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    Ex-Marine charged in killings is new NC vets chief
    RALEIGH, N.C. — A former U.S. Marine lieutenant who faced murder charges for shooting a pair of unarmed Iraqis has been named as the new director of the N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs.

    Ilario Pantano will start his new state job Sept. 5 and be paid an annual salary of $90,000.

    In 2004, Pantano was charged by military prosecutors with two counts of murder over the killings in Iraq. A Marine general later ordered the charges dropped. Pantano said he viewed the unarmed men as a threat. ...

    While in Iraq in 2004 as a second lieutenant, Pantano's infantry platoon stopped two men and searched their car. Pantano ordered the unarmed prisoners' handcuffs removed, after which he says they made a threatening move. Pantano shot them, unloading a full 28-round magazine. He then reloaded and fired another full clip.

    According to witness testimony later collected about the incident, Pantano hung a sign near the Iraqi's bullet-riddled bodies that read "No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy," a slogan used at the time by Marines in Iraq.

    You know... I was willing to read about how the situation unfolded for him, and how there were lots of conflicting and confusing things happening and whatever. But then I got to the part about unloading 28 rounds on two men, then reloading and firing 28 more rounds. Then he put a sign on them and took a photo. Like a tourist or something.

    This is repulsive. He's there because he's TeaBagger.

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