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Iraq: 3 soldiers charged with murder
Posted by: McQ on Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Three US soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division have been charged with murder in an incident involving 3 Iraqi detainees.
"A noncommissioned officer and two soldiers each have been charged with violating several articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice including murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, communicating a threat, and obstructing justice," an announcement said.

It added that "on the day the alleged murders occurred, the unit commander ordered an inquiry to determine the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the three detainees."

It said that a criminal investigation began May 17 and was ongoing.

"The soldiers are currently in pre-trial confinement awaiting an Article 32 hearing to determine if sufficient evidence exists for the case to be referred to court-martial," the announcement said.
Now I bring this to light for one reason and one reason only. After the feeding frenzy that is Haditha, I heard various sources wonder out loud at the military's ability to investigate itself. In fact, I heard it broadly hinted that if it weren't for the media events such as Haditha would most likely be quietly swept under the rug.

The point of this story is it was brought to military authorities by an enlisted soldier, his story was taken seriously, an investigation was initiated and subsequently, based on that investigation, charges of murder have been brought.

That points to a system with integrity which is not inclined to sweep such incidents under the rug, but which confronts them, and does the right thing. It is one of the reasons I'm content to let the military handle the Haditha incident without all the second-guessing by the media about if they should be trusted to do so.
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Trustworthy media - hmmmmm, like, um, Dan Rather and CBS?

In any event, good to highlight it, though I’m sure the usual suspects will attribute this to nothing more than PR. There’s nothing you can say, or do, to convince them that the military is made up of people who could be (and may be) their friends, neighbors and relatives. Somehow they act as if we have a special pool of people that we draw from (Jenghis Khan gene pool) for our volunteer forces.
Written By: looker
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Have they been charged??. "Once charged, defendants have the right to an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a grand jury investigation". "Once charged" makes it sound like they havn’t been charged yet.

Here is the entire article I read.
Written By: markm
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markm said:
Once charged" makes it sound like they havn’t been charged yet.
I think what they mean is it has passed from the investigation phase to the article 32 phase.
McQ: the same thought passed through my mind when I read it. Thanks for highlighting it.
Written By: tom scott
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Well it helps that the soldier who reported had the last name of MURTHA, that’s the only reason that the Army investigated...otherwise it would have taken Seymour Hersh and/or Mary Mapes to bring this to light!
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