I can’t think of a better term to describe the following situation. Ahmed Hashim Abed, the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards which Gateway Pundit describes:
The USA Blackwater guards were burned, beaten, dragged through the streets of Fallujah and their decapitated bodies hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River on March 31, 2004.
You know this scene from Fallujah seen below:
He was captured. We should be celebrating, justice prevails. But now three Navy SEALs are charged and will receive a court martial. They were facing non-judicial punishment (a Captain’s Mast, akin to admitting guilt), but demanded a court martial. Fox News reports:
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.
Why? Because Abed claims to have gotten a bloody lip saying he was punched… a fat lip. Let’s see SEALs capture a high value terrorist target… they should receive a medal, but this Abed claims he was hit. I know it isn’t possible at all that he gave himself the fat lip in order to try to make the Navy SEALs look bad in this “law enforcement action on terror.”
I’m surprised he isn’t lawyered up already and complaining about not being mirandized. What this could reinforce is that bringing in terrorists dead rather than alive is preferable with the Obama administration in charge.
Michael Goldfarb points out some inconsistency of how justice rolls with the Obama administration:
A fat lip? That’s enough to get you rough military justice from the Obama administration, but blow up the World Trade Center and you get all the due process rights of the civilian criminal justice system. Sounds fair, right?