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Murtha Maintains He Was Right to Say Marines ‘Killed Innocent Civilians in Cold Blood’
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Posted on 12/11/2008 1:18:31 PM PST by Sub-Driver

CNSNews.com Murtha Maintains He Was Right to Say Marines ‘Killed Innocent Civilians in Cold Blood’ Thursday, December 11, 2008 By Nicholas Ballasy

(CNSNews.com) - Although all of the charges have been dropped against all of the Marines – except for one – involved in the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005, Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) said he stands by his May 2006 remarks that the soldiers involved “killed innocent civilians in cold blood.”

“Yes, I think it was,” the right thing to say, Murtha told CNSNews.com on Wednesday. “That’s my job. My job is due. Listen, the NCIS (National Criminal Investigation Service) came to exactly the same conclusion I did.

“They had a two-star general investigate it,” said Murtha. “General Hagee went over right after I spoke out and talked to all of the Marines in the field and said ‘you got to stop this kind of killing.’”

In November 2005, unarmed Iraqi civilians were killed in the town of Haditha in Iraq. While the investigation of several U.S. Marines allegedly involved in the killings was underway in May 2006, Murtha said during a press conference then that the Marines “killed innocent civilians in cold blood.”

He later defended his remarks on CNN and MSNBC.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antiamerican; censure; haditha; iraqwar; murtha; slander; traitor; treason; unamerican
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1 posted on 12/11/2008 1:18:35 PM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

I hope these Marines are still pursuing law suits against Murtha for defamation of character, or some such. I thought I read that they were at least considering doing so.


2 posted on 12/11/2008 1:21:54 PM PST by Cherokee Conservative (We have enough youth, how about a fountain of SMART?)
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To: Sub-Driver

Did this POS get voted out?

With all the Obamania, I don’t think I’ve ever heard.


3 posted on 12/11/2008 1:21:56 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: clee1

No. Pennsylvania voters apparently like being called stupid red necks by their Congressional representation.


4 posted on 12/11/2008 1:24:03 PM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed.... so how could it be Redistributed?)
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To: Sub-Driver

I’m very glad this sorry sack of S*** belongs to the people of Pennsylvania and not Florida.


5 posted on 12/11/2008 1:25:46 PM PST by Old Grumpy
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To: RedRover

murtha madness ping.


6 posted on 12/11/2008 1:26:07 PM PST by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: Old Grumpy

Shame on Pennsylvania.


7 posted on 12/11/2008 1:29:40 PM PST by FES0844 (FES0844)
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To: allmendream

Well... the rest of America was too afraid of being labeled as “racist”, so they elected an inept Chicago thug for POTUS.

So, what the hell.... I won’t be too tough on the folks in Penn.


8 posted on 12/11/2008 1:32:59 PM PST by clee1 (We use 43 muscles to frown, 17 to smile, and 2 to pull a trigger. I'm lazy and I'm tired of smiling.)
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To: clee1

The pride of Pa.


9 posted on 12/11/2008 1:33:29 PM PST by boomop1
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To: Sub-Driver

Obviously, Murtha’s constituents agree with him.


10 posted on 12/11/2008 1:33:36 PM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: clee1

True dat!


11 posted on 12/11/2008 1:35:04 PM PST by allmendream (Wealth is EARNED not distributed.... so how could it be Redistributed?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Murtha is scum.

Back in the day someone would have challenged this treasonous waste of protoplasm to a “duel” and disposed of him.
The fact that this bucket o' scum was reelected makes me ashamed to be an American.

12 posted on 12/11/2008 1:35:33 PM PST by DirtyHarryY2K (Don't blame Texas.. No more RINO's or Mavericks)
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To: Carley

I don’t undersstand why he keeps getting elected. Can someone explain it to me?


13 posted on 12/11/2008 1:36:07 PM PST by nobama08
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To: allmendream
No. Pennsylvania voters apparently like being called stupid red necks by their Congressional representation.

And then some.

14 posted on 12/11/2008 1:37:22 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: nobama08

Easy. The people in his district, by about a 6 - 4 margin, and total idiots.

On a scale rarely witnessed.


15 posted on 12/11/2008 1:37:45 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Badeye

The continued dumbing down of America.


16 posted on 12/11/2008 1:40:08 PM PST by nobama08
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To: Sub-Driver

Listen, the NCIS (National Criminal Investigation Service) came to exactly the same conclusion I did.

It’s Naval Criminal Investigation Service. This stupid old EX Marine should just STFU. And by the way, the NCIS gets a lot of these investigations wrong. I served 26 years in the Navy and couldn’t stand these guys. They never seemed to be willing to give the service member the benefit of the doubt, they seemed to assume guilt and make the member prove he didn’t do it.


17 posted on 12/11/2008 1:40:20 PM PST by mortal19440
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To: Sub-Driver

He can say anything he wants. His seat is his for life.

If after calling his constituients stupid, rednects, and racists he can be reelected (when the Republicans ran a pretty good candidate against him) there is no way he will ever lose his seat.


18 posted on 12/11/2008 1:40:40 PM PST by Brookhaven (The Fair Tax is THE economic litmus test for conservatives)
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To: Sub-Driver

Tell it to tjhe jury, Murtha, you maggot.


19 posted on 12/11/2008 1:40:40 PM PST by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself)
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To: Sub-Driver

I maintain Murtha is an ass.


20 posted on 12/11/2008 1:41:05 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (It's no longer the Press Van, it's a "Tanker" Truck!)
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To: nobama08

One district at a time.


21 posted on 12/11/2008 1:41:54 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: Sub-Driver
“General Hagee went over right after I spoke out and talked to all of the Marines in the field and said ‘you got to stop this kind of killing.”

You only make such a statement if you believe all Marines are cold blooded murderers.

What a bastard.

22 posted on 12/11/2008 1:42:57 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (It's no longer the Press Van, it's a "Tanker" Truck!)
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To: clee1
Did this POS get voted out?

Are you kidding? Is Kennedy still in office? This is the idiot that insults his own voters. Apparently the insults must be at least a little warranted as they keep voting him for more terms. He's been representing the rednecks, ...uuuhh, I mean, racist, ...err...ahhh..I mean....his constituents since 1974. When he started the democrats were all about the coal miner and the unions that ran it.

I don't get it. Maybe his district is as he says and insinuates. They're to slow to realize he is an embarrassment and an insult to their intelligence and existence as modern day American Citizens/voters.

No offense to those constituents that read or contribute here at FR.

23 posted on 12/11/2008 1:43:09 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (Democrats are for Change - Let's run through a mine field at night wearing clown shoes!)
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To: Brookhaven

Russell was a probably the best shot my district had at kicking Murtha to the curb.

I really, really like him. I hope he gives politics another shot. He’s the kind of fresh blood we need.


24 posted on 12/11/2008 1:44:10 PM PST by JenB987
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To: Sub-Driver
"It [Haditha, Marines] is as bad as Abu Ghraib, if not worse." (Murtha, May 2006) "They [the Marines/Military] knew the day after this happened that it was not as they portrayed it. They knew that they (marines) went into the rooms, they killed the people in the taxi. There was no firing at all. And this comes from the highest authority in the Marine Corps, so there's no question in my mind," (Murtha, May 2006)

"... they [Marine] killed innocent civilians in cold blood." (Murtha, May 17, 2006 at news conference)

"There was no firefight. There was no IED that killed these innocent people. Our troops overreacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood" (Murtha, May 19, 2006)

"They actually went into the houses and killed women and children. And there was about twice as many as originally reported by Times." (Murtha, Reuters, May 19, 2006)

"Our troops over-reacted because of the pressure on them, and they killed innocent civilians in cold blood." (Murtha, ARAB WORLD NEWS, May 19, 2006)

"It's [Haditha, Marines] much worse than reported in Time magazine." (Murtha, News.comAU, May 18, 2006)

BLITZER: The marines say they're still investigating. They don't know what happened yet. The pentagon says the same thing. How do you know what happened? MURTHA: Wolf, you read the "Time" magazine articles. There are pictures, there are photos. You don't have to talk to the military about the proof. (Murtha, on CNN/Wolf Blitzer, May 19, 2006... transcript)

Mad Murtha

25 posted on 12/11/2008 1:44:33 PM PST by Jaidyn
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To: Jaidyn

It dissappoints me that Murtha seems so healthy. It makes it seem like he still has too much of a political future.


26 posted on 12/11/2008 1:49:07 PM PST by Tenacious 1 (Democrats are for Change - Let's run through a mine field at night wearing clown shoes!)
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To: nobama08
I don’t undersstand why he keeps getting elected. Can someone explain it to me?

Ditto Kennedy (take your pick) of Massachusetts.

27 posted on 12/11/2008 1:54:41 PM PST by yankeedame ("Oh, I can take it but I'd much rather dish it out.")
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To: Tenacious 1
It dissappoints me that Murtha seems so healthy. It makes it seem like he still has too much of a political future.

Pa. doesn't care about the man running, but about the 'D' behind his name.

28 posted on 12/11/2008 1:58:24 PM PST by Jaidyn
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To: Sub-Driver

Murtha won his district 58% in this election after other controversial remarks. The pork he gets for the district makes him bulletproof. He will have to die or be convicted of something serious to get rid of him and the sooner the better.


29 posted on 12/11/2008 2:04:21 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: clee1

He Won 58%.


30 posted on 12/11/2008 2:05:26 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: allmendream

Actually, Murtha was correct in describing his electorate as stupid......because they re-elected the sonuvabitch, but I don’t believe they qualify as being “rednecks”...


31 posted on 12/11/2008 2:08:55 PM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: yankeedame

Kennedy + Kerry = Massoftwoshits


32 posted on 12/11/2008 2:09:58 PM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Tenacious 1

I’ve lived in his district since ‘96, and am proud to say I never voted for him. He keeps bringing home the bacon, and people here are so afraid of losing their jobs, which depend directly on his pork, they consider nothing else. The sad fact is he will leave when he wants to, and not before.


33 posted on 12/11/2008 2:13:36 PM PST by baranof (2, 5, and 8 are stackmen)
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To: nobama08

In a word - pork.

He is an utter scumbag, but he has a reputation in his district for being able to bring home the federal money. Plus his seniority gives him a lot of clout in a Democrat administration, which means he can do nice things for his buddies in his district.

I imagine a lot of the voters in his pigpen had to hold their noses to do it, but they figured they couldn’t risk losing that influence at a time when Democrats are on the upswing nationally.

Strangely, that “Y’all havta vote for me cause I bring home bacon” crap doesn’t work very well for Republicans who try it. As many of them found out to their and our collective sorrow two election cycles ago.


34 posted on 12/11/2008 2:13:49 PM PST by Ronin
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To: nobama08

Same reason why Dennis Kucinich, Ted Kennedy, John Kerry, Robert Byrd et al keep getting elected - Uninformed, ignorant voters.


35 posted on 12/11/2008 2:14:08 PM PST by qwicwted
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To: Sub-Driver

Censure this blankity blank traitor. Or else apologize to Mildred Gillars’ family (she was known as Axis Sally) in Murtha’s name.


36 posted on 12/11/2008 2:16:01 PM PST by weegee (Sec. of State Clinton. What kind of change is it to keep the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton Oligarchy?)
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To: clee1

PA will be electing Chris Matthews next.


37 posted on 12/11/2008 2:25:12 PM PST by Carley (Prayers for Sgt. Eddie Ryan)
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To: qwicwted

I don’t see much of a future for America.


38 posted on 12/11/2008 2:25:44 PM PST by nobama08
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To: Sub-Driver; abigailsmybaby; ArmyTeach; Badeye; billmor; bmwcyle; brityank; ConorMacNessa; ...
Murtha is a senile old fool and sounds like a broken record. Murtha has a hard time remembering that in our country we are considered innocent until proven guilty.

General Hagee didn't call them cold blooded killers and the NCIS were clearly biased in their investigation. The UCMJ has the final say and those responsible for enforcing it have cleared all but one so far.

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39 posted on 12/11/2008 2:25:58 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Badeye
“On a scale rarely witnessed.

No on a scale TYPICALLY witnessed in PA.

40 posted on 12/11/2008 2:29:19 PM PST by JSteff (It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and may have doomed us for a generation or more.)
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To: clee1
murtha is the face... the very heart and soul of Pennsylvania. They must be so proud.

LLS

41 posted on 12/11/2008 2:48:14 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!! so sue me!)
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To: allmendream

“No. Pennsylvania voters apparently like being called stupid red necks by their Congressional representation.”

Either that or he’s another one who knows how to “win” regardless of how much he is despised.


42 posted on 12/11/2008 2:53:16 PM PST by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: Carley

I thought you had to have a Muslim name to get elected in PA .


43 posted on 12/11/2008 2:55:03 PM PST by TET1968 (SI MINOR PLUS EST ERGO NIHIL SUNT OMNIA)
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To: clee1

No - the clueless, poverty laden sheep in his district re-elected him. (Just where are the jobs, Murtha?) It was closer than it had been in ages for the 30+ yr incumbent (16 points I think) but heeeeee’s baaaaack. It hurts to think about.


44 posted on 12/11/2008 3:11:24 PM PST by fortunecookie (Please pray for Anna, age 7, who waits for a new kidney.)
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To: allmendream

They don’t care about that. He brings home the bacon. That’s all they care about. He can call them anything he wants and accuse anybody of anything he wants. They don’t care. Just show them the money.


45 posted on 12/11/2008 3:48:48 PM PST by abigailsmybaby (I'm disinclined to acquiesce to your request.)
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To: Sub-Driver
“Yes, I think it was,” the right thing to say, Murtha told CNSNews.com on Wednesday. “That’s my job. My job is due.

POS Ping

46 posted on 12/11/2008 4:08:26 PM PST by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: Sub-Driver; jazusamo; Jarhead2844; USMCWriter; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; ...
“Yes, I think it was,” the right thing to say, Murtha told CNSNews.com on Wednesday. “That’s my job. My job is due.

POS Ping

47 posted on 12/11/2008 4:10:33 PM PST by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: mortal19440

In my varied career as a Navy Veteran (Of Foreign Wars) I was once involved with NCIS during a murder investigation on an East Coast Naval Base (co-investigators/Shore Patrol) and I can tell you with certainty that they are without a doubt some of the dumbest investigators on God’s Earth. Couldn’t follow a blood trail to the site of the crime and couldn’t interview the perp without violating every rule in the book.
She almost got away with it.


48 posted on 12/11/2008 4:30:10 PM PST by junkman_106 (The ACLU can go have aerial intercourse with a revolving glazed pastry.)
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To: junkman_106

by the way, I think Murtha is a P.I.G., pig! He may have been hell on wheels as a Marine but he is nothing now. ZERO!


49 posted on 12/11/2008 4:33:29 PM PST by junkman_106 (The ACLU can go have aerial intercourse with a revolving glazed pastry.)
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To: freema
So the Marine General running NATO at the time simply hopped on a jet and flew into the Iraqi theater and demanded they stop killing jihadist.
The fat boy probably just invents crap as he goes along.
50 posted on 12/11/2008 6:08:36 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter was our best choice.)
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