Saturday, February 09, 2008

Noise... reduction?

Sgt Evan Vela, a member of a sniper team called the Painted Demons, is being court-martialed for the murder of an Iraqi civilian, whose sole crime was having happened across their hiding spot. “He was making too much noise,” according to the testimony of the man who gave the order (who was previously convicted, but only of planting an AK-47 on the body, and sentenced to time served).

Let’s see if I have this straight: he was making too much noise, so they... shot him. Twice.

(Update: sometimes there’s a fine line between clarity and insulting my gentle readers’ intelligence, but here goes: I’m not just saying that that was a morally questionable act, but that if you’re worried about noise, firing off guns may not be the thing to do.)

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