Marines in urinating video from Lejeune; USMC commandant responds

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Submitted: Fri, 01/13/2012 - 4:49am
Updated: Fri, 01/13/2012 - 3:29pm

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — An official has told the Associated Press that the Marine Corps has identified at least two of the four Marines in an internet video that purports to depict them urinating on Taliban corpses in Afghanistan.

The Marine official told the AP that the four were members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which returned to their home base at Camp Lejeune last fall after a tour in Afghanistan. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because a criminal investigation is under way.

In a statement, Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps said he has reviewed the video.

“I want to be clear and unambiguous, the behavior depicted in the video is wholly inconsistent with the high standards of conduct and warrior ethos that we have demonstrated throughout our history,” Gen. Amos said. “Accordingly, late yesterday I requested that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service pull together a team of their very best agents and immediately assign them responsibility to thoroughly investigate every aspect of the filmed event. Additionally, I am assigning a Marine General Officer and senior attorney, both with extensive combat experience, to head up an internal Preliminary Inquiry into the matter. Once the investigation and Preliminary Inquiry are complete and the facts have been determined, then the Marine Corps will take the appropriate next steps. Rest assured that the institution of the Marine Corps will not rest until the allegations and the events surrounding them have been resolved. We remain fully committed to upholding the Geneva Convention, the Laws of War, and our own core values.”

The official who spoke to the AP said that at least some of the four Marines are no longer in that battalion. He provided no other details.

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59 Comments on "Marines in urinating video from Lejeune; USMC commandant responds"

2015 years 8 months ago

Took their very lives, sent them into eternity, removed them from existence and what people find so horrifying is that they peed on them after shredding their vital organs with bullets! LOL! When I’m dead, pee all over me. I promise I won’t care. If it’s a beautiful woman, all the better.

Guest west L.A.
2015 years 8 months ago

Did someone mention Snooki Pantano on here? The same guy who mentions he was in the Marines every time he opens his mouth?The one who got his butt beat in 2010?He needs to go back to the Jersey Shore and run for something.But everyone up there knows hes a know it all piece of crap. Thats why he ran down here on his wifes coat tails and checkbook!

2015 years 8 months ago

This is no honor in this. Fallen soldiers or enemies in any battle should be treated with more respect considering they are no longer alive and entering some sort of afterlife.

2015 years 8 months ago

The United States Marines are one of the most respected well-trained fighting forces on the face of the earth. We, as Americans, choke up with pride when we see them. The Marines are the ones who are called upon for the toughest of assignments. They stand for honor, for dignity, for morality….what these men did; even in war is not the behavior of a United States Marine. We cannot allow them to tarnish the reputation of the Marine Corps.

Guest CommonTater
2015 years 8 months ago

I think it’s interesting we are stressing over peeing on them but putting a bullet in them doesn’t draw such ire? I wonder which the victims would rather be, urinated on or shot dead! Forum entities… lmao…

I don’t have a problem with either myself….