The Navy Times has published this strongly-worded opinion piece by Sean Gallagher, the brother of Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher. It begins:
In this partisan environment, people were quick to judge President Donald J. Trump’s reinstatement of anchors to my brother, Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher.
Out of the woodwork came former military attorneys, indignant Pentagon officials and your typical Washington establishment types.
Their views were mainly the same. The president’s actions were a moral hazard! What message will it send our troops? What of good order and discipline?
I have one question for these people: Where in the hell were you the past year and a half?
Sean Gallagher then excoriates the Naval Criminal Investigative Service for it’s mishandling of the case, Navy prosecutors for their prosecutorial misconduct (including spying on the defense), and Navy leadership for its lack thereof.
The piece includes a link to this 16-page complaint filed last week with the DoD Inspector General that makes seven specific complaints of “severe misconduct committed by the investigators, prosecutors, and the command before, during, and after the trial.”
Sean Gallagher concludes:
And don’t think for a second the bureaucracy ever admits it got everything wrong. Quite the opposite.
Instead of an apology to our family for the home raid, months of unjust imprisonment and enormous legal fees, the Navy actually rewarded the prosecutors who lost the case.
You heard me right. A team that spied, cheated, slandered and then lost a publicly humiliating case, received Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Who, again, is ruining good order and discipline? You dare chide the commander in chief’s attempt to clean up this mess?
To any service member reading this: If it can happen to us, it can happen to you.
The message your brass and bureaucracy is sending you is clear. You are disposable. When it comes to their careers or their political motives, they’ll send you to war and then railroad you, drag you through the mud, and sing songs of sanctimony while you and your family hang.