Julio Huertas is one of three Navy SEALS charged in the “punching a Fallujah, Iraq terrorist” incidence. Update 12-07-09 below. Update 4-22-10: Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas has been found NOT GUILTY! God bless the two remaining sailors still facing trial.
Huertas is 28-years-old. He enlisted in 1999 and has served in “secial warfare units since 2002. He has an Iraq Campaign Medal and was advanced to the SEALs in June 2006. He is originally from Blue Island, Illinois. Huertas is charged
with offenses occurring around September 1st, of one count each of dereliction of duty and false official statement and impeding an investigation.
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Ahmed Hashim Abed, known to the military as Obejctive Amber, is
believed to have orchestrated the brutal attack on four Blackwater
contractors delivering catering supplies to our military in Fallujah,
Iraq. He was one of the most wanted insurgents in in Iraq before three
Navy Seals, deployed in an elite commando unit, captured him.
The source said intelligence briefings
provided to the SEALs stated that “Objective Amber” planned the 2004
Fallujah ambush, and “they had been tracking this guy for some time.”
Fallujah atrocity came to symbolize the brutality of the enemy in Iraq
and the degree to which a homegrown insurgency was extending its grip
The four Blackwater agents were
transporting supplies for a catering company when they were ambushed
and killed by gunfire and grenades. Insurgents burned the bodies and
dragged them through the city. They hanged two of the bodies on a
bridge over the Euphrates River for the world press to photograph [see above in an AP photo].
One of the Blackwater contractors murder was a former Navy SEAL.
According CNN, the three SEALS refused
a “nonjudicial resolution,” to the charges, saying they wanted their
names cleared and they did not harm the detainee in anyway. Their
charges are said to equvalent to a “misdemeanor,: yet:
If found guilty, they could be sentenced to a maximum of a year in a
military prison, demotion to the lowest Navy rank, a cut in pay and a
bad conduct discharge.
But if found innocent of all charges,
they would be able to continue their careers with no record of the case
in their personnel files.
The three SEALs
are with their unit in Norfolk, Virginia. They will make an initial
appearance before a military judge on December 7. The court-martial is
scheduled to begin in January.
The attorney said he expects the
SEALs will not waive their constitutional right to confront the accuser
in court, which could cause a logistical challenge. Abed is believed to
be in a U.S. military detention center overseas, and it is unclear if
the military would want him brought to the United States for the
Certainly, there is no similarity to the the punishment brought by a civilian misdemeanor.
The men charged are assigned to SEAL Team 10, based in Little Creek,
Virginia. Also charged are Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2 and Petty Officer Julio