Friday, April 17, 2009

So, we shall await the never forthcoming apologies

Another visit to the histrionics over Private Scott Beauchamp the man who diaried his life as a soldier and ways he coped with stress, including the things he did he would never have done in other circumstances -- which necessitated him being beaten repeatedly over the metaphorical head by right-wingers because it wasn't all stereotypically awesome enough to feed their fantasies.

And what was their weapon of choice, why Beauchamp's Sergeant, one Master Sgt. John E. Hatley, as evidence no American soldier would ever do something so depraved as killing a dog. The love toward Hatley was palpable.

So how'd that work out now that no one is paying attention?

A senior enlisted Army soldier was convicted on Wednesday of killing four handcuffed and blindfolded Iraqi men with pistol shots to the backs of their heads shortly after arresting them in Baghdad two years ago, The Associated Press reported.

A military jury in Germany, where his unit is deployed, found the soldier, Master Sgt. John E. Hatley, guilty of premeditated murder in the deaths of the men, whom he and several other members of his unit had detained after a firefight with insurgents in Baghdad in spring 2007, according to testimony in the case.

...and he wasn't alone in that unit:

Two other senior members of his unit — Company A, First Battalion, First Infantry Division — were also convicted of killing some of the men.

In February, another military jury convicted the unit’s medic, Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr., 28, of premeditated murder and sentenced him to life in prison. On March 30, Sgt. First Class Joseph P. Mayo, 27, pleaded guilty to murder and received a 35-year sentence.

But they could NEVER engage in the petty moral depravity that Beauchamp described.

Sociologists and Pscyhologists would have about three-dozen refereed papers covering the delusions of the right-wing blogs versus reality on this one case alone.

(via Balloon Juice)

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