'Crazy' Sergeant Urged US Troops to 'Kill for Sport'

Army ignored warning about death squad team leader, say soldier's parents
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 28, 2010 3:36 AM CDT

Soldiers charged with murdering Afghan civilians for kicks are blaming a "crazy" sergeant that the parents of one said they warned the Army about. In a chilling videotaped interrogation, Corporal Jeremy Morlock recounts being ordered to kill civilians during heroin-, opium-, and hash-fueled raids. At one point, Sergeant Calvin Gibbs tossed a grenade at an unarmed civilian and ordered: "Wax this guy," Morlock recalled. "Gibbs had pure hatred for all Afghans and constantly referred to them as savages," he added in a statement. Another witness said that "if Gibbs knew that I was sitting in front of this camera right now, there's no doubt in my mind that he'd f***king take me out," reports CNN.

The family of another of the five soldiers charged with murder, specialist Adam Winfield, said he told his parents to report Gibbs because Winfield feared he'd be killed if he did, reports ABC News. The Winfields say they contacted six Army offices and their US senator, but nothing was apparently done about Gibbs." I said my son is in Afghanistan. There's a rogue sergeant out there apparently killing innocent victims," recounted Winfield's father, Christopher. He said one sergeant told him it's a "he said" situation and that nothing could be done. "I was floored," said Winfield. Army officials say they are investigating the Winfield's information. (More Jeremy Morlock stories.)

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