In a news story put out by Associated Press Writer, Kim Curtis, the headline reads " U.S. Army sniper sentenced in Iraq case".
Now at first glance at the headline I thought it was simply a case of a rogue soldier getting carried away. I was wrong.BAGHDAD - The court-martial that cleared a U.S. Army sniper of two counts of murder sentenced him Saturday to five months in prison, reduced his rank to private and ordered his pay withheld for planting evidence in the deaths of two Iraqi civilians. -Ap
I thought, 'planting evidence?', and then I read on.
Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval, 22, was acquitted Friday of murder charges in the April and May deaths of two unidentified men. The five-man, two-woman panel decided he was guilty of a lesser charges of placing detonation wire on one of the bodies to make it look as if the man was an insurgent.
"I feel fortunate that I have been served this sentence," Sandoval said. "I'm grateful that I'm able to continue to be in the Army."
Military prosecutors had argued Sandoval should be sentenced to five years in prison.-Ap
WHAT!!! Now we're planting evidence on innocent people to make them look like "terrorists? Has the world completely gone MAD!!!!
It's bad enough we are in this mess, now we have our military resorting to the actions of criminals! Only 5 months for that? Prosecutors arguing for a mere 5 years for double homicide!!! What is going on here? Fortunate? Still allowed in the Army? This can't be right, I missed something.
I sure did.
Vela said the sniper team was following orders when it shot the men during two separate incidents near Iskandariyah, a volatile Sunni-dominated area 30 miles south of Baghdad, on April 27 and May 11.
Gary Myers, one of Vela's lawyers, claimed this week that Army snipers hunting insurgents in Iraq were under orders to "bait" their targets with suspicious materials, such as detonation cords, then kill those who picked up the items. He said his client was acting on orders.
Asked about the "baiting program," Capt. Craig Drummond, Sandoval's military defense attorney, said it was unclear "what programs were going on out there and when," especially "if there were things that were done that made the rules of engagement not clear."- Ap
You have got to be kidding me!! "BAIT"!! Now we're fishing?!! What if two ten year old kids picked up that primer cord? What kind of sentence then? 6 months? 7 years?
THIS IS A FALLACY PERPETRATED BY THE REAL PHONY G.I.JOE'S! This whole "rules of engagement not clear" is now being used to allow attrocities such as this to occur, just like the Nazi's did with the concentration camps! "We just give them showers". AND GAS THEM!!!! Allowing this to go on because we don't know who to shoot is ridiculous.
So now we've resorted to "baiting" people into their own demise. I am completely shocked now, if I wasn't before. This kid would be in jail for life here. His face would be EVERYWHERE on the news. O.J. is news-worthy enough. Brittany is too. But not this? I say to the Dems in office, you fools want this to go on for how long? 2013? Maybe longer? We haven't slaughtered enough and now we resort to criminal acts in the name of "rules of engagement not clear"!!
Rush makes retarded comments about a con man and it's plastered everywhere in sight and this gets a one page article that completely diverts it's attention to dividing Iraq in the rest of it.