The U.S. Marine officer who spoke out about the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan has been thrown in a military brig, Fox News reports.
U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller was placed in a military jail, in “pre-trial confinement” status, after he went viral and gained nationwide support for calling out President Joe Biden’s top military brass in the wake of the disastrous Afghanistan troop withdrawal.
The officer’s superiors were clearly unhappy with his calling attention to the matter, going as far as issuing a gag order in an attempt to silence him. Scheller, though, ignored the gag order and posted another message in violation of the order, admitting that he knew it would likely land him in military jail.
“What happens when all you do is speak truth and no one wants to hear it? But they can probably stop listening because … I’m crazy … right?” Scheller wrote. “Col Emmel please have the MPs waiting for me at 0800 on Monday. I’m ready for jail.”
For those unfamiliar with Lt. Col. Scheller, after dedicating 17 years of his life to U.S. military service, he was fired from his position as a battalion commander, and he subsequently resigned from the Marine Corps, after he went viral for speaking his mind on Biden’s failed Afghanistan debacle.
He specifically sought to hold Biden’s senior military leadership accountable following the deaths of the 13 U.S. service members who died as the result of a suicide bombing at the Kabul Airport during the chaotic evacuation efforts.
“All I asked for was the accountability of my senior leaders when there are clear, obvious mistakes that were made,” Scheller said in one social media post. “I haven’t received that.”
During the time he was active on social media, through videos and posts, Scheller built a massive platform of sympathetic followers.
Parents speak out
Stu Scheller Sr., the U.S. Marine officer’s father, provided a recent interview in which he expressed his frustration about his son’s imprisonment.
“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 said. “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.”
“He’s asking for the same accountability that is expected of him and his men,” Scheller Sr. added.
Reports indicate that Scheller is “currently in pre-trial confinement” and is awaiting court-martial proceedings. Specifics regarding his upcoming trial have yet to be announced.