Skip to comments.GOP Reps. Want Charges Dropped Against SEALs Accused of Abusing Terror Suspect
Posted on 03/04/2010 6:07:20 PM PST by La Enchiladita
Two Republican lawmakers are seeking to have charges dropped against three Navy SEALs facing court-martial for accusations of abusing a terror suspect arrested for an ambush killing of U.S. contractors in Iraq.
The SEALs -- Special Warfare Operators 2nd Class Matthew McCabe and Jonathan Keefe and Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Julio Huertas -- were part of a team that in September 2009 captured Ahmed Hashim Abed, the suspected plotter behind the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA contractors in Fallujah in 2004.
...Reps. Dan Burton, R-Ind. and Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif. held a news conference Thursday with McCabe and more than a dozen retired Navy SEALs and other special forces personnel.
"They did their job. It's our turn now," Rohrabacher said. "We've got to do our job, which is back them up and insist that this court martial be canceled."
"These people are laying their lives on the line every single day and they cannot go into a combat situation with kid gloves on," Burton added.
Burton and Human Events, a conservative publication, have gathered petitions with more than 150,000 signatures demanding that the charges be dropped against the men.
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
"The insanity could be stopped at any time, Puckett added. "This is a knee jerk reaction to their refusal to accept a lower form of discipline which would have ended their careers and would not have given them a fair hearing because guilt had already been established in the minds of senior people in the chain of command.
"There are so many ways in the military system to handle this short of court martial," he continued. "That's all we're asking."
Hate to say it, but even if the charges are dropped or they’re found not guilty at court-martial, their careers are still pretty much over.
I can’t properly express in words, how mad I am about this.
“Burton and Human Events, a conservative publication, have gathered petitions with more than 150,000 signatures demanding that the charges be dropped against the men.”
Please go to the link and sign petition. It’s the least we can do.
You can sign the petition — I posted link in my post 4.
Thanks, SmartInsight. I originally posted the link to the Human Events petition... a couple of months ago? But let’s get more signatures!!
This is an important story IMHO folks - the deliberate demoralization of the Best is the Commie-In-Charge (CIC) plan to destroy our military ASAP!
It goes deep, onyx, I know... too deep for words.
Adding insult to injury, rubbing salt in a wound, nah.
Not sufficient. Something in the chain of command that allowed these charges is very rotten.
It’s about time they come to the seals aid..Drop the charges!
Thanks La Enchiladita. This is the right thing to do — also a great approach for kicking the Demwits to the curb in November!
Way past time!!! Call your Representatives and demand that they join in on this!!! I called mine months ago!
I join you in my outrage that this national disgrace is taking place. Patriots in Arlington must be rolling in their graves at this diabolical outrage being perpetrated by Liberal sewer slime in office.
“vote # 123,117”
People are voting. Now it’s at:
Current Petition Signature Count: 123,142
I usually not much for signing petitions, but this is one petition that everyone must sign. The Seals capture a major terrorist and instead of medals and recognition, they are Court Martialed based on the lying statement of the terrorist — this is more than an outrage.
LINK TO PETITION (again):
Done. Thank you for posting this. Free the Seals!
I cant properly express in words, how mad I am about this.
I know how you feel...this is one of those news stories that i have to turn the channel or not read about...it effects me physically.
Yep. I read at SupportTheSEALs.com that just by being charged they will never get a decent assignment ever again. It is just disgusting.
Huertas served three tours in Afghanistan with mucho action and decorations. Now because of a hit to the gut of a mass murderer, America will lose a superior fighting man that we paid a fortune to craft and who put his life on the line. JAGs are sissy pricks, plain and simple. They need to be fired. (ex. Lindsay Graham was a JAG).
I think we have to remember that maintaining military discipline is supremely important. The article says only one of them was charged with assault. All three are charged with dereliction of duty and making a false official statement. I’m not sure what the dereliction of duty is about, but in the military, even more than civilian life, making a false official statement is a serious matter and cannot be excused or overlooked.
Thank you for posting the link to the petition.
I signed it early on. I see that others here have signed it.
I saw Matthew McCabe and his lawyer interviewed tonight.
He’s such a fine young man and patriot, my heart breaks.
Such a sickening outrage. Just unbelievable.
I feel the same way.
How about blaming those who would snub them without reason post-exoneration? I get sick seeing people sticking victim masks on Superman.
Your right, in today’s military people like Congressional Medal of Honor awarded Pappy Boyington would never have been allowed to become a 1LT. The warrior ethic is gone, replaced by managers ala the morons who lost Vietnam.
We do remember that maintaining military discipline is important. HOWEVER, matters can be handled with discretion OR with much publicity and fanfare. The latter was chosen for this case. Remembering that this is a time of war is also part of the military code.
Good for Burton and Rorbacher. There should be more of them making a big stink about this. Instead we get hidden language snuck into bills with criminal penalties for CIA interrogators who saved US lives.
What a screwed up country we have become.
Who turned these guys in?
Thanks! I wonder why they don’t name him.
And I wonder how we could find out!!
Probably the later information identifying the witness as a non Seal is correct.
They have not named him, I'm sure out of fear the general public or rest of the Navy will take revenge on him.
“HOWEVER, matters can be handled with discretion OR with much publicity and fanfare. The latter was chosen for this case.”
Chosen by whom? It seems to me the lawyers decided to try to win their cases in the court of public opinion, rather than in the courtroom.
The non-SEAL petty officer was the “snitch” or tale-bearer who carried the story to the “SEAL leader.” The charges were based on the snitch and the complaints of the heinous evildoer perp.
I hope his name comes out. It would only be fair.