Yes, you read that correctly. Three US Navy SEALs, who in September captured a man believed to have masterminded an attack that left American contractors dead and mutilated, now face court martial over charges that they assaulted him during his capture.
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.
Poor baby. He was just minding his own business, killing and maiming Americans on a battlefield in a time of war, and these terribly mean American servicemen gave him, gasp, a bloody lip. Between this and civil trails for our captured enemies it may become completely impossible to capture the enemy in the future. I beg any Soldiers who eventually find Bin Laden, don’t bring him back alive – just execute him in the field before the ACLU sets him free.
As for the attack in 2004 that Ahmed Hashim Abed is believed to have staged:
The Fallujah atrocity came to symbolize the brutality of the enemy in Iraq and the degree to which a homegrown insurgency was extending its grip over Iraq.
The four Blackwater agents were transporting supplies for a catering company when they were ambushed and killed by gunfire and grenades. Insurgents burned the bodies and dragged them through the city. They hanged two of the bodies on a bridge over the Euphrates River for the world press to photograph.
Intelligence sources identified Abed as the ringleader, but he had evaded capture until September.
Could we possibly have prevailed in any previous war with this attitude? George Washington once crossed a river in the middle of the night, on Christmas Eve no less, and butchered a bunch of Prussians in their sleep. Compare that to the rules of engagement now and tell me you don’t understand why we’re having such a hard time in Iraq and Afghanistan.
An Attorney for one of the seals makes an interesting point:
“I don’t know how they’re going to bring this detainee to the United States and give us our constitutional right to confrontation in the courtroom,” Puckett said. “But again, we have terrorists getting their constitutional rights in New York City, but I suspect that they’re going to deny these SEALs their right to confrontation in a military courtroom in Virginia.”
He’s likely right. And this is the leadership that will win in Afghanistan?