I may start a separate blog just for SEAL coverage,, but for now I share with the entire CAAFlog audience. 

Latest news is that we now know courtesy of a source in Iraq that in addition to the initial allegations against Petty Officer McCabe by a Master-At-Arms, the detainee that was allegedly assaulted, Ahmad Hashim Abd Al-Isawi did make accusations.   Our source reports that these allegations are why the trial is being held in Iraq.  What I can’t undertand is that the trials in Iraq are for SO2 Keefe and SO1 Huertas, who aren’t charged with assault.  They are charged with dereliction of duty and impeding an investigation (SO1 Huertas).  I don’t understand how Ahmad Hashim Abd Al-Isawi is the accuser that the petty officers need to face when the allegation is dereliction of duty?  Does Ahmad Hashim Abd Al-Isawi know the SEALs duties with respect to his custody?  There probably is a rationale expressed by the defense and the judge that makes sense, but I don’t have the motions or decision . . .

On the FOIA front, my appeal of the “denial” of my FOIA request for the motions that would have assisted in drafting this post was denied, here, because the final RLSO denial letter has not been signed.  Given the FOIA timelines, it appears RLSO can wait until the first two trials have almost completed before denying my request and permitting appeal.

5 Responses to “All SEAL Courts-Martial All the Time”

  1. Anonymous says:

    A pox on Code 14.

  2. anonymous says:

    Mike, who is your “source in Iraq”?

  3. Mike "No Man" Navarre says:

    Though I can read sarcasm, I’ll note that Code 14 has very little to do with the lunacy that is access to military justice information. As a former Resevist in Code 14 I can say that they always did their best to be faithful to the the statute and the case law that existed.

  4. Cheap Seats says:

    I have to agree about Code 14 trying to get it right. Unfortunately, the RLSO is putting form over function. The full 20 days shouldn’t be used to stall. If they have the responsive documents already gathered and they have decided to deny, then they shouldn’t wait to deny. They should deny now so you can get your appeal going. Oh, and did they bother to review the POTUS guidance on transparency?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Did you at least proofread your letters when you worked at Code 14? Shameful this came out of OJAG.