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razors edge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-16-07 09:37 PM
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Marine: Beating of Iraqis became routine
Edited on Mon Jul-16-07 09:40 PM by DiktatrW
Note: as a former Marine posting this brings NO pleasure of any kind.(edit: only disgust and the need to change this however possible)

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070715/ap_on_re_us/marines... ;_ylt=AnevPo68ckCURCz4ImbVgUas0

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - A Marine corporal testifying in a court-martial said Marines in his unit began routinely beating Iraqis after officers ordered them to "crank up the violence level."


Cpl. Saul H. Lopezromo testified Saturday at the murder trial of Cpl. Trent D. Thomas.

"We were told to crank up the violence level," said Lopezromo, testifying for the defense.

When a juror asked for further explanation, Lopezromo said: "We beat people, sir."

Within weeks of allegedly being scolded, seven Marines and a Navy corpsman went out late one night to find and kill a suspected insurgent in the village of Hamandiya near the Abu Ghraib prison. The Marines and corpsman were from 2nd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment
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