The U.S. soldier accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan villagers last weekend saw his friend’s leg blown off the day before the rampage, his lawyer said Thursday.
Seattle attorney John Henry Browne told The Associated Press that according to his client’s family, the suspect was standing next to another U.S. soldier when that soldier was gravely injured.
“We have been informed that at this small base that he was at, somebody was gravely injured the day before the alleged incident – gravely injured, and that affected all of the soldiers,” he said.
Meanwhile from ABC News:
Federal authorities have issued a warning there could be “acts of violence” in the homeland sparked by the recent massacre of 16 civilians in Afghanistan allegedly by an American soldier.
“The FBI and DHS [Department of Homeland Security] are concerned that this event could contribute to the radicalization or mobilization of homegrown violent extremists [HVEs] in the homeland, particularly against U.S.-based military targets which HVEs have historically considered legitimate targets for retaliation in response to past alleged U.S. military actions against civilians overseas,” the FBI and DHS said in a joint “awareness bulletin” to law enforcement agencies Wednesday.
And, incredibly, this is being pushed: