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Haditha
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, July 11, 2007

I wonder what Jack Murtha will have to say about this:
An investigating officer has recommended dismissing murder charges against a U.S. Marine accused in the slayings of three Iraqi men in a squad action that killed 24 civilians in the town of Haditha, according to a report.

The government's theory that Lance Cpl. Justin L. Sharratt had executed the three men was "incredible" and relied on contradictory statements by Iraqis, Lt. Col. Paul Ware said in the report, released Tuesday by Sharratt's defense attorneys.

"To believe the government version of facts is to disregard clear and convincing evidence to the contrary, and sets a dangerous precedent that, in my opinion, may encourage others to bear false witness against Marines as a tactic to erode public support of the Marine Corps and mission in Iraq," Ware wrote.
This is the result of the Article 32 investigation, similiar in the civilian world to the Grand Jury process.

Seems Murtha's unseemly and prejudicial pronouncements of guilt may be completely unfounded. That, of course, comes as no particular surprise given the source. But my guess is, if he says anything, it won't be an apology. Instead I'd be more inclined to believe he'd claim "whitewash" and question the integrity of the Article 32 investigating officer.
 
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We are supposed to believe every word breathed by the Gitmo detainees defense lawyers, but somehow I doubt we will be told to believe any of this nonsense.
 
Written By: Harun
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McQ:

I don’t think that Murtha will pay attention to this at all. Your attempt is too obvious: "support of the Marine Corps and mission in Iraq" has nothing to do with the requirement to punish capital crimes committed in Iraq.

Allow me to use part of your posting: diluting judicial standards for Iraq would set a
"dangerous precedent that, in my opinion, may encourage others to"
believing that atrocities against Iraqis count as excusable collateral damage.

Michael
 
Written By: Michael Konecny
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The marines are GUILTY get over it - they murdered innocent civilians in a revenge for the IED that killed one of their own.

THEY ARE WAR CRIMINALS

So you set the TARDIS/Way-Back Machine and you and Dr Who/Your Trusty Boy Sherman videotaped the whole thing, from multiple angles? Please, the YouTube address for the film....
 
Written By: Joe
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diluting judicial standards for Iraq would set a
"dangerous precedent that, in my opinion, may encourage others to"
believing that atrocities against Iraqis count as excusable collateral damage.
The hearing officer disputes the FACTS, dude, read the article...there isn’t any forensic evidence and the witness accounts are unreliable. There is NO case...you know like the Duke Lacrosse Team. It’s not the "seriousness of the allegations" it’s the "Nature of the evidence". You seem to assume that what was CLAIMED actually happened and that this move is a move to justify the acts, when there is little evidence that what was claimed occurred!
 
Written By: Joe
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I don’t think that Murtha will pay attention to this at all. Your attempt is too obvious: "support of the Marine Corps and mission in Iraq" has nothing to do with the requirement to punish capital crimes committed in Iraq.
Well first, Michael, there has to be proof of capital crimes in Iraq, and it appears, at least based on the Article 32 officer’s statement, that proof doesn’t appear to exist.

Now, who should I believe ... an officer whose job it is to do a thorough and unbiased investigation to determine if criminal prosecution should proceed and has had the opportunity to minutely examine all the evidence and reach an informed conclusion ... or you/Jack Murtha?
 
Written By: McQ
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If you don’t think the military is capable of investigating war crimes, see the case involving the My Lai Massacre.

There, the Article 32 officer recommended courts martial for Captain Medina, Lieutenant Calley and several enlisted men.

When the facts make out the case, the military system generally works well in these matters.

At least that was my experience in 1967-1968 where I conducted 20+ Article 32 investigations throughout RVN.
 
Written By: vnjagvet
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vnjaget, I agree with you; My Lai resulted in prosecutions; because of the testimony of military personnel who were at My Lai.

It may be a surprise to many others, but the US criminal justice system (federal, state, and military) actually prosecutes its own members who violate the laws. It isn’t perfect (no system made by men to deal with men is) but it actually does prosecute its own members.
 
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