Here is another one where I get myself in trouble
*Note – Below I make it sound like the facts of this case are not in dispute. They are. I still think it was stupid to insist on a courts-martial to “clear their names” rather than Mast but that in and of itself doesn’t indicate guilt. I also don’t think the Navy would be prosecuting this if they don’t have some actual evidence beyond the accusation of Abed himself. It would be very easy for the convening authority to decide that there is insufficient evidence to proceed and they charges just go away. *
160,000 people have signed a petition calling for the Navy to drop charges against three Navy SEALs for punching a terrorist, failing to protect a prisoner and making false official statements. I disagree I think the court-martial should proceed.
As I remember the event the SEALs in question captured Ahmed Hashim Abed, who is accused of masterminding an ambush that left four Blackwater contractors dead, and their bodies desecrated in 2004, secured him, brought him back to base, turned him over to another team, and then Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew V. McCabe took a parting shot and slugged Abed. I am not particularly upset about Abed getting injured, and if they had slugged him during the capture or to shut him up on the way back to the base or something of that nature I would agree that the charges should be dismissed. What bothers me about this is a) It’s abuse of a prisoner which is forbidden, b) They lied about it so they knew they had done something wrong and wouldn’t face up to it, c) they were offered Captain’s Mast and they insisted on a courts-martial. To me that indicates a lack of self control, a lack of integrity, and stupidity. In my opinion they deserve what they get (add -If the evidence proves them guilty), especially after all the negative publicity from Abu Gharib. The military doesn’t need more charges of detainee abuse.