The Marine who got thrown in jail for speaking out against the Pentagon's handling of Afghanistan has been released
· Oct 6, 2021 ·

After criticizing how our top military brass (mis)managed the botched withdrawal of Afghanistan, Marine Lt. Col Stuart Scheller was relieved of his command.

Following that, Scheller was ordered not to make any more public comments.

When he defied those orders, he was thrown in the brig. He was released on Tuesday after more than a week in confinement.

From Fox News:

Scheller was initially jailed at Camp Lejeune last Monday after he refused to follow an order by military authorities to stop posting to social media, an order that was made after he posted a series of viral videos that featured him criticizing military leaders for their handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal.

"All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud," Scheller's father, Stu Scheller Sr., told Task & Purpose last week. "He was asking for accountability. In fact, I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes, but they couldn't do that, which is mind-blowing."

The outspoken officer was three years from being able to retire when he was relieved of his command and put into confinement while awaiting trial for contempt.

Scheller still faces a court martial with the possibility of dishonorable discharge and up to a year of jail time.

I wish I could say that this is a one-off situation, but if there's anything I've learned about our top military leaders lately, it's that they've grown quite accustomed to power and would much rather make an example of insubordinates than be held accountable for their own crimes and ineptitude!

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