Getting scant coverage --- while stirring controversy, especially with active and former U.S. military people --- is the case of three Navy SEALs who secretly captured a most-wanted terrorist in Iraq and now face criminal charges in a military court because the detainee claimed a bloody lip, observes Grumpy Editor.
The SEALS nabbed Ahmed Hashim Abed around Sept. 1. Branded one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq, he is the alleged mastermind behind the killing, mutilation, burning and public display of four American security guards employed by Blackwater USA.
The incident, in which insurgents dragged the bodies through the streets of Fallujah before hanging two of them from a bridge, occurred five years ago and was widely covered on television.
Word of the upcoming criminal action seeped out last Wednesday when Fox News reported the story along with the New York Post, Navy Times, Army Times, Air Force Times and the Daily Press, Newport News, Va. CNN followed.
Most broadcast and print media overlooked the SEALs story because the focus since last Tuesday --- and continuing --- has been on the two dinner crashers last Tuesday at the White House where President Barack Obama held a state dinner for Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh.
At a time when military recruitment and reenlistments are sought, the SEALs story puts a damper on such efforts. Meanwhile, the criminal action sought by unidentified higher-ups, also knocks morale of men and women in uniform.
Abed told investigators he was punched “and he had the bloody lip to prove it,” reported Fox News. Others suggest the bloody lip was self inflicted.
And it’s strange that the Navy brass --- who should know better --- set Dec. 7 as the date in Norfolk, Va. for arraignments of the SEALs. That date marks the 68th anniversary of the Japanese attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.