Patterico's Pontifications

11/25/2009

Terrorist Who Planned Torture Murder Complains of Fat Lip

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:38 am



Fox News reports that the guy who planned the torture murder of four Americans in Fallujah is now upset that he has a fat lip — and the people who gave it to him are being prosecuted by the military:

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.

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.

Reading between the lines, apparently the fat lip didn’t occur during a rough detention of the scumbag; instead, it appears the three are accused of tuning him up after he was arrested:

FoxNews.com obtained the official handwritten statement from one of the three witnesses given on Sept. 3, hours after Abed was captured and still being held at the SEAL base at Camp Baharia. He was later taken to a cell in the U.S.-operated Green Zone in Baghdad.

The SEAL told investigators he had showered after the mission, gone to the kitchen and then decided to look in on the detainee.

“I gave the detainee a glance over and then left,” the SEAL wrote. “I did not notice anything wrong with the detainee and he appeared in good health.”

Allahpundit writes:

I like Goldfarb’s take: “A fat lip? That’s enough to get you rough military justice from the Obama administration, but blow up the World Trade Center and you get all the due process rights of the civilian criminal justice system.”

Yeah — you get those rights if the government thinks it can win.

I know this is not a case that should be in federal court — but neither is KSM’s case. So just as a mental exercise, ask yourself: what chance do you think the government would have bringing a case like this to a jury?

As my judge used to say: between Slim and None — and Slim just left the building.

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