‘Lemieux, I Think Your Views On This War Are Affecting Your Reports’
Sgt. Lemieux related an incident to Congress that I don’t recall him saying at Winter Soldier in March, though my memory could be faulty and I don’t have my March notebook on-hand. He said that in one awful early 2006 day in Tamim, U.S. Marines responded to minimal sniper fire with massive amounts of ammunition. A group of Marines received “four rounds of poorly-aimed enemy fire,” and returned it with “thousands of rounds” of grenade, machine gun and rocket fire “all into an area of Tamim known to be owned and occupied by local civilians.”
Lemieux conducted the after-action investigation. When he showed an account to his chain of command matching the description he just gave to Congress, Lima Company’s executive officer told him, “Lemieux, I think your views on this war are affecting your reports.” After arguing with the Lemieux, who stood by his investigation, the officer said, “We can’t send a report to battalion telling them we expended all this ammunition in response to four rounds.” Then the officer falsified the report “at my intelligence computer,” Lemieux testified.