A U.S. Navy special forces "seal commando" soldier was accused and provoked public outrage for allegedly killing underage captives and wounding unarmed old women and young children. The president stood up, and he retained his rank and was discharged decently.
US media disclosed on the 27th that his comrades-in-arms were questioned by internal investigations. In the eyes of his comrades-in-arms, the former chief was bloodthirsty and "can be killed by a living person."
The soldier, named Edward Gallagher, is 40 years old and has the rank of sergeant. He led a squad to fight in Iraq in 2017, with six or seven soldiers under his command.
Gallagher has been reported to have killed and taken a photo with a corpse of an extremist group, Islamic State, and shot and wounded a girl and an elderly man. He was charged with murder and other counts and was investigated by a military court .
Admiralty Criminal Investigation Bureau questioned and recorded several of Gallagher's subordinates. The New York Times obtained these videos and other relevant investigative materials.
Special Forces Craig Miller said on the camera: "That guy (Galag) is very evil!"
Sniper Joshua Velence described Gallagher as "toxic." Paramedic Corey Scott said: "You can see that for him, as long as he is a living person, he can kill."
The three said they had witnessed Gallagher killing the captives. They claimed that Gallagher repeatedly stabbed an unconscious prisoner with a knife, and then made a fool of the celebration ceremony, "as if it was a trophy."
Miller called that scene "the least funny scene I've ever seen in my life."
They said Gallagher often aimed his gun at women and children. They reported the incident to their superiors many times, but the "Seal" commando had not responded. In the end, they had to leapfrog and Gallagher was arrested in 2018.
A jury composed of veterans eventually exonerated him one by one and convicted him of "taking a photo with a corpse" and downgraded him.
The case received national attention, triggering military personnel changes, and former Navy Secretary Richard Spencer was fired. President Donald Trump has repeatedly voiced for Gallagher and intervened in military investigations.
Trump later pardoned Gallagher for his charges, restored his rank, and deported him decently.
Gallagher refused to plead guilty, insisting that the charges against him were fabricated by his subordinates because they failed to meet their "high standards and strict requirements" and were dissatisfied with him.
Gallagher later issued a statement through his lawyers on the 27th saying that what the comrades said in the video was "naked lies."