Triad Marine under Arrest

WASHINGTON -- A Marine with local ties was among eight people charged with murder in an Iraqi civilian's death.

Marine Lance Cpl. Jerry E. Shumate Jr., of Greensboro, was among those charged.

The Marine Corps announced that it charged seven Marines and a sailor.

The Marine Corps identified the others as: Marine Sgt. Lawrence G. Hutchins III, Marine Cpl. Trent D. Thomas, Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Melson J. Bacos, Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson, Marine Pfc. John J. Jackson, Marine Lance Cpl. Robert B. Pennington, and Marine Cpl. Marshall L. Magincalda.

The eight are jailed at Camp Pendleton, Calif. They are accused of pulling an unarmed Iraqi man from his home in April and shooting him without provocation.

Meanwhile, military investigators have found that two California soldiers shot to death in Iraq were murdered by Iraqi civil-defense officers patrolling with them.

The deaths of Army Spc. Patrick R. McCaffrey Sr. and 1st Lt. Andre D. Tyson were originally attributed to an ambush during a patrol near Balad, Iraq, on June 22, 2004.

But the Army's Criminal Investigation Command found that one or more of the Iraqis attached to the American soldiers on patrol fired at them, a military official said Tuesday.

A Pentagon spokesman knew of no other similar incident, calling it "extremely rare."

The Army has conducted an extensive investigation into the deaths but declined to provide details out of respect for relatives of the soldiers, spokesman Paul Boyce said Tuesday evening.

It was unclear whether the investigators had established a motive or arrested any suspects.

The families of McCaffrey and Tyson were to be briefed on the report's conclusions Tuesday and Wednesday by Brig. Gen. Oscar Hilman, the soldiers' commander at the time, and three other officers

As far as Im concerned, The lives of McCaffrey & Tyson paid in full for anything those Marines did.


Fixed it

Lance [sotto voce]: There's a "q" in "blockquote"!

I have the opposite problem a lot: I'll begin a blockquote with <blockquote> and then end it with <blockquote>, so I have two open quotes where I meant to have one closed one.

Ah, HTML. It's whole purpose in life is to remind us that we're not perfect. (And honestly, if it weren't for that, how would you know?)

Thank You My Brother......

May the sun always shine upon your back, May your path always be straight, May you never get Arthur in yer joints and hope to high water you never devolop "CRS" like me!

Too late

On the CRS, anyway.

We are such an adaptable

We are such an adaptable species, and we're capable of so much that's good and bad. If these guys did what they're accused of, they should be punished. But I can't help but wonder how much looser my own grip on right and wrong would be if I had to live the lives they were living during their Iraq tour(s).