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September 03, 2006

H&I* Fires 3 Sep 2006

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Let 'em have their day in court.

An Army investigator has recommended that four soldiers accused of murder in a raid in Iraq should face the death penalty if convicted, according to a report obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.

Lt. Col. James P. Daniel Jr. concluded that the slayings were premeditated and warranted the death sentence based on evidence he heard at an August hearing. The case will now be forwarded to Army officials, who will decide whether Daniel's recommendation should be followed.

The soldiers, all from the Fort Campbell, Ky.-based 101st Airborne Division's 187th Infantry Regiment, are accused of killing three Iraqi men taken from a house May 9 on a marshy island outside Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad.

And if the death penalty is the outcome, that's the outcome. The Feds haven't been feeding the execution monster much. And the military even less. There are nine guys on death row at Leavenworth currently and the last US military execution took place in April 1961. We've got guys on death row who've been there a long time. If these guys are convicted, and get moved to the head of the line... *that* will get tied up in the courts over the appearance of politics.

Whether this is a Pantano moment, a Manyulet or a Welshofer moment, let them settle it in court.

Moving along to the practices of certain sects of the "Religion of Peace"...

I call on *YOU* Adam Gadahn, to switch sides and join the forces of sweetness and light. I don't give a flying flip if you convert to Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Taoism, etc, or not. But if you support the asinine "conversion" like that Centanni and Wiig went through - bring your Koran with the pistol in it to my door and we'll discuss it. Briefly.

CAIRO, Egypt - An American thought to be an al-Qaida activist appeared in a videotape with the terror group's deputy leader Saturday and called on his countrymen to convert to Islam and for U.S. soldiers to switch sides in the Iraq and Afghan wars.

Otherwise, pound sand. I'll become an animist before I would voluntarily (and there is no other real, substantive conversion) "submit" to your version of How Things Should Be. And in other news of Al-Qaeda... Oopsy!

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi forces have arrested the second most senior operative in al-Qaida in Iraq, and the group now suffers from a "serious leadership crisis," the national security adviser said Sunday.

Moving along to funnier topics - let's discuss Target - and the Unintended Consequences of A. outsourcing, and B., not paying attention. People make fun of you. As they should. H/t the Cotillion via SWWBO. -the Armorer


Oooo! Ooooo! Funnest email of the week - from Lex!

Your pal Owen Dyer has been haunting my door.

The man seems fairly obsessive.

You want him back?



I said, "Um, nope. You can have him. My treat! " 8^D

It's a lively, very-much-Owen, discussion in the comments. Lex runs a taut ship, people are behaving. -the Armorer


The latest iteration of the Carnival of the Recipes is up at Trinity Prep School! -the Armorer


Regarding the new al Qaida video, Walid Phares has an interesting and disturbing analysis. - FbL


*A term of art from the artillery. Harassment and Interdiction Fires.

Back in the day, when you could just kill people and break things without a note from a lawyer, they were pre-planned, but to the enemy, random, fires at known gathering points, road junctions, Main Supply Routes, assembly areas, etc - to keep the bad guy nervous that the world around him might start exploding at any minute.

Not really relevant to today's operating environment, right? But, it *is*

The UAVs we fly over Afghanistan and Pakistan looking for targets of opportunity are a form of H&I fires, if you really want to parse it finely. We just have better sensors and fire control now.

I call the post that because it's random things posted by me and people I've given posting privileges to that particular topic. It's also an open trackback, so if (Don Surber uses it this way a lot) someone has a post they're proud of, but it really isn't either Castle kind of stuff, or topical to a particular post, I've basically given blanket permission to use that post for that purpose. Another term of art that might be appropriate is "Free Fire Zone".

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