A former Marine sergeant facing the first federal civilian prosecution of a military member accused of a war crime says there is much more at stake than his claim of innocence on charges that he killed unarmed detainees in Fallujah, Iraq.
In the view of Jose Luis Nazario Jr., U.S. troops may begin to question whether they will be prosecuted by civilians for doing what their military superiors taught them to do in battle.
Nazario is the first military service member who has completed his duty to be brought to trial under a law that allows the government to prosecute defense contractors, military dependents and those no longer in the military who commit crimes outside the United States.
This law needs to be changed, and changed Right Now. If I were in the military, I'd hate to not only worry about getting killed, being away from my family and all that, but also worrying about if I would be prosecuted by the very people I was fighting for because I fought for them as I was trained to do.
It's also worth noting that this took place in California. 'Nuff said.