NOT GUILTY!

| July 2, 2019

Eddie G and Mrs G

Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher found not guilty on murder and attempted murder charges

By By Vandana Rambaran
A jury found decorated Navy SEAL Edward “Eddie” Gallagher not guilty Tuesday on almost all charges he was facing, including murder and attempted murder, in the killing of a teenage Islamic State member in Iraq.
Gallagher was accused of stabbing to death a 15-year-old ISIS fighter in 2017 and posing with the corpse for photos.

He faced seven criminal charges in all. Six of the most serious charges included premeditated murder, willfully discharging a firearm to endanger human life, retaliation against members of his platoon for reporting his alleged actions, obstruction of justice and the attempted murders of two noncombatants. On all of those charges, the just in San Diego found him not guilty.

Jurors did find him guilty of the seventh charge, posing for a photo with a casualty, considered the least egregious of the crimes, which carries a maximum prison sentence of four months.

More here: Fox News

Category: Administrative, Crime, Dick Stepping, Iraq, Legal, Navy, The Warrior Code

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  1. Thunderstixx says:

    The clowns for the persecution, yes, I said that, show once again how not to conduct a trial.
    Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am…
    Stuck in the middle with you…

  2. REMF says:

    Posing for a photo with a casualty? Missed that part of my UCMJ training. Good for you Chief.

  3. Aysel says:

    I’m so glad he was found not guilty. Is he going to be able to use time served for the 4 months that he was convicted of on that other “crime”?

  4. Sapper3307 says:

    Time for the brass to remove some tridents from the insolent SEAL pups.

    • mr. sharkman says:

      Sadly, not nearly as easy as it used to be…

      Still, best news possible for Eddie

      AND

      BZ to the SEAL Corpsman who stepped up and told it like it is

      • AW1Ed says:

        Thanks, Mr. S. Was hoping you would make an appearance.

      • Commissar says:

        The SEAL corpsman that stepped up did it in exchange for immunity for admitting he committed a war crime.

        This whole thing is a flustercuck.

        • Slow Joe says:

          Vut nowhere near a cuckold as you are…

        • USAFRetired says:

          I think you got it wrong. He did it as a result of the receipt of immunity not in order to obtain the immunity as you say.

          What you suggest makes no sense. Why would the prosecution offer immunity to torpedo their own case?

        • mr. sharkman says:

          ‘committed a war crime’

          Let’s go back and really focus on the relevant statements that have been made available to us via various reports;

          The Corpsman ‘pinched his breathing tube’.

          So WHO put the breathing tube into the mortally wounded ISIS fighter?

          In other words, significant effort had already been made by the Teamguys involved to save the kids life.

          I’m betting the only reason someone didn’t just put a security round in the kids grape is due to his youth.

          If he wasn’t a seasoned, diehard ISIS fighter yet, maybe he hadn’t been trained to resist interrogation yet, and not being emotionally mature would only make it more likely that the Intel guys could get some useful info from him.

          But for some reason that option wasn’t available. The kid was being handed over to the Iraqi security forces.

          So the kids fate is one of two scenarios;

          The kid dies from wounds.

          OR

          The kid is handed over to the Iraqis, badly wounded.

          He winds up being savagely tortured, probably savagely raped, and then, after massive suffering, he dies.

          If he’s been a seasoned, older ISIS fighter, he’d have deserved it.

          Let’s all remember what ISIS did to hundreds of thousands Iraqis. Men, Women, and Children.

          I recall being up for 3 days straight, watching every ISIS ‘execution propaganda’ video taken at the major military bases they had taken, by using a false truce as a ruse.

          I was looking for good Iraqis, friends of mine, most of whom I’d helped train.

          So our Corpsman made a call. The young ISIS fighter was most likely not around during the months of heinous sh1t that took place during ISIS’ heyday(s). Hr probably doesn’t deserve the treatment he’s in for if turned over to the Iraqis.

          So out of mercy, the Corpsman kills the kid. Spares him an agonizing death. Either way, the kid is done for. The Corpsman chooses the most humane option for the kid.

          The only persons that see this as a war crime are those who have never been to war, and/or witnessed the aftermath of a battle or an entire war, in person.

          If that’s the case, why should those persons opinion carry any weight?

          (the above statement is in part influenced to a degree by backchannel information not available in any news report)

          • Fyrfighter says:

            Sharkman, I’d give 100x more weight to your opinions (informed as they are) than I would to those of our resident seagull, who doesn’t know half the shit he thinks he does, or any other leftist for that matter. Thank you for your input, and if only our “leadership” would pull their heads out of their asses, and understand the actions required to resolve the situation

  5. 5th/77th FA says:

    Now that this sh^t show has almost run its course, maybe JAG and/or NCIS/CID/OSI could start an investigation on a former SoS and CinC.

    I won’t hold my breath waiting on that to happen.

  6. Just An Old Dog says:

    Unfortunately he still has a guilty verdict in a General Court Martial.
    Regardless of the bullshit charge his career is over.
    They mentioned that the time served in pre-trail will cover any time he was sentenced to.
    He still has to consider the chance of reduction in rank, fine or being discharged.

    • NHSparky says:

      Here’s hoping he can get a pardon for this.

      I just wish the prosecution would get their collective dicks stomped flat for this travesty.

      • Slow Joe says:

        I don’t know how it works in the Navy, bu in the Army, every single JAG I have ever met was a SJW, out to make the Army a “better place”.

        • rgr769 says:

          Most military lawers now are likely proggy cucks. Being a lawer for the military or the government is a perfect job for the lazy. First and foremost, you don’t have to bill time and generate fees. Second, they don’t have to go anywhere where they are likely to get shot up or blown up. Plus, the likelihood you will ever be the subject of a disciplinary complaint to your state bar is about nil and double-nil.

          • UpNorth says:

            Never forget, 50% of lawyers graduated in the bottom half of their class. The prosecutors in this case probably numbered #201, 202 and 203 out of a class of 200. They had to have been on double secret probation to graduate.
            Oh, and Lars? Thanks for yet again demonstrating that you, indeed, are dumber than a box of rocks.

  7. The Other Whitey says:

    So, how ‘bout some consequences for those individuals who illegally denied him his rights, spywared his defense attorney, etc.? That shit cannot be allowed to go unanswered.

    Never mind all the perjury/false testimony/lying under oath that went on…

    • OldSoldier54 says:

      Oh yeah.

    • Anonymous says:

      But it’s bad to pose with a dead terrorist like he’s a trophy deer…

      • rgr769 says:

        I think practically everyone here would agree with that. But that conduct likely deserved a letter of reprimand at the most, not a two year inquisition with the goal of sending him to Leavenworth for life. Everyone seems to forget these ISIS Slamonazis do not get the benefit of the Geneva Convention. As some here know from personal experience, shit happens in war. It is never pretty. During most of our wars POW’s were sometimes needlessly shot on the spot and no one went to prison over it.

      • mr. sharkman says:

        I agree. I think we should treat all al-Q/ISIS/etc. captives and bodies in exactly the same manner that they treat prisoners and the bodies of their fallen foes. 😉

        • Fyrfighter says:

          as the cockroaches they are? to be squished, and disposed of in whatever manner is most expedient?

          Concur 100%!

  8. Skippy says:

    Congratulations Chief
    May those behind this circus
    Rot in hell

  9. Roh-Dog says:

    ‘Bout f**king time!
    I think I hoist a gin and tonic to Lady Justice.

    • Slow Joe says:

      Eff that. I aleeready had 5 bud lights.

      Celebrating 243 years of independence and the greatest experiment in liberty and freedom in human history.

      Independence Day eve for the win!

  10. Blaster says:

    I think I just got some faith back.

    AND, his wife is hot!

  11. 26Limabeans says:

    The lefties are gonna spool up the whine a couple of notches. Here is a comment from the Portland Press in Maine:

    “LongGoneGeek • 11 hours ago”
    “The US can boast about having more uninfected and unconvicted war criminals walking around freely.”

    Even had one likey.

  12. Comm Center Rat says:

    Will Chief Gallagher be allowed to continue his Navy career? From what I’ve read he is nearing 20 years of active service. I hope the Navy doesn’t do anything to deny him his hard earned, well deserved military retired pay and benefits (TRICARE, GI Bill, etc.). I’m glad that the Chief has been acquitted. I hope he and his family will soon find peace after this misguided persecution.

  13. FC2(SW) Ron says:

    Fucking A!!! Good on you Chief! I hope those weaselly cocksuckers that were supposed to be brothers in arms will forever live a shamed life. The community is small and I’m sure it has a long memory!

    • rgr769 says:

      The Blue Falcon boys in his crew were really working overtime with those corrupt NCIS pukes and the JAGs.

  14. Billy says:

    Oh good, this psychopath can go on sniping women and children in the name of America.

  15. Commissar says:

    This is not exactly a “vindication” worth celebrating.

    Ultimately we have a Navy Seal being given immunity for committing a war crime by admitting he committed the war crime to get a fellow SEAL acquitted of the charges of committing a war crime.

    No matter how this is spun a Navy SEAL committed a war crime and nobody was held responsible.

    Except the young and too idealistic for their own good SEAL pups who reported the crime.

    Seriously, what the hell are you all celebrating?

    • Commissar says:

      If an innocent man was found innocent that is a good thing.

      However, this whole thing reflects poorly for the US, the Navy, and the SEAL community.

      The last thing the US needs is a reputation of being unaccountable war criminals.

      And like it or not our standing in the international community is in decline. There could come a day where the international community no longer trusts the US to handle their own war crime investigation and trials.

      Don’t assume we will never allow foreign governments to hold one of our service members on trial for war crimes, we allow foreign governments to try, jail, and convict our service members for other crimes.

      And even if we never allow the international criminal court jurisdiction over US nationals accused of war crimes they may begin to try them in absentia and US servicemembers May find ithemselves with international warrants and unable to leave the US again.

      I do not think we should be celebrating such a botched investigation nor granting immunity for war crimes.

      • Animal says:

        I think having a reputation for lack of investigative integrity and willing to go to unlawful lengths to secure a conviction in a war crimes trial would be a worse reputation to have.

      • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

        The game plan of the prosecution was the same that Beria used – “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.”

        It blew up in their faces…

      • SFC D says:

        Guilty or not guilty, Eddie Gallagher had a right to fair trial. The Navy repeatedly stepped on it’s wanker from the beginning, and this “trial” was anything but fair. Navy higher-ups wanted Gallagher’s head on a platter because the accusations embarrassed them, and someone had to pay. Now it’s time to clean up the mess, punish the people who made it, and use this as a prime example of what not to do.

      • mr. sharkman says:

        ‘And like it or not our standing in the international community is in decline.’

        Horse-sh1t.

      • Fyrfighter says:

        Lars,

        If I thought more of you, I’d send you a bag of dicks, but as it is, you’re not worth the cost… Please, on the 4th, please feel free to eat an M-80!

    • Mason says:

      Why am I not surprised?

      • rgr769 says:

        He can’t help it, he likely won’t admit it, but he secretly despises our military unless it is used to further his crypto-commie objectives.

  16. madconductor says:

    “I do not think we should be celebrating such a botched investigation nor granting immunity for war crimes.”

    I disagree with your totally botched thinking. What you obviously missed here is that a war crime did not happen. It’s war.

    And if you can’t stand the celebration on this site, why bother reading it? Get out of the basement sometimes.

  17. LC says:

    I’m not surprised by the verdict, as I think Scott’s immunity-fueled testimony that he killed the fighter was enough to grant reasonable doubt.

    That said, I’m amazed at how easily people rally behind Gallagher while dismissing the multiple complaints about him, even those outside the scope of the trial. Even if you hold that the other SEALs were just jealous, angry, whatever, the SF team he allegedly worked with in Afghanistan years ago had similar issues with him[1]. Is it possible that multiple SEALs have thrown away promising careers by totally inventing this story, which just happens to sound similar to stories we’ve heard about Gallagher in the past? Sure, it’s possible. But it doesn’t seem too likely.

    He may have been found not guilty of the key charges, but there’s enough smoke here to make me think support of him would be tepid at best. It’s one thing to throw asshole JAG lawyers under the bus; it’s another entirely to say multiple unconnected people from different corners of the special operations community are all liars, and this one guy -who literally claimed in a text he “got him with my knife” – is the only one now telling the truth.

    [1] https://thenewsrep.com/117117/exclusive-navy-seal-eddie-gallagher-was-also-alleged-to-have-committed-murder-in-afghanistan/

    • OWB says:

      Let’s assume for a moment that he was a very bad supervisor and impossible to work for – so what? We have all worked for at least one of those and managed to survive the experience. Apparently so did his team.

      Even if he was the worst supervisor in the history of the US Navy, is that a capitol offense? Really?? In a category approximately the criminal charges for which he was prosecuted???

      Oh, well.

      • LC says:

        I wasn’t arguing for or against a capital offense – regardless of how one feels about knifing someone who just a few moments earlier would’ve shot you full of holes while proclaiming the glory of his god, the issue I’m most surprised by is the implicit condemnation of the other SEALs and Special Forces team members who’ve allegedly complained about Gallagher’s actions.

        Again, it’s one thing to say, “Judgements in the heat of the moment are always tough, and we don’t feel Gallagher’s actions, while not ideal, rise to the criminal level suggested by the prosecution.” And another to say, “Anyone who served with Gallagher and complained about his actions is an abject liar and a disgrace to the uniform!”.

        • Animal says:

          I haven’t seen that sentiment. What I have seen is rejection of the means and methods JAG used in prosecuting the case. Not what they did, but who did it and how they went about it. The SEAL community should’ve addressed those issues (if they were credible) a long time ago.

    • SFC D says:

      LC, do you know for a fact that he actually DID stab the victim? We have no body, no blood evidence on the knife allegedly used, nor on the scabbard, no credible witness to the stabbing, and no photographic evidence. What we do have is tons of questionable testimony, a medic who confessed to asphyxiating the victim, and a lot of brass that want a scalp on the wall. It was a shitshow and everyone involved lost.

      • rgr769 says:

        Yes, he is using those proggy psychic powers all liberals/lefties have to examine the thoughts of others and divine what really happened, despite any contrary evidence.

        • LC says:

          So, wait,.. you’re using your psychic powers to examine my thoughts to say that I’m using psychic powers to examine others’ thoughts?

          Brilliant, rgr769. Brilliant.

          • rgr769 says:

            Hey dipshit, you are the one who claimed to know what really happened with zero evidence to support it, other than a few a junior team members who hated his guts, likely because he made them do their jobs.

      • LC says:

        I don’t mean to split hairs, I just want to be sure I answer fully – I think it’s pretty clear he did stab the victim, albeit not fatally. Even the medic testified to that.

        That said, I’m certainly not claiming with absolute certainty that Gallagher killed the victim – only that my personal inclination is to believe that the multiple, independent stories allege a pattern of similar behavior, and thus I’m more likely to believe that side than the connected, and arguably convenient stories in support of Gallagher. For me, the SF story bears a lot of weight, largely because it’s unconnected with internal Team drama on ST7.

        As I said elsewhere – if I were on the jury, though, I believe medic Corey Scott’s testimony is enough to establish reasonable doubt, and I’d be unable to convict Gallagher. That is, I may think these actions are in line with a plausible track record others have attested to, but that’s not enough to convict for a specific action in which there’s plenty of conflicting testimony and no evidence.

        I fully agree the whole thing was a shit-show.

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          No, it is NOT clear that he stabbed the victim. In the photos of a jihadi, there are ZERO knife wounds on him anywhere. Even if you’re dead, you still bleed a bit.

          • LC says:

            From SEAL Scott’s testimony:

            On the witness stand, Special Operator Scott minimized the stabbing, saying the chief had stabbed the captive only once, that there was no blood coming from the wound afterward and that the stab wound was not life-threatening. He testified that after the stabbing, the captive was still in stable condition, but that he then placed his thumb over the captive’s breathing tube, asphyxiating him.

            So the (unexpected) star witness, who claimed responsibility for the death of the victim, is now lying about the stabbing? On the stand? Oh, and let’s not forget that Gallagher himself texted that he ‘got him with my hunting knife’.

            But sure, go on. I’m sure it’s more likely that everyone, including Gallagher and those supporting him are lying under oath about this than the alternative. Care to share the photos you’re looking at that disprove the word of the man himself?

  18. OWB says:

    How can we possibly explain that it’s OK for some Americans (most often the media) to take and publish wide pics of corpses in every community in this country but it is not OK for members of the military to take a pic with one for limited publication?

    No, I really don’t support the publishing of either, but can find no justification for calling one freedom and the other criminal.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Pro tip: Don’t pose with dead bad guys you wasted, pencilnecks will hit you with an Art. 134 because they couldn’t bag one too.

    • OldSoldier54 says:

      I would be completely unsurprised to discover that was actually the case.

      Jealousy is an ugly beast, envy even worse.

    • Msaon says:

      Especially when he was written up for a Silver Star for the tour. Lots of bling jealousy out there too.

  20. OldSoldier54 says:

    Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

    Saw this on Fox. I hope the photo BS doesn’t cause any more damage, but the SJW Navy brass gets the vapors over dirty sheets, probably. Combine that with, “Hell hath no fury like Brass scorned… ” they will probably try to hose him a reduction in rank or a General instead of an Honorable Discharge.

    I’ve always thought a stinking picture of a dead tango being a war crime was complete baloney. But, that’s just me. YMMV

  21. A Proud Infidel®™ says:

    GLAD to hear that and I hope that the little shits who came after Chief Gallagher get their asses and careers stomped!

  22. Blaster says:

    Just my opinion, but the guy may have been the biggest asshat in the world. I don’t know him and never worked for or with him. However, in response to some of the posts above, there was some very shady practices going on trying to “make” him guilty, So, how can you be so sure that he did it? I have no insight information on the case, I don’t know anymore than anybody else here. But from what I’ve watched and read the burden of proof was not there. It seems to me that if you have no more knowledge in the case that I do, and you’re saying he is a guilty war criminal, you don’t know what you’re talking about and your credibility is just as questionable As the prosecutions. Rant over.

    • Mason says:

      Exactly. We have a system that investigates, evaluates, and presents the case to a jury of our peers. The system worked here. Just because it didn’t work the way you wanted, doesn’t mean the system is broken. The men and women of the jury were the deciders. They decided.

      • SFC D says:

        From what I’ve read, the prosecution side of the system was severely broken in this case. Because of that, any decision by the jury, guilty or innocent, is forever tainted and questionable. I doubt we’ll ever know an accurate account of the events leading up to this circus of a trial.

  23. ChipNASA says:

    It looks like Chief Gallagher is going to have a reduction from Chief E-7 to an Petty Officer First Class, with a fine for 4 months of $2,700.

    There is a typo in the article that says EG but I’m thinking it’s E-6

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/navy-seal-eddie-gallagher-sentenced-to-reduced-rank-partial-pay-after-being-cleared-of-murder-charges

    • NHSparky says:

      Correct. While it will mean a fair hit to his retirement check, it beats life in prison.

      • Blaster says:

        With his skill-set, he can market himself in the security world and make up the lost retirement $.

        If his new found fame doesn’t hinder it.

        For him and his family, I hope it works out for him/them.