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The Few the Proud the Betrayed

Discussion in 'Freedom and Liberty' started by Minuteman, Aug 6, 2008.


  1. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    For a variety of reasons I am not a supporter of the Iraq war. I feel like there is a hidden agenda that we know nothing about. I believe it to be a waste of resources and an unforgivable waste of American lives.
    But our troops are not political pawns. Whether you support the war or not our troops deserve our respect and loyalty. For these prostiticians to treat an American Marine who has served our nation with distinction like this is unforgivable. They should be the ones on trial, for treason to start with.



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    Dear Newsmax Reader,
    We should be praising our warriors – not prosecuting them.

    But, for the last two and a half years Lt. Colonel Jeffrey Chessani, USMC, has been investigated and prosecuted for his involvement in the so called "Haditha massacre" – a massacre that never happened.

    Now – after devoting 20 years of his life to defend ours’ ─ he faces criminal charges as a result of a legitimate combat action taken by four of his Marines after being ambushed by insurgents in Haditha, Iraq, on November 19, 2005.

    If convicted, he faces 2 ½ years imprisonment, dismissal from the Corps, and loss of all of his retirement pay. An astonishing way to treat a loyal Marine with a wife and six children.

    Even though a Military Judge dismissed the case, the Government immediately appealed. Last week they filed their appeal brief. We now have less than 20 days to respond.
    It’s clear the government will likely re-file charges if it loses the appeal.
    Jeffrey Chessani is their political scapegoat and they’re embarrassed about the loss.
    Your donation now (click here) sends a message to all our combat troops that you will stand with them when they need your help.
    Your donation helps keep America strong!
    The impact of this case reaches far beyond the personal tragedy to Jeffrey Chessani and his family.
    His conviction will drastically curtail the future ability of our combat troops to defend our Nation – and themselves.
    But don’t take my word for it.
    Notice what Marine Lt Dominic Corabi said about the Haditha prosecutions in an unrelated court martial of one of his men (ultimately exonerated):

    <DIR>"Enlisted Marines were worried that their combat decisions could be second-guessed and that like the Marines involved in the Haditha killings of 2005, they could find themselves facing criminal charges."

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    It’s hard to believe the lengths to which the politicians in the Pentagon will go to convict an innocent Marine officer. As you read on you’ll know why.
    After all he has done for his Nation ─ for you and me ─ will you chip in $25 to help this Marine? If you can give more, please do.
    He urgently needs your help – NOW.





    He has been defending our Nation for twenty years…often away from his wife and children… so that we could be safely with ours.
    LtCol Chessani served three combat tours in Iraq. He served in the First Persian Gulf War, and in Panama. He is a committed Christian, husband, and father of 6 young children, ages 10 and under.
    I am certain that when you hear the facts, you will be as outraged as I am about what our government is doing to this courageous and loyal Marine.
    So please read on…
    On November 19, 2005, at approximately 7:15 a.m., a Marine convoy was rolling through Haditha, Iraq — a terrorist stronghold. Suddenly, a roadside bomb went off destroying a Marine Humvee, killing one Marine and seriously injuring two others.
    The Marines immediately received fire from the ambushing insurgents, who were shooting from nearby civilian-occupied homes.
    A four-man fire team responded as trained; they cleared several houses occupied by the armed insurgents, and in the ensuing room-by-room, house-by-house gun battle, it was reported that 8 enemy were killed.
    Tragically 15 civilians also died in urban combat, where insurgents purposefully use civilians as human shields, civilian casualties are tragic, but not uncommon. In fact, sometimes the insurgents themselves kill civilians to achieve a propaganda victory by blaming the Americans.

    LtCol Chessani was the battalion commander of these brave Marines ─ the 3rd Battalion ("The Thundering Third"), 1st Marines—one of the most decorated units in the history of the Marine Corps.
    As the Battalion Commander, LtCol Chessani was responsible that morning for approximately 2000 American and friendly Iraqi troops in an area of operations just about the size of South Carolina.
    He immediately reported the deaths of the 15 civilian Iraqis to his superiors.
    Not one of LtCol Chessani’s superiors hearing of the 15 civilian deaths ─ including top generals ─ considered it unusual. Not one ordered a further investigation.
    However, several months later, an inflammatory Time news article accusing the Marines of massacring innocent civilians caused public hysteria. The story was planted by insurgent propaganda operatives who knew too well that the liberal anti-war media hungered for such stories.
    Anti-war Congressman John Murtha, who wields tremendous power over military appropriations, jumped in and echoed Time’s story.
    He appeared on major television networks and publicly accused the young enlisted Marines of "cold blooded" murder and Marine officers of a "cover-up." He blamed it all on the stress of being in Iraq too long.
    Incredibly, these accusations were made even before the investigation was completed.

    It’s clear ─ the government has turned the prosecution of Jeffrey Chessani into a never-ending persecution.
    The trumped-up charge: failing to properly report and investigate the November 19, 2005 incident.

    The government is doing everything it can to convict LtCol Chessani. He is the political scapegoat they must convict to satisfy Murtha and the press.
    The vast resources of the government are at its disposal. The number of military investigators is virtually limitless. Government prosecutors can go anywhere, talk to anyone, and get anything, all at government expense. The Marine command structure is mandated to cooperate.
    So far, the government has spent millions of our taxpayer dollars, employed over 65 Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents ─ the largest investigation in that agency’s history ─ and granted immunity to scores of witnesses, all in their attempt to make Jeffrey and the "Haditha Marines" political scapegoats.

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    I’m sure you agree that the impact of this case reaches far beyond the personal tragedy and injustice to Jeffrey and his family.
    Lt. Colonel Paul Ware, USMC, an Investigating Officer who heard testimony in several cases involving the charged enlisted Marines blasted the credibility of the government witnesses and expressed concern that the allegations were nothing but a tactic "to erode public support of the Marine Corps and mission in Iraq."
    He went on to say:

    <DIR>"Even more dangerous is the potential that a Marine may hesitate at the critical moment when facing the enemy . . . ."

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    Retired General Thomas McInerney, former Joint Force Commander and Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, called the prosecutions of the Haditha Marines "despicable." He warned:

    <DIR>"We cannot fight a war like that . . . We’re not taking care of our people."

    </DIR>
    Regardless of how you feel about the war, LtCol Chessani was in Iraq because his country sent him there. He defended us, now we must defend him.
    Just to give you an idea what this Nation has lost by the prosecution of LtCol Chessani, and why he deserves your support, I want to give you a few excerpts from his official Combat Fitness Report.
    This is a required annual evaluation of a Marine officer’s performance prepared by his superiors. It covers the period of September 2005 to February 2006 ─ which includes the date of the incident for which LtCol Chessani is facing criminal charges:

    <DIR><DIR>Leads Marines from front in every operation. Demonstrates moral courage everyday. Doesn’t hesitate to report bad news fast or contest unrealistic plans/poor concepts. Despite the complexity and size of his AO [area of operations], he always maintains a calm, cool demeanor."
    "Always seeks advantage over complex, diverse insurgent enemy. Truly one of the finer thinkers in this COIN [counterinsurgency] environment."
    "One of the top 3" infantry/cavalry battalion commanders "of 13 who have served with RCT –2 [the regiment] during OIF. A superb leader, who knows his men, knows the enemy, knows his business. Doesn’t attract a lot of fanfare; just gets the job done to an exceedingly high standard."

    </DIR></DIR>"Long ball hitter; recommend selection for promotion to Colonel and TLS [Top Level School]."

    The Reviewing Officer, Major General Huck added his comments: "Top notch officer with outstanding potential. Promote and select for TLS [Top Level School]. Post TLS slate for Regimental command and subsequent joint tour. Unlimited potential and value to the Marine Corps. Capable of the most challenging assignments."
    One distorted magazine article has devastated the life and family of this patriotic Marine officer… and could adversely affect our military for years to come.

    Simply put…
    This case is about how our military fights and will fight in the future.
    LtCol Chessani has willingly answered the call to serve his country. That’s why he deserves the support of every Patriotic American today.
    The Reviewing Officer, Major General Huck added his comments: "Top notch officer with outstanding potential. Promote and select for TLS [Top Level School]. Post TLS slate for Regimental command and subsequent joint tour. Unlimited potential and value to the Marine Corps. Capable of the most challenging assignments."
    One distorted magazine article has devastated the life and family of this patriotic Marine officer... and could adversely affect our military for years to come.

    Simply put...
    This case is about how our military fights and will fight in the future.
    LtCol Chessani has willingly answered the call to serve his country. That’s why he deserves the support of every Patriotic American today.
    Sincerely yours,
    Richard Thompson
    President and Chief Counsel, Thomas More Law Center


    P.S. It is urgent you donate now. Your donation is tax- deductible. We have less than 20 days to file our response to the government brief. We must also prepare for the inevitable trial. The successful defense of Jeffrey Chessani is vital to the security of America and to all our military personnel we place in harm’s way.
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  2. FalconDance

    FalconDance Neighborhood Witch

    We watched a documentary (Frontline, maybe?) on this incident. It was clear to anyone with eyes (and probably to a blind man, as well) that the government needs a scapegoat and unfortunately these guys were handy.

    I keep hearing whispers of Impeachment. Yeah, right before he gets booted out of office anyhow. That makes sense. Bush and his cronies are the real terrorists, the true traitors to the US. When is anyone going to do something about it?

    Two of our dear friends (a married couple) were just deployed for the second time to Iraq. My brother has been there twice. All three are in the RESERVES, not active military. This is a travesty, a miscarriage of everything our country stands for - democratic freedom process, my ass. We invaded because Bush and Rumsfeld had an agenda, period. There were no WMDs, there was no Al Queda in Iraq until AFTER the US invaded.

    [soap] ....stepping away from the soapbox now....
     
  3. Clyde

    Clyde Jet Set Tourer Administrator Founding Member

    I think there are some JAG's that should be subjected to Unintended Consequenses as a result of their actions.

    This is bullshit. Our government is out of control.
     
  4. BAT1

    BAT1 Cowboys know no fear

    I have a feeling that we are going to see alot of dismembered Iraq vets on the streets in the future. What they have done them is beyond treason.
     
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