U.S. Marines Urinating on Corpses Committed ‘Potential War Crime’

A number of websites including TMZ and YouTube posted a video Wednesday showing four men dressed in U.S. Marine Corps combat gear urinating on the apparently dead bodies of three men sprawled on the ground in front of them. It was not clear who shot or posted the 39-second video, who the people pictured in it were, or where it was shot.

A senior Marine Corps official who has examined the video said the Marines are carrying 30-caliber sniper rifles and wearing helmets issued to members of Marine Corps sniper teams. The helmets are designed with a shorter front and sides so that snipers can place rifles and scopes near their faces. The official, who said an investigating officer was expected to be named shortly, added that the desecration of a body by U.S. troops could be considered a potential war crime.

“Regardless of the circumstances or who is in the video, this is egregious, disgusting behavior,” said Department of Defense spokesman Capt. John Kirby. “It’s hideous. It turned my stomach.”

In a statement, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the video. “If verified as authentic, the video shows behavior that is totally unbecoming of American military personnel and that could ultimately endanger other soldiers and civilians,” wrote CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. “Any guilty parties must be punished to the full extent allowed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and by relevant American laws.”

 

Source: CNN

Image: International Business Times

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