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U.S. Navy Seals Charged With Assaulting an Accused Terrorist-Truth!
Summary of the 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 Truth: 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."
According to the
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.
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
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.
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