"NOT GUILTY!" - ACCUSED NAVY SEAL CLEARED
IN ALLEGED ATTACK ON IRAQI TERRORIST - JURY
FINDS PETTY OFFICER 2/C MATTHEW McCABE
INNOCENT OF ALL CHARGES, INCLUDING LYING
TO INVESTIGATORS AND DERELICTION OF DUTY
PROSECUTION LAWYERS HAVE "NO COMMENT"
AFTER CASE FALLS APART - STOOGE "WITNESS"
PO/3 KEVIN DeMARTINO'S "CREDIBILITY" CALLED
INTO QUESTION BY McCABE'S DEFENSE TEAM
SO-CALLED "VICTIM" - AHMED HASHIM ABED
SUSPECT IN GRISLY MURDER OF FOUR U.S.
CONTRACTORS IN FALLUJAH BACK IN 2004
Navy SEAL Matthew McCabe is a tough guy. He has to be, to belong to one of America's premiere fighting groups. That dogged determination to complete the mission, no matter what, served him well during his recent ordeal at the hands of Navy prosecutors and their stooge, Petty Officer Third Class Kevin DeMartino.
It took a seven member jury at Norfolk, Va. less than two hours to come back with a NOT GUILTY verdict in the specious case of PO/2 McCabe, a much-decorated sailor from Perrysburg, Ohio. The charges, that McCabe had "punched" a captured Iraqi terrorist suspect, said to be the "mastermind" of the grisly slaying of four American contractors in Fallujah back in 2004, fell apart after DeMartino's testimony was shown to lack credibility.
Navy JAGS, out to get another scalp, lost the case and refused to comment after the verdict came in. It was a "mugging" that failed, and deserved to.
WRONG KIND OF MESSAGE TO SEND TO OUR FIGHTING TROOPS
What kind of message does it send to our men and women in uniform, as well as enemies out there who take comfort from the needless prosecution of heroes like McCabe, when testimony from scum Ahmed Hashim Abed is used to try and send a brave SEAL off to prison? Have we forgotten so soon the horrible death of four American contractors whose bodies were dragged through the streets, set afire, and strung up from a bridge as gleeful locals danced around the hideous scene?
The 24 year-old SEAL faced a year in jail and the end of his Navy career if prosecutors had been able to convince a jury McCabe "punched" the whining Abed and "kicked" the punk as he lay, handcuffed on the ground. We suspect many of our readers would get in line for a chance to administer such an attitude lesson.
Thank God he and two other SEALS, PO1 Julio Huertas and PO/2 Jonathan Keefe, were earlier found innocent of standing by while the alleged "assault" supposedly took place.
"I'm grateful all of us were found not guilty," McCabe told reporters of his fellow SEALS. "Justice has been served."
But it might well have turned out the other way. "Political correctness" and bending over backwards to prosecute our own in cases that never should have been brought to trial in the first place, are destructive of morale.
McCabe and his two buddies were assigned to SEAL Team 10, Joint Expeditionary Base, Little Creek, Va.