Here is a link to a Navy Times article regarding a letter by Rep. Duncan Hunter of California, a Marine Corps Reservist and Iraq veteran, to SecDef Gates concerning the recent special courts-martial referrals of charges against 3 SEALs for alleged mistreatment of a prisoner. Our prior coverage of the charges is here and here. Here is an excerpt:
[I]n September, Special Warfare Operators 2nd Class Matthew McCabe and Jonathan Keefe, and Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Julio Huertas, undertook a mission that resulted in Abed’s capture. Soon after his capture, an investigation was conducted based on reports that Abed had been struck in the stomach by one of the SEALs. As we understand it, there was no allegation of torture or sustained abuse. There was simply just this one alleged act. Prosecuting individuals for such a limited act seems to us to be an overreaction by the command. As a result of the investigation, the three SEALs refused to accept non-judicial punishment, believing, according to one of the defense attorneys that they are innocent of the charges. If convicted, they could face significant punishment of up to one year’s confinement, a bad conduct discharge, forfeiture of a portion of their pay each month for up to a year and a reduction in their rank.