Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Pendleton 8 Being Murthafied

Michelle Malkin reports on seven Marines and a Navy corpsman, being held in wrist and leg shackles at Camp Pendleton, who have not been charged with any crime:
Did you know there are seven young Marines and a Navy corpsman sitting in a military brig right now in leg and wrist shackles -- despite the fact that they've not been charged with any crime?

The men are in solitary confinement, locked in 8'x8' cells at San Diego's Camp Pendleton, as investigators probe an April 26 incident involving the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment, 1st Marine Division. They are behind bars 23 hours a day; family members can only see them through inch-thick Plexiglas. Military blabbermouths have told the press that the service members are suspected of kidnapping and shooting a man in the Iraqi town of Hamdaniya. The Iraqi man's family reportedly came forward seeking payment for his death as media hysteria set in over the separate alleged atrocity in Haditha.
ACLU lawyers who bristle at the thought of bloody handed terrorists being detained at Guantanamo Bay have not rushed to the aid of the Pendleton 8.

This is all part of the suspension of civil rights for members of the military, championed by Representative John Murtha, that includes a presumption of guilt whenever charges are leveled.