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Special Forces Caught Covering Up Civilian Torture & Murder

Posted in H.L. News, Main Blog (All Posts) on September 25th, 2006 10:04 am by HL

U.S. Army Torturing and Killing Civilians in Afghanistan. They would have gotten away with it fi not for This Times Special Investigation.

A Silence in the Afghan Mountains

LA Times

James Champion Unit C.O.
James Champion was in charge of the unit
Excerpt:
The 10-member Special Forces team, part of the Alabama National Guard, returned to their families in the spring of 2003 with tales to tell of frenzied firefights and narrow escapes.

But the team also had come home with secrets.

Apparently unknown to Army officials, two detainees had died in the team’s custody in separate incidents during the unit’s final month in eastern Afghanistan. Several other detainees allege that they were badly beaten or tortured while held at the base in Gardez.

A member of the Special Forces team told The Times his unit held a meeting after the teen’s death to coordinate their stories should an investigation arise.

“Everybody on the team had knowledge of it,” the soldier said, insisting on anonymity. “You just don’t talk about that stuff in the Special Forces community. What happens downrange stays downrange…. Nobody wants to get anybody in trouble. Just sit back, and hope it will go away.”

What distinguishes these two fatalities from scores of other questionable deaths in U.S. custody is that they were successfully concealed — not just from the American public but from the military’s chain of command and legal authorities.

The deaths came to light only after an investigation by The Times and a nonprofit educational organization, the Crimes of War Project, led the Army to open criminal inquiries on the incidents.

H.L.s Take:
If they would have just reported the killings to the Army they would have probably been told “Hey, stuff happens don’t worry about it” But they tried to hide it. Now they are caught red handed. (with blood) Its not the crime, that gets you, Its the coverup

7 Responses to “Special Forces Caught Covering Up Civilian Torture & Murder”

  1. LA Says:

    This is the kind of stuff that has brought the world to hate the US and everything it stands for. There was a time when it was respected to be a member of the US armed forces. Now, it’s no better than being a member of the Communist Red Brigade or the IDF. Thugs are welcome in the US military because thugs like to kill and celebrate.

  2. lmz90028 Says:

    Is it PC to stop supporting the troops yet?

  3. steve gomez Says:

    f**k you guys! I\\\’m part of the Army and I\\\’m currently stationed in Iraq. You f**king low lifes serve your country, put up with the bullshit we put up with and then say something. It\\\’s soldiers like those SF guys that are fighting for you damn freedom to even publish this bulls**t! Our soldiers are dying everyday from IED\\\’s and you guys don\\\’t say s**t about these f**kers killing us. S**t! let us torture one of their sorry asses and f**k the US Military right? A**holes

  4. HL Says:

    Hey Steve, If you hate it so much over there, why did you volunteer? To protect my freedom to publish this stuff?? Sorry bro, but you have been duped by the military. Happens to lots of people unfortunately. You are over there to protect Bush’s right to steal oil, and to build permanent military bases so he can continue to do so. . Nothing more. Bush and his oil buddies, and military industrial complex buddies are making BillionsI’m sure you know Saddam had nothing to do with 9/11, and know Iraq is worse off then it was before the invasion, and the civil war which is currently going on over there.

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  7. odracir Says:

    the special forces guys are the liberators of the oppressed… long lived the special forces.. they are the good guys..