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Parents Of Imprisoned Soldier: His Crime Was Speaking The Truth About Afghanistan Withdrawal

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Stu Scheller Sr. and Cathy Scheller, parents of Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, responded to the U.S. military’s decision to imprison their son after he spoke out against President Biden’s leadership amid the disastrous Afghanistan withdrawal.

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While Cathy Scheller said that she did not know what the charges are against their son, Stu Scheller Sr. said he believed that it was tied to his son’s decision to break a gag order placed on him.

“Probably a week or two ago, or maybe it was a week ago, they put him under a gag order. They took away his right to post, to talk on social media, to email, to text,” Stu Scheller Sr. told Fox News host Tucker Carlson. “He shared it with America. And he knew this weekend, when he posted again and he broke his silence, that they were probably going to arrest him on Monday. So, he is a very intelligent man. He understands what’s going to happen to him.”

“And I said last night on a program, Tucker, his crime was speaking truth to power, and power couldn’t handle it,” Stu Scheller Sr. continued. “I also said that while he broke chain of command, Austin, Milley, McKenzie, they broke the chain of trust and confidence in the American people. We’re mad, we’re mad as hell. And I’m asking the American people to find your voice. Stand up, demand accountability of your Congresspeople. Ask for Lieutenant Scheller to be freed. In my opinion, of course, I’m dad, so it’s probably not fair, but I think he should receive his pension after 17 years of fighting for this country. I think he and his family should have their health benefits and VA benefits for the rest of their lives for the sacrifices he’s made.”

Military Times reported, “However, although confined, Scheller currently faces no charges under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), [ Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for Training and Education Command] said. However, multiple UCMJ charges are being considered.”

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The outlet continued, “’The general nature of the offenses being considered at the Art. 32 hearing are: Article 88 (contempt toward officials), Article 90 (willfully disobeying superior commissioned officer), Article 92 (failure to obey lawful general orders), Article 133 (conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman),’ Stephenson told Marine Corps Times via email Tuesday.”

“The former infantry Marine and battalion commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at the School of Infantry–East in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, first made waves Aug. 26 with a video that went viral, sharing his ‘growing discontent and contempt’ of ‘ineptitude at the foreign policy level,’” Military Times added. “The video was released the night that 13 service members, including 11 Marines, were killed in an attack at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul.”

It should be noted that the Biden administration’s response to the terrorist attack that pushed Lt. Col. Scheller to criticize the administration’s “ineptitude” was a drone strike that killed 10 civilians, including 7 children – and zero terrorists.