The headlines on November 30, 2009 were all about the terrorist who was captured, but had a bloody lip and was alleging that the Navy Seals that captured him caused it by punching him in the face.
The following is the lead story that appeared on the internet 11.30/09. “
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.
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!
The charges stem from an alleged assault after the SEALs captured Ahmed Hashim Abed in early September. Abed is believed to be connected to the killings of four Blackwater security guards who were protecting a convoy when they were attacked by Iraqi insurgents. Their burned corpses were dragged through the city, and two of them were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River.
On December 26th the folowing story appeared in the internet news.
“Shortly after noon on Christmas, federal agents were notified that Northwest Airlines flight 253 had arrived at the Detroit airport from Amsterdam, with a passenger who had lit an explosive device on the aircraft.
After being restrained and stripped bare by fellow passengers and crew, Abdulmutallab was handed over to Customs and Border Protection officers and local police. He was then taken into cutody and because the failed bomb had burned him the terrorist was taken to a hospital for treatment.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m., FBI agents began interviewing the suspect in his hospital room, joined by a CBP officer and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.
The suspect spoke openly, said one official, talking in detail about what he’d done and the planning that went into the attack. Other counterterrorism officials speaking on condition of anonymity said it was during this questioning that he admitted he had been trained and instructed in the plot by Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen.
The interview lasted about 50 minutes. Before they decided to give the terrorist his Miranda warnings providing his right to remain silent. I will note here that as a foreign national attempting to commit an act of war against America by blowing up the plane and killing at least 290 people he was not entitled to the Miranda rights according to our Constitution! But the Obama administartion choose to give more rights to terrorists than to our own Navy Seals!
Since the attempted bombing, several prominent lawmakers have argued he should have been placed immediately in military custody, and the nation’s top intelligence official said he should have been questioned by a special group of terror investigators, rather than the FBI agents who responded to the scene.
At some point Obama could have stepped in to this SEAL debacle and dismissed the charges against the brave Navy Seals who had captured a known terrorist leader and deserved a medal not a Court Martial! But he choose not to do this. He (OBMA) ordered the Attorney General to give the captured “terrorist five” a trial in New York City in a Civil Trial instaed of being tried by a Military Court as they should be tried as terrorists.
It is news worthy to note at this time that Al Qaeda has a training manual. In this training manual that was released by the U.S. Justice Department, it says, “Members must complain, Al Qaeda members, of torture and mistreatment inflicted on them if they’re captured.” It’s part of their training. And why they would take the word of a murdering terrorist over our Navy SEALs, which is the best of the best. It just doesn’t make any sense to me!
Congressional lawmakers are seeking a reprieve for the three Navy SEALs facing court-martial because one allegedly punched a suspect in an ambush killing of U.S. contractors in Iraq.
Rather than accept a reprimand, the sailors chose to fight the charges in a military court. Their appeal greatly raises the stakes because a guilty finding could bring stiff punishment.
A letter ongressman Hunter is circulating in the House said prosecuting the three SEALs “seems to us to be an overreaction by the command.”
Hunter, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the men could face loss of rank, up to one year of confinement, a bad conduct discharge and forfeiture of a portion of their pay each month for up to a year.
About 20 lawmakers have signed the letter to Gates, including House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio. The letter was delivered, but I believe the letter should have been addressed to Obama. Holder takes his orders from the President!.
The plight of the three men seems to be gaining attention on Capitol Hill. On Wednesday, Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., sent a similar letter to Gates, asking the secretary to give the case his personal attention. He said it appeared to him that highly skilled personnel have been removed from the war effort “due to a fat lip and some slanderous allegations by one of the most-wanted individuals in Iraq.”
“The Navy SEALs could have been slapped on the wrist for this — unfairly then, too. But they said, ‘We want to let the facts be known. This is baloney that we’re being tried for this at all,”‘ Hunter said. I agree, but it never should have happened and only could happen in an enviroment that has animus for the military as does the Obama administartion!