Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Why the rush to justice?

Last night as I listened to the Savage Nation, I caught an interview between Mike Savage and Jeremiah Sullivan, the defense attorney for the Navy Corpsman being held in Camp Pendleton while the investigation is pending on the alleged shooting of an unarmed, innocent man in Hamdaniya, Iraq back in April.

While terrorist suspects in GITMO, Cuba are allowed to roam free within their fenced areas, our Navy Corpsman and fellow Marines, who have sacrificed everything to fight the President's war in Iraq are being held in solitary confinement shackled in handcuffs attached to a belt and leg cuffs when they leave their cells at Camp Pendleton.

Sullivan claims the NCIS has issued threats of the death penalty to try and coerce confessions. At this point in time none of the defense attorneys for these men have seen any charge sheets or reports on the investigation's findings. In fact Sullivan said in the interview that the only way he's able to get any information on this case is by listening to the media reports.

Meanwhile, in the cases of Haditha and Hamdaniya, the President, members of Congress, and the media have tried and convicted these men. The President sent thousands of American citizens into a country where the enemy wears no uniform and knows no rules of engagement. The President sent them there, Congress backed him, so they owe it to these men to maintain the presence of "innocent until proven guilty".

When questioned recently about the alleged incident in Haditha, the President said:

"I'm mindful that there's a thorough investigation going on. If, in fact, laws were broken, there will be punishment."

"If there is a wrongdoing, people will be held to account. This is just a reminder--for troops in Iraq or throughout our military--that there are high standards expected of them and that there are strong rules of engagement."

The President has done nothing to defend these men until their guilt has been established with solid evidence.

Rush to justice?

Oh hell yeah.

1 comment:

  1. I think it is a big load of crap myself.

    Innocent until proven guilty is a crock.
    Unless you are a millionaire that is.