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Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
By Rowan Scarborough

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March 31, 2004: Iraqis chant anti-American slogans as the charred and mutilated bodies of U.S. contractors hang from a bridge over the Euphrates River in Fallujah, Iraq.
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 health."

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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If these guys are found guilty I feel most of the seals will not reenlist. Too dangerous. If I was now in the military I for one would not take any prisoners. Dead men can't lie.

This is politically motivated.
 

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If these guys are found guilty I feel most of the seals will not reenlist. Too dangerous. If I was now in the military I for one would not take any prisoners. Dead men can't lie.

This is politically motivated.
Did you catch the date on the byline?
 

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March 31, 2004... I wonder how this turned out or if it has ever gone to trial?

"Sir, Sorry to inform you I was forced to shoot the prisoner in self defense, Sir!
 

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I know a young man in Iraq, he said civil laws applied in the military are keeping the military from being able to make soldiers do thier duty. They can sit at the camp and not go out. They have officers that have no concept of the field.

One of his officers tried to get him to sign out a device that contained all the time tables and freaquencies,etc for a device used to detect cell/radio controlled IED's, no need for it in the field. It didn't reprogram the field machine, it just had all the base information used in the field machines. He never made his officer understand this and the officer called up chain of command and they reccomended the device need not be exposed to the field/chance of capture.

This young man said there is no getting rid of this guy because there is an endless supply of them upline that only know how to sit and play viedo games all night.

We need to get the politicians out of the military and let the military run it.

In the past , if it was good soildering the chain of command would make it right.

eddiegjr
 

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This happened when Bush was president. Another way this administration is trying to destroy the previous one, and make it look like they ''care'', for the terrorists. Another nail in the coffin for this country. CIC is trying to bring this country down as fast a possible. gypsyman
 

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the date i assume you are referring to is march 31, 2004 that is date the terrorist butcherd four blackwater contractors and hung them from the bridge. the seals hunted the leader of those that did it for several years and caught him. in the process somehow he supposedly got hit in the face. not one witness has come forward other than he tosay he was "abused".

i say i do not care if they beat the heck out of him for doing what he did..tuff stuff.

matter of fact i bet you will see less captures and more fighting to the death on the terrorist part. i sure hope so for our soldiers sake. we have lost all sense of justice and just think how many of your parents probably grandparents would be prosecured under this new found application of "CIVIL RIGHTS" on the battlefields.

My uncle who is dead now never recovered from his mental wounds much less the physical of combat in the pacific. he told me how if a jap still moved they killed him if he had a white flag they killed him and the japs did the same or worst to us. no mercy no quarter...

so what part of the word "WAR" is so hard to understand by those on the left? this ain't tidddly winks.....
 

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The young man I refered to earlier indicated "fighting to the death" was the solution to many of the problems created by the current administrations new rules. eddiegjr
 
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