Saturday, June 17, 2006

Iraqis Killing Our Troops...Now We'll Kill Them?...

Lawyers: Threats Used Against Marines

"Pentagon investigators threatened the death penalty and used other coercive techniques to obtain statements from some of the seven Marines and a Navy corpsman jailed for the shooting death of an Iraqi civilian, two defense lawyers say.

Attorney Jane Siegel, who represents Marine Pfc. John Jodka, 20, said Naval Criminal Investigative Service officials spoke to her client three times after he was taken into custody May 12. Jodka was questioned for up to eight hours at a time and was not offered water or toilet breaks, Siegel said.

It didn't just start with this but it looks like now even our own military is treating our kids like criminals. and, according to the defense attornies,without even according the soldiers the same rights as any common criminal.

"They used some really heavy-handed tactics to extract the information," Siegel said, adding that her client was not read his rights prior to questioning _ a fundamental right to which all accused troops are entitled _ and was threatened with the death penalty."

What is happening here now? Are our troops becoming as bad as the terrorists? If they are, why are they? Everyone who believes that, stand on your heads and pick your teeth with your toenails! What a crock this is!

Wait!-there's more!

" The Pentagon began investigating shortly after an Iraqi man was killed on April 26 in Hamdania, west of Baghdad. Military officials have said little publicly about the man's death, but a senior Pentagon official with direct knowledge of the investigation said evidence so far indicates troops entered the town in search of an insurgent and, failing to find him, grabbed an unarmed man from his home and shot him.

After the killing, the troops planted a shovel and an AK-47 rifle at the scene to make it appear the man was trying to plant an explosive device, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

The Pentagon originally said the incident occurred in Hamandiyah but officials later acknowledged they had misidentified the town and that the incident happened in Hamdania.

They aren't even sure where this was to have taken place. You need to read carefully the account of what is supposed to have happened.

"...troops entered the town in search of an insurgent and, failing to find him, grabbed an unarmed man from his home and shot him. After the killing, the troops planted a shovel and an AK-47 rifle at the scene to make it appear the man was trying to plant an explosive device, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity..."

I'm not surprised the official doesn't want anyone to know who he is. What is going on with our kids who went over there voluntarily and put their lives on the line to defend us from terrorism?

What does this sound like: " Until Thursday the Marines and Navy corpsman were held at a maximum level of security at Camp Pendleton and were shackled whenever they left their cells. Their security level now has been reclassified to a lower level and they are allowed one hour's recreation daily without shackles, Camp Pendleton spokesman Lt. Lawton King said."

How much more will our kids be subjected to in their quest to protect us? It's up to you people to decide!

Later...

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