10 February 2010

Military cancels detainee interview in Navy SEAL case

According to an article at The US Report, it appears the case against Navy SEAL McCabe is pretty weak. I'm glad to see that statements from the terrorist won't be used but not so glad that I didn't see this on the six o'clock news.

The military has canceled the deposition of an alleged terrorist mastermind
who claimed that he was assaulted by the military following his capture last
year. The law firm Puckett and Faraj, representing Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe, made the announcement on Sunday.

Major General Charles Cleveland, the convening authority for the
upcoming special courts-martial for three of the Navy SEALs involved in the
operation, has decided to cancel the trip to Iraq to depose Ahmed Hashim Abed.
Since the SEALs have a Constitutional right to confront their accuser in court,
the alleged terrorist's statements won't be used as evidence for the case.

Abed, who is still in U.S. custody, is believed to be the al Qaeda mastermind behind the 2004 Fallujah ambush where four U.S. private security contractors were killed and their bodies mutilated. According to court documents, he claimed that he received what amounted to a punch in the stomach while in U.S. custody.

The prosecution's case against the SEALs appears weak. For instance al Qaeda's training manual states that once captured, members should claim torture and abuse.

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