On Saturdays, the front page of the Washington Post often features stories and pictures of a kind not set so boldly before its powerful readers on other days of the week. Today: the massacre in Haditha.
The Post acquired the Naval Criminal Investigative Service report that led to the recent charges of murder and coverup against eight Marines.
One major revelation is that Sgt. Frank Wuterich, the squad leader, was the one who shot the five men who had the misfortune to arrive on the scene in a taxi just after a roadside bomb killed a Marine and wounded two others. The screaming squad members ordered them out, and Wuterich shot them one by one "as they stood, unarmed, next to the vehicle approximately ten feet in front of him."
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