Archive for June, 2012

Court-martial of SFC Walter Taylor would be: ‘about intimidating future soldiers on the battleground’

Accused Army Sergeant First Class Walter Taylor with defense lawyer James Culp outside the Law Center, Bamberg, Germany, June 21, 2012. Photo credit: Stars & Stripes.

James Culp, the civilian defense counsel representing Army Sergeant First Class Walter Taylor, joined me Wednesday on Freedom Radio. In part, Culp said:

“If this impossible situation with this incredible NCO goes to court-martial, what is the outcome, what is the potential chilling affect on the soldiers on the battleground? … If this case goes forward to court martial, the government knows it will lose, they can not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Sergeant Taylor is guilty of a crime in this scenario.

“But, and more importantly, if it goes forward, I don’t think it really matters to the powers that be whether they win or lose because it’s not the conviction of Sergeant Taylor that perhaps they would be looking for, but rather, the chilling affect on the soldiers on the battleground. Because here is what they’re going to say, “If this impossible situation with this exceptional NCO results in a court-martial, then holy cow, then my situation certainly would because I am half the NCO Sergeant Taylor is and my facts aren’t nearly that complicated, so maybe I should wait and hesitate.” So, in my opinion, this entire situation is an exercise in forced hesitation by intimidation. That is, they’re intimidating the future soldiers on the ground who are going to be operating under the ROE to wait, and wait, and wait.”

An overstatement? Read the reports here, here, here, and here, or just listen to the full audio of the interview.

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You will also hear Sergeant Ramon Oliveras join us a few minutes in. SGT Oliveras was with SFC Taylor during the July 21, 2011 ambush and ten days later when they were both wounded by an enemy-fired RPG.

God bless our troops. And God help our Nation if we do not end this legal fratricide upon our magnificent warriors.

SFC Walter Taylor legal defense fund information.

The Little Peasants Are So Cute When They Are Angry

Last Evening, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with Americans for Prosperity in Pennsylvania and its Director in PA, Jennifer Stefano. It seemed that many patriots needed to be with their right minded peeps after the psycho decision made by the Supreme Court of the United States.

It was evident to even the most luke warm of news junkies that of the multitudes that spoke on the impact of the decision, none spoke about its impact on real people. None except Jennifer Stefano. Jen spoke about the breathing, feeling, struggling weak and the chronically ill, the actual people who will suffer the most thanks to Obamacare.

It is doubtful that Chief Justice Roberts was thinking of those people when he stated In his support of the SC decision, that it wasn’t the courts job to correct the voting errors of the people. It is doubtful that Mr. Roberts was thinking about those people when he decided that it was the courts job, his job, to write law.

Seems everyone wants to be a dictator these days.

As Mr. Roberts stumbled into the world of great dictators it must have been a rush to put those suffering weak people out of his mind. The DC elites seem to enjoy putting the constitutional system of checks and balances meant to protect the individual out of their minds. Our President has contempt for the law for the protection of the individual. The contagion for this contempt is thriving in the swamps of the District of Contempt, and has seeped into the Supreme Court of the United States. The most profound symptom of this disease is the belief that one is King. Ask King Barack and King John.

The little peasants are so cute when they’re angry.

Between the edicts of this President, the new found creativity of the Supreme Court and the inaction of the House of Representatives, we must now assume that laws are only for those pathetic enough to accept them.

You exist only to support the life style of your betters until you are no longer able. You are merely a WORKER not a person. Learn it, accept it, know it.

Dr. Jasser & Culp, Atty for Sgt Taylor Join Freedom Radio

James Culp, Esq., joins us to discuss the Army’s prosecution of his client, Sergeant First Class Walter Taylor. On July 21, 2011, on his 4th combat tour, SFC Taylor’s combat engineer platoon was ambushed in Afghanistan. For making a split-second combat decision, Taylor stands accused of negligent homicide and dereliction of duty. This malicious prosecution of a severely wounded warrior is more appeasement of the Karzai government as President Obama looks for an exit from the “right war” in Afghanistan.

Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, the founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, will join us at the bottom of the hour to discuss his new book ‘A Battle for the Soul of Islam’. Dr. Jasser testified last week before the House’s Homeland Security Committee on the progress he sees towards confronting radical Islam here in America. We’ll discuss that, as well the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise in northern Africa and the Middle East.

Listen live at 10 to 11 a.m. Eastern, Wednesday, June 27, or catch the replay right here on Freedom Radio.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/freedom/2012/06/27/dr-zuhdi-jasser-james-culp-esq-for-sfc-walter-taylor

Fast and Furious One Year Later

The truth about Fast and Furious as reported by Freedom Radio still stands one year ago to the day that AG Eric Holder was held in contempt by the House (yet to be upheld by vote of the entire House). Yet Big Media still refuses to report it accurately.

Both Bill O’Reilly and Shepard Smith continue to report that guns were permitted to get into the hands of Mexican professional murderous criminals quite by accident. As of one year later, they still do not report even the possibility that putting automatic weapons in the hands of terrorists to use against law abiding citizens WAS THE PLAN.

Listen here as Pat Carfagno and Tim Sumner present the Freedom Radio Report on Fast and Furious, evidence and all.

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U.S. Army’s malicious prosecution of SFC Walter Taylor


Aug 2011: SFC Taylor receives the Purple Heart and a criminal charge sheet

UPDATE: June 27, 2012: See three Stars & Stripes reports on the Article 32 hearing here, here, and here.

U.S. Army prosecutors did not have the guts to charge Sergeant First Class Walter Taylor with murder or manslaughter for the July 21, 2011 shooting death of Aqilah Hikmat. They knew that no one will convict on those charges for the split-second, fog of war decisions made by our troops in combat. So, they went with what might fly with his two-star Convening Authority and a court-martial panel comprised of officers and senior non-commissioned officers all accustomed to seeing lawful orders obeyed: negligent homicide and dereliction of duty. But investigators still question Taylor’s state of mind.

Last week, the Los Angeles Times reported:

Second 1: A figure dressed in dark, bulky clothing emerges.

Second 2: The figure begins walking toward the trunk.

Second 3: Taylor, with five wounded comrades behind him, sees a thin trigger wire seeming to snake directly toward the black car. Could there be a second bomb in the trunk?

Second 4: Taylor squeezes the trigger on his M-4 carbine. The figure crumples to the dirt.

The figure was not an insurgent, but Dr. Aqilah Hikmat, a 49-year-old mother of four who headed the obstetrics department at the nearby Ghazni provincial hospital. Also dead inside the car were Hikmat’s 18-year-old son and her 16-year-old niece. Hikmat’s husband, in the front seat, was wounded.

Army prosecutors say Hikmat’s killing in July 2011 was not just a casualty of combat, but a crime. Charged with negligent homicide and dereliction of duty, Taylor will face a hearing June 19 before a U.S. military judge in Germany to determine whether the case goes to a full court-martial, with the possibility of three years in prison.

Here is what led up to SFC Taylor pulling the trigger:

The 541st, nicknamed the Outlaws, had one of the most dangerous jobs in the Army. It was charged with detonating or dismantling bombs found along the so-called Highway of Death between Kabul and Kandahar, while fighting off the insurgents who planted them. Between January and October of last year, Taylor’s unit was hit by homemade bombs 16 times. Thirty-eight men were injured in those explosions; 12 were hit three times; two died.

Taylor’s day of decision — the four seconds in which he ended Hikmat’s life — came on a routine patrol late in the afternoon of July 21, 2011, near the village of Shekhabad.

The blast of the roadside bomb was so powerful it hurtled one of the 45,000-pound Buffalo mine-clearing vehicles 10 feet into the air with Wedgeworth [Spc. Wayne Wedgeworth injured in the July 2011 attack] and four other men inside it. Taylor and his fellow soldiers clambered out of their vehicle and began exchanging fire with insurgents on the hillsides and in a pair of white cars fleeing the scene.

Almost simultaneously, a black Suzuki sedan raced up behind the white cars and sped past one of them before skidding to a halt under a withering hail of gunfire. “Cease fire!” someone yelled over the radio as the white cars disappeared into the distance.

Taylor and three of his soldiers crept cautiously across the empty field, seeing the thin wire from what had been the roadside bomb and tracing it back to what appeared at the time might be its source — the black car.

“I thought they were insurgents,” Sgt. Nicholas Wilson, who also fired at Hikmat during those few seconds, told investigators. “I wanted to make sure we all got back safe.”

Taylor insists Aqilah Hikmat never raised her arms, never said a thing, and just walked toward the back of the car, where he feared she might be going for a weapon.

There is more. Read it. But don’t try playing CID at home contemplating the state of mind of those with ‘skin in the game’ on a battlefield where friend and foe alike all look like civilians. “He showed restraint” makes for a bitter epitaph on a tombstone.

Please do remember that this incident happened right after the enemy changed its tactics:

Taliban use females in recent suicide attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan — By Bill Roggio, Long War Journal June 26, 2011

Over the past two days, the Taliban on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border have used females to carry out suicide operations.

The first attack took place at a police station in the town of Kolachi in the district of Dera Ismail Khan in northwestern Pakistan. A husband and wife, both wearing burkas, entered the town’s police station under the guise of filing a complaint and took several policemen hostage. The pair detonated their vests as police laid siege to the station, killing seven policemen and a tea boy.

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan claimed the attack, and said it was carried out to avenge the death of al Qaeda founder and former leader Osama bin Laden.

“The attackers were a husband and wife,” Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan told Reuters. “We will keep carrying out attacks with different strategies.”

The second attack took place today, in the Char Chino district in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan. The Taliban gave an eight-year-old girl a bag of explosives and had her walk to a police outpost, according to the Afghan Ministry of Interior. The explosives detonated before she reached the police, killing only the girl.

The Taliban have carried out three suicide attacks using females this month. On June 4, the Taliban claimed credit for a suicide attack in the Marawara district in Kunar province, Afghanistan that killed three interpreters. The Taliban released an official statement on their propaganda website, Voice of Jihad, and claimed that a “Mujahida sister” killed 12 US and Afghan troops.

The Article 32 officer will wrap up today and make a recommendation. Hopefully, the Convening Authority will put an end to this persecution.

You can support this wounded warrior. First, go to the In Support of SFC Walter Taylor Facebook page, leave a comment, and pass the word. If you can, you can help offset the many thousands of dollars it takes to defend those who defend us. Our friend Diana West gathered the information:

Contributions to the Walter Taylor Legal Defense Fund can be made by sending a check or money order payable to “FBO Walter Taylor” to:

Wells Fargo Bank
271 University Oaks, Blvd.
Round Rock, TX 78665

Or;
A check or money order made payable to “FBO Walter Taylor” can be mailed or presented to any Wells Fargo Bank location in the United States

Or;
Funds or contributions can be wired to Wells Fargo Bank for the Walter Taylor Defense Fund by using the following account and routing numbers:

Bank: Wells Fargo
Account Name: Walter Taylor Legal Defense Fund
Account#: 1559270168
Routing Number: 111900659

America must end the criminalization of its warriors. Such investigations are all about appeasing the Karzai government as President Obama looks for an exit from the “right war” in Afghanistan.

Freedom Radio shows on this subject can be found here.

THE SHREW Do it For Greater Glory

THE SHREW welcome their first guest on Thursday June 14 EST. He is Brian Darling of the Heritage Foundation. You can follow him @BrianHDarling . His latest work Big Agriculture: The Queen of Corporate Welfare tells us about what our so called Tea Party favorites will be doing to stem the tide of big spending. Not.

The Senate and the House will slip by us and flush 1 Trillion Dollars down the loo. Its vital that you are informed on this which is why of course the MSM isn’t talking about it. But YOU can count on THE SHREW.

Here is the BS and here is the truth.

Anna and Pat will also discuss whats coming up with the Supreme Court and the impact the Obamacare Mandate will have on the nation should the SC not step up and enforce the constitution. Pat and Anna will also discuss the earth shattering historically accurate film For Greater Glory with Andy Garcia, and why Hollywood will never fall in love with this film.

Tune into THE SHREW Thursdays at 10 AM EST at http://blogtalkradio.com/freedom.

Tim Sumner of Freedom Radio is on Hiatus this week and will return next week with Freedom Radio.

Dan Riehl Returned to Freedom Radio

Freedom Radio, 10 a.m. Eastern, Wednesday, June 6.

Dan Riehl of RiehlWorldView gave us his views of the “real squeaker” outcome of Scott Walker’s recall election and the trouble he manages to get himself into! THE SHREW‘s very own Selma stopped by for a little meet and greet and advice for Dan.

The podcast is now up at Freedom Radio at http://blogtalkradio.com or just listen using or player on the right!

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