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Lt. Colonel Chessani and the "fake but accurate" Haditha Massacre

ChessaniThe fact that this is even happening is a crime, and the motives behind this punitive prosecution need to be searched out and if it is malicious, it should be pursued legally to the fullest extent of the law.

"A trial tentatively has been scheduled April 28 for a Marine veteran who served in Iraq and was charged with failing to investigate a "crime" after anti-war congressman John Murtha publicly accused his team of Marines of covering up an incident in which civilians allegedly were killed in "cold blood."

Lt Col Chessani is accused of failing to investigate and accurately report on an incident that happened in Haditha, Iraq, on Nov. 19, 2005.  This event is is known to the hacks at Time Magazine and to the Old Dinosaur media as the "Haditha Massacre." 

But wait, there is more;

Two separate investigations by U.S. Army officers, a colonel and a general, found no evidence either of a "massacre" or a "cover-up." In addition, a later Article 32 Investigation by Marine Investigation Officer, Lt. Col. Ware, also found no evidence of a "massacre" or a "cover-up.  (h/t on all to WND)

This is pretty much and "open and shut" case to me. 

Chessani was not at the scene of the firefight, but later traveled there to investigate and reported to every echelon of his chain of command.

So, Lt Col. Chessani is being put on trial for a "massacre" that never took place and a "cover up" that never happened?  I mean, it sounds like he did his due diligence and went to the scene and checked out what did not happen and did not cover up what did not happen. 

For three months after the non-incident, none of his superiors in his chain of command suspected a law of war violation, and it seems from his fitness report that his command style and his ability was something the Marine Corps could use more of.

Then, out of nowhere, some gutless punk up the chain of command panicked when the Time article came out and decided that this guy needed to take the fall for this "incident" so that their backside could be protected and their career could be guaranteed at the expense of this man because prior to this, Lt Col. Chessani was, according to his superiors, "a superb leader, who knows his men, knows the enemy, knows his business."

There are some background articles on this;

Haditha Marine's hearing called 'sham'

Court-martial recommended for Haditha Marine officer

Testimony leaves Murtha allegations wilting

So to sum up:

    • Two separate investigations by U.S. Army officers, a colonel and a general, found no evidence either of a "massacre" or a "cover-up."
    • Chessani traveled to the site of the "massacre" to investigate and reported to every echelon of his chain of command what he did not find there.
    • An Article 32 Investigation also found no evidence of a "massacre" or a "cover-up.

So, how can you be on trial for something that did not happen, with no evidence to prove that it happened, and then tried to not cover up what did not happen?

FFS!  How do you prove a negative? 

For those that would like to donate to Lt. Col. Chessani's defense fund or to read more about this case, visit the Thomas More Law Center.  They have some of my hard earned money, because this man needs to go free with the apologies of everyone in his chain of command.

We need to do what we can to save this man who is a patriot and father of 5 (with another child on the way)  who will lose his pension if he is convicted of this ridiculous charge.

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