March 16th, 2012
09:07 AM ET

Attorney: Suspect in Afghan massacre heading to Kansas base

The U.S. soldier accused in the killing of 16 Afghan villagers will arrive Friday afternoon at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, said his attorney, John Henry Browne.

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  1. BOMBO ©

    How is he ending up in Kansas? Did he click his army boots together and wish 3 times?

    March 16, 2012 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Portland tony

      Probably the most secure military prison compound in the US. Very hard to get in...Even harder to get out. It's for the accused's own safety.

      March 16, 2012 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  2. U.S.Army-OverLord

    So the Army deployed this guy even after he lost part of a foot and suffered TBI?!? This attack looks like payback to me. It has it written all over it. I did a tour in Iraq and hope I never see that afgan wasteland. So the Afgan want justice huh, well that makes two of us. Tratiors killed a dozen servicemembers in the last few months.

    March 16, 2012 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    The US armed forces try their own troops. Some have been found guilty and put to death.
    An American soldier is far more likely to receive justice in his own country than in Afghanistan or any other country similarly evolved.

    March 16, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jean Sartre

      Wrong, wrong, wrong... when is the last time a US serviceman was put to death?

      We bring our service men/women home to the good old USA, so we can take them to court, slap their wrist and say, "Don't do that no more!"

      That's about all the will happen here; that's about all that has happened in the past!

      March 19, 2012 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marine67-73

    If our government wants to fight all these wars maybe they should do it themselves rather then sending our sons. My own son did three tours in five years. The folks that are guilty of all these war crimes reside inside the beltway and work in an odd shaped building. They are the guilty ones! We now have a command structure where there are no combat veterans! Nobody who has been in the field day after day, week after week, month in and month our for a year! Until our leaders have put their boots on the ground they have no right sending our troops into a hostile envoronment without two days off for every day incountry. They want a war, let them be fair and have a draft and see how far their war plans go! What this SSgt did (if he is found guilty) is wrong, but the blame lies higher up the food chain. Our troops can only take so much!

    March 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JoJo

    The difference in justice is in the US. He will get a fair trial and then spend the next 25 yrs on death row before his execution...... over there he would be hanged in the street and it would be over by now.

    March 16, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. BOMBO ©

    How would you like to be the US diplomat, who gets assigned to explain to the Afghanis (somehow), "sorry but we don't trust your system enough to give a psychopath a fair trial."

    March 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ? ? ?

    Justice?? Wth kinda justice did he give those kids? Justice would be to leave him there and let them people deal with him!

    March 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    I am sickened by this wholething.
    As a matter of fact, I am sicken by the circ umstances that caused this whole thing to happen.

    March 16, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ BOMBO:
    I wouldn't mention my opinion of Afghanistan's judicial system.
    I'd wear my best dark suit and start this way:
    "We deplore this tragic loss of your innocent citizens' lives, and we mourn with you. Personally, I have been deeply saddened by these senseless actions, and I want to convey to you and your fellow citizens my heartfelt sorrow, as does my wife. However, it has long been, and it is now, the policy of our government to exercise discipline over our own troops, and we are taking every possible means to ensure that justice is swiftly and properly served in this matter. Milk punch or whisky?"

    March 16, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Ah, JIF.
    You wear diplomacy well, and your manners as a host are impeccable. 🙂

    March 16, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

    @ banasy:

    March 16, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. saywhat

    Wars, more looming on the horizon, multiple tours of duty in theatres where we have no business to be for years of futile endeavour. Incidents such as these, Abu Gharaib, rape & pillage, death & destruction, innocent civilians the most tragic of victims and that too in tens of thousand. Tortured psyche driving people from both sides to senseless acts.

    And yet we clamor for more of the same. Whereas we should all be 'sickened by the whole thing' as @ banasy feels.

    March 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jerry fields

    i'm confused on why they are protecting him. if someone from over there came here and did the same horrible thing to 16 people killing them on our land their face would be all over the news as well as people outraged at their being immediately punished. i understand he may be suffering but that does not give you the right to kill 16 innocent people! now they send him back here so he can what snap out again and do it again.. he's a cold blooded murderer and i pray for the safety of our country i hope no one tries to retaliate I am truly horrified at his murdering innocent people. yes they are people too

    March 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini©™

      Aside from questions of law, national power, and the best interest of the USA, when I focus only on what is good and right to do on an immediately personal, human level, as I think that you are doing, I still think that the USA will behave in a more enlightened and moral way concerning this matter than Afghanistan would behave.

      March 16, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. .Citizen

    @ Joey, I agree!

    March 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. High Hopes

    Yeah, but its going to take two or three years to draw to the same conclusion...meanwhile anger and strife boils over... as rumors are flying that he had accomplices and the U.S. is covering up the truth.

    Have they, even, sent investigators to the villages where these crimes took place? According to a town meeting... the answer is no. All the evidence that was shared with Afghan government authorities were video tapes which they couldn't examine for authenticity purposes. The villagers said no one came to take a report or statement about what they witnessed or to do forensics.

    So while some people feel there will be justice; others, like me think this is going to be bleached, white washed.

    His attorney is going to try this in the press. He's already taking interviews disclosing motive while he hasn't even met his client. Much to the dismay of court officials.

    Welcome Home, Son!

    March 16, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
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