Murtha AP: "Who covered it up, why did they cover it up, why did they wait so long?" Murtha said on "This Week" on ABC. "We don't know how far it goes. It goes right up the chain of command."
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George: Three commanders have been relieved of their duty, is that connected to this?
Murtha: Well they tell me it's not connected to this, they tell me it was dereliction of duty.
The NY Times has more.
Paul Hackett called me and said that he is now representing Capt. James S. Kimber, commanding officer of Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment who is one of the three officers that was relieved of duty. He said that he believes Kimber was relieved because one of his marines spoke out to the British news media and criticized the Iraqi security forces competence level that made it onto film. He also believes that Rumsfeld is applying pressure from the top down so that there will be no further disapproving rhetoric permitted in public about the newly trained Iraqi military.
Hackett will be guest hosting the Ed Schultz show on Monday and I'm sure he will be talking about this issue.
(h/t David Edwards for the video)