Navy SEALs who drank so much liquor that the platoon was sent home from Iraq are at the center of another scandal after a member is accused of raping a female colleague – and his entire unit refuses to talk to investigators
- SEAL Team 7 ordered to return to their US base for violation of General Order No. 1
- On Friday, the same team also appeared at the center of a rape charge
- At a party of July 4, an engaged member would have raped a female colleague
- Upon interrogation, the entire platoon relied on its right to remain silent
- The commander & # 39; lost confidence in the team's ability to accomplish the mission & # 39;
- Special Operations Command said it was due to & # 39; a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline within the team during non-operational periods & # 39;
- Revelation comes one month after the controversial trial of war crimes by Edward Gallagher
- The decorated Navy SEAL was freed from the murder of a captured ISIS hunter in Iraq
A platoon of Navy SEALS sent home from Iraq because they drank so much that their commander & # 39; lost confidence & # 39; their ability to serve is also central to an allegation of sexual violence filed by a female member of the service.
SEAL's Foxtrot platoon Team 7 held a fourth-July celebration in which a senior member of the team allegedly raped a colleague – and was then asked to make the entire platoon invoke their right to remain silent, New York Times reported.
When the platoon refused to comment on the allegations, bosses took the radical steps to send home every member of the unit, including the lieutenant's commander, sources said.
The removal of the pack was commissioned by Major General Eric Hill from the Air Force & # 39; due to a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline within the team during non-operational periods & # 39 ;, said a Special Operations Command statement.
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In the last black eye for the public image of the army, SEAL Team 7 was forced to return to their base in San Diego because & # 39; the commander lost confidence in the team's ability to accomplish the mission & # 39 said the US Special Operations Command.
The team was commissioned to undergo drug testing and the results have yet to be released.
& # 39; There were allegations of misconduct and the commander initiated an investigation, which is still ongoing & quot; said Ken McGraw, a spokesperson for the command.
& # 39; After the investigation began, the commander lost confidence in the platoon's ability to complete the mission and ordered the platoon to be re-deployed. & # 39;
The embarrassing revelation comes just weeks after the controversial trial of war operations by Edward Operations, Chief Edward Gallagher, a decorated Navy SEAL who was not found guilty in 2017 of murdering a captured ISIS hunter.
However, he was sentenced for posing for a photo with the body of the prisoner.
That verdict at a military court at Naval Base San Diego was raised with an outburst of emotion, while the jury also knew Gallagher, 40, of attempted murder in the shooting of two civilians on July 2, 2019.
Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, center, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher, left, and adviser Bernard Kerik when leaving a military court at Naval Base San Diego
The case exposed a generation conflict within the ranks of the elite special forces group and the outcome caused a major blow to one of the most talked-about war crimes of the army.
The maximum punishment for posing with a corpse is four months and he spent longer than in captivity awaiting trial before being released by President Trump in March.
Lawyer Tim Parlatore said the trial was a & # 39; mutiny & # 39; and was set up for the murder of the young ISIS hunter in 2017 by a group of younger SEAL & # 39; s who did not like his tough, old-fashioned leadership style.
& # 39; The jury found him not guilty of murder, stabbing, the shootings, not guilty of all those things. They found him guilty of taking a photo with a dead terrorist that we have admitted all the time, he is in that photo, & Parlatore added.
The moment they started complaining about him to their superiors, the other SEAL & # 39; s were six months back in the US and Gallagher was in for a promotion and a Silver Star.
The turning point in the court martial was when one of the seals, Corey Scott, who was expected to testify for the prosecution, took responsibility for the murder of the boy that Gallagher would have been killed.
Scott is now confronted with perpetual charges from the prosecutors he had by his side. They say he made it right to protect Gallagher after receiving immunity from his own war crimes.
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