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Contrary1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-12 02:22 AM
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Soldier in Afghanistan massacre 'just snapped,' US official says
WASHINGTON A senior American official said Thursday that the U.S. soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan villagers had been drinking alcohol that night and was suffering from the stress of a fourth combat tour and tension with his wife, The New York Times reported.

When it all comes out, it will be a combination of stress, alcohol and domestic issues he just snapped, the official said, according to the Times. The newspaper said the official had been briefed on the investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity because the soldier has not been formally charged.

A Seattle-based lawyer who said he had been asked to represent the the Army staff sergeant said the soldier's name would be released Friday, NBC News reported.

The Times reported that the U.S. official said the military was preparing to move him to a prison in the United States as early as Friday, most likely to Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

More: http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/15/1070811...
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-12 03:41 AM
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1. No excuses for what he did.
It wasn't like this was in the middle of a firefight or something - there has to be accountability.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-12 05:20 AM
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2. Easy for us to say.
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ellisonz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-12 01:37 PM
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8. After reading some of the new biographical details...
...I still say there has to be accountability, how many others do you see slaughtering innocents? This is about discipline within the ranks as much as it is about justice. He murdered 16 people with premeditation.
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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-12 10:32 AM
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5. Yes, and george bush and his cabal should answer for it....n/t
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-12 05:21 AM
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3. Supposedly, he had seen his comrade's leg blown off the day before
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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-12 09:06 AM
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4. When it all comes out, it will be a combination of... This sort of rhetoric anticipates a mistrial
By presupposing a verdict -- a big no-no. It's obvious the military does not have a huge problem with what he did and neither do most Americans -- have anyone here talked to anyone offline who even heard of this incident? Were they angry?

spoke on condition of anonymity because the soldier has not been formally charged.

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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-12 10:35 AM
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6. Panetta immediately said the death penalty was a possibility.
He did not exactly pre-suppose a verdict, but that came damn close.

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Leopolds Ghost Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-16-12 12:57 PM
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7. I have a huge problem with it, BTW
Edited on Fri Mar-16-12 12:57 PM by Leopolds Ghost
Massacring men, women and children = not OK. I just think the average person is disinterested enough to let it slide.



Then again, people didn't react very strongly when a muslim soldier went on a base shooting spree in the US, either.
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