3 Navy seals were charged for misconduct after they captured a man the military says ordered the capture, burning and killing of 4 blackwater "armed" personel in iraq. "Objective Amber" was a secret mission that monitored Ahmed Hashim Abed until his ultimate capture. When captured, the seals "alledgedly" beat him and he had the physical signs to prove it. When it was reported to the commander of the seals, he forwarded the complaint up the chain of command and an investigation was started. Initially, the seals involved denied the claims. They had a chance to take a "non-judicial" punishment for the action, but THEY CHOSE to be court-martialed. The reason for not accepting the "non-judicial" punishment was to AVOID admitting guilt. Instead, THEY chose to be "court-martialed". They were charged with: Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2), is facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement, and assault. Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2, is facing charges of dereliction of performance of duty and making a false official statement. Petty Officer Julio Huertas, SO-1, faces those same charges and an additional charge of impediment of an investigation. I find it rediculous that FAUX news runs the story and claims that the MILITARY is chosing to court martial the seals. They even brought a republican congressman on to repeat the claim. The truth of the matter is simple. They captured the man, they roughed him up, they had a chance to admit and take a lesser punishment but they decided to LIE, INTERFERE in an INVESTIGATION and then on their own accord, decided to obtain lawyers and asked for the court martial. Now, maybe given the record of court martials during the BUSH administration they feel they have a better chance of getting away with it. Or, maybe they believe they can "play up" to the sympathys of the american public. Either way, this isnt the BUSH administration anymore. I could care less whether they beat him or not, but I do care that these seals showed a lack of integrity in their performance of their duty. When they began to lie and fabricate events, thats when they crossed the line. Only one of these men is being charged with an assault, the others are charged with other offenses. I am sure plea deals will emerge, and they will turn on each other as in every other military court martial in the last 8 years.