Eight Marines were charged Thursday in the massacre of 24 Iraqi civilians in the town of Haditha last year. At least two were charged with murder. Some of those charged were officers who were not there but were accused of failures in investigating and reporting the deaths.
The highest ranking defendant, Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani, was accused of failing to obey an order or regulation, encompassing dereliction of duty.
It's a sad, sad story. When Murtha ever discusses issues about the military---you can be sure that he's getting his information from the military. He was ridiculed by the right for bringing this story to light, but the reason is obvious.