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PostPosted: Wed Apr 21, 2010 12:01 pm    Post subject: United States Navy SEALs  Reply with quote

He never should have been charged!

Navy SEAL Court Martial trial
April 21, 2010
An Iraqi prisoner suspected of masterminding an attack that killed 4 American contractors
testified he was beaten by U.S. troops while hooded and tied to a chair in the opening day of a court-martial of a Navy SEAL.
The trial stems from an attack on four Blackwater security contractors who were driving through the city of Fallujah west of Baghdad in 2004.
The men were killed and then crowds dragged two of the burnt bodies through the streets and hanged them from a bridge over the Euphrates River — pictures that became iconic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Images of the burnt bodies of Americans hanging from the bridge drove home to many the rising power of the insurgency and helped spark a bloody U.S. invasion of the city to root out the insurgents.
The courts-martial of 3 Navy SEALS accused in the Iraqi prisoner's abuse case have outraged many Americans who see it as a sign that their government is going soft on terrorists. Members of Congress have urged the U.S. defense secretary to drop the charges.

All 3 SEALs could have received only a disciplinary reprimand, but insisted on a military trial to clear their names and save their careers.
A military judge ordered that trials for Huertas and Keefe, of Yorktown, Virginia, be held in Iraq so they could face Abed. The Iraqi government refused to transfer him to the U.S. to testify.
Keefe is also accused of failing to safeguard the prisoner.
McCabe of Perrysburg, Ohio, is charged with assaulting Abed and is scheduled to be court-martialed May 3 in Virginia.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AMEN! These Seals should have NEVER, EVER been charged with a crime. Do the "idiots at the helm of this country" even understand WAR? It's a given none of them have been in the Military.

I really don't care if the Seals HAD done what they stand accused of; it should never have gone this far. I, for one, am sick and tired of this government taking the side of Muslims over Christians and it happens every day.

Like CJ says, keep praying for the other Seals.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 24, 2010 5:45 am    Post subject: US clears 2nd Navy SEAL Reply with quote

US clears 2nd Navy SEAL
April 23, 2010
A U.S. military judge on Friday cleared a Navy SEAL of any wrongdoing in the alleged beating of an Iraqi prisoner suspected of masterminding the grisly 2004 killings of four American contractors.

The Blackwater contractors' burned bodies were dragged through the streets and two were hanged from a bridge over the Euphrates river in the former insurgent hotbed of Fallujah in an attack that shocked Americans and galvanized U.S. support for the war.

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, a spokesman said.

It was the second verdict in as many days to throw out charges against a SEAL accused in the abuse case.
Three SEALS, the Navy's elite special forces unit, face charges in a case that has drawn fire from at least 20 members of Congress and other Americans who it see it as coddling terrorists to overcompensate for the notorious Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

The trial against the third and final SEAL to be charged is slated for May 3 in Norfolk, Virginia.

Keefe was not charged with assaulting terror suspect Ahmed Hashim Abed, but of failing to protect him in the hours after he was captured and brought to a U.S. military base on Sept. 1, 2009.
Abed had been the focus of an Iraq-wide manhunt for his suspected role in the Blackwater guards' killings.

U.S. Joint Forces Special Operations spokesman Lt. Col. Terry L. Conder said Keefe showed no visible reaction when Carlos read his verdict shortly before 9 p.m. at a courtroom at the U.S. military's Camp Victory on Baghdad's western outskirts.

The verdict comes a day after another SEAL, Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, of Blue Island, Illinois, was found not guilty of similar charges.

Huertas testified briefly during Keefe's case — mostly to underscore the point that he, too, had been cleared, Conder said.

The evidence largely pit the testimony of Abed and a junior Navy whistleblower, Petty Officer 3rd class Kevin DeMartino, against that of several SEALs and other Navy sailors who denied that Abed had been abused.

Conder said that DeMartino testified for several hours Friday to recount anew his memory of seeing Abed punched in the stomach, causing blood to gush from his mouth and stain his white dishdasha, the traditional long garment worn by some Arabs.

DeMartino identified Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe as the SEAL who hit Abed as Keefe and Huertas stood watching nearby.
DeMartino said he initially lied about witnessing the assault but days later alerted the SEALs commander of it, sparking the investigation.

Defense lawyers, however, seized on inconsistencies in DeMartino's testimony and questioned the credibility of Abed, a suspected terrorist, to raise doubt about their versions of events.
They also relied on evidence recycled from Huertas' trial in claiming that Abed could have bit his lip to make himself bleed on his clothing

Compared to McCabe, Keefe and Huertas faced relatively minor charges as neither were accused of assaulting Abed.
Keefe and Huertas chose to have their trials held in Iraq, so they could face Abed in court. McCabe waived that legal right.
The verdicts have played into Iraqis' fears that courts will never hold U.S. troops accountable for atrocities or other abuses.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 25, 2010 7:31 am    Post subject: FREE the SEALs!!!! Reply with quote

Free ALL The SEALs From Travesty
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The first of three Navy SEALs charged with abusing a captured jihadist has been cleared. Why has this administration taken the word of terrorists and let American heroes twist in the wind?
The acquittal of Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, 29, of Blue Island, Ill., by a six-member U.S. military jury in Baghdad on Thursday is good news and the correct verdict.

Huertas was found innocent of charges of dereliction of duty and attempting to influence the testimony of another service member in the case of the treatment of captured terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed.
Huertas was a member of the Navy SEAL (sea, air, land) team that last Sept. 3 was dropped into harm's way to capture Abed, a high-value target known as Objective Amber. The mission was a success.

Abed was the mastermind behind the killing, burning and mutilation of four American contractors working for Blackwater USA in Fallujah, Iraq, in March 2004. Their charred bodies were dragged through the streets and hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River for the world press to photograph.
Abed, following the al-Qaida training manual, claimed he was abused while in custody.

An al-Qaida handbook captured in a raid by British authorities on a terrorist cell in Manchester, England, states "brothers must insist on proving that torture was inflicted on them by state security before the judge. Complain of mistreatment while in prison." And lie Abed did.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe of Perrysburg, Ohio, was charged with assaulting Abed, punching him in the stomach and giving him a fat lip. McCabe is scheduled to be court-martialed May 3 in Virginia.

The court-martial of Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe of Yorktown, Va., who, like Huertas, was charged with dereliction of duty for failing to safeguard Abed, is scheduled to begin Thursday, also at Camp Victory.

Huertas' civilian attorney argued that Abed was a terrorist who could not be trusted and may have inflicted wounds upon himself as a way of placing blame on his captors.

Monica Lombardi argued, "There was no abuse. This is classic terrorist training."

The politically correct Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland, commander of Special Operations Command Central, said of the attempted railroading of the three SEALs: "The abuse of a detainee, no matter how minor, creates strategic repercussions that harm our nation's security and ultimately costs the lives of U.S. citizens."

We do not know what he thinks of the Huertas verdict or of the harm done to our nation's security by prosecuting those willing to die for their country on the word of a terrorist who has murdered American citizens.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 26, 2010 11:02 am    Post subject: Prosecution of Navy SEALs Unraveling Reply with quote

Prosecution of Navy SEALs Unraveling
26 Apr 2010
With two courtroom exonerations, the military's prosecution of  three Navy SEALs is unraveling because one of the two star witnesses is a suspected al Qaeda terrorist, and the second one has told inconsistent stories, persons involved in the case tell HUMAN EVENTS.

Neal Puckett, the attorney for Petty Officer Matthew McCabe, said  the two not guilty verdicts last week should prompt Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland, who brought the charges, to dismiss the case against his client.

"It would be a waste of money to put McCabe on trial  when they can't prove the underlining event happened," he said of the scheduled May 3 trial in Norfolk. "All three cases have the identical witnesses and evidence. It's the same case."

McCabe's fellow SEALs  were exonerated in separate courts-martial in Baghdad on charges of dereliction of duty in the capture and confinement last September of Ahmed Hashim Abed, one of the most-hunted terrorist suspects in Iraq. On Friday, a military jury acquitted Petty Officer Julio Huertas; the next day, the judge who presided over that trial found Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe not guilty in a non-jury trial.

Next up is McCabe, the only one of the three actually charged with striking Abed.

What do the verdicts mean for McCabe next week?
"It significantly increases the chances we are going to win because the government's evidence and theory of guilt has been tried out on a basic military jury and they didn't buy it," Puckett said.

Now that the military's evidence against the three SEALs has become public in court, it is questionable why Gen. Cleveland, who oversees the special ops segment of Central Command, ever filed charges.

It is one thing for civilian government prosecutors to rely on gangland thugs as witnesses to win jury convictions of other gangland thugs.
But in Baghdad last week, when the government relied on a reputed terrorist thug to try to convict brave Navy SEALs, a military jury  and judge did not buy it.

Abed was U.S. Central Command's star witness. Trouble is, he may be a murderer. Intelligence reports say he masterminded the ambush and killings of four American Blackwater security guards in Falluhja in 2004. Terrorists hung two of the charred bodies on a bridge over the Euphrates River in a grotesque scene that underscored the enemy's willingness to kill and mutilate anyone.

The SEALs captured Abed last September in a perfectly executed insertion, snatch and extraction in Anbar Province.

The Huertas-Keefe verdicts exposed the prosecutions' deep problems and further fed conservative criticism of Cleveland, who had wanted to handle the case privately in his office via non-judicial punishment. But the SEALs maintained their innocence, rejected the offer and demanded trials.

Handcuffed and in a yellow jump suit, Abed testified, via a translator, that he was beaten while held at base camp before being transferred to Baghdad, where he remains jailed. But he said he was hooded and does not know who struck him.

The fact the al Qaeda handbook directs captured terrorists to always claimed they were beaten, called his assertions into question. The defense showed photographs of the detainee to judge and jury. Abed lacked any bruises to support his story.

The other star witness was Petty Officer Kevin DeMartino, the master-at-arms at the base whose job it was to guard Abed. DeMartino testified he saw McCabe punch Abed in the gut -- testimony McCabe denies.

But DeMartino gave differing statements to investigators. At least four other trial witnesses rebutted his versions. For example, DeMartino said a SEAL saw blood on Abed's white dishdasha and helped him take it off. But the SEAL in question denied the incident ever happened.

"The combination of Abed the terrorist and Petty Officer DeMartino was not believed by the jury," Puckett said.

Of DeMartino, he said, "I have eight witnesses who will completely rebut what DeMartino said. DeMartino says people did this and that. We have the people denying this .... He is also the individual solely responsible for Abed at all times, for safety of detainee, and we can prove he left his post."

DeMartino acknowledged at Huertas trial that he at first lied to investigators, according to press reports of the trial.
"He's what we call a completely impeached witness," Puckett said.

A Navy source close to the case summed up the prosecution this way for HUMAN EVENTS: "The prosecution's case relied on a terrorist with no credibility and on DeMartino, who was responsible for the detainee and, the evidence showed, was alone with the detainee and left the detainee alone and unguarded at times when he was in his custody, violating all of the basic rules for handling a prisoner, much less a terrorist detainee.  DeMartino's story has essentially evolved over time, from he 'didn't know what happened to the detainee,' to 'every SEAL took a punch at the detainee.' He has made seven different statements, all of which are materially inconsistent with each other and contrary to the physical evidence."

The U.S. military has refused to release any details on why Abed is being held. Abed denies he had anything to do with the Fallujah atrocity.
But Puckett said among the discovery documents the military turned over to the defense is an intelligence assessment that Abed planned the horrible attack.

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PostPosted: Tue May 04, 2010 8:53 am    Post subject: Motion to Dismiss Trial of Navy SEAL Denied Reply with quote

Motion to Dismiss Trial of Navy SEAL Denied
May 3, 2010
NORFOLK, Virginia - A military judge refused to dismiss charges against a Navy SEAL charged with assaulting an Iraqi terrorist,
rejecting reports by the defense that improper pressure may have been put on Gen. Charles Cleveland who made the decision to prosecute.

Proceedings began Monday at Norfolk Naval Base for Petty Officer Matthew McCabe, the last of the
3 Navy SEALs facing courts martial for allegedly assaulting terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed, mastermind of the murder and mutilation of 4 Blackwater security guards in Fallujah in 2004.

McCabe’s attorney’s Neal Puckett and Haytham Faraj filed a motion to dismiss the trial based on “unlawful command influence.”

Puckett and Faraj cited a segment on Fox News’ "O’Reilly Factor" in which Geraldo Rivera quoted sources "very close" to Gen. Charles Cleveland
saying he was pressured to continue with the trials despite public outrage and two not guilty verdicts in the cases of Petty Officers Keefe and Huertas.

The prosecution countered that there were not enough objective facts in the Fox News report to dismiss the trial.

Presiding Judge Capt. Moira Modzelewski rejected the motion, saying that Gen. Cleveland could not be held responsible for the continuation of the trial
since McCabe was given the option of non-judicial punishment but chose a court martial instead.

If McCabe had accepted non-judicial punishment it would have been perceived as an admission of guilt and his military career would have been severely tarnished.

Citing translation inconsistencies, defense attorneys brought a second motion seeking a new transcript of Abed's deposition that was
taken in Baghdad and would constitute his testimony in McCabe’s trial. (Abed will not be at present in Norfolk).

Judge Modezelweski ruled that the prosecution must provide a new translator to listen to Abed’s audio testimony.
The prosecution and defense seemed concerned that it could take more than 24 hours to find a credible translator.

Should the prosecutor find the translator, jury selection will begin Tuesday followed by opening statements. The trial was initially expected to last through Wednesday but due to the unexpected defense motions, it is possible that the trial could extend until Friday.

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PostPosted: Wed May 05, 2010 5:50 am    Post subject: Testimony Begins in Trial of Navy SEAL Reply with quote

Testimony Begins in Trial of Navy SEAL
May 4, 2010 NORFOLK -
The former commander at the U.S. base where Navy Seal Matthew McCabe is accused of assaulting an Iraqi detainee, testified today he issued guidelines just before the incident prohibiting prisoner abuse. He was the first witness in the trial of the 24 year old McCabe, the last of three Navy Seals to stand trial in connection with the arrest last September of Ahmed Hashim Abed. Abed is the accused mastermind of the murders of four U.S. contractors who were killed in Fallujah in 2004. Their bodies were burned, dragged through the streets and two of them were hung from a bridge.

The witness, who the court requested not be identified in the media, called his anti-abuse edict a “very important document,” but on cross examination said he wasn’t sure all his men had read it by the time the incident occurred.

The testimony came on a day in which a jury of 4 officers and 3 enlisted personnel was seated to hear the case, and opening arguments were also delivered. The prosecution claims McCabe is guilty of simple assault for striking a detainee in the midsection. McCabe and two other Navy Seals captured Abed and brought him to a U.S. detention center where the alleged abuse occurred. The other two SEALS have been acquitted.

In his opening argument, Defense Attorney Neal Puckett said, “Evidence will show the SEALs did something they are trained to do—go get someone and bring them back, essentially serving an arrest warrant.” As to the alleged assault, Puckett claims the detainee caused his own injury to discredit the Americans and that no abuse occurred.

Also on Tuesday, a two-and-a-half hour audio tape was played in which Abed describes the alleged assault. He said he was sitting in a chair when he was hit on the shoulder and the back, then fell to the floor. While down, Abed claims he was kicked in the stomach. He says he was blindfolded the whole time and can’t positively identify any particular assailant.

The defense is not happy with the translation of Abed’s testimony, but the judge said the transcript will be reviewed by another expert and that a new deposition is not necessary.
The trial is expected to last until the end of this week.

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 3:31 pm    Post subject: Prosecution's Star Witness in SEAL Case Discredited Reply with quote

Prosecution's Star Witness in SEAL Case Discredited
May 6, 2010
NORFOLK, Va. - The prosecution's star witness in the trial of a Navy SEAL charged with abusing a terror suspect was
discredited when multiple witnesses testified that Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin DeMartino had a motive for false accusations.

DeMartino, the only witness that said he saw the defendant strike the suspect, could face a dishonorable discharge for not performing his duties correctly when he was assigned to guard the terrorist,
giving him motivation to lie on the stand, according to the case being built by the defense lawyers.

DeMartino’s job as a Master at Arms (MA) was to stay with the detainee at all times.
A Navy photographer said when she came to take photos of the detainee “she could not find him anywhere.”
The photographer was not the only witness to claim Wednesday that DeMartino was not where he was suppose to be that day.

Earlier DeMartino testified that he saw Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe punch Ahmed Hashim Abed,
the detained terrorist and suspected mastermind behind the brutal murders of four civilians in Fallujah. "It was a right-cross.
He punched him in the stomach," said DeMartino. In his testimony he claims that other SEALs entered the room but McCabe was the only one he saw punch Abed.

Hours later a SEAL commander found Abed with blood on his chin and clothing. When he asked DeMartino what happened, he said DeMartino said “I don’t know.”
While under oath DeMartino admitted that he left the detainee twice while he was supposed to be watching him  -- once to get medical paperwork and once to stow his gun.

While being cross examined by McCabe’s defense attorney Neal Puckett, DeMartino stated “All eyes are on me, he was in my responsibility.”

“At some point you knew that because of the blood people would point to you first, did you not?” asked Puckett “You were derelict in your duties?”

“Yes, I was, ” said DeMartino

Navy Reserve member Paul Franco, DeMartino’s supervisor on the camp, said that he had “reservations” about DeMartino’s “truthfulness.” Franco said that often DeMartino lied about completing tasks.

Franco testified that DeMartino came to him after the alleged incidents to talk. He was crying and visibly upset. “He told me ‘I hate this ****ing place, this guy is going to make a claim,” Franco said.

Franco, an 11-year Navy Reserves member, said that in prior weeks to the incident DeMartino was under more pressure due to extra work. He had noticed that DeMartino stopped working out and seemed to have lost motivation.

Franco testified that he directed DeMartino to talk to a commanding officer who was better qualified to deal with a claim of abuse by the detainee.
The photographer who testified she could not find DeMartino when she needed to take her photos of Abed, said that DeMartino sought her advice as well.

She testified that she saw DeMartino upset and that “he said his life was over,” “he said he couldn’t eat or sleep.”
DeMartino talked with several of the witnesses who claim they saw him panicked and that he talked of wanting to be a California Highway Patrol Officer and that his chances could be ruined.

A SEAL commander whose name cannot be revealed due to his active service testified that while he walked with Abed to hand him over to the Iraqi’s he noticed him “sucking on his lip, and spitting blood.”

“Was he feigning injury?” asked Puckett.
“He appeared to be hamming it up,” answered the commander.

Two medics also testified that when screening Abed and documenting their findings there did not appear to be any injuries. One medic said though that Abed claimed he was abused.
The court is expected to hear from more defense witnesses on Thursday, one of which will testify by telephone, and another that is expected to be an oral surgeon.

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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2010 8:09 pm    Post subject: 3rd and Last Navy SEAL Found Not Guilty of Assaulting a Terr Reply with quote

3rd and Last Navy SEAL Found Not Guilty of Assaulting a Terrorist
May 06, 2010  PRAISE GOD! ALL 3 CLEARED!

A Virginia military jury found a Navy SEAL not guilty Thursday on all charges he punched an Iraqi suspected in the 2004 killings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah.

"I'm really happy right now," Matthew McCabe, the Navy SEAL, told Fox News shortly after hearing the outcome of the court martial.
"It's an amazing feeling. I'm on cloud nine right now."
McCabe, a special operations petty officer second class, called the proceedings "troubling at times," adding "having your career on the line is not an easy thing to handle.

McCabe was the third and final Navy SEAL to be prosecuted in the case. He had faced charges of assault,
making a false official statement and dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee.
McCabe was accused of punching last year is Ahmed Hashim Abed, the suspected mastermind of the grisly killings six years ago.

After the court martial, the 24-year-old from Perrysburg, Ohio, thanked the public for its continued support.

"It's been great everything they've done," he told Fox News. "But, don't worry about it anymore.
We are putting this all behind us. It's done and over with. I'm going to try not to think about this ever again."

This follows four days of pre-trial motions, jury selection and testimony before a judge advocate general, Capt. Moira Modelewski, at naval station in Norfolk, Va.

Another one of the Navy SEALs charged, but acquitted in connection with the Abed case, Petty Officer First Class Julio Huertas, took the stand for the defense Thursday morning.
He said that he and the other two Navy SEALs, McCabe and Jonathan Keefe, did visit the detention facility where Abed was being held on the night of the alleged incident.
But, he insists, there was no assault. Huertas and Keefe were found not guilty last month in separate trials in Baghdad.

The defense called an oral surgeon Thursday who testified by phone from Baghdad. He said Abed might have bitten an ulcer on his lip, causing it to bleed. Defense attorneys hope this validates their position that no assault occurred and that Al Qaeda detainees are trained to injure themselves then claim abuse.

Earlier, after the prosecution and defense both rested their cases, prosecutors Thursday announced they needed time to present a rebuttal. They were basically trying to rehabilitate their key witness, Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Demartino, who claims he saw McCabe punch the prisoner in the stomach. Demartino’s character and credibility had been questioned by a string of defense witnesses Wednesday, many of them Navy SEALs. A rebuttal witness Thursday morning, Demartino’s former superior officer, called Demartino “one of my top sailors—I can depend on him for anything.”

Defense witnesses on Wednesday had painted a picture of Demartino as unstable, unreliable and, after the incident with Abed, “distraught.” According to testimony, Demartino was worried his career would be ruined because a prisoner claimed abuse on his watch, and that he would no longer have a chance for his dream job with the California Highway Patrol. This, the defense claims, gives Demartino a motive to lie.

Demartino did not immediately report the alleged assault to his superiors and admits to dereliction of duty. The defense suggested that since Demartino initially said nothing, then later described seeing McCabe punch Abed, he’s an unreliable witness.

The defense also continued throughout the court martial to cast doubt on the English translation of Abed’s audio-taped testimony, claiming it’s unreliable, which creates an element of doubt. As in civilian courts, a defendant—in this case McCabe--must be found not guilty if there’s a reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors.

Thursday afternoon, prosecutors suffered an apparent setback when a witness they called supported the defense position on disputed statements submitted in writing by two Navy SEALs in Iraq shortly after the alleged assault. The prosecution claimed the two SEALs, Jonathan Keefe and Matthew McCabe, colluded to get their stories straight, because their statements appeared to be identical. But the witness whose testimony backfired for the prosecution acknowledged the statements of two SEALs on the same mission often coincide.


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