Madam Speaker, Navy SEALs were in court yesterday accused of punching a terrorist. The SEALs are Matthew McCabe, Jonathan Keefe, and Julio Huertas. In a nighttime raid last September, they were part of SEAL Team 10 that captured the most wanted terrorist in Iraq.
Ahmed Hashim Abed planned the barbaric ambush of four Blackwater security guards in 2004. Madam Speaker, the Americans were murdered. They were drug through the streets, mutilated, burned, and hung from a bridge in Fallujah. During the public executions, our enemies cheered in front of news cameras. Abed didn't say he was allegedly assaulted until he was turned over to Iraqi authorities, however. The al Qaeda manual tells members when captured to complain of torture and mistreatment; it doesn't matter if it's true or not. And besides killing, these folks lie. Now SEALs are being court-martialed on the word of a braggadocios murderer.
Al Qaeda has learned to play the "Treat Terrorists Nice Gang" like useful misfits. One word from a killer and the accusers become the accused. The military should try the terrorist for murder and give the SEALs medals for capturing him.
And that's just the way it is.