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Navy Keeps Lid on SEAL Identities

The accused SEALs were members of “capturing units” taking part in sensitive operations in Iraq, often at the direction of the CIA, said Tranberg, …

Charges against the SEALs include aggravated assault with intent to cause death or serious bodily harm, obstruction of justice and conduct unbecoming an officer.

The Navy said some of the charges stem from the Nov. 4, 2003, death of Manadel Al-Jamadi, a suspect in an attack on the International Committee of the Red Cross office.

While subduing Al-Jamadi, a SEAL allegedly struck him on the side of the head with a gun butt. Two CIA personnel brought Al-Jamadi to the Abu Ghraib prison and put him in a shower room, where was found dead less than an hour later.

The lesson? Better to have a “vigorous” field interrogation followed by a bullet to the head, than risk a court martial by bringing a terrorist in.

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