A presumption of innocence: I’ll deliver your email to suddenly silent John Murtha

Updated: Latest emails added July 23, 2007, 5:20 a.m. EDT

If the lives and liberty of United States Marines were not at stake, Congressman John Murtha’s new found silence would be hilarious.

You know the story. On May 17, 2006 — to celebrate the 6-month anniversary of his first demanding a timetabled withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq — John Murtha held a press conference in D.C. and stated that Marines in Haditha had, “killed innocent civilians in cold blood.” Even before the preliminary investigation had been completed and before the Marines under investigation had a chance to defend themselves, Congressman Murtha used his office to inquire and publicly pronounced them guilty.

Last week, the investigating officer recommended that the charges against LCpl Justin Sharratt be dismissed, in his strongly worded official report:

Ultimately, there is only one statement by an eyewitness to the events, LCpl Sharratt, and his version of the events is strongly corroborated by independent forensic analysis of the death scene… From as early as February 2006 LCpl Sharratt’s statements are supported by the forensic evidence.

Congressman Murtha did not mention that at his May 17, 2006, press conference for the investigation had not run its course, that independent forensic analysis had not been conducted and compared to testimony. He just rushed to judgment and pronounced United States Marines ‘guilty’ under Jack Murtha’s law.

Here is the not funny part: on July 11, 2007, his office announced that, “Congressman Murtha doesn’t have a statement because the investigation is still ongoing.” Meaning of course, he cannot take the political risk of repeating his slanderous allegations of last year.

I want Congressman Murtha to apologize or resign. Actually, I want him to apologize and resign.

As I live nearby, I will visit Congressman Murtha’s district office in Johnstown the week of July 23, 2007.

Send me your emails and I will gladly deliver a paper copy of them while I am there.

The Gathering of Eagles folks have provided a place to post your emails online. No email addresses with be displayed yet please tell us your name and city and state.

Regardless of where you live, I welcome your comments. Did you know that if you live outside of his district, his official site will not accept them?

Please, CLICK HERE AND BE SUCCINCT AND CIVIL, while telling Congressman John Murtha how you really feel.

Eagles up!

Editor — See the posted emails by clicking here.

I have also received emails here and will include them on the letters site.

  19 comments for “A presumption of innocence: I’ll deliver your email to suddenly silent John Murtha

  1. George Samek, CW-3 US Army Retired
    July 23, 2007 at 3:14 pm

    As the proud son of a Marine Pvt. who died from combat wounds fighting in the Pacific during WW-2, I wish you say my Father weeps from Heaven to see you slander the USMC with unproven charges for you endless quest for political power, you are no Vietnam Brother of mine Jack, you are no Brother to anyone. I was told the USMC has a new class of Marine. This is a X-Marine.
    May the Marine Guard on duty at Heavens Gate close them when you at last stand to face all fallen Marines who will turn their back away from you.
    You have no pride, you have no heart & you have no honor.

    May you answer from Hell for you conduct.

  2. John Gallagher
    July 20, 2007 at 7:58 pm

    John Murtha

    I am writing to you to demand that you issue a televised public apology to L/Cpl Justin Sharratt and his family, and fellow Marines. You publicly slandered them, with out regard of due process. You proclaimed him guilty on TV in front of the entire world.

    I was taught that in America you were presumed innocent until proven guilty.

    It is clear from your actions that, you do not believe in this country’s laws, unless using them to suit yourself.

    Your hatred for our President is so plainly obvious, every time I have seen you on TV in the last few years. How could you to stoop so low, to use unsupported allegations about a unproven event in Haditha, order to move your political agenda forward.

    I find it hard to fathom that you, having served in the Marines, would do this to a fellow brother. How could you do this to your country? I can take no other conclusion that you wish America to be defeated in this war on terror.

    Your lies have disgraced your position in our government. You have dishonored the Marine’s. You have humiliated America.

    Give the Sharratt’s the apology they deserve, then resign from office, and go hand your head in shame.

    John Gallagher

  3. Scott
    July 20, 2007 at 1:47 am

    Mr Murtha,
    As a former serviceman don’t you realize that it is imperative to have a strong military to overcome the evil doers of the world. Without a strong military, the modern day “Huns and Vandals” will invade and tear apart our fine nation. Wake up and smell the coffee. Your efforts are destroying our military. I think its time for you to resign.

    -Scott

  4. Jane McCoy
    July 19, 2007 at 10:17 pm

    Congressman Murtha,

    You have betrayed our military. Resign NOW.

  5. Mike Blankenship
    July 19, 2007 at 11:35 am

    Mr. Murtha,
    You have disgraced yourself with your words and deeds while serving as a U.S.Congressman.

    No longer will the citizens of our country stay silent while Politicians such as yourself continue to undermine the Mission of our Military. The very mission all of you approved.

    To condemn the Haditha Marines in a public forum before knowing the facts was one of the most vile and disgusting things i have ever witnessed in an elected official.

    You should do the right thing and Resign Immediately!!

    Mike Blankenship
    Suffolk, Va.

  6. July 19, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Jack,your the biggest two-faced hiporcite in many of years.I’m very much ashamed to call myself a demorcrate,and how you and the rest of them can ridacule President Bush for not putting an end to the war in Iraq and bring our troops home,you would do nothing but sit on your ass behind your cozy desk and dig up dirt on OUR HEROS and try to place them all in front of a firing squad… You are no better then Chavez APOLOGIZE AND RESIGN!!!!!!

  7. Doug Wulf
    July 18, 2007 at 10:33 pm

    You call yourself a former Marine? You are nothing but a lily livered, yellow bellied, coward. You do not deserve to serve this country in the House, or Senate. Kindly remove yourself from your position and step in front of the first bus that comes your way.

  8. DON SULEY
    July 18, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    CONGRESSMAN MURTHA, as a Viet Nam vet-service I am extremely proud of -I’d/like to tell you of your personal cowardice concerning the Marines involved in Haditha and your unpatriotic, terroist enabling view of the Iraq war and war on terror- “IT’S JUST SLIGHTLY MORE THAN A “BUMPER STICKER”, Johnny!”For you to stand in the halls of congress before the worldwide media and convict these brave soldiers is as despicable as it gets! I had the good fortune of hearing former congressman Don Bailey point out your phony military history especially how you made derogatory comments about the reservists over the enlisted personnel.That showed a great amount of “maturity” on your part. At any rate-come next election-I will blog until my fingers fall off to alert the world as to the phony merits of John Murtha!!!! Tip for the day-beware of Arab men in business suits.

    Editor — I will add this to the emails with the next update.

  9. albert
    July 18, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Please publicly apologize to the great marines you slandered and serve your country honorably by resigning immediately!

  10. D J Sims
    July 17, 2007 at 11:16 pm

    Mr Murtha

    Your national behavior towards our Marines is despicable and unAmerican. Your public apology to these Heroes needs to be immediate and your public resignation from office needs to be sooner than later. You have blasted our Haditha Marines publicly with lies and no proof for any of your statements. You have filled wonderful Marine families with anguish and heartache let alone financial disaster. Please for once, do the right thing. RESIGN!!

  11. Chris
    July 16, 2007 at 9:08 am

    Dear Murtha,
    My son spent a year in Baghdad defending your worthless hide. For that you have tarred him with unspeakable slanderous lies.

    Many of our very best have given their precious lives in defense of the liberties that you sell so cheaply in order to further your own miserable and ultimately forgettable career.

    They will be remembered as they should be, with awe and admiration.

    When you finally die sir, it will only be noted that a petty, self absorbed and feeble minded wretched excuse for a man had finally stopped depositing soiled diapers in the public landfill.

    With all due respect (which is none).

    Father of an Iraq war veteran.

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