By Liliana Segura, AlterNet. Posted May 20, 2008.

Angry vets testify to horrors of killing innocent people, and the way they came to dehumanize those they were supposedly sent to “liberate.”

“I was ordered multiple times by commissioned officers and noncommissioned officers to shoot unarmed civilians if their presence made me feel uncomfortable,” Sgt. Jason Lemieux told a panel of lawmakers last Thursday in a packed public hearing on Capitol Hill. “These orders were given with the understanding that my immediate chain of command would protect our subordinates from legal repercussions.”