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Case against 3 SEALs weakens
The Washington Times ^ | 3/29/2010 | Rowan Scarborough

Posted on 03/29/2010 6:07:43 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross

Cracks are beginning to appear in the military's prosecution of three Navy SEALs accused of striking a most-wanted terrorism suspect they had captured in Iraq.

Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland last week signed grants of immunity for five Navy colleagues of the accused.

Some of those five, three enlisted men and two officers, are expected at trial to flatly contradict the prosecution's key witness, according to a Navy source close to the case, which centers on the September 2009 capture of Ahmed Hashim Abed.

The witness, the master-at-arms at the base in Anbar province where the captured terrorist was brought, told investigators that he saw Abed being struck by one SEAL. One of the immunized witnesses identified by the master-at-arms for corroboration is not expected to support his testimony. The military has not released witness statements.

In addition, the defense has requested that the judge order the government to turn over the name of the Army officer who interrogated Abed once he was brought to Baghdad, where he remains in custody on order of an Iraqi judge. The disclosure would mean that defense attorneys may call him as a witness to testify about Abed's appearance after he left the SEALs' custody.

A judge has ruled that the military must produce Abed as a witness for courts-martial, scheduled to be conducted in Baghdad perhaps as early as next month. Defense attorneys, in front of a military jury, can expose Abed's history as the suspected mastermind of the 2004 Fallujah atrocity that left the bodies of U.S. contractors hanging mutilated on a bridge.

The master-at-arms told investigators that Abed was punched in the gut by Special Operations Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe. Petty Officer McCabe denies hitting Abed.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abuseofpower; antiamericanism; case; judicialactivism; nifongism; nobama; prosecution; proterrorist; savetheseals; seals; witchhunt
FREE THE SEALs!
1 posted on 03/29/2010 6:07:43 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross
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To: Servant of the Cross

Disgusting.


2 posted on 03/29/2010 6:13:24 AM PDT by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Regardless of the outcome, the message has been sent to the troops: "Lose in Afghanistan."

Vietnam 2.0

3 posted on 03/29/2010 6:21:00 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Prezdet Obama is what you get when you let the O.J. jury select a president !)
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To: Servant of the Cross
Thanks for posting

Prayers up for our Seals!

4 posted on 03/29/2010 6:30:25 AM PDT by BARLF
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To: Servant of the Cross

it really is disgusting<P..


5 posted on 03/29/2010 6:34:27 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Servant of the Cross
The witness, the master-at-arms at the base in Anbar province

Is this master-at-arms an American GI or is he a mooselimb?

Does he have a name and not just a title?

Inquiring minds want to know.

6 posted on 03/29/2010 6:34:58 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Remember when Patton brought one of Pancho Villa’s lt’s dead body back strapped across the hood of his car?


7 posted on 03/29/2010 6:35:41 AM PDT by Keith Brown (Among the other evils being unarmed brings you, it causes you to be despised Machiavelli.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

When I was in the Nav the MAAs aboard ship were the worst careerist suck-butts on the crew. I doubt that it has changed. I have no doubt that this case was phonied up from the beginning.


8 posted on 03/29/2010 6:43:00 AM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

From what I read, it was never strong anyway.


9 posted on 03/29/2010 6:45:37 AM PDT by sport
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To: Keith Brown

Yes! Third paragraph down: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ground/armored-car.htm


10 posted on 03/29/2010 6:45:43 AM PDT by Karma Police (Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!!!)
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To: Seruzawa

Same aboard both of the vessels I served on. The most petty, conniving, butt-kissers became MAA’s. They were the wussy boys who got picked on when they were kids. I am not kidding.


11 posted on 03/29/2010 6:47:06 AM PDT by ExpatGator (I hate Illinois Nazis!)
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To: ExpatGator

I was in the Navy for 22 years. Most MAAs where a**holes. Give them a badge and they think they are God. Always sucking up to the Commanding Officer.


12 posted on 03/29/2010 6:58:34 AM PDT by Roklok
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To: Servant of the Cross

Let’s just not take prisoners anymore.


13 posted on 03/29/2010 7:00:05 AM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: ExpatGator; Seruzawa
Thank you both for your service to our country in the US Navy! Your description of the MAA's makes me think of the 'political officer' on board the Russian sub in The Hunt For Red October. Who in the h*ll created a position like this in the US armed forces?!
14 posted on 03/29/2010 7:02:58 AM PDT by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free)
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To: MindBender26
Regardless of the outcome, the message has been sent to the troops: "Lose in Afghanistan."

I disagree. The message is "Take no prisoners" or "Dead men tell no tales".

Either outcome is fine by me....although I deplore the potential loss of intelligence.

15 posted on 03/29/2010 7:04:36 AM PDT by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: stinkerpot65
Well of course it's weaken...W ain't president no more!! It doesn't fit their agenda now that W is out of office. I loathe the EVIL RATS and I thank God these brave men will be exonerated!!
16 posted on 03/29/2010 7:07:36 AM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: Servant of the Cross

Originally MAAs were shipboard “cops” whose function was to keep the impressed crews in line in an era where slave galleys still existed, floggings were frequent and Captains were legally tyrants who could hang a crew member. Today they are the guys who gig crew members for non-standard haircuts, dirty uniforms and such. Pretty pathetic in comparison.


17 posted on 03/29/2010 7:24:56 AM PDT by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand - If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Seruzawa

We used to get rid of those who couldn’t fix planes or any other job by sending them to security. I’m sure it still works the same today.


18 posted on 03/29/2010 7:42:53 AM PDT by mortal19440
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To: Retired COB
Take no prisoners" or "Dead men tell no tales".

Works for me. Problem is, prisoners, especially Islamic jihadists, sing like canaries when imprisoned and "counseled."

19 posted on 03/29/2010 8:35:12 AM PDT by MindBender26 (Prezdet Obama is what you get when you let the O.J. jury select a president !)
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To: MindBender26

“. . .sing like canaries when imprisoned and ‘counseled.’”

Whew. . .first time I read that, thought it said “SIN like canaries when imprisoned and “counseled.”

Ha. . .might be true, too.


20 posted on 03/29/2010 9:23:35 AM PDT by Hulka
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To: MindBender26

You’re exactly right.


21 posted on 03/29/2010 9:27:20 AM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck.)
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To: Servant of the Cross

Hope they’re all back to work very soon. Prayers up for these warriors.


22 posted on 03/29/2010 8:30:03 PM PDT by 444Flyer (Obama's long war against America is in progress.)
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