Editor's Note: Most of the feedback we received last night focused on the “Killing at the Canal” segment. Many feel that the killings were justified and the interrogation was leading SGT. Michael Leahy to say he did it. On the Wal-Mart segment, viewers ask why Heather Ellis hasn’t asked to see the video surveillance from inside the store at the checkout. What do you think>?
The killing at the canal.. Listen Military Justice System is 250 yrs old and never updated. What these guys did wasn’t murder. it’s not like they grabbed some civ and woman and raped and beat them.. This is a different situation and the CID are not good interrogators and should not of pushed this.. They also should not of served any time they at min if the army felt it was bad just discharged them under general discharge.. I went through military courts and they are a Joke.. Think about the civ case of the kid who had a few hits of acid at a grateful dead concert and got life.. Make zero sense.
AC, the interrogation tape sounded like the interrogator was leading him to come to a conclusion he, the interrogator wanted which is a confession and an admission of guilt. On a separate note, I feel for these soldiers. They are being fired at and being killed by an enemy who doesn't fear to face a criminal conviction....I give these guys a break!!!!
The Battlefield Justice story is one long overdue. No one should judge what they did unless they have experienced war. For these men to get life prison sentences for killing people who were trying to kill them and would keep trying to kill them is ridiculous. I vote that the Army send all jag officers to the front lines of an infantry platoon before they can try their first case. A little perspective would help them before they throw our soldiers under the bus or worse, withhold evidence like the prosecutors did in the case of Lt. Michael Behenna (www.defendmichael.com.)
"Battlefield Justice or murder" is a very strange question. It seems to me that the phrase "battlefield justice" usually MEANS murder. Whatever it means, there is no justice in the killing of helpless prisoners.
Regarding the "Killing at the Canal" the combat forces in the Army and Marines are trained to kill That is the mission of "armed" forces` Citizens in the comfort of their homes cannot reckin this but live in a combat area for any period of time and you will not reason like you do in your own house "Walk a mile in their boots" then tell me they are cold blooded murderers and that the "brass: is as usual innocent and unknowing.
Did we send them over there to have a tea party? Or fight a war – which means killing, bombing, setting road bombs etc. So, what on earth did they do wrong???? Nothing !!!
Regarding the Ellis case, every Walmart in the country has surveillance cameras, why hasn't Ms Ellis requested a copy of the tape? The possibility of 15 years in jail for allegedly cutting in a checkout line is ridiculous.
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