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Comment of the Day: “Navy Chief” on the SEAL Trial

Posted on April 24 2010 7:05 pm
David Forsmark is the owner and president of Winning Strategies, a full service political consulting firm in Michigan. David has been a regular columnist for Frontpage Magazine since 2006. For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper.
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This reported eyewitness account was posted today in the comment section of my column on the Navy’s continued genuflection to political correctness in the case of 3 Navy SEALs accused of giving a terrorist a fat lip.

NAVY CHIEF  I was a direct observer of SO1 Huertas’ trial the two days prior to S02 Keefe’s trial. Like a fly on the wall, I watched the entire testimony, saw the evidence, and listened to the expert’s opinions.

The inescapable conclusion was that THERE WAS NO BEATING or ABUSE! The prosecution’s two star witnesses included an young, inexperienced, overtaxed, and emotionally distraught Sailor, and a terrorist. The Sailor’s testimony was inconsistent with the evidence, inconsistent with itself, and contrary to the description of the alleged beating by the terrorist.

The defense witnesses included FOUR people that testified under grant of immunity. So, the only way they could get into trouble was to lie under oath. Those four, plus multiple others, told substantially the same story, which was that very little happened in the way that the prosecution’s witnessed claimed. Oh, and the expert oral/dental surgeon testified that it was far more likely that the lip, which was cut on the inside, was the result of an ulcerative condition OR from being bitten (i.e. by the terrorist). It did not bear the usual characteristics of being caused by a punch, kick, or direct impact to the lip (like from falling to the floor).

SO1 Huertas was charged not with abusing the detainee, but with allowing it to happen (dereliction of duty) and then covring it up (obstruction of justice). Had the evidence shown either, the military jury would have convicted. We police our own. But the evidence and testimony overwhelmingly exhonerated him, and by extension, SO2 Keefe and SO2 McCabe.

God Bless these heroes! And thank God we have these men who had the courage to bring their case to a court martial.

For more detailed commentary on the trial, check out Navy Chief’s running commentary here.

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