that 'wind sweeping down the plain' line is serious. Being out in that sucks moisture out of you, and does just about the same for energy. Got a lot done, but pretty much worn down.
Which doesn't prevent this from being very good news:
Navy SEAL Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe was found not guilty Thursday evening on charges of assaulting detained terrorist Ahmed Hashim Abed, dereliction of duty, and impeding an investigation based on a false statement.A seven member military jury deliberated for an hour and forty minutes before reaching a verdict. For a verdict to be reached, two-thirds of the jury had to agree on each charge.
This case was bullshit from the beginning, and I'll borrow this from Insty on the matter:
“Pretty amazing that they brought this to trial with little more than Demartino and a jihadi attesting that it happened, but then the point here was always political. They wanted to show that they take detainee abuse seriously and were hoping the accused would accept some sort of deal. No dice. How’d that work out for them?” They were betting on Navy SEALs wimping out. How smart was that? And now we know to regard future charges with skepticism.
We know about the problem of innocent people being screwed over by a prosecutor wanting to burnish their image, or suck up to a politician; this is the other side of the problem caused, we know to regard future charges with skepticism. Any time a prosecutor brings such a case, everyone is going to remember this bullshit, which means even if there were a real case to be brought, every damn word will be doubted.
Speaking of dealing with terrorists, take a look at this: possible use of a military SIGINT aircraft to track the terrorist. All kinds of possible fallout from this.