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Maj. Gen. Charles T. Cleveland, head of Special Operations Command Central, said he chose to deal with the incident through non judicial punishment - an option that would have kept the case out of the public eye but could have effectively ended the SEALs' careers.
The men refused that option and chose to face courts-martial.
The Army general who ordered three local Navy SEALs to trial for their involvement in an alleged case of detainee abuse says he is more upset by the men's apparent attempt to cover up the incident than by the "relatively minor" injuries inflicted on a high-value detainee.
...the allegations of mistreatment didn't start with Abed and aren't based solely on his word. Rather, the allegations were "initially raised by other U.S. service members," he wrote.