Spanish Judge Issues Warrant for American Soldiers

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  1. carpro

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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20051019/ap_on_re_eu/spain_us_journalist_death

    Spanish Judge Issues Warrant for Three GIs

    By MARIA JESUS PRADES, Associated Press Writer
    Wed Oct 19, 3:04 PM ET



    MADRID, Spain - A judge has issued an international arrest warrant for three U.S. soldiers whose tank fired on a Baghdad hotel during the Iraq war, killing a Spanish journalist and a Ukrainian cameraman, a court official said Wednesday.

    Judge Santiago Pedraz issued the warrant for Sgt. Shawn Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp, all from the U.S. 3rd Infantry, which is based in Fort Stewart, Ga.

    Jose Couso, who worked for the Spanish television network Telecinco, died April 8, 2003, after a U.S. army tank crew fired a shell on Hotel Palestine in Baghdad where many journalists were staying to cover the war.
     
  2. Brother James

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    The Spanish judge is wasting his time. Whether or not any crime was commited nothing is going to happen. The US government simply does not care at all about anything anyone else around the world thinks unless they're is a buck in it for one of the war profiteers.
     
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    I'm sure this judge is being immediately ignored by most of the planet.
     
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    No, just Babylon on the potomic.
     
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    I fail to see where any punishable offense was committed. This was an incident of wartime. There have been three investigation on the incident, all concluding that there was no crime or negigence here.

    The story says "Under Spanish law, a crime committed against a Spaniard abroad can be prosecuted here if it is not investigated in the country where it is committed." But I'm willing to wager that Iraq likewise doesn't see this as a crime that needs tobe investigated.
     
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    We'll never know John.
     
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    All I can say to His Honor is, "Buenos suerte and don't hold your breathe."
     
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    I can't wait to see who they send to serve the warrant.
     
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    An excellent example of why Bush is against the International Criminal Court.
     
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    The problem with an ICC is simple. It would place a higher authority over us other than the Constitution. That's reprehensible. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land. It should not have to be beholden to a higher international set of laws.
     
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    Amen JohnV! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    Second Amen JohnV.

    Two things. 1. It is a war. 2. Death is indiscriminite.

    To hold someone liable for this they have to prove intent that they purposely set out to do bodily harm to a noncombatant.

    Most journalists are imbedded with the military, thus offering them protection and a front row seat. What was Spanish anything doing over there since they are so completely okay with terror attacks happening on their own soil that they dump their entire government and replace it with a pacifist one? Doesnt that make Spain one of those mentioned in the 'you are with us or against us' speech? Hmmmmm.
     
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    Many liberals and foreigners believe we were intentionally targeting journalists. They believe such was the case here.
     

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