Soldier Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter in Deaths of Afghan civilians - CNN.com
Disgusting. I don’t understand how these soldiers can murder civilians and somehow receive a sentence of only twenty-four years in prison. (That amounts to four years per kill.) Imagine the outcry if these men had killed six white suburbanites in America? People would be calling for their deaths.
Instead, it’s another stark reminder of the fact that, for most Americans, the value of humanity ends at the borders of the United States.
Adam Winfield is one of six soldiers who, while on assignment in Afghanistan, are accused of participating in an illegal “kill squad” that murdered civilians and covered up the alleged crimes by making it appear as if they were insurgents. An additional six soldiers are accused with lesser crimes in the case, including helping to cover up the killings.
Winfield originally faced five charges, including murdering three Afghan civilians. If convicted, Winfield faced a potential life sentence in a military prison.
In March, another soldier, Pvt. Jeremy Morlock, pleaded guilty to to killing three Afghan civilians for thrills and covering up the murders. Morlock testified in 2010 they murdered the unarmed men on patrols in villages and then planted “drop weapons” on them to appear as if the soldiers had first come under fire before killing them.
Morlock’s chilling testimony painted a picture of soldiers gone rogue; abusing drugs, executing Afghan civilians they referred to as “savages” and posing in photographs over the dead men. Morlock is serving a 24-year prison sentence.