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U.S. Marine convicted of urinating on corpses of Taliban insurgents

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U.S. Marine convicted of urinating on corpses of Taliban insurgents

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Reuters – 23 hrs ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Marine staff sergeant who urinated on dead Taliban insurgents and posed for photographs with the bodies has pleaded guilty to two charges in a military court, the Marine Corps said on Thursday.

His sentence was a reduction in rank and forfeiture of $500 in pay.

Staff Sergeant Joseph Chamblin pleaded guilty at a special court martial at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, to dereliction of duty for failing to properly supervise junior Marines. He also pleaded guilty to wrongfully urinating on a deceased enemy combatant.

The incident occurred during a counter-insurgency operation in Helmand Province in Afghanistan in July 2011. It came to light in January this year when a videotape of the incident was posted on YouTube and other websites.

The video showed four men in camouflage Marine combat uniforms urinating on three corpses. One of them joked, "Have a nice day, buddy," while another made a lewd joke.

The video was one of a series of offensive incidents involving U.S. service members that roused Afghan ire and led to heightened tensions between Washington and Kabul earlier this year.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the actions in the video as "inhuman" and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta telephoned him to denounce the incident as "deplorable" and promise an investigation.

Chamblin was charged with failing to properly supervise junior Marines, failing to require junior Marines to wear protective equipment, failing to report the misconduct of junior Marines, failing to report the negligent discharge of a grenade launcher, and failing to stop the indiscriminate firing of weapons, the Marine Corps said in a statement.

Chamblin waived his right to a jury and pleaded guilty to two counts before a military judge, the statement said. The judge levied a penalty that including 30 days in jail and a $2,000 fine, but because of a pretrial agreement Chamblin received a lesser sentence.

The maximum penalty under the agreement was a reduction in rank to sergeant and a forfeiture of $500 in pay for one month, the statement said.

The Marine Corps declined to release details about the evidence or the findings of the investigation because, it said, cases were still pending related to the urination video incident.

(Reporting By David Alexander; editing by Philip Barbara)

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"I'm gonna rip the eyes out of your head and piss into your dead skull! You @$!X!@# with the wrong Marine!"

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"I'm gonna rip the eyes out of your head and piss into your dead skull! You @$!X!@# with the wrong Marine!"

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It's a piss-poor example he is setting for the junior Marines.

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Well I hope he was judged by those that have been involved with and understand the dynamics of war. Blowing your enemies brains out while theyre trying to do the same to you and your friends. Doesnt seem much worse to pee on their body after the fact. Not that I condone it, but this was hardly court worthy IMO.

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Well I hope he was judged by those that have been involved with and understand the dynamics of war. Blowing your enemies brains out while theyre trying to do the same to you and your friends. Doesnt seem much worse to pee on their body after the fact. Not that I condone it, but this was hardly court worthy IMO.

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There's going to be a lot of people pissed off when they find out about this.

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The lesson here is don't take photos or video when you are pissing on your enemy

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It's easy to talk like a big man to a corpse, eh? .. :rolleyes:

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Well I hope he was judged by those that have been involved with and understand the dynamics of war. Blowing your enemies brains out while theyre trying to do the same to you and your friends. Doesnt seem much worse to pee on their body after the fact. Not that I condone it, but this was hardly court worthy IMO.

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Since we are talking of "dead enemy soldiers", one must assume you were addressing the corpse .. the freshly pissed-on corpse ..

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Ok..well..if you didn't "condone" it...you wouldn't seemingly be defending this crap. Your posts floor me quite often, "Special" Ed....how the hell can you deem something as horrendous as this "hardly court worthy"?

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Things done in Vietnam look at this and have a hearty chuckle. No wait, a demented cackle.

'Hehe. Pee? I've got me a collection of trophy skulls.'

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I just hope one day someone on CDC one day will come up with a more original insult. Welcome to the hoards of mindless drones I guess.

By not condoning it I was simply implying I prefer the soldiers not pee on slain enemy. But I understand why this may happen when you have people trying to kill each other.

Really I thought that was clear enough. And for your info the 'special' in my name is reserved for Ed fans such as you. Thanks for your support.

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Ok so how is this not court worthy then you failed to answer my question while failing at insulting me. "mindless drones" ok whatever bud.

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Personally in my opinion urinating on corpses during a war has no place in court. Punishment can be handed down at the time, by superior officers and that's that. It's hardly anything to create a fuss about.

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I'm sure there are a large group of human rights supporters and those who champion dignity that would vehemently disagree with you.

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