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    Members Of Navy SEAL Team Called Eddie Gallagher "Evil"

    Chilling new details have emerged about the conduct of the Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher who was accused of war crimes but supported by President Trump. Confidential footage obtained by The New York Times shows members of SEAL team 7 being interviewed about the conduct of special.
    Combat video, text messages and confidential interviews with members of the Navy SEALs obtained by The New York Times reveal chilling details about the conduct of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher. Trained as a medic, sniper and explosives expert, Gallagher was the consummate leader of Alpha Platoon, SEAL Team 7, part of the Navy’s elite commando force. But when his own men said he committed war crimes, it sent shock waves up the chain of command — reaching all the way to the commander in chief. Gallagher’s case continues to roil the Navy even after his acquittal on the most severe charges, and the public debate on Fox News and Twitter has widened the rift between President Trump and some top military leaders.

    What exactly happened in Iraq in 2017 that so alarmed Gallagher’s brothers in arms? And why has the case resonated with Trump and his political base? On this episode of “The Weekly,” members of SEAL Team 7 tell Navy investigators that Gallagher was a reckless leader with a disturbing hunger for violence. They say they spent much of their time protecting Iraqi civilians from their battle-crazed chief instead of going after ISIS. And a never-before-released video from the SEALs’ deployment shows Gallagher kneeling beside a defenseless ISIS captive moments before Gallagher plunged his knife into the prisoner’s neck.

    How The Times Obtained Video of the SEALs’ Mission in Iraq 

    Thousands of pages of photos, transcripts, and investigative reports, as well as videos from Iraq, were used to report this episode of “The Weekly.” It features confidential Navy interviews with the SEALs, who had never spoken publicly outside Gallagher’s trial. One Navy source was particularly helpful but gave Dave only a 24-hour window to obtain materials.

    Where Are They Now?

    Edward Gallagher retired from the Navy with full honors on Nov. 30. He lives with his wife and family near the beach in Florida. The Navy recently returned items seized during the murder investigation, including a custom-made hatchet he took with him to Iraq. Corey Scott, the SEAL medic who gave testimony about Gallagher killing the wounded ISIS captive, was medically retired from the Navy this fall for problems unrelated to the Gallagher investigation. He has reached out to other members of the platoon to talk. None have responded.

    Richard V. Spencer was fired as secretary of the Navy in November. In an op-ed in The Washington Post, he defended his push to keep the president from interfering in the Gallagher case. “A system that prevents command influence is what separates our armed forces from others,” Spencer wrote. Pete Hegseth, a guest host on Fox & Friends on Fox News, continues to praise President Trump’s decision to intervene on Gallagher’s behalf. Hegseth has posted Twitter messages urging the president to pardon other service members convicted of war crimes.

    Complete Coverage 

    • Gallagher was seen as a battle-wise veteran and leader who epitomized the SEALs’ standards for excellence. But his actions on the battlefield prompted some of his men to come forward with accusations he committed “heinous acts of unnecessary violence.” 
    • After Gallagher’s acquittal for all but one relatively minor charge, his case set in motion a dispute between the Pentagon hierarchy committed to enforcing good order and discipline, and a president who has come to distrust the commanders running the military. 
    • “The SEALs are built to withstand turbulence,” one Navy officer told The Times, but Gallagher’s case has divided leaders up the chain of command and could disrupt the ranks of the Navy’s elite commando force and beyond.
    • The Navy wanted to expel Gallagher from the SEALs but President Trump, perhaps egged on by cable news commentators, blocked the military from disciplining Gallagher. The dispute cost the Navy secretary Richard V. Spencer his job.

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