#1 Marines face criminal charges over Afghan urination video09-24-2012, 08:56 PM
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two Marines are facing criminal charges for urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, actions caught on a video that was widely circulated on the Internet, the Marine Corps said on Monday.
The criminal charges are the first faced by anyone over the incident. The video triggered widespread anger in Afghanistan early this year, with Afghan President Hamid Karzai calling the Marines' actions "inhuman."
Staff Sergeants Joseph W. Chamblin and Edward W. Deptola, were also charged with "posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties," the Marine Corps said.
The investigation showed that although the video was only circulated on the Internet in January, the incident actually took place on or around July 27, 2011, during a counter-insurgency operation in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
The Marine Corps said on August 27 that three Marines pleaded guilty to charges over the video. But their punishment fell short of criminal prosecution.
Chamblin and Deptola, on the other hand, also face a series charges for failing to supervise junior Marines.
This includes simple things like failing to require them to wear protective equipment to more serious breaches, like failing to report the "negligent discharge" of a grenade launcher. Deptola is also charged with failing to stop the unnecessary damaging of Afghan compounds, the Marines said.
The Marines said there were other pending cases in the video investigation. They declined to elaborate on the incident in which the negligent actions took place. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Doina Chiacu)
I'm going to piss on an empty chair in protest.
09-24-2012, 11:17 PM
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I have a feeling that even if Marines all wore muslim garb, spoke arabic, and prayed to the prophet 5 times a day... there would still be exactly the same number of embassy bombings and "outraged middle easterners"... it would just be like...
Those infidels had their prayer mats facing slightly North East instead of true East! AMERICAN FLAGS MUST BURN!
Not that I think it was a good idea to urinate on the bodies of fallen enemies and video tape it. But lets be honest. Whatever we do will put the outrage meter on maximum.
09-25-2012, 12:15 AM
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Why are American servicemen doing stupid shit?
Why is someone recording it on video?
Seriously. What idiot is taking these kinds of pictures and why isn't some big guy named Bubba smashing the electronic device being used to do it?
Dying to believe in what you heard
I was staring straight into the shining sun
09-25-2012, 12:53 AM
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Dumb, yes, but compared to what the other side does to the bodies of our servicemen, they have no right to bitch. I'll take bodies being pissed on over bodies being used as booby traps any day.
09-25-2012, 09:45 AM
Desecrating corpses is a crime in a lot of US states. It's generally a misdemeanor, but it's still a crime.
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