REMEMBER: [Jan 6, 2013] CAMP LEJEUNE, North Carolina - A U.S. Marine pleaded guilty on Wednesday to urinating on the bodies of dead Taliban fighters [whom they thought had killed a fellow Marine] in Afghanistan and then posing for photographs in a scene captured in a widely circulated video on the Internet and denounced by world leaders.
Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola said he knew desecrating the corpses and posing for the "trophy photographs" was wrong and he offered no excuse for the behavior during his court martial at North Carolina's Camp Lejeune.
"I was in a position to stop it and I did not," said Deptola, a native of Southold, New York, and married father of two.
Although the judge presiding at Deptola's trial recommended a stiffer sentence, the maximum penalty he will face under the terms of a pre-trial agreement is a reduction in rank to sergeant.
CONTRAST WITH: THE EXECUTION OF DANIEL PEARL, Feb 21, 2002
Daniel Pearl was held for more than a week by the militants and then beheaded - allegedly by Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, one of the architects of the Sept. 11 attacks.
His body was found, beheaded and mutilated, in a shallow grave outside Karachi. Pakistan's links to militant Islamic groups became an increasing topic of discussion in the corridors of power in Washington.
CREDIT: AP/CBS NEWS
CONTRAST WITH: THE BOSTON MARATHON BOMBER
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted to authorities Sunday that he and his brother were behind the Marathon bombings, according to a senior law enforcement official.
Tsarnaev made his admissions to FBI agents who interviewed him at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he is being treated for multiple gunshot wounds. He had not yet been given a Miranda warning.
Tsarnaev’s attorneys are certain to challenge the legal admissibility of those admissions, and other information he gave them, such as claiming that he and his brothers acted alone, and that his brother was radicalized in an extreme form of Islam in part because he opposed US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
CREDIT: BOSTON GLOBE
AN INTERESTING ASIDE:
Marathon bombings mastermind Tamerlan Tsarnaev was living on taxpayer-funded state welfare benefits even as he was delving deep into the world of radical anti-American Islamism, the Herald has learned. In addition, both of Tsarnaev’s parents received benefits, and accused brother bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were recipients through their parents when they were younger, according to the state.
CREDIT: BOSTON GLOBE
THIS SHIT IS WRONG AND HAS TO STOP!!!