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Probe Clears US Marine accused of Iraqi Prisoners' Murder: Reports (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on May, 14 2005 @ 03:35 PM
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Marine Second Lieutenant Ilario Pantano has been cleared in the shooting deaths of two Iarqi prisoners. The report stated that the shootings did not constitute a crime and were in accordance with the rules of engagement, at the time. The report recommends a non-judicial punishment for Pantano's having expended 60 rounds during the incident. Pantano's main accuser, Sergeant Daniel Coburn was castigated for his conduct.
 



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A military probe has concluded that a US marine accused of killing two unarmed Iraqi prisoners should be cleared of all charges, US news media reported.

Marine Second Lieutenant Ilario Pantano was justified when he shot the prisoners on April 15, 2004, a report from the investigating officer has found, according to New York Times and the New York Daily News.

Prosecutors had claimed that Pantano, 33, a former Wall Street trader, executed the prisoners as they knelt with their backs turned. He faced a maximum penalty of death on charges of dereliction of duty and murder.

But the government "was not able to produce credible evidence or testimony that the killings were premeditated" or even that the prisoners were shot in the back, Lieutenant Colonel Mark Winn, in charge of the investigation, wrote in his report.




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This is good news. It is important that our fighting men are scrutinized during combat operations and that those who commit crimes are brought to justice, but in this case the Lieutenant was unjustly accused by a Marine who had been relieved of his command by Pantano and carried a grudge against the Lieutenant for that action. In my opinion, the number of rounds expended is immaterial and even an Article 15, non-judicial punishment, is not justified.

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posted on May, 14 2005 @ 04:42 PM
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The Few.

The Proud.

The Marines.



posted on May, 15 2005 @ 12:38 AM
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Semper Fi!

Do or die!

Gung ho!

Gung ho!

Gung ho!

Since 10 November 1775, the United States Marine Corps has remained "Always Faithful" to America and it's freedom and to the freedom of all the world's oppressed and it has done so while upholding to the highest levels the traditions of "Courage, Honor, and Commitment." Lieutenant Pantano continues that tradition and I hope that the Commanding General of the Second Marine Division drops all charges against him.



posted on May, 15 2005 @ 11:16 AM
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This story is not to be confused with the below story.



www.abovetopsecret.com...

The first case involved an enlisted Marine who was video taped killing an insurgent whom the Marine thought might be feigning death. This thread involves a Marine officer who, having removed the restraints from two prisoners, killed them when they made threatening moves toward him. The incident was reported by an enlisted Marine who, having been relieve of command of his squad by the officer, lied about the facts of the case.


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