8 thoughts on “Seals Cleared”

  1. This whole prosecution is a travesty. somebody roughs-up a murdering terrorist- he’s lucky they didn’t blow his head off.

  2. Those 2 guys beat the rap on the coverup, not the beating. They were never accused of the beating. The 3rd guy is the actual beater and will be tried in the US.

    I know your military fetish causes you to empathize with the SEALS, but if you weren’t blinded by emotion you would see it is not in America’s interest to allow our military to beat prisoners. Especially when that means violating an order to keep the prisoner safe.

    So in the interest of the troops and American decency, I hope the beater is found guilty and gets off with time served or some such.

    America is supposed to be better than the bad guys, and our troops are supposed to be the best of America.

    The problem with American exceptionalists is they have so many exceptions.

  3. So in the interest of the troops and American decency, I hope the beater is found guilty and gets off with time served or some such.

    Actually I misspoke – I’d prefer that the evidence shows the prisoner was never beaten, or that there was an explanation, and that the SEALs followed orders to keep him safe.

  4. At least you are now abandoning the Stalinist style legal system. Execute first, try later.

    Just maybe they didn’t beat the rap. Maybe the witnesses were telling the truth. If an American prisoner resists while in custody, and happens to get a swollen lip in the scuffle, we praise the correction officers for exercising restraint. A murdering terrorist is captured on the battlefield and brought back unharmed with a “fat lip” and you want to throw the SEAL’s in jail regardless of the evidence.

    I still believe in innocent until proven guilty.

    No, I have little sympathy for the poor baby who killed our people and drug there burning bodies down the street to celebrate. He can trip and fall again for all I care.

    The man is well cared for. That is a lot more than they even think of giving to us.

  5. I still believe in innocent until proven guilty.

    No you don’t. You already have convicted the prisoners as “terrorists.” And even if they were convicted terrorists American decency prohibits beatings.

    So much for your beliefs and principles.

    Let’s hope it turns out to be a case of subduing a violent foe rather than taking a free shot at a defenseless prisoner.

  6. American decency does not. If a prisoner forces us to subdue them to capture or keep them, that is allowable force. We should not treat them any better than domestic arrests. They did not beat him up. If they did, they deserve humilitation for doing such a poor job.

    The man was not harmed. The extent of his injury was a shot to the mouth and fat lip. That hardly qualifies as a beating and does not warrent felony charges regardless. The evidence says that he had to be subdued and even suggests the injury actually came from his own actions.

    The man admits to being a terrorist leader so I don’t have to “convict” him to know what he is.

    Your sympathies are misplaced and so is that of the regime.

  7. The evidence says that he had to be subdued and even suggests the injury actually came from his own actions.

    The first two hearings simply found that the two defendants could not have prevented the alleged assault, and therefore were not responsible for violating the orders to keep him safe.

    The actual assault hearing is in Norfolk next month. We’ll find out then what the circumstances were. I hope the violence turns out to be justified.

    My sympathies are with the troops. We should not send them into harm’s way saddled with the reputation of being sadists. We are supposed to be better. Simply holding the hearing is a good start.

    Plus we should not tolerate the breakdown of discipline, even if the thought of punching a prisoner does give you tingly feeling in your leg.

  8. Those 2 guys beat the rap on the coverup, not the beating. They were never accused of the beating.

    Then what were they covering up?

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