Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Strange Days, Indeed

Our military heroes require ethics-training sessions in order to know that shooting noncombatants isn't good. Iraqi civilians are receiving posthumous promotions from gimp-legged nobodies to fierce, AK47-armed IED-buriers. And now the damnable, Amurka-hating "media" are guilty of prisoner abuse right here in the USA, at the infamous Abu Pendleton prison in California:
Tuesday, June 6, 2006; Posted: 10:40 a.m. EDT (14:40 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Navy investigators have evidence that U.S. Marines may have committed "premeditated" murder in the April shooting death of an unarmed Iraqi man in Hamdaniya, a military officer close to the inquiry told CNN.

The incident is unrelated to a criminal investigation into the alleged massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November.


An attorney representing the Navy medical corpsman, expressed concern that the media frenzy surrounding the case "has contributed to the current conditions my client is enduring at the Camp Pendleton Brig."

"There are known terrorists incarcerated in military facilities around the world who enjoy more freedom and less restriction than he is experiencing," Jeremiah J. Sullivan said in a statement issued to the media.

"During the one brief period per day he is allowed to utilize the recreational yard, my client remains shackled at the hands, waist, and ankles. Anytime he walks within the recreational yard he is escorted by at least one military prison guard who grasps onto his waist shackles at all times. The balance of his time is spent in solitary confinement," Sullivan said.
How exactly the frenzied media are able to cause this egregious mistreatment of the heroic Troop in question (presumably by other heroic Troops, somewhere inside a Troop facility) is not clear. However, if getting the corpsman away from the frenzied media is all that's needed, I'm sure the CIA can arrange a quiet airplane flight -- a rendition, so to speak -- to somewhere that no media have ever seen. It's happened before. I expect it can happen again.


Craig said...

So it's the media's fault that his client is unhappy in the brig?


I've never been in the military, but from what I know they're jails aren't built for comfort.

Bartleby said...

Yeah, that's what got me: what does anything "the media" does have to do with how this guy is treated in the clink, one way or the other? The news story gave no hint whatsoever about the nature of this mysterious linkage.