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Report: Navy SEAL Accused Of Killing Iraqi Detainee With A Knife
In the latest blow to the Naval special warfare community, a SEAL has been taken into custody after reportedly being accused of killing a detainee in Iraq, a Navy official confirmed on Thursday.
- Navy Times first reported on Thursday that the SEAL is under investigation for allegedly killing the detainee with a knife in 2017. The newspaper declined to publish “graphic details of the prisoner of war’s alleged execution,” which it learned from seven unnamed officials.
- Navy officials are keeping tight-lipped about the case. A spokeswoman for Naval Special Warfare Command confirmed to Task & Purpose that the Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating a member of a special warfare unit for “professional misconduct while deployed to Iraq in 2017,” but she declined to say what exactly the sailor is accused of doing. The sailor is currently being held in pretrial confinement at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, California.
- “In order to maintain the integrity of the investigation in this matter no further information will be provided at this time,” Cmdr. Tamara Lawrence told T&P; in an email.
- Lawrence stressed that all special warfare sailors are required to abide by the body of internationally recognized laws that govern armed conflict. “We take all allegations of misconduct seriously and will cooperate fully with investigative authorities,” she said.
- The SEAL community has been rocked by scandals in the past year. Two SEALs were accused of strangling a Special Forces soldier on June 4, 2017 in Mali. According to the Daily Beast, the Green Beret had learned that the two SEALs were stealing money meant to pay informants and other sources. Then, in May, two SEAL leaders from an East Coast-based team were fired due to allegations of sexual misconduct.
- “Naval Special Warfare strives to maintain the highest level of readiness, effectiveness, discipline, efficiency, integrity, and public confidence,” Lawrence said on Thursday. “All suspected violations for which there is credible information are thoroughly investigated.”
The Air Force's top general says one of the designers of the ride-sharing app Uber is helping the branch build a new data-sharing network that the Air Force hopes will help service branches work together to detect and destroy targets.
The network, which the Air Force is calling the advanced battle management system (ABMS), would function a bit like the artificial intelligence construct Cortana from Halo, who identifies enemy ships and the nearest assets to destroy them at machine speed, so all the fleshy humans need to do is give a nod of approval before resuming their pipe-smoking.
An F-15 is rocking a WWII paint job to honor a B-17 pilot who gave his life to save a wounded crewman
An F-15C Eagle is sporting a badass World War II-era paint job in honor of a fallen bomber pilot who gave everything to ensure his men survived a deadly battle.
A U.S. E-11A Battlefield Airborne Communications Node aircraft crashed on Monday on Afghanistan, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has confirmed.
Beloved basketball legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. Two days earlier, Army Spc. Antonio I. Moore was killed during a vehicle rollover accident while conducting route clearing operations in Syria.
Which one more deserves your grief and mourning? According to Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, commander of the U.S. Army Cadet Command, you only have enough energy for one.
After 70 years, service members are finally filing medical malpractice claims against the US military
Jessica Purcell, a captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, was pregnant with her first child when she noticed a swollen lymph node in her left underarm.
Health-care providers at a MacDill Air Force Base clinic told her it was likely an infection or something related to pregnancy hormones. The following year they determined the issue had resolved itself.
It hadn't. A doctor off base found a large mass in her underarm and gave her a shocking diagnosis: stage 2 breast cancer.
Purcell was pregnant again. Her daughter had just turned 1. She was 35. And she had no right to sue for malpractice.
A 1950 Supreme Court ruling known as the Feres doctrine prohibits military members like Purcell from filing a lawsuit against the federal government for any injuries suffered while on active duty. That includes injury in combat, but also rape and medical malpractice, such as missing a cancer diagnosis.
Thanks in part to Tampa lawyer Natalie Khawam, a provision in this year's national defense budget allows those in active duty to file medical malpractice claims against the government for the first time since the Feres case.
With the Department of Defense overseeing the new claims process, the question now is how fairly and timely complaints will be judged. And whether, in the long run, this new move will help growing efforts to overturn the ruling and allow active duty members to sue like everyone else.