Saturday, December 05, 2009

Support the Navy Seals; Drop the Outrageous Charges

This is a travesty. h/t to Gateway Pundit.

From the video:

SO-2 Petty Officer Second Class Matthew McCabe is accused of punching the terrorist, and is also charged with dereliction of duty for “failing” to safeguard the murderer. SO-2 Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe and SO-1 Julio Huertas are being charged with dereliction of duty and making false statements.

The prisoner alleges that he was punched in the face by McCabe, but it isn’t clear if the injury occurred while he was in custody or when he was captured. Please note: He was not water-boarded. He was not interrogated agressively. He was not electro-shocked or tasered. His fingernails were not pulled out. Nor was he boiled in oil, or whatever other torture he may deserve. He most certainly was not shot, burned, mutilated, nor hung from a bridge. He got a bloody lip.

From a story at Fox News (like, who else would cover this story, right?): Lawmakers are seeking a reprieve for three Navy SEALs facing court-martial because one allegedly punched a suspect in an ambush killing of U.S. contractors in Iraq. Rather than accept a reprimand, the sailors chose to fight the charges in a military court. Their appeal greatly raises the stakes because a guilty finding could bring stiff punishment.

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R., Calif) is evidently leading this. Hunter, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the men could face loss of rank, up to one year of confinement, a bad conduct discharge and forfeiture of a portion of their pay each month for up to a year. About 20 lawmakers have signed the letter to Gates, including House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. The letter [was] delivered Friday afternoon. 

Support the Seals--make your voice heard.

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