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The ‘Kill Team’ Story Gets Worse

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Posted on Mar 28, 2011
AP / U.S. Army

The recent crop of shocking stories about the group of American soldiers—now known widely as the “Kill Team”—who formed a death squad to deliberately slaughter Afghan civilians has been topped by a new Rolling Stone exposé that makes matters much worse for Cpl. Jeremy Morlock (pictured), who has already been sentenced for playing his part in the murderous clique, and his alleged accomplices.

Be warned: The photos accompanying the Rolling Stone piece are disturbing.  —KA

Rolling Stone:

Early last year, after six hard months soldiering in Afghanistan, a group of American infantrymen reached a momentous decision: It was finally time to kill a haji.

Among the men of Bravo Company, the notion of killing an Afghan civilian had been the subject of countless conversations, during lunchtime chats and late-night bull sessions. For weeks, they had weighed the ethics of bagging “savages” and debated the probability of getting caught. Some of them agonized over the idea; others were gung-ho from the start. But not long after the New Year, as winter descended on the arid plains of Kandahar Province, they agreed to stop talking and actually pull the trigger.

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By ignorance_perhaps, March 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm Link to this comment

This has been going on for years ...It is unfortunate
that most of America is unfamiliar with these
horrific events (thanks to mainstream media) that
independent reporters have heard for years. The fact
is that American soldiers (not all) are not just
there cutting up bodies and selling parts, raping
children, expressing trigger happy target practices,
and trading pictures of naked dead women and girls
bodies for free pornography (which is considered
contraband but its there in mass quantities) they are
raping fellow Female (not discounting male victims)
American Soldiers who stand by them. There was a
hearing over that fact that 1 in 3 female soldiers on
deployment have been sexually assaulted by the hands
of fellow soldiers.  It has gotten so bad that they
commissioned a company out of Alaska to deal with the
problem.  Ask a female soldier why there are “battle
buddy” signs in the women’s bathrooms on deployments.
It isn’t to protect them from terrorist but from
their own fellow soldiers.

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By knute, March 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm Link to this comment
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re from David: I’m confused.  Is this not what we pay them to do?  Is this not what we train them to do?  Is this not what they are encouraged to do?

Yes, David, this apparently is what they are paid to do, This apparently is what they are trained to do and this seems to be what many are encouraged to do by their superiors. What they however aren’t told is, that when or if they are incriminated in doing it, that it is they, the soldier grunts that will take all of the blame, while those that created them from young impressionable 18-19 yr. olds they were will skate free. Just like they did with the last admin.

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By berniem, March 30, 2011 at 1:33 pm Link to this comment

After WWII Yamashita and Kesselring were hanged as war criminals for the crimes committed by troops under their commands! Why is Petraeus still at large? FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!!

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By Jaded Prole, March 30, 2011 at 7:29 am Link to this comment
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The corporate ruling class has cynically and purposefully created a culture of violence, vengeance, and militarist machismo. We have raised a generation of mass murderers addicted to violence. That is what is required for imperialism.

If we are to survive as a civilization and not sink to utter barbarism, imperialism, fascism and the foundation that makes them necessary, capitalism, must go. In the short term, I hope this expose helps end these nightmarish occupations like the Mai Lai incident did with the Vietnam war.

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By aacme88, March 29, 2011 at 8:33 pm Link to this comment

Just side effects of our new leading industry. Workers used to get hurt or killed in industrial accidents, in places called “factories”. Now they become murderers. Occupational hazard. I’m sure some sort of Workman’s Comp covers it.

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By Queenie, March 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm Link to this comment

When the wars are over, if ever, and these men come home to no jobs there will be hell to pay. They will become a criminal class used to shooting first and asking questions later.

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By jamie, March 29, 2011 at 4:05 pm Link to this comment
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This just helped create at the very least, two generations of terorrists…....Thats how you win the war on terror.


Just stay out of other peoples countries, we have enough problems over here we cant fix.

This will never happen though, too much money being made by the “war corporations”. American tax payer monies well spent huh… meanwhile…........we are cutting healthcare and winter-time heating for the destitute. Great f_____n country.

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By felicity, March 29, 2011 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

So, last year 407 of our soldiers committed suicide. 
Does the existence and behavior of the ‘kill team’
really surprise us? 

And Petraeus continues to justify our presence in
Afghanistan with the argument that we have to stay so
those who have been killed will not have died in vain -
in other words, more killed (and more driven crazy)
will make the previous deaths more palatable, more
justified, more important - and certainly less tragic?

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By Jimnp72, March 29, 2011 at 12:50 pm Link to this comment

People in this country are simply brutes, pure and simple. americans seems to be
geting stupider daily.
sure then they come back here from eye-rack or Afghan land and become cops or
security guards so they can continue to bully others

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By DavidByron, March 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm Link to this comment

Doesn’t this describe the entire US armed forces?

“the group of American soldiers—now known widely as the “Kill Team”—who formed a death squad to deliberately slaughter Afghan civilians”

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By Jim Yell, March 29, 2011 at 11:41 am Link to this comment
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I didn’t finish reading the article on site as it was clear enough what was happening and how dispiriting it is to know that we can so easily become the enemy we despise.

Our founding fathers knew that War was a serious business and should not be entered into without complete knowledge of why we go there and a clear understanding that it is necessary. In the case of Iraq and Afghanistan we have been tricked and manipulated by the right wing and so controlled that even a change in Presidents can not derail the horror.

The American Voter spoke in the last election and it was a recognition that these adventures in the middle east were badly thought out, badly executed and came about through manipulation and lies. Why are we still there? To service the War Machine and War Industry. Meanwhile people with little regard for life kill people in our name for no more reason than our leaders had for putting them in the situation they are in.

I agree with Mark Twain, “did God create man because he was disappointed in the Monkey?”

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By David, March 29, 2011 at 9:44 am Link to this comment
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I’m confused.  Is this not what we pay them to do?  Is this not what we train them to do?  Is this not what they are encouraged to do?  Is this not why they are worshipped as ‘The Troops’?  I’m confused.

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By Zeya, March 29, 2011 at 9:14 am Link to this comment
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Morlock and his merry band of cold-blooded murderers should be locked up for
the rest of their rotten lives. And their military superiors should also face criminal
prosecution for their complicity in these acts of absolute savagery. The
President/Commander-in-Chief should also be held accountable for allowing
sadistic soldiers to terrorize and torture innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq,
and Pakistan. This story makes me very sad and sick to my stomach!

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By Ching-Ching, March 29, 2011 at 6:55 am Link to this comment

How can anyone think that training people to kill other human beings won’t result in ugliness?
Everytime the US enters an “armed conflict” the initial reaction from the public is full support thanks to the propoganda machine that makes it happen. As time goes on, support begins to wane but never before the damage is irreversible.
War is never good under any cicumstances period. When are people finally going to get that in there heads?

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By glider, March 29, 2011 at 12:44 am Link to this comment

The most important aspect of the story is that there was a concerted effort by the Military to coverup the truth and minimize the story.  This is going on in other brigades and being allowed to happen by controlling officers.  Pinpoint laser accuracy doesn’t matter much when you have a poisoned sadistic mind directing the targeting.  There is good reason why war should be considered as an absolutely last resort and not be an MIC economic policy.

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By California Ray, March 28, 2011 at 8:06 pm Link to this comment

Not to excuse the rotten wrongdoers, but it is the rare war that is not
accompanied by cold-blooded murder. Or rape. Think about that the next time
someone asks you to “give war a chance.” War is ugly. War is hell.

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By John Poole, March 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm Link to this comment
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I pointed out a scene in FULL METAL JACKET earlier where a Vietcong soldier was
propped up in a chair while a GI talked about killing him in front of his buddies. 
Some said it was just a movie. Kubrick researched thoroughly every film project to
make sure the script was as real to life as possible. The behavior of some of our
“volunteer” soldiers is typical. I heard first hand from young males that they
couldn’t wait to kill a “sand nigger”. It seemed to be their only motivating
aspiration to join. 
  Yes I served, I was drafted in ‘67 and went through basic training like everyone.
Even though my MOS was O2N20 (look it up!) I was still considered a soldier and
if levied to Nam would have been in “harms way” since even post guard duty lost
soldiers with mortar attacks. As it turned out the Army was thrilled to not have to
train me-already being a professional pianist and arranger so that is how they
used me.

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By TAO Walker, March 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm Link to this comment

There is absolutely nothing left to say except….

HokaHey!

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By TDoff, March 28, 2011 at 7:44 pm Link to this comment

The foreign language editions of this issue of Rolling Stone will become Osama bin Laden’s best recruiting tool.

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By TDoff, March 28, 2011 at 7:41 pm Link to this comment

Read the entire Rolling Stone article. View each of the photos and the videos. Then review the BS the Pentagon and it’s generals talk about the ‘progress’ of the Afghan war, and ‘winning the hearts and minds’ of the Afghan people.
One of these days, the US is gonna get what it has coming, and it won’t be pretty.

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