Marine Officer Reportedly Jailed After Speaking Out on Afghan Exit
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Newsmax: The Marine who had spoken out in August against the Biden administration’s senior military leadership over the unconditional Afghanistan withdrawal was jailed by the Marine Corps on Monday morning for violating a gag order with a social media post over the weekend.
“It is with a heavy heart that we, his parents, are informing you that our son, Lt. Col Stuart Scheller, has been incarcerated by the USMC this morning, Sept. 27, 2021,” his family wrote in a statement. “He was issued a gag order which he broke this weekend by posting on social media.”
The Marines acknowledged that Scheller has been detained before a trial.
“Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller Jr. is currently in pre-trial confinement in the Regional Brig for Marine Corps Installations East aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune pending an Article 32 preliminary hearing,” Capt. Sam Stephenson, Training and Education Command spokesman, told Task & Purpose in a statement.
“The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined. Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process,” the statement continued.
After his Aug. 26 Facebook video — in which he called for senior military leaders to be held to account for their role in what he called the “messed-up” withdrawal — Scheller had his resignation rejected by the Marines, according to his family.
“Recently, Stu asked to resign; The USMC told us, his parents, that our son serves at the pleasure of the president,” the family’s statement continued. “They have not accepted his resignation.
“All our son did was ask the questions that everyone was asking themselves, but too scared to speak out loud. He doesn’t deserve this treatment.”