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Congressman Ted Poe filed a resolution today honoring the Navy SEALs for the capture of Ahmed Hasim Abed, the mastermind behind the murders of four Blackwater secutiy guards and many other attacks on US and coalition forces.

H.Res. 977 honors three of those SEALs for their heroic actions to bring one of the most notorious terrorists in Iraq to justice: Petty Officer Matthew McCabe (SO-2), Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe (SO-2), and Petty Officer Julio Huertas (SO-1).

I filed this resolution because our men and women on the battlefield need to know that they have the support of the American people back home, said Congressman Poe. We should be commending the Navy SEALs for doing the job that we've asked them to do capturing the terrorist mastermind responsible for murdering, torturing and hanging the mutilated bodies of four innocent Americans.

These elite warriors are the very best that we have in this country, Poe asserted. We've asked them to do tough assignments, and we should be supporting them. I say congratulations to the Navy SEALs for a job well done.

On March 31, 2004, four Blackwater security guards were transporting supplies in Fallujah, Iraq when they were caught in an ambush and murdered. Their bodies were then set on fire and mutilated. Associated Press television news pictures showed one man beating a charred corpse with a metal pole. Others tied a yellow rope to a body, hooked it to a car and dragged it down the main street of town. Two blackened and mangled corpses were hung from the green, iron bridge spanning the Euphrates River for all the world to see.

More than five years later, on September 4, 2009, Navy SEALs captured Ahmed Hasim Abed. During the course of his capture, Abed alleges to have been punched in the mouth and as a result of the Navy investigation, Petty Officer Matthew McCabe (SO-2), Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe (SO-2), and Petty Officer Julio Huertas (SO-1) were court-matialed and arraigned on December 7, 2009.