SF Officer and NCO Charged with Murder? WTF

I won’t comment much on this subject at this time. But follow the links to find out more and voice your opinion where it will do the most good.

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina: From his position about 100 yards away, Master Sergeant Troy Anderson had a clear shot at the Afghan man standing outside a residential compound in a village near the Pakistan border last October. When Captain Dave Staffel, the Special Forces officer in charge, gave the order to shoot, Anderson fired a bullet into the man’s head, killing him.

In June, Staffel and Anderson were charged with premeditated murder. On Tuesday, in a rare public examination of the rules that govern the actions of Special Operations troops in Afghanistan, a military hearing will convene at Fort Bragg to weigh the evidence against the two men, both Green Berets.
The case revolves around differing interpretations of the kind of force that the Special Forces team that hunted and killed the man, Nawab Buntangyar, were allowed to use once they found him, apparently unarmed.

To the Special Forces soldiers and their 12-man detachment, the shooting, near the village of Ster Kalay, was a textbook example of a classified mission completed in accordance with the American rules of engagement. They said those rules allowed the killing of Buntangyar, whom the American Special Operations Command here has called an “enemy combatant.”

http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/09/18/america/abuse.php

http://www.blackfive.net/main/2007/09/sf-snipers-char.html

http://www.thedonovan.com/archives/2007/09/a_reflection_on.html

http://copthetruth.typepad.com/cop_the_truth/2007/09/on-special-forc.html

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5 thoughts on “SF Officer and NCO Charged with Murder? WTF

  1. Unbelievable, isn’t it? These guys are fighting blindfolded, with both hands tied behind their backs, and routinely second-guessed by every REMF on the planet. They’ve already been cleared TWICE, damnit! Give ’em more ammo and send ’em out again!

  2. This makes me so angry…it is just WRONG

    Marcus Luttrell talked about this type of thing in detail in his book Lone Survivor – he pulled no punches about it either.

  3. Sad to say, it seems to all come down to politics. Watching the politicians grill Gen Petraeus and Sec Gates in their infamous hearings, it doesn’t surprise me that our Soldiers and Marines keep being used for political fodder. I’m sure the pressure on the higher ups by the politicos is extremely intense but that’s no excuse to sacrifice your men and women.
    Which is why I think we should dump all the politicians who do not respect our military ~ say, in Darfur and let them get a taste of reality. And they can’t come home until they “get it”. Oh, and no secret service bodyguards either.
    yeah, I’m a tad upset…

  4. I think the primary difference is that we don’t want to vivisect the enemy bad enough while they do want to vivsect us bad enough. “We” meaning in general, rather than in specific since we do have certain specific people like Bush or Petraeus that will go out on the “extreme” ends of what some people call a branch decision.

    Generally though, there’s a sort of inertial going on, where most people don’t want to hurt the enemy because… of whatever.

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