One striking thing about the trial was the witnesses’ attiudes toward detainee abuse. Much of the public commentary about the SEALs cases — including by at least one member of Congress — suggested that if the charges had been true, it was no big deal. No one expressed that view at the court-martial. The SEAL Team commander and the Det OIC both emphasized that abuse of detainees was unacceptable. Both said that message was part of the command climate. The defense wasn’t that it was okay to abuse detainees, but rather that the SEALs didn’t abuse the detainee.