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KAFFEE
Lieutenant, in your opinion was Private Santiago a good Marine?
LT. KENDRICK
I would say he was about average.
KAFFEE
Lieutenant, you signed three Proficiency and Conduct reports on Santiago and in all three reports you indicate a rating of below average.
LT. KENDRICK
Yes, Private Santiago was below average. I did not see the need to trample on a man's grave.
KAFFEE
Well, we appreciate that but you are under oath now and I think as unpleasant as it may be we'd all just as soon hear the truth.
LT. KENDRICK
I am aware of my oath.
KAFFEE
Lieutenant, these are the last three Pro-Con reports you signed for Lance Corporal Dawson. Dawson received two marks of exceptional, however, on this most recent report dated June 9th of this year he received a rating of below average. It's this last report I'd like to discuss for a moment.
LT. KENDRICK
That would be fine.
KAFFEE
Lance Corporal Dawson's ranking following the school of infantry was perfect. Records indicate that more than half that class has been promoted to full Corporal while Dawson has remained a Lance Corporal. Was Dawson's promotion held up because if this last report?
LT. KENDRICK
I'm sure it was.
KAFFEE
Do you recall why Dawson was given such a poor grade on this last report?
LT. KENDRICK
I'm sure I don't. I have many men in my charge, Lieutenant. I write many reports.
KAFFEE
Lieutenant, do you recall an incident involving a PFC Curtis Bell who had been found stealing liquor from the Officer's Club?
LT. KENDRICK
Yes, I do.
KAFFEE
Did you report Private Bell to the proper authorities?
LT. KENDRICK
I have two books at my bedside, Lieutenant, the Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible. The only proper authorities I am aware of are my commanding officer Colonel Nathan R. Jessup and the Lord our God.
KAFFEE
At your request, Lieutenant, I can have the record reflect your lack of acknowledgment of this court as a proper authority.
CAPT. ROSS
Objection. Argumentative.
JUDGE RANDOLPH
Sustained. Watch yourself, Counselor.
KAFFEE
Did you report Private Bell to your superiors?
LT. KENDRICK
I remember thinking very highly of Private Bell, of not wanted to see his record tarnished by a formal charge.
KAFFEE
You preferred that it be handled within the unit.
LT. KENDRICK
Yes, I most certainly did.
KAFFEE
Lieutenant, do you know what a Code Red is?
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LT. KENDRICK
Private Santiago is dead, and that is a tragedy. But he is dead because he had no code. He is dead because he had no honor, and God was watching.
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KAFFEE
Lt. Kendrick, was Lance Corporal Dawson given a below average rating on this last report because you learned he had been sneaking food to Private Bell?
CAPT. ROSS
Object!
JUDGE RANDOLPH
Not so fast. Lieutenant?
LT. KENDRICK
Lance Corporal Dawson was given a below average rating because he had committed a crime.
KAFFEE
A crime? What crime did he commit? Lieutenant Kendrick? Dawson brought a hungry guy some food... what crime did he commit?
LT. KENDRICK
He disobeyed an order!
KAFFEE
And because he did. Because he exercised his own set of values. Because he made a decision about the welfare of another Marine which was in conflict with an order of yours he was punished. Isn't that right.
LT. KENDRICK
Lance Corporal Dawson disobeyed an order!
KAFFEE
Yeah, but it wasn't a real order, was it? I mean it's peace time. He wasn't being asked to secure a hill or advance on a beach head. Surely a Marine of Dawson's intelligence can be trusted to determine, on his own, which are the really important orders and which orders might, say, be morally questionable? Lieutenant Kendrick? Can he? Can Dawson determine on his own which orders he's going to follow?
LT. KENDRICK
No, he cannot.
KAFFEE
A lesson he learned after the Curtis Bell incident, am I right?
LT. KENDRICK
I would think so.
KAFFEE
You know so don't you, Lieutenant.
JUDGE RANDOLPH
Sustained.
KAFFEE
Lieutenant Kendrick, one final question. If you had ordered Dawson to give Santiago a code red...
LT. KENDRICK
[Interrupting, exasperated] I SPECIFICALLY ORDERED THOSE MEN NOT TO TOUCH SANTIAGO!
KAFFEE
...would it be reasonable to think he would have disobeyed you again?
CAPT. ROSS
Lieutenant, don't answer that!
KAFFEE
You don't have to, I'm through.
CAPT. ROSS
Lieutenant Kendrick, did you order Lance Corporal Dawson and Private Downey to give Willie Santiago a code red? [Kendrick initially refuses to answer, sensing he's been caught lying] Lieutenant Kendrick! Did you...
LT. KENDRICK
No, I did not!
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KAFFEE
Lt. Kendrick... can I call you John?
LT. KENDRICK
No, you may not.
KAFFEE
Have I done something to offend you?
LT. KENDRICK
No, I like all you Navy boys. Every time we've gotta go someplace to fight, you fellas always give us a ride.
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KAFFEE
Lieutenant, do you know what a code red is?
LT. KENDRICK
Yes, I do.
KAFFEE
Have you ever ordered a code red?
LT. KENDRICK
No, I have not.
KAFFEE
Lieutenant, did you order Dawson and two other men to make sure that Private Bell receive no food or drink except water for a period of seven days?
LT. KENDRICK
That is a distortion of the truth, Lieutenant, Private Bell was placed on barracks restriction, he was given water and vitamin supplements and I can assure you that at no time was his health in danger.
KAFFEE
I'm sure it was lovely for Private Bell. But you did order the barracks restriction, didn't you? You did order the denial of food.
LT. KENDRICK
Yes, I did.
KAFFEE
Wouldn't this form of discipline be considered a code red?
LT. KENDRICK
No.
KAFFEE
If I called the other 478 Marines from Guantanamo Bay to testify would they consider it a code red?
CAPT. ROSS
If it please the court, the witness can't possibly testify as to what 478 other men would say. Now we object to this entire line of questioning as argumentative and irrelevant badgering of the witness.
JUDGE RANDOLPH
The government's objection is sustained, Lieutenant Kaffee, and I would remind you that you are now questioning a Marine officer with an impeccable service record.
CAPT. ROSS
Thank you, Your Honor.
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LT. KENDRICK
I have two books at my bedside, Lieutenant: the Marine Corps Code of Conduct and the King James Bible. The only proper authorities I am aware of are my commanding officer, Colonel Nathan R. Jessep, and the Lord our God.