Sean Gallagher, the brother of Navy SEAL Chief Petty Officer Eddie Gallagher, has written a blistering op-ed published by the Navy Times late Tuesday night that details the corrupt Navy prosecution of his brother and condemns the self-righteous reaction of the Pentagon brass to President Trump’s repeated interventions to stop the abuse of his brother. Gallagher notes the Navy also abused his brother’s young children, dragging them out of their home at gun point in their underwear in a morning raid while their mother was at work and their father detained at NCIS–and later making them dress in robes so as to not arouse sex offenders when they visited their father when he was put in a sex offender prison under false pretenses.
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Gallagher expresses his outrage at those who wailed about “good order and discipline” in the military supposedly being undermined by President Trump yet those same officers and Pentagon civilian appointees were silent as the military justice system corruptly prosecuted his brother and others–even rewarding the corrupt prosecutors with medals.
In this partisan environment, people were quick to judge President Donald J. Trump’s reinstatement of anchors to my brother, Special Warfare Operator Chief Edward “Eddie” Gallagher.
Out of the woodwork came former military attorneys, indignant Pentagon officials and your typical Washington establishment types.
Their views were mainly the same. The president’s actions were a 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?
Eddie’s case and court-martial trial revealed a massive cancer within the military justice system, doing irreparable damage to troop morale that may last decades.
I didn’t hear a damn thing from these harbingers of moral decency when that was exposed.
Where was their outrage when the Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents dragged my brother’s kids in the street at gunpoint in their underwear? (A fact NCIS denied to this very publication until under oath admitted that, yes, they did drag my nephews nearly naked into the streets of San Diego when Ed wasn’t home).
Where were these critics when investigators admitted Eddie’s entire pretrial imprisonment was based on a lie, forcing him to spend eight months in a sex offender brig for nothing?
Thanksgiving is nearing, so please imagine having to spend it like Ed did last year, greeting your kids in jail where they had to wear robes so they didn’t arouse other inmates.
Where were these guardians of moral decency when prosecutors spied on our attorneys?
When they hid exculpatory evidence?
Illegally leaked slanted information to the media to taint a jury pool?
Lied to members of Congress and then tried to cover it all up when they got caught?
They were nowhere, because their outrage is hollow and they don’t have clue what they’re talking about…
…Our family’s message to you is this.
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 Eddie’s case, and that should terrify every person wearing a uniform.
End excerpt. Sean Gallagher has written a detailed account of his brother’s case with supporting links embedded in his Navy Times op-ed. It is well worth the read. Please click here to read the entire Navy Times op-ed.
Eddie Gallagher is set to retire November 30 with his SEAL Trident pin thanks to President Trump who stood up to the Pentagon brass and reminded them who is commander in chief when they tried one more time to unjustly punish Gallagher after Trump restored his rank and pay grade following a minor conviction of posing for a photo with the corpse of an ISIS fighter in Iraq in 2017 (Gallagher was the only one punished even though several others were in the photo) and his acquittal on all other charges including murder.
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Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was fired last weekend for his insubordinate and dishonest maneuvering in reaction to Trump ordering a halt to a spiteful last minute inquiry against Gallagher to kick him out of the SEALs.
Gallagher has filed an IG complaint with the Defense Department over the abuses in the handling of his case. The complaint can be read at this link.