Panel seeks Marine’s ouster in scandal

QUANTICO, Va. — A US Marine Corps panel is recommending an officer be forcibly discharged for failing to supervise a group of snipers who posed for a video while urinating on the corpses of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

The panel of three colonels issued its ruling Thursday against Captain James V. Clement after a three-day hearing at Marine Corps Base Quantico. The panel found Clement’s performance of duty was substandard. Two lieutenant generals will now review the recommendation and determine whether Clement should be given an honorable discharge.

The video widely viewed on YouTube shows four Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., in full combat gear urinating on the bodies of three Afghans in July 2011. One Marine looks down at the bodies and says, ‘‘Have a good day, buddy.’’


It took place during a counterinsurgency operation in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province and drew outrage in the Middle East and international condemnation.

Associated Press