SEATTLE — The father of a U.S. soldier serving in Afghanistan says he tried nearly a half dozen times to pass an urgent message from his son to the Army: Troops in his unit had murdered an Afghan civilian, planned more killings and threatened him to keep quiet about it.
By the time officials arrested suspects months later, two more Afghans were dead.
And much to Christopher Winfield's horror, his son Adam was among the five Fort Lewis-based soldiers charged in the killings.
The elder Winfield told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that his son did not kill the unarmed man and would never have been in the situation if the Army had investigated the warnings he says he passed along to Fort Lewis.
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Answer by LoriKeet at 5:12 PM on Sep. 9, 2010
Hopefully he kept records of that! That'll help his son! They had an article in this week's Army Times about these guys saying how they had a new Sergeant who was in the initial invasion of Iraq. ROEs being much more lax back then that Sergeant had better stories then they did and they wanted to remedy that. Or so the article says, whether that's really what they're saying remains to be seen. They should be coming into the disciplinary barracks where hubby works soon so I'm sure I'll be hearing more about this then I even want to.
Answer by BlueCollarMama at 3:10 PM on Sep. 9, 2010
Oh and I'm sorry but if that soldier was undergoing treatment for a TBI then that made him more coherent then if he wasn't. If he was fit for combat duty then he was fit enough to know what he was talking about during a police investigation, that lawyer has no leg to stand on there!
Answer by BlueCollarMama at 3:16 PM on Sep. 9, 2010