Corpses Defiled By Urinating U.S. Marines
A shocking video has surfaced showing 4 US Marines, in patrol in Afghanistan, urinating while standing over corpses that are alleged to be members of the Taliban. This short clip was posted on the Live Leak website, and has since been uploaded to YouTube and picked up by newsires around the world. Although the audio is not clear, one soldier is thought to be saying something about a golden shower. Another says, "Have a good day buddy."
A note included with the video said the US soldiers were part of the Marine Scout Sniper Team 4 and the 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. This has not been confirmed by the Pentagon.
A spokesperson from the Pentagon, John Kirby when contacted for a reaction, stated in part that soldiers spokesman John Kirby said: "Regardless of the circumstances or who is in the video, this is… egregious, disgusting behaviour, unacceptable for anyone in uniform… It turned my stomach,"
Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta voiced his opinion that the video is "utterly deplorable" and that the men featured in the video would be found and held fully accountable. He immediately ordered NATO security force in Afghanistan and the U.S. Marine Corps to investigate the video and identify the Marines responsible for this reprehensible act.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered a statement of condemnation as well. In her words, this act is inconsistent with American values and the standards of behaviour expected from U.S. Military Personnel.
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