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March 15, 2005

Who's defending the defenders?

From FoxNews:

Army 1st Lt. Jack Saville is charged with involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, obstruction of justice, conspiracy and making a false statement. His court-martial was to begin Monday.

The 25-year-old West Point graduate faces a maximum penalty of 29 years in military prison if convicted. He is accused of ordering troops to push two curfew violators into the river near Samarra in early 2004, resulting in the drowning death of Zaidoun Hassoun, 19.

But defense lawyers contend Zaidoun is still alive, and in December a judge granted a defense request to have the body exhumed to determine identification and cause of death. It's unclear if that exhumation has happened....

During [Staff Sgt. Tracy ] Perkins' trial [for the same incidence], an Army investigator testified that she never saw Zaidoun's body, allegedly found in the river 12 days after the incident, and did not have it exhumed because of security concerns.

Also during Perkins' trial, several soldiers testified that both Iraqis got out of the river alive. A forensic expert testified that a corpse shown in a funeral videotape provided by Zaidoun's family showed no signs of being in water for nearly two weeks....

Perkins was sentenced to six months in military prison and was reduced by one rank to staff sergeant, which cuts his pay and responsibilities.

These are American citizens putting themselves in danger to protect Iraq, as well as the United States. Does it seem unreasonable to expect them to receive fair trials? What's going on over there?

Posted by Danny Carlton at March 15, 2005 09:16 AM

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This makes me sick!

We need to organize a large protest at every recruitment center in every state. Why enlist in the military and face murder charges when you return from your tour of “duty”?

Why risk your life defending the US when you will no doubt face life in prison for killing the “enemy” when you return?

I believe the same people who file these charges against our military “is the enemy”! Maybe they should face the same charges by the people of this Country.

The Country I once loved and would have gladly given my own life for have now turned against its defenders.

Who will stand up and defend the defenders?

Who has the courage to spit it the face of the administration and their prosecutors?


Posted by: Kelly Calvert at April 26, 2005 01:29 PM

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