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Members of U.S. Platoon in Afghanistan Accused of Killing Civilians for Sport

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Thr U.S. soldiers hatched a plan as simple as it was savage: to randomly target and kill an Afghan civilian, and to get away with it.


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Past Member (0)
Sunday September 19, 2010, 7:21 pm
Simply disgusting.

chris b (2474)
Monday September 20, 2010, 1:24 am
Seems to me that accusations either against soldiers or the chain of command are so enveloped in a cloak of "The MilitaryDoes not do these awful things" whether it be US or UK soldiers that reporting any such abuse is like getting the Catholic Church to admit to sex abuse by some of their priests! Whether it is the incredulliy of hearing about such abuse that produces this phenomena or the system clams up because it does not want to admit to such abuse I don't know! However abuse stories should be rigorously investigated whoever is committing the abuse and whatever their station or rank in society private soldier, film director priest or whatever! Playing with people lives is intolerable especially when it involves those who we are supposed to trust! No more sweeping these things under thick and luxurious official carpets! Either in the military, church or life in general!

patricia l (317)
Monday September 20, 2010, 7:09 am
These are "rogue" soldiers. I thank God it is not the majority of our Military Forces. Just one is bad enough though.

A few excerpts from the article :

AT JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, WASH. The U.S. soldiers hatched a plan as simple as it was savage: to randomly target and kill an Afghan civilian, and to get away with it.

For weeks, according to Army charging documents, rogue members of a platoon from the 5th Stryker Combat Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, floated the idea. Then, one day last winter, a solitary Afghan man approached them in the village of La Mohammed Kalay. The "kill team" activated the plan.

Gibbs, whom some defendants have described as the ringleader, confided to his new mates that it had been easy for him to get away with "stuff" when he served in Iraq in 2004, according to the statements. It was his second tour in Afghanistan, having served there from January 2006 until May 2007."


JustaHuman Here (53)
Monday September 20, 2010, 9:33 am

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday September 21, 2010, 1:27 am

No, this isn't about ONE murder, it's about "The brutal, premeditated killings of three Afghan civilians --THREE! AFGHAN CIVILIANS...," which is how the NYTimes coverage begins.

And continues: "The father of one of the soldiers said he'd REPEATEDLY TRIED TO ALERT MILITARY officials that his son had told him through Facebook in February that ONE murder had ALREADY BEEN COMMITTED by members of his unit and that OTHERS COULD HAPPEN in the future. The son had been THREATENED by members of his unit and FEARED FOR HIS LIFE, said the father. TWO MORE Afghans were killed AFTER the father first reached out to the Army. NOBODY LISTENED, he said. "

"The only time he reached a person by phone, he said, a Fort Lewis sergeant told him his son should report the activities UPON HIS RETURN to the United States." I can only imagine that the Army was TOO busy WINNING AFGHAN HEARTS & MINDS, to deal with this immediately... HOW MUCH TIME ELAPSED BETWEEN FEBRUARY AND JUNE? TWO MEN COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED!

"But (the father) said that when his son, Specialist Adam C. Winfield, returned from his deployment in June, They arrested him for murder as soon as he stepped off the plane. " NICE!! Not the first time a WHISTLEBLOWER has been punished.

In plain English, this is called a 'DEATH SQUAD' - That, at least, is how this story is being reported in France & Italy, even if the NYTimes broke the frightening story under a mild-sounding title that hardly attracts any attention, "5 U.S. Soldiers Accused of Killing Afghan Civilians," & the Wash Post hardly does better.

Nuke P (4)
Tuesday September 21, 2010, 1:42 am
Its a shame these soldiers behaved so inhumanely.
Thanks for sharing Naoko

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Tuesday September 21, 2010, 1:43 am
The Wash Post reports here: "Army officials have not disclosed a motive for the killings and macabre behavior. Nor have they explained how the attacks could have persisted without attracting scrutiny."

Hmmm...Liars !!

John O (16)
Tuesday September 21, 2010, 7:44 pm
You can't condemn the whole for the lack of morales of a few. There are all ways a few who think a gun makes them God and that is a mistake on our part that they aren't made to understand the consequences of actions..
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