On CNN, congressman accuses Pentagon of trying to cover up Iraq massacre

Published: Tuesday May 30, 2006

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Congressman Jack Murtha (D-PA) today accused the Pentagon of covering up the alleged murder of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq on CNN's Situation Room. An excerpt of the transcript follows; click to watch video.

CONGRESSMAN JOHN MURTHA (D-PA): "Well, what I worry about Wolf is [that] this happened six months ago and you heard nothing about it. As a matter of fact, the original story was that an [improvised explosive device] killed these 15 people. It became very confusing to the public. Time Magazine came out with an article and they still tried to cover it up.

"Now, there were payments made to victims which aren't made unless we kill them one way or the other. And secondly, they knew about it the day afterwards...

"And the longer it goes the worse it is for us, because it looks like it's our policy to do something like this...

"This helps [al Qaeda] recruit terrorists."