Related post: http://sfcmac.com/update-on-the-new-republics-man-in-iraq/
I received correspondence from Mrs. John Hatley (in the comments at the above link), and wrote a final summation of the travesty against 1SG John Hatley.
This is happening right in conjunction with Scotty ‘Fabulist’ Beauchamp’s recent sob story in the “Radar Online”:
What. A. Coinkidink.
In March or April 2007, three noncommissioned United States Army officers, including a first sergeant, a platoon sergeant and a senior medic, killed four Iraqi prisoners with pistol shots to the head as the men stood handcuffed and blindfolded beside a Baghdad canal, two of the Soldiers said in sworn statements.
After the killings, the first sergeant — the senior noncommissioned officer of his Army company — told the other two to remove the men’s bloody blindfolds and plastic handcuffs, according to the statements made to Army investigators, which were obtained by The New York Times.
The statements and other court documents were provided by a person close to one of the Soldiers in the unit who insisted on anonymity and who has an interest in the outcome of the legal proceedings.
Scotty, is that you?
After removing the blindfolds and handcuffs, the three Soldiers shoved the four bodies into the canal, rejoined other members of their unit waiting in nearby vehicles and drove back to their combat outpost in southwest Baghdad, the statements said.
The Soldiers, all from Company D, First Battalion, Second Infantry, 172nd Infantry Brigade, have not been charged with a crime. However, lawyers representing other members of the platoon who said they witnessed or heard the shootings, which were said to have occurred on a combat patrol west of Baghdad, said all three would probably be charged with murder.
1SG Hatley was Scotty ‘Fabulist’ Beauchamp’s First Sergeant when he wrote his fairy tales for The New Republic.
……In their sworn statements, Sergeants Mayo and Leahy described the events that preceded the shooting of the Iraqi men, who apparently were Shiite fighters linked to the Mahdi Army militia, which controlled the West Rashid area of southwest Baghdad.
The same Mahdi Army which the NYT cheered from the sidelines.
After taking small-arms fire, the patrol chased some men into a building, arresting them and finding several automatic weapons, grenades and a sniper rifle, they said. On the way to their combat outpost, Sergeant Hatley’s convoy was informed by Army superiors that the evidence to detain the Iraqis was insufficient, Sergeant Leahy said in his statement. The unit was told to release the men, according to the statement.
“First Sergeant Hatley then made the call to take the detainees to a canal and kill them,” Sergeant Leahy said, as retribution for the deaths of two soldiers from the unit: Staff Sgt. Karl O. Soto-Pinedo, who died from a sniper’s bullet, and Specialist Marieo Guerrero, killed by a roadside bomb.
“So the patrol went to the canal, and First Sergeant, Sgt. First Class Mayo and I took the detainees out of the back of the Bradley, lined them up and shot them,” Sergeant Leahy said, referring to a Bradley fighting vehicle. “We then pushed the bodies into the canal and left.”
Sergeant Mayo, in his statement, attributed his decision to kill the men to “anger,” apparently at the recent deaths of his two comrades.
Here’s what’s really fucked about this. The Soldiers chased down the terrorist cocksuckers who fired at them and found their weapons cache, but that wasn’t sufficient evidence. What. The. Fuck. Who came up with that idea? A JAG REMF?
We should stop taking prisoners. There’s no point in it. The enemies we capture get more condolence from a sympathetic media than the bravery it took to capture them.
I wonder if the asshats who gleefully jumped on this story would have the same opinion about the execution of Nazi troops. The similarities between Islam and Nazis are striking. Same M.O.; they spread their brand of fascism by terror, propaganda, and brutal oppression.
Not only that, when the slugs are transported to GITMO in order to extract information that will help save American lives, Soldiers are slandered and attacked by leftwingnuts for doing their duty. If they are released, they pick up where they left off. We’re damned if we do, damned if we don’t. All things considered, summary executions might not be a bad idea.
Bottom line for this story:
Even after Beauchamp was outed as an abject fraud, the leftwingnuts are more than willing to believe any story that portrays Soldiers as wanton murderers.
This is simply more requisite, sensationalist, anti-military crap from the NYT.
Hate to burst the nihilists’ bubble, but it’s highly improbable that 1SG Hatley ever gave such an order. The likely truth? These Soldiers did this on their own and decided to defer responsibility for their actions.