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    U.S. military to arraign soldier accused of Afghan massacre

    A U.S. soldier accused of killing 16 villagers in Afghanistan is due to be arraigned on Thursday on charges of premeditated murder....accused of gunning down the villagers - mostly women and children - in their homes in two villages in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.....Prosecutors say Bales, 39, acted alone and with "chilling premeditation" when, armed with a pistol, a rifle and a grenade launcher, he left his base twice, returning in the middle of his rampage to tell a fellow soldier: "I just shot up some people."....Bales was bound over for court martial in December and faces 16 murder charges, as well as other charges, including attempted murder, assault and drug and alcohol charges.....


    The entire article is here: U.S. military to arraign soldier accused of Afghan massacre | Reuters
    Interestingly the article also says that the U.S. president must approve the execution of a service member.

    I doubt the current President would approve of such a thing.
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    Re: U.S. military to arraign soldier accused of Afghan massacre

    Quote Originally Posted by Utility Man View Post
    Interestingly the article also says that the U.S. president must approve the execution of a service member.

    I doubt the current President would approve of such a thing.
    I would support the death penalty in a case like this.

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    Re: U.S. military to arraign soldier accused of Afghan massacre

    Quote Originally Posted by Utility Man View Post
    Interestingly the article also says that the U.S. president must approve the execution of a service member.

    I doubt the current President would approve of such a thing.
    They should turn this guy over to the Afghan justice system.

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    Re: U.S. military to arraign soldier accused of Afghan massacre

    1961: John A. Bennett, the last American military execution (so far)

    As of this date, it’s been 48 years since the United States military last carried out an execution — the Fort Leavenworth hanging of John Arthur Bennett for rape.

    An epileptic black soldier with a family history of mental illness, Bennett had enlisted to find a way up out of sharecropping. Instead, on Christmas Eve 1954, he drunkenly raped a 12-year-old girl near his base in Austria.

    He spent six years awaiting execution — “six years,” observed the Los Angeles Times, “in which six other black soldiers were hanged while all four of the white men — many of them multiple murderers — were saved.”.....
    http://www.executedtoday.com/2009/04...ary-execution/
    Kennedy was too busy to disapprove of the last execution.
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    as I noted, its better that 10 nutjobs get guns than one good person be wrongly disarmed.

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    Re: U.S. military to arraign soldier accused of Afghan massacre

    I keep thinking (maybe hoping) that there is something missing that we have not been told. I am still withholding judgment until I know some further details, but so far, it does not look good for this guy. I doubt he gets executed though.

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