Add Sarah Palin to the list of those sticking up for an accused Navy SEAL from Blue Island and two of his fellow servicemen.

Palin, on her Facebook page Friday, posted a message saying charges should be dropped against Petty Officer 1st Class Julio Huertas of Blue Island and two of his fellow SEALS — accused of mistreating an Iraqi terrorism suspect.

“First the Obama Administration opened up the possibility of prosecuting CIA interrogators doing their jobs seeking information from terrorists,” Palin wrote. “Then they tried to go after the Bush Administration lawyers who acted in good faith to protect us in the months after 9/11.

“Now some of the military brass are court-martialing three brave Navy SEALs for allegedly throwing a single punch at Iraqi terrorist leader Ahmed Hashim Abed. This is wrong. The Washington Times got it right: Save the SEALs.

“These brave warriors belong in combat, not in the courthouse. They captured the most wanted terrorist in Iraq. We may never know how many other heroic missions they undertook on behalf of our country. The charges should be dropped, and they should be returned to their unit — with our gratitude for their service.

“Stand up for the SEALs who are standing up for us!”

The charges against the SEALS stem from the alleged mistreatment of Ahmed Hashim Abed, the accused mastermind behind the 2004 ambush and slaughter of four American security contractors whose bodies were dragged through the streets of Fallujah. The SEALS captured Abed in September.

One of the SEALs, Matthew McCabe, is accused of striking Abed in the midsection, and all three are charged with dereliction of duty for failing to safeguard the detainee.

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