posted on Jan, 22 2006 @ 08:15 PM
A panel of six US Army officers deliberated for six hours before convicting Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. of negligent homicide in the
killing of an Iraqi General whom Welshofer had been interrogating. Welshofer put a sleeping bag over Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush's head and
sat on his chest until he suffocated. Welshofer believed that the General had information that could cripple the insurgency and that US interrogation
tactics were inadequate.
An Army interrogator committed negligent homicide when he put a sleeping bag over an Iraqi general's head and sat on his chest as the man
suffocated, a military jury found.
Attorneys for Chief Warrant Officer Lewis Welshofer Jr. said he believed the general had information that would "break the back of the whole
insurgency" at a time when soldiers were being killed in an increasingly lethal and bold resistance.
But prosecutor Maj. Tiernan Dolan maintained that Welshofer tortured Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush at a detention camp in 2003, treating him
"worse than you would treat a dog."
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Again, we see that when US forces break the laws of war and are caught, they are prosecuted. Regardless of what information the Warrant Officer
might have thought the General might have known that could have been of value, his death did nothing to facilitate the war effort. However, it must
be remembered that under the extraordinary circumstances of combat, the legal exercise of force is easy to exceed. Welshofer could have been
convicted of murder had the judicial panel not taken that into account and had ruled differently.
[edit on 2006/1/22 by GradyPhilpott]
[edit on 27-1-2006 by asala]