After receiving Ms. Delios responses to our questions, I followed up on her account of the post-publication exchange with the public affairs officer, who continues to say that the subject of urban camouflage was not discussed and who also says she has no memory of any offer of a correction or retraction being made. Here is my e-mail correspondence with Bobbie J. Galford of the US Army Corps of Engineers:
From: (CONTACT INFORMATION REMOVED)
Subject: RE: FOLLOW
UP - TECH REVIEW Date: Tue,19 Apr 2005 07:45:04 -0500
To: (CONTACT INFORMATION REMOVED) Jonathon,
Sorry for the delay in getting back with you. I’ve been out of town.
Not sure of the date that I phoned Michelle, but I did call her to tell her that Colonel Rowan and a member of my PAO staff who sat in on the interview both said that the information on urban camo, attributed to Colonel Rowan, had not been discussed in the interview and should not have been attributed to him.
As Michelle had been interviewing many people for a series of articles, I thought at the time that perhaps she had simply attributed a quote to the wrong person. Michelle indicated that she was pretty sure that it was indeed Colonel Rowan who she had interviewed on this topic. I again indicated that both the Colonel and my staff member did not remember any conversation either on or off the record regarding that topic at all, and that it would have been unusual for Colonel Rowan to speak about that urban camo as it was not a mission of the ERDC. At that point Michelle indicated she would check her notes again, but I don’t remember any conversation regarding a correction to the story or retracting the story.
From: Jonathan Richard Jones(CONTAT INFORMATION REMOVDED)
Sent: Monday, April 18, 2005 5:48 PM
To: Stroupe, Wayne A ERDC-PA-MS
Subject: Re: FOLLOW UP - TECH REVIEW
We got a response from Michelle about the story and I need Bobbie Galford to respond.
Michelle stated that on 1/18, Bobbie Galford from the Corps, who sat in on the interview called her to say that Col. Rowan wasn’t sure if they had discussed urban camo, as that is not part of the Corps mission.
Michelle says she told Bobbie that she was sure they had and then recounted that part of the conversation that led up to the brief discussion on urban camo. Can
Galford confirm that?
Michelle also stated she told Bobbie Galford that if the your department was uncomfortable with the quote she would remove it and issue a correction. Does Galford recall that?
Also, she says Bobbie Galford told her that Tech Review did not have to retract the article. Is that also true?
Also, she says that she was asked what military agency was developing that technology. I wondering what agency is responsible for developing that technology.
Feel free to forward this message on to Galford.
I can be reached at (CONTACT INFORMATION REMOVED). Thanks for your assistance.
I also followed up on an additional piece of information from Ms. Delios responses to our questions. She said she met the retired optical engineer at Andy Antipass Art Gallery in New Orleans, and suggested that the gallery owner might know where or how to locate him. She gave us an email but no phone number and said I had to put her name in the subject line. The email I sent was returned and I was told it was to an unknown address. I also searched for Andy Antipass’ Art Gallery in New Orleans and was not successful in finding an address or phone number.