The parents of imprisoned Marine Corps Lt. Col. Stuart Scheller demanded justice from the Biden administration and the U.S. Military on Wednesday after their son was thrown into the brig for daring to publicly criticize the administration's botched withdrawal from Afghanistan.
Stu Scheller Sr. and Cathy Scheller told Fox News host Tucker Carlson they're "mad as hell" about the military's treatment of their son, a 17-year Marine veteran, and are asking the American people to urge accountability on his behalf.
While the specific charges on which Scheller is being held have not been publicly revealed, the service member's parents believe it is the result of his breaking silence in violation of a gag order placed on him in recent weeks.
"Probably a week or two ago, or maybe it was a week ago, they put him under a gag order. They took away his right to post, to talk on social media, to email, to text," Stu Scheller Sr. said. "He shared it with America. And he knew this weekend when he posted again and he broke his silence that they were probably going to arrest him on Monday. So, he is a very intelligent man. He understands what's going to happen to him."
"His crime was speaking truth to power, and power couldn't handle it," Scheller went on to say.
He added: "While he broke chain of command, [Defense Secretary Lloyd] Austin, [Gen. Mark] Milley, [Gen. Kenneth] McKenzie, they broke the chain of trust and confidence in the American people."
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"We're mad as hell," he exclaimed.
"I'm asking the American people to find your voice. Stand up, demand accountability of your congresspeople," Schelley Sr. pleaded. "Ask for Lt. [Col.] Scheller to be freed. In my opinion, of course, I'm Dad, so it's probably not fair, but I think he should receive his pension after 17 years of fighting for this country. I think he and his family should have their health benefits and VA benefits for the rest of their lives for the sacrifices he's made."
Scheller began garnering attention on social media last month after he posted a series of videos critical of the U.S. military leadership's handling of the withdrawal process from Afghanistan, including their abandonment of Bagram Airfield before evacuation efforts were complete.
In a statement issued this week, the Marine Corps confirmed that Scheller has, in fact, been detained "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."
On Wednesday, Scheller's parents claimed that their son is being held in solitary confinement and has been granted minimal contact with the outside world.