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US Military Leadership Says "Zero Tolerance for Murder, Assault and Hazing," But Marine Corps Courts Rule Differently

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16. Jamal Ahmed, 41.

17. Marwan Ahmed, 28.

18. Qahtan Ahmed, 24.

19. Chasib Ahmed, 27.

Taxi--5 killed : Passengers were students at the Technical Institute in Saqlawiyah

20. Ahmed Khidher, taxi driver.

21. Akram Hamid Flayeh.

22. Khalid Ayada al-Zawi.

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23. Wajdi Ayada al-Zawi.

24. Mohammed Battal Mahmoud.

Consistency in Military "Justice"-No Punishment for Massacres

The Haditha murders and the results of the court-martials of those accused of conducting the murders have been compared to the My Lai massacre of the Vietnam War. On March 16, 1968, somewhere between 347 and 504 unarmed civilians were murdered in the village called My Lai by soldiers of "Charlie" Company of the US Army's Americal Division.   Most of the victims were women, children (including babies), and elderly people. Some of the bodies were later found to be mutilated. Twenty-six US soldiers were initially charged with criminal offenses, but only Second Lieutenant William Calley, a platoon leader in Charlie Company, was convicted. Calley was found guilty of killing 22 villagers and was originally given a life sentence, but he received a sentence of three-and-a-half years, not in prison, but under house arrest on a military base.

Marine Assaults lead to Suicide

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In the past two weeks at the US Marine Base in Kaneohe, Hawaii, two of the three Marines assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment have been court-martialed for their part in assault of a fellow Marine Lance Corporal Harry Lew who ended up committing suicide in Afghanistan 20 minutes after the assault. Lance Corporal Jacob Jacoby, 21, pleaded guilty to three charges of assault on Lew including kicking Lew in the head and back and punching Lew on his helmet for three-and-a half hours.  

In plea bargain, Benjamin was allowed to plea bargain for 30 days confinement and a reduction in rank to private first class and the Marine prosecutor agreed to drop the remaining two charges of wrongfully abusing, humiliating, demeaning and threatening Lew.

The court martial judge, US Navy Captain Carrie Stephens, said that there was "no evidence that there was a direct link between the assault on Lew and his suicide" that occurred 20 minutes later. The judge did not honor the prosecution's request for a bad-conduct discharge and instead reduced Jacoby in rank to Private First Class and allowed him to stay in the Marine Corps.

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Ann Wright is a 29 year US Army/Army Reserves veteran who retired as a Colonel and a former US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq. She served in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia and Mongolia. In December, 2001 (more...)

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The military "Justice" system has long been a path... by Richard Pietrasz on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 5:28:05 PM
What could one expect? Recruits are hazed by drill... by M.I. Lee on Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012 at 7:27:53 PM