Navy Seals Face Court Martial after Capture of Terrorist

Navy Seals face court martial after capture of suspected terrorist who claimed he was punched;  Navy Seals face court martial even after passing polygraph test (the polygraph test included being asked whether the suspect was punched) and even after lying charges dropped against other Navy Seals.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, is the suspect behind the brutal killing of four Blackwater contractors in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004, and apparently it was  several days after his capture that he complained of being punched.  Apparently, Al Qaeda’s training manual also instructs its members to claim abuse if captured.

Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas and Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe still face courts-martial for allegedly not protecting a reputed terrorist after his capture in Fallujah, Iraq.   Huertas faces a second charge of impeding an investigation.

A third SEAL, Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, will be court-martialed next month in Norfolk.   He allegedly punched Abed in the stomach while Keefe and Huertas were in the room.

Are a suspected terrorists claims of being  “roughed up” sufficient to court martial our brave men and women who wear America’s uniform in defense of our nation, as in this case, or are we going overboard with the legal rights we are affording them?

What do you think?

Francisco J. Barragan

Commander, UMAVA

United Mexican-American Veterans Association

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