Government’s case weakening against the U.S. Navy SEALs?

Red State

Jan. 7, 2010

As Erick has been repeatedly noting, there is an effort afoot to bring the public’s attention to the plight of three U.S. Navy SEALs (Julio Huertas, Jonathan Keefe and Matthew McCabe) who, as part of SEAL Team 10, have been brought up on charges that one of the most-wanted terrorists in Iraq, Ahmed Hashim Abed, received a boo-boo during a raid in September.

In early December the trio plead not guilty to charges of dereliction of duty and making false official statements. One would expect the government, having already brought charges, to be prepared to move forward to trial, originally set for two of them a fortnight from now.

Well, if you thought that, you’d be wrong.

Documents were submitted Dec. 30 to the trial judge, Capt. Moira Modzelewski, requesting the government continue the special court-martial of Special Operator 1st Class (SEAL) Julio Antonio Huertas, scheduled to begin Jan. 11, and that of SO2 (SEAL) Matthew Vernon McCabe, scheduled for Jan. 19.

Seems that there are some problems with the government’s case.

Both Lombardi [Huertas’ attorney] and Puckett [McCabe’s attorney] say much of the government’s case so far is based on the statements of a third class master-at-arms who claims to have witnessed the alleged assault.

Both lawyers say the five separate statements given by that sailor appear to conflict with each other. Neither lawyer could discuss the exact details of the statements.

“I have read five different statements by this person, and all appear to be different,” Lombardi said.

The purported lack of evidence from the government has been identified as an issue since the arraignments started Dec. 7 and was the main reason that Keefe’s lawyer, Greg McCormack, asked for a continuance at Keefe’s Dec. 20 arraignment.

Seize onto this situation while the iron is hot. Go sign the petition asking that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, intervene to dismiss the charges against the three SEALs and direct that they be restored to duty.

These are American Heroes. They deserve better than this.

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3 thoughts on “Government’s case weakening against the U.S. Navy SEALs?

  1. This could only be better if members of Congress received the same initial outrageous treatment. Only under Obama’s watch, he loathes all things American. J.C.

  2. WHAT AN INSULT THIS CASE REPRESENTS TO EVERY MEMBER OF THE ARMED FORCES… IF I HAD BEEN THERE I THINK THIS TERRORIST WOULD PROBABLY HAVE LOST HIS HEAD INSTEAD OF GETTING A FAT LIP… WHAT A FREAKING INSULT…

    GIVE THEM A MEDAL FOR BRAVERY AND LOYALTY FOR FOLLOWING THEIR ORDER TO TAKE THIS SCUMBAG ALIVE… WHAT A WASTE OF VALUABLE MILITARY RESOURCES…

    WE NEED THEM BACK IN THE FIELD OF BATTLE TO REMOVE THE THREAT THAT HAS MASSED AGAINST THE AMERICAN PEOPLE…

    I’M SURE DURING THEIR NEXT MISSION THEY MAY REEVALUATE THE NEED TO REMOVE ANY THREAT RATHER THAN TAKING THEM ALIVE…

    DEAD MEN TELL NO LIES…

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