Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Worst. Idea. Ever.

From the BBC:
US Army snipers in Iraq are ordered to "bait" areas with explosives and ammunition and then kill whoever picks them up, according to court documents.
"Basically, we would put an item out there and watch it," he said.

"If someone found the item, picked it up and attempted to leave with the item, we would engage the individual as I saw this as a sign they would use the item against US Forces."
Within months of the "baiting" programme being introduced, three snipers from Capt Didier's platoon, which was attached 1st Battalion of the 501st Infantry Regiment, were charged with premeditated murder after using "drop items" to make shootings appear legitimate, according to the Post.

What is this, Operation Elmer Fudd?

I'm sure it's been asked already, but if you were walking down the street and saw a cartridge of bullets on the ground, what are the chances you would pick it up?

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