Without a doubt, the U.S. Military Court qualifies for the MRIOTD Award for bringing to trial three Navy SEALs for allegedly punching a piece of human debris named Ahmed Hashim Abed. Abed was sought, and captured, for being responsible for the murder, mutilation, burning, and hanging from a bridge, of four American civilian contractors.
The charges stem from an alleged assault after the SEALs captured Ahmed Hashim Abed in early September. Abed is believed to be connected to the killings of four Blackwater security guards who were protecting a convoy when they were attacked by Iraqi insurgents. Their burned corpses were dragged through the city, and two of them were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River.
These Navy SEALS are facing courts-martial. Instead, they should be given a combat medal for snatching the piece of garbage.
The judge scheduled courts-martial next month for Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe of Perrysburg, Ohio, and Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas of Blue Island, Ill. A third SEAL, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe of Yorktown, Va., is charged with dereliction of duty and making a false official statement. His arraignment has not been scheduled.
This is no way to fight a war. The military courts should have these guys’ back. Not charge them like criminals. No charges should have ever been brought against these heroes.
Aside from all the above, look what the terrorists are trained to say if captured. Check out items 1 and 2 of Lesson Eighteen in the al Qaeda training manual. This was released by the Justice Department on December 6, 2001.
1. At the beginning of the trial, once more the brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by State Security [investigators] before the judge.
2. Complain [to the court] of mistreatment while in prison.
- LA Times link: Navy SEALs accused of abusing Iraq detainee have courts-martial set, vow to defend charges
- al Qaeda Training Manual
- FAS info on al Qaeda and Bin Laden