The book being the Manual for Courts Martial, or its modern descendant, the Uniform Code of Miliytary Justice. We’ve covered the Case of the Micturating Marines before here, here and here. Three enlisted Marines, including the dumb cluck who videotaped the incident, have received nonjudicial punishment (under Article 15, UCMJ), and two staff NCOs are charged with whizzing on the enemy dead and posing for pictures with their corpses.
The charges are against Staff Sgt. Joseph W. Chamblin and Staff Sgt. Edward W. Deptola.
The two also were charged with other misconduct on the same day as the urination incident. That includes dereliction of duty by failing to properly supervise junior Marines and failing to stop and report misconduct of junior Marines.
Three other Marines were given administrative punishments last month for their role in the urination incident.
The disclosure in January of a video showing four Marines in full combat gear urinating on the bodies of three dead men led to a criminal investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as well as a Marine investigation of the unit involved, the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, which fought in the southern Afghan province of Helmand for seven months before returning to its home base at Camp Lejeune, N.C., last September.
The charges were more or less directed by Secretary of Defense Panetta, in an attempt to appease angry Moslems, and Lt. Gen. Richard Mills eagerly complied. One gets the impression that Mills and Panetta would have rather seen a videotape of Talibs whizzing on our dead.
The same government that releases Al-Qaeda murderers with a pat on the head –55 more are about to be released from Gitmo, with the Blind Sheik waiting in the wings — threw the book at these guys. Proof that the USMC is wery wery angwy: n top of the charges of whizzing on dead Talibs and letting the troops whiz on dead Talibs, the NCOs also face the charge of failing to supervise their troops. Because two of the whizzers had their helmets off. It’s the Marine Corps, gentlemen: even while pissing on the enemy, adherence to grooming standards is paramount.