Tell Congress to Investigate U.S. Army "Kill Team" Abuses
  • Petitioned Becky Tallent

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Becky Tallent
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Legislative Director to Carl Levin
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Rep. Adam Smith WA-09
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Legislative Assistant to Carl Levin
Alison Pascale
Legislative Assistant to Carl Levin
Alice Yates
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Ilona Cohen
Senate Armed Services Staff for Investigations
Joe Bryan
Senate Armed Services Counsel for Afghanistan
Bill Monahan
Legislative Assistant to Carl Levin
Harold Chase
Legislative Assistant to Carl Levin
Kristina Ko
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Bob Cochran
Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman McKeon
Bob Haueter
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Chris Perry
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Professional Staffer House Armed Services Committee
Debra Wada
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Mike Amato
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Katy Quinn
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Richard Fieldhouse
Communications Director to Congressman McKeon
Claude Chafin
Michigan
Sen. Carl Levin

Tell Congress to Investigate U.S. Army "Kill Team" Abuses

    1. Jay Breneman
    2. Petition by

      Jay Breneman

      Erie, PA

As a young soldier, I remember wearing the patch of the 2nd Infantry Division on my shoulder with a sense of pride and honor; even today it takes considerable space on a plaque in my home that displays the military awards and insignia that I have earned and worn over the years.

These days, I also see the same patch in the pictures of U.S. soldiers proudly displaying the bloodied bodies of the innocent and unarmed Afghani civilians that they maliciously slaughtered. Part of the self-dubbed "Kill Team," a platoon of young infantry men devised countless strategies to murder civilians and set it up as a legitimate attack. They were proud of having killed so many out in the open and with impunity.

Soldiers throughout the 4,000 strong, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, knew of their behavior, and it is apparent that a few followed in their footsteps, or helped them in obtaining weapons to cover their crimes. A couple of the soldiers even took to collecting body parts of their victims as souvenirs.

For several months this went on, and despite outcry by local eyewitnesses and village leaders, the unit's chain of command ignored their pleas, and turned a blind eye to the atrocities of their soldiers. The father of one of the platoon's soldiers —himself seriously disturbed by his fellow servicemen— even tried contacting the chain of command at Fort Lewis, Washington to report the situation, but was turned away.

The commanders—by military regulation—are responsible for the climate and character of their unit, and it is our democratically elected civilian officials who are responsible for ensuring that our armed forces meet the ideals and ethical guidelines that our nation both trumpets and holds dear. We must show the world that such behavior will not be tolerated, that we will hold our military accountable, and that the American people will know what our government will do to prevent such atrocities in the future.

Former Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, likened the recent crimes by the soldiers of B Co 5th Stryker BCT in La Mohammad Kalay, as being "much worse" than those committed at Abu Ghraib in 2004, yet the Senate and House Armed Services Committees have been deafeningly silent on the matter.

Please sign the petition asking Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) and Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees to conduct inquiries and hold hearings in order to hold all those responsible to account.

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    1. US soldier gets life sentence in Afghan killings

      Jay Breneman
      Petition Organizer

      "The military jury sentenced Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs to life in prison, but he will be eligible for parole in less than nine years."

      Meanwhile, Congressional oversight has been mum, non-existant, or apathetic toward such war crimes that surpass the Abu Ghraib torturing and killings.

      Clearly, the longevity of the war, the distance of the war from home, and the extremely small number of Americans (compared to total population) that have served there, all factor in to how Congress downplays its significance.

    2. Reached 3,000 signatures
    3. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      The lawyer for one of five Washington state soldiers charged with killing Afghan civilians for sport says his client is being released from custody pending his court martial.

    4. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Video: Military Loyalty: Why no one ratted out the Kill Team

    5. Reached 2 signatures
    6. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      The Story Of ‘The Kill Team,’ From Afghan Killing Spree To Court Martial

    7. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      How the U.S. kills civilians in Afghanistan

    8. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      On Obama's watch, are scandals like the "Kill Team" ignored?

    9. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Despite leaks, the Army continues to conceal a review of the commanders who oversaw the "Kill Team"

    10. Reached 2 signatures
    11. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      The Army's investigation concluded the commanders weren't to blame, which is why congressional oversight is especially urgent

    12. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      VIDEO: Kill Team: Donald Rumsfeld's 'Worse Than Abu Ghraib' Tour

    13. Reached 1 signatures
    14. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      ‘Kill team’ brigade commander pushed ‘strike and destroy’

    15. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Report Reveals Discipline Breakdown in Kill Team Brigade

    16. Reached 1 signatures
    17. Weldon Kennedy
      Interim Director, Europe

      Afghan President Condemns Actions of 'Kill Team'

    18. Reached 750 signatures
    19. US Congress AWOL on "Kill Team" Investigation

      Benjamin Joffe-Walt
      Vice President and Chief of Staff

      As a young soldier, I remember wearing the patch of the 2nd Infantry Division on my shoulder with a sense of pride and honor; even today it takes considerable space on a plaque in my home that displays the military awards and insignia that I have...

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    • Allecia Miller DOVER, PA
      • almost 3 years ago

      I'm glad to see that other soldiers are now coming forward and saying that this is not okay. People used to join the military to protect their country and feel honorable and now there are so many lost souls who just want to kill anything that's alive and blow things up.

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    • J W SACRAMENTO, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      As a US Marine Veteran, at times we have become the scourge we claim to denounce. Our mission has failed us through these injustices. End this war now.

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      Allegations against Deputies under PC 832.5; because it’ the Law.

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    • Roland Moswick CHEWTON BUSHLANDS, AUSTRALIA
      • about 3 years ago

      Assassination programs and teams degrade the moral foundation of those who design and implement them. They dehumanize the perpetrators and alienate the populace. They simply create the animosity that leads to more anti US feeling, without fundamentally impacting

      on the targeted forces - new recruits readily appear. Innocent people are routinely murdered and discounted as "collateral damage". These programs are no more legitimate than the mafia hit teams of old. It must cease!!!

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    • Ariana Arghandewal FAIRFIELD, CA
      • about 3 years ago

      I think this petition should be submitted. Yes, the goal hasn't been met but I think this is as good as its gonna get after 5 months.

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    • Jennifer Moen GREAT FALLS, MT
      • about 3 years ago

      i GLADLY SUPPORT THE TROOPS HOWEVER THIS IS WRONG!!!! MURDER IS MURDER...

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