Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Truth Trumps Spin

What a difference 24 little hours make!

During the latest news cycle, conservative sites cheerfully noted that a Marine suspected of being involved in the Hadittha massacre was suing Rep. John Murtha for defamation of character.

The Associated Press via Houston Chronicle confirmed this morning that Frank D. Wuterich had filed suit in federal court claiming that "Murtha falsely accused Wuterich 'of cold-blooded murder and war crimes.'"

Lawyers for the Marine readily admit that "Murtha named Wuterich's squad...not Wuterich personally, when speaking with reporters."

No matter...

This case ... is about truth, honor and accountability and Congressman Murtha, who we believe has acted out of his scope as a congressman..."

Breaking news from CBS News now reports that Murtha had it right all along. Military investigators have concluded that Marines in Wuterich's unit slaughtered 24 innocent Iraqis in Haditha in cold blood.

Evidence collected on the deaths of 24 Iraqis in Haditha supports accusations that U.S. Marines deliberately shot the civilians, including unarmed women and children, a Pentagon official said Wednesday.

Naval Criminal Investigative Service officials told CBS News that during the extensive investigation, they gathered "[e]vidence...from photos taken by the Marines themselves and from forensic evidence, 'as much as you can get five months after the fact.'"

oh, Oh. Guess if you're gonna swiftboat a war hero, you better make sure your lies are as old as Methuselah, the biblical patriarch and holy seed of Adam; and let us hope the greedy barristers had the good sense to get legal fees up front from Wuterich.

The officials said NCIS has conducted "tons and tons of interviews" — everyone in the Marine unit, people who were there, people who ran away. Some 45 to 50 NCIS agents have been involved in the investigation.

Typical swiftboat operation. Even before Wuterich's attorneys had filed their badly timed lawsuit, NewsMax was breathlessly reporting that "[n]ew evidence continue[d] to emerge that U.S. Marines did not wantonly kill Iraqi civilians in Haditha."

Oh really?!? Click here if you want to read the GOP lying, swiftboating talking points.

Update: Americablog writes, "I'd like to know more about who this lawyer is and who's paying for this lawsuit." Yes, wouldn't we all?!?

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