Bales hearing on Afghan killings a test for US military
Video links with civilians hint new accountability
The US military has been criticized for its spotty record on convicting troops of killing civilians, but a hearing against Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales involving a massacre in Afghanistan has shown that it isn’t like most cases. Prosecutors have built a strong eyewitness case against the soldier, with troops recounting how they saw Bales return to the base covered in blood. And in unusual testimony in a military court, Afghan civilians questioned via a video link described the horror.