Friday, January 26, 2007

"Shot While Attempting To Flee"

A 101st Airborne Division soldier was sentenced Thursday to 18 years in prison for murdering a detainee and taking part in the killings of two others in Iraq last year.

Pfc. Corey R. Clagett, 22, was one of four soldiers from the division's 3rd Brigade "Rakkasans" who were accused in the detainees' deaths during a May 9 raid on the Muthana chemical complex in Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.

The soldiers first told investigators they shot the detainees because they were attempting to flee - a story they now say they made up - and that commanders had given them orders to kill all military-age males on the mission.

Two of those soldiers, Spc. William B. Hunsaker and Spc. Juston R. Graber, have changed their stories and pleaded guilty. The squad leader, Staff Sgt. Raymond Girouard, is awaiting his court-martial.

"(Sgt. Girouard) said we were going to cut the zip ties loose and kill the detainees," Clagett told the military judge, Col. Theodore Dixon, on Thursday. "I knew it was an unlawful order. I just went along with it."

Prosecutors said Clagett fatally shot one detainee and seriously wounded another. Official say Graber then killed the wounded detainee, and Hunsaker killed the third.

The judge asked Clagett what his intention was when he shot at the detainees.

"To kill them, your honor," Clagett said.
The "shot while trying to escape" lie is particularly chilling in light of the madmen who made it their trademark during the 1930's and 1940's. Anyone want to argue that our already tenuous national reputation can survive many more years of this?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear realist, please whack the politicians much much more brutally than the soldiers...the soldiers there actually risk their lives...whatever wrong they may do...its the politicians who put the soldiers there...

1/26/2007 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like they transferred NYC and LA police officers to Iraq.

This country hates brown people. The behavior of our government and the soldiers is merely an extension of our own beliefs, especially when the victims are non-christians.

1/26/2007 12:47 PM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

They are trained killers. They are doing what they soldiers are supposed to do. kill people.

1/26/2007 4:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sadly, many of these same soldiers will find themselves lost when it comes time to come home. Mentally, we are going to have a lot of guys with a twisted mentality of what constitutes reality. Our government is perfectly prepared to let them sink or swim on their own when they come back and when the PTSD sets in, we are all going to pay the price as a society. The ranks of the homeless vets are already beginning to show the effects. What a way to honor them after their show of patriotism.

1/26/2007 7:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

draft time...

1/27/2007 2:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another Mai Lai, and another, and another.

Anything and everything goes on in war. A good reason not to start one, and find a way for peace.

1/28/2007 3:44 PM  
Anonymous goldhorder said...

This is just a good reason to not serve in this war. Unless you are defending an invasion on your own soil...actually protecting your own family. Serving in the US military is in my opinion immoral. The troops do not deserve anybodys applause. Maybe our sympathy and an effort at educating them in the error they have but...but they deserve no applause for contributing to an immoral cause. I have six years of active duty and I am a gulf war veteran. It has been a longtime coming to this conclusion for me and a painful one. I don't trust the US federal government and I think it is an evil institution. I believe in tax avoidance and buying gold for financial security. Washington, Franklin, Jefferson, Adams, Monroe, and even Hamilton(off all people) wrote about the negative consequences of foreign entanglements and colonialism. That we should avoid both to avoid becoming a militaristic society involved in constant war making. The US have been involved in more wars than any other country on earth the last 100 years. Switzerland hasn't been involved in a war in over 200 years. Switzerland followed the foreign policy our founding fathers championed and managed to avoid the horrors of both world wars despite being smack in the middle of both of them. That is a country the values peace. It helps that they are a small country that couldn't dominate the world if they wanted to. Their political leaders know this and so they pursue policies that protects their independence. Otherwise one of the world's power might attempt to conquer them. Our leaders have the resources of 300 million people at their disposal so there is almost no limit to the damage they can do to world peace. Just manipulate people's emotions and fears and get the war machine humming.

1/29/2007 11:58 AM  
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