The MOD and Pentagon have been unhelpful in the Inquest into a blue on blue US A10 attack on a British convoy in 2003, in which a British soldier died. Now, the cockpit video has come to light, but the US claim that it contained information about operations is rubbish. The A10, and its gun, is ancient. It is not cutting-edge technology.
Military authorities should co-operate with inquests, but foreign personnel should also be immune from prosecution in this country when doing so. I say this because our soldiers should equally be immune from prosecution in other countries.
Incidents like this should always remain military matters in the country the personnel came from. This is to protect the personnel from politically motivated retribution, and from civilian courts who do not understand matters military. But having said this, military authorities have got to be seen to do the job right.
© Anthony North, Feb 2007