Michael Needham tells how his son, John Needham, joined the army, was stationed with the 2-12 unit known as "The Lethal Warriors" in Al Doura, a suburb of Baghdad, and how John became disillusioned, not only with the war, but with the actions of his unit.
If you only have time to watch one show in this series on John Needham. This is the one to watch to best understand what he went through in Iraq.
Michael Needham tells about atrocities his son, John, witnesses in Iraq, about how the situation for John in his unit gets worse and worse and how Michael is finally able to help his son, at least temporarily.
Michael Needham discusses roadblocks to getting care for his son, combat veteran, John Needham. As John finally receives treatment at Walter Reed, he is forcibly removed against medical advice, by armed guards under orders from LTC Stephan Michaels, Battalion Commander 2-12. John is taken back to Fort Carson where he is declared "Fit for Duty" despite serious physical, mental and emotional wounds. Veteran Advocate, Andrew Pogany, intervenes to assist John's father ensure that he gets treatment. John reveals atrocities committed in Iraq by the Lethal Warriors.
Michael Needham shares the unfortunate story of his son, John Needham, after he was put on out-patient care by the VA. He discusses John's subsequent arrest six weeks after discharge for the killing of his girl friend, Jacque Villagomez, and John's own death on February 19th, 2010. John, again was receiving out-patient medical care administered by the VA.
WARNING: Graphic and disturbing photos between 38:40 and 40:45.
U.S. Army Ranger John Needham, who was awarded two purple hearts and three medals for heroism, wrote to military authorities in 2007 reporting war crimes that he witnessed being committed by his own command and fellow soldiers in Al Doura, Iraq. His charges were supported by atrocity photos which, in the public interest, are now released in this video. John paid a terrible price for his opposition to these acts. His story is tragic.
CBS reported obtaining an Army document from the Criminal Investigation Command suggestive of an investigation into these war crimes allegations. The Army's conclusion was that the "offense of War Crimes did not occur." However, CBS also stated that the report was “redacted and incomplete; 111 pages were withheld.”
This video is placed with the context of Vice President, Dick Cheney, insistence that this nation's efforts "must go to the dark side;" which included ignoring the Geneva Conventions.
John's story is told, here, by his father, Michael Needham. It is produced in the spirit of the public interest and towards promoting justice and the rule of law.
Written, directed, and produced by Cindy Piester