(TNS) Sean Gallagher, brother of Navy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher, blasted political and military leaders in anÂ op-ed publishedÂ by the Military Times who said that President Trump’s interventions in preventing more punitive action against his brother were wrong.
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Gallagher criticized “military attorneys, indignant Pentagon officials and your typical Washington establishment types” for being hypocritical when it came to good order and discipline.
“Their views were mainly the same. The presidentâ€™s actions were aÂ moral hazard! What message will it send our troops? What of good order and discipline? I have one question for these people: Where in the hell were you the past year and a half?” Gallagher asked.
Sean Gallagher was making reference to the documented misconduct of military prosecutors who were accused by his brother’s defense team of “misconduct by NCIS personnel in the investigation and presentation of charges.”
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In part, the prosecution electronically spied on Eddie Gallagher’s attorneys, as Rush Limbaugh explained earlier this week. Also, they brought forth an immunized witness who claimed that he, and not Eddie, was responsible for killing an ISIS terrorist.
“The most clearly correct action was the restoration of the rank of SEAL Eddie Gallagher. His shameful prosecution had been replete with JAG misconduct, including the mind-boggling decision of the prosecutors to electronically spy on defense attorneys,” Kurt SchlichterÂ wrote in a column on Monday.
The Navy’s first lead prosecutorÂ was removed from the caseÂ after admitting to emailing a tracking beacon to defense attorneys, paralegals, and reporters in order to find the source of leaks to the media. TheÂ Navy’s teamÂ was also accused of manipulating witness statements to NCIS agents and trying to cover it up.
“Well, after the acquittal, the JAGs decided to award each other medals. Not indictments for their eavesdropping antics. Not letters of reprimand for their staggering incompetence,” Schlichter added.
And yet, Navy brass and the former Navy secretary, Richard Spencer, sided with ‘the process’ and were determined to strip Eddie of his Trident — the emblem SEALS wear on their uniforms.
“Preach to me again the dangers of moral hazards?” Sean Gallagher wrote.
He then offered some perspective for military members and said his family will continue to vote for politicians who “actually support our warfighters”:
That flag on your uniform, and the Constitution you swear to protect, also protects you. No one, not even members of your own military, can deny you your rights, especially the right to due process and a jury of your peers.
It is the only thing that saved my brother form a lifetime of unjust imprisonment.
It also guarantees civilian control of the military. So while the brass rails about moral hazards and pontificates about good order, the Gallagher family will continue to cast our ballots for those who actually support our warfighters and not some other agenda.
President Trump was right to intervene on Eddieâ€™s case, and that should terrify every person wearing a uniform.
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