23 April 2007
1971, Capt. Gary Myers was an Army JAG, assigned to Capt. Ernest
was worldwide interest in the court martial of Lt. Calley's commander.
Myers' colleague on the defense team, civilian attorney F. Lee Bailey,
reveled in the attention and gave the press conferences. Meanwhile,
Capt. Myers had no comment for reporters and went about the patient
work of winning the case.
Myers represents a Haditha Marine, LCpl. Justin Sharratt. Reporters
from the New York Times and Washington Post are
practically camped at Myer’s door. But, even as a civilian, Myers is
an old-school Army lawyer, and has no comment for the press.
Meanwhile, this past week, we were flooded with leaks in the Haditha
Saturday, a headline screamed out from the front page of the
Report on Haditha Condemns Marines. The story purported to
summarize the classified Bargewell Report on Haditha (somehow
"obtained" by the Post’s, Josh White).
asked about the leak, Lt. Col. Sean Gibson (spokesman at Marine Corps
Central Command in Florida)
said the report "is part of an ongoing investigation, and as such
is neither releasable nor would it be appropriate for me to comment on
Col. Gibson's statement was an honorable one. But the leak of
classified material lapped up by the Post was yet another victory for
the bastards, who continue their winning streak. Let's tally up their
victories over the past six months.
1. November, 2006: The NCIS investigative
report on the Haditha incident was leaked to
2. November 21, 2006: Unnamed "Pentagon
sources" unleashed hell on unsuspected families of servicemen by
telling NPR's Morning Edition that five Marines were
expected to face charges for murder. Not only that. The names,
ages, and hometowns of the five Marines were given out. The names
were picked up by other media outlets across the country and around
Included on the list was Cpl. Hector Salinas
("age 22, of Houston, Texas"). Salinas was never charged.
3. December 5, 2006: A "Marine official
and a lawyer involved in the case" told that the New York Times
that at least five Marines are expected to the be charged in Haditha
deaths. The names and hometowns of the five were given again
(for the benefit of anyone who missed the NPR broadcast), including
Cpl. Salinas. No correction, apology, or explanation was ever made.
(Charges were finally filed against eight
Marines on December 21st)
4 and 5. January 6, 2007: A red letter day
for bastardy. A "senior defense official" told the Associated Press
that his previous leaks were correct:
evidence didn't back the Marines.
But this was small potatoes compared to the
bombshell in the Washington Post. That paper "obtained" the entire
NCIS report with hundreds of pictures). The Post's
article, by Josh White, was selective with the facts to
paint a picture of guilt.
Then the bastards slept until...
6. April 20, 2007: A leaker identified as
"someone involved in the case who declined to be identified because
the documents are not public" told the Associated Press that
seven Marines had been granted immunity
spokesman Lt. Col. Sean Gibson declined to comment. He said, "As
this is an ongoing investigation, the government will not confirm
the identity of potential witnesses or discuss the conditions under
which they may appear."
7. April 22, 2007: The Washington Post "obtained"
the confidential report by Army Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell about
Haditha. With grotesque inaccuracy, the Post claimed the
report condemned Marines.
that's where we stand. At least seven leaks in the past six months in
a case whose integrity has been questionable from the start.
lull in the leaks between January 6th and April 20th may have been
because Lt. Gen. James Mattis
ordered an investigation. On the other hand, Capt. Jay Delarosa (a
Marine spokesman) has had no comment on the investigation since it was
announced so it's unclear where it stands.
contacted General Mattis' office and the USMC Inspector General. I
have made a case for the investigation to be public. I believe it is
essential for the leakers, and their motives, to be exposed. There has
continued to be no comment.
honorable men see bastards at work, sometimes "no comment" isn't
enough. The Corps owes protection to Marines whose good names have
been dragged through the mud, whose families have been subjected to
the worst kinds of torment and harassment from the media.
the Medina case decades ago, men of honor such as Gary Myers are
fighting the real fight, and fighting to win in court under the rule
of law. JAGs are working honorably as well. The truth should prevail.
anyone who cares about a fair fight should be as concerned as I am
that the bastards are back.
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