US investigation suggests Tongan sold...

US investigation suggests Tongan soldiers wrongly accused

There are 14 comments on the Matangi Tonga story from Oct 8, 2013, titled US investigation suggests Tongan soldiers wrongly accused. In it, Matangi Tonga reports that:

Marines were angered by allegations first published in The Washington Post in April that troops from the Pacific island of Tonga were known to fall asleep while on post in the towers at Bastion.

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“Fight For Democracy in Tonga!!”

Since: Sep 10

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#1 Oct 9, 2013
US investigation suggests Tongan soldiers wrongly accused
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 16:21

Nuku'alofa, Tonga

US Marines were angered by allegations first published in The Washington Post in April that troops from the Pacific island of Tonga were known to fall asleep while on post in the towers at Bastion. However, a US Central Command Memo has found that there was no evidence to suggest that was the case the night of the attack by Taliban insurgents in September 2012 on Camp Bastion, Afghanistan.

In fact, the Tongan guards had different guard procedures than the Marines and Tower 17, the one nearest to the breach point that had guards, did not have a good vantage point of it, according to a report in the Marine Corps Times. It states these are among the details outlined in a 32-page U.S. Central Command memo released by the military after Commandant Gen. Jim Amos announced September 30 that two of his general officers had been found at fault for allowing the attack to occur.

The Centcom memo was signed August 19 by Army Lt. Gen. William Garrett and Marine Maj. Gen. Thomas Murray, who oversaw the investigation. It includes a number of relatively unknown details about the attack, including the role of the Tongans.

The memo stated that “Tower 16, which is approximately 150 [meters] southwest of the breach point, was unmanned based upon the tower manning rotation set by the UK commander responsible for force protection on Camp Bastion.”

Tower 17, the one nearest to the breach point that had guards, did not have a good vantage point of it. It would have been “difficult to observe an approaching attacker who was attempting to conceal his movement, even on a night with better illumination, and even if the guard was constantly scanning back and forth with a night-vision device,” the generals found.

Tongans on point

Marines were angered by allegations first published in The Washington Post in April that troops from the Pacific island of Tonga were known to fall asleep while on post in the towers at Bastion. However, Garrett and Murray found that there was no evidence to suggest that was the case the night of the attack.

“The Tongan guards had different guard procedures than the Marines, and they stayed in the towers for longer periods of time,” Garrett and Murray said in an executive summary of their investigation.

“Typically, two Tongans were on duty in the top of the tower, and two Tongans were off-duty in the bottom of the tower, which also served as their living and sleeping area,” they continued.“Marines typically ran on the gravel road near the Camp Bastion towers, so Marines without knowledge of the living and working arrangement in the guard towers may have misinterpreted and misreported what they observed the Tongans doing in and around the lower level of the towers.”

The investigation found that top commanders at Bastion and Leatherneck knew of the concerns about the Tongans but were not concerned because they were aware of their working arrangements in the towers.

Dan Lamothe a staff writer at the Marine Corps Times reports new details of the attack. See: 10 new details about the deadly attack on Camp Bastion

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“Fight For Democracy in Tonga!!”

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#2 Oct 9, 2013
Tongan soldiers don't want to be bullied by the imperialists Americans
. They run their own race, and keep themselves safe
let's congratulate our countrymen
in looking after themselves
and not killing
Muslim people
let the message go forward to all Moslems out there; but the Christian Tongans are not their enemy
, the enemy is the American imperialist system
which is quietly going into its terminal stages
. Good night and good luck
Sasa

Caroline Springs, Australia

#3 Oct 9, 2013
is this the sbs siko bull shiti version ?.....make your mind up goddamit lol
Sasa

Caroline Springs, Australia

#4 Oct 9, 2013
boruone77 wrote:
Tongan soldiers don't want to be bullied by the imperialists Americans
. They run their own race, and keep themselves safe
let's congratulate our countrymen
in looking after themselves
and not killing
Muslim people
let the message go forward to all Moslems out there; but the Christian Tongans are not their enemy
, the enemy is the American imperialist system
which is quietly going into its terminal stages
. Good night and good luck
.......u go sleep gather up more information , very interesting , r u toga?

raider4life

Since: Dec 12

Honolulu, Hi

#5 Oct 9, 2013
boruone77 wrote:
Tongan soldiers don't want to be bullied by the imperialists Americans
. They run their own race, and keep themselves safe
let's congratulate our countrymen
in looking after themselves
and not killing
Muslim people
let the message go forward to all Moslems out there; but the Christian Tongans are not their enemy
, the enemy is the American imperialist system
which is quietly going into its terminal stages
. Good night and good luck
more crap from count crapula...we kill terrorist Taliban scum of the earth who wouldn't hesitate to shoot your Christian a$$ just for not covering your girly face....hihihihi...goodnight you good for nothing
bootcamp

Palo Alto, CA

#6 Oct 9, 2013
Next time dig a fox hole so you can sleep better! Don't sleep on the bottom for it is part of the watch tower! I want to smack your commander.'Ofa atu.
stopit

Australia

#7 Oct 9, 2013
bootcamp wrote:
Next time dig a fox hole so you can sleep better! Don't sleep on the bottom for it is part of the watch tower! I want to smack your commander.'Ofa atu.
2 commanders were released,when you go on a mission,you adapt and improvise...meaning you sleep anywhere,its not meant to be a hotel or barracks with beds...you can dig a hole and hide there till the war is over if you want hihi
sasa

Caroline Springs, Australia

#8 Oct 9, 2013
look, all they had to do is go on topix while they work , like me , keeps me awake till my shift is done ....
sasa

Caroline Springs, Australia

#9 Oct 9, 2013
stopit wrote:
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2 commanders were released,when you go on a mission,you adapt and improvise...meaning you sleep anywhere,its not meant to be a hotel or barracks with beds...you can dig a hole and hide there till the war is over if you want hihi
i would shoot my partner to see if my bullets are real, so don't go to war with me ok toko lol
jestr

New Zealand

#10 Oct 9, 2013
sasa wrote:
look, all they had to do is go on topix while they work , like me , keeps me awake till my shift is done ....
Must be boring watching potential patrons skip you in your high heels..and it aint the heels they not interested mate LOL it might be the fact you a chubby 1 foot koala LOL
Toni

United States

#11 Oct 11, 2013
I don't care what anybody says. I'm proud of our young men. They put their life on the line for others. They serve with integrity and honor. They represent their country honorably.
The system fail them.
Thank you for your service. Keep up the good work. Please cme home safe.
Sasa

Preston, Australia

#12 Oct 16, 2013
Toni wrote:
I don't care what anybody says. I'm proud of our young men. They put their life on the line for others. They serve with integrity and honor. They represent their country honorably.
The system fail them.
Thank you for your service. Keep up the good work. Please cme home safe.
......send them your blankie toni (girly name ) lol
Toni

United States

#13 Oct 24, 2013
Sasahomo go [email protected] yourself. TONI is a manly name. If you understand Tongan language you would understand that there is no Y in the alphabet. I'm a man's man you fag bitch. Who the hell are you UFA? Go to your kefe forum and leave us real Tongan alone. We do not need your useless comments.

raider4life

Since: Dec 12

Honolulu, Hi

#14 Oct 24, 2013
Toni wrote:
Sasahomo go [email protected] yourself. TONI is a manly name. If you understand Tongan language you would understand that there is no Y in the alphabet. I'm a man's man you fag bitch. Who the hell are you UFA? Go to your kefe forum and leave us real Tongan alone. We do not need your useless comments.
you right toni manly like my favorite singer toni braxton......hihihihihihi

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