BEFORE USING THE LINK ABOVE READ THIS ARTICLE BELOW TO OBTAIN FOCUS ON WHY THE OBA-HUSSEIN ADMINISTRATION IS QUESTIONED
AS WEAK ON TERRORISM - EVEN PROTECTING IT.
of idiocy like this to remind people that there is a war on.
This story makes me feel like I've swallowed a whole handful of crazy
pills. Holy moly.
Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
By Rowan Scarborough
Navy 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. (POOR BABY! OK to murder Americans but not be punched during capture efforts?
He is a murdering terrorist NOT a burglar or other civil type criminal!)
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.
FoxNews.com 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
Lt. Col. Holly Silkman, spokeswoman for the special operations
component of U.S. Central Command, confirmed Tuesday to FoxNews.com
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 FoxNews.com 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.