Julio Huertas is one of three Navy SEALS charged in the "punching a Fallujah, Iraq terrorist" incidence. Update 12-07-09 below. Update 4-22-10: Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas has been found NOT GUILTY! God bless the two remaining sailors still facing trial.
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Also, paypal: http://sites.Google. com/site/usnavyseallegaldefencefund/Ahmed Hashim Abed, known to the military as Obejctive Amber, is believed to have orchestrated the brutal attack on four Blackwater contractors delivering catering supplies to our military in Fallujah, Iraq. He was one of the most wanted insurgents in in Iraq before three Navy Seals, deployed in an elite commando unit, captured him.
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The source said intelligence briefings provided to the SEALs stated that "Objective Amber" planned the 2004 Fallujah ambush, and "they had been tracking this guy for some time."
The Fallujah atrocity came to symbolize the brutality of the enemy in Iraq and the degree to which a homegrown insurgency was extending its grip over Iraq.One of the Blackwater contractors murder was a former Navy SEAL.
The four Blackwater agents were transporting supplies for a catering company when they were ambushed and killed by gunfire and grenades. Insurgents burned the bodies and dragged them through the city. They hanged two of the bodies on a bridge over the Euphrates River for the world press to photograph [see above in an AP photo].
According CNN, the three SEALS refused a "nonjudicial resolution," to the charges, saying they wanted their names cleared and they did not harm the detainee in anyway. Their charges are said to equvalent to a "misdemeanor,: yet:
If found guilty, they could be sentenced to a maximum of a year in a military prison, demotion to the lowest Navy rank, a cut in pay and a bad conduct discharge.
But if found innocent of all charges, they would be able to continue their careers with no record of the case in their personnel files.
The three SEALs are with their unit in Norfolk, Virginia. They will make an initial appearance before a military judge on December 7. The court-martial is scheduled to begin in January.
The attorney said he expects the SEALs will not waive their constitutional right to confront the accuser in court, which could cause a logistical challenge. Abed is believed to be in a U.S. military detention center overseas, and it is unclear if the military would want him brought to the United States for the court-martial.Certainly, there is no similarity to the the punishment brought by a civilian misdemeanor.
The men charged are assigned to SEAL Team 10, based in Little Creek, Virginia. Also charged are Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2 and Petty Officer Julio Huertas, SO-1.
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