How a Navy Seal accused of war crimes gained the support of politicians

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A member of the U.S. Navy Seals parachute team. Credit: Phil Roeder/CC BY 2.0.

During a town hall meeting this weekend, California Congressman Duncan Hunter admitted to taking a photo with an enemy corpse while he was deployed. Hunter offered this admission as he was defending Navy Seal Edward Gallagher, who’s been accused of doing that (among other war crimes while he was deployed in Iraq). Gallagher is currently being held in San Diego, and his case has been getting a lot of attention as the trial draws nearer.