Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Background: Three Navy SEALs took part in the capture of Ahmed Hashim Abed, one of the most wanted enemy agents in Iraq. Abed is believed to have orchestrated the brutal murder and desecration of four Blackwater USA operatives, two of whose bodies were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. After he was captured, Abed - who clearly knows his ICC regs well - complained that the SEALs roughed him up a bit.
Predictably, the US Government pressed criminal charges - against the SEALs.
The charged men are as follows.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 will be arraigned on December 7 at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, VA....
Susan has more here.
You don't need me to tell you what to do here. This IS a travesty, and we must make our voices heard.