Josh Stieber, a former member of Bravo Company 2-16, the military unit that carried out the 2007 helicopter massacre of Iraqi civilians, refused to tell Amy Goodman on Democracy Now who the voices behind the “permission to engage” were.
AMY GOODMAN: So who are those voices that you recognize that say, “Yes, you’re clear to fire”?
JOSH STIEBER: Different leaders of various rank in my company.
AMY GOODMAN: Do you know any of their names?
JOSH STIEBER: Yes. But—I mean, I think one of the things with this is that, again, the temptation can be to pinpoint this all on a few individual soldiers, and if we make a huge deal about the individual soldiers and don’t look at the larger military system, where, again, we’re hearing these things from the very beginning of basic training, then you might take your judgment out on a few individual soldiers—
AMY GOODMAN: Well, Josh, let me ask you—
JOSH STIEBER: —but it won’t change the process at all.
AMY GOODMAN: —let me ask you this question. The soldier that was asking for permission to take these kids to the US military hospital, who was denied permission, told to take them to an Iraqi hospital, which would probably not be as equipped, do you know that soldier?
JOSH STIEBER: Um, that one I’m not sure of. I’m not sure.
Stieber was part of a killing machine.
He now wants to be part of the Anti- killing machine but without revealing information that would stop future massacres.
It does not work like that.
Secretary Gates and his killers will silence him before he reveals any names.
His only safety is to tell everything fast, names and all and then he not worth killing.