Col. Watt tells hearing:
It all started with e-mails from McGirk
by David Allender
March 20, 2008
an exclusive story by correspondent Nat Helms, NewsMax
has revealed that it was a Time magazine reporter's
unsubstantiated allegations that sparked the notorious investigation
into the death of civilians on November 19, 2005
in Haditha Iraq and subjected eight Marines of Kilo Company, Third
battalion, 1st Marines to years of unwarranted harassment and
NewsMax story does not identify the Time correspondent
by name but Defend our Marines can report it was Time
reporter Tim McGirk.
wildest of McGirk's allegations were never reported in print.
Neither did McGirk
readers about the evident problems his sources had with the truth.
In shocking testimony
during pre-trial hearings in the case of Lance Corporal Stephen
Tatum in Camp Pendeton, California, Army Colonel Gregory Watt
recalled that he was sent to Iraq largely to investigate McGirk's
allegations, made in e-mails to a military Public Affairs officer in
According to Col.
Watt's sworn testimony, McGirk had charged that Marines dragged a man and his wife from
a passing car and shot them in cold blood, left a wounded Iraqi man
lying on the road for six hours until he bled to death, and forced
four brothers into a closet and then shot them full of holes.
None of this was true.
It was McGirk's false
allegations, based on lies fed to him by known insurgent
propagandists, that caused Rep. Murtha to charge the Marines had
committed cold-blooded murder and led the government to launch a
multi-million dollar investigation that resulted in various charges
against the Haditha Marines--many of which have since been dropped.
Thanks to NewsMax
which from the very beginning has reported the real Haditha story,
it is now clear that the real assault was upon
And it was the
mainstream media who wielded the hatchet.
now the record clearly shows. The shameful harassment of eight
heroic Marines that has led to court martials for two
officers and two enlisted men, cost families hundreds of thousands
of dollars, subjected a courageous Marine lieutenant colonel to the
threat of years in prison and subjected the Marine heroes to a
painful ordeal, all began with e-mails from Tim McGirk--emails
filled with accusations proven to be false.