Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Military investigations

In our previous post, we noted the delay in the Army investigation of the death of Pat Tillman. Today, we read this from the Associated Press, a follow-up to its Pulitzer Prize-winning story about the shooting of refugees in 1950 at No Gun Ri. The AP’s 1999 story led to a 16-month Pentagon investigation which concluded:
. . . the No Gun Ri shootings, which lasted three days, were "an unfortunate tragedy" -- "not a deliberate killing." It suggested panicky soldiers, acting without orders, opened fire because they feared that an approaching line of families, baggage and farm animals concealed enemy troops.

Now the AP reports:
More than a half-century after hostilities ended in Korea, a document from the war's chaotic early days has come to light -- a letter from the U.S. ambassador to Seoul, informing the U.S. State Department that American soldiers would shoot refugees approaching their lines.

And so we wait for results of the fourth investigation into Cpl. Tillman’s death