A former field grade ranking officer is behind bars after openly expressing disappointment with his U.S. Marine Corps superiors.
Task & Purpose confirmed Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller, Jr. is detained in a military prison for criticizing the Biden administration’s tactless withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.
Scheller’s family members are very concerned about his welfare.
“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves but they were too scared to speak out loud,” father Stu Scheller said according to the publication.
The Marine Training and Education Command revealed the former lieutenant colonel will soon appear before military court.
“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,” spokesman Capt. Sam Stephenson said according to Fox News. “The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined. Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process.”
The father predicts the accused will appear at a military hearing on Sept. 30.
Scheller, Jr. received worldwide support for speaking out about the tragic Kabul bombing that killed 13 U.S. servicemen, most of whom were still in their early twenties.
He resigned on August 29 and forfeited his $2 million Veterans Affairs pension. He refused to let financial incentives make him a “slave to the system” and “compromise” fundamental principles.
My reason for submitting a letter of resignation:— Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) August 31, 2021
A lack of trust and confidence in your ability to lead.
LtCol Stuart Scheller
United States Marine Corps
Scheller was already relieved of command when he left his post. A Marine Corps representative commented the officer should have expressed his emotions more discreetly.
When the former marine continued to openly voice objection his superiors resorted to more drastic means.
“They had a gag order on him and asked him not to speak,” the father said. “He did, and they incarcerated him–they do not know what to do with him.”
The broadcaster suspects Scheller, Jr. already knew his continuous public statements would land him in trouble.
“What happens when all you do is speak truth and no one wants to hear it but they can probably stop listening because I am crazy, right?” he said on Facebook. “I believe I am ready to go to jail.”
His father does not believe his son did anything that deserves solitary confinement.
“He was asking for accountability,” he said. “In fact, I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes but they could not do that, which is mind-blowing.”