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Petitioning Legislative Director to John McCain Becky Tallent

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

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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.

This petition was delivered to:
  • Legislative Director to John McCain
    Becky Tallent
  • Legislative Assistant to Carl Levin
    Harold Chase
  • Legislative Assistant to Carl Levin
    Kristina Ko
  • Chief of Staff to Congressman McKeon
    Bob Cochran
  • Deputy Chief of Staff to Congressman McKeon
    Bob Haueter
  • Rep. Buck McKeon CA-25
  • Legislative Director to Congressman McKeon
    Alan Tennille
  • Legislative Assistant to Congressman McKeon
    Chris Perry
  • Chief of Staff to Congressman Smith
    Shana Chandler
  • Legislative Assistant to Congressman Smith
    Jonathan Pawlow
  • Majority Staff Director House Armed Services Committee
    Paul Arcangeli
  • Professional Staffer House Armed Services Committee
    Robert Simmons
  • Professional Staffer House Armed Services Committee
    Debra Wada
  • Communications Director for Congressman Smith
    Mike Amato
  • Senior Policy Advisor to Congressman Smith
    Katy Quinn
  • Armed Services Committee Professional Staff Member
    Richard Fieldhouse
  • Communications Director to Congressman McKeon
    Claude Chafin
  • Senate Armed Services Counsel for Afghanistan
    Bill Monahan
  • Senate Armed Services Staff for Investigations
    Joe Bryan
  • Senate Armed Services Counsel for Investigations
    Ilona Cohen
  • Legislative Assistant to John McCain
    Brandon Ashley
  • Senate Armed Services Republican Staff Director
    Joseph W. Bowab
  • Communications Director for John McCain
    Brook Buchanan
  • Legislative Director to Carl Levin
    Jack Danielson
  • Rep. Adam Smith WA-09
  • Press Secretary to Carl Levin
    Tara Andringa Dunfee
  • Deputy Legislative Director to Carl Levin
    Jackie Parker
  • Chief of Staff to Carl Levin
    David Lyles
  • Sen. John McCain AZ-S01
  • Senior Legislative Assistant to John McCain
    Joe Donoghue
  • Legislative Assistant to John McCain
    Mark Delich
  • Legislative Assistant to John McCain
    Nick Matiella
  • Armed Services Committee Staff Director
    Rick DeBobes
  • Legislative Assistant to Carl Levin
    Joy Mulinex
  • Legislative Assistant to Carl Levin
    Alison Pascale
  • Legislative Assistant to Carl Levin
    Alice Yates
  • Senator
    Carl Levin


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