Our Military is under attack by their own.
Marine faces final hurdle in Haditha case
Cleared of wrongdoing at every step, officer must fight accusations again
By Drew Zahn
Four years after the so-called “Haditha Massacre,” cited by U.S. Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., to publicly accuse U.S. Marines of being cold-blooded killers, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani faces a board of inquiry tomorrow, hoping to clear his name yet again of alleged wrongdoing.
Richard Thompson, president of the Thomas More Law Center, which forms part of Chessani’s defense team, has consistently maintained Chessani’s innocence.
“I’m outraged at the obvious double standard the government used as it gave Army Maj. Nidal Hasan every benefit of the doubt because of political correctness. Yet, they had no problem persecuting this loyal Marine officer because he refused to throw his men under the bus to appease an anti-war politician and the Iraqi government,” Thompson said in a statement. “Any finding of misconduct handed down by the board of inquiry would be a miscarriage of justice because Lt. Col. Chessani did nothing wrong.”
According to the Law Center, because a board of inquiry is an administrative hearing, the normal rules of evidence do not apply. The board can consider material without the benefit of a cross-examination, and Chessani’s legal team cannot subpoena witnesses – it can only request them. Further, the Law Center reports, the government need only prove misconduct by a preponderance of the evidence, rather than beyond a reasonable doubt as required in a criminal proceeding.
MILITARY: Marine panel begins work
Inquiry board deciding fate of man who commanded troops when 24 Iraqis were slain in 2005
By Mark walker
After 22 years in the Marine Corps, including three tours of duty in Iraq, the fate of Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani rests with three officers who must decide if he was derelict in his response to the slaying of two dozen Iraqi civilians four years ago.
Chessani was the battalion commander of Camp Pendleton’s 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment in the city of Haditha when the 24 civilians, including several women and children, were slain after a roadside bombing on Nov. 19, 2005.
During breaks, he chatted with his wife, who is pregnant with the couple’s seventh child and a cadre of supporters who argue the Marine Corps is trying to make Chessani a scapegoat for what happened at Haditha, an incident that flamed anti-war sentiments and resulted in an order five months later that all civilian deaths in Iraq be formally investigated.
He’s not alone. There are others who, in doing their job, have become the sacrificial lambs to the altar of political correctness and political agendas.
Marines, corpsman to be removed in Iraqi death
By ELLIOT SPAGAT (AP)
SAN DIEGO — Three Marines and a Navy man convicted of aiding the kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi man have been ordered removed from the military, the Navy said Wednesday.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus issued the ruling more than two years after the accusations were aired in a Camp Pendleton courtroom.
The men had been allowed to stay on active duty after serving short jail terms for charges linked to the death in the village of Hamdania.
The secretary denied clemency for Pvt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III, who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for unpremeditated murder and other offenses.
Secretary of the Navy: Who is Ray Mabus?
An interesting tidbit:
Mabus joined Barack Obama’s presidential campaign in May 2007 as an unpaid advisor on the Middle East and also toured the country speaking on behalf of the Democratic candidate. In October of the same year, he remarried—to nurse Lynne Horecky.
A one-time shareholder of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell
, Mabus founded his own consulting firm, REM Strategies, in 2008. He has served on the advisory board for the Center for Middle East Public Policy
at the RAND Corporation and on the Council on Foreign Relation
s. He has also been on the board of directors of America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc
., a Washington-based nonprofit group designed to strengthen ties between the U.S. and the Arab nations of the Middle East and North Africa.
Why does this not surprise me….
(If you’d like to know more about who is in the government, go to AllGov
More on the Marines:
EXCLUSIVE: Navy secretary boots 4 Pendleton troops involved in Iraq...
Attorneys for some of the men said the secretary is second-guessing decisions made by military judges, juries and convening authorities.
Jodka attorney Joseph Casas said his client, who grew up in Encinitas, was disappointed.
“Each of these cases was prosecuted, and I think that justice happened,” Casas said. “Now, two years later, the Secretary of the Navy is basically saying those decisions were wrong. It’s the political process infringing on military justice.”
“It’s a strong declaration that, regardless of the legal action that took place in their cases, these individuals should not be allowed to stay in the military,” Silliman said. “They do not represent the standards of the armed services because of their misconduct and disregard for respect of the law.”
One of Phan’s attorneys, Matthew Cord, disagreed, saying it’s a “slap in the face to the military justice system” that worked diligently to fairly adjudicate each man’s case. Phan, served another tour of duty in Iraq after his case ended, as did Shumate and Jodka.
“They specifically retained these guys, boxed them back up and shipped them back to Iraq,” Cord said. “To decide now that they are unfit for service when they were deemed fit to send back to combat is appalling.”
MILITARY: Mother still hopes Marine son will win early parole
Kathy Hutchins says it’s wrong he’s the only one sitting in a prison cell
By MARK WALKER
A day after the head of the U.S. Navy denied clemency for her son, the mother of Larry Hutchins —- the only man imprisoned for the slaying of an Iraqi civilian in 2006 —- is now pinning her hopes on a parole board.
Kathy Hutchins said Wednesday she was shocked after learning that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus on Tuesday had ordered four other men implicated in the incident removed from the military by the end of next week.
David Brahms, a Carlsbad attorney and former Marine general who represented a Hamdania defendant who pleaded guilty and left the service, said Mabus’ action more than two years after the cases were decided was puzzling.
“This has no real impact on anything,” Brahms said. “Why now? What is the purpose here. Deals were made with these guys and now the government is reneging on those deals.”
Both these cases have major holes in their validity. Please listen to Sgt Tim Harrington discuss the Pendleton 8 case here:
Obama’s Political pawns - Military personnel made scapegoats?
Excerpts from a recent American Grand Jury Internet BlogTalk provides first hand descriptions of the plight of the Pendleton 8, (7 marines and a navy corpsman) plight. Illegally treated by the same government, whose orders they were following, these US service personal were robbed of the due process to which they were entitled. It was noted that a higher level of legal representation was afforded the war criminals (terrorists) captured on the battle field.
American Grand Jury EXCERPT - Pendleton 8
Download MP3 here
Then there are the three Navy SEALs ~
Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist
Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com.
Clubbing Navy Seals
Last week, Fox News reported a jaw-dropping story about how our War on Terror has now become a war on ourselves. In September, a team of Navy SEALs captured terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed, a man known to the U.S. military as “Objective Amber,” the architect of the vicious and deadly attack on four American contractors in the summer of 2004. These poor men were shot, burned, and then their bodies were desecrated, hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River.
But instead of hailing the SEALs as heroes for bringing this vicious murderer to justice, three of them have been brought up on charges.
Navy Seals American Grand Jury BlogTalk
Sgt Tim Harrington (US Marine ret) describes part of the Navy Seals incident for which it is believed this administration is deliberately using members of our military to undermine the war efforts against terrorism.
American Grand Jury EXCERPT - Navy Seals
Download MP3 here
Also, here: The Dame Trut
h (lots of good info here on this. Forward to 14:00 to get to the meat of it)
The Pendleton 8, Leavenworth 10, Navy SEALS & Treason in the Wh...
Join The Dame to welcome Sgt. Tim Harrington, USMC Ret., Capt. Neil B. Turner, Army Air Ret., who have worked with the Pendleton 8 since the 2004 incident in Fallujah and Mack Ellis, co founder, American Grand Jury.
Terrorists lie. It’s in their Manual
: Accuse security guards of torture. They are known to beat their heads on the sides of the vehicles or walls so they can say they’ve been beaten. But the media won’t report on that. But then, it’s become so apparent that the media’s only use for our Military is for sensationalism, body counts and photo ops.
There is something very wrong in this country when a known terrorist’s word is taken over the word of a Member of our Military. Not just once, but too many times.