Tuesday, October 26, 2021

$2.2 million raised for Marines in military custody after criticizing Afghan anarchy

Some $2 million has been raised for a Marine enlisted in the brigade for speaking out against the leadership of the US military amid the chaotic Afghanistan evacuation.

More than $2.2 million was raised for Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller after more than 29,000 donors contributed. Shelar is awaiting a hearing on the viral video in which he has demanded accountability from top leaders of the Army and Defense Department.

Officials said he was kept in isolation at the Regional Brigade for Marine Corps Installation East at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. About a week ago, the Marine Corps confirmed his detention, although it is unclear when his Article 32 hearing will take place.

“The time, date and location of the proceedings have not been determined,” Marine Corps Training and Education Command spokesman Captain Sam Stephenson told Task & Purpose. “All due process shall be borne by Lt. Col. Shelar.”

In August, Sklar gained viral fame after posting a video on social media alleging that top military officials were not taking responsibility for a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, including the ISIS terrorist attack in Kabul in which 13 Service members were killed.

“People on social media are so upset right now because Marines on the battlefield haven’t let anyone down,” Scheller said in a video posted several weeks ago. “People are upset because their senior leaders have let them down. And none of them are raising their hands and accepting accountability or saying, ‘We messed up.'”

After releasing several videos, Shelar was reportedly asked by his superiors to stop posting on social media altogether. He appeared to ignore that alleged directive by writing about the gag order in his recent social media post.

In a post, he announced that he was relieved of his position as battalion commander of the Advanced Infantry Training Battalion at the School of Infantry East at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. In another post, Shelar suggested in a post that he may be taken to the Brigadier.

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“What happens when you only speak the truth and no one wants to hear it. But they can probably stop listening because… I’m crazy… right?” Shelar wrote in another post. “Colonel Emmel please [military police] Was waiting for me on Monday at 0800. I’m ready for jail.”

Schaller’s father, Kathy Schaller, said he believes the military is mistreating his son, also confirming that he was taken to the lockup for a trial.

“He is an American war hero. He fought for his men and women who follow him. He fought for them on the battlefield. I believe he fought for his fellow service people and for Americans.” risked his life. He’s now risking his livelihood for them. He saw an injustice being done at the top and felt he should be held accountable for it,” Stuart Schaller’s mother, Kathy Schaller told NTD Said on “The Nation Speaks”.

The Marine Corps “will win the battle,” his father, also known as Stuart, said in the program. “But America is going to help Stuart win the war.”

“I know he broke ranks and I know he knows there will be consequences. But he didn’t hurt anyone. He did not commit any violent crime. He talked on Facebook. And yes, there is a chain of command and there should be punishment for that,” Kathy Schaller added to NTD.

The elder scaler said his son was only seeking accountability from top military leaders on his return.

The Epoch Times has contacted the Defense Department for comment.

Jack Phillips

senior reporter


Jack Phillips is a reporter for The Epoch Times in New York City.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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