September 28, 2007

Some Good News…Outrageous Murder Charges Against Army Snipers Dropped
— DrewM

That’s the scoop from BlackFive.

For the full story, see Purple Avenger's post.

The short version is two Army snipers offed a terrorist in Afghanistan and an initial investigation showed they acted within the rules of engagement. But further up the chain of command, a Marine General and a Navy Lt. Commander got an Army Sergeant, who had no independent knowledge of the case, to press murder charges against the snipers.

Now that these two brave Special Ops Soldiers have been cleared, it’s time to go after the lawyers who wanted to hang murder charges on them.

Posted by: DrewM at 03:51 PM | Comments (13)
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Go after the General first.  From what I've read, this is not the first time he has pulled something like this.

Mind numbing.

Posted by: mesablue at September 28, 2007 04:04 PM (KCOdQ)

2 Not such good news from a similar sniper story in Iraq. In that one, the US sniper is acquitted, but still admits planting a detonator cord on the Iraqi he plugged. Ugly.

Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at September 28, 2007 04:17 PM (uOvAE)

3 Outstanding.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 28, 2007 04:19 PM (iuG/e)

4 Keep reading to the bottom of the Iraq story. Anyone ever hear of the "baiting" tactic the US sniper is using as his defense?

Posted by: Cuffy Meigs at September 28, 2007 04:21 PM (uOvAE)

5 People are getting killed!  Every single U.S. soldier who has ever fired a weapon in Iraq must be arrested and put on trial.  Unless they can prove it was self-defense, they're all murderers!
 

Posted by: A Journalist Speaking Truth To Power at September 28, 2007 05:25 PM (jQlIa)

6 Anyone ever hear of the "baiting" tactic the US sniper is using as his defense?

Somewhat similar.  In Vietnam we'd occasionally salt VC ammo we found with rounds loaded with high explosive rather than gunpowder, then leave it in place.  The program was very effective against VC morale in the areas it was employed.  They'd get 3 or 4 rounds off out of a magazine, then their gun would blow up taking half their head off.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at September 28, 2007 05:34 PM (iuG/e)

7 A Marine General?  A Navy O4?
Figures.
Army personnel shouldn't have to answer to their inferiors, whatever the rank.

Posted by: Paul in Iowa at September 28, 2007 07:38 PM (tOQXA)

8 Easy Paul... It was an Army General that shitcanned the Marine SOCOM unit from Afghanistan. There are shitheads everywhere, the important thing is that they get kicked in the balls for fucking with the boys, whatever service they're in.

Posted by: Carl Hungus at September 28, 2007 08:31 PM (IK4dH)

9 This general has a great future with the Democratic Party and/or CNN...

Posted by: rHomer Simpson at September 28, 2007 08:41 PM (2o4KV)

10 it’s time to go after the lawyers who wanted to hang murder charges on them.

Should be noted that those lawyers are also soldiers. As was the commander that preferred the charges.

Something to keep in mind.

Posted by: greenonions at September 29, 2007 06:02 AM (d4X7I)

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9 This general has a great future with the Democratic Party and/or CNN...

Is there a difference between the two?

Posted by: cranky at September 29, 2007 06:03 AM (7rKVk)

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Generally speaking, to advance in rank you have to please your superiors. 

During the Clinton years, generations of officers learned that PC behavior is the way to advancement.  Most officers  played along for the sake of their careers but inevitably there would be a few true believers being advanced into positions of power. 

This outrage of a prosecution stands as one of Clinton's true legacies.

 

Posted by: canuk at September 29, 2007 08:30 AM (vPj5M)

13 Canuk - Clinton was famous for shoving his cronies into positions of power, inside or outside the Military. Well, "famous" in those communities, not like the MSM was going to cover it.

I was already hearing from MilFriends in his first term how bad it was getting. They were mostly out in his second term.

Posted by: Merovign at September 29, 2007 02:15 PM (IaYDo)

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