A U.S. soldier testified Wednesday that four of his colleagues accused of murdering three Iraqis during a raid threatened to kill him if he told anyone about the shooting deaths.Yes, it is good to hear that folks who have been listening to the Comedy Stylings of HanoiAnnie "When I say Kill Them, it is a comedic element" Coulture, and have decided to take a step towards being actual members of the American Armed Forces...
Pfc. Bradley Mason, speaking at a hearing to determine whether the four must stand trial, also said that their brigade commander, a veteran of the 1993 ''Black Hawk Down'' battle in Somalia, told troops hunting insurgents to ''kill all of them.'' Mason is not one of the accused.
Mason testified that Spc. William B. Hunsaker threatened him a day after the alleged killings. He said he was accosted by Staff Sgt. Raymond L. Girouard and Pfc. Corey R. Clagett on May 29 when he was on his way to the Criminal Investigation Division.
Asked what was said that was of a threatening nature, Mason replied that Girouard told him: '''If you say anything, I'll kill you.' I took them pretty seriously.''
Girouard, Hunsaker, Clagett and Spc. Juston R. Graber are accused of murder and other offenses in the shooting deaths. The first three are also accused of obstruction of justice for allegedly threatening to kill Mason.
[ cf AmPravda: Soldier Says Comrades Threatened Him ]
But did folks explain to them that they were actually going to be in the American Armed Forces, and not in some special Republican Guard unit set to simply slaughter the Shi'ite Opposition To The Baghdad Regime. That they would be running the REAL RISK of really being prosecuted under american law for the war crimes that they commit, even if they are in Iraq!!! And that one does not get to say, "well, gosh, yes, they are dead, I killed them, but it was all a joke, it really is not something that folks should take seriously."
Hum..... Or is that a PART of the Central Problem for the VOCHAS - they just do not get that in the american military tradition we are not impressed by mere murderers. There are some very serious lines that separate the Professional Killer from the merely Socially Addicted.