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#1 Jan 15 2012 at 2:38 PM Rating: Excellent
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Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry said on Sunday it would be "over the top" to file criminal charges against four US Marines who urinated on dead militants in Afghanistan.

The incident, captured in a video posted online that depicts American troops desecrating the bloodstained corpses of fighters, has appalled Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai and embarrassed the Pentagon.

"These kids made a mistake, there's not any doubt about it," Perry, the governor of Texas who is trailing most of his rivals in the battle for the Republican nomination for the November election, told CNN.

"But the idea that this administration would go after these young people for a criminal act is, again, over the top."

The US military has launched a high-level investigation and the four Marines have been questioned, while US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have both expressed dismay at the acts and vowed that the culprits would be punished.

There are concerns that the video could be used as a recruiting tool for the Taliban and anti-American insurgents.

Perry, a former US Air Force pilot, criticized what he described as President Barack Obama's administration's "disdain for the military... whether it's the secretary of state or whether it's the secretary of defense.

"Did (the four US Marines) make a mistake? Absolutely. Should they be reprimanded and appropriately punished? Yes. But going after them as a criminal act I think sends a really bad message."

Perry recalled how World War II era US general George Patton famously urinated in the Rhine river during his troops' march into **** Germany, and, "although there's not a picture, (British prime minister Winston) Churchill did the same thing on the Siegfried Line" to show contempt for the *****.

The US military said the four Marines are from a sniper unit in the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines based at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, and they were grilled by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service which is leading a criminal inquiry into the affair.

The unit was deployed in southwestern Afghanistan's Helmand province from March to September last year, and the video "potentially" was shot during that period, a military official told AFP.


I will never understand why people think these things are ok. And the comments to the story just blow my mind. "When are these kids going to get smart and stop taking pictures of this stuff?" Really? That's the problem here?

And, "These kids are tired and getting shot at. Of course they will exercise bad judgement!" Smiley: facepalm
#2 Jan 15 2012 at 2:47 PM Rating: Excellent
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That whole Geneva Convention and war crimes and such? It's just a guideline.
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#3 Jan 15 2012 at 3:20 PM Rating: Excellent
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So if I were to, say, dig up Perry's mother's corpse and pee on her, that would just be a mistake, right? Forgivable!
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What's the applicable federal criminal charge for corpse urination? I would have assumed this would be a military matter.
The Federal Criminal Code, TITLE 10 > Subtitle A > PART II > CHAPTER 47A > SUBCHAPTER VIII > § 950t wrote:

(20) Intentionally mistreating a dead body.— Any person subject to this chapter who intentionally mistreats the body of a dead person, without justification by legitimate military necessary, shall be punished as a military commission under this chapter may direct.

Is Perry saying they should be "appropriately punished" by the military but is against the military appropriately punishing them as the law directs? Smiley: confused
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Is Perry saying they should be "appropriately punished" by the military but is against the military appropriately punishing them as the law directs? Smiley: confused

Isn't the point of politicians to uphold the law by breaking it? Or to speak in contradictions that contradict themselves?
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Most states it would be two years prison and $500 maximum. Not having my books with me, I'm "pretty sure" it would also include a reduction in rank and at least a less-than-honorable discharge as far as UCMJ is concerned.
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So if I were to, say, dig up Perry's mother's corpse and pee on her, that would just be a mistake, right? Forgivable!

So long as you don't take pictures. obviously.
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Perry recalled how World War II era US general George Patton famously urinated in the Rhine river during his troops' march into **** Germany.
NPO, The Friends of the Rhine, would be all over his **** if he tried that today.
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Popular sentiment among my Army/Marine friends and family is along the lines of "where was the outrage when insurgents beheaded and dragged our men through the streets of Iraq?"
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Perry recalled how World War II era US general George Patton famously urinated in the Rhine river during his troops' march into **** Germany.
NPO, The Friends of the Rhine, would be all over his **** if he tried that today.



Because there's no difference between ******* in a river and ******* on a corpse.

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Popular sentiment among my Army/Marine friends and family is along the lines of "where was the outrage when insurgents beheaded and dragged our men through the streets of Iraq?"


That's not an excuse, I'ld say it's a sad attempt to use dead marines to excuse others of wrongdoing.
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There was plenty of outrage, anyway. If people want to be defensive about an indefensible act by choosing to ignore or forget that there was, in fact, reaction against another indefensible act, well, there's not much reasoning with that type of person.

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Popular sentiment among my Army/Marine friends and family is along the lines of "where was the outrage when insurgents beheaded and dragged our men through the streets of Iraq?"

I thought the idea was that we act better than those guys. Otherwise, what's the point?
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I'm just repeating what others said. Though in all honesty my cousin (the Marine) has gone downhill since he found the joys of bacon vodka.
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What Joph said.
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For me, it just goes against everything the Marines claim to stand for. They're supposed to be the most proud and honorable of the whole set of armed forces. There's nothing honorable about peeing on bodies of someone you killed. Honor would be apologizing to the families of the dudes you just killed and saying how sorry you were it had to come to this.

Or at the very least, leaving the **** battlefield in silence.

Then again, my experience with Marines in general is that they're the most ***-holeish of the entire military force. Army dudes are down to earth, Air Force guys are jocks, Navy people are just weird, and....

You know, I don't think I've ever met anyone in the Coast Guard. Smiley: lol
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For me, it just goes against everything the Marines claim to stand for. They're supposed to be the most proud and honorable of the whole set of armed forces. There's nothing honorable about peeing on bodies of someone you killed. Honor would be apologizing to the families of the dudes you just killed and saying how sorry you were it had to come to this.

Or at the very least, leaving the **** battlefield in silence.

Then again, my experience with Marines in general is that they're the most ***-holeish of the entire military force. Army dudes are down to earth, Air Force guys are jocks, Navy people are just weird, and....

You know, I don't think I've ever met anyone in the Coast Guard. Smiley: lol


My brother-in-law (army) told me once that the Marines are the guys who want the crazy, dangerous, stupid jobs. They don't really strategize much, they're sort of the "let's go in there and fuck'em up" kinda guys.
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Yes, it's very very old and not very funny but someone had to say it, right?

Edited, Jan 16th 2012 4:05am by Aethien
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Chances are they'll be made an example of. Not because they ****** on the bodies (though that's probably the reason that will be released), but because they were retarded enough to post videos of it to be easily found like they did. Their careers are basically over. Even if they're not detained, fined, demoted, and booted, I can't see them not being barred from reenlistment as the least of their punishment.

It's basically what happened to the guy who kicked a dog off a cliff.
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Debalic wrote:
Popular sentiment among my Army/Marine friends and family is along the lines of "where was the outrage when insurgents beheaded and dragged our men through the streets of Iraq?"

I thought the idea was that we act better than those guys. Otherwise, what's the point?


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that ******* tool compared it to a General ******* in a river =(
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Maybe he was referring to the dead bodies in the water.
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Maybe. I thought about that after I posted. Even so, those guys weren't stupid enough to do it for the camera.

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I thought the idea was that we act better than those guys. Otherwise, what's the point?


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What's the applicable federal criminal charge for corpse urination? I would have assumed this would be a military matter.
The Federal Criminal Code, TITLE 10 > Subtitle A > PART II > CHAPTER 47A > SUBCHAPTER VIII > § 950t wrote:

(20) Intentionally mistreating a dead body.— Any person subject to this chapter who intentionally mistreats the body of a dead person, without justification by legitimate military necessary, shall be punished as a military commission under this chapter may direct.

Is Perry saying they should be "appropriately punished" by the military but is against the military appropriately punishing them as the law directs? Smiley: confused


While I've honestly heard only small tidbits about this, I'd assume he means they should be punished appropriately based on military law, but should not be punished inappropriately or more harshly because of the public attention on this particular incident. He's presumably concerned that these four guys will be made into scapegoats by politicians more concerned with protecting themselves from knee-jerk public reaction/outrage than in ensuring they get a fair punishment for their actions. And given that this has happened a few times in recent years, it's a reasonable concern.


Again, let me point out that I don't know what Perry himself is thinking. I'm not on his staff, and I don't have personal communications with the guy. I'm just answering a question as to what someone might mean when they said what Perry said.

Edited, Jan 16th 2012 4:08pm by gbaji
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