertising website. The ad says she can't take care of her children and that she has herpes.
Porter contends the ad was posted by Adam Clark.
Porter has another ad, this one published on Facebook, that uses a partly nude photo of Elizabeth Clark and another photo of her in her underwear. The ad is a parody of a weight-loss ad and its text mocks her.
The nude photo in the Facebook ad came from a text message Elizabeth Clark sent to Adam Clark to flirt with him when they were still married, Porter said.
The nude photo was also in the possession someone on the Kik online messaging service, Porter said.
The criminal stalking charges against Adam Clark stem not from the Craigslist ad or the Facebook ad, but from an account created on Kik, Porter said.
Kik is a smartphone app used for text messaging with individuals and text chatting with groups of people. Media accounts say Kik offers a level of anonymity that makes it popular with people who want to to engage in sexually explicit conversations with strangers and share sexually explicit photos with each other.
"Clark has been posing as his ex-wife, Elizabeth Clark, in private Kik 'chat groups' utilizing Ms. Clark's name and images to interact with men in an effort to humiliate her and cause emotional harm," Porter said. "Many people refer to this practice as 'catfishing.' The aforementioned Kik 'chat groups' appear to be dedicated to men and women within or associated with the military seeking to arrange illicit sexual encounters."
Porter said he believes the activity on Kik led to strange men showing up at Elizabeth Clark's home and that she was recognized in public by men who believed that they had been interacting with her on Kik.
"To our knowledge, the fake profiles of Ms. Clark remain active on Kik. This misconduct has caused severe emotional distress and embarrassment to Ms. Clark," Porter said.
The criminal charges from the Fayetteville Police Department accuse Adam Clark of impersonating Elizabeth Clark in an electronic communication to other people in order to harass her. They warrant says he made "a false statement about indecent conduct" regarding her. The warrant does not specifically mention Kik as the means by which the electronic communication took place.
When the lawsuit was filed last summer, Adam Clark was a Special Forces major at Fort Bragg. The 1st Special Forces Command said at the time that it was investigating the allegations against him.
It's not clear whether Adam Clark is still in the Army — the "employment" field of his arrest warrant is blank and he has facial hair in his arrest photo, suggesting a separation from the service. A spokesperson for 1st Special Forces Command received a query about his status from The Fayetteville Observer on Friday.
Kimberly Barrett is a physician and an Army lieutenant colonel.
Staff writer Paul Woolverton can be reached at email@example.com or 910-486-3512.
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She's photographed every major war of the last 20 years. Marine Corps boot camp was something else entirely
Conflict photographer Lynsey Addario has seen a hell of a lot of combat over the past twenty years. She patrolled Afghanistan's Helmand Province with the Marines, accompanied the Army on night raids in Baghdad, took artillery fire with rebel fighters in Libya, and has taken photos in countless other wars and humanitarian disasters around the world.
Along the way, Addario captured images of plenty of women serving with pride in uniform, not only in the U.S. armed forces, but also on the battlefields of Syria, Colombia, South Sudan and Israel. Her photographs are the subject of a new article in the November 2019 special issue of National Geographic, "Women: A Century of Change," the magazine's first-ever edition written and photographed exclusively by women.
The photos showcase the wide range of goals and ideals for which these women took up arms. Addario's work includes captivating vignettes of a seasoned guerrilla fighter in the jungles of Colombia; a team of Israeli military police patrolling the streets of Jerusalem; and a unit of Kurdish women guarding ISIS refugees in Syria. Some fight to prove themselves, others seek to ignite social change in their home country, and others do it to liberate other women from the grip of ISIS.
Addario visited several active war zones for the piece, but she found herself shaken by something much closer to home: the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina.
Addario discussed her visit to boot camp and her other travels in an interview with Task & Purpose, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead
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Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.
They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.
As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.
But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.
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The ruling means the government does not recognize her a citizen of the United States, even though she was born in the U.S.
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"Get over it," Maj. Gen. William Mullen, the head of Training and Education Command told Military.com on Thursday. "We're still making Marines like we used to. That has not changed."
Mullen, a career infantry officer who has led troops in combat — including in Fallujah, Iraq — said Marines have likely been complaining about falling standards since 1775.
"I'm assuming that the second Marine walking into Tun Tavern was like 'You know ... our standards have gone down. They're just not the same as it they used to be,'" Mullen said, referring to the service's famous birthplace. "That has always been going on in the history of the Marine Corps."