And, how stupid is this?
Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq â€” 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 FoxNews.com.
The three, all members of the Navy’s elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment â€” called a captain’s mast â€” 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 â€” 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.
Neal Puckett, an attorney representing McCabe, told Fox News the SEALs are being charged for allegedly giving the detainee a â€œpunch in the gut.â€
â€œI donâ€™t know how theyâ€™re going to bring this detainee to the United States and give us our constitutional right to confrontation in the courtroom,â€ Puckett said. â€œBut again, we have terrorists getting their constitutional rights in New York City, but I suspect that theyâ€™re going to deny these SEALs their right to confrontation in a military courtroom in Virginia.â€
The three SEALs will be arraigned separately on Dec. 7. Another three SEALs â€” two officers and an enlisted sailor â€” have been identified by investigators as witnesses but have not been charged.
I can harldy wait for the trial of the Gitrmo detainees, especially Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) who undoubtedly will blame President Bush and every American President since Lincoln for their plight.
The decision by President Obama to give these terrorists extraordinary legal rights WILL be a sorry display of Al Qaeda propaganda which will bite Obama and the Democrats in the ass come November 2010.
As for the SEALS, what disgraceful conduct towards them.
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The idea of a capital trial for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed of Al Qaeda and 9/11 infamy is pure folly. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said it best about the flap:
Returning some of the Guantanamo detainees to New York City for trial, specifically Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, has now brought us full circle â€” we have regressed to a pre-9/11 mentality with respect to Islamic extremist terrorism. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed should be treated like the war criminal he is and tried in a military court. He is not just another murderer, or even a mass murderer. He murdered as part of a declared war against us â€” America.
This is the same mistake we made with the 1993 terrorists who attacked the World Trade Center. We treated them like domestic criminals, when in fact they were terrorists. In the dangerous world we live in today, a nation unable to identify and properly define its enemies is a nation in danger.
Chris, I don’t think that even Chicago would want the trial or subsequent incarceration of these war criminals. But, a jury of Al Qaeda’s peers is a little harsh – unless you mean President Obama’s former pastor Jeremiah Wright and domestic terrorists William Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn.
Maybe you have a point…….
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