Time to free this man.
This post was first published here on April 24, 2010.
Editor’s Note: In light of the current events, this story reminds us of what our service men and women are dealing with, both at home and abroad in defense of our country.
In a story you won’t see on MSNBC, for the second time in 2 days, a Navy SEAL was acquitted of charges in the infamous terrorist-with-a-fat-lip case.
After a day-long trial, a Navy judge took 2 hours to come back with a verdict of not guilty of dereliction of duty for Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe of Yorktown, Va.
No word on what the judge did for the other hour and 58 minutes he spent in chambers after giving the evidence the consideration it deserved. The judge, a model of decorum, managed not to use the words “insane,” “bulls**t,” or ask the prosecutor “What the **** did you waste all this time and money for?” when announcing the acquittal.
The prosecutor had the nerve to tell the Navy panel to convict Keefe in order to show “we are better than the terrorists.”
Umm, I’m thinking you should save that argument for when Navy SEALs ambush Iraqi citizens, drag them through the streets, hang their bodies from a bridge, and then do a happy dance.
Thursday, another judge cleared Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas not guilty of dereliction of duty and impeding the investigation. But the prosecution is as yet still pressing forward with the May 3rd court martial of Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, who is accused of actually delivering the fat lip to the man responsible for the above atrocity.
It’s worth remembering that the SEALs are going through a full-fledged court martial because they refused to take the slap on the wrist known as “a Captain’s Mast” that would have seriously impeded their promising careers. This kind of discipline has been on the increase since the election of Barack Obama as the command structure tries to show the Commander-in-Chief just how nice they are.
In November, I praised the SEALs for standing up to this insidious practice predicting “I’m confident that no court-martial panel made up of warriors will convict these heroes. And they are certainly better off facing “military tribunal” of sorts than in falling into the hands of the Obama/Holder Justice Department…”
So far, so good.