Facing a possible life sentence if convicted, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart faced substantial grilling by the Army prosecutor who seemed to want him to discuss classified matters in open court during his court-martial on allegations of rape and kidnapping. Below are excerpts from Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice, the book in which I chronicle this highly-decorated Special Forces combat veteran’s toughest battle ever:
“They just wanted me to admit that I spoke German, that I am trained in all this ‘secret squirrel’ stuff to beat and interrogate people and everything else,” Stewart said, noting that it’s a facade and that Green Beret professionals like himself are trusted to do national-level stuff for the president of our country on a daily basis.
“The one thing I wouldn’t say in there was… a lie. I told the truth (in response) to the questions that were asked of me.”
What if he had answered all of their questions in open court?
“If I had went up there and said, in a statement, that we do some type of training like, ‘We do free fall blindfolded, you know, to work on the psychological aspects of the mind…’ that reporter that I knew was in the courtroom… what would that person have written in the Stars & Stripes?”
The excerpts above stand as a smidgen of what’s contained in nearly 300 pages taken directly from the Record of Trial, other trial-related documents and interviews with key players involved in the case.
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