March 14th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Suspect in Afghan killings taken from Afghanistan, NATO says

A U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a weekend rampage has been transferred out of Afghanistan, the NATO command in Kabul said Wednesday.

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  1. Andreas Moser

    To Guantanamo, certainly?

    March 14, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Wait a minute!

      What we have here is a man who presumably has successfully managed 12 years in the service, been promoted in rank to sergeant, handled 3 deployments in war zones away from his family, and lead other soldiers in combat. Nothing negative has been reported about this man until now, after his 3rd deployment where he received a combat related "traumatic" brain injury. Or, until after the Army decided the brain injury was not serious and sent him back to war for his FOURTH deployment. Now, all of a sudden, within only 90 days back at war, he becomes a homicidal mass murderer.

      There might well be more to this than we know at this time, but the current evidence points the blame far more to those suggesting he might be put to death than to his somehow always having been a latent murderer waiting for a chance to kill innocent people.

      This guy might need our sympathy more than our anger.

      March 14, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes

      George?

      I thought the same thing at first, until I
      read that he tried to cover his crime which
      shows conscientiousness of guilt.

      He went from house to house, killing people.
      He took innocent babies out of their beds
      to stomp and shoot them to death. He carried
      their bodies outside to burn them with
      gasoline. He is 30 years old, has a family
      of his own and knows better.

      March 14, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • High Hopes

      P.S.

      Do you remember when a staff sergeant forced his troops to kill everyone in a village, including children? He and his comrades got a slap on the hand. As a result every soldier who served in that war were treated badly, being called "baby killers" and such. The citizens were outraged, as they should be. This man, one lone wolf acting on his own accord, will cast a hideous light on all the rest... not just in Afghanistan, but here, as well.

      March 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Homeland Security Prisons

    Send him to the HSP in Tacoma, maybe?

    March 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • justathought

      Do you think it would be too unjust to hand him over to the Afghans, after all, he did commit a horrible crime against their people. If this sort of thing had happened in the U.S. what would we think? I’m not too sure what kind of horrible death they would plan for him, but was he any less horrible?

      March 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scarpettta

    Smart move – the wrath against him would have put others on the base at risk if retaliation occurred on Afhan soil. Hope this way the others on the base will not be targeted. As to where he
    is heading, likely that will be a secret for some time to come.

    March 14, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    ...or hand him over to a war crimes tribunal. We even snagged 8 Nazi Bayer Aspirin Group officials by doing just that after WW2. But alas, the USA backed out of the World Court not long before Iraq was conquered. It seems having a US Military Tribunal handle this would be a conflict of interest. The Hague should have dibs on war criminals.

    March 14, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. High Hopes

    IF someone did this in the U.S., we'd never
    let him out of our sites, much less leave the
    Country! We'd be hollering, "fowl", and insist
    that he'd never receive punishment in his
    homeland. I believe what is good for the goose,
    etc.

    This was no mistake in a military exercise.
    This was cold-blooded murder of innocent
    people, the least of them being eight two-
    year olds toddlers and a five-year old child.
    This man acted on his own accord when
    he entered their homes and awoke those
    children only to brutally murder them.

    Where is THEIR justice?

    Shouldn't we abide by the rules we set for
    others? Or... are the actions of one man,
    however brutal, exempt?

    I think he should pay for his heinous crime
    under the jurisdiction in which it was
    committed. And I would hope that our
    Government would not be so hypocritical
    when it comes to claiming jurisdiction in
    cases involving our own terrorists.

    Justice is blind, remember...
    Hope

    March 14, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. High Hopes

    One more thing:

    How do we know this was an isolated
    incident? He may have been doing
    this for years...

    Hang him High!

    March 14, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. High Hopes

    But, first, compare his DNA against unsolved
    crimes in the U.S. and anyplace he frequented.

    March 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    @ High Hopes
    You are a breath of fresh air and I am truly impressed with your posts.
    🙂 hope to converse with you soon.

    Ps: please make your own judgements of me and not on the bases of others as I think you already will.
    Kind regards
    Mary

    March 14, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. High Hopes

    Mary:

    That's a sweet thing to say. I try to stand
    clear of internet squabbles. But, have
    been in a couple of my own. Don't worry
    about it, I'm harmless.

    Thanks,
    Hope

    🙂

    March 14, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. GREENDRAGONFLY

    NO ONE SEEN THIS COMING NOT BUYING IT

    March 14, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mary

    @ High Hopes, 🙂 Good to hear. I've been reading your posts and find you to be a genuine kinda gal. 😉
    I'll be busy for the next couple days but hope to see you Saturday on the blogs. 🙂
    Good Night

    March 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. chrissy

    He should be tried in an afghani court and they should do with him what they will. Then the US needs to bring charges on those that deemed him fit for combat, after the head trauma!

    March 14, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. common sense

    3000 something people die on 9/11 but our revenge have claimed more lives.. To those good for nothing senators calling for more wars, they better think twice about the consequences of war..

    March 15, 2012 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. for Liberal Wienies

    common, There's a difference between self defense and "revenge". Learn it. Hopes, are you working for the Taliban? Your post will appear in their next newsletter.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |