Published: January 11, 2012
The video, which was posted on YouTube and other Web sites, shows four men in camouflage Marine combat uniforms urinating over the bodies of three Taliban militants. One Marine jokes, “Have a nice day, buddy.” Another makes a lewd joke about a shower.
The Marines issued a statement saying that they had not verified the video’s origin and authenticity but that “the actions portrayed are not consistent with our core values and are not indicative of the character of the Marines.”
“This matter will be fully investigated,” the statement said.
A Pentagon spokesman, Capt. John Kirby, said the Defense Department was “deeply troubled” by the video. “Whoever it is, and whatever the circumstances — which we know is under investigation — it is egregious behavior and unacceptable for a member of the military,” Captain Kirby said.
In a letter to Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a Muslim civil rights group, called for the punishment of anyone guilty of desecrating bodies “to the full extent allowed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and by relevant American laws.”