Needless to say, this story will very likely stay buried with both conventions dominating the news cycle for the next two weeks. The New York Times broke the story yesterday that three U.S. Solders brutally executed four bound and blinded Iraqi detainees. Reuters relays the story.
Three U.S. soldiers killed four handcuffed and blindfolded Iraqi prisoners with pistol shots on the bank of a Baghdad canal last year, the New York Times reported on Wednesday.
Sergeant First Class Joseph P. Mayo, the platoon sergeant, and Sergeant Michael P. Leahy Jr., Company D’s senior medic and an acting squad leader, made sworn statements in January to Army investigators in Schweinfurt, Germany probing the incident, the newspaper reported on its website.
The men each described killing one of the Iraqi detainees, as directed by First Sergeant John E. Hatley, according to the statements. Hatley shot two other detainees with a pistol in the back of the head, Mayo and Leahy told investigators, according to the NYT.
This happening is undoubtedly one of the most atrocious and abhorrent deeds we’ve learned to be committed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq–this might go far beyond even the terrible and systematic abuse Iraqi detainees suffered at Abu Ghraib. To suggest that the timing of this story smells to high hell is an astounding understatement.