Navy SEAL (Petty) Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe was found not guilty Thursday evening on charges of assaulting detained terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed, dereliction of duty, and impeding an investigation based on a false statement.
A seven member military jury deliberated for an hour and forty minutes before reaching a verdict. For a verdict to be reached, two-thirds of the jury had to agree on each charge.
It is good that this hero was acquitted, but it is still a nauseating miscarriage of justice that charges were even brought. I am sick and tired of our best and bravest having to defend themselves against accusations made by our enemies. Especially when it comes to people our troops capture in the field, the presumption must always be that any accusation is a lie – only if evidence emerges which is not in any way connected to enemy sources should an investigation be launched.
We send these men in to harm’s way and they have a right to expect that we have their back – and its time we started doing that.