Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

Discussion in 'Politics' started by HotTip, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. HotTip


    The criminalization of the war has already claimed it's first victims...,2933,576646,00.html

    Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist
    Tuesday , November 24, 2009

    By Rowan Scarborough

    ADVERTISEMENTNavy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told

    The three, all members of the Navy's elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.

    Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

    Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.

    Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2), is facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement, and assault.

    Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2, is facing charges of dereliction of performance of duty and making a false official statement.

    Petty Officer Julio Huertas, SO-1, faces those same charges and an additional charge of impediment of an investigation.

    The three SEALs will be arraigned separately on Dec. 7. Another three SEALs — two officers and an enlisted sailor — have been identified by investigators as witnesses but have not been charged. obtained the official handwritten statement from one of the three witnesses given on Sept. 3, hours after Abed was captured and still being held at the SEAL base at Camp Baharia. He was later taken to a cell in the U.S.-operated Green Zone in Baghdad.

    The SEAL told investigators he had showered after the mission, gone to the kitchen and then decided to look in on the detainee.

    "I gave the detainee a glance over and then left," the SEAL wrote. "I did not notice anything wrong with the detainee and he appeared in good health."

    Lt. Col. Holly Silkman, spokeswoman for the special operations component of U.S. Central Command, confirmed Tuesday to that three SEALs have been charged in connection with the capture of a detainee. She said their court martial is scheduled for January.

    United States Central Command declined to discuss the detainee, but a legal source told that the detainee was turned over to Iraqi authorities, to whom he made the abuse complaints. He was then returned to American custody. The SEAL leader reported the charge up the chain of command, and an investigation ensued.

    The source said intelligence briefings provided to the SEALs stated that "Objective Amber" planned the 2004 Fallujah ambush, and "they had been tracking this guy for some time."

    The Fallujah atrocity came to symbolize the brutality of the enemy in Iraq and the degree to which a homegrown insurgency was extending its grip over Iraq.

    The four Blackwater agents were transporting supplies for a catering company when they were ambushed and killed by gunfire and grenades. Insurgents burned the bodies and dragged them through the city. They hanged two of the bodies on a bridge over the Euphrates River for the world press to photograph.

    Intelligence sources identified Abed as the ringleader, but he had evaded capture until September.

    The military is sensitive to charges of detainee abuse highlighted in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. The Navy charged four SEALs with abuse in 2004 in connection with detainee treatment.
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  3. Man, there is going to be no one willing to serve anymore.

    This is what you get when a bunch of nancy's get in charge.
  4. Much like the Marines attached to SOC in the Fallujah case (with no help from John Murtha) who were eventually acquitted of all crimes one and all need to their keep their Deuce gear in place. And wait for the process.

    Yet I have to admit the "false testimony" charge is a tough one.
  5. You are wrong Bugscoe! All the Malik Nadal Hasans would be more than happy to serve in Hussein Obama's military.

    This foreigner Hussein Obama fool may start a revolution in this country.
  6. Ricter


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  7. HotTip


    Not the most ethical approach, but I like the initiative! :)
  8. Not bad.
  9. "The three, all members of the Navy's elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial."

    I salute these men of honor. Rather than take the easy way out, which was a hand slap, they saw this for what it is, PC gone rampent in our military. It needs to be exposed for what it is, and these guys are putting it all on the line to make the point. Should come as no surprise that these men are willing to put everything on the line to do their duty, it's what Navy Seals do. Hoo Rah!!
  10. Well, hopefully Oprah will address this with Obama during their Christmas special:

    AND, who on the left says 'Christmas' anymore?

    NOVEMBER 25, 2009
    ABC announces Oprah-Obama Christmas special

    The queen of daytime will interview the president of the country during an ABC holiday special that brings together Oprah Winfrey and Barack Obama.

    The network has announced "Christmas at the White House: An Oprah Primetime Special," which includes an interview with the president, a conversation with the First Couple and tour of the White House.

    The special marks the first time Winfrey has interviewed Obama since he took office. "Christmas at the White House" will air Sunday, Dec. 13, at 10 p.m.
    #10     Nov 25, 2009