Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Army’s Death-Squad Inquiry

Why is it important to bring these extremely destructive acts, and yes criminal, into the light of day? First, if proven true, they've already killed and maimed brother and sister soldiers serving in theater in the blowback as these are only hidden incidents outside of an occupied country, they enhance the already growing international criminal terrorist ranks from the extremely failed policies followed and give proof to their once propaganda used against us, and will continue to do so if nothing is done! Second, a country that touts Law, National and International, and Condemns others must uphold their standards they preach and lead by example not words! Third, and very important, is the chain of command in theater must be investigated as well, these tragic incidents, any with proof that occurred, are carried out under a cloud of extremely poor leadership the soldiers are serving under and brings tragic results on them!

How To Spot A Whitewash In Army’s Death-Squad Inquiry

September 20, 2010 - According to Army investigators at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington State, soldiers in the 3rd Platoon, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment of what’s now the 2nd Stryker Brigade hunted and killed Afghan civilians for sport. If this gruesome tale turns out to be true, then it means American soldiers in Afghanistan became something we associate with the worst of all war crimes, something that we’d like to believe simply doesn’t exist among our troops: a death squad.

A small group of soldiers in the platoon, report the Washington Post and the Army Times before it, hatched a plot to target Afghan civilians for death. Three alleged murders occurred between January and May in Kandahar at the hands of the self-described “Kill Team” headed by a staff sergeant in the platoon who apparently boasted of getting away with abuse in Iraq. The motives of the “Kill Team” are unknown at this point, but they appear to be indistinguishable from sadism: we only know about the plot because a private came forward to investigators after “Kill Team” members beat him up — ironically, on suspicion that he was a snitch. This is going to get even uglier: apparently there are photographs of some of the team posing with the corpses they created.

Details surrounding the alleged death squad are subject to dispute and counter-accusation as the Army’s investigation proceeds. But what little is known so far suggests a path for investigators to determine how these alleged war crimes could have occurred — and how observers can spot a whitewash if they don’t follow it. Short answer: look at how their commanders behaved.

1. What did the chain of command know? {read rest}

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