Five U.S. soldiers are accused of getting high and murdering Afghan civilians without cause. In leaked interrogation tapes, at least two appear to confess to as much.

In one tape, Specialist Jeremy N. Morlock, who, if convicted, faces a death sentence, was asked whether one victim in particular was carrying weapons or acting aggressively. Morlock replied candidly: “No, not at all. Nothing, he wasn’t a threat.”

The soldiers are accused of taking souvenirs of their alleged crimes, including body parts and photos in which they are said to pose with the victims.

The New York Times:

The soldiers are accused of possessing dismembered body parts, including fingers and a skull, and collecting photographs of dead Afghans. Some images show soldiers posing with the dead. As many as 70 images are believed to be in evidence.

Some of the soldiers have said in court documents that they were forced to participate in the killings by a supervisor, Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, who is also accused in the killings. All five defendants have said they are not guilty.

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