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U.S. Army Seeks To Kill One Of Its Own: Should Combat Soldiers Be Executed?

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 39, faces premeditated murder and other charges in the attack on two villages in southern Afghanistan, and the U.S. Army is seeking the death penalty in the case.

The Associated Press is reporting the U.S. Army will seek the death penalty against a soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in March.

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 39, faces premeditated murder and other charges in the attack on two villages in southern Afghanistan. The date for court martial, which will be held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Seattle, has not been set.

Prosecutors contend Bales left his remote southern Afghanistan base early on March 11, attacked one village and returned to the base, then went out again to attack another nearby compound; seven adults and nine children were killed in the attacks, according to The Associated Press reports.

Bales was serving his fourth deployment in a war zone, according to reports.

"The Army is not taking responsibility for Sgt. Bales and other soldiers that the Army knowingly sends into combat situations with diagnosed PTSD, concussive head injuries and other injuries," Bales’ civilian lawyer John Henry Browne told The Associated Press. "The Army is trying to take the focus off the failure of its decisions, and the failure of the war itself, and making Sgt. Bales out to be a rogue soldier."

According to The Associated Press, an Army criminal investigations command special agent testified that Bales tested positive for steroids three days after the killings, and some soldiers have testified Bales was drinking before the massacres took place.

The U.S. military has not executed anyone since 1961, but there are five men currently facing military death sentences, all for murders committed stateside, The Associated Press reported.

LetsBfair December 21, 2012 at 01:04 PM
What do you do when little Islamic kids strap bombs around them and blow up your fellow soldiers? What do you do when the town hates you and tries to kill you? What do you do when you buddy lost his arms and legs fighting Islam? You people that love Islam are horrible. Islam hates you and brought down your World Trade Centers, your Pentagon and other numerous sites. But you still continue to "stand righteous" for Islam. You would not last 1 night on a tour with a real brigade. Its horrible to have our kids protecting Islam. Its time to bring them home and let only Billionaires send their families to protect this country. I really did not know how brainwashed us little people have become. There is No peace in Islam. Only Infidels in pieces. Wake the hell up morons.
LetsBfair December 21, 2012 at 01:07 PM
How can we support Islamic nations that "Passed Laws" giving husbands clear passage to "HAVE SEX WITH DEAD WIVES". http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-news/Europe/Egypt-s-Farewell-Intercourse-law-allowing-sex-with-dead-wives-sparks-fury/Article1-846951.aspx Yes, this is the law. We need to get our kids out of Islamic wars. Sex with DEAD WOMEN? This is sick...
DB December 21, 2012 at 04:09 PM
It's always fun to read the opinion of coward's like GC that have never stood a post becuase ethe military would weed him out and send him back to Mommy as a coward.......Enjoy your bubble and sleep well under the Blanket of Frredom this soldier provided you......And please, do not even thinking about joining our military, they do not need you.
TVOR December 21, 2012 at 05:46 PM
A child with a bomb strapped to them is a fair target in war.
Kraules January 18, 2013 at 03:24 AM
It appears that Staff Sgt. Robert Bales snapped and carried out this horrible deed. I think we should treat him like the rest of society's unstable population. No sane person would advocate the execution of a mental unstable person, whether he is a member of the Military or a sidewalk bum. Either way they are American Citizens and should be offer the same protection. . Lets wait until his mental evaluation before we start asking for volunteers.

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