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U.S. Military Discards Trove of Documents on 2005 Haditha Massacre of Iraqis

Amy Goodman
Democracy Now! / Video Report
Published: Wednesday 21 December 2011
The documents were found among scores of other classified material at a junkyard outside Baghdad as an attendant used them as fuel to cook his dinner.

As the U.S. military leaves Iraq, the New York Times has recovered hundreds of pages of documents detailing internal interrogations of U.S. Marines over the 2005 Haditha massacre of Iraqi civilians. The documents — many marked secret — were found among scores of other classified material at a junkyard outside Baghdad as an attendant used them as fuel to cook his dinner. The documents reveal testimony of Marines describing killing civilians on a regular basis. "In some ways, this is one of the most grotesque episodes of the entire war in Iraq and I’m afraid to say this is part of our legacy," says Time magazine contributor Tim McGirk who first broke the story of Haditha in 2006. It was November 19, 2005, when a U.S. military convoy of four vehicles driving through Haditha was hit by a roadside bomb, killing Lance Corporal Miguel Terrazas. The next night, Marines burst into several homes in the neighborhood, killing 24 Iraqis — including a 76-year-old man, and women and children who were still in their nightclothes when they died. "Nobody is behind bars for this," McGirk notes. Charges from the episode were dropped against six of the accused Marines, one was acquitted, and the final case is set to go to trial next year.

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ABOUT Amy Goodman

Amy Goodman is the host of "Democracy Now!," a daily international TV/radio news hour airing on more than 900 stations in North America. She is the author of "Breaking the Sound Barrier," recently released in paperback and now a New York Times best-seller.





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Truely highly trained, unspeakable acts of violence are foisted on our unsuspecting and naive youth when they sign up to "save" our democracy.
Just as we need to follow the money to vet out white collar crime, we need to travel the chain of command to find the head of the beast.
Its a miracle that we haven't been nuked before now.

Track down that junkyard,

Track down that junkyard, arrest and jail it at Quantico. Force it to go naked under all night lights. Indefinite detention is the least the military should do. Those elderly, women and children no doubt were planning to cross our borders and attack us at home. No junkyard worth its salt would ever release secret documents that jeopardize the Pentagon's ability to send youth to foreign shores to protect us from that invasion.

Critics either blame one

Critics either blame one political party or the other for all the evil our gov. is committing, as both parties are locked in on the NWO ideals.

The results is one big mass of trash in D.C. that is run by the world banks that could not care less about our country's welfare, or for that matter for the welfare of humanity itself.

The private contractors ( who

The private contractors ( who have the best mercenaries in the world in their employ) do what ever they want with impunity. Periodically one of our soldiers will be put on the carpet , as window dressing, to make it look like Washington is playing by the rules.

There is nothing that is

There is nothing that is remotely acceptable about 1. Being in Iraq. 2.Massacring innocent people ( the real death toll has never been released) 3. Recruiting socially inept people to fight wars 4.Using weapons as an excuse to steal peoples natural resources 5. As a president putting money in your own pocket from the ill gotten gains of death and misery 6 Allowing people to die for others greed and ignorance 7. War never resolves anything so why do we do it

Obama is doing the same

Obama is doing the same crap.

Charge Congress with Seditious Conspiracy!

Regardless of whether Bushbama signs the NDAA, charge Congress with Seditious Conspiracy for passing it:

1. Sections 1031 and 1032 were renumbered to 1021 and 1022 in the final wording of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (the "NDAA"). Here is the final wording (PDF page 81 of 371):

2. PLEASE read constitutional lawyer Glen Greenwald's explanation of that final wording here:

3. Use NaSI SARs to charge Carl Levin, Howard "Buck" McKeon and your U.S. Representative and Senators who voted for NDAA (S.1867/H.R.1540) with "Seditious Conspiracy" under U.S. Code Title 18 Part I Chapter 115 Section 2384. Details here:


Remember..............our military was so short of people having to exercise imperialism all around the world, that they recruited felons, druggies, and sociopaths. What did you expect? turn these people loose with weapons and a license to kill, and they will do so, whether in the US or Iraq.

Thank you for doing this work

Thank you for doing this work and exposing these details. Freedom of information is not enough, if no one puts out the effort and has the commitment and courage to retrieve the information. You exemplify and carry on this essential American tradition. Doing this is as important as bringing the information itself. I spent time in Russia when it was the Soviet Union under Brezhnev. Exposing these things would almost cost you your life. Thank you. You make me proud to be an American

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