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  1. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    HUMAN EVENTS PETITION TO FREE THE SEALs

    Hon. Robert M. Gates
    Secretary of Defense Current Petition Signature Count: 123,901
    The Pentagon
    Washington, DC

    Dear Secretary Gates:

    We, the editors and staff of HUMAN EVENTS, and the many Americans who have attached their signatures to this petition, hereby request your personal intervention to dismiss the charges against Navy SEAL operators SO2 Jonathan Keefe, SO1 Julio Huertas and SO2 Matthew McCabe.

    These three men are charged with abusing a terrorist they captured in a daring nighttime raid on or about 1 September 2009. On that night, they -- as part of a platoon from SEAL Team 10 -- captured and detained Ahmed Hashim Abed, one of the most barbaric and dangerous terrorists in Iraq. The terrorist -- in a move that is literally right out of the al-Queda training manual -- complained of abuse, apparently alleging he was struck in the stomach.

    We had hoped that the SEALs’ commanders would dispose of this matter at the lowest level -- with a scolding and perhaps a few hundred pushups -- for anyone actually guilty of inflicting an inconvenience on this bloody-handed barbarian. But on 29 September 2009, Gen. David H. Petraeus signed a letter authorizing MGen. Charles T. Cleveland to dispose of the allegations of misconduct. In that letter, Gen. Petraeus said that MGen. Cleveland could, "...dispose of these matters in any manner you deem appropriate. This includes the authority to convene courts-martial at any level up to and including General Courts-Martial and to refer charges concerning these individuals to any court-martial."

    The three now face special courts-martial next month. We believe their commanders -- including General Petraeus -- have failed you, the SEALs and the American people by not preventing the matter from going this far.

    You are the person next in line above General Petraeus in the chain of command. You can, legally under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, intervene to dismiss the charges against the three SEALs and direct that they be restored to duty.

    We respectfully request that you do so forthwith. For this matter to continue -- and to place the honor and fighting future of these three men at stake -- is manifestly a gross injustice.

    Respectfully submitted,
    Current Petition Signature Count: 123,901

    http://www.paramountcommunication.com/NewsLetters/eagle/petition.aspx?mhash=%%QS_mhash%%
     
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  3. CA357

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    Done ......
     
  4. Wheelspin

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  5. Rick1967

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    Done. What in injustice to our troops!
     
  6. dunerunner

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    Done.....!! This should never have happened !!

    I want my country back!!
     
  7. NGIB

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    Done, guys should get medals...
     
  8. spittinfire

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  9. Dillinger

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    UPDATE!!!


    Military cancels detainee interview in Navy SEAL case
    Submitted by mark on Tue, 02/09/2010 - 23:57.
    in NavySEALs.com Intel
    Source: By Chris Carter
    09 Feb 2010

    The military has canceled the deposition of an alleged terrorist mastermind who claimed that he was assaulted by the military following his capture last year. The law firm Puckett and Faraj, representing Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe, made the announcement on Sunday.
    Major General Charles Cleveland, the convening authority for the upcoming special courts-martial for three of the Navy SEALs involved in the operation, has decided to cancel the trip to Iraq to depose Ahmed Hashim Abed. Since the SEALs have a Constitutional right to confront their accuser in court, the alleged terrorist's statements won't be used as evidence for the case.

    Abed, who is still in U.S. custody, is believed to be the al Qaeda mastermind behind the 2004 Fallujah ambush where four U.S. private security contractors were killed and their bodies mutilated. According to court documents, he claimed that he received what amounted to a punch in the stomach while in U.S. custody.

    The prosecution's case against the SEALs appears weak. For instance al Qaeda's training manual states that once captured, members should claim torture and abuse. In addition Abed was initially detained at an Iraqi facility, which presents a chain of custody issue. Complicating matters further, the military has not released any corroborating evidence, such as medical records or photographs, and the sailor who claimed to witness the incident has given five conflicting statements. Also, the SEALs were initially offered an Article 15 hearing, which carries relatively light non-judicial punishment. Instead, the sailors requested trial by courts-martial, which allows all evidence to be considered, but carries much heavier punishment – including incarceration. The SEALs possibly made their decision in an effort to protect their careers. Many believe a non-judicial process would leave the impression of guilt.

    The military previously decided not to bring Abed to the U.S. for interview. Commander Tierney Carlos, the military judge for the trials of SO1 Julio Huertas and SO2 Jonathan Keefe, decided in January that since the military ruled that Abed would not be flown from Iraq to the U.S., that the sailors' trials would be held in Iraq.

    It is not known whether the military's decision to disallow the detainee interview will affect the cases of Huertas or Keefe. Their trials are set to start in April. McCabe's trial is set for May.

    The statement from Puckett and Faraj said, “Since those two military judge’s rulings, Major General Cleveland has canceled the government trip to Iraq to depose the detainee. This leaves the SO2 McCabe defense and government teams without the Iraqi detainee’s presence or sworn statements as evidence in the case.”

    Originally published at The US Report
    [Disclosure: the author has advocated for the charges against the SEALs to be dropped.]

    http://www.navyseals.com/?q=military-cancels-detainee-interview-navy-seal-case
     
  10. ThorsHammer

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    Done and double done.
     
  11. CA357

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    The charges are bullsh*t and should be dismissed without prejudice. It shouldn't have come this far. In fact there shouldn't have been charges in the first place. Scumbag PC bastids.
     
  12. Mack Bolan

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    just finished reading "lone survivor" about a week ago.

    WTF Petraus????:confused::mad:

    Done.
     
  13. NGIB

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    Folks, we used to have real Generals (and Admirals) - now we have "political appointees" filling those roles...
     
  14. orangello

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    That old joke about "military intelligence" being an oxymoron seems a bit more true when considered along with the decision to pursue a case against these Seals, IMO.

    signed
     
  15. right winger

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    HUMAN EVENTS PETITION TO FREE THE SEALs

    Done. This outrageous.
    Free these Brave men Now!
     
  16. jbd

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    Done........
     
  17. MoHawk

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    Done...........