Veteran Who Killed Unarmed Iraqis Wins Tea Party Support

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Ilario Pantano (Ilario Pantano personal collection, CC)

Ed Pilkington writes in the The Guardian:

The basic facts are undisputed: on 15 April 2004 Ilario Pantano, then a second lieutenant with the US marines, stopped and detained two Iraqi men in a car near Falluja.

The Iraqis were unarmed and the car found to be empty of weapons.Pantano ordered the two men to search the car for a second time and then, with no other US soldiers in view, unloaded a magazine of his M16A4 automatic rifle into them, before reloading and blasting a second magazine at them – some 60 rounds in total.

Over the corpses, he left a placard inscribed with the marine motto: “No better friend, No worse enemy.”

Six years later Pantano is on the verge of a stunning electoral victory that could send him to the US Congress in Washington. He is standing as Republican candidate in North Carolina’s 7th congressional district, which was last represented by his party in 1871.

With the help of the right-wing Tea Party movement, and with the benefit of his image as a war hero acquired from what happened on that fateful day in 2004, he has raised almost $1m (£630,000) in donations and is now level-pegging with his Democratic opponent, Mike McIntyre.

“We are in complete contention. We are certainly neck-and-neck. And we are feeling terrific,” he said at a Tea Party rally outside Wilmington.

Pantano is one of the new breed of hardline Republicans thrown up by the turmoil of the economic meltdown and the ensuing Tea Party explosion. He served in the first Gulf war, then worked for Goldman Sachs before rejoining the marines days after the 9/11 attacks.

A few months after he killed the two unarmed Iraqis, a member of his unit reported him to senior officers and he was charged with premeditated murder. At a pre-trial military hearing, prosecution witnesses testified that the detainees, Hamaady Kareem and Tahah Hanjil, were unthreatening and that their bodies were found in a kneeling position having apparently been shot in the back.

You’ll have to forgive me if I disbelieve the defense.  Read more here.

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  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Not really that surprising…I’m pretty sure the entrance exam for the GOP is careful inspection to ensure the absence of a soul…and the exhibition of sociopathic, amoral behavior.To be fair of course, the entrance exam for the DNC is an oral exam…conducted in a quiet room, beneath the desk of the instructor…and a medical exam to ensure the presence of a brain…by proctological inspection.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    Not really that surprising…I’m pretty sure the entrance exam for the GOP is careful inspection to ensure the absence of a soul…and the exhibition of sociopathic, amoral behavior.To be fair of course, the entrance exam for the DNC is an oral exam…conducted in a quiet room, beneath the desk of the instructor…and a medical exam to ensure the presence of a brain…by proctological inspection.

  • Liam_McGonagle

    Yeah, I’m sure the G.I.’s still overseas are grateful for Pantano’s little parting taunt to the locals that he left on the corpses: “No greater friend. No worse enemy”. Now that Pantano himself is safely at home, anyhow.

    It’s assholes like this that are the Taliban’s greatest recruiting tool.

    Neither does it come as any surprise that he’s a Goldman Sucks alumnus.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, I’m sure the G.I.’s still overseas are grateful for Pantano’s little parting taunt to the locals that he left on the corpses: “No greater friend. No worse enemy”. Now that Pantano himself is safely at home, anyhow.

    It’s assholes like this that are the Taliban’s greatest recruiting tool.

    Neither does it come as any surprise that he’s a Goldman Sucks alumnus.

  • 5by5

    Disgusting. This fucker shamed his uniform and should be doing time in Leavenworth.

  • 5by5

    Disgusting. This fucker shamed his uniform and should be doing time in Leavenworth.

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