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February 18, 2005

Update on Marine Lt. Ilario Pantano

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

HysciencePowerline  , and others have reported on the case of Marine Lt. Ilario Pantano, who was charged by the U.S. military with murder. He killed two Iraqis who, according to his lawyer, threatened him after he stopped them when they were fleeing from a house where bomb-making equipment was found. Powerline has noted that Lt. Pantano's mother has set up a web site called Defend the Defenders.

This morning the Washington Times reported that Lt. Pantano and his mother have come under attack from Islamic militants apparently headquartered in Pakistan:

Retired Marines set up a security watch yesterday around the North Carolina home of accused 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano, after a Pakistan-connected Web site depicted a beheading of the Marine Corps officer.

"It's a show of solidarity for Pantano," Charles Gittins, his civilian attorney, said of the former Marine volunteers. Mr. Gittins said Lt. Pantano has been charged unfairly with premeditated murder by the Corps at Camp Lejeune, N.C., arguing that he killed two Iraqi insurgents in self-defense.

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Posted by Hyscience at February 18, 2005 12:21 AM



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