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One Haditha Hero Cleared
American Thinker ^ | July 11, 2007 | David Allender

Posted on 07/11/2007 12:44:18 PM PDT by smoothsailing

July 11, 2007

One Haditha hero cleared

David Allender

The Investigative Officer in in the LCpl. Sharratt Article 32 hearing has recommended that murder charges be dropped. This clears one of the defendants in the so-called "Haditha massacre." One innocent man and brave soldier has been spared further agony in this disgraceful prosecution.

I posted a copy of the IO's report here.

LCpl. Sharratt was charged with three murders in house number four (Sgt. Wuterich was charged with a fourth murder in that house).

The four dead Iraqis, the Ayed brothers, were described by Iraqi "witnesses" as having been herded into a closet and executed.

Here is how the Iraqi "witnesses" (enabled by the MSM) told the story of what happened in house number four. Their version is what prosecutors failed to prove:

Tim McGirk in Time (March 19, 2006):

The Marines raided a third house [later known as house number four], which belongs to a man named Ahmed Ayed. One of Ahmed's five sons, Yousif, who lived in a house next door, told Time that after hearing a prolonged burst of gunfire from his father's house, he rushed over. Iraqi soldiers keeping watch in the garden prevented him from going in. "They told me, 'There's nothing you can do. Don't come closer, or the Americans will kill you too.' The Americans didn't let anybody into the house until 6:30 the next morning." Ayed says that by then the bodies were gone; all the dead had been zipped into U.S. body bags and taken by Marines to a local hospital morgue. "But we could tell from the blood tracks across the floor what happened," Ayed claims.

"The Americans gathered my four brothers and took them inside my father's bedroom, to a closet. They killed them inside the closet."

The military has a different account of what transpired. According to officials familiar with the investigation, the Marines broke into the third house and found a group of 10 to 15 women and children. The troops say they left one Marine to guard that house and pushed on to the house next door, where they found four men, one of whom was wielding an AK-47. A second seemed to be reaching into a wardrobe for another weapon, the officials say. The Marines shot both men dead; the military's initial report does not specify how the other two men died. The Marines deny that any of the men were killed in the closet, which they say is too small to fit one adult male, much less four....In all, two AK-47s were discovered.

William Langewiesche in Vanity Fair (November 2006):

Wuterich's men pursued the search to the north side of Route Chestnut, where they put the women and children under guard and killed four men of another family. There on the north side they found the only AK-47 that was discovered that day -- apparently a household defensive weapon, of the type that is legal and common in Iraq. No one has claimed that the rifle had been fired....

A man cries, "This is an act denied by God. What did he do? To be executed in the closet? Those bastards!...." Josh White in the Washington Post (January 6, 2007):

A few hours later [after the first houses were cleared], Sharratt, Wuterich and Salinas approached a third and fourth house after noticing men they said were peering at them suspiciously. The investigative reports show that what happened there is unclear. Iraqi witnesses said the Marines angrily separated men and women into two lines before marching the men into the fourth house and shooting them. The three Marines told investigators they were searching for the men they had seen and separated the women into a safe area before Wuterich and Sharratt entered the house.

Sharratt told investigators that he saw a man raise an AK-47 rifle as if to shoot him. Sharratt said his gun jammed, but he grabbed his 9mm handgun and shot the attacker. He told investigators he saw another man with a rifle and shot him and two others because he "felt threatened." Wuterich also shot at the men, he said. It's a good day so far! But there are more men suffering for defending our nation with their lives.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: aidandcomfort; defendourmarines; haditha; iraq; nifongism; partisanwitchhunt; propaganda; thecrucible; timemagazine; treason; waronerror; wot
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1 posted on 07/11/2007 12:44:20 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing
best news I've seen all day....
Thank You, for posting this.
2 posted on 07/11/2007 12:45:35 PM PDT by From One - Many (Trust the Old Media At Your Own Risk)
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To: jazusamo; freema; GitmoSailor; Girlene; 4woodenboats

Haditha Ping!


3 posted on 07/11/2007 12:46:41 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: smoothsailing

watch MSM drop this one like in a speedy manner.


4 posted on 07/11/2007 12:47:15 PM PDT by Ancient Drive
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To: RedRover

Ping


5 posted on 07/11/2007 12:47:58 PM PDT by jude24 (Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?)
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To: smoothsailing

I wonder if anyone has though that MAYBE the insurgents hiding in the house had killed the people....not a far fetch.


6 posted on 07/11/2007 12:49:01 PM PDT by TheShadows (GOP & RNC NOT A DIME NOT A VOTE! (illegal lovers!)
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To: smoothsailing

I wonder if anyone has though that MAYBE the insurgents hiding in the house had killed the people....not a far fetch.


7 posted on 07/11/2007 12:49:02 PM PDT by TheShadows (GOP & RNC NOT A DIME NOT A VOTE! (illegal lovers!)
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To: From One - Many
My humble pleasure, FO-M!

I thank you.Please share this with all you know.

8 posted on 07/11/2007 12:51:33 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: smoothsailing

A breath of reason.


9 posted on 07/11/2007 12:51:45 PM PDT by trimom
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To: smoothsailing; RedRover; 4woodenboats; aculeus; American Cabalist; AmericanYankee; AndrewWalden; ...
Pinging the list for RedRover.

HADITHA MARINES PING!

10 posted on 07/11/2007 12:54:42 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: trimom

It’s about time.


11 posted on 07/11/2007 12:56:31 PM PDT by Sunshine Sister
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To: All
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Defend Our Marines

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SSgt. Frank Wuterich

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12 posted on 07/11/2007 12:56:36 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: jazusamo

Amen to great news.


13 posted on 07/11/2007 12:57:10 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops and President Bush.)
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To: TheShadows

But the Time magazine reporter has the testimony of one known insurgent.


14 posted on 07/11/2007 12:58:17 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: jazusamo

Thanks for the ping!


15 posted on 07/11/2007 12:59:47 PM PDT by expatguy (Support - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: smoothsailing

Thank God.


16 posted on 07/11/2007 1:00:51 PM PDT by Bahbah
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To: massgopguy

Time-Li e-Warner...


17 posted on 07/11/2007 1:01:26 PM PDT by weegee (If the Fairness Doctrine is imposed on USA who will CNN news get to read the conservative rebuttal)
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To: massgopguy

I wonder when we can expect Murtha’s Apology?


18 posted on 07/11/2007 1:05:41 PM PDT by tcrlaf (VOTE Democrat! You don't those stinkin' Freedoms anyway!)
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To: Bahbah
Spread the word, Bahbah!
19 posted on 07/11/2007 1:07:01 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: smoothsailing; jazusamo

Keep the prayers rolling here fellers!! Great news.


20 posted on 07/11/2007 1:10:19 PM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: smoothsailing

It’s a good day for everyone but the POS murtha and the enemedia, Smooth!


21 posted on 07/11/2007 1:11:31 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: smoothsailing

Excellent news! Praise God!

Thank you for posting!


22 posted on 07/11/2007 1:12:15 PM PDT by Shelayne (I will continue to pray for President Bush and my country, as I am commanded to do by my Lord.)
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks for this great news....~P~


23 posted on 07/11/2007 1:17:12 PM PDT by pandoraou812 ( zero tolerance to the will of Allah ...... dilligaf? with an efg.....)
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To: jazusamo; RedRover
You betcha!

This guy Allender at the American Thinker wrote a good article! :-)

24 posted on 07/11/2007 1:18:17 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: pandoraou812; Shelayne
My humble pleasure, y'all.

Please spread the news to all you know. We've still got more work to on behalf of these Marines who give so much to us.

25 posted on 07/11/2007 1:20:55 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: smoothsailing; RedRover

I’ll second that, a very good article. :-)


26 posted on 07/11/2007 1:21:12 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: jazusamo

Actually that’s two, as de la Cruz was already given immunity in response for his “testimony,” which, as it turns out, must not have been too damning.


27 posted on 07/11/2007 1:27:57 PM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: LS

Correct...When the charges were dropped against Dela Cruz and he was ordered to testify there were many that said he flipped and was going to incriminate the rest of them, they were wrong. It looks like the charges against him were just weak charges.


28 posted on 07/11/2007 1:35:23 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: smoothsailing

This guy, Allender, is everywhere! Good article on American Thinker, and thanks for posting this, smooth. It’s great to see this news making the rounds.


29 posted on 07/11/2007 2:26:58 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Girlene
LOL! He must be reading Free Republic! :-)
30 posted on 07/11/2007 2:28:58 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: smoothsailing

Great news! Thanks for posting this.


31 posted on 07/11/2007 2:44:11 PM PDT by andyandval
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To: jazusamo; Girlene; RedRover; 4woodenboats; GitmoSailor
The Let Freedom Ring blog has an excellent summation of todays events and some pointed questions for Murtha and suggestions on how to proceed..

Washington Post weighs in on Murtha Scandal

32 posted on 07/11/2007 2:46:08 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: andyandval
Please spread the word!
33 posted on 07/11/2007 2:46:49 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: smoothsailing

BUMP


34 posted on 07/11/2007 2:49:38 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: tcrlaf

boy Rush drug Murtha all over the air waves today


35 posted on 07/11/2007 2:51:37 PM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: advertising guy
Is there a transcipt available?
36 posted on 07/11/2007 2:53:05 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: smoothsailing

maybe at rush.com but he went after Murtha off and on for the full three hours


37 posted on 07/11/2007 3:06:38 PM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: smoothsailing; All
That's a very good article at Let Freedom Ring. Really good points were made and they're backed up with evidence. I can only conclude murtha was and is a liar.

This excerpt from the piece:

In other words, Rep. Murtha has just painted himself into a proverbial corner. He didn’t leave himself any wiggle room, either. That isn’t all, though:

By clearing Sharratt in the specific shootings of Jasib Aiad Ahmed, Kahtan Aiad Ahmed and Jamal Aiad Ahmed, Ware also appeared to clear Wuterich in the same attack, concluding that the Marines’ version of events was more credible than the claims of local residents who said the deaths were executions. Ware found that physical evidence showed that the shots, all facing forward and from a distance, were “inconsistent with an execution or persons reacting to an execution.”

That’s exactly what Col. Ware just did. This is significant because Sgt. Wuterich filed a defamation lawsuit against Rep. Murtha...

Murtha just may be doing a lot of sweating over SSgt Wutherich's defamation case and the possibility the House Ethics Committee could go after him but the ethics thing is probably wishful thinking on my part.

38 posted on 07/11/2007 3:11:11 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: advertising guy

He began the show by saying something had him more agitated than anything in a long time, but that we probably wouldn’t even notice it because he’s such a pro... you know how he talks.


39 posted on 07/11/2007 3:11:25 PM PDT by SierraWasp (SIERRA REPUBLIC!!! (our 51st united state)(all of CA excluding coastal counties))
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To: SierraWasp

yes he did,and he was serious pizzed today but equally at republicans who were yappin against the WOT


40 posted on 07/11/2007 3:12:41 PM PDT by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: smoothsailing
Michael Savage reporting that the Chessani Court Martial is moving forward. Prosecutor refuses to drop charges.

Chessani's Lawyer will be on the Savage show.

Listen here:

KNEW

41 posted on 07/11/2007 3:14:07 PM PDT by MrCFdovnh
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To: smoothsailing
Rush transcript: Peacenik Shoots Air Force Airman; Where's Murtha's Haditha Apology?

Cindie

42 posted on 07/11/2007 3:24:21 PM PDT by gardencatz (Your son might be an honor student, but mine's a US Marine...it can't always be someone else's son!)
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To: Girlene; RedRover; jazusamo; smoothsailing; freema; pinkpanther111
This guy, Allender, is everywhere

Thank goodness for that!

43 posted on 07/11/2007 3:27:02 PM PDT by lilycicero (07-11-07)
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To: advertising guy

Oh! I always spell it “pist,” because it’s shorter and actually cleaner by being more “removed” from using two “z’s.” But that’s ok, it doesn’t matter. I tried to hear him all the way through but can’t quite do it.


44 posted on 07/11/2007 3:27:58 PM PDT by SierraWasp (SIERRA REPUBLIC!!! (our 51st united state)(all of CA excluding coastal counties))
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To: lilycicero; RedRover; jazusamo; Girlene
Turn on Brit Hume, he's getting ready to do the Grapevine, and says he'll mention the Sharratt Article 32 hearing.

I'll post a transcript later this evening when it becomes available.

45 posted on 07/11/2007 3:29:56 PM PDT by smoothsailing ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction"--President Ronald Reagan)
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To: smoothsailing

One Free All Free. This Me Lie didn’t have enough Liars besides Turda.

Pray for W and Our Marines


46 posted on 07/11/2007 3:33:13 PM PDT by bray (Member of the FR President Bush underground)
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To: smoothsailing

Thanks for the heads up or I would have missed it, Smooth. Good for Brit Hume in getting the news out.


47 posted on 07/11/2007 3:34:54 PM PDT by jazusamo (DefendOurMarines.com)
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To: jazusamo; smoothsailing

Thanks.


48 posted on 07/11/2007 3:39:04 PM PDT by lilycicero (Somebody buy JS a beer.)
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To: lilycicero; Girlene; RedRover; jazusamo; smoothsailing; freema

Yes one of my favorite authors :)


49 posted on 07/11/2007 3:46:33 PM PDT by pinkpanther111 (They were doing their jobs!!! Defend our Marines)
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To: pinkpanther111; freema; RedRover; smoothsailing; jazusamo; lilycicero
From the Investigating Officer's report....

The Iraqi's first statements to NCIS were taken in a group setting, five months after the events occurred and with knowledge that other families in Haditha had received monetary componsation from the United States for events that occurred on 19 November, 2005. The interview that resulted in the witness statements were taken by Special Agent Mannle in a group setting, with each witness adding details and discussing the events in Arabic with one another in front of Special Agent Mannle who does not speak Arabic. Additionally, although $10,000 does not appear to be a large amount of money, testimony from Maj. Hiatt suggested that such a sum of money was equal to 4 times the average annual salary of a typical resident of Haditha. Prior to making these claims, no payments were made to the Ahmed family. The Ahmed familiy was represented by an attorney who represents other families who received compensation for Marines killing their family memmbers. Shortly after making these claims, the Ahmed family was paid $10,000 in Solatio payments.

Digest just this one paragraph. Why where charges preferred? Give me a friggin break!!!!
50 posted on 07/11/2007 4:29:30 PM PDT by Girlene (Murtha, the Architect of Defeat, (I Know it, You Know it))
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