In as much as we have been sharing the various news reports and opinions that we have been reading about regarding the charging of three Navy SEALs for allegedly assaulting Ahmed Hashim Abed, the suspect behind the brutal murders of Blackwater USA contractors in Fallujah, Iraq in 2004, our readers have been very generous with their opinions and their support of Navy SEALs Matthew McCabe, Jonathan Keefe and Julio Huertas.
There are readers who are calling for the dropping of charges against the three Navy SEALs altogether, very much in the same manner as members of the House of Representatives have written a letter calling for the same. And yet there are those who believe that the SEALs should have their day in court, if only to clear their names and prove once and for all that they are not at fault.
Reader Marilyn Pfaff shared with us a commentary that shared an interesting piece of information. A copy of the Al Qaeda Training Manual was apparently seized from an Al Qaeda member’s home by the Manchester (England) Manchester Police and translated. Lesson 18 of the manual talks about guidelines to be followed by “brothers” in prisons and detention centers and listed among them is to complain about being mistreated while in prison.
Could this be the reason why the SEALs had insisted on a court martial, when they could just have easily been reprimanded outside of court?