On Friday, Sep. 23, PFC Andrew Holmes received a seven-year sentence according to the Seattle Times, here, for his role in the 5th Stryker Brigade civilian killings in Afghanistan. The report states that Holmes was given a 15-year sentence by the military judge, which was reduced pursuant to a plea agreement. Holmes will get credit for 500 days of pre-trial confinement. Holmes apparently called his team leader, SPC Jeremy Morlock who was sentenced to 24-years in the killinga after agreeing to testify against his squad-mates, prior report here, a “psychopathic” during the course of the 2-day hearing.
This weekend’s Washington Times had this report with information on a DoD IG report on alleged Pentagon use of retired military officers as propagandists. The Times reports that the report “found no wrongdoing by Bush-era Pentagon officials when they gave war briefings to retired military analysts who served as TV and radio commentators.” The report is due out next week, according to the Times.