The penalty for treason is not death as many of us assume. In the U.S., only ten people have ever been charged with the turncoat offense, and only one of them met their final fate because of it. In 1862, during the American Civil War, William Bruce Mumford was hanged from the gallows for ripping down a U.S. flag.
Fast forward to April 2022 when an explosion ripped through a U.S. military outpost in Syria injuring four soldiers. Now imagine their hate and anger upon discovering it had been an inside job by one of their own and you’d find at least four guys who would have no problem with a modern-day lynching.
Investigators are certain they know who detonated the explosives but they’re still gathering enough evidence to make the charges stick. Military officials released the following statement; “Army CID and Air Force OSI are conducting a joint investigation of the incident. A possible suspect, a US service member, has been identified.”
The only thing known about the suspect is that they’re no longer deployed in Syria. The statement further said, “At this point, these are just allegations, all suspects are presumed to be innocent until/unless convicted in a court of law.”
“The investigation is ongoing, which may or may not, develop sufficient evidence to identify a perpetrator(s) and have enough evidence to ensure a conviction in a court of law. No further information will be released at this time.”
Well, now that they’ve cleared that up…. Here’s what is known. The Apr 7 attack was initially believed to have been carried out by an extremist militia group.
After about a week of “further investigations” into the source of the attack, military officials concluded a “deliberate placement of explosive charges by an unidentified individual(s) at an ammunition holding area and shower facility.”
The investigators found two clips of security footage showing a lone figure moving quickly about the camp in the middle of the night. It has yet to be determined if it’s the same shadowy figure in both.
The injured troops were diagnosed with traumatic brain injury from having their heads rattled, but they received treatment and were later returned to duty. This in and of itself was an unwise move but that’s another story for another time.
The U.S. troop strength in Syria stands at around 900. This is inclusive of special operations forces on advisement detail to assist the good Muslim warriors who as history dictates will one day become bad Muslim warriors who hate America. Whatcha gonna do?
Assuming the CID and the OSI are as good as they say they are leaves an unanswered question. Why would the U.S. military release even a smidgen of information when no arrests have been made? To tip off the guilty party(s)? It makes no sense.
Maybe they’re hoping their suspect will catch wind of the jig being almost up and go AWOL, confirming their suspicions. Who knows with them? But, whatever the outcome might be, rest assured, nobody will be swinging from a branch.
If convicted, the guilty party(s) might consider being strung up as a better fate than life inside of a military stockade.