Will Murtha apologize?

Wednesday, April 25, 2007
If this story posted by Clarice Feldman is true, will we be hearing an apology from Congressman Murtha for slandering the Marine Corps by calling the soldiers cold blooded murderers following an attack in Haditha, Iraq which left several Iraqi civilians dead? And will the media take a break from attacking the US Army for the mistakes surrounding the friendly fire death of Pat Tillman three years ago and admit that in this case, they were the ones who got it wrong?

In a nutshell, the case exploded when an intelligence officer dropped a bombshell on prosecutors during a pre-hearing interview when he revealed the existence of exculpatory evidence that appears to have been obtained by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and withheld from the prosecutors.
This officer, described by senior Marine Corps superiors as one of the best and most dedicated intelligence officers in the entire Marine Corps, was in possession of evidence which provided a minute-by-minute narrative of the entire day’s action — material which he had amassed while monitoring the day’s action in his capacity as the battalion’s intelligence officer. That material, he says, was also in the hands of the NCIS.
Much of that evidence remains classified, but it includes videos of the entire day’s action, including airstrikes against insurgent safe houses. Also included was all of the radio traffic describing the ongoing action between the men on the ground and battalion headquarters, and proof that the Marines were aware that the insurgents conducting the ambush of the Kilo Company troops were videotaping the action — the same video that after editing ended up in the hands of a gullible anti-war correspondent for Time magazine.
When asked by the prosecution team to give his copies of the evidence to the prosecution, he told NewsMax.com that he was reluctant to do so, fearing it would again be suppressed or misused, but later relented when ordered by his commanding general to do so.
Confronted by the massive mounds of evidence that Marine Corps sources tell NewsMax proves conclusively that the cases against the Haditha Marines are baseless, the prosecutors were forced to postpone the Article 32 against Lt. Col. Chessani and two of the enlisted men in an attempt to regroup.[/quote]
Clarice Feldman


Sparrowhills said...

Of course Murtha won't apologize. That's not how Democratic-Socialists play the game.

But some prosecutor, as in the Duke case needs to be discharged for withholding evidence. In fact some Levenworth time is in order.

terrye said...

If this is true, I would say so.

Knucklehead said...

I saw this today via NewMax and the whole thing sounds so wierd to me that I'm not getting my hopes up.

Why on earth would the NCIS withold information from the prosecution? I can understand (as unforgiveable as it may be) keeping info away from the defense (presuming the Navy wanted some jarheads to roll for whatever reason).

I hope it is true and the whole case just goes away.

But nobody on the Left will ever apologize to anyone for anything. It doesn't fit their idea of ethics or morality. Those US Marines (in fact all US servicemen) are bad people. What they do every day of their lives is WRONG, BAD, EVIL. If they can be convicted of some crime, regardless of whether or not they committed any, that's fantastic but not necessary to their condemnation.

Rick Ballard said...

"Why on earth would the NCIS withold information from the prosecution?"

Find out who lit their fire and you'll have an answer. I peg the problem at flag rank level and it could be a Marine general as easily as a Navy Admiral.

Think of a real weasel like Wes Clarke - that's the type who would do this sort of crap.

terrye said...

There are politics in the military too.

x_dhimmi said...

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