I’m ecstatic, but still annoyed. Like Khalid “I want an attorney” Sheik Mohammed and Saddam “I’m ready to negotiate” Hussein, this is another sorry story of an American-hater’s attempt to exploit the virtues of our justice system to further his quest to destroy it.
I’m sure this part-time vicious murderer, part-time whiney-baby would have preferred to face the black-hoods-and-machete system of justice his ilk want to impose on the rest of the world. Fox has the details here:
A U.S. Navy SEAL was cleared Thursday of charges he covered up the alleged beating of an Iraqi prisoner suspected of masterminding the grisly 2004 killings of four American security contractors.
A six-man Navy jury found Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas not guilty of dereliction of duty and impeding the investigation. The jury heard too many differences between the testimony of a sailor who claimed he witnessed the Sept. 1 assault at a U.S. base outside Fallujah, Iraq, and statements from a half-dozen others who denied his account.
Smiling and composed as he left the courthouse at the U.S. military’s Camp Victory on Baghdad’s western outskirts, Huertas said he felt vindicated.
“It’s a big weight off my shoulders,” said Huertas, 29, of Blue Island, Illinois. “Compared to all the physical activity we go through, this has been mentally more challenging.”
The fact that Al Qaeda’s own training manual tells operatives to claim torture and abuse if captured, it’s a wonder that the prosecution went forward at all. It’s an outrage that the Department of Defense would go after these three heroes, these honorable men, based on nothing but the word of the mastermind of the brutal murders of four American men. It’s beyond an outrage. I’m so excited, relieved, and happy to hear that Huertas has been cleared of all charges, but I’m still spitting mad that charges were ever brought to begin with.
(Hell, I’m still of the opinion that if Abed was roughed up a bit, and got a bloody lip, it’s because he damn well deserved it.)