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Monday, July 27, 2009

Colorado Soldiers Talk Of Iraq Horrors

AP Report

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Soldiers from an Army unit that had 10 infantrymen accused of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter after returning to civilian life described a breakdown in discipline during their Iraq deployment in which troops murdered civilians, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Some Fort Carson, Colo.-based soldiers have had trouble adjusting to life back in the United States, saying they refused to seek help, or were belittled or punished for seeking help. Others say they were ignored by their commanders, or coped through drug and alcohol abuse before they allegedly committed crimes, The Gazette of Colorado Springs said.

The Gazette based its report on months of interviews with soldiers and their families, medical and military records, court documents and photographs.

Several soldiers said unit discipline deteriorated while in Iraq.

"Toward the end, we were so mad and tired and frustrated," said Daniel Freeman. "You came too close, we lit you up. You didn't stop, we ran your car over with the Bradley," an armored fighting vehicle.

With each roadside bombing, soldiers would fire in all directions "and just light the whole area up," said Anthony Marquez, a friend of Freeman in the 1st Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment. "If anyone was around, that was their fault. We smoked 'em."

Taxi drivers got shot for no reason, and others were dropped off bridges after interrogations, said Marcus Mifflin, who was eventually discharged with post traumatic stress syndrome.

"You didn't get blamed unless someone could be absolutely sure you did something wrong," he said

Soldiers interviewed by The Gazette cited lengthy deployments, being sent back into battle after surviving war injuries that would have been fatal in previous conflicts, and engaging in some of the bloodiest combat in Iraq. The soldiers describing those experiences were part of the 3,500-soldier unit now called the 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team.

Since 2005, some brigade soldiers also have been involved in brawls, beatings, rapes, DUIs, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suicides.


Anonymous said...

I served as a draftee during Korean conflict. None of us liked what we had to do but we came home, went to work and didnt cry about it. What are these cry babies doing in the military? But then we need to ask Busch and Cheney, what were we doing in Iraq. I dont think our constitution allowed for our troops to be there. djw

Anonymous said...

Daniel Freeman and Anthony Marquez sound like they have sociopathic personalities. The way it's presented in the article presents them as being nonchalant about the atrocities; the pain and suffering they were responsible for to all of the families.

This final statement in the article conveniently leaves out the word HOMICIDE: ~ "Since 2005, some brigade soldiers also have been involved in brawls beatings, rapes, DUIs, drug deals, domestic violence, shootings, stabbings, kidnapping and suidices." ~ That is QUITE a list of felony behavior! What did these boys think they were getting into? Video games? Now Colorado Springs citizens are subject for their psychosis.

Too many of the military put stock into a group of sadistic, lying politicians and waved the flag all the way into a war based on absolute lies. Some of them didn't apply critical thinking of their own and allowed emotion to rule rather than logic. Others simply needed an excuse to put their violent characters to 'legal' use by justifying murderous war. This was the perfect outlet for them.

Support the troops? No. I support each individual based on his or her merits, not any uniform, including that of police officers and judges. (More professions motivated by power, not justice.)

Anonymous said...

I am proud of these soldiers who fights, so that we could sleep securely.....


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