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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.

all-c-ing-eye December 19, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Going nuts on afgahns is not the same as going nuts here like in the recent shootings at the school. We are sent over there to kill, we are trained to kill, and do it during deployment. Any soldier can loose the normal sense of right and wrong but in a combat zone normal sense may not apply as the soldiers are somewhat desensitized in their enviornment. Killing children we all agree is a no no but suppose the soldiers thoughts are "Hey hes going to grow up and when he does he will kill me if hes a al caida or a similar group. This happened in Viet Nam as well and it should be no surprise to anyone that it can happen and does.
Teresa Law December 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM
No, we should not kill our Soldier! Why is the Ft. Hood idiot/crazy man still sitting there? Why not the death penalty there and expeditiously?
TVOR December 19, 2012 at 11:42 PM
The intentional killing of innocents is murder no matter where it occurs. If this soldier is found to have been mentally competent then he should face the death penalty.
Zap371 December 20, 2012 at 12:23 AM
No We should not kill our own Soldier!!!
Lash LaRue December 20, 2012 at 01:29 AM
They should be giving him a medal as Muslims cant wait to kill us all.
5150 December 20, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Ridiculous, whos the AHole wanting to kill our soldier for going crazy in a jacked up no win situation, sounds like a stupid politician with no backbone.
Adrian December 20, 2012 at 02:29 AM
I do not believe in the death penalty, under any circumstance. Having said this, I will also say that the slaughter of noncombatants is a heinous act and certainly not in line with the American way (at least the aim of the Anerican way). If this soldier is found to have acted in a way that shames us as a nation, he should be stripped of all dignity afforded a soldier. There are brave, American men and women out there serving the nation without committing murderous acts. This man does not deserve to be held in the same esteem as these brave soldiers. His acts sully the name of all of his brothers and sisters in arms, and he doesn't deserve to be considered amongst their ranks.
Galactic Cannibal December 20, 2012 at 02:54 AM
This American soldier murdered women and children in cold blood. He should be shot by firing squad. It must remind the older guys of Vietnam and the massacre of women and children at My Lai ,where . William Calley was given a slap on the wrist. For mass murder done by his troops.. OH I forgot " GOD is on Our side." and our dollar bill screams "in god we trust"
Ken Lewis December 20, 2012 at 06:29 AM
I don't feel this soldier should be execute for killing people whom we contend as enemys of the USA. Granted he may have killed some innocent women and children but lets look at the mental stress this poor fellow had been subjected to. His mind and outlook most likely had been clouded by the extreme mental pressure of the conditions he was exposed too. There are hundreds of innocent people killed right here in this country annually by law enforcement people and no one says we should execute them. All they have to do is say they were in fear for their life or say they thought the subjects were armed. We should be offering this man mental medical help not a death sentence. It's amazing , we give a cop that kills innocent people a paid administrative leave but if a sodier does the exact same thing we offer him a death sentence.
ROBERT BLACKMEN December 20, 2012 at 06:29 AM
U.s.m.c kill them,all let god sort them out
LetsBfair December 20, 2012 at 06:43 AM
Keep kissing the butts of Islam TVOR. Get our kids out of Islamic states and lets move on. We can not turn those barbarians into a democratic society. This experiment should be over.
Adrian December 20, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Robert, you are a truly frightening man.
DB December 20, 2012 at 03:20 PM
US Army Ranger 1980 - 2005..........We Lead The Way! That being said......if what they say he did is true, it was wrong.......he obviously has some serious issues going on here. His leaders should have seen this and sent him stateside to get some help.......Perhaps he just snapped, it happens, perhaps he slipped through the cracks and flew under the radar......insanity plea (if he uses it) will most likely spare his life......it will not stop the soon to be nightmare that what is left of his life will become........ As soldiers we try to justify our actions in combat as duty...however, that does not give us permission to play God and decide who lives or dies...........At the end of the day, every soldier has to come to grips with whatever action he took while in hostile theaters. We all react differently the 1st time we hear a bullet go buy and miss us and see the impact on a wall behind us, or the 1st time we have to kill in self defense or a target…… 7 Years out, I am still sorting mine out, that's for sure. My point, this guy is sick and slipped through the cracks while trying to be a 4 tour war hero.......The death penalty should not apply here anymore that it would in a State court under an insanity plea, if he will take that route.........
TVOR December 20, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Lets, I stand by my previous statement. I fully support neutralizing any known threat to our society, but murder is murder. If we as a society do not follow the rules and laws we agreed on then we do not deserve to survive as a society. We make rules for a reason. It is never OK to kill innocent people, ever. If we do then we are no better than the people we go to war with.
TVOR December 20, 2012 at 04:23 PM
I am in fact a combat veteran and I understand all too well the issues soldiers in battle face. Sometimes non combatants are killed in war. It is unfortunate but it is a reality of war. What is not right is INTENTIONAL killing of non combatants. Being at war with a country does not make it right to indiscriminately murder people. All those who have had to kill the enemy in battle have their own feelings about that. Some have a hard time with it and some are not bothered by it very much, but all understand that there are rules of engagement for a reason. I would not hesitate to kill the enemy because that is what is required and that is what happens in war, but I would never intentionally kill a non combatant. That is murder and it reflects a criminal mentality. The thing that sets us apart from many other countries on this planet is our adherance to a code of conduct.
TVOR December 20, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I agree, however, I do support the death penalty.
Carol December 20, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Four tours in any war would make a millitary person go crazy! Can you imagine the things he's seen over there and had to deal with? How about seeing his buddy being blown up by an IED or shot between the eyes by some terrorist? Do you think that wouldn't play on a person's mind? Our soldiers are trained to kill and go to war. Are they debriefed when they come back stateside and are released to the streets of our country? NO, they aren't. They are still killing machines. I know this has little to do with what happened in Afghanistan but it's the way of the military - you did the service now get lost! Where is the help these guys deserve when they're suffering from PTSD? I also agree with the lawyer in the fact that the Army is not taking responsibility when sending someone to 4 tours to a war! That alone has to reak havoc on a person's mind and make them do crazy things! I don't think this soldier should die for the mistakes of the military who sent him over there 4 times!!!!!!!
Galactic Cannibal December 20, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Carol Dudette, This US soldier slaughtered sleeping women and their children. He is a brutal killer. Those are and were the facts.. It is no different to US soldiers who brutally massacred old men and old women and small children in My- Lai Village in Vietnam . Yet their CC got a slap on the wrist for that massacre.. And don't give me that crap of mental pressure in the battle field . The US Military is currently a volunteer system . So young men who join up should understand they are joining a brutal dictatorship and will be trained to kill other humans. Who our politicians and Generals deem to be an enemy or a threat. Example attacking countries who did not attack the USA . like Afghanistan and IRAQ.
Galactic Cannibal December 21, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Steve Newman Dude, I stated facts on two massacres My Lai was a Hitler Nazi type massacre, carried out by US solders on old people and children. a mass shooting of an entire village residents. The massacre of sleeping women and children in Afghanistan carried out by US soldier R. Bales (an invader) beggars belief. re your " so you do not believe that combat can cause mental pressure" I did not say that but you imply I believe that. I call it crap a military crutch for excuse. The rest of your assumptions about GC are 100% incorrect Have a tranquil evening and should you need help , suggest you fire up a BFS like our US soldiers did in Vietnam. BFS = Big Fat Spleef
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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