The continuing saga of the court-martial of Navy SEALS who brought a terrorist to justice gets a boost today when Reps. Rohrabacher and Burton hold a press conference calling for exoneration of the SEALs. If and when video is posted of the event, I will find it and post it.
From Rep. Rohrabacher’s site:
[UPDATE: location change] ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** PRESS CONFERENCE*** Reps. Rohrabacher, Burton Renew Call For Exoneration of Navy SEAL “3”
Joined by Accused SEAL Matthew McCabe
Washington, Mar 3
– FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 4, 2010
The House Triangle
Reps. Rohrabacher and Burton will be joined by accused Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe, over a dozen retired Navy SEALs and other special forces personnel, to renew calls for exoneration of the “Navy SEAL 3” charged with mistreating al-Qaeda leader, Ahmed Hashim Abed, mastermind behind the 2004 killing, burning and mutilation of four American contractors in Fallujah, Iraq.
In September 2009, SEALs Matthew McCabe, Julio Huertas, and Jonathan Keefe, were part of the SEAL team that captured Abed, considered the most wanted terrorist in Iraq. In December 2009 and January 2010, the SEALs were arraigned in military court on charges of giving false statements to investigators and abusing Abed after the detainee claimed he had been punched by his captors.
With the trials set to begin for SEALs Huertas and Keefe next month, Reps. Burton and Rohrabacher will again call for their exoneration and present signed petitions of support from over 100,000 Americans calling for the same. The petitions will then be delivered to Maj. Gen Cleveland and Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations.
Neal Puckett, attorney for Matthew McCabe, will also be on hand to provide an update on the case.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA)
Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN)
Petty Officer 2nd Class, Matthew McCabe (Accused Navy SEAL)
Neal Puckett, Attorney
Capt. Larry Bailey, Retired Navy SEAL
Former Special Forces personnel
For those that are still out of the loop on this case, go here for the details.