Liberators or Nazis?

Posted: July 1, 2006 in War crimes

Family of raped and murdered victim

BEIJI, Iraq – A group of American soldiers allegedly noticed a young Iraqi woman when on patrol and later returned to rape her, according to U.S. officials Friday. In an apparent cover-up attempt, she and three members of her family then were killed and her body was set on fire.

It is the fifth pending case involving alleged slayings of Iraqi civilians by U.S. troops.

Vietnam all over again? Massacres, rapes, barbarism… and this is in the 21st Century. Courtesy of the world’s Superpower!

RECENT CONVICTIONS:

  • Staff Sgt. Cardenas J. Alban convicted of killing severely wounded 16-year-old Iraqi during fighting in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood. Sentenced to one year’s confinement, demoted to private and given bad-conduct discharge.
  • Staff Sgt. Johnny Horne Jr. pleaded guilty to unpremeditated murder in same case as Alban. Sentenced to three years in prison, had rank reduced to private, forfeited wages and given dishonorable discharge. Horne’s prison sentence later reduced to one year.
  • Cpl. Dustin Berg of Indiana National Guard convicted and sentenced to 18 months in military prison for shooting death of Iraqi police officer.
  • Spc. Rami Dajani convicted of making a false statement following fatal shooting of Iraqi translator. Sentenced to 18 months’ confinement and given a reduction in rank and bad conduct discharge.
  • Spc. Charley L. Hooser convicted of involuntary manslaughter in same case involving Dajani. Hooser sentenced to three years in prison and given a reduction in rank and bad conduct discharge. Also convicted of making a false statement to investigators.
  • Capt. Rogelio “Roger” Maynulet convicted of assault with intent to commit voluntary manslaughter in shooting death of wounded Iraqi. Received no prison time but was dismissed from armed forces.
  • Pvt. Federico Daniel Merida of North Carolina National Guard pleaded guilty to killing 17-year-old Iraqi soldier after the two had consensual sex. Sentenced to 25 years in prison, given a reduction in rank and was dishonorably discharged.
  • Marine Maj. Clarke Paulus convicted of dereliction of duty and maltreatment in case stemming from death of Iraqi prisoner who was dragged out of holding cell by the neck, stripped naked and left outside for seven hours in June 2003. Paulus, who commanded the Marine detention facility Camp Whitehorse in southern Iraq, was dismissed from the service but received no prison time.
  • Sgt. 1st Class Tracy Perkins acquitted of involuntary manslaughter in alleged drowning of Iraqi man but convicted of assault for forcing the man and his cousin into Tigris River. Sentenced to six months in prison.
  • 1st Lt. Jack Saville pleaded guilty to assault and other crimes in same incident as Perkins. Sentenced to 45 days in military prison.
  • Pfc. Edward Richmond convicted of voluntary manslaughter for shooting Iraqi in back of head. Received three years in prison.
  • Sgt. Michael P. Williams convicted in court-martial of one count of premeditated murder and one count of unpremeditated murder in deaths of unarmed civilians during operations near Sadr City. Sentenced to life in prison and given a reduction in rank. Sentence later reduced to 25 years.
  • Spc. Brent May convicted in court-martial of one count of unpremeditated murder in same incident as Michael Williams. Sentenced to five years in prison.
  • Welshofer, of 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, initially charged with murder, assault and willful dereliction of duty but found guilty of negligent homicide and negligent dereliction of duty in death of Mowhoush. Military jury ordered a reprimand and forfeiture of $6,000 of his salary and restricted him to his home, office and church for two months.
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