Military Leader Imprisoned For Criticizing Afghanistan Withdrawal

A couple of weeks ago, Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller made headlines with his video calling out senior military officials for how Afghanistan was handled. The military swiftly removed him from command. Now they have put him in the brig for speaking out.

From Serving to Serving Time

Scheller's father, Stu Scheller Sr., talked with Task and Purpose about his son being put into the brig for speaking his mind.

“All our son did is ask the questions that everybody was asking themselves, but they were too scared to speak out loud. He was asking for accountability. In fact, I think he even asked for an apology that we made mistakes, but they couldn’t do that, which is mind-blowing.”

Stu Scheller Sr.

Lt. Col. Scheller will appear in front of a military hearing, according to his father. Scheller Sr. said, "They had a gag order on him and asked him not to speak."

However, Scheller decided to talk anyway. "He did, and they incarcerated him. They don't know what to do with him."

Indeed In The Brig

The Marine Corps did issue a confirmation that Scheller's was indeed in the brig after Task and Purpose published their story.

“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. The time, date, and location of the proceedings have not been determined.  Lt. Col. Scheller will be afforded all due process.”

Capt. Sam Stephenson, a spokesman for Training and Education Command

According to the Marine Corps, Scheller is to answer for violating the following articles of the UCMJ: Article 88: Contempt toward officials, Article 90: Willfully disobeying superior commissioned officer, Article 92: Failure to obey an order. Finally, he will also answer Article 133: Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.

Chain Of Events

Scheller received both praise and backlash from his initial video from those inside the veteran and military community. Some saw his video as a noble cause, while others thought he broke the chain of command and spoke out of turn.

Scheller posted another YouTube video stating he would file charges against Marine Gen. Kenneth McKenzie Jr. for his errors in Afghanistan.

Scheller posted on Facebook that he had been told to "stop posting." He also said he expected to be put in the brig.

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62 comments on “Military Leader Imprisoned For Criticizing Afghanistan Withdrawal”

  1. MILIEY THE GENERAL THAT IS A TRADER TO AMERICA AND HE BROKE THE USMCJ IS STILL IN THE MILITARY AND HAS NEVER BE ACTION IS SETTING IN FRONT CONGRESS LYING HIS ASS OFF>:

    1. Just who is Miliey? What product is he TRADING? What is the USMCJ? And what is "NEVER BE ACTION"?

      If you're going to post, at least make an attempt at posting cogently. With your abysmally poor language construction you've lost all credibility, and that's unfortunate as your point, if interpreted correctly, is fair.

        1. The CIA warned them of exactly what was happening in Afg.
          They pulled out 2 months earlier.
          This is a dereliction of Duty to the Max.

        1. I'm hardly perfect. But I do encourage conservatives not to post like benighted snowflake liberals. Ignorance is not bliss.

      1. With all due respect…..we all should back off correcting people and things that does not matter. A misspelled word here, punctuation out of place there. In the throes of the battle we are in trying to keep our way of life and our Constitution, we have little time for such trivial issues. God Bless…!

        1. I want conservatives to be effective in what as I see as an existential threat to the very survival of the Republic. If others see us as inerudite and aliterate hicks we lose our credibility. As the Founders and Framers wrote, our form of government is only meant for a moral and educated people.

          It's more than just spelling and grammar that concerns me. I see so many who call themselves conservative or libertarian who don't seem to have a clue about the Constitution, civics, or history. So I speak out to help them be more effective. As you say, we're in a battle, one that WE ARE LOSING. Benightedness will not win the day.

          So, does what God said about His people perishing because of a lack of knowledge still apply today? By the way, I'm a firm believer in 2 Chronicles 7:14.

  2. Well I guess we now live in CUBA . THIS BIDEN , HARRIS , OBAMA DEMOCRATIC COMMUNIST DICTATORSHIP ADMINISTRATION HAS GONE COMMUNIST.
    WE ARE NO LONGER HOME OF THE FREE SPEACH.

        1. That in other words would be giving them a slap on the hand and their corruption would continue through another avenue, example the Clintons/Obama. They cost lives, destruction and gave to the enemy are latest military technology huge taxpayers dollars ( $83BILLION + the bills they past) putting are country so far in debt the next two or more generation will be paying back with huge interest, and their not done. Committed ballet fraud to take power ( working on permanent power ) over are government and shame the hell out of are country. LOCK THEM UP and Throw away the Key !

  3. Sent him free! Reinstate his full rank and position for being a true American patriot that loves and is willing to sacrifice “everything” for it!

  4. Welcome to Democrat Communist USA where if you speak what you think you will go to prison. The top General began a military coup and those who speak against that criminal act will be punished. If you permit the slightest military coup you have opened the door to destruction of your country. This has been proven around the world as long as humans have walked the earth. THIS is why we have a Constitution - to protect you and I from human insanity.

    1. Col. Scheller spoke out against his superiors PUBLICLY in their handling of Afghanistan in a contemptuous manner. While Col Scheller was correct in my opinion, it's still a violation of the UCMJ. So what is COMMUNIST about holding military officers to the UCMJ? Do you believe the 1st Amendment covers military insubordination, even if desperately needed?

      1. When is speaking out the truth become contemptuous? In cases like the debacle of Afghan Exit, we should be ashamed that no generals spoked out!

        1. I agree with you about our not just inept, but duplicitous, exit from Afghanistan in which we INTENTIONALLY left Americans behind. In my view a few generals should've been relieved of command and Biden impeached, convicted, and removed from office.

          However, it was in the manner in which Col. Scheller spoke out publicly. Do you recall the forced retirement of Gen. MacArthur? He was strategically correct but politically wrong in going public over Truman's head. He would've been court-martialed were it not for his exploits and fame.

          So let me ask, have you ever been subject to the chain of command and the UCMJ as a military officer? Do you know what Article 88 of the UCMJ states and how the courts have ruled on it? That's essential, even if your sentiments are correct.

  5. Lt. Col Scheller is RIGHT in questioning the removal process of military personnel-- civilians first, equipment and then the military!!! These so-called woke generals are turning our military into a bunch of pansies and the generals are pansies!!! Get the pansies out (especially milley bc he's the biggest pansy) and put REAL MEN in charge!!! Every time we have a demonrat in the WH our military becomes a bunch of pansies but under Trump they were REAL MEN!!! GET THESE PANSIES OUT OF THE MILITARY ESPECIALLY MILLEY AND AUSTIN AND GET LT COL SCHELLER OUT F THE BRIG AND GIVE HIM A PROMOTION!!! GOD BLESS LT COL SCHELLER!!! HE'S A REAL MAN AND A TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOT AND WE NEED MORE LIKE HIM!!!

  6. This event brings to mind the story of Colonel "Billy" Mitchell who was castigated and sent out of sight to obscure postings for advocating a separate air service from the US Army, for demonstrating the vulnerability of warships to air attack and for criticizing what he called "incompetence" in some military operations. He was tried and convicted of "insubordination" and he left the military service. Only after he died and his predictions of future battle came to fruition in World War II, did he receive recognition. But this resulted in initial losses on the battlefield for not following his recommendations for better preparedness of the military services.
    In a separate incident ,General Omar Bradley was also cited for insubordinate comments to General Pershing, but Pershing had the good sense to know that Bradley's comments were correct and appropriate to operating efficiency and saving lives.

    1. Consider also the case of Gen. MacArthur. He was right strategically, but he criticized Truman PUBLICLY. He couldn't been court-martialed.

      I agree with Col. Scheller's views, but I realize he took the risk of running afoul of Article 88 of the UCMJ. It seems many here don't understand or agree with that Article.

  7. That is such bulls--t what happened to freedom of speech? The military all they are now is puppets just like Biden

  8. What is happening to our country? This is a disgrace! We must all stand up, and Not be frightened to help defend Lt Col Schiller!
    I am ashamed of my country and what I fear is happening. to my wonderful United States!

    It could be your son, daughter NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Austin and Milley are the one that should be in the brig. Milley for not honoring the chain
    of command. Austin should be fired for actively seeking the conservatives to boot them
    out of the service. Woke military should not be in charge of any American .

  10. Insubordination begins with the purposeful discarding of ethics, values and morals. General Miley and his civilian counterpart Secretary of Military defacement Austin have been conducting themselves beyond shameful but treasonous and traitorous towards those in the military still with moral and ethical values. Their combined failure in Afghanistan through their combined cowardice not to resign in protest to obvious decision failures by Dictator Biden, that were certain to not only cost millions in equipment and tax dollars but much worse result in the loss of lives as well, is the most despicable means of dereliction of duty, while trying to hide behind a job description. Miley is and no longer should hold the rank of General or even once again quote an oath to defend the constitution when he implements unconstitutional vaccinations that will obliterate the active service military with the poisons being injected. He, Miley and Austin are nothing more than co conspirators against the people of America and their Justice will be swift and final when the time of judgement comes. On a personal note to those two Veterans, Miley and Austin. You disgrace all of our service with your lack of loyalty to the People, your utter and total disregard of your duty by and to the constitution of the United States, your lack of Respect to the Uniform and military service and Veterans that you so greatly disappointed, your lack of devotion through selfless service to include resigning out of protest, your shameful glorification of a mission gone completely wrong and dishonoring those that did give the greatest sacrifice for our country by using them as a compassion factor in you greatly lacking Integrity speech concerning this so greatly executed withdrawal. All these things show extreme lack of personal courage to accept accountability, and now you lock those up that question rightfully your incompetence and grave lack of judgement and preparedness. In plain English, to Miley and Austin, you F’ed up and didn’t have the gonads to take responsibility. So when the day comes that our brothers and sisters that gave what you are too yellow bellied to do, I will make a bag of popcorn to watch your judgement and execution of sentence. Don’t forget Nurnberg and the sentences for those collaborators, history always repeats itself.

    1. So Article 88 of the UCMJ is of no meaning if you believe you're correct, ethical, and moral, is that it? Col. Scheller, a brave officer in my view, accepted the risk and spoke out for the sake of the nation. But there's a price he'll have to pay unless a future president pardons him.

  11. Thank You LT. Col for speaking out. What happening to you and other Pariots is unspeakable . Biden Pelosi Harris and Milley need to go as a American Citizen I would like to see all their Resignations . Thank You Sir, for your Military service .Keep the Faith my prayers are with you and your Family M.C. Nelson Indiana

    1. I'd love to see the successful impeachments of Biden, Harris, many in the DOD, and Pelosi and Schumer expelled under Article 1, Section5 of the Constitution. Sadly, that'll never happen.

  12. This is disgusting....We have a general who told the Chinese he would WARN THEM if Trump was going to war....TREASONOUS and yet a man who served with distinction for 17 years has been arrested, no charges, and is being kept in solitary.....this year I won't be surprised if no young men join the military with Biden as commander in chief....

  13. Only one way to change the congress next year and that is to vote in the primaries. New, educated, experienced, military and law backgrounds, budget and management analysts, etc. come into the political campaigns but you can only see and vote for them in PRIMARIES....wait until November and many people get lazy and just vote the straight party line up top and many just vote the name they know.. Eric Cantor was minority speaker of the House of Representatives, he was voted out in the primary by a professor opponent.....ballotpedia dot org is a great website to see who is running, both parties, their backgrounds, statistics in each state and county, etc. this year and next do your homework....

  14. This is way too unfair and political. Makes us hate this administration even more than ever. What ever happened to fee speech? What has happened to our America?????

      1. I think we’ve got where you are coming from. Pete and repeat! And maybe you know much more than we do. We understand all that but we have a view also. The powers to be did not do what is normal in those situations. Not getting our people out and ALL the fighting equipment we handed over to them which we got to see them in our uniforms carrying our weapons and riding in our tanks, etc.,. They really thought they were somebody special.

        1. I agree with your belief that our leaders did more than just drop the ball! I must admit I'm not surprised considering this is Obama 2 point 0.

          However, having served 20 years in the Air Force with a father who served 21 years in the Army, I think I know a wee bit about the UCMJ. Add to that my having taken courses in the Constitution and I believe I'm on solid ground. Either we support the Constitution or we don't.

          I agree with Col. Scheller's views, but he simply ran afoul of the UCMJ. That said, maybe more officers need to fall on their swords and speak out about our cowardly, seditious, and perhaps even treasonous socialist Democrat leaders trying to run the Republic into the ground. I believe many here would agree.

  15. I am in favor of our Military expressing thier thoughts just like me, this is wrong what the government did to this LT. Colonial and I agree with him 100 percent!!

    1. How wrong you are! We in the military, even those of us who're retired, are not entirely free to say whatever we please. But seeing as you've never likely served or been married to a man who has served, I doubt you'll understand.

  16. Milley should be to put in jail rather than Honorable Scheller. He should resign immediately or be kick out off our Army!

  17. THIS ADMINISTRATION MUST BE VOTED OUT OF OFFICE. WE MUST HOLD ALL OF OUR REPRESENTIVES TO ACCOUNT FOR THEIR VOTE ON ALL ISSUES. WE MUST BRING GOD BACK INTO OUR LIVES, AND , FOLLOW HIS COMMANDMENTS/ JESUS TEACHINGS. AMERICA WAS DESIGNED TO THESE IDEAS AND BECAUSE WE MOSTLY FOLLWED THEM WE PREVAILED AND BECAME THE BEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE WORLD. NOW WE ARE BROUGHT TO THIS BATTLEFIELD WHERE WE LIVE OF DIE BY TAKING BACK FROM THIS CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION ALL THE FREEDOMS OUR ANCESSTORS HAVE DIED FOR AND PROVIDED. WE MUST ALL GET TOGETHER AND VOTE ALL THESE CORRUPT REPRESTATIVE OUT OF OFFICE. THIS IS THE ONLY (FEAR ) THEY CARE ABOUT .. POWER IS THEIR GOD. WE MUST HAVE PATRIOTS LIKE , GEN PATTEN, GEORGE WASHINGTON. MAC ARTHUR, AND LEADERS LIKE RONALD REGAN, TRUMAN, DONALD TRUMP ETC. WE MUST CLOSE OUR BOARDERS , REBUILD OUR INDUSTRY, INFRASTRUCURE, AND AMERICA AS IT WAS WHEN WE WERE THE ENVY OF THE WORLD; GOD BLESS AMERICA

  18. Stop the bullshit , this is a discipline matter , an article 15 at the most . Our courageous military has a lot more to do than to play the devil's advocate . The enemy is at our gates open borders be sure the terrorist will attack our homeland again. thanks to Biden.

  19. God bless our military personnel. Thank you for your service and I thank this is so disrespectful to you after you serviced to the country.

  20. Those Military Code of Justice Articles thrown at Marine Corp Scheller sounds like something that should be done to all the White House.

  21. Unfortunate the military brass hasn't changed since i served,their position is me first you second if you are honest but piss off your so called leaders your in trouble, that self serving attitude has not changed one bit. This lT Col Scheller has courage that is rare in the military to speak out.

  22. 0 another thing LT Co,l. Scheller is to be commended for speaking truth, that is more than i can say about Gen. Milley a man who called the China brass and was going to tip them off if a strike was going to be attemted & Austin was along for the ride.

  23. The traitors who put him there are the ones who need to be put in front of firing squad. Woke militarily are enemy supporters.

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