Some of the victims were shot "execution style". The victims included women and six children. The men being investigated for these murders are a dozen Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
These men were in their third tour of Iraq. That is a fact that I think bears remembering.
If you doubt the validity of the way some of the victims were murdered, the government investigators have gruesome pictures of the carnage. The intelligence team took the pictures shortly after the shooting stopped. Such teams are typically assigned to collect information on insurgents after firefights or other military engagements. This happened November 19th 2005.
If Time magazine had not published it's piece on this murderous event, it would of never seen the light of day. The soldiers that took part in the killings falsified their reports. One focus of the administrative investigation by Army Maj. Gen. Eldon Bargewell is to find out how high up the Marine Corps chain of command misreporting went. The LA Times has an article here.
Those are the bastards I want to fry for this, the Marine Corp higher ups. And Rummy,Condo and the Shrub for keeping the soldiers in the field of combat for three fucking tours of duty.