OK, there is a certain order to things. You know - horse.....cart.
In the matter of the Navy SEALs case....it should be ...accusation....investigation.....Courts Martial....verdict.
Then presuming that they are found guilty (and that's a mighty big "if" in my book), prior to sentencing....you make the case for leniency.
That's the point where you roll out your character witnesses....your records of achievement....your extenuating circumstances.
This is an open question for all those who are falling over themselves to excuse why the SEALs in question might have *abused* Ahmed Hashim Abed - What if they didn't?
What if Abed was following the "Terrorism for Dummies" manual and injured himself for show? What if these SEALs never touched him? What if their conflicting answers during the investigation were nothing more than a difference of opinion - abuse can be defined in shades of gray. Imagine they are completely innocent and no one hears that above the roar of paternalistic excuses people are throwing about?
Imagine for a moment you are arrested for drunk driving. You are offered a plea deal but you turn that down to get your day in court. There you sit at the defense table, ready for your day in court. There are all your friends and neighbors to support you. The judge asks how you plead and half your "support group" leaps to their feet and begins shouting "He hardly ever drinks!" "He's been under a lot of stress at work." "He was really just completely over-tired and a few drinks overpowered him" "That cop is racist/sexist/agist!" "This was just a one time thing!" "Alcoholism is a disease!"
For pity's sake! How is the judge supposed to hear you say "Not guilty!"? How is the judge supposed to hear the actual evidence?
What happened to Jerry Zovko, Scott Helvenston, Michael Teague and Wesley Batalona was horrific beyond words. But before you use the trauma of that incident as an excuse for anyone abusing a detainee, shouldn't we see if said detainee was abused in the first place?
The Charge Sheets in the case against Navy SEALs SO2 McCabe SO2 Keefe & SO1 Huertas have been released to the public.
Charge Sheets Released for Three Accused Sailors
Embedded in the story linked above are the actual documents. If the link in the story fails, please go to NavyCS by clicking on this link.
Before you spout off about these SEALs being charged with giving a scumbag a "fat lip", try reading these charges. Before proffering an opinion, educate yourself to the point where you can form one.
If you want to show support say that you believe the SEALs are innocent until proven guilty; that you are happy they will have their day in court; and make a donation to their legal defense fund.
Navy SEALs Legal Defense Fund
c/o Bank of America
Ft Eustis VA 23604
The first question I would like answered in these proceedings -
How does "unlawfully striking XXXX in the midsection with his fist" make XXXX's lip bleed & swell? I certainly hope Major General C. T. Cleveland, US Army, has a very good answer.