Thu Jan 10, 2019, 09:19 AM

Navy Acknowledges Railroading of Marine Operator Falsely Accused of War Crimes

A Marine Special Forces officer has been promoted in retirement after the Navy acknowledged that he was falsely accused of war crimes for leading his men through a terrorist ambush.

The Board for Correction of Naval Records admitted that Marine Maj. Fred Galvin was railroaded when he led the Corps' first special operations unit (MARSOC) into Afghanistan. In March 2007 his unit was attacked by a suicide bomb followed by small arms fire from terrorists. Galvin and his men returned fire, killing 12 enemies, only to see senior military leaders and investigators accuse his men of massacring civilians.

MARSOC was withdrawn from the region before any investigation was completed. The men were put on trial only to be exonerated after it was discovered that the prosecution "was in possession of overwhelmingly clear evidence" and "suppressed exculpating evidence" that the Marines acted in self-defense. The board found that Maj. Galvin not only acted appropriately but paid a career-ending price for the animosity of senior brass looking for a scapegoat. The report cited one officer's conclusion that Galvin "was beset by a perfect storm of toxic officers."

"The convoy's response was irreproachableā€¦ the magnitude of errors cannot be overstated," the report says. "The adverse fitness report is inequitable and unjust because it was not fair to relieve him."


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spike61 Jan 2019 #1

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Thu Jan 10, 2019, 10:32 AM

1. "suppressed exculpating evidence". Happens SO often; civilian & military.

And it pisses me off because rarely does anyone responsible get punished for doing it.
Sending someone to jail just to make yourself look good and "tough on crime" all while knowing the person is likely not guilty should be a CRIME.

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