Spoiler alert – July 2019, Navy Seal Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was found not guilty of murder and attempted murder by a jury of his peers (combat veterans).
The only conviction was for posing with a human casualty in a photo. Five months after his conviction the New York Times (NYT) has published leaked video evidence as part of a cache of confidential Navy investigative materials from the prosecution (JAG) on the case.
Two questions spring to mind. First, did the NYT just dox some of the identities of SEAL Team 7 Alpha Platoon? The video clearly shows the faces of several members being interviewed. The second question is, why now? In the era of “Orange Man Bad,” forgive us if the timing is always suspect.
Our elite fighting forces are known for extreme competence, fearless courage, execution of objectives, and SECRECY. The media, however, picks and chooses when to expose them. They feel this selective doxing is acceptable and could care less of any breach of National Security. Following the raid on Osama bin Laden, Vice President Biden appeared to acknowledge Seal Team Six as perpetrators of that raid. During the May 2nd briefing at the Pentagon, a defense official was asked if it was a Navy Seal team that found and killed the world’s most wanted man. The terse response was: “Not going to comment on units or numbers.”
On May 3rd, speaking at Washington’s Ritz Carlton Hotel at a dinner event to mark the 50th anniversary of the Atlantic Council, Vice President Biden said the following at the lectern, “Let me briefly acknowledge tonight’s distinguished honorees,” he said. “Adm. James Stavridis is the real deal. He can tell you more about and understands the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy Seals and what they did last Sunday.” Sunday was the date of the raid that killed Bin Laden. Three months later, in an unprecedented, targeted attack, fifteen members of Seal Team 6 were killed in August 2011 when a rocket-propelled grenade fired by a Taliban insurgent downed their helicopter in Afghanistan. Critics of Biden’s disclosure were drowned out by media declaring he had not disclosed anything.
More recently, NBC News and other media accused President Trump of endangering Seal Team 5 when he visited Al Asad Air Base in Iraq (December 2018). Trump posed with the Chaplin of Seal Team 5 for a photo, but did not identify him as a member of the team, and then posed with the group. The media blew up, saying, “Trump exposes covert Seals in a breach of National Security.” However, the team was not covert at all, and it was public knowledge they were in Iraq stationed at that base. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Kyu Lee, who said he was the chaplain for Seal Team Five, which is based in Coronado, California, even gave an interview to Newsweek magazine about the visit. Again hardly covert. There are other examples, but it is clear that the media chooses when revealing the identities of Seal Team members is gross incompetence.
In any case, back to the Edward Gallagher case and the first question of, did the NYT just dox Seal Team 7? What did the NYT leaked evidence show? A handful of Members of Seal Team 7 Alpha Platoon describing their platoon leader, retired Special Operations, Chief Eddie Gallagher in horrific terms. The interviews were conducted by Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents in preparation for charges. Special Operator First Class Corey Scott is heard saying, “You could tell he was perfectly O.K. with killing anybody that was moving.” “The guy is freaking evil,” Special Operator First Class Craig Miller says as the tape is rolling. Special Operator First Class Joshua Vriens told investigators, “The guy was toxic.” At trial, these three Seals inconsistencies and exposed falsehoods helped the jury reach the verdict to acquit.
Shortly after the NYT published the leaked prosecutorial material, Gallagher released the following statement:
“My first reaction to seeing the videos was surprise and disgust that they would make up blatant lies about me, but I quickly realized that they were scared that the truth would come out of how cowardly they acted on deployment. I felt sorry for them that they thought it necessary to smear my name, but they never realized what the consequences of their lies would be. As upset as I was, the videos also gave me confidence because I knew that their lies would never hold up under real questioning, and the jury would see through it.”
The men interviewed were the same men who chose not to make a formal complaint against their platoon leader at the time of the incident, and waited several months until they returned stateside from deployment to come forth after their team was disbanded (disbanding teams is normal protocol). Were they coached? Additionally, all three were “written up” by Gallagher for disciplinary issues while serving under him. At trial, the defense presented that these men were disgruntled malcontents who baked up a scheme to remove any chances they would be assigned to Gallagher again as subordinates and to block Gallagher from promotion.
Before we get to this question, a quick review is in order. Who is Eddie Gallagher?
- Joined the service soon after high school in 1999 and enlisted in the Navy (Military family).
- Married with children.
- 19 years service. Eight tours duty in a combat zone.
- Decorated soldier: 2 Bronze Stars for Valor, 1 Naval achievement for Valor, 2 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, 4 Good Conduct medals, and more.
- Trained Medic.
- Charged by US Navy of Murder and attempted Murder – acquitted of Murder ad attempted murder.
- Convicted of posing with a human corpse in a photo.
- 18 documented brain injuries in his medical files.
The Case :
- Islamic State prisoner (teen) was wounded on May 3, 2017, and the Iraqi forces delivered prisoner to Seals compound.
- Trial testimony reveals Gallagher, who is a medic, treated the leg wound and collapsed lung of the teen.
- Miller testified, “He put his foot on the boy’s chest to keep him down. I briefly stepped away, and when I returned I saw Gallagher unexpectedly plunge a knife twice into the boy’s neck, right here on the right side in the jugular vein,” he said tapping the spot above the collar of his dress whites.”
- Trial testimony Gallagher stated, “I treated the prisoner for a collapsed lung suffered in a blast from an airstrike. I made an incision in his throat to insert a tube to clear the airway as a cut-down.“
- Trial testimony of Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Corey Scott confessed on the witness stand during Gallagher’s trial to killing the prisoner so that he wouldn’t be tortured to death or raped later by Iraqi forces. Scott testified he killed the kid by what Gallagher is quoted as “nursing him to death” – a “humanitarian gesture,” essentially blocking the trach tube and suffocating him.
- Scott was given full immunity for his testimony
- No photos of the enemy’s wounds were documented of the incident
- No corpse was ever recovered, no autopsy was performed, and no forensic evidence was gathered.
- Summary: Gallagher does a humanitarian tracheotomy on a dying enemy combatant and gets accused of murder.
Unexplained Navy and JAG actions:
- Surveilled stateside for over a year prior to charges
- Initially, unlawfully detained Gallagher and denied legal counsel.
- The family home was raided while Chief Gallagher was detained, and they knew the wife was not home. His sons, 18 and 8 yrs of age, were dragged out of their home into the street in their underwear at gunpoint by over 20+ NCIS officers in full para-military combat type gear with automatic weapons drawn.
- TBI care for trauma to brain delayed for a year while incarcerated.
- Upon refusal to sign a confession, he was placed in solitary confinement. The military recognizes as an “enhanced interrogation” technique.
- Gallagher is the only U.S. service member in nearly two decades of war in Afghanistan and Iraq convicted of the crime of appearing in a photo with a dead enemy.
- This offense normally is adjudicated administratively with a counseling statement or non-judicial punishment, not a general court-martial trial.
- At least ten other service members assigned to the Seal platoon also appeared in the photo with Gallagher, including a commissioned officer, Navy Lt. Thomas MacNeil. The Navy charged none of them with the same crime or apparently even punished them administratively.
- JAG lead prosecutor, Cmdr. Christopher Czaplak. was removed from the case after the discovery he had a warrantless surveillance program set up with NCIS agents to track emails sent by Gallagher defense lawyers for content.” Czaplak, secretly embedded tracking virus in an image of the scales of justice and the American flag on emails he exchanged with Gallagher’s defense attorneys, affording him an illegal window into the defense strategy.” the judge said.
- JAG Prosecutors were exposed for hiding exculpatory evidence, tampered with witnesses to prevent certain testimony and tainted jury pool with multiple media leaks.
Second question … why the NYT leak now?
Speaker Pelosi infamous words, “All roads lead to Putin,” was blatantly wrong. But Pelosi can find more dirt on Trump. The timing of the NYT leaked confidential JAG material is but the first dump with more to follow. The suggestion is that “All roads lead to Trump!” Further suggesting that Trump is unhinged and evil – he must be impeached. Step back and see if YOU can see this connection too. Pelosi and the Deep State swamp has just dropped two Impeachment Articles with no crimes in them. Then proceeded to sit on them like the mama bird incubating something evil described in the novel, “Something wicked this way comes.” In other words, we must create a media storm of, “Orange Man Bad,” to justify impeachment.
Consider the fact Trump intervened in Gallagher’s case. First, by ordering Gallagher moved from pretrial confinement to house arrest. Then following the acquittal, the President afforded full clemency and then tweeted that his demotion was reversed and that his Trident Pin was restored. The Secretary of Navy at the time, Richard Spencer, went behind Trump and his direct superior Secretary of Defense Esper’s back, and shared with the media his disapproval and declared he would not follow a tweet (referring to a Trump comment on the subject on Twitter). Spencer was relieved of his command by Esper shortly after.
It is common knowledge that during the Obama years, those in positions of middle and upper management throughout his administration were forced out repeatedly. Replaced by Obama’s, Progressive liberals, which now permeate the highest ranks of the military establishment. They have become the proverbial fish that rots from the head. Their counterparts in the Intelligence and Justice departments combine to facilitate the Deep State agenda. Gallagher’s case never quite lined up and is certain to be connected to the larger story of the disgrace of Seal Team 7 being pulled out of the war theater, that stood down under suspicious circumstances (another story that denigrates our Seal Teams).
We can see the double standard on the doxing of the Seals and the denigration of our military. This may also be part of a greater narrative to denigrate America, to justify the need for a globalist oversight agenda. The case of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was a pawn in a wider agenda. Are we not seeing the Deep State in full action? The suggestion here is that there should be an investigation on who and why this doxing information was leaked.
The media pre-loaded this story, while the NYT over Christmas gossips on more articles that Pelosi, Nadler, and Schiff might add new articles of impeachment on the articles already passed. Watch now for the media drip, drip, drip, as the NYT trove of JAG “bombshell” dumps will soon follow. This is just one more ploy to create a narrative of “Orange Man Bad,” to justify the impeachment of a duly elected president – a media Deep State coup in progress.
Oh, and where were Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher and his wife over Christmas? Mar-a-Lago as the guest of President Trump and the First Lady.