No Apology From Murtha Over Haditha

Positive action in support of Lt Chessani

We brought you the story of Lt Col Jeffrey Chessani facing serious charges based on a Time story in which Congressman John Murtha made unfounded allegations against eight Marines, one of whom was Lt Col. Chessani.

Lt. Col Chessani had his honour and reputation called into question because Murtha said that in a town called Haditha in Iraq, civilians were killed by US Marines “in cold blood.” This event was in November 2005, and it has been a long and sad road to June 17, 2008 when a military judge, Col. Steven Folsom dismissed charges against Lt. Col. Jeffrey Chessani after defense attorneys raised concerns that a four-star general overseeing the prosecution was improperly influenced by an investigator probing the November 2005 shootings by a Marine unit in Haditha.

Lt. Col Jeffrey Chessani

.” ..The charges were dismissed without prejudice, meaning they can be refiled, but Folsom barred Marine Forces Central Command from future involvement in the case.

The judge gave the prosecution 72 hours to file a notice of intent to appeal. The prosecutors did not make themselves available for comment…” [ Military Times]

Like everyone else I have been so outraged at the cavalier treatment these brave Marines have all faced. Of the eight charged, seven have already had all charges dismissed.

This case is not in the headlines right now, but I am still outraged. I have thought what positive action. And I have come up with a plan of action. No, it is not a novel idea, and certainly not unique. But, I am now officially a “M***tha F*****. So far, Congressman Murtha still has offered no apology to any of these Marines. All over YouTube are videos of his declaring over and over again what criminals these servicemen were.

As time has proved, sufficiently for military judges and for the rest of us believing in truth and justice, Murtha was way out of line. He owes these Marines way more than an apology. I figure it is long overdue that all of us do at least these three things:

One, we can contact Congressman Murtha and tell him – politely I suppose – what we feel about his actions, and demand he do the right thing; the right thing in this instance begins with a public apology.

Haditha 8 They are NOT killers.
They are NOT killers

The contact information for this ‘public servant’ is:

via email on the government website here:

Murtha at the House

Call him at his office (the one paid for by you, the taxpayer)

800-289-2642 from Western PA (or) 814-535-2642 (or) 202-225-2065

You think a fax would help? Here’s that number:

814-539-6229 – District

202-225-5709 – Washington

And if you feel the urge to write him an actual letter? Something he can hold in his dirty hands?

647 Main St, Suite 401

Johnstown, PA 15901

Two, you can contribute to Lt Col Chessani’s legal defence funds. He is represented by the Thomas Moore Law Centre.

Chessani’s civilian attorney, Brian Rooney, said later that the case was far from over.

“It’s almost as if you’re looking into the abyss,” he said. “We don’t know what is going to happen.” [ Military Times]

Lt Col Chessani is considering suing Murtha – and he should. Also, in my opinion, Time Magazine and the “reporter” should be held accountable. ‘Accountable’ in this case means they must pay big money for all they have put the Lt. Col. – and his other Marines – through. That takes money. The Thomas Moore Law Centre site is Thomas More

In this war, more than ever, we have witnessed the lack of integrity from the mainstream media. They seemingly “can’t handle the truth.” What has become really evident in this whole debacle, specifically, is the fact that Time and the ‘reporter’ rushed to print with lies, with total disregard for not only the truth of the matter, but also what borders on treason for printing such propaganda fed to them by disreputable sources in a time when the country is at war. They must pay, even though we all know that no amount of money will ever compensate any of these Marines and their families for what they have endured by domestic enemies!

The Haditha Marines’ families have been dragged through hell, because of the despicable, irresponsible behaviour of Murtha, and Time and their employee. The families have created many sites detailing their journeys, and to read any of them is to feel their pain. Here’s a couple to check out:

Both well worth reading, if you have a strong stomach.

Last, by no means least, we need to get political. Murtha has proved he is nothing but the lowest form of political animal, so it is time to enter that area too. Murtha has proved in the past he is severely lacking in integrity but this time he has gone way too far. This time, even former Marines disgustedly disown this “ex-Marine.”

[Chessani’s] Attorney Brian Rooney believes that Murtha made his “cold blood” statement for political gain:

“In my opinion, it’s clear it was done during the election cycle, it was done to bolster himself in the party,” the attorney said. “He was vying for a leadership position, and if he had to throw some Marines under the bus to do so, that was the cost of power for him.” []

Lt. Colonel William Russell.
Lt. Colonel William Russell

“Lt. Colonel William Russell is a decorated combat veteran who has served in Desert Storm, the Iraq War, and the Pentagon on 9/11.

He’s a Republican, and he came home to run against Jack Murtha in November but they kicked him off the ballot.”

I think it would be poetic justice at its finest for this Lt. Col to whoop Murtha in the upcoming elections. And he can do it, if Americans help him, vote for him. Check out his site and see what YOU can do. Murtha MUST go!

So, what are you waiting for? Join me and let’s get rid of Murtha.

Semper Fi.

Ros Prynn
Ros Prynn is a NewsBlaze investigative reporter and editor, who writes on a range of topics. Contact her by writing to NewsBlaze, or at her milblog