More than 100,000 people have signed a petition to free the jailed British special forces soldier put in prison for keeping a handgun from the Falklands war as a trophy.
Newspapers, family, friends and former soldiers and members of the military have joined the call to free Albert Patterson (pictured above in his SAS days) who was sentenced to 15 months in prison for possessing a handgun. Handguns are illegal in the UK.
The former paratrooper and SAS man had taken the pistol from an Argentinian officer in the 1982 Falklands war between the UK and Argentina. He said that it was a reminder of the 22 SAS members who died during the conflict.
The 9mm weapon was unloaded and found with four other Enfield handguns and ammunition in 2014, apparently after the police were
After leaving the SAS Patterson (or “Pat” as he is known) served as a security consultant for private companies. Most recently working in Afghanistan to provide security for contractors building electricity and water supply systems.
The weapons were never loaded or used in the UK and were kept purely as a memento. The judge (Judge Christopher Plunkett) commended the former soldier for his work in the SAS but had no choice but to jail him.
However others have been spared prison and sent free for similar crimes.
Dale Robinson (28, above left) received a suspended sentence after admitting possessing a firearm at Northampton crown court.
He was accused by police of supplying weapons to drug dealers, but claimed that he was only a collector.
David Parsons (65, above right) was spared a jail sentence too after several guns were found at their home in Bournemouth. Parson’s son was a heroin addict and it is believed that the gun may allegedly have been his.
Military Chiefs and former soldiers condemn sentence
Former Chief of Defence and member of the SAS in the UK Field Marshal Sir Charles Guthrie said the sentence was “totally inappropriate”.
Lord West, former head of the British Royal Navy said:
“It does seem a harsh sentence for someone who is clearly not collecting weapons for use.
For someone who is not a present threat to society maybe a suspended sentence is better.”
Gulf war veteran John Nicol said:
“You see thugs, burglars and wife beaters getting away with almost no sentence. There needs to be flexibility and understanding.”
Colonel Richard kemp, former commander of UK forces in Afghanistan demanded his immediate release by saying:
“This is another example of our troops being persecuted by a government and courts obsessed with political correctness.
An SAS hero who risked his life to defend our country shouldn’t be treated like a south London drug dealer.
He should be freed immediately. The country should be grateful for what he did.”
Captain Stripped of Command Because of ‘Inappropriate Relationship’ With Junior Officer
Military chiefs had been dispatched to a nuclear submarine to deal with claims there was an “inappropriate relationship“ between a captain and a junior officer.
The captain of the vessel has been relieved until the problem is resolved.
An MoD spokeswoman would not confirm the relationship between a male and female officer but said: “An investigation is under way. It would be inappropriate to say anything further.”
When he was asked about the relationship he said: “I’ve not got anything to say at the moment.”
It is well known that intimate relationships with a fellow officer on a warship or a submarine is against the rules.
The captain, along with his second in command, are the only officers on board the sub with access to a grey safe which contains a “letter of last resort” from the PM containing guidance and orders to be followed should the UK be attacked with nuclear weapons.
In 2014, Sarah West the Navy’s first female warship captain was released from her command of frigate HMS Portland over an affair with a married officer.
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Green Beret Who “Body Slammed” Child Rapist – Is Cleared of Wrongdoing
The US Army has reversed a controversial decision to kick a decorated Green Beret out of the army, after he beat up a local Afghan commander who had raped a young boy.
The Afghan commander had been sexually abusing the boy for an extended period of time.
When confronted by Sgt 1st Class Charles Martland about the abuse of the child, the Afghan police commander laughed. Infuriated by the response, Martland pushed him to the ground and “bodyslammed” him, before throwing him and repeatedly bodyslamming him “for 50 meters”.
The abused child had been tied to a post for a week before being raped and sexually assaulted by the police commander. When the boy’s mother looked for justice she was beaten and attacked.
According to Martland, this is how the confrontation went down when he and his colleague confronted Abdul Rahman, the commander who had abused the boy.
“Captain Quinn picked him up and threw him, I [went on to] body slam him multiple times.”
“I kicked him once in his ribcage after one of the body slams. I put my foot on his neck and yelled at him after one body slam, but did not kick or punch him in the face. I continued to body slam him and throw him for 50 meters until he was outside the camp.”
Martland’s colleague, Quinn, said:
“I physically threw him through our front gate and off our camp.”
“He was never knocked out, and he ran away from our camp. It did not last longer than 5 minutes. The child rapist’s allegations against us are ridiculous,”
After being pursued by the Army and kicked out of the theater, Martland was on the verge of being kicked out of the Army.
But in a reversal, the Army has overturned the decision and has taken the position that Martland shall be allowed to continue to serve in the Army.
This was after a campaign by his supportive congressman and The American Center for Law and Justice.
A spokesperson for the ACLJ said:
“The decision by the Army to retain this hero is long overdue and represents a significant victory for SFC Martland,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ. “Justice has been served. The U.S. military has a moral obligation to stop child sexual abuse and exonerate SFC Martland for defending a child from rape. The Army finally took the corrective action needed and this is not only a victory for SFC Martland, but for the American people as well.”
Special Forces Sniper Stops 5 Jihadi Suicide Bombers. With 3 bullets.
An SAS sniper in Mosul, Iraq, was recently monitoring an ISIS bomb factory. The sharpshooter is a veteran of the British SAS (Special Air Service) tasked with keeping tabs on the suspected IED / bomb facility.
The sniper saw 5 individuals leave the building, all wearing heavy coats in very hot weather. Taking this as a sign that the Islamists were wearing explosive vests the soldier took the shot and hit one of the jihadists in the chest from approximately 800m. His suspicions were right and the suicide bomber’s explosive vest detonated, killing two other ISIS fighters.
A second shot took out the third member of IS with a headshot, followed by a third shot to the 5th man as he tried to escape back into the building.
A spokesman from the British Army told the Express:
“This was a classic SAS mission. The unit had been operating in the area for several weeks, mainly working as spotters for air strikes and gathering intelligence. About three weeks ago the intelligence guys got information that a bomb factory had been set up in a nearby village.
The unit was sent in to see if they could identify the house and the bombers. There were too many civilian homes nearby and children were often around so an airstrike was out of the question.
With just three well-aimed shots that single team has probably saved the lives of hundreds of innocent people.”
Great marksmanship, stopping at least two Islamists wearing suicide vests and killing another three. That’s 5 jihadis with only three bullets. It’s a shame it’s only a drop in the ocean compared to the spiral of death and destruction that Syrians and to a lesser extent Iraqis are facing.
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