One of three Navy SEALs facing a court martial announced at a rally Saturday that he has passed a polygraph test, casting doubt on the Pentagon’s case against him.
In Scottsdale, Ariz., over 130 people rallied in support of the three Navy SEALs facing courts martial after capturing one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq, Ahmed Hashim Abed, mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater security guards in Fallujah in 2004.
Navy SEALs Julio Huertas, Jonathan Keefe and Matthew McCabe are accused of punching Abed after capturing him.
At the rally, Operations Petty Officer 2nd Class McCabe (who faces three charges) said that he successfully passed a professional polygraph in which he was asked if he punched Abed and or lied about it.
Rep. John Shadegg (R.-Ariz.) who attended and spoke at the rally, told HUMAN EVENTS that “while the lie detector test results won’t be admissible in a court of law and their jury will never know that he passed, it is nonetheless important for the American public to know.”
“A lot of people have been accusing these guys of lying about it, so having him pass the polygraph was an instrumental step in his case and his word of anything,” said Graham Ware, who has garnered a great deal of awareness and support by creating the Facebook page, “Americans United AGAINST The Prosecution of 3 NAVY SEALs” with over 264,000 members, as well as helping to organize fundraising events.
Ware says on Saturday they doubled the amount previously raised for the SEALs legal defense fund. “In quick estimates — for the four hours of the lunch — we were able to raise anywhere between $12,000 and $20,000,” said Ware.
Rep. Shadegg said the prosecution of the SEALs “sends a terrible message to the young men and women across our nation thinking about serving our country, that we would second guess them of their performance of their duties … I believe the charges should not have been brought and they should be dismissed, and that the whole incident is an outrage.”
“Rather than being charged these young men ought to be thanked,” said Shadegg
“What Matt’s faced with — a lot of people don’t realize — it’s a lose-lose situation for him,” said Ware. “We really need to look at the policy, how these came about. Because this terrorist was able to make a claim, it has taken [McCabe] off of the line, it has made him incur all these legal costs, it’s made him have to defend his honor, his reputation and his career, at allegations that appear to be very weak. So even if he’s exonerated, he still loses because he’s had to go through all this.”
Ware and others that support the three SEALs — who face courts martial as early as next month — plan on a larger-scale event in Coronado, Calif. They hope to be able to get people like Glenn Beck and Marcus Luttrell to attend.
“We really have to keep our motivation” said Ware. “Keep it going as best we can, even when it feels like things are progressing and the charges are going to be dropped, we have to keep pushing, it’s easy for people to just kind of relax in their efforts.”