Friday, July 20, 2007

You'd Hafta Conclude Their Lives Just Aren't Worth As Much As A Human's Is

Below, I speculated on the gustatory likelihood of ANY USer trooper EVER doing really HARD time for killing Iraqis in Iraq.
Read'em and weep!:

A military jury at Camp Pendleton has spared a Marine of prison time for kidnapping and conspiring to murder an Iraqi man who was killed as troops hunted in vain for a suspected insurgent.Cpl. Trent Thomas was sentenced Friday morning to a bad-conduct discharge and reduced pay. A military jury of three officers and six enlisted Marines deliberated for less than an hour before returning their decision.Thomas, a 25-year-old father of two, faced a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. He was convicted Wednesday of kidnapping and conspiracy to murder an Iraqi man after a botched attempt to capture a suspected insurgent in the village of Hamdania in April 2006.

No prison: just loss of pay, rank and benefits, and a BCD (Bad Conduct Discharge).
Not a even a 'Dishonorable' discharge. Bad conduct? WTF? Yeah cold-bloodedly killing a non-combatant is fucking AWFUL conduct.
But I guess there's no 'Fucking Awful Conduct Discharge,' unfortunately.

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