Army Maj. Gen. Charles Cleveland has responded to a letter that challenges the handling of a case against three Navy SEALs accused of mishandling a suspected terrorist.
In the Dec. 15 letter, addressed to Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., Cleveland essentially refuses to drop the charges against the three men.
"While the assault and resulting injury to the detainee were relatively minor, the more disconcerting allegations are those related to the sailor’s attempts to cover-up the incident," said Cleveland, who writes that this appears to be an attempt to influence the testimony of a witness.
Cleveland writes that the "alleged allegations are not founded solely on the word of the detainee, but rather, were initially raised by other U.S. service members."
The court-martial will proceed. There are two comments to the piece.
When will they learn… the offense is the cover-up.
Which is something defense counsel have to explain to clients from time to time – it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up; and an interesting defense of, apparently, “justification?”
There wouldn’t have been any cover-up if they hadn’t of had any bogus charges brought against them to begin with.