I feel obligated to share this story with you. I first learned about 1LT Michael Behenna while surfing Facebook a couple years ago. Somehow I stumbled upon a post that was promoting a link from the “Defend Michael Website.” I decided to click on the link and check out the website. After spending about 45 minutes on the website, I was absolutely amazed that I had never heard about this story before. I figured something like this would be all over the news 24/7.
After reading the website, I experienced a wide variety of emotions from anger, to sadness, to betrayal, and pure disappointment.
His story goes something like this…
“On March 20th, 2009, Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing Ali Mansur, a known Al Qaeda operative while serving in Iraq. Mansur was known to be a member of an Al Qaeda cell operating in the lieutenant’s area of operation and Army intelligence believed he organized an attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon in April 2008 which killed two U.S. soldiers and injured two more. Army intelligence ordered the release of Mansur and Lt. Behenna was ordered to return the terrorist to his home. During the return of Mansur, Lt. Behenna again questioned the Al Qaeda member for information about other members of the terrorist cell, and financial supporters. During this interrogation, Mansur attacked Lt. Behenna, who killed the terrorist in self-defense. The government subsequently prosecuted Lt. Behenna for premeditated murder.”
You can read the rest of the story here.
When you read all the information in this story, you will quickly discover that there are some VERY disturbing things. I won’t get into all of that here, but visit the website in the link above and educate yourself. The case is/was very controversial.
As a former Soldier, I am very disappointed with how things turned out in the Michael Behenna case. Not just the end result, but the process itself. There were some key pieces of evidence that were practically ignored. Even worse, not ONE member on the court martial panel had any combat experience. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to rant.
My bottom line is that if a Soldier is put on trial for some type of war crime, they should receive a fair, unbiased trial. The government should do all it can do to make sure ALL the evidence is taken into consideration and that there isn’t a BIGGER AGENDA that will determine the outcome of the case.
I’ll be the first to admit that war is a horrible thing. Every Soldier knows that when they deploy there’s a chance they might not come home alive! But they also hope that their government will stand beside them if something crazy happens (like in the case of 1LT Michael Behenna). I I personally signed the petition because I believe that ALL Americans (including Soldiers) have right to a FAIR trial. I hope you will visit the website and decide for yourself! Educate yourself, and if you feel compelled, help spread the word!
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