Three US Navy Seals Charged With Assaulting an Accused Terrorist-Truth!
Three U.S. Navy Seals Charged With Assaulting an Accused Terrorist-Truth!
Summary of eRumor:
This forwarded email begins with a statement of disbelief over a Fox News report about three U.S. Navy Seals who are reported to have captured a suspected terrorist in Iraq. According to the story, the prisoner claimed that he was punched by his captors and now formal charges have been brought against the Seals.
The cases against three U.S. Navy Seals, Matthew McCabe, Jonathan Keefe and Julio Huertas is true according to a November 24, 2009 Fox News exclusive report called “Navy Seals Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist.” Click for story
According to the article, suspected terrorist, Ahmed Hashim Abed, was wanted by military authorities in Iraq for his connection with a 2004 insurgent attack in Fallujah that resulted in the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards. Abed, was dubbed with the military code-name “Objective Amber” after intelligence sources identified him as the ringleader and mastermind behind of the attack. The suspected terrorist evaded capture for sometime until September 3, 2009, when the three US Navy Seals apprehended him.
After his detention at Camp Baharia, a US Marine Facility near Fallujah in Iraq, Abed filed charges claiming “his rights were violated when he was punched in the mouth by his Navy SEAL captors.”
The article said that the US Navy Seals “refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral’s mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.”
All Three Servicemen Found Not Guilty
On May 6, 2010, Fox news reported that a Virginia military jury found U.S. Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe “not guilty Thursday on all charges he punched an Iraqi suspected in the 2004 killings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah.” Click for story.
On April 23, 2010, Fox News said in an update that “After a daylong trial and fewer than two hours considering the evidence, Navy Judge Cmdr. Tierny Carlos found Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe of Yorktown, Virginia, not guilty of dereliction of duty.” The verdict came a day after fellow SEAL, Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, of Blue Island, Illinois, was found not guilty of similar charges. A trial against the third and final SEAL, Petty Officer Second Class Matthew McCabe, is scheduled for May 3, 2010 in Norfolk, Virginia. Click for Fox New story
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
I find it hard to believe that this happening, too much of this damn political correctness. Court martial for prisoner having a fat lip?? What the hell is happening to our to JAG system? I’m glad they turned down the Captain’s Mast and bring this BS to the public. What so-called officer thought this even warranted a Captain’s Mast. Maybe he was a wanabe Seal and did not make it.
When I was a kid in Chicago, 90% of the Chicago police department would be going to court for giving people fat lips.
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 FoxNews.com.
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.
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 good health.”
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.