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Show Trial Of Navy SEAL Opens – In Iraq

From the Associated Press:

Court-martial of Navy SEAL opens in Iraq


April 21, 2010

BAGHDAD — A U.S. sailor testified Wednesday he saw a Navy SEAL punch an Iraqi prisoner suspected of masterminding the killings in 2004 of four U.S. private security contractors, as the court-martial of another member of the elite unit allegedly involved in the incident opened at a military base outside Baghdad.

Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas, wearing his blue Navy uniform, appeared in a military courtroom at the Victory Base Camp on Baghdad’s western outskirts to answer charges of dereliction of duty and impeding an official investigation. He has pleaded not guilty.

Huertas, 28, of Blue Island, Illinois, is the first of three Navy SEALs to go on trial in connection with the alleged assault of the Iraqi prisoner, Ahmed Hashim Abed. He is accused of failing to safeguard the prisoner and trying to get Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Demartino to lie about having witnessed the assault…

Abed was arrested last September on charges of orchestrating the grisly killings of four Blackwater security contractors whose burned corpses were dragged through the Iraqi city of Fallujah west of Baghdad. Two of the guards’ bodies were hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River in the insurgent attack.

Demartino, who is not a SEAL and was assigned to process and transport Abed after his capture, testified he saw Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe punch the prisoner, and blood come from the prisoner’s mouth.

He told the court Huertas and fellow SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe were also in the room and that he was the closest person to McCabe at the time of the alleged assault…

A few hours after the incident, Demartino testified that Huertas told him: "Get in there and get the story straight."

He admitted initially lying when questioned about why the prisoner was injured, telling the court: "I wasn’t prepared to rat those guys out" but then said he changed his mind when it became clear there would be an investigation.

All three of the SEALs involved could have received nothing more than a disciplinary reprimand in the case, but insisted on a military trial to clear their names and save their careers.

If convicted by the six-person military jury, Huertas could face up to a year in prison.

In a rare ruling in January, a military judge ordered that trials for Huertas and Keefe, of Yorktown, Virginia, to be held in Iraq so that they could face Abed in court. Abed is still being held in Iraq, and the Iraqi government refused to allow him to be taken to the United States to testify

Where is the outrage?

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 21st, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Show Trial Of Navy SEAL Opens – In Iraq”

  1. Astravogel says:

    That’s right, kick your soldiers around and embrace
    our enemies. You can bet that Tommy sees…

    Democratica Delinda Est!

  2. Mithrandir says:

    It’s the little fascist in all of us.

    We like to put people up to be judged, so we can cut them down to size and embarrass them.

    We like to snoop on our neighbors, and report them to some gov’t agency.

    We like to sue people for no reason, just to punish them or try to steal their money.

    We love controlling and punishing people, it’s the little fascist in all of us to do these types of things.

  3. Petronius says:

    It might be a good idea if we stopped persecuting our own people and focused a little more on the terrorists who attacked us.

    Just a suggestion.

    Ceterum censeo hostem esse delendum.

  4. proreason says:

    Has there ever been a greater slap in the face to the military than this?

    Why haven’t the senior officers involved in this trial resigned rather than be show ponies for the Marxists?

  5. mr_bill says:

    I’d like to see the prosecution put on a farce: “Did you do it? No? OK, well then no more questions. Motion to dismiss.”

    • Mithrandir says:


      When are people going to f*%#ing learn! The jury can vote guilty or not guilty ANYTIME they feel like it! Didn’t we learn anything from the O.J. Simpson case? The government was so hated, that the black jury voted to dismiss despite OJ clearly being guilty.

      It is our LAST HOPE to fight an idiotic and oppressive government, JURY NULLIFICATION.

      Don’t get angry, let the gov’t waste all their resources trying to hang some poor slub, then NULLIFY the whole process by voting NOT GUILTY. Jeez people!

    • mr_bill says:

      The point I was making is that I’d like to see some recognition from the prosecution side that this was a crap case and they were going to do the absolute minimum to aid this horrible show trial. And in doing so, let the obama regime know that it can expect no help in this kind of persecution of the fine men and women in the Armed Services.

  6. canary says:

    Insane and unbelievable until you see our soldiers getting blown up to pieces trying to deliver tea and food to the terrorists. Can you imagine in Vietnam if our soldiers had to first approach the North with food and money and attempt to take care of them.
    The only thing Clinton did in Kosova is drop as many bombs as he could, and no one, said a thing. No one even cared he roughed his share of girls in hotel rooms either.

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