Here is an AP report (via Stars and Stripes) on the charges served today on SSGT Bales for the shooting deaths of 17 Afghan civilians and attempted murder of 6 others.  NYT coverage here.  Will try to update with a copy of the charge sheet when it is available.

[Update]  USFOR-A press release here.

11 Responses to “17 Counts of PreMed Murder and 6 Counts Attempted Murder for SSGT Bales”

  1. stewie says:

    I know you blanked it out to protect their identity, but as to preferral, not exactly a plethora of JA O4s at Fort Leavenworth.

  2. stewie says:

    I meant to say Fort Lewis. Oops.

  3. Lieber says:

    Battalion and company commanders are pretty identifable too (and most of the Afghan civilians have had their names published)…but that’s the way PAO does it (or how they interpret the Privacy Act anyway…)

  4. Dew_Process says:

    Interesting that there’s no charge for violating G.O. # 1.

  5. Atticus says:

    Am I the only one who thinks it a bit strange in the reports that say he just waltzed off the base twice by himself?  Anyone ever been in a deployed combat environment where you could just open the gate and walk out by yourself, armed to the teeth (or otherwise)?

  6. stewie says:

    It’s also possible he tango’ed out.

    In seriousness, it is weird, but I doubt it impossible. It would only require a minor lack of dilligence/security or a friend/accomplice.

  7. Phil Cave says:

    Could his ability to get of base all kitted out in full battle rattle, trek a mile or so (even once) at night in arguably hostile terrain, avoid detection going and coming, etc., be relevant on premeditation?

  8. anon says:

    I’m interested to see (18 months from now) exactly what confession SSG Bales made, whether it was prompted by questions from the guard, if the accounts of a video showing SSG Bales exiting and leaving the FOB show his face.  Considering the various eyewitness accounts of one gunman, multiple gunmen, the involvement of a helicopter, etc…, this could be a difficult case to prosecute. 

  9. Soonergrunt says:

    I was member of an embedded training team in Afghanistan my last deployment before retirement.  We were co-located with SF teams both rotations that we were forward for any substantial length of time.  In one case, we were based next to them, but not inside their perimeter, with the ANA unit to which we were attached, and the other time, in a different location, they had their camp inside our perimeter, but separate from ETT.  In both cases, we were small installations of fewer than 20 Americans total between SF and ETT, and it was not remotely unusual for Americans to exit the perimeter in pairs to patrol the perimeter or set up OP/LP.  Singles going out was not frequent, but it did happen at the concentric camp.  We had ANA on the outer perimeter, and they would pretty much allow US pax to come and go at will.  In the camp where we were side by side with SF, they had local contractors on their gate, and we came and went through that gate in singles all the time as did they.

  10. Lieber says:

    Yes, it’s possible at a small installation of this sort.  Heck, a couple years ago 2 Army female LT’s were caught sneaking from KAF through the perimeter to a separate SF camp. 

    As for the various Afghan accounts of helicopters and multiple soldiers, sure sounds like the search party and/or medivacs….