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Haditha Report: No Cover Up

The Haditha report has been completed and the general who was in charge of investigating the soldiers involved found that there was no cover up.

WASHINGTON -- The general charged with investigating whether Marines tried to cover up the killing of 24 civilians in Haditha has completed his report, finding that Marine officers failed to ask the right questions, an official close to the investigation said Friday.


Nothing in the report points to a "knowing cover-up" of the facts by the officers supervising the Marines involved in the November incident, the official said. Rather, he said, officers from the company level through the staff of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Baghdad failed to demand "a thorough explanation" of what happened in Haditha.

What did Rep. Murtha say about a cover up?

A powerful member of Congress alleged yesterday that there has been a conscious effort by Marine commanders to cover up the facts of a November incident in which rampaging Marines allegedly killed 24 Iraqi civilians.


"There has to have been a coverup of this thing," Rep. John P. Murtha (Pa.), ranking Democrat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee, charged in an interview on ABC's "This Week." "No question about it."

Check out Hot Air's PhotoShopping of Murtha.

Mary Katharine explains how the MSM's corrections and backtracking on Haditha are being buried.

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Comments (37)

Speaking of buried, why are... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Speaking of buried, why aren't the conservative bloggers writing about the Salahuddin incident?

From the same LA Times linked above:

In the Salahuddin incident, defense officials said, three Iraqis in U.S. custody were shot May 9 by American soldiers southeast of Balad.

The deaths were witnessed by lower-ranking soldiers, who told their superiors that the other soldiers had acted improperly, according to a military official in Baghdad.

The soldiers involved in the shooting initially said that the three detainees had tried to escape, and that they killed them as they were trying to flee. When Army officials began to investigate, they concluded that the detainees had not tried to escape, and they ordered a criminal inquiry, a Defense Department official said.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Army's Criminal Investigation Division had not finished its inquiry.

A military official in Baghdad said the incident did not occur at a checkpoint, contradicting preliminary information that a Pentagon official provided Thursday. An official in the Pentagon confirmed Friday that the incident did not take place at a checkpoint. However, officials were not able to describe where the incident occurred.

Military officials said the incident did not involve soldiers using excessive force or wrongfully escalating the amount of force used. Instead, investigators are looking at allegations that the soldiers deliberately and wrongfully killed the civilians, Defense Department officials said.

Don't you just hate those "contradictions"...?

No determination yet of wha... (Below threshold)

No determination yet of what wasn't covered up.

You are a contradiction Lee... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf:

You are a contradiction Lee, and we don't hate you. Some of us find you amusing in your little foil hat.

Don't you just hate thos... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Don't you just hate those "contradictions"...?


Oh, you mean contradiction like you not going batshit crazy over the likely torture and beheading of 2 American soldiers?

" Speaking of buried..."

Where's your righteous indignation over that act of barbarism. Only when Americans do something wrong is it worthy of your attention and indignation.

Sorry, but what, 8 months l... (Below threshold)
jp2:

Sorry, but what, 8 months later we find out about this? I consider that a coverup.

Shhh jp2 - They bite when y... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Shhh jp2 - They bite when you try to educate them.

Peter F said:"O... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Peter F said:

"Only when Americans do something wrong is it worthy of your attention and indignation."

No, only when right-wing bloggers try to skew reality is it worthy of my attention and indignation.

Lee, Can you be int... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Lee,
Can you be intellectually honest enough to offer your apology for slandering the US military? Can we agree that Murtha is despicable?

LeeSpeaking of burie... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Lee
Speaking of buried, why aren't the conservative bloggers writing about the Salahuddin incident?
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Lee seems to be a propagandist trying to smear the US military. I don't see Lee being angry at the terrorists for torturing and killing 2 US soldiers today.

It is sad that Lee is a typical example of the modern left.

I am still waiting for Lee 's apology on Haditha.


BTW, Looks like the... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

BTW,
Looks like the left is trying to cover up the atrocities of the terrorists in their war against Bush. I wish the left can spend 1/2 as much energy against the terrorists (as they are spending against Bush).

LEE is an example of a prou... (Below threshold)
RobLACa.:

LEE is an example of a proud imbecile supporting a traitorous democrat party. He has no self esteem for he willingly parrots democrat lies and gossip. Think for yourself , uh might be too late for that. Why think ? I read this some where , "vote democrat, it's easier than thinking"


"why aren't the conservative bloggers writing about the Salahuddin incident"?


"No, only when right-wing bloggers try to skew reality is it worthy of my attention and indignation".

According to your own words , you shouldn't have opened your big fat mouth on this subject right?

Not only are democrats liars , frauds, traitors , race baiters and incompetants , as of lately they have all clearly shown us just how "DUMB" they really are.Thanks LEE.

LoveAmerica,Haven'... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

LoveAmerica,

Haven't you learned that the Left finds it easier to hate and belittle Bush than to actually fight terrorists? After all, fighting terrorists would actually require them to take off their tinfoil hats, put down their bongs, pick up a gun and defend the country that's given them everything and more freedom than any country has ever seen in the history of the world.

And heavens knows that's asking just way too much.

Military officials said ... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Military officials said the incident did not involve soldiers using excessive force or wrongfully escalating the amount of force used. Instead, investigators are looking at allegations that the soldiers deliberately and wrongfully killed the civilians, Defense Department officials said.

Whizbang! doesn't consider that news. That's sad.

Lee as well as Murtha and t... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Lee as well as Murtha and the MSM have been caught red-handed in a lie to smear the US military. Any intellectually honest person would have offered an apology. But we can't expect intellectual honesty from the left in any case.

Anything Lee posted can be considered as lies (using Lee 's own standard) since he hasn't owned up to a proven lie.

NO LEE , YOUR SAD. ... (Below threshold)
RobLACa.:

NO LEE , YOUR SAD.

The Democrats are sad and much more.

Why do you consider that news and not two dozen killed in LA over the weekend?

Our soldiers that died , did so protecting our Country. They voluteered, you are pro choice aren't you? They didn't die walking home from school or by a stray bullet that found its way into their living room.

Imagine that? Stray fricken bullets in Los Angeles and their is no fucken war being fought here.

"Haven't you learned that the Left finds it easier to hate and belittle Bush than to actually fight terrorists"

That is the damn truth and there are some that don't even believe terrorsits even exist.

Democrat logic, we should just exterminate the entire lunatic left , traitors and all. It's easier than trying to debate the boulder heads and would save infinite hours wastes exposing their lies , fraud and corruption. Pass the bong.

Why do we encourage Lee???<... (Below threshold)
audrey:

Why do we encourage Lee???

Good point Audrey. I simply... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Good point Audrey. I simply take the opportunity of Lee 's posts to point out the intellectual and moral corruption of the left. Lee is a perfect example of that corruption.

As long as the incident doe... (Below threshold)

As long as the incident does not involve a General Officer, O-6 with connections or relative of a Congressman, it will be investigated and appropriate or excessive punishment of the "guilty" parties is guaranteed. Thus the "Salahuddin" incident is likely to receive a "fair" look and reaction. For all the complaining about how "long" it takes, I think if you compare the time it takes our civilian justice system to investigate and punish evil doers to the time it takes in the military system, you will see that the military system is much more efficient.

So far we have no evidence of "cover-up" of the Haditha incident, and the points presented by the defense certainly suggest a set up by the enemy to exploit our media for psy-ops against us. This tactic has been the part of war for millennia, before the MSM was more than a system of town criers.

Lets at least let the system try to handle it before we pull another Murtha or a WInter Soldier.

Sorry, but what, 8 months l... (Below threshold)
JannyMae:

Sorry, but what, 8 months later we find out about this? I consider that a coverup.

Posted by: jp2

jp2, your ignorance is astounding. We are not talking about not informing the public about this story, we are talking about Military personnel deliberately trying to hide what happened. Clearly, those allegations that have been previously made have been proven to be false.

Of course, what you consider a cover-up has no bearing on reality, as you are still clinging to, "fake but accurate," Dan Rather.

Lee, et al, WANT our men & ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Lee, et al, WANT our men & women to consider where EACH & EVERY round might go that they fire.

If, for example, they fire high and the round sails an extra hundred yards and kills, gasp, a puppy, while they are in a Fire-fight for their LIVES, then Lee (and his sick ilk) want THEM tortured!

Well, I, for one, want our military to exercise LESS restraint in ALL our military missions.

Pass the word: Mess with the BEST...DIE like the rest!!

nuff said

Not at all Justrand. My ama... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Not at all Justrand. My amazement is with this blog which, according to this site's search engine (over on the left side of the web page) shows that Whizbang! has no less than 25 blog posts which mention Murtha, and none, zero, zip, nada posts which mention Salahuddin.

I find it amazing that conservatives can be so out of touch with the news of the day, or is "...investigators are looking at allegations that the soldiers deliberately and wrongfully killed the civilians..." just not relevant to the discussion of Murtha and coverups and Haddita?

Of course it is relvant, unless it weakens your argument against those big bad dems... that's why you don't see mention of it on Whizbang!

Lee: "nada posts which m... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Lee: "nada posts which mention Salahuddin"

maybe that's because that is still under investigation

Oh wait, that's the PERFECT time for you and your ilk to portray American fighting men in the worst possible light!! sorry, I almost forgot

Of course, once the TRUTH starts to come to light (as it is in Hiditha) the MSM runs for, well, Brad Pitt


"Out of touch with the news... (Below threshold)
JannyMae:

"Out of touch with the news of the day:"

Really, Lee. More like, "unwilling to swallow propaganda."

You should try a little discernment sometime. So should our MSM. You know, getting all the facts of a story, before making a fool of yourself, and publishing something unconfirmed, that later turns out to be, dare I say it, "FALSE?"

How long until they plan to... (Below threshold)

How long until they plan to try the men in the Duke rape case... one year?

Only Lee and jp2 could read a report about an investigation of an incident that was reported and pursued by the military and see anything but an example of accountability.

What are we supposed to say about it, guys?

Yes, look at that. The military takes these things seriously and investigates and punishes those guilty. They do not cover up those events or try to sweep them under any rug because the military is made up of good people who care about justice and who do not tolerate criminal behavior from their fellows.

Will that do it for ya?

jp2... Duke rape case... one year.

I should also note that if ... (Below threshold)

I should also note that if the article Lee quoted is accurate, the incident was reported by witnesses within the US military. This is *also* what can be expected to happen because anything *else* assumes culpability of everyone present and what are the chances that there isn't at least one soldier there who objects?

Events like this are reported and are investigated.

I know that really does a job on Lee and jp2's world view but it seems pretty darned obvious to those familiar with the military.

Lee:I find it a... (Below threshold)
Heralder:

Lee:

I find it amazing that conservatives can be so out of touch with the news of the day,

That's given the assumption that this site is our only source for news.

-that's why you don't see mention of it on Whizbang!

Wizbang is not regulated press.


jp2:

Sorry, but what, 8 months later we find out about this? I consider that a coverup.

If it was a coverup you either wouldn't have ever found out about it, or it would have been alot longer than 8 months. I think we've gotten too used to getting detailed news within minutes of when it happens around the world, which can result in speculative and/or false reporting. personally, I feel that news agencies should sit on stories for at least a day or two so they can get all the relevent facts, instead of issuing multiple retractions and corrections down the road after people have already read the report and taken it for truth.

There was no evidence in t... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

There was no evidence in the General's report of a "knowing cover-up" but there seems alot of prima evidence of 'everyone covering their ass' in this case.."He said, officers from the company level through the staff of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force in Baghdad failed to demand "a thorough explanation" of what happened in Haditha...'Don't ask... don't tell' again seems to be the modus operandi of the forces..until the proverbial..hits the fan.

Lee: "nada posts which m... (Below threshold)
Lee:

Lee: "nada posts which mention Salahuddin"

Justrand: "maybe that's because that is still under investigation"

Oh really? Bullsh*t. This blog was all over Con. Jefferson the minute the story broke.

I'm not defending Jefferson, he was caught red handed, but his investigation isn't over either, and that hasn't stopped the coverage around here, now has it?

The dishonesty amongst you neo-con hypocrites is a slam dunk fact.

LEE This is being... (Below threshold)
914:

LEE

This is being reported on here! and We are discussing it..so dont try to pull Your dishonesty crap on here!
Were not the ones who kicked Jefferson off of the committee, that was Your hypos Pelosi and company.

The hypocrisy among You libs is stifling..

LEEThis... (Below threshold)
Lee:

LEE

This is being reported on here!

Nice try 914 - Not a single blog post on Whizbang references Salahuddin according to the search box on the left.

The lies among you conservatives is stifling... the hypocrisy -- nothing short of amazing. You guys claim the moral high ground, then act as un-american as can be imagined.

Ahh its not in the Archives... (Below threshold)
914:

Ahh its not in the Archives yet? Your talking about it RIGHT NOW!

Lee,Not a single blo... (Below threshold)
LoveAmerica Immigrant:

Lee,
Not a single blog post on Whizbang references Salahuddin according to the search box on the left.
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Lee hasn't apologized for the Haditha smear yet. This is the mark of a propagandist determined to smear the US military. He trotted out a lie to smear. When caught red-handed, move on to the next allegation.

The bottom line is that Lee has been caught in a lie. So whatever he said can be assumed to be lies until proven otherwise.

I don't see Lee upset about the two US soldiers savagely killed by the terrorists. Talking about un-American!

LoveAmerica Immigrant... (Below threshold)
914:

LoveAmerica Immigrant

Lee is no exception nay rather Hes a standard bearer for the anti American lefties in this country. They hate the military and help the adversary.
Truly a sickening reality..

By the way, Welcome to America! still land of the free and thank God for the military home of the brave.

Hey Lying Lee , you can't ... (Below threshold)
RobLACa.:

Hey Lying Lee , you can't win . Your the hypocrite , liar loser in the minority.Chew those facts slowly so you don't choke on the fact BJ Clinton is still Lying POS Rapist basturd and failed disbarred most corrupt President to disgrace the United States.

This will never go away , never. You will have to live with it for the rest of your wed wetting life. Funny thing is YOU CHOOSE TO BE THIS WAY, YOUR AN IDIOT.

Lee, Not ... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Lee,

Not at all Justrand. My amazement is with this blog which, according to this site's search engine (over on the left side of the web page) shows that Whizbang! has no less than 25 blog posts which mention Murtha, and none, zero, zip, nada posts which mention Salahuddin.

Your point seems to be that the lack of coverage of Salahuddin on WizBang demonstrates bias.

If WizBang were a straight news site, then your charge might have a little weight. However, stories on WizBang and other blogs are almost exclusively editorials. The question then is how does WizBang compare to the editorial content of the MSM? From my experience, the editorial content of no major news outlet represents comprehensive coverage of any topic. In fact, even the straight news content of major news outlets falls far short of being comprehensive for any given topic. One of the on going criticisms of the MSM is that they only report the bad news from Iraq. I know that's not entirely true, but there are far more reports of bad news than reports of good news in spite of the progress being made daily. Part of that trend is that bad events, such as a company laying off workers, is news, while a company hiring workers is not.

Given the nature of blogs and using the MSM as a standard to judge by, your charge is without merit.

Typical Lee. He got burned,... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

Typical Lee. He got burned, so he changes the subject to a different story. The usual M.O.

We can add Steve to the lis... (Below threshold)

We can add Steve to the list.

How can everyone CYA if they had no reason to think they needed to CYA?

CYA means that you cover your rear-side and you do that by crossing your T's and dotting your I's so when the sh*t hits the fan none of it splatters on you.




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