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Jack “Off” John Murtha will have to testify in regards to his utterly disgusting comments about the Haditha Marines in which he stated that they killed in cold blood.
A federal judge refused Friday to dismiss a defamation case against Rep. John P. Murtha and ordered the Pennsylvania Democrat to give a sworn deposition in the case.
A Marine Corps sergeant is suing the 16-term congressman for alleging “cold-blooded murder and war crimes” by unnamed soldiers in connection with the deaths of Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha.
The deaths became known in May 2006 when Murtha, who opposes the Iraq war, said at a Capitol Hill news conference that a Pentagon war crimes investigation will show Marines killed dozens of innocent Iraqi civilians in the town in 2005.
Murtha’s office declined to comment on the ruling. He has said his intention was to draw attention to the pressure put on troops in Iraq and to cover-up the incident.
The Justice Department wanted the case dismissed because Murtha was acting in his official role as a lawmaker. Assistant U.S. Attorney John F. Henault said the comments were made as part of the debate over the war in Iraq.
He straight-up slandered our troops and made the world think that the Marines would kill people. Ok they would kill people and in so many fantastic ways. But not in the cold blooded way he stated over and over again they did not do. He’s going to take the Congressional Immunoity but the judge in this case is leaning more towards a “Not even close buuuud” decision.
“You’re writing a very wide road for members of Congress to go to their home districts and say anything they choose about private persons and be able to do so without any liability. Are you sure you want to do that?” Collyer said, adding later, “How far can a congressman go and still be protected?”
Collyer said she was troubled by the idea the lawmakers are immune from lawsuits regardless of what they say to advance their political careers.
Don’t look now you scumbag Dem. Jack Murtha but The U.S. Marines have dismissed charges against an officer accused of failing to report accurately the U.S. killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005! That douchbag Murtha went on TV and said this at the time…
This man needs to step down after making a public apology to the Marines he repeatedly accused of murdering Iraqis “in cold blood.” This is the typical douchbaggery from the left whoplace their bets on (in this case) the Armed Services being found guilty or committing a heinous act showing how bad they are. But time after time our brave men and women in the military show why they are the bravest people in our country.
Here is Hot Air’s Video of Jason Mattera, of the Young America’s Foundation confronting that Bike Seat Sniffing Jack Murtha on why he hasn’t issued an apology. His answer…
REP. MURTHA: The trial’s not over yet.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The U.S. Marines have dismissed charges against an officer accused of failing to report accurately the U.S. killing of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha in 2005.
Capt. Lucas McConnell was granted immunity by Camp Pendleton’s commanding officer, Lt. Gen. James Mattis, and will cooperate in the remaining Haditha prosecutions, the Marines said in a statement.
McConnell, 30, monitored fighting in and around Haditha but was not at the scene when women and children were among those killed in two Iraqi homes after a Marine beloved by his unit was killed by a roadside bomb.
“Lt. Gen. Mattis determined that administrative measures are the appropriate response for any errors or omissions allegedly committed by McConnell,” the Camp Pendleton statement said.
The commanding officer of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, McConnell had been charged with two counts: failing to report the incident accurately to higher authorities and failing to ensure a thorough investigation.
“From our perspective he had been the public whipping boy, along with the rest of the Haditha Eight, for a year and a half,” said McConnell’s lawyer, Kevin McDermott.
The defense attorney said the proper focus should be on military commanders who set the basic rules of engagement for U.S. forces.
“You don’t want the lance corporal, the 19-year-old kid with the M-16, thinking twice about pulling the trigger for fear that he’ll end up being investigated if in fact he reasonably believes there are insurgents involved with the attack upon him,” McDermott said.
FOUR STILL FACE CHARGES
Military prosecutors initially charged eight Marines, including four officers, in the case. Marine authorities have since dismissed charges against four of them.
They include McConnell; Sgt. Sanick Dela Cruz, a key witness against alleged ringleader and quad leader Frank Wuterich; Lance Cpl. Justin Sharratt and Capt. Randy Stone. An investigator has recommended that charges be dropped against a fifth Marine as well.
In a hearing this month, Wuterich admitted he shot some of the victims, but in a proper response to attacks on Marines.
“Engaging was the only choice: the threat had to be neutralized,” Wuterich said about an initial fatal shooting of five Iraqi men near a car.
Wuterich and several other Marines later cleared out two nearby homes, which resulted in another 19 deaths. He admitted telling his men to “shoot first and ask questions later.”
The Haditha deaths, along with the Abu Ghraib prison abuses and other cases, have sparked international anger over U.S. treatment of Iraqis.
Every private entity that Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) favored with an earmark in this year’s defense bill recently has given political money to the lawmaker, according to an analysis of House Appropriations and federal elections records by Roll Call and Taxpayers for Common Sense.PACs and employees of those 26 groups together have contributed $413,250 to Murtha since the beginning of 2005. He collected nearly a quarter of the sum — $100,750 — in the two weeks leading up to March 16, the original deadline for lawmakers to file their earmark requests.
In 1980, prosecutors named Mr. Murtha an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the Abscam scandal. The FBI captured him on tape saying he wasn’t interested in taking a $50,000 payment from agents posing as Arab sheiks “at this point,” but he was open to further discussions. The House Ethics Committee cleared him, but E. Barrett Prettyman, the committee’s special counsel for the Abscam probe, questioned the panel’s competence, likening it to “a misdemeanor court faced with a multiple murder.” Mr. Prettyman abruptly resigned his post the same afternoon the committee voted to clear Mr. Murtha. While Mr. Prettyman continues to refuse to discuss the case, he told Roll Call newspaper in 1990 that it would be “a logical conclusion” that he resigned over the committee’s exoneration of Mr. Murtha.
Mr. Murtha has been front and center in the controversy over earmarks, the individual portions of pork members of Congress often secretly secure for their districts or favored constituents. A Harper’s magazine study has concluded that “the most effective ally for the earmark-seeker is a lobbyist who is actually related, by blood or marriage, to a powerful member of an appropriations committee.”
Rep. Murtha is the ranking Democratic member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and for the past three years has been the House’s top recipient of defense industry cash. Therefore, few in Washington are surprised that his lobbyist brother, Robert “Kit” Murtha, is an enormously successful “earmark specialist” for the Beltway firm KSA Consulting. In recent years, Kit Murtha has brought in a mother lode of earmarks for at least 16 defense manufacturers with business before the Appropriations Committee.
Last year the Los Angeles Times reported that “most of KSA’s defense contractor clients hired the firm in hopes of securing funding from Rep. Murtha’s subcommittee, according to lobbying records and interviews. And most retained the firm after Kit Murtha became a senior partner in 2002.” Kit Murtha told the Times that he saw Rep. Murtha only infrequently but said the congressman knew he was a KSA lobbyist. “I don’t think that influences him,” Kit said of his brother. “I certainly would hope not.”
Now can I ask why his website’s banner says John Murtha but in the body-copy it says Jack? It’s just one more example of his incompetence.
From Hot Air… Priceless!
We’ve just obtained video of Rep. Jack Murtha being directly confronted over repeatedly accusing the Haditha Marines of murdering Iraqis “in cold blood.” The man confronting Murtha is Jason Mattera, of the Young America’s Foundation. You may remember Jason for his eloquent statement regarding CAIR’s attempt to silence Robert Spencer.
Here are his original comments…
I thought it was GW’s fault that the bridge collapsed? I guess not.
REPUBLICAN Senator Tom Coburn attempted to stop the pork party, to no avail. He offered an amendment that would have forbidden earmarks on transportation bills until all deficient bridges had been properly updated. That just barely failed—by a vote of 82 to 14. Eighty-two Senators voted to prioritize pork over infrastructure maintenance.
Let’s take a look at the amount of wasted funds that this Congress approved even after the bridge collapsed:
Six weeks after a fatal Minneapolis bridge collapse prompted criticism of federal spending priorities, the Senate approved a transportation and housing bill Wednesday containing at least $2 billion for pet projects that include a North Dakota peace garden, a Montana baseball stadium and a Las Vegas history museum.That’s not the half of it.
Total spending on transportation “earmarks” next year is likely to be about $8 billion, when legislative projects from a previously approved, five-year highway bill are factored in. A newly released report by the Department of Transportation’s inspector general identified 8,056 earmarks totaling $8.5 billion in the fiscal year that ended in October, or 13.5% of the Transportation Department’s $63 billion spending plan.
The inspector general’s report found that the vast majority of earmarks — project-specific spending instructions written into bills, usually by lawmakers — were not evaluated on their merits, and that many “low-priority” earmarks often squeezed out more important projects.