Saturday, June 03, 2006

Military Inquiry Into Haditha Looking Into Cover-up

One of the two military investigations of the Haditha massacre is looking closely at how the matter was handled by the Marine Corps chain of command. False reports were submitted to superior officers early on, and investigators are trying to determine how soon midlevel and senior officers became aware that the truth was being covered up and what actions they subsequently took.

(T)he handling of the matter by the senior Marine commanders in Haditha, and whether officers and enlisted personnel tried to cover up what happened or missed signs suggesting that the civilian killings were not accidental, has become a major element of the investigation by an Army general into the entire episode.

Officials have said that the investigation, while not yet complete, is likely to conclude that a small group of marines carried out the unprovoked killings of two dozen civilians in the hours after a makeshift bomb killed a marine.

A senior Marine general familiar with the investigation, which is being led by Maj. Gen. Eldon A. Bargewell of the Army, said in an interview that it had not yet established how high up the chain of command culpability for the killings extended. But he said there were strong suspicions that some officers knew that the Marine squad's version of events had enough holes and discrepancies that it should have been looked into more deeply.

"It's impossible to believe they didn't know," the Marine general said, referring to midlevel and senior officers. "You'd have to know this thing stunk." He was granted anonymity, along with others who described the investigation, because he was not authorized to speak publicly about it.

In recent weeks, investigators have interviewed the Marine commanders who were serving in Iraq at the time of the killings, including Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Johnson, commander of the Second Marine Expeditionary Force in Iraq, and Maj. Gen. Richard A. Huck, commander of the Second Marine Division, a senior Pentagon adviser said.

Military officials said Friday that interviews with all senior officers in the chain of command were a routine part of any wide-ranging inquiry, and did not necessarily indicate culpability on their part.

9 Comments:

Blogger EAPrez said...

This makes me ill.
We need to get out of there.
We've become what we supposedly despise.
This will only make the insurgency more determined.

6/03/2006 10:31 AM  
Blogger Jon said...

What makes me ill is the fact that so many people are willing to talk to the media befre the investigations are complete leading the MSM to speculate on what really happened and give all of the Anti-Bush liberals more fodder to attack Bush with.

We are not going to pull out no matter how much people like Jack Murtha and any other liberal calls for. The only way we are pulling out is if the Iraqi government asks us to leave early.

6/04/2006 6:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What you mean the Iraqi government that the U.S. installed?

My guess is that they'll ask you to leave when you tell them it's OK for them to ask.

Dena

6/05/2006 10:56 AM  
Blogger Effwit said...

Dena:

I patiently explained, a week or so ago, to Jon that he is a ****ing idiot.

Anyone who thinks that conservative Democrat Rep. Murtha is a "liberal" only ices that judgement.

6/05/2006 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(sigh)... Yes Mr. F... patience is such an uncommon and wonderful virtue... These trying times give us ample opportunity to practice it...

And why is being called a liberal considered an epithet in the U.S.?

Dena
(fairly liberal and somewhat ****ing proud of it)

6/05/2006 2:19 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...

Dena:

True about having to have patience.

Most people who decry liberals have little idea what a liberal is. I have seen some who equate it with communism.

At least liberals won't stoop so low as to defend war crimes.

6/05/2006 2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh OK then... for the wingnuts

Liberalism is the new Communism...

Bush is the new Lincoln

and, um, for this fashion season, charcol grey is the new black?

(So hard to keep everything straight in my head. And what would be the new McCarthyism ?)

Dena

6/05/2006 3:52 PM  
Blogger Effwit said...

Dena:

And what would be the new McCarthyism ?

Maybe all the wingnut bloggers who find liberals, terrorists, and other "freedom-haters" everywhere they look.

6/05/2006 4:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The new McCarthyism would be last year's
American Idol jury.

6/05/2006 10:08 PM  

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