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BREAKING: Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe found not guilty!

posted at 7:46 pm on May 6, 2010 by

The court martial of Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe ended today, with a jury of seven finding McCabe not guilty on all charges.

A Virginia military jury found a Navy SEAL not guilty Thursday on all charges he punched an Iraqi suspected in the 2004 killings of four U.S. contractors in Fallujah.

“I’m really happy right now,” Matthew McCabe, the Navy SEAL, told Fox News shortly after hearing the outcome of the court martial. “It’s an amazing feeling. I’m on cloud nine right now.”

McCabe, a special operations petty officer second class, called the proceedings “troubling at times,” adding “having your career on the line is not an easy thing to handle.

McCabe was the third and final Navy SEAL to be prosecuted in the case. He had faced charges of assault, making a false official statement and dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee. McCabe was accused of punching last year is Ahmed Hashim Abed, the suspected mastermind of the grisly killings six years ago.

After the court martial, the 24-year-old from Perrysburg, Ohio, thanked the public for its continued support.

“It’s been great everything they’ve done,” he told Fox News. “But, don’t worry about it anymore. We are putting this all behind us. It’s done and over with. I’m going to try not to think about this ever again.”

… The defense called an oral surgeon Thursday who testified by phone from Baghdad. He said Abed might have bitten an ulcer on his lip, causing it to bleed. Defense attorneys hope this validates their position that no assault occurred and that Al Qaeda detainees are trained to injure themselves then claim abuse.

This makes it SEALS 3, Department of Defense, 0. Considering the flimsy evidence the prosecution had, it seems like charges should never have even been brought against these three heroes. Abed was one of our most wanted terrorists, and the alleged mastermind of the brutal and horrifying Blackwater murders in Iraq. As I’ve said before, I can’t figure out if Abed’s claims of abuse were actually investigated or if they just took them at face value. It sure as heck seems like there wasn’t any investigation whatsoever before charges were brought.

Thank God justice was served and these three heroes can go on without fear of their careers being ruined. We’re lucky to have such men willing to fight for our country, even when their heroics were rewarded so poorly.

Cross-posted from Cassy’s blog. Stop by for more original commentary, or follow her on Twitter!

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What happens to that sailor that gave the false testimony? Will he be brought up on any charges? Like perjury?

sirnapsalot on May 7, 2010 at 11:54 AM