Amos breaks silence on scout sniper scandal: ‘I never said I wanted them crushed’ || By Hope Hodge Seck | courtesy of the Milinet


Commandant Gen. Jim Amos, left, removed Lt. Gen. Thomas Walhauser, right, as the consolidated disposition authority for prosecuting the cases against Marines involved in videotaping themselves urinating on dead Taliban fighters. (Sgt. Michael Walters / Marine Corps)


The Marine Corps’ top general has ended his silence on accusations he abused his authority to ensure Marines were punished for an inappropriate war-zone video, vehemently denying in an interview with NPR that he told a subordinate general he wanted those embroiled in the scandal “crushed” and kicked out of the service.

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Jim Amos spoke to Renee Montagne of NPR’s Morning Edition during his visit to Los Angeles last week. During the interview, which aired Monday, Amos was asked about his involvement in the legal proceedings stemming from a YouTube video that shows four Marine scout snipers urinating on enemy corpses in Afghanistan.

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