Haditha: Marine at the scene corroborated suspects’ account

posted at 7:55 pm on August 24, 2006 by Allahpundit

It’ll be three months to the day on Saturday that the first post about Haditha appeared on this site. I wrote in a subsequent post that Gen. Chiarelli had finished reviewing Gen. Bargewell’s findings and hopefully the full report would be released within the week. That was July 8.

Here’s the latest leaked scrap of information:

Laughner’s statement, although just one viewpoint, is further evidence that Marines who were on the ground that day viewed the civilian deaths as accidental rather than the result of a vengeful rampage…

Laughner described taking pictures of each of the bodies while moving from room to room in three houses, as the Marines described what happened in each circumstance. The Marines told Laughner they had taken fire from the houses and believed they heard people “racking AK-47s” — preparing to fire the automatic weapons…

Laughner also said that 30 Jordanian passports and large amounts of cash were found in a home near the shooting scenes…

The colonels interviewing Laughner focused several questions on a white vehicle that approached the Marine convoy just after the roadside blast. The car, which has been a significant subject in both an investigation of leadership failures and the ongoing criminal probe, could figure prominently in any charges lodged against the Marines.

Laughner said five military-age men appeared to have been killed as they ran from the vehicle, which stopped in the middle of the road near the convoy — a spot that could be considered threatening.

You’ll recall that video taken by a drone reportedly contradicts Laughner’s account about the men in the car.

One other point from the WaPo article I want to highlight:

The transcript [of Laughner’s testimony] was provided to The Post by someone who is sympathetic to the enlisted Marines facing scrutiny for the shootings, which Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) has characterized as a coldblooded massacre.

Has the Post ever issued a disclaimer like this about its sources when writing about some secret Bush administration program — like, say, the big secret-prison expose that won Dana Priest her Pulitzer? Why do they feel compelled to warn their readers about their source’s motives in this case, but not in the umpteen thousand articles they’ve published quoting liberal “dissidents” within the intelligence community?

That’s a rhetorical question, of course.


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I wasn’t there so I’m not going to pass judgement. My platoon shot a little girl while we were in Iraq. The dirtbags that were shooting at us were hiding behind kids. Could the same have happened? Doubtfull, but I still think it was a setup.

If they are found to guilty I want them to get the death penalty, but I want. more than anything, that they are proven innocent.

JasonG on August 24, 2006 at 8:08 PM

Fricken MSM. Undermining our efforts and our good soldiers. AGAIN.

Q: Why are the Marines having to be recalled rather than volunteering?

A: See above, and this.

Until we stop treating these heroes as enemies, and taking the word of our enemies over the word of our heroes, we can forget anyone signing up to subject themselves to this crud, even if they love our country.

If this:

I wasn’t at Qana, but Tim Fadek was. If he says photos weren’t staged, then that’s good enough for me.

is a good enough filter for what we’re being “fed” pictorially, isn’t the word of our soldiers on the front lines of battle good enough for us wrt to what went down on the battlefield???

We need to get on this like pit bulls until our soldiers are released. No POW’s on our soil!

NTWR on August 24, 2006 at 8:09 PM

Those marines have been tried, and convicted by the “drive by media” and their hero Murtha. Any contradictions to their reporting is an infringement on free speech. And any corrections will be very few and well hidden.

MalkinFan on August 24, 2006 at 11:28 PM

This Haditha investigation has taken way too long, and that leads me to believe it is being pushed by politicians demanding that someone be held accountable for just doing their jobs. It takes time to create evidence.

The MSM should be investigating the actions, and motives of America’s lousy politicians [MURTHA] instead of attacking our Heroes.

I don’t believe the liberal media.

DannoJyd on August 25, 2006 at 3:27 AM

This Haditha investigation has taken way too long, and that leads me to believe it is being pushed by politicians demanding that someone be held accountable for just doing their jobs. It takes time to create evidence.

Bingo. I strongly suspect that they don’t have anywhere near enough evidence to consider charges on these Marines, but the Marine Corps brass is so spineless and so hopelessly cowed by the Murthanoids and the media that they are going to drag this out as long as possible.

Is it any wonder the Marines are having to call people involuntarily back to active duty? Who the hell would want to serve when your superiors are going to sell you down the river for merely doing your job (after they’ve tied your hands behind your back)?

thirteen28 on August 25, 2006 at 11:06 AM

War is hell and people get killed. I doubt the marines killed those people out of meaness or for fun. When you are scared for your life, your instincts take over as they should. It aint easy what those boys are doing, and to rake all this muck up is not helpful in any way, shape, or form to the military or our security. Get over it Murtha.

Shmo on August 25, 2006 at 4:40 PM