The madness continues: A couple of weeks ago, three Navy SEALs were informed they would face a court martial for giving one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq a bloody lip while in their custody.
Yesterday, on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the SEALs were arraigned:
Two Navy SEALs were arraigned yesterday in military court in Virginia, accused of mistreating an Iraqi suspected in the deaths of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah in 2004.
A third SEAL has been named in the case but not yet arraigned.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe is accused of assault and dereliction of duty.
He declined to enter a plea, but told reporters after the hearing that he and his fellow SEALs are innocent.
Meanwhile, Petty Officer First Class Julio Huertas entered a not guilty plea to charges of dereliction of duty and lying to investigators.
What? No civil trial? Come on, Mr. President — it’s good enough for terrorist suspects but not for our own soldiers?
Many people are angered by this, and the sentiment is spreading:
Now if convicted, the men face up to a year in a military prison and a bad conduct discharge.
The three SEALs have received support from more than two dozen lawmakers, while a Facebook page created to show support for the three has more than 45-thousand members.
Pleas have also gone out to Defense Secretary Robert Gates to intercede in the matter.
There are ways to help these heroes. They put their lives on the line for us and protect us from enemies foreign, so we need to aggressively show our appreciation and protect them from enemies domestic.
Visit the Facebook page, which is here (it’s now up to over 100,000 members), for more info.
A petition is here.
There is a legal defense fund for at least one of the SEALs:
My client, Matthew McCabe, asked me to contact you regarding the fund being established to assist him with his legal bills. Thank you for your efforts to support his legal defense. You can assist him by sending any amounts your contributors wish to donate to:
The Law Firm of Puckett and Faraj, PC.
Make sure checks are annotated with: “SO2 McCabe” so that they can be immediately deposited into his client trust fund for legal fees and expenses. Checks can be mailed to: 2181 Jamieson Ave, Suite 1505, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Again, allow me to convey our deepest appreciation for all that you are doing.
Neal A. Puckett, Esq
LtCol, USMC (Ret)
Puckett & Faraj, PC
Washington DC | San Diego
How long can the United States survive this incessant wave of political correctness?