I read a headline this morning that claimed that LCpl Justin Sharratt has been exonerated in the Haditha massacre.  The definition of exonerated is freed from any question of guilt; “is absolved from all blame”; “was now clear of the charge of cowardice”; “his official honor is vindicated”.  

I also listened intently to a Pundit Review Radio show featuring Justin and his father.

His father is upset because the press hasn’t jumped all over Justin’s exoneration.  He says that he is going to release 1800 pages of evidence that was previously marked classified that is going to clear all of the Haditha Marines in our hearts and minds. He claims they were operating within their ordered Rules of Engagement. To my knowledge the ROE that the Marines were operating under that day have never been made clear to the American people.  He claims that the Iraqi witnesses lied and refused to come to America to testify because they would now be in jail for perjury.  He claims that Jack Murtha lost it over the Haditha incident to advance his political career and not because he was a past Marine just shown photos of children shot in the head by American Marines.

I wait patiently for this mind blowing 1800 pages of classified evidence to be revealed and if I owe any apologies for my anger and outrage I will be forthcoming with any and all.  I’m sad that I deleted the most graphic photos of three small children shot in the head from my photo files because after I had written a diary of outrage I came to a place where seeing them everytime I opened my photo file stopped being a healthy thing for me.  I can’t find them on the net anymore.  I think I swiped them out of the TIME Haditha article.  If you have any better ones than I have up here I would really appreciate the additions. We won’t see official photos for a very long time because they are considered a national security risk like everything else is by these fuckers in the White House.  Here is a link after the commercial to the CNN report from last year describing drastic differences between what those photos that were shown to CNN seem to indicate and the story that the Marines involved told.

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I think I know why the press hasn’t jumped all over Justin’s exoneration.  It’s because it isn’t that credible of an exoneration.  The press is often found lacking but I can tell from the way this father speaks that he has been doing everything to attempt to get the press to carry his son’s exoneration on the front page and there are reasons why they haven’t jumped all over this and it’s probably because for the most part the evidence is still a he said she said deal.  Justin was probably “exonerated” due to a lack of enough incriminating evidence and dead toddlers tell no tales.

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    • Edger on November 26, 2007 at 20:03

    May 11, 2007

    The U.S. military commander in Iraq told his troops to fight by the rules after a Pentagon survey found many soldiers and Marines back torture and would not report colleagues for killing or injuring civilians.

    “This fight depends on securing the population, which must understand that we — not our enemies — occupy the moral high ground,” General David Petraeus wrote in a letter dated May 10.

    Petraeus, who took command in February to oversee a troop “surge” aimed at securing Baghdad, said the argument that torture can elicit quick information was “wrong”.

    “Beyond the basic fact that such actions are illegal, history shows that they also are frequently neither useful or necessary,” he said in the one-page letter, which was obtained by Reuters.

    The Pentagon survey of ethics, released last week, showed that only 40 percent of marines and 55 percent of U.S. Army soldiers deployed in Iraq said they would report a fellow serviceman for killing or injuring an innocent Iraqi.

    40 percent of marines and 55 percent of U.S. Army soldiers deployed in Iraq said they would report.

    Meaning 60 percent of Marines and 45 percent of U.S. Army soldiers surveyed by the Pentagon either declined to answer the question, or said they would not report a fellow serviceman…………

    Exonerated” due to a lack of enough incriminating evidence?

    • Edger on November 26, 2007 at 20:13

    Lately I find myself in some sort of “atrocity burnout” and have a hard time finding words to express anything but raw anger and near vomit inducing disgust at what has been done in Iraq.

    I have a feeling you do too…

  1. or “protesting too much”…

    how many americans do you think even know who justin sharratt is, much less what he’s accused of?  to use the media to tell everyone what you’ve been accused of….what you DID…as a means of pursuing exoneration is wonderfully idiotic…

    desperation to “appear” innocent always tweaks my radar…  

    • pfiore8 on November 26, 2007 at 23:42

    there is no justification for what happened, whethter the marines acted under orders or not.

    If these are rules of engagement, then somebody ought to tell the marines they are engaging in terrorism.

    oh. i guess that only applies when american citizens are killed then.

    my bad.

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