Marine Lt. Col Jeffrey Chessani
First, keep in mind, we have victory in Iraq, thanks to the U.S. Marines, freedom loving Iraqis, and real American Patriots like George W. Bush and Dick Cheney. Also, keep in mind, ALL HADITHA MARINES have been EXONERATED.
Please read the following breaking news and statement by defense counsel, and think about all those Haditha Marines who were convicted by Jack Murtha and the Media, imprisoned and insulted, only to be exonerated, to the last man, and then think about how you would feel volunteering to serve your country, risking your life, and then being treated like a common criminal by your own people.
PRESS RELEASE [Excerpts]
Thomas More Law Center
March 17, 2009
ANN ARBOR, MI - Late this morning, the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals sitting in Washington DC, released their unanimous decision upholding the dismissal of charges against Marine Lt. Col Jeffrey Chessani on the grounds of apparent Unlawful Command Influence (with reference to the Haditha incident). But the case may not be over yet. This decision could be appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF) and then even to the U.S. Supreme Court. The government has yet to announce whether it will pursue another appeal.
LtCol Chessani is the highest ranking officer facing criminal charges as a result of the much-publicized and ill-described “Haditha massacre.” The criminal charges against him stem from a legitimate combat action taken by four enlisted Marines in his command after they were ambushed by insurgents in Haditha, Iraq, on November 19, 2005. Their actions resulted in the deaths of several ambushing insurgents. Unfortunately and tragically, several civilians were also killed in the house-clearing operation.
Even though LtCol Chessani wasn’t present during the incident, he was criminally charged with failing to launch a full investigation into the incident. If convicted, he faces 2 ½ years imprisonment, dismissal from the Corps, and loss of all of his retirement pay.
Statement of defense counsel:
Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, observed, “LtCol Chessani, one of the most effective combat commanders we had in Iraq, was a made political scapegoat by the civilians in the Pentagon to appease the antiwar politicians and a liberal media. In fact, we now know that the story of the ‘massacre’ that prompted the Haditha prosecutions was a headline in a Time news article instigated by insurgent propaganda operatives.”
Continued Thompson, “This nation has come to the point where we can’t call terrorists captured on the battlefield ‘enemy combatants.’ We release the terrorists out of Guantanamo and prosecute the military our country placed in harms’ way to defend us.”
Rep. Jack Murtha of Pennsylvania said of the Haditha Marines they had committed “cold-blooded murder and war crimes.” Here is Murtha, his statements, and a sampling of the news coverage at the time. Listen to this horrendous individual slander our President, our troops and engage seditious propaganda to the benefit of our enemies.
Today, all Haditha Marines have been exonerated, and there is VICTORY IN IRAQ. If anyone should be brought up on charges it’s Jack Murtha.
Speaking of Jack Murtha, Google Abscam* to learn more about this corrupt individual, and read this breaking news about his activities:
RESEARCH CENTER’S ROLE FACES SCRUTINY
Washington Post Staff Writer
March 17, 2009
A Pennsylvania defense research center regularly consulted with two “handlers” close to Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa.) as it collected nearly $250 million in federal funding through the lawmaker, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post and sources familiar with the funding requests. The center then channeled a significant portion of the funding to companies that were among Murtha’s campaign supporters.
The complete and unedited video of Congressman John Murtha’s January 7, 1980 meeting with the FBI’s undercover Abscam investigation.
Murtha is the guy on the couch to the right of the lamp.