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U.S. Soldier Who Killed 16 Afghans: 'I Became Callous To Them Even Being Human'

AP | Posted 06.07.2015 | Politics

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. soldier who murdered 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 says he had lost compassion for Iraqis and Afghans over the course of...

U.S. Soldier Sentenced To Life Without Parole For Afghan Massacre

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 10.23.2013 | World

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The U.S. soldier who massacred 16 Afghan civilians last year in one of the worst atrocities of the Iraq and Af...

U.S. Soldier Faces Victims Of Afghan Massacre

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 10.21.2013 | World

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — A brother of the U.S. soldier who slaughtered 16 Afghan civilians last year began making the case Wednesday fo...

U.S. Soldier Pleads Guilty To Afghanistan Massacre

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 08.05.2013 | World

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — The American soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, many of them women and children who were asleep i...

Soldier To Admit Afghan Massacre

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 07.29.2013 | World

SEATTLE — Staff Sgt. Robert Bales was "crazed" and "broken" when he slipped away from his remote southern Afghanistan outpost and attacked mud-w...

Afghans Tell Horrifying Details Of U.S. Soldier's Killing Rampage

AP | KATHY GANNON | Posted 05.16.2013 | World

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- Sitting on a dirty straw mat on the parched ground of southern Afghanistan, Masooma sank deeper inside a giant black shawl. H...

Army Seeks To Bar Mental Health Defense In Afghan Murders Case

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 03.19.2013 | World

SEATTLE — An Army staff sergeant accused of massacring Afghan civilians must undergo an official sanity review before a mental health defense ca...

Army To Seek Death Penalty For Soldier Accused Of Massacring 16 Afghan Villagers

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 02.18.2013 | World

SEATTLE — The U.S. Army said Wednesday it will seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a predawn ra...

Can Neuroscience Predict Human Behavior?

Judith G. Edersheim, J.D., M.D. | Posted 02.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith G. Edersheim, J.D., M.D.

In the years to come, neuroscience may evolve to yield solid predictions about how genetics and brain conditions can influence a specific individual's particular choices at particular times. But for now, the tools of neuroscience should not be accorded the deference of mathematical certainty.

Prosecutor: Blood Soaked U.S. Soldier's Clothes

AP | GENE JOHNSON | Posted 01.05.2013 | World

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — The caped figure on the surveillance video came running out of the darkness to the edge of a remote Army outpo...

Family Of Soldier Accused Of Murdering Afghan Civilians Gets Help

Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a congressionally chartered veterans group, is providing help for the family of Sgt. Robert Bales, the soldier charged...

Lawyer: Bales Remembers Smell Of Human Bodies, Gunfire

AP | MIKE BAKER | Posted 05.29.2012 | World

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians suffered a traumatic incident during his second tour in Iraq that triggered ...

Finding the Wisdom We Need to Survive

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

I'm far more interested in forgiveness than justice. I say this just to calm myself down after a morning of media overkill, so to speak. There are s...

A War's Premise Must Justify the Troops' Suffering

Carla Seaquist | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Clearly, the counter to "too many wars with too few soldiers" is fewer wars. And how do we reduce the number of wars America has been lurching into? By requiring far more stringent and sturdier premises for going to war.

Who's on Trial with Sergeant Bales?

John Graham | Posted 05.26.2012 | Politics
John Graham

Sgt. Bales should not go into the dock alone. Many of us should be there too, charged with willful ignorance, with acting as if war was not what it is -- a series of relentlessly horrific acts destroying bodies, psyches and souls.

Officials: Shooting Suspect Split Killing Spree

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.24.2012 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. investigators believe the U.S. soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians split the slaughter into two episodes, returnin...

VIDEO: Andrew Bacevich on Sgt. Robert Bales

Bill Moyers | Posted 05.23.2012 | Media
Bill Moyers

2012-03-23-Capture.JPG Does Robert Bales symbolize a larger problem in our military ranks?

Suspect In Afghanistan Shootings Charged With 17 Murders

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR and DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 05.23.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — Charges filed Friday against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales reflect the horror of the crime: 17 counts of premeditated murder, more t...

Afghanistan Shootings Raise Questions On PTSD

AP | JULIE WATSON | Posted 05.23.2012 | World

SAN DIEGO — It is still not known if the soldier accused of killing 17 Afghans was ever diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder – bu...

The Afghanistan Killings: Time for Self-Reflection

Rajan Menon | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
Rajan Menon

It's easy to express outrage and sadness over the Panjwai killings and to debate their cause. What's harder to do, but what we should do, is to reflect on ourselves in the light of what occurred.

Suspect In Afghan Shooting Massacre To Be Charged With 17 Counts Of Murder: Official

AP | PAULINE JELINEK and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 05.22.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales will be charged with 17 counts of murder, assault and a string of other offenses in the massacre of Af...

The Bad Apple

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The time has come to challenge the military at the level of its reason for being. The time has come to add up its suicides, its war crimes and the rest of its horrific legacy. How long can it survive an honest accounting?

Report: US Military Tried To Delete Accused Shooter From Internet

Posted 03.22.2012 | World

A report released Wednesday by McClatchy Newspapers claims that the United States military tried to remove references to Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the ...

Wife Of Suspected Shooter Speaks Out

Posted 03.22.2012 | World

The wife of the U.S. soldier who is suspected of killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan offered her condolences to the families of the victims. In a s...

Afghanistan Shooting Suspect Will Likely Avoid Death Penalty

AP | ANNE FLAHERTY | Posted 05.21.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the death penalty is possible if a U.S. military court finds an Army staff sergeant guilty of g...