U.S. Pays For Afghan Massacre -- $50,000 Per Victim...

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    More of your Tax Dollars at work. And the saddest part is, no amount of your Tax Dollars & apologies can ever make this right. So why are we still in Afghanistan?


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    The United States has paid $50,000 in compensation for each Afghan killed in the shooting spree attributed to a U.S. soldier in southern Afghanistan, an Afghan official and a community elder said Sunday.

    The families of the dead received the money Saturday at the governor's office, said Kandahar provincial council member Agha Lalai. Each wounded person received $11,000, Lalai said. Community elder Jan Agha confirmed the same figures.

    They were told that the money came from U.S. President Barack Obama, Lalai said.

    A U.S. official confirmed that compensation had been paid but declined to discuss exact amounts, saying only that it reflected the devastating nature of the incident. The official spoke anonymously because of the sensitive nature of the subject.

    A spokesman for NATO and U.S. forces declined to confirm or deny the payments, saying that while coalition members often make compensation payments, they are usually kept private.

    "As the settlement of claims is in most cases a sensitive topic for those who have suffered loss, it is usually a matter of agreement that the terms of the settlement remain confidential," Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings said.

    Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is accused of sneaking out of his base before dawn on March 11 then creeping into houses in two nearby villages and opening fire on sleeping families within.

    It was not immediately clear how much money had been paid out in all. Afghan officials and villagers have counted 16 dead - 12 in the village of Balandi and four in neighboring Alkozai - and six wounded. The U.S. military has charged Bales with 17 murders without explaining the discrepancy.

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    Of which you can be virtually guaranteed that in less than 24hrs. the $50k was taken from the family members by either Afghan officials or worse - Taliban.
     
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    I agree no amount will bring them back and it was not right to take those lives, but its also wrong to compensate families.
    In that respect we have spent billions and thousands of lives some killed for no reason like in the quran incident so does that mean we are prepaid for future killings? I mean come on its stupid shit like this that opens up stupid arguments.
     
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    We pay the taliban too
     
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    How do we leave in a matter of days, weeks or months?
     
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    On MSNBC's 'Up' with Chris Hayes this morning, he put up on the screen, and read, the names of the Afghanis who were killed.
     
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    MSNBC seems to want a conviction without a trial.
     
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    What makes you say that?
     
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    This was a terrible decision - where is the reparations for the 60 US/NATO troops murdered by afghan soldiers?

    When is afghan going to reimburse the US and West for the billions spent trying to turn that wasteland into a real country?
     
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    Showing pictures and names just as the accused is charged.
     

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