Free the SEALs!

16 12 2009

Human Events has organized a petition for us to sign, asking that Secretary of Defense Robert Gates release the three Navy SEALs who are unjustly charged with having “abused” a terrorist they captured in a daring raid this September. The terrorist claims he was “struck in the stomach.” This is what the petition says:

Hon. Robert M. Gates
Secretary of Defense
The Pentagon
Washington, DC

Dear Secretary Gates:

We, the editors and staff of HUMAN EVENTS, and the many Americans who have attached their signatures to this petition, hereby request your personal intervention to dismiss the charges against Navy SEAL operators SO2 Jonathan Keefe, SO1 Julio Huertas and SO2 Matthew McCabe.

These three men are charged with abusing a terrorist they captured in a daring nighttime raid on or about 1 September 2009. On that night, they — as part of a platoon from SEAL Team 10 — captured and detained Ahmed Hashim Abed, one of the most barbaric and dangerous terrorists in Iraq. The terrorist — in a move that is literally right out of the al-Queda training manual — complained of abuse, apparently alleging he was struck in the stomach.

We had hoped that the SEALs’ commanders would dispose of this matter at the lowest level — with a scolding and perhaps a few hundred pushups — for anyone actually guilty of inflicting an inconvenience on this bloody-handed barbarian. But on 29 September 2009, Gen. David H. Petraeus signed a letter authorizing MGen. Charles T. Cleveland to dispose of the allegations of misconduct. In that letter, Gen. Petraeus said that MGen. Cleveland could, “…dispose of these matters in any manner you deem appropriate. This includes the authority to convene courts-martial at any level up to and including General Courts-Martial and to refer charges concerning these individuals to any court-martial.”

The three now face special courts-martial next month. We believe their commanders — including General Petraeus — have failed you, the SEALs and the American people by not preventing the matter from going this far.

You are the person next in line above General Petraeus in the chain of command. You can, legally under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, intervene to dismiss the charges against the three SEALs and direct that they be restored to duty.

We respectfully request that you do so forthwith. For this matter to continue — and to place the honor and fighting future of these three men at stake — is manifestly a gross injustice.

 Respectfully submitted,

[Your name here]

I just signed the petition, and the current signature count is 56,174. To sign the petition, go HERE.

~Eowyn

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4 responses

16 12 2009
Bob in FL

Just signed, up to 58,548 signatures.

God Bless the Brave Navy SEALS.

16 12 2009
giovanniworld

Just signed myself. Its up to 58,996 signed, let’s keep it going people.

As a side note… Who could blame any Navy Seal or Special Op team to never come back with a live target?!

Gio-

17 12 2009
Bob A

I’d be happy to hear that not another terrorist was taken alive.

17 12 2009
Steve

This case makes me sick………….Ya know these Seals could have just taken some sort of reprimand and to a man they said we’d rather face a court marshal in open court. This was their decision to stick together instead of some bs charge from some snivling terrorist………what doe’s this say about the PC bullshit snivivily…is that a word….LOl …Officers leadeing the baddest of the baddest.?…………And why oh why are we still taking prisoners……remember, “Dead men tell no Tales”

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