The Marine Corps officer who called out senior leaders in a viral video where he demanded accountability for the debacle in Afghanistan has been thrown into the brig after violating a gag order.
Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, who laid his life on the line for his country during his 17-year military career, felt so strongly about the chaotic withdrawal from the war-torn country as well as the decisions of the top Pentagon brass that he staked everything on making a statement that resulted in him being relieved of his duties.
Despite efforts to silence him, Scheller continued to speak out about the humiliating foreign policy disaster that has tarnished America’s reputation, practically daring command to put him behind bars which they did, locking him down in “pretrial confinement” at Camp Lejeune.
Scheller’s father confirmed the news. “They had a gag order on him and asked him not to speak,” he told Task & Purpose. “He did, and they incarcerated him. They don’t know what to do with him.”
“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud,” Stuart Scheller Sr. added. “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.”
Lt. Col. Scheller posted his first video to social media to assail leadership over the failed withdrawal that culminated in the terrorist suicide bombing outside of Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, a blast that claimed the lives of over 200 people, including 13 American service members who returned home in flag-draped caskets.
"I have been fighting for 17 years. I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders, I demand accountability." – Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller on the failures in Afghanistan that led to American servicemen dying. pic.twitter.com/JPH3nTctrG
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) August 27, 2021
“I have been fighting for 17 years,” Scheller said. “I am willing to throw it all away to say to my senior leaders: I demand accountability.”
He also specifically called out Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin as well as the Joint Chiefs Of Staff which are led by General Mark Milley, both of whom are distracted with “woke” virtue signaling that has eroded morale and distracted from the military’s primary mission.
Scheller, who was a battalion commander, further infuriated the brass with additional videos, including one posted to YouTube where he urged viewers to “follow me and we will bring the whole f***ing system down.”
The outspoken Marine also warned brass, “The baby boomer’s turn is over,” adding in comments to the New York Post, “I demand accountability, at all levels. If we don’t get it, I’m bringing it.” Scheller also quoted Thomas Jefferson, saying “every generation needs a revolution.”
A USMC spokesperson has confirmed that Scheller has been thrown into the brig.
“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,” he said.
“The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined. Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process.” Task & Purpose reported.
Some took to Twitter to express their dismay with Scheller’s imprisonment, noting that he is the only one who is behind bars for the monumental failure in leadership that handed Afghanistan to the Taliban terror regime on a silver platter.
Our government gave billions in weapons to the Taliban, murdered an aid worker and his family (including 7 kids) and lied about it, got 13 troops killed, and abandoned thousands of Americans…and the only guy in prison for it is a Marine who said bad leadership caused all of it. https://t.co/O9ZvyNrT1y
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 28, 2021
Scheller is expected to appear before a hearing on Thursday, according to his father.
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