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Marine Videotaped Urinating On Taliban Corpses Speaks Out (Video)

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Urinegate Marine Speaks Out

Staff Sgt. Joseph Chamblin was one of the four Marines videotaped urinating on Taliban corpses in 2011. Chamblin is now speaking out, defending his actions, and saying he would do it again if he had the chance.

In an interview conducted with WSOC-TV, Chamblin said the incident took place after fellow Marine Sgt. Mark Bradley was killed by an improvised explosive device. Days after Bradley's death, a gun battle lead to the death of several Taliban insurgents. When Chamblin and his comrades were ordered to recover the Taliban corpses, a spontaneous urge to deface the bodies took over:

"These were the same guys that were killing our family, killing our brothers. We're human... Wouldn't you want revenge?"

The four Marines were roundly criticized for their actions, by everyone from Afghan President Hamid Karzai to then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

Chamblin was court-martialed and pleaded guilty in December to dereliction of duty for not properly supervising junior Marines, and for "wrongfully urinating on a deceased enemy combatant," according to Reuters.

His punishment was a demotion and a $500 fine.

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Avatar for user 'HarryStreet'

HarryStreet | July 17, 2013 at 10:54 a.m. ― 1 year ago

You're not very smart for admitting you'd do it again. People who haven't experienced what you've gone through won't understand your explanation. Then there are people like Colin Powel who state, "The reason we respect our enemy's dead is because that's the kind of people we are." Do you recall how bin Laden's body was treated with respect? I'm sure plenty of people would've wanted to deface his body, too, but refrained. Think you're the only one whose fought and had bad experiences? Your explanation sounds more like belligerence. I hope you get the help you need so you can bring honor back to the Corps.

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Marshalldoc | July 17, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ― 1 year ago

Well Joe (if I may be so familiar), while you stand there defiantly with your d**k in your hand (not to mention your f**t in your mouth), please understand that you're behavior embarrassed the majority of the American public in the eyes of the world. What ever became of the vaunted 'warrior ethic' in which you treat the dead of both sides with equal respect? Oh yeah, let's see... they were killing your buddies with IEDs (can't imagine why they'd be upset with you hiding behind cover with sniper rifles picking off their family, friends & buddies from long-range... imagine that!). Still, your comments continue to exhibit the exceptionalism so endemic in our national discourse: That, somehow, you being there, killing Pashtun tribesmen who had nothing to do with 9/11 and can't even find Kabul on a map, never mind the U.S. or NYC, are somehow justified but that they, confronted by the overwhelming might of the U.S. military are somehow 'insurgents' for defending their homes against murderous invaders who invade their homes in the dead of night, kill their innocent family members, and even at times cut the spent rounds from their lifeless bodies to conceal their mistakes [http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/05/world/asia/05afghan.html]. Basically, what your high-school football field morality demonstrates is that America has lost both the battles for higher education and of morality. Great job, Joe!

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DrBen | July 17, 2013 at 4:17 p.m. ― 1 year ago

Since before the time of Aristotle, Western civilization has condemned the commission of indignities on the bodies of enemies killed in battle and required that their remains be treated with respect and accorded a decent burial.

This subject is discussed in the foundational work on international law _De Jure Belli ac Pacis_ (On the Law of War and Peace) that was published in 1625.

Once an enemy has died, there is no benefit to anyone in the continuation of any animosity toward a dead individual, even if the war is still ongoing.

"...all animosity against the vanquished and the dead must cease, because they have suffered the last of evils that can be inflicted. (...) If there have been struggles among the living, your hatred surely must be satisfied with the death of an adversary. For the tongue of strife is now silenced.
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"For the hand of death (...) has destroyed all enmity towards the fallen, and protected their bodies from all insult."

Today, that principle is enshrined in Rule 113 of the 4th Geneva Convention, to which the U.S. is a signatory.

Committing indignities on the dead is also prohibited by the military laws of several countries, including the U.S., Australia, Canada, Ecuador, Israel, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

A $500 dollar fine and reduction in rank was an insufficient punishment. He should have been dishonorably discharged.

He does not deserved to be called a Marine.

SEMPER FI

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andersonew | July 18, 2013 at 9:39 a.m. ― 1 year ago

The Taliban didn't kill your family or any Americans. Afghanis had nothing to do with any attacks on Americans in America. They only refused to co-operate with Bush until he showed them some evidence...

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moneil2012 | July 18, 2013 at 11:08 a.m. ― 1 year ago

Although it has got to be the most horrible thing to see your brothers (and sisters) killed or maimed in front of you and not want to react in a way that demoralizes the enemy, I think their actions did more harm to the entire Marine Corp than it did to the Taliban. I am not in the armed services but what I always thought made a Marine truly honorable is their brave defense of those who cannot defend themselves against tyrrany (whether they be from our country or another) while at the same time not lowering themselves to the same dirty tactics of the enemy. I think at the core of this is our failure as a society to provide our enlisted men and women a safe outlet to express their understandable horror, anger and resentment about what they see on the battle field.

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Missionaccomplished | July 18, 2013 at 11:55 a.m. ― 1 year ago

Excellent posts, Street Harry and Doc Marshall.

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surf4food | August 3, 2013 at 1:26 a.m. ― 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Well here is the thing Harry Street. People who have not he's gone through have an obligation to understand this point of view as if they have. Eff them if they don't. I have personal issues with people like that and I get pissed when they don't see things they way I do.

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