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CAMP PENDLETON, California — A Marine corporal said Marines in his unit began routinely beating Iraqis after officers ordered them to "crank up the violence level," the Los Angeles Times reported.
Cpl. Saul H. Lopezromo testified Saturday at the murder trial of Cpl. Trent D. Thomas.
"We were told to crank up the violence level," the newspaper quoted Lopezromo as saying in testimony for the defense.
"I don't see it as an execution, sir," he told the judge, according to the newspaper. "I see it as killing the enemy."
He said Marines consider all Iraqi men part of the insurgency.
"Because of the way they live, the clans, they're all in it together," he said.
Originally posted by UM_Gazz
They see all Iraqi men as part of the insurgency?
If so then ALL Iraqi men would be legitimate targets in this "war". Right?
Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
... or that it's just another fine example of selective journalism, just in time for the 6 o'clock Snewze.
Originally posted by Comforter
There are a few cases against the little pink pill that keeps giving. Lariam used for malaria by the troops are laced with a chemical that lowers a person’s kill threshold. It was designed for about six months use. Depending on the individual they can experience flash backs and extreme anger and hallucinations up to five years from the last dose.
Suggest anyone coming back invest in a private sauna.
I pushed a senator into investigating contractor money be directed to insurgent supporters. Decided to take the money I was offered not to release electronic files proving this seeing as many of the people I was working with specialize in shallow graves. It was that or stand once again in unemployment with only my integrity to keep me company. I look on it as at least costing the “company” a little money.
How has the story of the Ukrainians half hearted effort to blow up the largest weapons depot in Iraq never made it out? From the start of the war and even a year later you could see mounds of 40mm mortar ammo with the guts removed for improvised explosives all around the area.
Now of course state of the art is brought in by camel caravans.
Pushing up the violence is no surprise to me. The powers that be did not start this war and invest money back into expanding it just to bring it to an end. There are large profits being made and will continue to be made until someone gets enough solid evidence to shut the operation down. Or the US over extends and breaks down.
PS the Iron Mountain Think Tank in 1962 suggested several "Bush Wars" to keep the economy afloat just before "environmental restitution".
Odd choice of words I thought.
Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
Larium is one thing, but What's this chemical that lowers a person’s kill threshold?
..but in rare instances it has been associated with serious psychiatric adverse events.
Specifically, the Lariam Medication Guide instructs patients who experience a sudden onset of certain psychiatric adverse events – anxiety, depression, restlessness or confusion – to contact a doctor or other healthcare provider because it may be necessary to stop taking Lariam and use another malaria prevention medicine.
Sometimes these psychiatric adverse events may persist even after stopping the medication. Some rare reports have claimed that Lariam users think about killing themselves. There have been rarer reports of suicides, although FDA does not know if Lariam use was related to these suicides.
Originally posted by esdad71
They were told to ratchet up the violence for protection of themselves not to provoke more incident. At least, that is my 'perception'.
Lopezromo said a procedure called "dead-checking" was routine. If Marines entered a house where a man was wounded, instead of checking to see whether he needed medical aid, they shot him to make sure he was dead, he testified.
"If somebody is worth shooting once, they're worth shooting twice," he said.
The jury comprises three officers and six enlisted personnel, all of whom have served in Iraq. The trial was set to resume Monday.