The guys at RedState interviewed Brian Rooney from the Thomas More Center. According to the article, Mr. Rooney is a former JAG officer. Here’s one of the appalling things that Mr. Rooney said:

RS: There seems to be a coordinated program of damaging leaks directed against the Marines in this case. Especially the leak that John Murtha hinted came from the Commandant of the USMC. Can you give us other examples of leaks prejudicial to the Marines in this case. Any idea on why these leaks are happening or who is behind them?

BR: I was told from a very reliable source that the leaks of the NCIS investigation and the Bargewell report came from a anti-war politician on one of the armed services committee. All of the leaks have been given to Josh White of the Washington Post; his source is on one of the armed services committees. These leaks seem to come out every time press against these Marines starts getting favorable. Murtha for instance said that the Marines murdered in cold blood and officers covered it up…this was all done before Bargewell was complete…One of the main findings of Bargewell was there was “no cover-up.”

This is proof positive that Murtha actively tried to railroad these Marines before the investigation was finished. Why else would he make these allegations? It’s disgusting enough that he threw out the Constitution’s due process protections and these soldiers’ right to a fair trial. It’s more disgusting that he attempted to railroad our patriotic, heroic soldiers on a pack of lies. Let’s examine this is a bit.

He had to be attempting to railroad these soldiers because he didn’t have the truth. He wasn’t acting on unassailable information from the investigation. There’s only one logical explanation: he’s as corrupt as the leaker, who clearly had a political agenda in this matter. What causes a man to do that? Talk about corrupt.

It’s noteworthy that Murtha’s timing was called into question, too:

These leaks seem to come out every time press against these Marines starts getting favorable.

That’s the quintessential definition of a hatchet job, something that Rep. Murtha has actively participated in. Again, Rep. Murtha has done this without verifiable information. Rep. Murtha has done this before the investigation has issued its findings.

We also know that Rep. Murtha, in his capacity of chairman of the House Defense Appropriations subcommittee, holds the Pentagon’s funding in his hands. If he tells someone in the Pentagon to jump, they’re expected to ask how high. This is the essence of corruption. This is what a power-drunk megalomaniac does.

Let’s also ask what other things Rep. Murtha has done to ‘support’ the troops. How can a man railroad innocent soldiers into murder convictions and still say that he supports the troops? Why should we believe anything he says? Who was his Pentagon source for this misinformation? Let’s remember that Murtha said he got his information from “real guys who know what they’re talking about.” It appears as though those sources didn’t know what they were talking about or they were intentionally lying about what they knew.

Another thing we know beyond a shadow of a doubt is that these leakers, like Rep. Murtha, don’t worry about these soldiers’ constitutional protections. If they did, they’d let the truth be discovered, at which point they’d follow the truth wherever it took them. Clearly, that isn’t what they did here.

Here’s the article that’s made its way around the internet that talks about the exculpatory evidence that NCIS withheld:

Although the prosecutors said they needed more time to prepare their cases, there is much more to the story than that has learned, and it paints a shocking picture of a prosecution that should never have been pursued.
In a nutshell, the case exploded when an intelligence officer dropped a bombshell on prosecutors during a pre-hearing interview when he revealed the existence of exculpatory evidence that appears to have been obtained by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and withheld from the prosecutors.
This officer, described by senior Marine Corps superiors as one of the best and most dedicated intelligence officers in the entire Marine Corps, was in possession of evidence which provided a minute-by-minute narrative of the entire day’s action — material which he had amassed while monitoring the day’s action in his capacity as the battalion’s intelligence officer. That material, he says, was also in the hands of the NCIS.

This begs a series of questions, like:

  • When did NCIS first obtain this information?
  • Why did NCIS knowingly withhold this information?
  • Did John Murtha know about this information?
  • If he did, why didn’t he backtrack on his initial allegations?
  • If Murtha knew about NCIS withholding this information, why didn’t he push to get the Haditha Marines cleared of the charges?

Most importantly, will Rep. Murtha apologize to the Haditha Marines when they’re cleared of these charges? That’s what an honorable man would do.

At this point, I don’t have proof that Rep. Murtha is an honorable man.

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Cross-posted at Murtha Must Go

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