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Marine cleared over Iraq massacre
london telegraph ^ | 05/06/2008 | Damien McElroy

Posted on 06/05/2008 5:56:26 AM PDT by Triple

A US marine has been acquitted of charges that he ordered a cover up of the Haditha massacre, an incident in which 24 Iraqis were killed in cold blood in 2005. Lieutenant Andrew Grayson was declared "not guilty on all charges" by a military courtmartial after his defence accused the prosecution of relying on a botched and politically motivated investigation.

The military intelligence official was the sixth of eight accused to be cleared over the controversial incident. The deaths of 24 people in the central Iraqi town ranks as one of the darkest incidents since the 2003 invasion.

The killings occurred after a roadside bomb killed Marine Lance Corporal Miguel Terrazas and wounded two others.

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A military press release originally stated that 15 Iraqis had been killed by the bomb.

Time magazine later reported that most of the dead were killed as Marines conducted a vengeful raid through three houses near the site.

An official investigation then concluded that five men were shot by a car stopped at the scene. The squad then broke into the houses, clearing rooms with grenades and gunfire, killing more Iraqis, including women and children, in the process.

Lt Grayson, 27, who has always maintained he did nothing wrong, was not at the scene of the killings of men, women and children in Haditha. He was accused of telling a sergeant to delete photographs of the dead from a digital camera and laptop computer.

Lt Grayson was found not guilty of two counts of making false official statements, two counts of trying to fraudulently separate from service, and one count of attempting to deceive by making false statements.

A charge of obstruction of justice was dismissed by the military judge but Lt Grayson would have faced as many as 20 years in prison...

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: grayson; haditha; marines; search; supportthemission; supportthetroops
cleared on all charges
1 posted on 06/05/2008 5:56:27 AM PDT by Triple
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To: Triple

BTW - it is official military policy to delete pictures of slain civilians, when the have no military intelligence value - grayson was an inteligence officer assigned to do his job - determine intel from the photos.


2 posted on 06/05/2008 6:00:42 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Triple

“acquitted of charges that he ordered a cover up of the Haditha massacre, an incident in which 24 Iraqis were killed in cold blood in 2005.”

No press bias here. Move along...


3 posted on 06/05/2008 6:00:51 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (No matter who wins the Presidency, it will be an enemy of the Constitution...)
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To: Triple

When is Murtha going to apologize to the Marines?


4 posted on 06/05/2008 6:01:39 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Rush on McCain: "We're so screwed.")
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Maybe we should email him and ask that question.

;-))


5 posted on 06/05/2008 6:03:20 AM PDT by SumProVita ("Cogito ergo sum pro vita." .....updated Descartes)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Murtha should be sued eight times for slander and any other charge that fits here.

What a disgusting pond-scum of a FORMER Marine.


6 posted on 06/05/2008 6:03:28 AM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: Triple
All were cleared of all charges. They are not guilty except in the minds of the media and John “don't ask for my records” Murtha. Trumped up by the media again.
7 posted on 06/05/2008 6:03:29 AM PDT by mountainlion (Concerned Conservative.)
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To: Mr Rogers
the Haditha massacre, an incident in which 24 Iraqis were killed in cold blood in 2005.

My thoughts exactly. They couldn't have said, "an incident in which 24 Iraqis were killed during a terrorist ambush in 2005," because readers might not have reached the proper conclusion if they just gave us the facts.

8 posted on 06/05/2008 6:03:42 AM PDT by RogerD (public school teacher)
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To: Triple

But wait!! CNN said our guys were guilty, and Congressman Murtha said our Marines were cold blooded murderers! There is obviously a mistake!


9 posted on 06/05/2008 6:10:29 AM PDT by TommyDale (I) (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
Murtha doesn't need to apologize. The article explains that the civilians died in cold blood. So, there you have it. Murtha is in the clear. /sarc

It's sooo obvious that the "journalist" who wrote this piece sooo much resents these marines being exonerated.

10 posted on 06/05/2008 6:11:10 AM PDT by Chaguito
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To: Triple
was the sixth of eight accused to be cleared over the controversial incident

Any news/prognostications on the remaining two?

11 posted on 06/05/2008 6:12:36 AM PDT by AmericaUnited
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To: Triple

Can’t Murtha be censured and impeached?


12 posted on 06/05/2008 6:12:59 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Huma for co-president!)
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To: bboop

EX Marine


13 posted on 06/05/2008 6:13:17 AM PDT by mortal19440
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To: Triple

OOH_RAH!


14 posted on 06/05/2008 6:16:35 AM PDT by devistate one four (Nam 67-68)
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To: mortal19440

An EX Marine that qualifies for Bill Clinton’s famous description, “scumbag”...


15 posted on 06/05/2008 6:16:41 AM PDT by TommyDale (I) (Never forget the Republicans who voted for illegal immigrant amnesty in 2007!)
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To: Triple

PS: There was no “massacre”.


16 posted on 06/05/2008 6:21:11 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

no massacre and no cover-up.

Just marines doing their jobs.


17 posted on 06/05/2008 6:25:05 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Triple

Nifong should have been a military prosecutor.


18 posted on 06/05/2008 6:27:16 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: Triple
Just US Marines doing their job (protecting and defending the United States of America) and the US Media doing its job, defaming and slandering all branches of the US Military.

And the JAGs doing their jobs, advancing their own petty careers at the expense of the fighting men and women of America.

19 posted on 06/05/2008 6:43:03 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: SumProVita

Just tried emailing him. His office email will not take messages from outside Penna.


20 posted on 06/05/2008 6:48:32 AM PDT by kjo
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To: samtheman

I agree - I understand the media/murtha/dem/socialist/anti-america angle.

What I don’t understand is how JAG officers can put themselves in the position of arguing these bad cases. They must know they are bad, as lawyers. Is the JAG so clouded by leftist ideology that they don’t see that they will lose these cases? I truly don’t understand.


21 posted on 06/05/2008 6:58:47 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: Triple

There should have never been any charges filed.


22 posted on 06/05/2008 7:01:54 AM PDT by WhatAgain?
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To: Triple

Savage called this one. Deserves the credit...


23 posted on 06/05/2008 7:13:29 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Triple

He deserves a meritorious promotion to Captain for having to deal with this assault on his character, Corps, and his country.


24 posted on 06/05/2008 7:21:53 AM PDT by Resolute Conservative
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To: Triple

My guess is JAGs are lawyers first, officers second (or fiftieth). They probably subscribe to a whole list of leftwing fantasies, myths and superstitions. They probably have about the same opinion of the average US military personnel as John Kerry has, that if they (the rank and file) had any edumacation they wouldn’t be in Irrak in the first place.


25 posted on 06/05/2008 7:23:28 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: samtheman

All right - lawyers first. But bad lawyers


26 posted on 06/05/2008 7:30:06 AM PDT by Triple (Socialism denies people the right to the fruits of their labor, and is as abhorrent as slavery)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

When are these Marines - or their families - going to sue Murtha for defamation of character (or something)?!


27 posted on 06/05/2008 7:46:36 AM PDT by Prov3456
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To: HonestConservative

Good news!


28 posted on 06/05/2008 7:49:21 AM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.iraqvetsforcongress.com ---- Get involved, make a difference.)
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To: Triple

The marine has been cleared of charges. That is great news! But think of all of the misery and suffering this hero has experienced. The military ought to compensate them when the charges are dropped!!!!! We treat our soldiers worse than we treat the enemy!


29 posted on 06/05/2008 8:21:36 AM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: Triple
...vengeful raid? What an idiot. Those Marines only did what Marines are trained to do when under fire.
30 posted on 06/05/2008 1:09:27 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Live pure, speak true, right wrong and follow The King. (Tennyson))
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To: bboop

I’ve heard the saying, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.’ Obviously the Murhtoid doesn’t qualify.


31 posted on 06/05/2008 2:23:28 PM PDT by ArmyTeach (Live pure, speak true, right wrong and follow The King. (Tennyson))
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