I have to be careful driving this blog. When someone sends me an email, my first impulse is to publish it if it is asinine. Like here, a lesbian lady nicely congratulates me – for me and my homosexual partner. So I published her silly and false conclusion. And I had a New York Times reporter send me an email asking about bluebonnets. I took down the post discussing her when she very professionally requested it. (I did steer her to reader Lou, who introduced the reporter to a relative of hers from Austin.)
Yesterday, I received an email from a player in the Marine Corps Taliban-urination case. But this time, I did ask her/him if she/he wanted to stay anonymous. And she/he thought it best. So here is the story:
The Marine Corps has taken extraordinary measures to suppress evidence in its prosecution of the only officer charged in connection with a vulgar war-zone video that surfaced online last year, his attorneys allege.
Capt. James Clement is charged with dereliction of duty and conduct unbecoming an officer because four enlisted Marine scout snipers in his unit recorded themselves urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on July 27, 2011. Clement’s case is one of two remaining after six others were resolved.
The video has proven an embarrassing ordeal for the Marine Corps and some of its senior leaders — including the service’s commandant, Gen. Jim Amos, who is implicated in an internal complaint made to the Defense Department Inspector General alleging he, or others acting on his behalf, manipulated the legal process to ensure stiff punishment of the Marines involved.
Court documents and emails obtained by Marine Corps Times suggest the Marine Corps has sought to block Clement’s attorneys, John Dowd and Maj. Joseph Grimm, from accessing evidence they say exonerates their client and would ensure he receives a fair trial. The material includes witness statements recorded more than a year ago during separate investigations into the urination video — one conducted by the Corps, the other by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service — plus related communication between the commandant, his legal advisers and several Marine generals…
Let’s hope they don’t play politics with these Marines’ lives. . .