Two Navy SEALs are scheduled to be arraigned in a military court today and another on a date yet to be determined, on charges that they mistreated one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq. The terrorist, Ahmed Hashim Abed, is the alleged mastermind behind the murder and mutilation of four American security contractors in 2004. It is difficult to forget the images of the burned bodies being drug through the streets of Fallujah and hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. It is even more difficult to comprehend that three of our soldiers are facing a court marshal for Abed’s successful capture.
What has become of our nation when we are providing counsel and constitutional rights for terrorists while we investigate and prosecute our military and intelligence officials? I cannot in good conscience stand by and let this sort of backward logic drag down the morale of our military and intelligence community. I have signed on to a letter asking Secretary Gates to review the court martial proceedings. I also plan to offer an amendment this week that will crack down on the overzealous prosecution our military and intelligence community.
We sent our armed forces into combat with the instructions to defeat the terrorists who seek to do us harm. Over the past ten months, we have threatened them with investigations and court proceedings for doing the job we asked of them. The men and women who put their lives on the line each and every day should not have to second guess themselves on the battlefield and neither should we.