Skip to comments.SEALs Who Caught High-Profile Terrorist Now Face Court-Martial
Posted on 11/27/2009 8:32:10 AM PST by Irisshlass
The military is throwing the book at three terrorist-hunting Navy SEALs who captured one of the most wanted in Iraq.
It seems one of the commandos may have punched Ahmed Hashim Abed, who intelligence reports said planned the bloody ambush of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah, Iraq, five years ago.
Instead of plaudits, three SEALs face court-martial in January. And conservatives are expressing outrage to HUMAN EVENTS.
Abed, whom the U.S. command designated "Objective Amber," was nabbed in darkness Sept. 3 by a platoon of commandos from SEAL Team 10, based in Norfolk.
The next few hours proved a bit comical. The SEALS took him to an Iraqi police station to enter the country's judicial system. But when the higher-ups were notified, they told the sailors to get him back. He was too valuable. After hours of negotiations, the Iraqis gave him back and Abed ended up in a cell inside the U.S.-secured Green Zone.
Sometime along the way Abed alleged he was punched and showed a bloody lip to prove it.
The military is hypersensitive to any charge of prisoner abuse or any hint of a coverup. A SEAL officer immediately notified the chain of command. Next thing the SEAL platoon knew, they were writing out statements and being investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).
The SEALs were sent packing back to Norfolk. They will be arraigned next Monday and face separate special courts-martial. The case was first reported Tuesday by FoxNews.com.
Three other SEALs -- two officers and an enlisted man -- in the unit have given statements as witnesses. According to one statement obtained by Fox, the SEAL told investigators he looked in on the detainee and did not see any injuries.
The charges were brought by the commander of the special operations component of U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Fla.
The three SEALs charged:
Matthew McCabe, special operations petty officer second class (SO-2). Offenses: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee; making false official statement; and assault.
Jonathan Keefe, SO-2. Dereliction of performance of duty and making false official statement.
Julio Huertas, SO-1. Dereliction of duty; making false statement and impediment of an investigation.
The March 2004 Fallujah atrocity was a turning point in the war. Insurgents ambushed four Blackwater agents, all former commandoes. They died in a hale of gunfire and grenades. Insurgents then burned the bodies and dragged them through town. Two were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River, for the world media to see.
The gruesome picture was a wake up call to the U.S. military. It now knew it faced a vicious enemy able to spring attacks throughout the country.
Conservative bloggers are ridiculing the military for filing criminal charges against three brave warriors.
"Navy SEALs betrayed by our own government! Who will be next," one blared.
Another website said, "PC rubbish at its worst."
Elaine Donnelly, who heads the Center for Military Readiness and fights against a political corrected armed forces, said she is appalled.
This prosecution is a disturbing vision of the demoralizing legal entanglements that our soldiers will face in the future if they capture murderous enemies in a war zone," she told HUMAN EVENTS. "Now that the Obama Administration has decided to play along with terrorists who demand an undeserved show-trial in New York City, terrorists know exactly how to exploit for their own benefit military regulations as well as civilian law. The prosecuting authorities thoughtless lack of judgment in this case reminds me of the canary in the coal mine, an unmistakable sign of dangers to come."
Obama and Co don’t have any brains.
Hate to say it, but the SEALs deserve punishment if they acted unprofessionally in their duties. I just hope the guy resisted in order to justify the punch.
I wonder how many of our best and brightest in the military are going to simply say "f-this" and quit as soon as they legally can? Why put up with taking bullets for this country if the same country isn't going to back you up when you do right?
The inevitable result with the treasonous Kenyan Poseur and his policies is that no prisoners will be taken. This traitor muct be gotten out of office.
Insanity, this is pure insanity.
Sure they do, their own agenda. Calculated and planned.
Demoralization of the CIA and the Military!
So much for our security!
Sure they do, their own agenda. Calculated and planned.
Demoralization of the CIA and the Military!
So much for our security!
The guy hit his face against a bar on the Humvee and blamed it on the SEALs. Big deal.
These men have dedicated years of sweat and toil to this country and are repaid with our government taking the side of a terrorist that wants us DEAD against men that want our country’s enemies dead. We need to take this a****le and waterboard him until he forgets about that split lip and then tells us the Taliban’s and Al Qaeda’s attack strategy.
They should have killed the bastard and left it at that.
I suspect there is much more to this story than the folks who are telling the story are letting on. First clue, as always: we only hear one side of it, and from what I can tell from the coverage I’ve seen, all of the reports are third-hand at best.
These terrorists and our guys are both trained to hit their head against the wall and draw some blood to make it hard on the enemy. It is hard to have someone make a propaganda tape if he looks beat up.
It would be nice to have full information on this story ... we're only getting it from one side, though.
Please consider the problem the military now faces...if some dirt-bag is finally captured, all the dirt-bag has to do is slam his face into the nearest wall and claim he was “punched”.
This will immediately remove the highly trained, and highly skilled soldiers who arrested him from the area. Thus the other dirt-bags will have fewer adversaries chasing them and indanger the remaining U. S. Troops.
I’m sure the morons in charge of this idea will get a thank you card from the enemy for this latest gift.
Commanders lost their common sense. Remember a scene from the movie “A Bridge Too Far”. James Caan played this sergeant who brought his wounded lieutenant to an Army surgeon in a forward area hospital. The surgeon briefly looked at the wounded man and declared him dead. The sergeant did not agree so he went after the surgeon and forced him at gunpoint to examine the wounded officer again. This time the surgeon did a more thorough examination and discovered that the lieutenents pupils were still dilating, meaning he was still alive despite the head wound. The surgeon immediately beckoned his staff for surgery. The lieutenant survived. The sergeant offered to be arrested, and the surgeon a full colonel in rank called the MP. He told the MP’s that the sergeant threatened him with a pistol and will be arrested. The MP complied. The sergeant was about to resign to his fate, then the colonel told the MP to hold the sergeant for only 12 seconds and ordered them to release him. Surprised, the MP’s complied for 12 seconds and left. Technically the sergeant did break the rules, but the surgeon understood the field situation why the sergeant did what he did. So he opted to “enforce” the rules, and in his way apologized to the sergeant without destroying the discipline of chain of command. In the end the sergeant returned to the fighting and the surgeon took in the humbling lesson of the day. Hopefully officers like the surgeon still exists in our military.
This is sick....too many in leadership roles value the rights of Islamic Terrorists over the rights of our American servicemen
The courts-martial should be done on the military leadership that has zero backbone.
Bet that Michael Savage will be making an issue of this, and raising some money for their defense. Wish that other “conservative” hosts would do the same
After reading this I am convinced that we are past the point of no return folks. Political correctness has destroyed our nation.
Only a moron didn’t see this coming. The Zero’s policies clearly do not reflect the best interest of the old USA.
These guys refused a Captains Mast (Article 15) on advice of their attorney. They can win in a Courts Martial, but my guess is that the charges will be dropped before then.
A few days ago, when this was breaking, one poster here opined that this may be the military’s way of forestalling any public court (including the court of public opinion) of kangaroo-trialling these sailors. They would be advised by the military tribunal (privately) that they would not be harshly punished, and would subsequently be fined some trivial amount and/or “confined” to quarters on some particularly miserable winter weekend afternoon (probably during playoff season).
Eaxctly. Dead terrosists dont complain about split lips.
The way our military is treated in this war I wouldnt blame any of them if they just left post, and bought a ticket home on the first commercial flight.
There’s NO evidence that they acted unprofessionally. This terrorist could have smacked his face against the wall himself, or maybe he fought and they had to subdue him.
Notice the military automatically believes the terrorist and charges our own men. How putrid.
In 22 and a half years in the Navy, I never saw this paygrade...
In response to your comment I hate to say it but it is the thought process from people like you that the socialist communists use to try and tie the hands of our military behind their backs. This is an ungoing saga started in Viet Nam where the socialist politicians applied rules of engagement upon the military to turn them into world policemen. It all comes down to if you are going to fight a war and win, you fight the war. Use all tools and measures necessary to accomplish victory. If not you become the political paper tiger the Obama and the socialist communists would like our military to be in order to further their agenda. So the American people need to decide whether we are going to allow the communists in Washington to continue to degrade and humiliate our military while continuing to kiss the asses of the enemy that fill their coffers, or draw the line and demand victory.
Obama and Co dont have any brains
I know that we hated the libs blaming everything on Bush...is this paypack for eight years of blaming everything on Bush??? I wonder if Obama called the Commander and said book them!!! Remember it took 90 days to make a decision on whether to send more folks to Afganistan. I hardly believe he knew anything about this case until the media mentioned it. You give Obama too much credit.
Obviously you never severed. This is horse $hit. The SEALs are a military force and not a police force.
Looks like this administration is sending our sons and daughters into dangerous situations and then court marshaling them for doing their duty and/or defending themselves. This SUCKS!
“Hate to say it, but the SEALs deserve punishment if they acted unprofessionally in their duties. I just hope the guy resisted in order to justify the punch.”
When you start up the prosecution machinery against your own guys on so slight, so insignificant a thing as this then I’d say your tired of being a great nation.
Now they have a taste of what our government is all about. When those SEALS get out of jail, they should use their training to turn against the US Government.
This is fantastic anti-obama propaganda. Stories like this are the best thing that can happen...
Yah these young men have no jobs to come home to. The military is great - work with a team, top-notch equipment, a challenge. Plus training in use of lethal weaponry. We need our young trained like this. The PC wave has crested, imho, is now collapsing due to internal contradictions (as the marxists say). Be of good cheer. This is a cause celebre for us, the good guys!
Support our seals!
Sergeant Eddie Dohun was based upon the real-life SSGT Charles Dohun. Just parenthetically, it didn’t quite happen that way in real-life.
Special Ops 1, Special Ops 2??? I don’t know.
we’re only getting it from one side, though.
And what side is that?
“These guys refused a Captains Mast (Article 15) on advice of their attorney.”
The SEAL Code
Loyalty to Country, Team and Teammate
Serve with Honor and Integrity On and Off the Battlefield
Ready to Lead, Ready to Follow, Never Quit
Take responsibility for your actions and the actions of your teammates
Excel as Warriors through Discipline and Innovation
Train for War, Fight to Win, Defeat our Nations Enemies
Earn your Trident everyday
United States Navy SEAL
In times of war or uncertainty there is a special breed of warrior ready to answer our Nations call. A common man with uncommon desire to succeed.
Forged by adversity, he stands alongside Americas finest special operations forces to serve his country, the American people, and protect their way of life.
I am that man.
My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes that have gone before, it embodies the trust of those I have sworn to protect. By wearing the Trident I accept the responsibility of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn every day.
My loyalty to Country and Team is beyond reproach. I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans always ready to defend those who are unable to defend themselves. I do not advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions. I voluntarily accept the inherent hazards of my profession, placing the welfare and security of others before my own.
I serve with honor on and off the battlefield. The ability to control my emotions and my actions, regardless of circumstance, sets me apart from other men.
Uncompromising integrity is my standard. My character and honor are steadfast. My word is my bond.
We expect to lead and be led. In the absence of orders I will take charge, lead my teammates and accomplish the mission. I lead by example in all situations.
I will never quit. I persevere and thrive on adversity. My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight.
We demand discipline. We expect innovation. The lives of my teammates and the success of our mission depend on me - my technical skill, tactical proficiency, and attention to detail. My training is never complete.
We train for war and fight to win. I stand ready to bring the full spectrum of combat power to bear in order to achieve my mission and the goals established by my country. The execution of my duties will be swift and violent when required yet guided by the very principles that I serve to defend.
Brave men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed. I will not fail.
I sincerely doubt this terrorist came quietly. And if ONE Seal acted unprofessionally and punched the guy, I do not see the indictments against them as JUST punishment.
It seems to me that commanders are of the Wesley Clark, John Murtha, John Kerry persuasion, and are too quick to throw the book.
It would take more time and space than is available to tell you just how little I care if this thug got a belly punch and/or a split lip in the rough and tumble of capture.
Yeah! If this report is accurate, then the entire SEAL platoon was transfered back to Norfolk. This Jihadi couldn’t have done better if he’d had a grenade.
Just another tipping point.
The deconstruction of our military is appalling.shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
The Political Correctness in the military be it
Fallujah or Foot Hood
marks the downfall of this once Christian Republic.
YHvH come quickly for our salvation.
Leave the world to the it's prince: the Evil One.
Your statement reflects the epitome of cluelessness.
Professionalism for a warrior is to friggin KILL the enemy. As it is, they were probably having to follow inane orders that ultimately lead to the likes of KSM and crew being given a trial as if they were upstanding citizens.
We have become a country of wussies because of attitudes like this... the terrorists know it, and are laughing.
Exactly. You can go to any school yard and find someone with a fat lip. I got one or two and I gave several in return. This beyond belief.
My guess is that you have never been in combat.
Getting ridiculous. Rules of engagement now include giving the Miranda Warning and a Latte.
I would have joined this cause, but the author uses too much profanity. :(