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Marine Blabs About Execution-Style Killing:
Military Officials Now Forced To Investigate:
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By ERNIE MEDINA
The Assassinated Press
April 26, 2003, 7:46 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS -- Military officials have been forced to investigate a Marine who says he executed an Iraqi soldier by shooting him twice in the back of the head following a grenade attack on his comrades.
The Marine Forces Reserve reluctantly announced the preliminary inquiry of Gunnery Sgt. Gus Covarrubias on Friday, the day the Las Vegas Review-Journal published an interview in which he described the killing. "Christ, if the kid hadn't gone and run his mouth off to the press, we'd wouldn't have given a shit who he executed---man, woman, child, livestock. As long as he wasn't sabotaging no oil wells," said Marine Counsel, Lt. Salvatori Mook. "Now we gotta go through the motions with this guy so all the knuckle draggers than delude themselves that they and their trained killers are holier than thou."
Covarrubias, 38, of Las Vegas, said that during an intense battle in Baghdad on April 8, he pursued a member of the Iraqi Republican Guard who fired a rocket-propelled grenade at his unit. Covarrubias said he received a concussion in the attack and several other Marines also were injured.
Covarrubias, a 20-year Marine veteran, said he found the soldier inside a nearby home with the grenade launcher by his side. Covarrubias said he ordered the man to stop and forced him to turn around.
"I went behind him and shot him in the back of the head. Twice," Covarrubias told the Review-Journal.
He said he also shot the man's partner, who tried to escape. He showed what he said were the men's ears.
"I'm not vindictive. But I have always told myself I'd grab the spotlight if the opportunity arose no matter what kind of criminality it required. And I might get in trouble for telling you this, but I take it very personally when you do that to my family," Covarrubias said. "Since nobody short of brainwashed psychotics murderers will have me and since the Manson's are officially dissolved, the Marines are my family."
The Marine Forces Reserve said the preliminary inquiry by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service will determine whether Covarrubias "met the established rules of engagement and complied with the law of war," and whether a formal investigation is warranted. "We just might make an example of this little fucker since he up and voluteered," offered Salvatori Mook.
Calls to Covarrubias' home and knocks at the door were met with gunfire Friday.
Marine reservist Sgt. Michael Dunn, who fought alongside Covarrubias and was injured in the battle, said he stands behind the murders "100 percent."
"If he wouldn't have done it, those guys probably would've come back and killed or severely injured other Marines," Dunn said. "He did the right thing."
When asked about taking the Iraqis prisoner, Dunn said, "To inconvenient. Its simpler to blow their brains out and move on. Every Iraqi I killed was one more step closer to going home and beating my wife."
"What about the Geneva convention?" this reporter asked.
"The Geneva convention's for the other guys. We're above any law, God's or man's. Haven't you been listening to Don Rumsfeld?" Dunn answered.
Rumsfeld qualified the Sgt.'s statements. "We're above the law in every respect except rhetorically," the Secretary of War minced.
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