The United States Marine Corps is launching an investigation into a video which appears to show Marines in full combat gear urinating on several dead bodies … TMZ has learned.
In the extremely graphic video, which appeared on various websites this morning, at least 4 male Marines expose their genitals and urinate on the bodies.
The mystery person who posted the video included a caption that reads, “scout sniper team 4 with 3rd battalion 2nd marines out of camp lejeune peeing on dead talibans.”
Now, Captain Kendra N. Hardesty — a Media Officer for the USMC — tells us, “While we have not yet verified the origin or authenticity of this video, the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines in our Corps.”
She adds, “This matter will be fully investigated and those responsible will be held accountable for their actions.”
Iran’s military says it has shot down a US reconnaissance drone aircraft in eastern Iran, Reuters news agency reports, citing state television.
“Iran’s military has shot down an intruding RQ-170 American drone in eastern Iran,” an unnamed source has reportedly told Iran’s Arabic-language television network.
If it wasn’t clear before, it is now: the fake vaccination program that the CIA set up before the Osama bin Laden raid really went awry. Back in July, The Guardian reported that the intelligence agency had recruited a Pakistani doctor and health official named Shakil Afridi to organize an elaborate vaccine drive in Abbottabad in the hopes of obtaining bin Laden family DNA that it could compare to a sample from bin Laden’s deceased sister in Boston, thus proving that the al Qaeda leader was hiding in the town. Not only did this plan not work—no bin Laden family DNA was obtained—as The New York Times noted at the time, the ruse aggravated the already strained relationship between the United States and Pakistan, hobbled polio immunization drives, and forced Save the Children to evacuate staffers from Pakistan out of fear that the country’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI) would detain them over alleged links to Afridi.
On Thursday, the blowback continued. A Pakistani commission investigating the bin Laden raid announced on Thursday that Afridi will be tried for high treason, a charge that carries the death penalty. The announcement is likely to anger the U.S., which, according to the BBC, has argued that Afridi should be freed and allowed to live in the U.S. In June, Pakitan arrested five Pakistani informants who provided the C.I.A. with information prior to the bin Laden raid. There has been little news about their fates.
Attorney-general tells Muslim community group such law enforcement operations are “essential” to prevent attacks.
The US attorney-general has defended the use of sting operations involving government informants, saying they are an “essential” tool in preventing attacks.
Addressing a Muslim community group near San Francisco on Friday, Eric Holder said he would make “no apologies” for a sting operation in which a Muslim was arrested while trying to detonate a fake bomb last month.
“These types of operations have proven to be an essential law enforcement tool in uncovering and preventing potential terror attacks,” Holder told the annual dinner of Muslim Advocates.
Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was charged last month with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony after he tried to blow up what he thought was a car bomb, supplied to him by undercover agents.
Mohamud’s lawyer has said agents were “grooming” his client for arrest and seeking publicity, a position which taps into concerns that Muslims in the US are being targeted and stereotyped by authorities.
“I make no apologies for how the FBI agents handled their work in executing the operation,” Holder said according to an advance copy of his speech.
“Those who characterise the FBI’s activities in this case as ‘entrapment’ simply do not have their facts straight - or do not have a full understanding of the law.”