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Marine Gets Three Months in Jail for Massacring Two Dozen Civilians

This man is responsible for a war crime, and it is totally sick that he is getting away with massacring innocent civilians:

Marine gets three months in jail for massacring two dozen civilians

(RT)

More than six years after Staff Sergeant Frank Wuterich led a squad of Marines into two Haditha, Iraq homes and massacred two dozen civilians, the American serviceman in charge has reached a plea deal.

For nine counts of manslaughter, Wuterich will get three months of confinement.

Wuterich is the last of eight men tied to the November 2005 killing that left 24 Iraqis dead, including women, children and the elderly. It was announced on Monday this week that he had reached a plea with prosecutors during his military tribunal and is now expected to be sentenced as early as Tuesday. According to the Associated Press, Wuterich will face a maximum of three months of confinement, the forfeiture of two-thirds of his pay and a rank demotion.

Of the other seven Marines charged with the now-notorious massacre, one was acquitted and six had their charges dismissed. Wuterich’s attorneys have been confident throughout the ordeal that he would see a similar outcome. “He’s going to be glad to have it over because he knows that he’ll be exonerated,” lawyer Neal Puckett told National Public Radio earlier this month.

On November 19, 2005, Wuterich led a squad of men into two separate homes in the town of Haditha and opened fire on everyone in sight. Prosecutors say that a roadside bomb exploded moments before the Marines stormed the home, and were brought into hysterics by seeing a fellow soldier die in the attack. In response, they went on a rampage and for 45 minutes raided the two homes and were never faced with gunfire. Wuterich later said he instructed his team to “shoot first and ask questions later.”

“My Marines responded to the threats they faced in the manner that we all had been trained,” he explained to CBS’ 60 Minutes in 2007. After the roadside bomb was detonated, Wuterich said that, “My responsibility as a squad leader is to make sure that none of the rest of my guys died. And at that point, we were still on the assault.”

Lt. Col. Joseph Kloppel, spokesman of the Camp Pendleton marine Corps base near San Diego, California, told the media on Monday that “By pleading guilty to this charge, Staff Sergeant Wuterich has accepted responsibility for his actions.”

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  • JD

    The whole War is hell excuse and yes it’s a excuse to justify wrong behavior is getting old. It has become a justifiably acceptable excuse by ” The Club” nations to do what in a war zone while we hold others around the world Sadaam Gadafi Assad Prince_____ from Saudi Arabia with a different standard. We are leaving the door open for dictators war lords and and others to make the same claim after they wipe out a whole village. Also It really does not make us look good around the world us being the blah blah of democracy and freedom and human rights and all of that

  • When this news initially broke, I was too upset to say or think anything. Men broke into houses of women and children and killed them all. But that is the “fog of war” we’re told usually results and which we give too much credit to and so these defendants are not responsible for their crime. Who is?

    Inevitably, we are…those of us who believed the rhetoric, elected the officials who spouted the rhetoric and those who pardoned the people who formulated the rhetoric. There is an entire group of murderers, not just those boots on the ground, who are responsible for the atrocity at Haditha and many other places in Iraq and we have forgotten about them. Laws that we wrote or had a part in writing internationally and which we’ve imposed on other countries have been forgotten or swept under the rug as we condoned the full scale invasion and widespread murder of Iraqi people we said we were there to protect. Those of us who remain(ed) silent are the guilty party for this and all the other atrocities of Iraq and it is we who will pay.

  • Mrislamanswersback

    @ twiceasnice again innocent people are supposed to get killed BY MISTAKE in war NOT ON PURPOSE. These marines killed on PURPOSE, get it!? So they have no excuse. THEY KILLED ON PURPOSE!!!!!! That’s not part of war. And what does my military service have to do with the issue at hand? Your are clearly shrugging this war crime as no big deal because according to you, “that’s war”.

    And MEMRI has been exposed many times for its mis-translations and doctoring of clips http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/may/15/arabicunderfire

    And I have no chip on my shoulder( Typical charge made by White bigots when a man of color rightfully speaks out against injustice).

    And what facts have you presented? Again anti muslim, anti arab websites and blogs are not reliable when it comes to “facts” Something loonwatch has exposed over and over again.

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