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S. Korea Stages Live-Fire Exercises Near Disputed Sea Border with N. Korea

In News, North Korea on December 27, 2012 at 12:36 AM

12/26/2012

South Korean Marines staged a live-fire drill on Wednesday near the disputed Yellow Sea border with North Korea.

The maneuvers involved self-propelled howitzers and a multiple rocket launch system was held on two islands, Baengnyeong and Yeonpyeong, the military said.

Hundreds of island residents were evacuated into safe zones during the two-hour drill.

There was no response from the North, AFP reported.

A similar drill on Yeonpyeong in 2010 provoked a North Korean artillery barrage which killed four people.

U.S. Marine’s Rank Reduced & Fined $500 for Urinating on Dead Taliban Fighters

In Afghanistan, News, NWO, Other Leaks on December 21, 2012 at 3:11 AM

 

12/21/2012

RT:

A US Marine has had his rank reduced and been fined $500 fine for urinating on corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan after pleading guilty at a special court martial in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Staff Sgt Joseph W. Chamblin pleaded guilty to charges of wrongful desecration, failure to properly supervise junior Marines and posing for photographs with battlefield casualties.

Footage of the incident, which occurred during a counter-insurgency operation in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province in July 2011, quickly went viral after it was uploaded to the Internet in January this year, sparking world-wide outrage.

The video shows four Marines in uniform laughing and joking while urinating on the bodies of three bearded men. One of the men says, “Have a nice day, buddy.” A caption identifies them as members of Scout Sniper Team 4.

 

US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta called the Marines’ behaviour “utterly deplorable” and promised an investigation, while Afghan President Hamid Karzai condemned the actions as “inhuman”. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also promised that the Marines would be punished after expressing her “total dismay”.

However, following an eight-month investigation, the Marine Corps decided on undisclosed administrative punishments for three of the Marines in August. All three had pleaded guilty to misconduct charges, including “wrongly video-recording” the incident, failing to report it, as well as posing next to the bodies.

The relatively lenient punishment will only spark more violence against the American troops in Afghanistan, says Ann Wright, a retired US army colonel and a US diplomat.

There will probably be a violent reaction to the news that this is what the punishment is and retaliation on US government officials should be predicted,“ she told RT.

Their records will also be permanently marked, preventing them from any future promotions or re-enlistments.

Criminal charges were only filed against Chamblin and one other, Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola, whose case is still pending. The charges include “being derelict in their duties by failing to properly supervise junior Marines, failing to require junior Marines to wear their personal protective equipment, failing to stop and report the misconduct of junior Marines, failing to report the negligent discharge of a grenade launcher, and failing to stop the indiscriminate firing of weapons.”

Chamblin waived his right to a jury and pleaded guilty to the charges, for which he was sentenced to 30 days’ imprisonment, a reduction in rank by three grades and a $2,000 fine. However, the initial sentence will be reduced by a marine general to a $500 fine and one grade reduction in rank, based on a plea agreement.

Wright argues that the behaviour of both the marines and the court which judged them will enrage the local population in the war-torn country. It also indirectly sanctions similar behaviour by other US troops in other combat zones, “where you have sergeant Bales killing sixteen Afghans, you have this incident of marines urinating on the bodies of the Taliban and you have the issue of Karan being burned on a military base. Afghanis are outraged about these things.”

Brazilian Prostitute Suing U.S. Embassy

In News, Other Leaks on April 29, 2012 at 3:09 AM

04/28/2012

PressTV:

A Brazilian prostitute is suing the U.S. Embassy, three Marines and a Brazilian staff member for injuries she claimed to receive when she was allegedly pushed out of a van in Brasilia.

 

 

The woman, Romilda Ferreira, says she met the four men at a night club in December last year. After an argument, the woman says she was pushed out of a vehicle and broke her collarbone two ribs and punctured a lung when the car ran over her in the nightclub’s parking lot, the State Department Spokesperson Victoria Nuland was asked about the case and had a different story.

Still, the State Department says it will conduct an investigation. Ferreira is planning to sue for injuries, medical expenses and lost of income.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told reporters during a visit to Brasilia that the incident was fully investigated and the military personnel involved had been “severely punished for the incident.

According to a defense official also no charges were filed by Brazilian authorities, Ferreira’s lawyers said they declined compensation of about $2,000 and requested about $80,000, which embassy officials refused to pay.

2,500 U.S. Marines Set for Deployment to Australia

In News, NWO, Other Leaks on April 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM

04/05/2012

The first rotation of about 200 US marines has arrived in Australia on a six-month training deployment. A total of 2,500 troops are expected to arrive over the next few years in Darwin to enhance the US’s military presence in the Asia-Pacific.

­In November, US President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced plans to expand the US military presence in Australia. The two leaders had agreed to increase bilateral military cooperation and training in this way.

Despite the fact that the US’s final military presence in the country is to grow into a 2,500-person Marine Air Ground Task Force, Australia’s defense minister Stephen Smith insisted Wednesday morning that the marines and their entourage cannot be qualified as a military base.

”We don’t have United States military bases in Australia and we’re not proposing to,” he told ABC radio from Darwin, where he greeted the marines together with the US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich.

The first group of marines is scheduled to conduct joint military exercises with the Australian Defence Force as well as traveling to some neighboring nations for the same purpose.

The US contingent in Australia is expected to be a rotational force. Its different units will be moving through for short periods of time and will not be based in Australia permanently.

Chinese officials have already questioned whether the US’s new military alliances in the region are aimed at encircling China in order to prevent it from becoming a global power.

Barack Obama dismissed these fears when announcing the deployment. Back then, he stressed that it was not an attempt to isolate China, adding that Washington welcomes “a rising, peaceful China.”

However, Stephen Smith did mention the rise of China and India in his speech, saying that the world needs to “come to grips” with this fact and respond adequately. He also added that having the US marines in Australia would enhance such efforts.

The tropical port of Darwin of Australia’s Northern Territory is located 500 miles from Indonesia. The location is seen as being of the highest strategic importance in view of the escalating disputes over sovereignty in the South China Sea.

New Zealand-based Asia specialist, Tim Beal, says the hospitality may backfire on the nations involved.

“Obviously, the United States is very worried about the rise of China and is taking moves to counter that,” he told RT. “Now, we have the marines going into Darwin — this is in effect an American base. It may not have the legal basis of the base, as we might have had 20-30 years ago, but that’s essentially what it is.”

One of the fundamental problems here, Beal explains, is that a number of states willingly get themselves caught between the declining United States and rising China. In this way, Japan, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand become subordinate to the complicated ties between the two giants.

“They have to work out how they are going to cope with this. These countries are foolishly getting themselves into this long-term deteriorating relationship between the United States and China, and they really need to think more seriously about it,” he concluded.

 

The first rotation of about 200 US marines has arrived in Australia on a six-month training deployment. A total of 2,500 troops are expected to arrive over the next few years in Darwin to enhance the US’s military presence in the Asia-Pacific – it adds to America’s military footprint in such countries as Japan, the Philippines and Singapore – all in China’s backyard. For more on the story RT talks to Asia Times roving correspondent Pepe Escobar.

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