SEAL Eddie Gallagher found not guilty of war crimes

US Navy prosecutors accused decorated US Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher of premeditated murder over the stabbing of an injured 15-year-old ISIS terrorist in Mosul, Iraq in May of 2017.

Gallagher denied the charges and the entire case was turned upside down a couple weeks ago when a combat medic testified that he, not Eddie Gallagher killed the ISIS fighter.

Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott, a SEAL Team Seven medic, testified to shocked trial observers in a Naval Base courtroom in San Diego, California that he killed the ISIS fighter by asphyxiation.

And a jury on Tuesday found Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher not guilty of war crimes.
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29 Responses to SEAL Eddie Gallagher found not guilty of war crimes

  1. arc says:

    Escapes justice in this world, God will handle it in the next.

    • Coyote Hubbard says:

      If guilty, yes.

      • Arc says:

        I have been following the story to see if justice would actually be done. I just spent the last several hours digging up all the overwhelming, publicly available evidence, incriminating messages, the judge’s ‘findings of fact’ and compiled a long winded, two page comment which was ultimately unnecessary because. . . you are right.

        +1.5 hours for a second one page comment. Both are preserved.

        Since I wasn’t in the jury, don’t have access to the additional evidence they did and the jurors minds being unknowable to me, I suppose I can’t say for certain if he is innocent or guilty. I also wasn’t there. I can only go by what is publicly available and what is publicly available is as damning as evidence gets.

        IF he is guilty, God will handle it.

        There are many inconsistency between multiple entities and someone is lying.

    • Jason says:

      Not is he repents and asks for forgiveness from God.

    • Jeremy says:

      No, I think the ISIS fighter got justice here and in eternity. As for Eddie, if the NCIS “investigator ” gets brought up on charges and spends twenty in the brig…..

    • AK says:

      Give the man a metal throw the snitch in the bring.

    • joe tentpeg says:

      ‘Da Nile’…ain’t just a river in Egypt.

      Guess ya skipped over da part where the medic said he killed him.

      Got ‘red pill?’

      • FaCubeItches says:

        Yeah, because no one has ever had someone else enter a confession in a murder trial before. It certainly may be that the medic did it, but it wouldn’t be the first time someone else has claimed to a killing that they didn’t do to spring someone else.

    • Rayvet says:

      Did you read the article? Seems he was not guilty of what he was charged with. Why would you comment as if he dodged the bullet only to have God mete out justice in the afterlife? As an agnostic bordering on atheist, I have to ask, I thought the Christian God was all loving and didn’t seek revenge. How exactly would he handle it if it turned out this railroaded soldier was in fact guilty.

      • joe tentpeg says:

        Aye.

        Typical ‘Leftwingnut’ dat ‘Arcster’.

        Reduced to closing his eyes and sticking his fingers in his ears whilst blabbering ‘nanananananana’ when smacked with reality.

      • arc says:

        Because he did dodge a bullet. The evidence against him was overwhelming, testimonies against him in this incident and of his past character were overwhelming as well. He has documented aggravated assault charges against a police officer, history of impulse control. The judge had to restrict Gallagher to building 26 because of repeatedly threatening and intimidating witnesses.

        Its a fact that the ISIS prisoner was repeatedly stabbed in the neck while in SEAL custody and its also a fact that SEAL Chief Gallagher posed with the body and sent the picture around with these words: “Good story behind this, got him with my hunting knife.”

        That said, NCIS forensics found no blood on the knife. Either the SEAL Chief is lying about stabbing the ISIS prisoner which I doubt he is, or, NCIS forensics is lying about their findings / were told to find nothing. Even the CWO he sent his trophy picture to told him to not send incriminating photos.

        The whole case sounds like the Navy didn’t want to anger the special forces community by prosecuting one of them and of one man taking advantage of it and his worth. This tells everyone else in similar billets and positions that they can get off too, especially if they keep crimes out of the public eye.

        As for what he might expect in the next life, that depends on his relationship with Jesus and where he ends up. Pardon my limited knowledge on the subject.

        There are two judgement seats. The Great white throne judgement and the judgement seat of Christ. Christians go before the Judgement seat of Christ, everyone else goes before the Great white throne Judgement. Both are a judgement of works, although Christians will receive their reward or loss at the Judgement seat of Christ.

        Justice and revenge are two different things. Men are expected to have laws, justice, and punish wrongdoing. Vengeance belongs to God.

        From Matthew chapter 18

        . . .19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

        If you want to know specifically how God might handle something, ask him and consult scripture.

  2. Victor says:

    BZ Bravo Zulu (Well done!) I salute the Marines and Sailors of this jury. This should have never happened. Without Warriors willing to cross the line of departure and stomp the ever loving dog crap out of our enemies we would be a sh*thole 3rd world country. I apologize to Chief Gallagher and his family for having to suffer this ordeal. We must make strides to rid this miserable cancer of over zealous puppets that perpetrate these false charges. To my other shipmates: Secure from General Quarters, set condition 3. Report all treasonous aholes wherever and whenever you can.

  3. Dave says:

    ISIS terrorist. There should be no laws or rules against whacking these vermin.

    • arc says:

      Other civilized countries would take note if we followed this course. Losing the moral high ground may harm our ability to gather support for future wars. Some middle eastern nations might decide they don’t want us landing our planes in their countries anymore. We would be forfeiting that which sets us apart from our current enemies. ISIS are a lot of thugs, we aren’t, lets not change that.

      The laws of warfare and ROE are also in place in part to protect civilians and people not apart of the fight.

      • the other jack says:

        because isis, boko haram, and the various other flavors of goat-humping illiterate towelheads are well known for obeying laws of warfare, right? thats a stupid position to take in symmetrical warfare. lots of folks with sawn off heads might agree.

        Stab them all in the neck for all I care and dump the bodies in the street as an example. Kill them over there or someday soon we’ll have to kill them here before they kill us. London is figuring this out now.

      • FaCubeItches says:

        ISIS already openly targets civilians and noncombatants, so that argument holds precisely zero water under these circumstances.

  4. Paul B says:

    How can he be guilty? Soldier, Check. In war zone, Check. Enemy combatant, check.

    If he is guilty we do not have an army any more.

    • arc says:

      We don’t execute our prisoners after they have been disarmed and rendered neutral. When the weapons and the fight are thrown down, further killing ceases to be justified and becomes murder. War is a real shitty place to be, but ethics are still required and expected from those fighting. Did it happen in the past? yes. Does it still happen today? Yes. It should also be punished severely when found.

      During my time in Afghanistan, my squad leader out-right asked me if I would cover for him if he shot a civilian and planted a weapon, accidental or otherwise. Needless to say, he did not like my answer too much but that’s his problem.

      Food for thought, the Iraqi military was surrendering en-mass to us. We have soldiers facing enemy combatants on a warzone, lets kill them all!

      If he is guilty, we have a military that operates under the rule of law.

      • FaCubeItches says:

        “We don’t execute our prisoners after they have been disarmed and rendered neutral. ”

        Well, more like we usually don’t execute our prisoners. It does happen at times.

    • FaCubeItches says:

      To give but one example, pretty sure that the army got kind of pissed off about what the Germans did at Malmedy, even though all of the same checkmarks applied. Guys were subsequently prosecuted and even sentenced to death for it.

      • arc says:

        Yep, although none of the death sentences were carried out and most of the life sentences were commuted after several years and a revised trial. All were eventually released a few years afterwards. There was at least some justice to show for, even it wasn’t much.

        Americans retaliated by killing German prisoners and One US unit issued orders that “No SS troops or paratroopers will be taken prisoner but will be shot on sight.” Killing prisoners has consequences. I’m not sure there was ever a trial for the retaliation. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

        Even though we are fighting a bunch of goat herders that have no respect for POWs, killing this prisoner probably motivated another several dozen in the area to join the fight against US forces. The incident has pissed off thousands of muslims world wide and that means more bomb makers, more suicide bombers, and more people motivated to attack us that would have otherwise stayed home.

        SEAL Chief Gallagher got his ISIS dirtbag, now how many of ours get to bleed and die for the retaliation? I doubt killing the prisoner will be worth it in the long haul.

  5. Sanders says:

    Now keelhaul the assholes who framed him and the prosecutors who treated him so badly – use the USS Ronald Reagan.

    • Nemo says:

      The guys on his team that ratted on him better hope they never get sent to another war zone. I’d be willing to bet that there isn’t another Seal, Marine, Delta or Ranger that will serve with them again.

      As to the prosecutors that pulled all of that sneaky shit during the course of this drummed up prosecution, they’ll be justly rewarded with a nice cushy job in the FBI, where their talents will be appreciated and perhaps lauded.

  6. pjrae54 says:

    Seems to me the ISIS POS is the primary recipient of justice here, and he got it. If anyone else escaped justice and needs a reckoning, I would suggest the prosecution team gets a look.

  7. Where the hell did this case come from? Who decided it needed to be prosecuted? I suspect some careerists were looking for some publicity.

  8. Spin Drift says:

    Note that the prosecuting attorneys were spying on the defense attorneys. That is a fact that should have had the case thrown out of court as soon as it came to light. No if ands or buts it was prosecutorial misconduct. The offending attorneys should be cashiered, dishonorably discharged and disbarred.

    Spin

    • WestcoastDeplorable says:

      The prosecutor sure got a surprise at his own witnesses testimony! And for the record if the tables were turned the ISIS assholes would just cut off the soldier’s head, so WTF.

    • arc says:

      This is true, the prosecution was tracking defense emails. IIRC, it was via encoded, unofficial logos.

  9. Gryphon says:

    Just another Wretched Example of why the Endle$$ War$ for $hekel$ are so fucked up – and how it fucks up the poor bastards sent to Fight them.
    “Rules of Engagement”… Do you Kill the Enemy, or Not? Why was this ‘enemy’ in “Custody”, not already Dead?

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