SEAL Testified He Killed ISIS Fighter, not Gallagher
Talk about turning a trial upside down and inside out: On Thursday, a SEAL testified that he was the one who killed the young ISIS fighter, not Eddie Gallagher.
Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Corey Scott testified that he killed the young ISIS fighter by placing his thumb over the fighter’s breathing tube. Scott had been given immunity for his testimony.
“Did Chief Gallagher kill this terrorist?” Gallagher’s attorney Timothy Parlatore then asked Scott.
“No,” he replied.
Scott is a prosecution witness who has been granted immunity for his testimony.
“Why did you kill him?” Parlatore asked Scott during one point of the cross-examination.
“Because I knew he was going to die anyway,” Scott answered. “I wanted to save him from what was going to happen next to him.”
Scott also told the defense counsel that during his time serving overseas, he had witnessed the Iraqi Emergency Response Division “torture, rape and murder prisoners.”
“Is this why you asphyxiated him?” Parlatore asked. “Yes,” Scott replied.Fox
The main problem with his testimony is that he claims to have seen Gallagher stab the ISIS fighter in the neck and the man would have survived it – an action which the defense has asserted was Gallagher attempting to insert a breathing tube, not just “stabbing” him to stab him. If Scott is a medic, as media states, he would have known that action. Since the fighter DID have a breathing tube, things are now a little muddled.
The prosecution was angry and accused Scott of saying that because he just didn’t want Gallagher to go to prison. To which he replied that he did not want him to go there.
All in all, things are pretty convoluted in the trial. Some of the witnesses have claimed Gallagher said the young fighter was “just an ISIS dirtbag.” [Note here, if you knew what police officers and military folks called people you’d have a complete nervous breakdown.
“Dirtbag” is the least of the names used, and actually pretty tame.]
The SEAL team members testifying against Gallagher have some difficulties remembering things- like not realizing a drone was overhead even when confronted with the video, or not seeing Gallagher actually pull the trigger in one of the alleged incidents. Neither of the two SEALs who testified against Gallagher immediately reported the incidents in the complaint. They did not document their allegations and there was no recovery of the body for forensic examination.
This is the fourth day of the trial. When the SEAL testified that he was the actual killer, that shocked the courtroom. But here we have a murder/war crime trial based solely on opinions, not necessarily real evidence, with the confessed “killer” having testimonial immunity.
Wonder how much more messy this is going to get.