RESERVIST UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR CLAIMS IN IMAGE
Laura Bailey, Marine Corps Times, 4/9/04
An Islamic civil liberties group has called for a Pentagon
investigation into an apparent gag photograph of a Marine in Iraq
taken during the last year.
In the photo, a smiling Lance Cpl. Ted J. Boudreaux Jr. is
standing next to two Iraqi boys. All three have their thumbs up as
one of the boys holds a cardboard sign that reads "Lcpl
Boudreaux killed my Dad, th[en] he knocked up my sister!"
The photo has been circulating around the Internet for at least a
On April 2, a Muslim upset by the image e-mailed the photo to
the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations.
The organization, which describes itself as America's largest
Islamic civil liberties group, promptly issued a press release
calling for an investigation, said organization spokesman
"We're asking 'was it legitimate, what were the circumstances,
did this guy do these crimes or was it a joke?'" Hooper said April
In the April 2 release, the council called on the Defense
Department to take action "to let military personnel know that
such behavior harms America's image and will not be tolerated."
"If the United States Army is seeking to win the hearts and minds
of the Iraqi people, this is the wrong way to accomplish that
goal," stated council executive director Nihad Awad in the
Boudreaux is a reservist with Headquarters and Service
Company, 3rd Battalion, 23rd Marines, according to Capt. Jeff
Pool, a Marine Forces Reserve spokesman. The New
Orleans-based infantry unit deployed to the Kut area of Iraq in
May and returned home in mid-September.
Pool said the command began an investigation shortly after it
received the photo via e-mail several weeks ago.
Investigating officers have spoken with Boudreaux and are
working to determine whether the claims on the sign are true
and what, if any, charges to bring against him, Pool said.
Investigation results were not expected to be released for
another week or two, Marines Forces Reserve spokesman Capt.
Patrick Kerr said April 8.
One Arab-American Marine who teaches culture to fellow military
personnel called the photo "deplorable" and said such behavior
is a serious issue to be addressed.
Gunnery Sgt. Jamal Baadani, the president and founder of the
Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military, is on a
one-year tour in the Middle East. There, he gives cultural lessons
to newly assigned personnel and is Chief of Host Nation
Training Support Coordination.
"This picture and sign directed towards a Muslim family is
inexcusable," he said via e-mail. "Inexcusable because if this
lance corporal was given a basic class on Islam, he would have
known that remarks such as 'knocking
up' a Muslim Arab woman is not tolerated and violates the honor
of a Muslim woman and her family...
U.S. MUSLIMS SEEK PENTAGON PROBE ON IRAQ PHOTO