I am just heartsick. Why they waited until 4 days before Christmas to announce the charges I can just imagine. I mean they only started the investigation in earnest back in March 2006...
From the AP -
Staff Sgt. Frank D. Wuterich, the 26-year-old squad leader, was charged with fatally shooting 12 people while having "intent to kill or cause great bodily harm," according to charging sheets released by defense attorney Neal Puckett. Wuterich also was accused of telling Marines "to 'shoot first and ask questions later' or words to that effect," the charging sheet stated.
Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt, 22, of Carbondale, Penn., was accused of one charge of murder involving unpremeditated killings of three males in a house, said his attorney, Gary Myers.
Lance Cpl. Stephen Tatum, 25, of Edmund, Okla., also was charged, but his attorney, Jack Zimmerman, declined to specify the allegations before the government's announcement.
From Terrorist Sniper Supporters at CNN:
Wuterich was leading a patrol from Kilo Company of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, through Haditha on November 19, 2005, when the unit was hit by a roadside bomb that killed one of its members. The Marines launched an investigation in March into allegations that the detachment went on a rampage after the bombing, killing up to two dozen Iraqis.
Lest anyone forget - it was that pig in traitor's clothing John Murtha that propelled this onto the front page of the media. The ex-Marine literally took a dump on the Marines when he claimed they committed another "My Lai" against the victims in Haditha.
I am also extremely angry - so much so that my hands are shaking as I type this post. The Marines are taking the word of so-called witnesses that already have an anti-American axe to grind. The bodies have not been exhumed for examination - all we have is the human rights activist who posed as a journalist with a video taken at some point in time. The so-called innocent civilians were knowingly harboring and providing cover for terrorists - terrorists that had just killed one Marine.
If we don't stop eating our own and kissing the ass of every person claiming "atrocity" we will never beat the insurgents. We just handed another propaganda victory to the terrorists and our military leaders are responsible for passing the baton. This is truly a sad day in America...When do we get to start filing murder charges against the blood sucking religion of peace members that kill our soldiers? Oh yeah F@*# You Murtha.
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