Navy SEAL Court-Martial Begins at Camp Victory

Four months ago, I began covering the cases of three U.S. Navy SEALs who stand accused of roughing up a detainee in Iraq believed responsible for shooting and killing four American contractors in Fallujah, Iraq, and then dragging their bodies through the streets and hanging them from a bridge.  Today, the court-martial begins for one of those SEALs, Jonathan Keefe, at Camp Victory, Iraq.  Fox & Friends aired the report about the latest details this morning.?

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Hat tip:  Gateway Pundit

Prosecution of One Navy SEAL Takes Good Turn

WARNING: This is good news.

Three months ago, I published several posts about the cases of three U.S. Navy SEALs who face assault charges related to their capture of Ahmed Hashim Abed, the alleged planner of the March 2004 ambush, killing and mutilation of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah, Iraq.  Abed, it’s alleged, was punched in the gut and received a fat lip while being apprehended.

Today, I learned — albeit late, I admit – via a recent article in the Virginia Pilot that the judge overseeing the case of one of the SEALs, Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, ordered that five key defense witnesses be granted immunity to testify on his behalf. If not, the judge warned, the case will be halted.

Pray for these brave men as their battles at home continue.

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Charges Against Navy SEALs Published

During the past week, I shared news about three Navy SEALs — SO1 Julio A. Huertas, SO2 Jonathan E. Keefe and SO2 Matthew V. McCabe — facing charges related to their apprehension of Ahmed Hashim Abed, the alleged planner of the March 2004 ambush, killing and mutilation of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah, Iraq.  Today, I share the actual charge sheets which were the focus of an arraignment hearing yesterday in Norfolk, Va.  Read them and prepare to be underwhelmed.

Navy SEALs Charge Sheets

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BMW to Appear on Bob Grant Show Wednesday (Update)

BMW on Bob Grant Show 10-12-09

UPDATE #3 12/09/09 at 1:06 p.m. Central: Here’s a link to the video of my appearance on the show.

UPDATE #2:  ANOTHER TIME CHANGE to 9:45 a.m. Central Wednesday — Just got a call that my appearance on the Bob Grant show has been rescheduled to Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. Central.

UPDATE:  TIME CHANGE to 9:45 a.m. Central – Mark your calendar:  On Monday at 9:15 a.m. 9:45 a.m. Central, I’ll make my second guest appearance on the internet-based show of talk radio legend Bob Grant (a.k.a., “New York City’s King of Talk Radio”).  Our primary topic of discussion will be the absurd case of three Navy SEALs facing assault charges related to their capture of Ahmed Hashim Abed.

Who is Abed?  He’s the alleged planner of the March 2004 ambush, killing and mutilation of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah, Iraq.

What did the SEALS do to this enemy combatant piece of dirt?  They gave him a fat lip while apprehending him.

To watch the show live, visit UBATV.com.  If you miss it live, a replay of the show is available here, usually within 24 hours of the live broadcast.

For background information on the issue of the Navy SEALs, read the post below which was cross-posted at BigGovernment.com:

Obama’s West Point Greeting Lags Behind W’s

Was there much of a difference between the greetings received by President Barack Obama Tuesday night and the greeting President George W. Bush received Dec. 9, 2008, the last time he visited the United States Military Academy at West Point?  Watch the video below and judge for yourself.

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Six Important Facts About the Assault Charges Three Navy SEALs Face for Doing Their Jobs

In recent years, I’ve published too many posts about members of the Armed Forces facing undeserved charges:

  • First, it was the so-called “Haditha Marines” who faced trumped-up charges, thanks largely to idiots like Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.) declaring them guilty before a mainstream media eager to paint them in a bad light.
  • Next, it was Army Ranger 1st Lt. Michael Behenna who was wrongly convicted of executing an Iraqi detainee, Ali Mansur, on May 16, 2008, and is now serving a 20-year sentence at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
  • Now, I’m following the case of three Navy SEALs facing assault charges related to their capture of Ahmed Hashim Abed.  Who is Abed?  He’s the alleged planner of the March 2004 ambush, killing and mutilation of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah, Iraq.  The SEALS gave this enemy combatant piece of dirt a fat lip while apprehending him.

As my first investigative reporting effort related to the SEALs’ case, I offer six important facts about the case you’re likely not to read about in the mainstream media supplied to me by a source whom I cannot name inside the Pentagon:

1) The charges or accusations against the three Navy SEALs were not made from within the SEAL community.  Sources tell me they came from someone within the Navy’s Master-at-Arm community.

2) The SEALs were presented with the option of going to Captain’s Mast for these charges but declined this form of non-judicial punishment and opted for court-martial instead.  Why?  Because they did not want to be judged by those outside of the SEAL community and believed the court-martial route would assure them the representation necessary to prove their innocence.

3) At no time did anyone within the Naval Special Warfare community have any control over these accusations or events other than providing advice or guidance to the accused SEALs.

4) The integrity of the chain of custody of the prisoner is at question.

5) There are extenuating circumstances that indicate there is questionable evidence in some of the accusations made.

6) Evidence will come out in a court-martial that might not have come out in a Captain’s Mast in favor of the accused SEALs.

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Cross-posted at BigGovernment.com.

UPDATE 12/08/2009 at 3:17 p.m. Central: A Navy SEAL friend of mine advised me of a fund set up to help defray legal expenses of these American heroes. According to this site, You can deposit your donation via PayPal or “directly into the Navy SEALs Fund account by visiting one of the Chase Branches closest to you and providing the Account Name: ‘Navy SEALs Fund’ or Account Number: 834325318.”

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