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  • Marines, others rally behind sergeant accused in Fallouja killings [Sgt Nelson case]

    06/28/2009 5:05:09 PM PDT · by RedRover · 14 replies · 1,166+ views
    KABC -- San Diego ^ | 28 June 2009 | Tony Perry
    A group of retired Marines is rallying behind Sgt. Jermaine Nelson, the last of three Marines to face trial in the killing of unarmed prisoners during a battle in Fallouja, Iraq, in November 2004. Two other defendants have been found innocent: former Sgt. Jose Nazario in federal court in August, and Sgt. Ryan Weemer in a court-martial at Camp Pendleton in April. Nelson's case is set for a pretrial hearing Monday at Camp Pendleton. He stands accused of unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty. Calls for the charges to be dropped have come from retired Col. G.I. Wilson; William McNulty...
  • Memorial Day - Fallen and Never Forgotten - Chaplain's Email and Memorial Pics

    05/22/2009 3:29:43 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 10 replies · 1,063+ views
    John.... Chaplain, 1st MarDiv. ^ | April 9, 2004 | John.... Chaplain, 1st MarDiv.
    Hot&sunny, ops 24/7, bad guys regrouping. The brawl will begin again...probably tonight. bad guys redistributing ammo&moving for new cover. We're on the edge of town&hear the imam's rail against us...morale extremely high...extra intensity, friends on the line. senior nco's and officers here, feel the pull. They've trained everyone on the line...Today at the Div. Chaplain office. He waded into Ar Ramadi during the firefight three days ago...to provide ministry at the aid station...where he was needed. Second, coordinating Holy Week Services. A)worry about large numbers in one place. B)organists in short supply and no organ.C)We are going to worship..we need...
  • Marine Corps to Prosecute Third Fallujah Suspect (Jermaine Nelson)

    04/24/2009 7:23:27 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 46 replies · 1,557+ views
    North County Times ^ | April 24, 2009 | MARK WALKER - Staff Writer
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- Despite having failed to win convictions of two co-defendants, the Marine Corps announced Friday it will prosecute Sgt. Jermaine Nelson for killing an unarmed Iraqi prisoner of war. Lt. Col. David Griesmer said a plea from Nelson's attorney to drop the murder charge has been rejected. The attorney, Joseph Low, said Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland believes the case should be decided by a jury. "Sometimes, a single person does not want to be the decision-maker," Low said of Helland, who has the authority to order the charges against Nelson withdrawn. "The general decided he would rather see...
  • Case against Marine sergeant to proceed to court-martial (Sgt. Jermaine Nelson)

    04/24/2009 6:37:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 479+ views
    LA Times ^ | 4/24/09 | Tony Perry
    Murder charges against a Marine sergeant at Camp Pendleton in the death of a prisoner in Fallujah, Iraq, will not be dropped, despite the acquittal of two Marines in the same case. Lt. Gen. Samuel Helland, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, has decided that the case against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson should proceed to a court-martial.
  • Iraqi-Born Dutch Citizen Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Terrorism Conspiracy Against...

    04/17/2009 2:44:13 PM PDT · by Cindy · 7 replies · 508+ views
    US DOJ.GOV/opa - Press Release ^ | April 16, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: Iraqi-Born Dutch Citizen Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Terrorism Conspiracy Against Americans in Iraq WASHINGTON – An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen was sentenced to 25 years in prison today for conspiring to murder Americans overseas, including by planting roadside bombs targeting U.S. soldiers in Fallujah, Iraq, and by demonstrating on video how these explosives would be detonated to destroy American vehicles and their occupants. The sentencing of Wesam al-Delaema, age 36, was announced today by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; Jeffrey A. Taylor, U.S. Attorney for the District of...
  • Perfect Valor to Premiere May 16th (Fallujah documentary garners great review from Veterans)

    04/14/2009 1:02:54 PM PDT · by patriotgal1787 · 9 replies · 734+ views
    Received via email ^ | April 14, 2009 | Richard S. Lowry
    PERFECT VALOR TO PREMIERE MAY 16th On May 16, 2009, Citizens United Productions will premiere “Perfect Valor” at the GI Film Festival in Washington DC. Peabody Award winning Producer, David C. Taylor and noted contemporary author and military historian, Richard S. Lowry, have worked tirelessly with the talented production staff to create a compelling tribute to all the men and women who have served in Iraq. ORLANDO, FLORIDA April 14, 2009 — Every American needs to see Perfect Valor. This film captures the sacrifices of those who have served our nation. From the young man who joined the Marines to...
  • Attorney wants charges dropped against third Fallujah defendant [And you can help!]

    04/11/2009 6:13:00 AM PDT · by RedRover · 29 replies · 956+ views
    North County Times ^ | April 10, 2009 | Mark Walker
    The attorney for the third and final Marine charged with killing an unarmed insurgent in Iraq says prosecutors should heed the acquittals of two co-defendants and drop the case against his client. Attorney Joseph Low said Friday that it makes no sense for the Marine Corps to pursue the case against Sgt. Jermaine Nelson. "I am submitting that request to the Marine Corps," Low said. "The Marine Corps should have gotten the message loud and clear now that these cases should never have been brought." ~ snip ~Besides preparing a formal request for the Marine Corps to drop the case...
  • Another Marine found Innocent (you'll love this)

    04/09/2009 12:34:34 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 34 replies · 1,487+ views
    NRO's Corner ^ | April 9, 2009 | Michael Ledeen
    Sgt Ryan Weemer, accused of killing an unarmed man during the battle of Fallujah. Acquitted by a jury of eight officers who had been in combat. Good thing Jack Murtha wasn't on the jury; he would have likely voted for conviction before the first witness was sworn. Tell me again how he keeps winning elections. And then fix it, please.
  • Marine acquitted of murder in Iraq slaying

    04/09/2009 11:13:54 AM PDT · by lifeisacarnival · 2 replies · 452+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 04-09-2009 | AP
    A military jury on Thursday acquitted a Marine sergeant on charges of murdering an unarmed detainee during battle in Fallujah, Iraq.
  • Marine acquitted on all counts

    04/09/2009 11:16:27 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 37 replies · 10,928+ views
    North County Times | April 9, 2009 | Mark Walker
    CAMP PENDLETON -- A military jury this morning acquitted Marine Sgt. Ryan Weemer in the killing of an unarmed Iraqi insurgent during the battle for the city of Fallujah in 2004. The 26-year-old Illinois native hugged his attorney, who broke into tears on hearing the not-guilty verdict. Weemer's wife, sister and high school English teacher, who attended each day of the trial that started March 30, also cried as the decision was read. Weemer was charged last year with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty. Prosecutors alleged that as a corporal, he killed one of four captive insurgents the government...
  • Marine acquitted of murder in Iraq slaying (Sgt. Ryan Weemer)

    04/09/2009 10:43:19 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 100 replies · 4,201+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/09 | Elliot Spagat - ap
    CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. – A military jury has acquitted an Illinois Marine sergeant on charges of murdering an unarmed detainee during battle in Fallujah, Iraq. The jury of eight Marines who served in Iraq or Afghanistan also acquitted Sgt. Ryan Weemer on Thursday of dereliction of duty in the November 2004 death.
  • Jury gets case of Marine accused of killing POW

    04/08/2009 2:46:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 126 replies · 2,840+ views
    NC Times ^ | April 8, 2009 | Mark Walker
    CAMP PENDLETON ----- A panel of eight Marine officers is deliberating the fate of a sergeant accused of killing an Iraqi insurgent prisoner of war in what a prosecutor acknowledged is a "tough case." During his closing argument in the trial of 26-year-old Sgt. Ryan Weemer, prosecutor Capt. Nick Gannon suggested that at minimum, the 26 year-old Marine is guilty of voluntary manslaughter in the 2004 incident in the city of Fallujah. Gannon said two statements Weemer made to investigators in 2006 contain no mention of self-defense. Weemer's attorney has said self-defense is what drove his client's actions. "This case...
  • MILITARY: Weemer testimony ends with appearance by Marine hero

    04/07/2009 12:18:54 PM PDT · by Dubya · 47 replies · 1,849+ views
    North County Times ^ | MARK WALKER
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- A Marine Corps hero showered praise Monday on a comrade who is on trial for killing an unarmed prisoner of war. Navy Cross recipient Sgt. Maj. Brad Kasal said the accused Marine, Sgt. Ryan Weemer, was a skilled warrior who always displayed "excellent" military characteristics. Kasal was given the Navy Cross, the second-highest award a Marine can receive, for saving fellow Marines despite suffering severe wounds during the "Hell House" battle in Fallujah, Iraq, on Nov. 13, 2004. Both Kasal, now head of a five-state recruiting region based in Des Moines, Iowa, and Weemer were injured that...
  • Six Days in Fallujah brings the battle home

    04/07/2009 7:35:45 AM PDT · by Reeses · 11 replies · 576+ views
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Tuesday, April 7, 2009 | Ryan Kim
    Six Days in Fallujah, developed by Atomic Games and set to be published by Konami, takes gamers into the 2004 battle for Fallujah, the largest urban assault since Vietnam. Developers said they're not seeking to exploit the war in Iraq for profit but to use video games, the medium of choice for young people and soldiers alike, to illuminate an important battle. To that end, the game is incorporating recorded interviews and other documentary techniques. Developers say it's high time a video game aspired to do more than just entertain. "It's time for video games to do what movies, music...
  • MILITARY: Fallujah suspect on trial at Pendleton

    03/28/2009 9:21:02 AM PDT · by Dubya · 31 replies · 1,554+ views
    N C TIMES ^ | MARK WALKER
    Sgt. Ryan Weemer faces accusation he shot unarmed detainee in 2004 CAMP PENDLETON ---- After failing to convict the first of three men to face trial in the alleged slaying of four insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, authorities will try again next week when Sgt. Ryan Weemer goes on trial. Weemer, the man at the center of the case, faces charges of unpremeditated murder and failing to adhere to the military's rules governing the treatment of captured enemy combatants. He has pleaded not guilty. Weemer was part of a squad from the base's 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment that...
  • MILITARY: Fallujah Suspect (Sgt. Ryan Weemer) On Trial At Pendleton

    03/28/2009 1:21:28 AM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 20 replies · 1,058+ views
    North County Times ^ | March 27, 2009 | MARK WALKER - Staff Writer
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- After failing to convict the first of three men to face trial in the alleged slaying of four insurgents in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004, authorities will try again next week when Sgt. Ryan Weemer goes on trial. Weemer, the man at the center of the case, faces charges of unpremeditated murder and failing to adhere to the military's rules governing the treatment of captured enemy combatants. He has pleaded not guilty. Weemer was part of a squad from the base's 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment that is alleged to have encountered four suspected insurgents during the search...
  • Center for Women Veterans Hosts ‘Lioness’ Documentary Screening

    03/20/2009 3:58:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 16 replies · 818+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden, USA
    WASHINGTON, March 20, 2009 – In April 2004, at the height of the insurgency in Iraq, five female soldiers unwittingly found themselves fighting alongside Marines in the battle for Ramadi and Fallujah. Their story is told in a documentary film bearing their unit name, “Team Lioness,” which has been shown in private and public screenings throughout the United States and Europe in the past year. The Center for Women Veterans hosted the film at the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters here yesterday. “These stories are important to us at VA, because women veterans are coming to VA in great numbers,...
  • Iraqi-Born Dutch Citizen Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Conspiracy Against Americans in Iraq

    02/27/2009 4:08:33 AM PST · by Cindy · 8 replies · 526+ views
    US DOJ.gov/opa - Press Release ^ | February 26, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.usdoj.gov/opa/pr/2009/February/09-nsd-168.html Iraqi-Born Dutch Citizen Pleads Guilty to Terrorism Conspiracy Against Americans in Iraq Defendant Also Agrees to Plead Guilty to Beating D.C. Prison Guard Unconscious WASHINGTON – An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen today pleaded guilty to conspiring with others to murder Americans overseas, including by planting roadside bombs targeting U.S. soldiers in Fallujah, Iraq, and by demonstrating on video how these explosives would be detonated to destroy American vehicles and their occupants. The guilty plea by Wesam al-Delaema, a/k/a Wesam Khalaf Chayed Delaeme, age 36, was announced today by Matthew G. Olsen, Acting Assistant...
  • Video - God Bless The Military - An Intense Firefight In Fallujah

    02/19/2009 7:51:47 AM PST · by Notoriously Conservative · 2 replies · 401+ views
    notoriouslyconservative.com ^ | 02 19 09 | Notoriously Conservative
    An intense but short battle takes place on November 29th, 2007, Fallujah, Iraq. (Video on site)
  • Iraqi Police Hold Last Fallujah Checkpoint

    02/11/2009 3:18:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 271+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Ryan Turnage, Multi-National Corps - Iraq
    FALLUJAH — Iraqi’s independent security capabilities continued to expand throughout eastern Anbar province as the commanding officer of the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, recently turned over command of the battalion’s final entry control point, ECP 1, to the Fallujah District Chief of Police, Feb. 5. Entry control points are manned security positions that screen persons attempting to enter specific areas for weapons, contraband and a criminal history. They are often used as a security measure around cities to protect the population. Now that Iraqi Security Forces control all entry control points in the Fallujah area, Coalition forces will be...
  • Second Fallujah trial postponed [Good news for Sgt Nelson and a happy New Year to all]

    12/31/2008 3:44:25 PM PST · by RedRover · 54 replies · 993+ views
    North County Times ^ | December 30, 2008 | MARK WALKER
    CAMP PENDLETON ---- The Monday start of a trial for the second of three men accused of killing four unarmed captives during a 2004 battle in Iraq has been delayed. Sgt. Jermaine Nelson was scheduled to go on trial in a base courtroom on a charge of unpremeditated murder for allegedly shooting one of the captives. No bodies were ever found in a case built almost exclusively on an admission from one of the defendants. Nelson also is charged with three counts of dereliction of duty for failing to follow the rules of engagement, the laws of war and the...
  • A warrior and Branson Junior High honors its Veterans (Marine from Iraqi Freedom Special Guest)

    11/23/2008 8:31:17 PM PST · by SERKIT · 2 replies · 291+ views
    Branson Courier ^ | Nov 12, 2008 | Gary Groman aka The Ole Seagull
    The guest speaker, U.S Marine Sergeant Jason Arellano was introduced through a video clip. The clip showed him being carried off the field of battle after receiving serious injuries in a fire fight in Fallujah, Iraq when there was serious doubt as to whether or not he would survive. As he started his presentation Arellano asked two questions, “When you look at our flag what do you see and feel? When you hear our National Anthem what do you hear and what does that mean to you?” Rather than talk about himself extensively, Arellano brought the sacrifice of Veterans home...
  • Dog trained in military prison to help amputee

    11/22/2008 8:11:34 AM PST · by Dubya · 24 replies · 1,426+ views
    STAR NEWS ^ | Amanda Greene
    This is the first time Marine Cpl. Zachary Briseno will be in his Fort Worth, Texas, home for Thanksgiving in four and a half years since his two tours of duty in Iraq. That’s something to be thankful for. But the 23-year-old has a furrier reason for thankfulness this week. Briseno, who lost both of his legs below the knees almost a year ago in an IED attack in Fallujah, is getting a specially trained guide dog to help him in his day-to-day tasks. The dog was trained through Carolina Canines for Veterans, an adjunct program of the local nonprofit...
  • Return To Anbar: Day 2

    11/20/2008 4:30:06 AM PST · by radar101 · 2 replies · 465+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | November 19, 2008 | David Mac Dougall
    We spent a fascinating second day in Fallujah, guests of B-Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marines. Capt. Dan Micklis and Lt. Joe Passman have been showing us around downtown Fallujah, and as I hope you can see from the photos, there’s a lot of life and a lot of color in the markets. Lt. Passman is one of the last marines in Fallujah. His unit is based at a building pretty much in the city center, where he works in close conjunction with the Iraqi Police. The marines we met were, as usual, highly motivated and very interesting to talk with....
  • Marines Encouraged by Iraqi Progress in Anbar, General Says

    11/10/2008 2:59:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 596+ views
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2008 – Since Anbar province returned to Iraqi control, Iraqi security forces are taking more responsibility and U.S. Marines in western Iraq are increasingly performing an overwatch role, the deputy commander of Multinational Force West said today. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Martin Post, briefing Pentagon correspondents by satellite from Fallujah, said a very few foreign fighters are trying to infiltrate the country, and Iraqi forces are in the lead in trying to stop them. The coalition leadership in Anbar province has been pleased “across the board” with Iraqi security forces, the general said. “We're most happy with...
  • Last One Turn Out the Lights

    10/20/2008 6:07:49 AM PDT · by PatrioticMarineMom · 4 replies · 386+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | October 20, 2008 | Jennifer Griffin
    WASHINGTON — When Marine Maj. Gen. John Kelly deployed to Iraq in February, the violence had fallen so low in Anbar province that he began figuring out how to start closing bases and prepare to go home. In the last 10 months the Marines in Fallujah have done what was unthinkable before the surge began — they have quietly transferred out of one of Anbar province's largest cities. FOX News has learned in an exclusive interview with Kelly from Fallujah that 80 percent of the move is complete. In February there were 8,000 Marines living at Fallujah base. Now there...
  • Last One Turn Out the Lights: Marines Quietly Begin Leaving Bases in Iraqi Cities

    10/17/2008 9:04:54 AM PDT · by IrishMike · 27 replies · 979+ views
    Fox News ^ | Friday, October 17, 2008 | Jennifer Griffin
    When Marine Maj. Gen. John Kelly deployed to Iraq in February, the violence had fallen so low in Anbar province that he began figuring out how to start closing bases and prepare to go home. In the last 10 months the Marines in Fallujah have done what was unthinkable before the surge began — they have quietly transferred out of one of Anbar province's largest cities. FOX News has learned in an exclusive interview with Kelly from Fallujah that 80 percent of the move is complete. In February there were 8,000 Marines living at Fallujah base. Now there are about...
  • US moves to drop contempt case against 2 Marines

    09/23/2008 3:38:00 PM PDT · by Dubya · 31 replies · 336+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | The Associated Press
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Prosecutors want to drop contempt proceedings against two Marines who refused to testify against their former squad leader when he was being tried for the killings of four unarmed Iraqi detainees. Los Angeles-based U.S. Attorney Thomas O'Brien filed the motion Monday, asking U.S. District Judge Stephen Larson to drop the charges against Sgt. Ryan Weemer and Sgt. Jermaine Nelson. They refused to testify at the civilian trial of former Marine Jose Luis Nazario Jr., who was found not guilty of charges that he killed or caused others to kill four detainees in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2004. Weemer...
  • FALLUJAH CASE: Government Drops Contempt Charges Against Marine Sergeants Weemer and Nelson

    09/23/2008 8:57:28 AM PDT · by RedRover · 31 replies · 181+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 23, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Government Drops Contempt Charges Against Sergeants Weemer and NelsonThis is a developing story. For background on the contempt charges, see here.
  • The Nazario Trial: A Final View from the Courtroom

    09/04/2008 2:51:21 PM PDT · by RedRover · 19 replies · 227+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | September 4, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Defend Our Marines | Nathaniel R. Helms | Thursday, September 4, 2008 [pdf]Riverside, California – A reporter quickly learns that nothing is ever as it seems. That was never more apparent than at the recent US District Court trial of a former Marine acquitted of war crimes that allegedly occured in Fallujah, Iraq almost four years ago. Former sergeant and infantry squad leader Jose L. Nazario was a Riverside Police Department probationary patrolman when he was arrested last year by federal agents and charged in US District Court with killing two enemy prisoners of war. “Was” is the operative word...
  • MILITARY: Acquitted former Marine recalls fear in Fallujah

    09/01/2008 10:53:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies · 200+ views
    NC Times ^ | August 31, 2008 | Mark Walker
    Prosecutors faced uphill fight in proving 2004 killingsA former Camp Pendleton Marine acquitted last week in the slaying of four detainees during a 2004 battle for the city of Fallujah, Iraq, says his most vivid memory of those days was "constant fear." "We were running out of ammo and we weren't able to clear every house," Jose L. Nazario Jr. said Friday, one day after a U.S. District Court civilian jury declared him not guilty of manslaughter and related charges in the first-ever trial of its kind. "We were moving past buildings and structures where we could have been ambushed...
  • Ex-Marine Acquitted in Killing of Iraqis

    08/29/2008 6:30:30 AM PDT · by libstripper · 6 replies · 175+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Ajugust 29, 2008 | CHELSEA J. CARTER,
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Aug. 29) -- Jurors wept and embraced former Marine Jose Luis Nazario Jr. after acquitting him of voluntary manslaughter in the killings of unarmed Iraqi detainees during a fierce 2004 battle.
  • Jury acquits former Marine in killing of Iraqis (NAZARIO!!)

    08/28/2008 3:50:40 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 103 replies · 560+ views
    Tampa Bay Online | Aug 28, 6:34 PM EDT | By CHELSEA J. CARTER
  • NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS! Verdict in Nazario Trial

    08/28/2008 2:10:24 PM PDT · by RedRover · 248 replies · 1,029+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 28, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Developing story...
  • NAZARIO TRIAL, DAY FOUR: WAR OR MURDER? IT'S IN THE JURY'S HANDS

    08/28/2008 9:29:04 AM PDT · by RedRover · 28 replies · 265+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 27, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Riverside, California--A jury of 12 civilians began deliberations Wednesday afternoon in the case of a former Marine infantry squad leader accused of killing four unarmed insurgents in Fallujah Iraq almost four years ago. Former Sgt. Jose L. Nazario faces federal charges of voluntary manslaughter, abetting murder, assault with a deadly weapon and unlawfully using his firearm. Assistant US Attorney Jerry Behnke took the first shots in closing arguments that began Wednesday morning. Before offering closing arguments, he offered the jury of nine women and three men a surreptitiously recorded telephone conversation between the former squad leader and Sgt. Jermaine Nelson,...
  • NAZARIO TRIAL, DAY THREE: WHAT PURPOSE IS SERVED?

    08/27/2008 12:39:23 PM PDT · by RedRover · 46 replies · 412+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 26, 2088 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Riverside, California--After two years, countless thousands of dollars and the destruction of far too many reputations, the manslaughter trial of former Marine Corps Sergeant Jose L. Nazario is almost over. Tuesday afternoon at the close of business US District Judge Stephen Larson told the lawyers and spectators in the crowded court room in Riverside that the case against Nazario will go to the jury Thursday morning. From the sound of the things, the news didn’t reach the nine women and three men any too soon. They were already asking Larson when the trial would end, he said. Despite watching the...
  • Thin Air: Evidence Fails to Materialize in Fallujah Murder Trial

    08/26/2008 6:49:35 AM PDT · by RedRover · 60 replies · 222+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 26, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Riverside, California--The first witness with personal knowledge of what allegedly happened at Fallujah, Iraq in 2004 is expected to testify today against his former squad leader in US District Court. Former Lance Corporal Corey Carlisle was a Mormon missionary working in Indiana last year when he told a Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigator he heard and saw events that indicated several of his squad mates killed enemy prisoners in the opening hours of the battle. Carlisle told NCIS Special Agent Mark O Fox that his former squad leader Sgt. Jose L. Nazario, his fire team leader Cpl. Ryan Weemer, and...
  • NAZARIO TRIAL, DAY ONE: "This kind of case is supposed to be in a military court"

    08/22/2008 4:58:28 AM PDT · by RedRover · 46 replies · 735+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 22, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Riverside, California--There is a lot at stake in the utilitarian court room dominated by the Seal of the United States District Court for Central California at Riverside. This is where former Marine Corps Sergeant Jose Luis Nazario, 28, is on trial for allegedly killing enemy combatants his squad captured in the opening hours of the battle for Fallujah, Iraq almost four years ago. Two other Marines in the squad he led are charged with unpremeditated murder and dereliction of duty by the Marine Corps. For the record, Nazario says it never happened. On trial with Nazario is almost 250 years...
  • FALLUJAH MURDER CASE: THE TRIAL OF JOSE NAZARIO [LIVE THREAD]

    08/20/2008 2:26:52 PM PDT · by RedRover · 93 replies · 270+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 20, 2008 | David Allender | Nat Helms
    Wednesday, August 20: Jury selection is complete in the Jose Nazario trial. Fifty-four jurors were pooled, twelve (and two alternates) were chosen. There are nine women and three men on the jury, most have military members in their family and some are veterans. Jose Nazario is happy with the jury selection and confident that justice will be served. Opening statements are scheduled for tomorrow. And so we begin....
  • Cee-gar Marine's new book

    08/20/2008 1:17:24 PM PDT · by Cee-gar Man US Marine · 154 replies · 2,402+ views
    My name is April Popaditch, wife of Gysgt Nick Popaditch (ret) AKA Cee-gar Marine to FreeRepublic. This web site was such a source of strength to my family and I when my husband was wounded in Fallujah, Iraq April 2004. The beauty of the words and prayers that we read on a daily basis from all of you, will stay in our hearts forever. Military life is a sacrifice but one you never regret. Support from people you've never met, is life affirming and gives us the strength to carry on our new missions in life. I hear on the...
  • Ex-Marine decries prosecution in civilian court

    08/17/2008 2:15:17 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 39 replies · 309+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | August 17, 2008 | CHELSEA J. CARTER
    IRVINE, Calif. - A former Marine sergeant facing the first federal civilian prosecution of a military member accused of a war crime says there is much more at stake than his claim of innocence on charges that he killed unarmed detainees in Fallujah, Iraq. In the view of Jose Luis Nazario Jr., U.S. troops may begin to question whether they will be prosecuted by civilians for doing what their military superiors taught them to do in battle...
  • FALLUJAH CASE: Fed Plot Fizzles Against Marines

    08/16/2008 8:22:12 AM PDT · by RedRover · 51 replies · 779+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 15, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Two Camp Pendleton Marines, ordered to testify against former sergeant Jose L. Nazario by the US District Judge presiding over his voluntary manslaughter trial, have decided to refuse the judge’s order. Kevin B. McDermott, the Orange County attorney representing Nazario, says he received the news this morning. “It shows the solidarity of these Marines,” McDermott says. Nazario is charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter for allegedly executing two captured enemy combatants, compelling his subordinates to assist him in killing two others, and unlawfully using a firearm--his M-16 rifle--in the commission of the crime. Weemer and Nelson face general court-martials...
  • SEMPER RAT: Gov't Coerced Marine Defendant to Snitch [Upcoming Fallujah case]

    08/14/2008 2:36:49 PM PDT · by RedRover · 21 replies · 423+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 14, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    Government prosecutors, who filed an application in US District Court for an order compelling two Marines co-defendants to testify against their former squad leader, revealed that one of them was a government informant. All three men are accused of executing four enemy combatants they captured in the opening hours of the month-long battle of Fallujah in November 2004. Documents filed in the US District Court for Central California August 11 on reveal that Sgt. Jermaine Nelson, a co-defendant in the case against former Marine Jose L. Nazario, tried to trick his former squad leader into admitting the incident occurred. Nazario,...
  • FALLUJAH CASE: US Attorney Seeks Marine Corps Legal Aid in Prosecution of Nazario

    08/13/2008 12:34:19 PM PDT · by RedRover · 16 replies · 619+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 7, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    The Marine Corps is considering the unprecedented step of appointing a reserve lawyer to assist the US Attorney for Central California in prosecuting former Marine Sgt. Jose L. Nazario in US District Court in Riverside, California, Defend Our Marines has learned.A Marine Corps spokesman at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. confirmed Thursday that a request for an SJA to assist in the prosecution of Nazario was received at HQMC from the US Attorneys Office for Central California. Nazario was indicted by a federal Grand Jury last August 17 for allegedly executing two prisoners of war at Fallujah. In a...
  • Amputee Marine returns to combat duty

    08/06/2008 6:37:12 PM PDT · by pissant · 37 replies · 480+ views
    LA Times ^ | David Zucchino
    A year after Cpl. Garrett Jones lost his left leg to a bomb in Iraq, he has rejoined his unit in Afghanistan. Improved medical care and prostheses -- and his determination -- made it possible. CAMP BARBER, AFGHANISTAN -- Just over a year ago, Cpl. Garrett Jones was one of thousands of Marines slogging through a tour of duty in Iraq. Today, he is deployed with the same unit in Afghanistan, but he serves now with an unusual distinction. On July 23, 2007, Jones was on foot patrol near the Iraqi city of Fallouja when he was injured by a...
  • Trial for Marine in civilian court two weeks away: Defend Our Marines to match fund donations

    08/06/2008 6:20:03 PM PDT · by RedRover · 38 replies · 361+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | August 7, 2008 | David Allender
    Major Bill Donahue (USMC, retired) has a personal stake in the Third Battle of Fallujah. He lost a son in that city (a second son lost both legs a month later in Iraq). Now Donahue heads United American Patriots, a national non-profit 501(c) 3 organization and its Warrior Fund project. His mission is to ensure justice for soldiers and Marines accused of crimes arising out of combat in Iraq. Donahue speaks with passion about his cause. And he speaks with understandable pride about his successes. Donations from Warrior Fund were crucial to the recent exonerations of Sgt. Leonardo Trevińo and...
  • MILITARY: General says victory 'all but won' in Anbar

    08/01/2008 8:00:38 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 42 replies · 150+ views
    NC Times ^ | August 1, 2008 | Mark Walker
    Camp Pendleton commander backs cut in Marine forces in western IraqCamp Pendleton's Maj. Gen. John Kelly said Friday that the military is on the verge on victory in Iraq's once rebellious Anbar province. "We have all but won this thing when they once said that was impossible," Kelly said during a telephone interview with the North County Times from his headquarters in the city of Fallujah, once a flash point in the battle against the insurgency. "The rest of the country is now following Anbar's lead." The two-star general was deliberately cautious about declaring outright victory, stressing that work remains...
  • The facts about Fallujah (Aussie General slams lefty lies)

    08/01/2008 8:18:09 PM PDT · by Dundee · 17 replies · 182+ views
    The Australian letter page ^ | 02 August 2008 | Maj. Gen. (ret) Jim Molan
    CHRIS Doran (Letters, 1/8) is entitled to his view, but he gets just about everything wrong about my account of the Iraq war... The assault was neither disproportionate nor was it indiscriminate; it was conducted strictly in accordance with the laws of armed conflict and undertaken to remove a safe haven for terrorists/insurgents whose crimes against the people we have publicly documented... White phosphorous is as terrible as any battlefield weapon but it is not a chemical weapon and is not illegal if used against enemy forces as it was in Fallujah... Far from closing down Fallujah’s hospital, the coalition...
  • Federal Prosecutors Turn Up Heat in Fallujah Murder Case: Trial Will Be a Marine Reunion

    07/31/2008 6:54:25 PM PDT · by RedRover · 39 replies · 193+ views
    Defend Our Marines ^ | July 30, 2008 | Nathaniel R. Helms
    A Navy Cross recipient is among the Marine veterans of the Battle of Fallujah getting subpoenaed to a US District Court in Riverside, California where former comrade-in-arms Jose L Nazario is scheduled to go on trial for allegedly executing two captured enemy combatants in the opening hours of the battle. When the battle erupted on November 9, 2004 Nazario was an infantry squad leader in 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines – the Thundering Third. He is scheduled to go on trial Aug 19 for voluntary manslaughter and related charges after allegedly killing two insurgents and ordering Marines...
  • KFC in Fallujah (Marines suspiciously walks into... ahem! search and secures twilight zone)

    07/23/2008 8:26:38 AM PDT · by Wiz · 26 replies · 132+ views
    Live Leak ^ | 2007 Jul 17
    Marines visiting a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. Scenes include troops walking inside the restaurant and KFC workers preparing and frying chicken and french fries. Click link to see video clip