What is going on here?! We’ve got a Marine on trial for the ‘murder’ of a detained insurgent during the Battle of Fallujah in 2004. Here is a brief of run down of Sgt. Ryan Weemer, USMC.
I jacked these facts from a site dedicated to informing the world about, Sgt. Ryan Weemer.
Weemer’s alleged crime came to light when he was asked whether he had been involved in any wrongful deaths while applying for a Secret Service position. He was being monitored by a polygraph. Weemer admitted to the killings of the unarmed prisoners and said other Marines in Fallujah were involved too.
- Age: 25
- From Hindsboro, Illinois
- Recalled to active duty so he could be charged
- Based at Camp Pendleton, CA
- Murder allegedly took place on November 9, 2004
- A group of marines allegedly shot unarmed captives
- Sgt. Weemer is the third U.S. soldier connected to the killings
- The dead were reportedly firing on Marines from a house
- Weemer: Rifleman in a four-man team during the Falluja battle
- Charges: murder and dereliction of duty
- Assignment: 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division at the time
- June 2008: Nelson and Weemer jailed for refusing to testify against Nazario
- July 3: Nelson and Weemer released
- Sgt. Jermaine Nelson testified in a preliminary hearing for the Weemer trial
- Nelson stated that he and Weemer were ordered to kill the prisoners by their sergeant
- Third man facing charges, Sgt. Jose Nazario, said “”I’m not doing all this . . . by myself. You’re doing one and Weemer is doing one”
- Nazario then shot a prisoner in the head
- Weemer then shot a prisoner mulitple times
- According to reports, the prisoners were killed after a platoon commander (on the radio) asked whether the Iraqis were “dead yet”
Ok, am I the only one wondering why we are meddling in the affairs of Marines during a time of war? In my lifetime I’ve never seen such abandonment of our fine, young service-members. Not only abandonment but prosecution. The American judicial system is looking to convict this Marine of murder during a war. A W-A-R!
Here is a statement allegedly released by Sgt. Weemer’s attorney I dug up this evening.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 17, 2008
Hell House survivor Corporal Ryan Weemer held in
contempt and imprisoned.
On November 13, 2004 twenty one year old Lance
Corporal Ryan Weemer fought room to room in the deadly
fight of Hell House to save the lives of his fellow Marines
on day four of the now historic battle of Fallujah.
By the end of the day he and his squad saved the life of Sgt.
Major Kasal who was later awarded the Navy Cross in this
same Hell House fight. By morning’s end though Weemer
was dragged half alive from the building after being cut
down by an insurgent’s AK 47 fire.
Nearly four years later Weemer is still fighting for his life
as he sits in a California prison cell at the direction of
Federal Judge Stephen Larson who ordered Weemer held in
contempt of court as part of the prosecution of another
Marine, Sergeant Jose Nazario who is charged with killing
an insurgent on day one of the battle of Fallujah.
Weemer is also charged with killing a confirmed insurgent
on the first day of the battle of Fallujah. Despite Weemer’s
initial cooperation with investigators and his willingness to
make a sworn statement to federal authorities as part of
their investigation, he has been charged with murder of an
insurgent in Fallujah and forced to rely on his
Constitutional privilege to remain silent.
After Weemer was charged, Federal Judge Stephen Larson
ordered Weemer to testify at the Grand Jury responsible for
considering additional charges against Nazario. Despite
Weemer’s prior cooperation and testimony he was ordered
held in contempt and sent to prison for an undetermined
amount of time. All this despite the fact that Weemer had
already testified regarding the matter and the testimony
given to the federal prosecutors and the Grand Jury.
Weemer, who was recalled to active duty in 2008 by the
Marine Corps to be prosecuted now sits in a federal prison
cell contemplating his fate and his short life; escaping death
in Fallujah only to be prosecuted for the act of surviving.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION YOU MAY
CONTACT RYAN WEEMER’S ATTORNEY, PAUL
HACKETT AT XXX-XXX-XXXX.
(The number is there if anyone wants it I’ll email it out.)
I know I’m all over the place with this post and when I calm down I’ll throw something up here that is clear and concise. But, for now these are the facts as I see them.
Thanks for reading.