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Marine's Iraq killings trial to go forward
AP ^ | March 26, 2010 | Elliot Spagat

Posted on 03/26/2010 1:47:30 PM PDT by jazusamo

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. — A military judge in California has denied a motion to dismiss charges against a Marine sergeant whose squad killed 24 Iraqi men, women and children after a bomb killed a Marine.

Lt. Col. David Jones ruled Friday at Camp Pendleton on a defense motion claiming there was unlawful command influence while a general considered a court-martial for Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich.

The judge ruled there was no record of any "meaningful comment" between the general and an aide who had investigated the case as a military lawyer.

Wuterich is facing trial on reduced charges of voluntary manslaughter and other crimes in the November 2005 attack in the town of Haditha.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News
KEYWORDS: haditha; iraq; marine; pendleton; wuterich
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To: smoothsailing

Don’t waste your time, can you say nitpicker who likes to argue?


51 posted on 03/27/2010 12:37:36 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: RS; jazusamo; Girlene; smoothsailing
Hey, RS: BWAAAAHHAAAHHAAAHAHA!


52 posted on 03/27/2010 1:03:23 PM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: jazusamo
Don’t waste your time, can you say nitpicker who likes to argue?

You're right, it's that two-by-four thing all over again. :-)

53 posted on 03/27/2010 1:08:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: bigheadfred

Hey Fred, long time since I’ve been around ... actually only lurked here once or twice in the last few years, but I like the picture.
It fits - make a wrong move and you never know when I’ll pop my head up and bite your legs out from under you ! :-)

( can I get the theme from Jaws to go with it ? )


54 posted on 03/27/2010 6:49:43 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: RS

Sure thing.

I don’t know why, but when you show up Disney’s Peter Pan runs thru my head. The whole damn movie. :-))


55 posted on 03/27/2010 7:52:09 PM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: bigheadfred

Hey Fred - I don’t know if “Never smile at a crocodile” conveys the same ominous tone, and I certainly would not give a warning by swallowing a clock, but I’ll chomp off a hand of some careless fool. :)

If I recall, we pretty much had the timeline figured out on the maps with all the movements and locations. Anything change since then ?


56 posted on 03/27/2010 9:14:12 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: RS

Still the same. The big holdup has been that the prosecution wanted the outtakes from Wuterich’s 60 minute interview. They were convinced they contained some form of an admission of guilt or confession and it may have even been in a nonverbal form. CBS told them to kick rocks. Been dragging this deballcle out far too long. In the meantime, the judge in the Chessani case ruled an appearance of UCI. Pretty much ended that case. Probably and yea verily the same exists for this case.

I think they should drop it.

A little Pandorum now and then is a good thing. ;-)


57 posted on 03/27/2010 9:45:16 PM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: bigheadfred
Didn't follow any of the UCI stuff, and it dosent really interest me.
If it does go to trial I hope all the conflicting statements can get sorted out - that's what really bugged me about this.

Those outtakes would have been very interesting - I'm kind of torn on if they should be protected - don't see why we should only have access to the edited version. Gives the media too much power.
58 posted on 03/27/2010 10:51:15 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: jazusamo; Girlene
Thanks, Jaz. ABC apparently was too busy calling up code pinkos to post my comment.

I was having my weekly thought today, and I'm having a difficult time coming up with a reason that the members of Frank's squad can't or shouldn't sue every person who libels them.

I can't think of a reason not to. The truth is published and archived in plain sight - no news outlet could claim otherwise - and the story they tell is deliberately false, inciteful, and harmful to the families.

I'm not the one to be giving legal advice, but it seems that before he started giving rats indigestion, the only reason Murtha couldn't be sued was that destroy lives/pass jail/collect millions in graft clause.

59 posted on 03/28/2010 1:37:30 AM PDT by 4woodenboats (Someone ought to know lots more than me on this)
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To: RS

What it comes down to is whether they were following the orders given. “Civilian” casualties don’t bother me at all. From talking to soldiers who were there, there weren’t any civilians. Don’t trust them. Don’t tun your back on them. Things have changed, but at that place and time I think they did what they had to do. Initial reports seem to indicate this. Just another day at the races. And what happened wasn’t an overwhelming concern. To paraphrase a soldier who served with my nephew “If you look at every single incident, there would be a lot more prosecutions”. It was a nasty business. And the “truth” can be very subjective, IMO.


60 posted on 03/28/2010 6:37:24 AM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: bigheadfred
C'mon Fred - When you say don't trust them, don't turn your back on them it's because you can't identify the enemy. By claiming there are no civilians you are advocating just killing everyone, wiping out the entire population of Iraq. If that IS your position then read your tagline and say what you mean.

If you pick and choose which information to use you can always find a path that leads to the conclusion you have previously determined.
There IS a non-subjective truth, fixed on the day the events occurred ... we simply don't have a clear look at it with all the conflicting testimony we are presented.

If the charges are dismissed because of procedural issues, it does not change that truth.
61 posted on 03/28/2010 9:01:09 AM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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By claiming there are no civilians you are advocating just killing everyone, wiping out the entire population of Iraq.

Yes. Yes I am.

Conflicting

Maybe there are individual truths, but just because of the conflicting testimony the "truth" is subjective, IMO.

62 posted on 03/28/2010 11:50:57 AM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: bigheadfred
I appreciate your honesty if you are being honest with yourself.

The conflicting testimony is not only between different individuals, but between various statements by the same person. Perhaps as you say the "truth" is subjective and can change based on what the person thinks is the best thing to say at the time - but the Truth ( without quotes ) is absolute.


63 posted on 03/28/2010 1:01:30 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: RS
absolute

"We know this well. It can be said in your words. There is no beginning, there is no end, There is only change. There is no teacher, there is no student, There is only remembering. There is no good, there is no evil, There is only expression. There is no union, there is no sharing, There is only one. There is no joy, there is no sadness, There is only love. There is no greater, there is no lesser, There is only balance. There is no stasis, there is no entropy, There is only motion. There is no wakefulness, there is no sleep, There is only being. There is no limit, there is no chance, There is only a plan. This is as we know it to be."
Robert Monroe

64 posted on 03/28/2010 2:36:02 PM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: bigheadfred
Pure flummery - Taken from Monroe's book Ultimate Journey
This is supposedly an answer to the question "what it is to become complete ? " given to Monroe by some astral entity during an out of body experience.
65 posted on 03/28/2010 3:27:18 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: RS

So much for absolutes. Bodaboombodabing. :-))


66 posted on 03/28/2010 4:42:13 PM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: bigheadfred

Not quite - this is a prime example of something that is absolutely hogwash


67 posted on 03/28/2010 6:54:43 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: RS

That is EXACTLY how I feel about this prosecution.


68 posted on 03/29/2010 4:43:48 AM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: bigheadfred

If it is your ( conflicted ) idea that every person in Iraq should be liquidated then I can see how you can come to the conclusion that ANY action whatsoever that furthers that goal is legitimate, making any laws or restraints on those actions unsuportable.


69 posted on 03/29/2010 9:49:01 AM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: RS
I can see how

Does this mean I'm winning? :-)

70 posted on 03/29/2010 11:00:42 AM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: bigheadfred
LOL

From your ( conflicted ) view, I can understand how you come to your conclusions - not that I in any way agree with them, my big headed friend :-)


71 posted on 03/29/2010 11:16:25 AM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: RS

I can say the same for your views.

Back to the main topic.

I don’t really think there is a Truth that can be gleaned empirically or absolutely in this case. There are too many conflicting statements. Too many inflammatory statements. Too much time has passed. Too many running for cover. That is why I say the truth is subjective. I think. I think I thought. I thought I thought.

We can debate the points over and over. It will be interesting to finally get to the trial and see just what is presented.

IMO, the only people who can accurately give a determination, panel wise, are people who have direct combat experience in Iraq. What either of us deem reasonable (or unreasonable) may mean something else entirely, to them.


72 posted on 03/29/2010 11:59:25 AM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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There's the rub - We are getting all these contradictory statements from people who HAVE had direct combat experience in Iraq. I'm not refering specifically to conflicting statements by different individuals, but to statements made at different times by the same person. Hopefully a trial will be able to reconcile these differnt stories and get us close to understanding what actually happened
Only THEN can it be determined if any individual oversteped the bounderies.

If it goes to trial, the prosecution must feel they have a case.
At the risk of making you smile :-) Based on what we are given, even ignoring all the "firefight" rhetoric being tossed around, I don't see them putting enough of these statements together coherantly to have a good case.
That said, you will recall that the best thing about telling the truth is that you don't have to remember what you said last time.
73 posted on 03/29/2010 3:29:12 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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To: RS
If you haven't read this story I think you should. Might give you a better understanding of just how screwed up things can get over there.

The Six Letter Word

74 posted on 03/29/2010 6:07:16 PM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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To: bigheadfred
Not quite sure what "lesson" you want me to learn from reading this.

If I recall this event from a while back the Iraqi was killed because he may have compromised their position, and I was curious that these Marines would have thought using a pistol to silence him would have been a better idea then a knife.

Is the lesson that once someone questions the actions that the Marines will try to cover-up and if that doesn't work will change their stores to point at their former comrades ?
75 posted on 03/29/2010 6:58:02 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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Just trying to point out how perception is in the eye of the beholder. To these snipers, and they weren’t Marines—Army, the ROE of the day was “If you feel threatened, pull the trigger, and we have your back.” And what is interesting is that Hensley admits it was his decision to kill this guy. He was asked at the Vela trial why he ordered Vela to kill the Iraqi. Hensley said-paraphrase- “I thought about using my knife on him, but Vela had the pistol so I ORDERED him to shoot.” Hensley thinks he did the right thing. Vela thinks he did the right thing. I believe the Marines at Haditha that day think they did the right thing. And I side with them.

BTW. Evan Vela Carnahan is my nephew.

Freepmail.


76 posted on 03/29/2010 7:38:30 PM PDT by bigheadfred (BE WHO YOU ARE. SAY WHAT YOU FEEL. Those who matter don't mind.Those who mind don't matter)
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"the ROE of the day was “If you feel threatened, pull the trigger, and we have your back.”

So just how did that work out ?


77 posted on 03/29/2010 10:26:20 PM PDT by RS ("I took the drugs because I liked them and I found excuses to take them, so I'm not weaseling.")
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