The U.S. Marine who called out military leadership for failing to take responsibility for the botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has reportedly been thrown in jail.
According to the Washington Examiner, U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller is currently “in pretrial confinement in the Regional Brig for Marine Corps Installations East [aboard] Marine Corps Base Camp Lejuene.”
In videos that went viral on social media, Scheller had called out the Biden administration and top military brass over the fiasco in Afghanistan, and military leaders soon after placed a gag order on him. He’s now been jailed for allegedly violating that order.
Scheller is facing four charges including contempt toward officials, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, failure to obey lawful general orders, and conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentleman, the Examiner reports.
It’s “an outrage”
Scheller’s parents have been giving interviews in the days since his arrest in which they’ve spoken out about their son’s imprisonment. Most recently, Scheller’s father, Stuart Scheller Sr., called the situation “an outrage” in a Saturday interview with Newsmax.
Scheller Sr. said that “there are several battles” taking place: they’re hoping to not only free his son “honorably with his benefits,” but also hold senior members of the military responsible for their actions.
Scheller Sr. said that he expects it to be a “long haul,” or “an ultra marathon.” Indeed, there is still no date for Scheller’s trial. But he appears to have many Americans on his side.
Reports from the Examiner and elsewhere indicate that supporters have donated nearly $2 million toward Scheller’s defense efforts thus far.
“Speaking the truth”
Scheller’s ordeal has also caught the eye of pundits including Fox News’ Lara Logan. On Friday’s Fox News Primetime, Logan gave her take on the situation.
“So, what they’re really doing is jailing him for speaking the truth,” she said, according to Breitbart. “And I listened to the parents, and I want them to know and I want everyone in America to know that I stand 100% with their son. Because he did something that everyone in America has been waiting for for years, Brian.”
The Fox star went on:
And what we’re seeing now is that they’re actually going to go to the extreme of jailing someone for something like this. They could just — they could discharge him. They could do disciplinary action, but they’re not. […] The generals who are actually responsible are not taking responsibility, but they’re holding someone lower down in the chain of command responsible.
“That is the kind of hypocrisy,” Logan said, “that Americans have just had enough of.”