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US clears 2nd Navy SEAL in Iraqi abuse case
Foxnews ^ | 4/23/2010 | Staff

Posted on 04/23/2010 4:23:11 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA

BAGHDAD (AP) — A U.S. military judge on Friday cleared a Navy SEAL of any wrongdoing in the alleged beating of an Iraqi prisoner suspected of masterminding the grisly 2004 killings of four American contractors.

The Blackwater contractors' burned bodies were dragged through the streets and two were hanged from a bridge over the Euphrates river in the former insurgent hotbed of Fallujah in an attack that shocked Americans and galvanized U.S. support for the war.

After a daylong trial and fewer than two hours considering the evidence, Navy Judge Cmdr. Tierny Carlos found Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Keefe of Yorktown, Virginia, not guilty of dereliction of duty, a spokesman said.

It was the second verdict in as many days to throw out charges against a SEAL accused in the abuse case. Three SEALS, the Navy's elite special forces unit, face charges in a case that has drawn fire from at least 20 members of Congress and other Americans who it see it as coddling terrorists to overcompensate for the notorious Abu Ghraib prison scandal.

The trial against the third and final SEAL to be charged is slated for May 3 in Norfolk, Virginia.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: blackwater; courtmartial; fallujah; iraq; jonathankeefe; norfolk; usnavy
About effing time!
1 posted on 04/23/2010 4:23:11 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA
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To: Red in Blue PA

Lot’s of good news today!


2 posted on 04/23/2010 4:25:02 PM PDT by LasVegasMac
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To: Red in Blue PA

Good news for Americans...but registered Democrats not too happy.


3 posted on 04/23/2010 4:25:51 PM PDT by rrrod
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To: Red in Blue PA

Thank God!


4 posted on 04/23/2010 4:27:08 PM PDT by FES0844
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To: Red in Blue PA

Hell YES


5 posted on 04/23/2010 4:27:28 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom sarc ;))
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To: Red in Blue PA

It’s a disgrace that these men were ever charged with anything.All this for hitting the scum,I’d have shot the SOB if I had been there.


6 posted on 04/23/2010 4:27:56 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop thinking about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Farmer Dean

You hit the nail on the head. I have a hard time getting excited, as they should never been on trial in the first place.

No matter the outcome, I am still pi^#ed.


7 posted on 04/23/2010 4:29:24 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: Red in Blue PA

The Navy should pull the stick out of its butt and drop the charges against the third SEAL.


8 posted on 04/23/2010 4:29:43 PM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Red in Blue PA

Sweet!


9 posted on 04/23/2010 4:33:35 PM PDT by b4its2late (Bawney Fwank's mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork.)
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To: colorado tanker
The Navy should pull the stick out of its butt and drop the charges

From personal experience that stick is a permanent fixture.

10 posted on 04/23/2010 4:35:16 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Red in Blue PA
[Petty Officer 3rd class Kevin DeMartino] testified for several hours Friday to recount anew his memory of seeing Abed punched in the stomach, causing blood to gush from his mouth and stain his white dishdasha, the traditional long garment worn by some Arabs.

Awww, sounds like must've traumatized the poor P.O.

11 posted on 04/23/2010 4:35:22 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Red in Blue PA
So fed up with these politically motivated dog and pony shows.

It comes too easy for these prosecutors and commanders to take these men away from their mission to protect the country, on the word of the enemy, but are terrified to prevent psycho muslim from murdering 13 of his fellow soldiers.

What is wrong with (some of)our military commanders?

12 posted on 04/23/2010 4:37:06 PM PDT by submarinerswife (Obama, the Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers)
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To: Red in Blue PA

HOORAY!!! Take that hussein. One of your brothers lost in court. Wonder what will happen to the officers on the board when THE ONE hears about this?


13 posted on 04/23/2010 4:42:17 PM PDT by taillightchaser (When a democrat says "The American people" you know the next words out of his mouth will be lies.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

2 down, 1 to go.


14 posted on 04/23/2010 4:53:36 PM PDT by vpintheak (Love of God, Family and Country has made me an extremist.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

a little faith restored concerning the legal system.............so far. other than that ROCK ON!!!!!


15 posted on 04/23/2010 4:57:14 PM PDT by saturn1964
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To: doc1019

LOL!

Great news about the 2nd SEAL, hope this is the case for number three.


16 posted on 04/23/2010 5:01:11 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Send a contribution to FreeRepublic! Every dollar helps!)
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To: Farmer Dean

HIT THE TANGOS HARDER NEXT TIME.BREAK THEIR NOSES. BLACKEN THEIR BALLS.


17 posted on 04/23/2010 5:05:22 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Red in Blue PA

SO happy!


18 posted on 04/23/2010 5:09:02 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: Red in Blue PA

This should never have been a case in the first place if it were not for Hussein.


19 posted on 04/23/2010 5:19:13 PM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Candor7

abu ain’t gonna like this. SEALs are NOT his favorite peeps since they shot those poor, defenseless pirates.

Semper Fi!


20 posted on 04/23/2010 5:19:18 PM PDT by MestaMachine (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2426869/posts SUPPORT RINO FREE AMERICA)
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To: submarinerswife

Obama and Holder. That’s what wrong with this picture.


21 posted on 04/23/2010 5:20:04 PM PDT by antidemoncrat
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To: antidemoncrat

The terrorists rights have been violated. After they dragged these American contractors in the streets and hung up the chared remains...have mercy on the perpetrators....it’s the Hussein way! And to think these Seals did not even get a trial in NYC!


22 posted on 04/23/2010 5:24:28 PM PDT by Boardwalk
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To: Mr. Mojo
Conder said that DeMartino testified for several hours Friday to recount anew his memory of seeing Abed punched in the stomach, causing blood to gush from his mouth and stain his white dishdasha, the traditional long garment worn by some Arabs.

Well, his dishdasha was stained! The humanity

23 posted on 04/23/2010 5:37:14 PM PDT by mainsail that
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To: Farmer Dean
It’s a disgrace that these men were ever charged with anything.All this for hitting the scum,I’d have shot the SOB if I had been there.

My sentiments exactly!

24 posted on 04/23/2010 6:24:59 PM PDT by wmfights (If you want change support SenateConservatives.com)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Good for our guys - the GOOD guys - but this shall not be forgotten!!!!!
Tell your reps running in Nov, any brass you meet, etc that we DO NOT bring charges up against our troops for “roughing up” a combatant!!! Case closed!!!! Or they themselves can soldier up and fight the f***ing war....s**t heads all!!!!!


25 posted on 04/23/2010 6:58:23 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: colorado tanker

I know some of said individuals...they can’t tell the difference between their a** and a hole in the ground...


26 posted on 04/23/2010 7:00:19 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Red in Blue PA
...causing blood to gush from his mouth and stain his white dishdasha, the traditional long garment worn by some Arabs.

God forbid! They stained the dishdasha!

Thanks for that completely irrelevant tidbit of Arab culture.

27 posted on 04/23/2010 7:13:23 PM PDT by Recovering Hermit (I shot the rooster, the one that used'er, wake me up at four A.M....)
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To: MestaMachine
Well , abu can eff himslef, doancha think? LOL.

There should be no pretense about the idiot in chief.He is an enemy of Israel, and a treasonous filthy dog to all of Americas allies, failing to face down a theocratic caliphatic movement bent on world domination.

Teasonous dogs in the White House, bent on the destruction of our native land!!

28 posted on 04/23/2010 7:42:32 PM PDT by Candor7 (Now's the time to ante up against the Obama Fascist Junta ( member NRA))
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To: Mr. Mojo

no kidding...I’ve had cops whoop me much worse than than that while cuffed up and just took my medicine

we are supposed to feel sorry for this murdering turd?


29 posted on 04/23/2010 7:49:27 PM PDT by wardaddy (w)
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To: wardaddy

DeMartino sure sounds like he has a soft spot for the piece of camel turd.

The PC infestation is all-permeating.


30 posted on 04/23/2010 7:58:53 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...

Thank you!


31 posted on 04/23/2010 8:00:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Red in Blue PA

US clears 2nd Navy SEAL in Iraqi abuse case
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Now give the poor man back his life...


32 posted on 04/23/2010 9:31:05 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Red in Blue PA

WOO HOO!!!


33 posted on 04/23/2010 11:02:17 PM PDT by mojitojoe (“Our leaders seek to pit us against one another, and torment us relentlessly."Mark Levin)
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To: Lakeshark; labusiness
It must suck to be a certain FReeper with this sort of news occurring, hmmmmmmm?
34 posted on 04/23/2010 11:04:52 PM PDT by Allegra (Pablo is very wily.)
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To: Farmer Dean
"It’s a disgrace that these men were ever charged with anything.All this for hitting the scum,I’d have shot the SOB if I had been there."

Think the (3) S's.

35 posted on 04/24/2010 2:01:12 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: Red in Blue PA

*APPLAUSE*

What a dog & pony show! And for WHAT?


36 posted on 04/24/2010 4:22:32 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with Chocolate.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Red in Blue PA
What a dog & pony show! And for WHAT?

For the purpose of destroying the morale and effectiveness of our military.

It's working.

37 posted on 04/24/2010 5:47:22 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: rrrod

“Good news for Americans...but registered Democrats not too happy.”

Telling comment...registered RATS are “internationalists” (read socialists/communists) first, Americans somewhere down the list, if at all - America is to blame for those wackpies...it aint your daddy’s RAT party folks...time to WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE.


38 posted on 04/24/2010 5:54:16 AM PDT by SeattleBruce (God, Family, Church, Country - 11/2010, 11/2012 - Tea Party like it's 1773 & pray 2 Chronicles 7:14!)
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To: Red in Blue PA

> ... of seeing Abed punched in the stomach, causing blood to gush from his mouth and stain his white dishdasha ...
You mean these brave men were being charged for laundry stains on a terrorist?


40 posted on 04/24/2010 10:55:48 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Socialism, socialism, we don't need no stinkin' socialism.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

It is rightly going to get harder and harder to recruit great Americans for these type military groups with this type of bovine scatology occurring. They should have never been charged in the first place. When a country allows its brightest heroes to be put through crap like this, the country is imploding fast.


41 posted on 04/24/2010 4:32:13 PM PDT by NurseZac
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To: tarheelswamprat

Well, we did lose a lot of good officers and key NCOs during the Clinton Years, that’s for sure.

I stuck it out. It takes more than a p*ss-poor leader at the tippy-top to make me turn tail and run!


42 posted on 04/24/2010 7:21:53 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save the Earth. It's the only planet with Chocolate.)
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To: LasVegasMac

“Thank You Father”


43 posted on 04/24/2010 8:21:35 PM PDT by Java4Jay
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To: Candor7

The military prosecution must be about 0 for 20 in these cases.


44 posted on 04/24/2010 9:43:00 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red in Blue PA

Gee, that’s mighty big of them. Too bad “the US” can’t give them back all those months of stress and anguish, and time lost fighting a battle against their own superiors that sent them out on a mission, then attempted to prosecute them for doing their job. What a load of crap that is.


45 posted on 04/25/2010 8:04:47 AM PDT by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: Farmer Dean

He’d be hanging from the very same bridge soaked in gasoline had I been there. Now then-where’s my Zippo?


46 posted on 04/25/2010 9:17:24 AM PDT by snuffy smiff (imagine if the GOP grew a brain-and threw all RINOs OUT! But that would also require a spine *sigh*)
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To: NurseZac; All
It is rightly going to get harder and harder to recruit great Americans for these type military groups with this type of bovine scatology occurring.

Call me crazy, but I honestly believe that is the exact line of thinking of Holder/Obama.
47 posted on 04/25/2010 9:46:47 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Thinking of using 911 for protection? Google "Brittany Zimmerman")
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To: wmfights

I agree!


48 posted on 04/25/2010 9:53:04 PM PDT by Mike davis
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