Yesterday we talked about the prosecution (i.e. persecution) of Lt. Michael Behenna (I actually sent him a card in prison...and I never do things like that...) The most upsetting thing about Michael is he's already been sentenced and no one seems to know about his case. I didn't until this week.
So, at least with these three Navy Seals they are getting some media attention:
"Three Navy SEALs are facing courts-martial on charges that they mistreated an Iraqi prisoner suspected in the deaths of four Blackwater security guards whose charred bodies were dragged through the city of Fallujah in 2004.
U.S. military officials have charged one of the SEALs with punching the prisoner, Ahmed Hashim Abed, after he was taken into custody Sept. 1 in Iraq. All three SEALs have been charged with dereliction of duty and lying to Navy investigators to cover up the incident.
The case has prompted an outcry from conservative members of Congress and members of the military's secretive Special Operations Forces, who say the Navy commandos are innocent. More than 40 members of Congress -- nearly all of them Republicans -- have signed letters calling upon the Pentagon to exonerate the SEALs, while accusing military leaders of bending over backward to protect a prisoner believed responsible for one of the most gruesome slayings of Americans in Iraq." (source)
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The accused: Special Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SEAL) Matthew McCabe, SO1 (SEAL) Julio Huertas and SO2 (SEAL) Jonathan Keefe.
What is going on?!
Scott Taylor, a former Navy Seal and OIF veteran that is running for Congress in Virginia, had a great quote on Fox and Friends this morning...something like, ["This government is using our tax dollars to prosecute our heroes, while also using our tax dollars to bring terrorists onto our soil and affording them all the privileges and protections of those they were trying to kill."]