Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Occupation Iraq: The Dead is Past



Slow Saturday Special: Iraqi Surge of Violence

Occupation Iraq: 15 Attacks a Day

I rest my case, readers.

"Soldier pleads guilty in deaths; Fourth convicted in killing of Iraqis" by Craig Whitlock, Washington Post | March 31, 2009

BERLIN - A US Army sergeant pleaded guilty to murder yesterday in the deaths of four Iraqi prisoners in 2007, telling a military court that the slayings were "in the best interest of my soldiers."

That is FIVE YEARS IN, readers, and I'm sure the occupiers attitude hasn't improved much. So how many Iraqis were wasted by our fine fighting troops today, MS?

Sergeant First Class Joseph Mayo, 27, was sentenced to 35 years in prison and became the fourth soldier convicted in the killing of four Iraqi men in Baghdad in the spring of 2007. The prisoners were each shot in back of the head while handcuffed and blindfolded, then dumped into a canal, according to testimony at the US Army's Rose Barracks Courthouse in Vilseck, Germany.

And then it was claimed by the military and MSM that insurgents executed them.

Related: Occupation Iraq: Medic!

The Iraqis had been arrested on suspicion of attacking US military patrols in Baghdad after they were found in possession of rifles and ammunition. Frustrated by a lack of evidence to keep them in detention, however, members of Mayo's infantry unit took the prisoners to a remote area and executed them, according to testimony and evidence presented in the case.


"I really believed I was protecting my soldiers," Mayo told the court yesterday. "I take full responsibility for my actions. Now I have to pay for my mistake."

He pleaded guilty to premeditated murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

A medic in the unit, Sergeant Michael Leahy, 28, was convicted last month and sentenced to life in prison, with the possibility of parole, after he confessed to killing one of the prisoners and shooting another.

Master Sergeant John E. Hatley, 40, is also scheduled to face court-martial next month on murder charges for shooting one of the prisoners.

In his testimony yesterday, Mayo said Hatley suggested that the soldiers take matters into their own hands rather than free the Iraqis. "He said we should take care of them. I agreed."

Two other soldiers, Specialist Steven A. Ribordy, 26, and Specialist Belmor Ramos, 24, pleaded guilty last year for being accessories in the murders. Charges against two other members of the unit have since been dropped....