Should anyone have wondered about the absurdity of treating terrorism as a law enforcement issue, terrorists and illegal combatants as jay-walkers or recidivist parking violators, perhaps we have a glimpse at the logical outcome of such policies. See below from Fox News:


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.

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. 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 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 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.


When faced with the choice of bringing in a terror target of interest and facing career-ending punishment and possible jail time, or giving him “two in the hat”, what would one lean toward in light of the above “policy”?

This can be read as a flash in giant neon letters to America’s enemies that we haven’t the courage or the stomach for the fight, and/or don’t believe our freedom and way of life worth fighting for. Overseas contingency operations indeed. Let’s just hope (apparently, hope is now a course of action) that the next “man-caused disaster” doesn’t kill tens of thousands of innocent Americans, but only thousands.

There has been a tremendous amount of discussion regarding courage IRT the USNA Color Guard scandal, and the Fort Hood tragedy.

Question for the audience:

Which of these groups has courage? The operators who risked their lives to bring in this terrorist, or the people in the chain of command who either mandated that charges be levied against those men or went along with the idea?


Posted by UltimaRatioReg in Foreign Policy, Navy

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  • Total

    Actually, it looks like they’re being charged for beating up a prisoner. Is that acceptable in the Navy you’d like to see?

  • Total

    Oh, excellent: I just figured a way to filter out your posts in my RSS reader while leaving the rest intact.

    Carry on.

  • UltimaRatioReg


    Nice to see you. If you are intent on filtering me out, why do you insist on commenting?

    Leap of faith here, but you don’t sound like someone who has experience bringing in an unruly and dangerous suspect either in Mil ops or Law Enforcement. Just a guess.

  • morecowbell

    How is this even news??! He is a known terrorist! He helped plan and kill americans…and he wants to be PROTECT BY US LAW from a FAT F@#4ING LIP??!?!

    The soldiers are heros and deserve medals not a court date. ONLY IN OBAMA’S US would this happen. Rise up America…make your thoughts and words heard. It might be to late…

  • UltimaRatioReg

    Well, Cowbell, I hasten to warn that this has occurred, or at least progressed to this point, over several administrations.

    We are reaping the whirlwind of an unrealistic view of war, and of the nature of our enemies.

  • This is complete and utter bullshit. The “poor bastard” got a black eye??? He’s lucky he wasn’t shot on the spot.

    Something is VERY WRONG! Why wasn’t this tossed out by a Commanding Officer? Our leadership is failing us.

  • Paunchy

    I don’t understand why this is worthy of outcry. If you beat up a prisoner, no matter what they have done, you should be punished. This is a clear cut ethical issue.

    How the enemy treats their prisoners is of no consequence.

    We are the greatest democracy the world has ever seen, with the greatest military the world has ever seen. We should hold ourselves to the highest standards.

  • Frogman219

    I’m a former SEAL that served in Iraq. I’ve had to snatch a couple of guys during an ambush and there is much to consider in the initial grab. Not only are you concerned with securing the Tangos which takes some brute force to lessen the chance of getting injured but you also have to be worried about your surroundings as you are changing the scope of your security. We treated those men fairly and turned them in to the proper authority but they still have to be transported in the back of a humvee, tied up and face down.

    This article isn’t very clear on what the assault charges are. Seems like it would have been mentioned if the prisoner said he was beaten after he was returned to a safe area. If he felt he was abused in the take down well that’s how we were taught. You don’t nicely ask people to take a knee and flex cuff themselves. You blow the door, rush in and hit everyone not shooting at you like you were a football player / MMA fighter. So if he feels injured from the tactics of the take down he needs to address someone other than the men using what skills they were taught.

    Personally i think they were charged because it’s a sensitive public subject and that is the best way to ensure that the case gets handled publicly and through the proper channels. The SEALs chose court martial because it is the best format for them to get a fair trial. It’s hard to believe that through this trial process that they will be found guilty as long as they stayed reasonably close within the parameters of their training. Not to mention that it is the responsibility of the prosecution to prove that these men were inappropriate and you would need a witness or another SEAL to rat on his brothers. Good luck.

  • Bill

    Every time I hear a story like this it’s like getting another slap in the face by the bad guys, without ever being able to slap back. Policital correctness (PC)is making it impossible to conduct life as an American, much less fight a war or devote oneself to an honorable military career.

    It’s especially interesting that the SEALs took a stand, and that they come from the enlisted ranks. Everybody in the Navy knows that to take a stand against PC is career suicide, and very few are willing to risk it. The concept has become too institutionally ingrained to be easily defeated.

    Until the very top naval leadership makes a unified stand that common sense and fairness trump PC, mid-level and even flag officers can’t possibly take a stand without ending careers.

    It probably has to start with the civilian leadership and be pushed down from the CNO on down. Good luck with that.

    Bravo to the brave enlisted SEALS who choose to shine a light on this ridiculous mess –they have careers at stake too. And shame on those pushing the PC agenda.


  • Grandpa Bluewater


    I cannot predict if the CO would or would not have tossed it out.

    Once the troops demanded Court Martial, their right, a right which significantly increases their rights as accused – and runs a higher risk, since Mast (non-judicial punishment) is a disciplinary matter, not a criminal one, and cannot result in a “rap sheet” with a federal conviction on it as a direct result -dismissal at mast is an option which the troops closed.

    The XO could have dismissed it at his Premast Investigation, not as a matter of innocence per se, but dealing with it as a real or potential breach of discipline due to ignorance and poor judgement, and using his normal (and significant) authority over dicipline and remedial training to correct a deficiency of understanding. He has quite a bit of latitude by design. We don’t know the evidence, the context, the witnesses, the facts or the allegations (which are not always the same as the charges prepared). He did, and he apparently sent it on to mast.

    The troops exercised their right to have a full up trial. By so doing, lesser options are precluded. A trial is being provided.

    They will each a have a defense attorney or attorneys. They can ask for enlisted people to be members of the court, not normally a good idea, might be here.

    The accused might be getting a raw deal. Might not.

    The CO might be doing the right thing. If the CG at Abu Graib had short stopped the idea that hazing a prisoner is an option, we would all be better off. Again, might not.

    Too late to sort it out in house now.

    I’m pretty fast out of the blocks, but on this one I advise against being quick to judge.

    Judgement is up to the Court Martial. As requested.

    Political? It is now.

  • Byron

    Somewhere in that mess is a damn lawyer that pushed the issue. Bet money on it.

  • Derrick

    Is it possible to post some details, such as:
    1) When did the alleged assault take place? After the prisoner was captured or during the operation?
    2) Did the prisoner resist arrest?
    3) Where was the prisoner put after arrest? Was the prisoner under guard or alone?
    4) Is the bloodly lip the only injury the prisoner claims to have received?

    Disregarding the comments, based on the facts in this article, I don’t understand why the SEALs were charged. To use a domestic example, if a suspect resisted arrest by police and was injured during the process, I don’t think charges would be pressed.

  • Grandpa Bluewater…

    I understand the procedure, I’m just wondering if the Investigating Officer looked at this with a discerning eye or was there a presumption guilt without any thought that the prisoner was full of it.

    Trust, respect and confidence in performance- runs up and down the chain. I wonder what the morale of that SEAL unit is? I wonder if they’ll go all out to take down a target or if they’re wondering if they have to be careful in case of prisoner complaints? I wonder if taking a prisoner suddenly becomes too much trouble?

    The consequences of actions like this by Commanders cannot be underestimated. If it was political correctness or someone wanting to cover their ass just in case (to protect a career) is irrelevant. What is important is that the guys who go out beyond the wire suddenly have to check 6 because they’re not sure where their chain of command will fall if something minor happens to a prisoner.

  • walkerny

    Why is the prisoner’s version of events accepted over the SEAL’s? Only lawyers, paper pushers and other shall we say, “further back on the spear”, types who have never had to subdue anyone would be suprised someone might get a fat lip in the process.

    It is a wonder we continue to recruit these valiant warriors, with a large, very safe, minority of our military willing to sell them out.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    “How the enemy treats their prisoners is of no consequence.”

    Au contraire. Check Article 4.

  • Juan Caruso

    At a time when more of those in Washington’s power structure than ever before are lawyers, both the Navy and USMC are currently under congressional review to determine if their ranks include enough JAG lawyers.

    Once our military has been adequately infested with paralyzing lawyers, we can get on with what these lawyers view as the primary business of our U.S. armed services — foreign (so far) policing and humanitarian assistance. What the public does not yet realize is that JAGs are gradually enforcing U.N. guidance on our troops.

    Hidden somewhere close to our top JAG officers is a U.N. legal liaison is dispensing counsel.

    Domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh was executed, but the U.N. detests capital punishment for international crimes. Things are looking up for both Nidal Hassan in his military trial and the 9/11 terror suspects awaiting civilian trial in NYC.

    Suppose Ahmed Hashim Abed (with dozens of his ruthless supporters) had managed to overpower and summarily behead our trespassing SEALs? This seems to happen to Mexican police almost every other month.

    Once Americans become more accustomed to judicial leniency for capital crimes, our ability to discern judicial corruption will wane. Our unelected ruling class, something previously anathema to Americans will silently and suddenly overwhelm us. What constitution? What state rights? It is the U.N.

  • Jay

    URR — while “jay-walkers or recidivist parking violators” may satisfy your emotions here — that’s taking things too far, and is inaccurate. Grandpa BW is correct in that this investigation & CM will take time. There’s prob more to this than you’ll get in a Fox News (or CNN for that matter) news bite.

    “When faced with the choice of bringing in a terror target of interest and facing career-ending punishment and possible jail time, or giving him “two in the hat”, what would one lean toward in light of the above “policy”?” — I have to concur with Byron here (from CDR Sal’s site) that, especially if you want to get some intel, you need prisoners.

    It’s not a question of “which of these groups has courage” at all. They are on the same side.

  • UltimaRatioReg


    I know you need prisoners, and I am not saying such a choice (two in the hat) would be right, or wise. But to have the right and wise choice so fraught with risk due to actions of your own command is heading into trouble.

    And yes, it IS a matter of which has the courage to do what is right. That they are on the same side may not be readily apparent to a young Navy SEAL sitting in his Article 32 hearing listening to a JAG prosecutor reading a litany of alleged offenses against an illegal combatant, brought in with a significant risk to life and limb.

  • Grandpa Bluewater

    “I’m just wondering if the Investigating Officer looked at this with a discerning eye or was there a presumption guilt without any thought that the prisoner was full of”…

    Any XO or CO worth theit salt understands that he or she will personally have to live with the consequences, anticipated and not, of their decisions, in terms of unit morale, effectiveness, and efficiency. For good or ill. This particularly true in a unit who’s enlisted people are smart, tough, professional, clannish, and proud.

    Successful leaders tend to consider their actions carefully.

    It is a great strength of U. S. Military Justice vis-a-vis the civilian side.

    So your question boils down to “is this chain of command sound?”

    We shall see.

    Let the court work.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    “So your question boils down to “is this chain of command sound?””

    This is always the question regarding the convening authority. Unfortunately, more than a few lately have been found wanting…

    But, as you say, Grampa, we shall see.

  • Uh after reading this story for the 5th time I just realized that they identified the Navy SEAL base location. Is that kosher? Or should Fox scrub that part?

  • Grandpa Bluewater


    “Unfortunately, more than a few lately have been found wanting… ”

    Yeah, no kiddin’. Way too much of that going around. More the higher it goes, so it seems.


  • DevilDawg3082

    2 to the chest one to the head sounds like he was firing on them and resisted problem solved.

  • I’m not so concerned with events up to this point. There is a process and I trust it for the most part.

    My concern is that this is not turned into another Haditha. I want us (milbloggers, military personnel, veterans, reasonable people, etc.) out here early and often reminding people that an accusation does not equal guilt. I want a strong spotlight on every step of this process as much as that is possible. I want there to be no rush to judgement. I know that there are those who will say “Where there is smoke, there is fire…yada-yada” But this time I want our voices to be heard first whenever possible. I don’t want another situation where we say after the fact “Oh, it’s too bad the asshats ran roughshod over those Seals”

    If the SEALs are guilty of anything, that will come out in due time. In the meantime, we need to keep up the mantra “Innocent until proven guilty”

    Every other sort of defendant has people lobbying for them, I want us to lobby for these SEALs.

    We need to get off the “Oh it’s just a split lip” thing. It’s a red herring. Split lip, broken arm, missing eyeball….whatever. These charges aren’t about that. They are about making false statements and impeding an investigation. This case isn’t Abu Ghraib redux, it’s Scooter Libby/Valerie Plame revisited. Scooter was villified in the press. Now, years later, what does the majority of the American public remember? Libby lied and outed Plame. Completely false. A small percentage can tell you who Richard Armitage is. That’s why we need to keep pushing facts.

    Something happened – Ahmed Hashim Abed’s lip was split. Until we know who & how, the discussion of how much violence is to be tolerated is a secondary issue.

  • Happy Thanksgiving Maggie…for life…for keeping it real.

  • Byron

    Message received, Maggie. Tell it to the mountains: innocent until proven guilty.

  • Maineiac

    I agree with the innocent until proven guilty remarks. I don’t think the United States should mistreat prisoners if it can be avoided. I do think it does take courage to bring charges against these very brave men.

    Treating terrorism as a law enforcement avoids framing these atrocities in the terms of the terrorist. If these acts are treated as crimes the perpetrators are not warriors engaged in a holy war but criminals committing crimes.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    We all understand, ideally, that one is “innocent until proven guilty”. In reality, however, simply being charged with the crime will adversely affect the rest of these young men’s lives. And the specter of such a charge being levied, when daily men like these are asked to perform incredibly dangerous missions, will dissolve what trust may be left between the operators and their higher chains of command.

    That these men chose courts martial is very significant. They aren’t stupid, and understand the downside risks. But the rules of a judicial proceeding offer far more rights to the accused than does NJP, and men generally take that step because they are firmly convinced of the specious nature of the charges, and of their own innocence.

    We would all do well to remember that monsters like Abed are prisoners instead of corpses only because we are a civilized nation. They are illegal combatants that, until recent years, would have been summarily executed, perfectly in keeping with the Geneva Convention. We have been foolish and naive enough to give illegal combatants the same rights we have given to POWs under that Geneva Convention even though they do not fit any of the categories of legal combatant or non-combatant, and now we have people advocating strongly to give them the rights of a defendant in a United States criminal court.

    The answer to how or why Abed’s poor little lip was split should have been found by someone wearing silver bars, at the most. The fact that this shameful circus has begun over such a matter might lead someone to believe that certain powers that be had been waiting for the chance, and pounced at the first opportunity. I do hope this isn’t so, as such a situation would point to a fundamental and irreparable crack in the foundations of this nation’s defense.

    The red herring in this entire episode is the specter (and sometimes shrill cries) of “Abu Ghraib!”. That sordid chapter was the result of undisciplined and poorly supervised “soldiers” whose lack of judgment was only exceeded by their wide sadistic streaks.

    The playing out of these events will have momentous consequences for our efforts in the War on Terror, and well beyond that.

    Let’s just hope that all the friendly witnesses aren’t transferred to India or sent onto the High Veldt.

  • Grandpa Bluewater

    Maggie, once again, is the smartest of us all.

    URR: I agree we need to watch closely and call out anything that isn’t on the up and up. This, on the face of it, is a minor matter, best dealt with at the lowest effective level able to determine what, if any, breach of discipline occured and take appropriate corrective and (if warranted) punitive measures within the UCMJ.

    Nor should the punishment, if somebody is found guilty of punching
    a prisoner, be any more than is appropriate for an MAA punching a drunk in the drunk tank. The other charges are essentially nonessential, in my view, and are best resolved, if proved, by an informal, verbal, nonpunitive, disciplinary and instructional verbal counseling session. Light singe and return to duty.

    I wish I had more hope the modern Navy had the good sense to see it that way. Apprehensions to the contrary are not entirely misplace.

    On the other hand the politicos wanting to make hay at sailor’s expense don’t like being watched under a bright light.

    So give’em plenty of both. Close watch and bright light.

    As to the other side, all this growling and pawing the ground is just an embarrassment. Not to the commentators from the general public, they don’t know what they don’t know, but to those of us who have lived with Brown Bess and should know better. Innocent until PROVEN guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, that’s the ticket.

    Anyone thinking about trying to improperly influence a court, check the law and check the table of maximum punishments. NOT a good idea. Much bigger deal charge. This free advice to knotheads across the entire spectrum of opinion provided free of charge.

    Let the court work.

  • UltimaRatioReg


    All which you and Maggie say are true. However, perspective regarding the alleged events needs to be maintained.

    More importantly, the further erosion of trust between juniors and senior military leadership will almost certainly follow. Here, and the signal we send to our enemies, is where the real damage may be done.

    Undue command influence of such matters is rarely punished, as we saw from the Haditha incident. And undue command influence on the part of politicians has become a way of life. (Re: Murtha)

    Yes, let the court work. That the court has to work at all will have its repercussions.

  • Admin – What makes me special is the company I keep!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and all who frequent these pages.

    Grandpa Bluewater – I owe you a beer!

    URR – When you say to Grandpa Bluewater “All which you and Maggie say are true” you especially mean the part where he says “Maggie, once again, is the smartest of us” right?

    There are many discussions out on the web concerning this subject. One I found interesting one is at the Castle Argghhh!

  • UltimaRatioReg

    “When you say to Grandpa Bluewater “All which you and Maggie say are true” you especially mean the part where he says “Maggie, once again, is the smartest of us” right?”

    Of course, dear. Now buy the man a beer.

  • colleen

    i would like to say these men are our military and we are gonna punish them for doing their job this is horrifing i am ashamed our goverment is taking this action. the military protect us we should protect our military i pray this soldier is exhonerated and pray for his family

  • WTF?? This shouldn’t even be an issue. Have you people lost your minds? I am a former combat medic of the Vietnam war. I have seen just about everything related to war. THIS IS WAR, FELLOWS. IF THE GUY GETS A BLOODY NOSE, HE SHOULD FEEL LUCKY HE’S STILL ALIVE. In Nam, if we had caught him, we would have taken him for a ride in a chopper … one way. This is worst case of misjustice I have ever read about. This political correctness is way out of control. Navy Seals have a job to do. This country spends millions teaching them to do that job. Now, you want to destroy them for what they are supposed to do? WTF are you thinking? Man up, America! Or you will be living under the rules of the Jihad before you know it. Even the Bible says .. “an eye for an eye”. Completely rediculous!!


    in my opinion the navy seals should be awarded a metal not a trial they were doing the job defending our country.

  • Just a postscript: The results that are unfolding from the Seals capture of ABED is typical of what’s happening, generally, all over the U.S. In retrospect, we should take no prisoners. A simple bullet between those terrorist eyes would have solved the problem. I’ve been told that if someone tries to rob me, and I have to shoot him, I better be sure he’s in MY HOUSE, first. If he isn’t; drag him inside! Political incorrectness is rampant! OUR FAIRNESS METER .. is out of wack! Hello, NAVY: Decorate those SEAL’s with the appropriate medals, and send them back to do the job you trained them for: to stop terrorism anyway they can! Headshots, only! NO MORE PRISONERS .. BECAUSE YOUR LEADERS ARE NOT WATCHING YOUR BACK!

  • Gary Skaggs

    What is happening to America ?? Why are we punishing our own American boys who are fighting for our freedoms and safety against terrorists who would destroy us all ??? How many of our politicians who are supposedly “working for us” would go out and put their lives on the line today ??
    Why are we letting our way of life in our schools and other areas be taken over by persons that do not believe in the very basis our great..
    We can no longer bow our heads in prayer because somebody has a different religious belief ??
    It is becoming more “politically incorrect” to say “Merry Christmas” ?? We should say “Happy Holidays” to avoid insulting someone with a different belief ?? This is AMERICA and a couple of our freedoms is “Freedom of Speech” and Freedom to choose our religious beliefes”.
    May God bless these Navy Seals and protect them from the idiocy of what our government has become.

  • Byron

    Keeping in mind that I hold no love for terrorists whatsoever, a high level terrorist like this one who can give us valuable intel is a helluva lot more important than a dead one. Sad to say, with this sort of foolishness happening, we probably won’t see many more live ones.

  • UltimaRatioReg

    “A second letter of support from members of Congress has been sent on behalf of three Navy SEALs charged with mistreating an Iraqi detainee. The latest letter written by Indiana’s Dan Burton and signed by 40 of his Republican colleagues asks a Special Operations commander to drop all charges against the men.

    Burton says in a separate statement: “This sends a backwards message to our men and women in the military who are charged with carrying out dangerous missions and must often use aggressive force in dealing with Al Qaeda and the Taliban.”

    Two of the Navy SEALs were arraigned last week. Their separate trials are scheduled for early next month. The Iraqi prisoner is suspected of involvement in the killings of four American contractors in 2004.”

  • Fouled Anchor

    An interesting and powerful commentary by Warren Kozak from yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.

  • you can call me Roy

    It is New Years weekend and I have been wondering for weeks now what will be the most important news story in 2010? Easy, if you are the kind of American who understands thatwhen it comes to honor and truth, politics are secondary to one of the most ridiculus stories in American history. It is about three Navy SEALs who face assault charges for capturing one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq. He is the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. So what happened? This murdering, American hating, terrorist shows up with cuts, bruises and cries
    like a baby. Well of course, most Americans do understand what a cowardice, scumbag these radicals are. Most understand what kind of condition we would be in if this guy caught us. It’s called headless. How do you describe terrorists who get women and children to commit suicide while murdering other people? This is how low these scums are. On the other hand, we have some Americans who say he deserves to be heard and these SEALs are treated like the criminals. The next question is simple, who are the spineless advocates of these prosecutions
    who apparently do not appreciate their freedoms secured by our serving military and veterans? In simpler language for CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, and MSNBS, who are those who look at this story and yawn? Who are the individuals in our Navy, Pentagon, or Defense Department who are kicking our troops in the teeth or who stab them in the back with indignant politics? Where is our new
    President and our new Congress? You dishonor them and do not speak for the proud Americans who rally behind their troops when they are about to get unjustly screwed, again. Elected officials,
    where is your backbone? This is a grave threat to our American national security and to the welfare of our U.S. Armed Forces. Whoever is behind this insane, suicidal, prosecution should be removed from office immediately and prosecuted themselves for giving aid and comfort to the enemy in time of war. This goes for whoever approved it and whoever approved the approval all the way up the chain of command. This preposterous game, in which we give a terrorist a forum to recruit and even offer training to his fellow animals around the world, must be stopped immediately.
    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.
    In the beginning of this comment, I said that this news story is the most important of 2010. Why? because no matter what party you belong to, if you don’t care about those who defend this nation, sooner or later, there will not be an America. Believe me, if an old guitar-picker like myself is worried, you should be too.
    Please think about our troops and veterans this Holiday while sitting back in your warm homes watching football games with friends and loved ones. I wish I could have been as brave as these magnificent beings, who defend us, no matter what?
    Email or call your Congressmen, our President and even our (asleep at the wheel)media about this problem.