June 06, 2006

A Higher Standard

Think of this CNN report the next time you here a member of the media or a hyperventilating liberal blogger intone that the military is whitewashing potential war crimes in Iraq:

Seven Marines and a Navy medical corpsman are being held in the brig at California's Camp Pendleton, as commanders weigh possible charges against them in connection with the April 26 killing.


An attorney representing the Navy medical corpsman, expressed concern that the media frenzy surrounding the case "has contributed to the current conditions my client is enduring at the Camp Pendleton Brig."

"There are known terrorists incarcerated in military facilities around the world who enjoy more freedom and less restriction than he is experiencing," Jeremiah J. Sullivan said in a statement issued to the media.

"During the one brief period per day he is allowed to utilize the recreational yard, my client remains shackled at the hands, waist, and ankles. Anytime he walks within the recreational yard he is escorted by at least one military prison guard who grasps onto his waist shackles at all times. The balance of his time is spent in solitary confinement," Sullivan said.

If this account is accurate, then captured al Qaeda terrorists confined at Guantanamo Bay have more freedom that do U.S. military servicemen and women that have not yet been charged with a crime.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at June 6, 2006 12:28 PM | TrackBack

ought not charges have been brought before this guy is held in such condition?

Posted by: steve sturm at June 6, 2006 01:24 PM

Not really, conditions are more stringent than for a soldier I knew in 1980, busted for drugs, cuffs & ankle chains, did police call on Ft Carson until his time was up then out the door with a DD. In this case however, there must be evidence of sufficient weight that they'll be incarcerated at all. However, has posted a letter from a marine to Sen Murtha which reminds us that the initial charges are not the sum total. That fellow was found innocent of the charges incl 2 counts of murder and other war crimes. In this case like that one the procedures must be followed. If found innocent, they'll be freed, if found guilty then they'll face punishment as the court directs. For the rest of us we'll have to wait on the outcome.

Posted by: Tim O'Reilly at June 6, 2006 03:41 PM

Is it me, or is something afoot? Murtha pops off about "cold blooded murderers" a scant 3 weeks ago (oh what Heroism!), the nuts on both left and right heightened the drumbeat - and today - Nada. Zip. Not even Murtha throwing out a last hurrah for another 'attaboy. Yet, the MSM is focusing (rather intently IMO)on another "attrocity" of 7 soldiers allegedly murdering ONE Iraqi. What's up? I really doubt that our glorious MSM has decided to LET THE FACTS OF THE MASSACRE come to light. IMO, it appears they have dropped that whole Massacre story. We know SOMETHING happened. The MSM has decided not to leak anymore "details" from their "unamed sources close to the investigation"???? What gives?

Posted by: Cheryl at June 6, 2006 04:58 PM


It is probably more of the rush to find similar (at least in their minds) situations to prove how immoral we and out troops are.

Posted by: Specter at June 6, 2006 08:16 PM

The politically charged screams of the left wing anti-americans have convicted every member of the military of 'unknown' (we'll make up the charges later) crimes that there's not a chance in hell even if they are 100% innocient that they will ever gain their lives back. May as well hang themselves in the cell right now and get it over with.

Posted by: Scrapiron at June 7, 2006 12:27 AM