9 thoughts on “Two US soldiers in Afghan civilian massacre?

  1. Army officer charged with harassment at Wash. base

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — An Army officer in Washington state threatened to blow up the state capitol and kill his superior officer, his estranged wife and his girlfriend, authorities said Tuesday, adding scrutiny to the troubled base of a soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians in a shooting spree.

    Lt. Col. Robert E. Underwood, who was arrested Monday night and pleaded not guilty to felony harassment charges, told his girlfriend he’d paid a hit man $150,000 to kill both his wife and superior officer, according to court documents.

    Underwood threatened to kill the girlfriend after she confronted him about a naked photograph of his daughter on his laptop computer, the documents said. And he reportedly threatened to blow up the state capitol in Olympia, Pierce County prosecutor Mark Lindquist said, although no charges have been filed on those accusations.

    “We charged him with three counts of felony harassment. That’s what the evidence supports, that’s what we can prove,” he said. “But it’s an ongoing investigation.”

    Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a sprawling base south of Seattle, is already under scrutiny this week because a soldier based there has been held in Afghanistan following the massacre that left 16 Afghan civilians dead in two villages.

    The name of the 38-year-old soldier in custody at a base in Kandahar has not been released pending charges. The soldier was deployed to Afghanistan on Dec. 3 with the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, according to a congressional source, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.

    Authorities did not release information about Underwood’s unit. A Lewis-McChord spokesman did not immediately provide that information.

    Underwood was being held in the Pierce County jail on $250,000 bail after entering a not guilty plea during his Superior Court arraignment on Tuesday, Lindquist said.

    Lindquist said Underwood has been deployed multiple times and the military has concluded he does not suffer PTSD, though there may be other mental health issues to be considered.

    According to court documents, Underwood witnessed his mother kill his two siblings when he was a young child, and she shot Underwood multiple times and left him for dead.

    It’s not clear whether Underwood actually went through the plan to hire a hit man, Lindquist said.

    Underwood and his wife have been going through a divorce, and recent court hearings regarding money and custody of their children had not gone in his favor.

    “The victims obviously had a concern that he meant it, but we don’t know what steps, if any, were actually taken,” Lindquist said.

    Underwood faces up to five years in prison, but standard sentencing range would be between four and twelve months, he said.

    (Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


  2. Officials consider US military deal

    RUSSIA: Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared on Wednesday that a proposed deal allowing the United States to use a Russian air base for transit of troops and military cargo to and from Afghanistan will help ensure Russia’s own security.

    Mr Lavrov said the agreement permitting the US to use the air base in Ulyanovsk on the Volga would soon be considered by the Russian cabinet. Moscow has previously provided the US and other Nato states with air corridors and railway routes for carrying supplies to and from Afghanistan.

    If approved the US would be able to set up a logistics facility for troops and cargo on Russian territory for the first time.


  3. Tell the 1%:
    Not one more atrocity –
    U.S. OUT of Afghanistan!
    Money for jobs, not war and occupation!

    DEMONSTRATE wherever you are, and let us know at iacenter@iacenter.org!

    ► D E M O N S T R A T I O N ♦

    Thursday ♦ MARCH 15

    Times Square ♦ 5 p.m. ⇔ 6 p.m.

    Called by the International Action Center

    The blood-curdling action of a U.S. sergeant who stormed into the homes of Afghan civilians and blew away 16 people, including children, is not an isolated one as the Pentagon war makers are projecting. Even President Barack Obama’s “apology” cannot hide the fact that maintaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan is the broader crime.

    This heinous act is the culmination of 10 years of U.S. war atrocities against the Afghan people. It’s not that slaughtering unarmed civilians including children up close is more criminal than bombing them from a helicopter or a drone. But this recent massacre has exposed the true nature of the crime of occupation before the world – even before the people of the United States.

    So many horrible acts by U.S. troops have been blamed by the Pentagon brass on the individual soldier’s state of mind. But they all fit a tragic pattern rooted in colonial occupations. Soldiers urinating on the bodies of captured Afghans showed the utmost contempt for the people the White House claims to be helping. Burning the Quran showed contempt for their beliefs. And now, breaking into their homes and murdering children breaks down all boundaries to unspeakable horror.

    Editorials in the big business press express the trepidation that the people of the U.S. are fed up with this war, and will demand it stop especially in the midst of no jobs; massive foreclosures; closings of schools, health care facilities and more – all caused by a global capitalist economic crisis that only benefits the bankers and bosses – the 1%.

    The top generals and politicians are making a desperate attempt to buy more time in Afghanistan by talking about executing the soldier charged with this heinous slaughter.

    The generals may try to scapegoat the sergeant, but the higher the rank, the more true responsibility exists for the crime.

    These soldiers have been trained to become professional killers with the help of racist indoctrination from their superiors against the Afghan people. It is no wonder that the Afghan people feel such deep hatred and disgust for their occupiers.

    U.S. soldiers have a moral and political obligation to refuse criminal orders to oppress the Afghan people – and mutiny. U.S. soldiers need to be brought home NOW and provided with mental and physical health care, good paying jobs and full benefits like all workers need and deserve.

    Mobilize in the streets to end occupation abroad & at home

    From Palestine to Afghanistan, racist violence is the lifeblood of any occupation. This truth also holds in the police-occupied neighborhoods in the U.S. – in the Bronx, the south side of Chicago, Miami, D.C., etc. The 99% here are natural allies with the 99% in Afghanistan and all over the world, and we all have the same enemy, whose headquarters are located just south of Zuccotti Park.

    The time is now to get out to the people and mobilize them to demand that U.S. and NATO troops leave Afghanistan now.
    On March 23-25, organizers will attend the United National Antiwar Coalition’s national conference in Stamford, Conn., to plan the next steps against this war.

    On May 20, anti-war forces will gather in Chicago to confront the top meeting of NATO. U.S. and other NATO generals and leaders – those who give the orders to kill – will be there in one place.

    Join the International Action Center and its allies to tell them:

    U.S.- NATO troops get out!

    Washington, pay reparations to the Afghan people!

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