Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Medal or Court Marshal?

One of the baddest of the bad guys in Iraq has been captured by American forces. The terrorist in question, Ahmed Hashim Abed, is the kingpin behind the torture deaths of four BlackWater USA contractors in Fallujah whose charred bodies were left hanging on the side of a bridge.

Here is the twist. In our new world of fighting terrorists with a copy of the US Constitution, Abed has sued his captors. From FoxNews:

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.
What a country.

h/t Michelle Malkin

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