" Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com.I just don't have the right - or, rather, left - attitude about the American military. I don't think they're a bunch of poor, uneducated minorities drafted to serve the "American Empire;" and/or sadistic monsters who delight in nothing more than hurling puppies over cliffs and massacring innocent villagers. (January 4, 2009, March 4, 2008 - you can't make up that sort of thing)
"The three, all members of the Navy's elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment - called an admiral's mast - and have requested a trial by court-martial.
"Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named 'Objective Amber,' told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.
"Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers...."
The charges are serious:
- Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2) Matthew McCabe
- Dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee
- Making a false official statement
- SO-2 Jonathan Keefe
- Dereliction of performance of duty
- Making a false official statement
Traditional news services may be in a pickle. This is a juicy news item: two American soldiers are accused of hurting the lip of a highly-placed terrorist, or by their negligence causing him to get the sort of injury that sometimes happens in football practice.
That's news! Brutal, sadistic, inhuman, violent American soldiers: just like the ones who killed all those innocent (?) people in Mai Lai! (March 4, 2008)
Problem is, this isn't the sixties or seventies. In America, at least, ABC, CBC, NBC and PBS aren't the only sources of television news, and a handful of northeastern papers aren't the leading - and virtually only - source of text-format news. These days, we've got cable news channels - at least one of which is radical (?) enough to be both high in the ratings and annoyingly unwilling to follow established traditions in coverage.
Then, there's the Internet: and blogs like this one.
It's downright hard to limit what the American people know to what we're supposed to know.
But I'm getting off-topic.
As I said, the charges against those two SEALs are serious.
But somehow, I don't think we'll hear too much about it. Reporting on their crime would mean taking a good look at how the American military polices itself - and has a long tradition of finding and correcting errors.
And, if stories about the crimes of McCabe and Keefe get the sort of hype that, say, Abu Ghraib got: there's a very real danger that Americans will find out how the American military works.
Besides, being tried for giving a powerful terrorists an owie on his lip isn't the sort of thing that's likely to make Americans cringe in loathing and horror from 'those American soldiers.'
As I say, traditional news media may be in a pickle.
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(October 30, 2009)
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(July 7, 2009)
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(June 24, 2009)
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(June 18, 2009)
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(March 24, 2009)
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(February 26, 2009)
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(January 25, 2009)
- "Army 'John Doe' Letter: Major SNAFU, Classy Cleanup"
(January 7, 2009)
- "All Those 'Poor, Uneducated, Minorities Being Drafted in America!' "
(January 4, 2009)
- "America is in Decline: and Has Been for Decades"
(December 28, 2008)
- "Tribune Company Bankrupt: Financially, and Maybe More"
(December 11, 2008)
- "The New York Times, Insularity, and Assumptions"
(October 21, 2008)
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(September 23, 2008)
- "Army Report: Big Mistakes in Iraq!"
(June 30, 2008)
- "News, Truth, and Why America is at Fault"
(June 20, 2008)
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(April 23, 2008)
- "The Effect of Information Technology and Media Preoocupation with Urban Events on the Relative Sophistication of Urban and Rural Populations"
(April 13, 2008)
- "Five Years of the Iraq War End in Utter and Total Failure!"
(March 19, 2008)
- "A Marine, A Puppy, and Serious Abuse: 'It Must be Real: I Saw it on YouTube!' "
(March 4, 2008)
- "Unbiased, Objective, Thorough Coverage..."
(October 20, 2007)
- "...of everything the news media thinks we should read...."
- "Ah, for the Good Old Days..."
(October 20, 2007)
- "Top Newspaper's Journalists Praised: Blackout Imposed on Praise"
(October 15, 2007)
- "Doctors, Terrorists, and the Proletariat: What's a Person to Think?"
(July 3, 2007)
- "Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist"
FOXNews (November 24, 2009)