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.