Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) and 40 other Republican congressmen are calling for all charges to be dropped against 3 Navy SEALs in a matter involving an alleged terrorist detainee in Iraq.
Commentary by Kay B. Day
The US Report has tracked the plight of 3 Navy SEALs facing various charges involving the detention of alleged terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed in Iraq. Early media reports suggested the detainee had either a bruised lip or had taken a blow to the stomach while in detention. One of the only official statements from military brass can be found in a letter from Maj. General Charles T. Cleveland to Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.):
“While the assault and resulting injury to the detainee were relatively minor, the more disconcerting allegations are those related to the Sailors’ attempts to cover-up the incident, particularly in what appears to be an effort to influence the testimony of a witness. All of these allegations were fully investigated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).”
But based on what we know, the letter actually does little to clear up the confusion.