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ARMY RANGER GOES TO PRISON FOR 25 YEARS FOR SHOOTING AL QAEDA OPERATIVE

November 7, 2012 2 comments

Hat tip Sir Richard for this information.  Until I read his comment, I was not aware of this travesty.  Please share this far and wide.  This brave, honorable young soldier desperately needs our help.

 

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MILITARY PROSECUTORS WITHHOLD EVIDENCE; ARMY RANGER GOES TO PRISON FOR 25 YEARS FOR SHOOTING AL QAEDA OPERATIVE

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.

Not only is this a miscarriage of justice on the behalf of Lt. Behenna, who was acting to prevent further loss of life in his platoon, it is demoralizing to the U.S. troops who continue to fight on behalf of the freedom and security of our nation. Whether it is U.S. border patrol agents, members of the armed forces, or FBI agents, no individual who is serving on the frontlines in the War on Terror should be so blatantly mistreated.

We urgently need your help to correct this terrible wrong against a loyal and faithful soldier. Please contact your congressman and ask them to intervene on behalf of 1LT Behenna. Below is a brief recap of the relevant aspects of Lt. Behenna’s case.

  • September 2007: 1LT Michael Behenna deployed to Iraq for his first tour of combat.
  • April 21, 2008, Al Qa’ida operatives attacked LT Behennaʼs platoon. The
  • IED attack resulted in the death of two of LT Behennaʼs platoon members, two Iraqi citizens, and wounded two additional soldiers under LT Behennaʼs command.
  • May 5, 2008: Based on information from US Army intelligence, LT Behenna’s platoon detained known terrorist Ali Mansur at his home for the attack on LT Behennaʼs platoon. Mansur had illegal weapons and a passport indicating trips to Syria.
  • May 16, 2008: Without explanation, Army Intelligence ordered the release of Mansur.
  • LT Behenna, who lost two members of his platoon just weeks earlier, was ordered to transport Mansur to his home.
  • LT Behenna attempted a final field interview of Mansur prior to his release.
  • During the interview, Mansur attacked LT Behenna, and LT Behenna reacted to defend himself by firing two shots which killed Mansur.
  • July 2008: The U.S. Army charged LT Behenna with premeditated murder for the death of the Al Qa’ida operative and terrorist Ali Mansur
  • February 23, 2009: 1Lt. Behennaʼs trial begins.
  • Defense experts testify that Mansur was standing with his arm outstretched when shot.
  • On the evening of February 25th, prosecution expert witness Dr. Herbert MacDonell told the prosecution attorneys the only logical explanation for what happened was that Mansur had to be standing, reaching for LT Behennaʼs gun when he was shot. This contradicted the prosecution’s theory that Mansur was executed while seated on a rock.
  • On February 26th LT Behenna testified that while he was interrogating Mansur he turned his head towards his interpreter, and when he did, Mansur lunged for his gun. The LT fired a controlled pair of shots. This explanation was identical to what Dr. MacDonell told the prosecution team in a private meeting the night before.
  • During a recess after 1LT Behennaʼs testimony, Dr. MacDonell met with the prosecution team and told them again that the LT’s testimony was exactly what he had demonstrated to Prosecutors the day before and that the LT must be telling the truth. The prosecutors sent Dr. MacDonell home to New York. Leaving the courtroom, Dr. MacDonell told defense counsel he would have made a great witness for LT Behenna.
  • The defense counsel asked prosecutors if they have any exculpatory evidence about Dr. MacDonell, and the prosecutors denied possession of such evidence.
  • In the prosecution’s closing arguments they argued LT Behennaʼs testimony that Mansur was reaching for his gun was “impossible” based upon the evidence (despite knowing that their own expert witness had told him it was the only logical explanation.)
  • Later that Friday night a military panel of seven officers, none of whom had combat experience, convicted LT Behenna of unpremeditated murder and assault.
  • After LT Behenna was convicted, but before sentencing, Dr. MacDonell sent an email to the prosecution team requesting that the information provided in his demonstration be turned over to the defense.
  • A mistrial was requested by the LT’s defense counsel, but on March 20, the military judge denied both defense motions to declare a mistrial and to order a new trial.
  • LT Behennaʼs attorneys are appealing the verdict based on the denial of a fair trial. An oral argument has been scheduled before the highest military court – The Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces – on 23 April 2012 in Washington D.C.
  • LT Behenna is currently serving a 15-year sentence in Ft. Leavenworth (the original 25 year sentence was reduced five years by the commanding General of 101st Airborne and the Army Clemency Board reduced it another five years.) The earliest he would be eligible for parole is after serving a third of his sentence. Without parole or a new trial Lt. Behenna will get out of prison for the shooting an Al Qaeda terrorist in self defense when he is 40 years old.

1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was an excellent officer. He received his call to serve his country while attending the University of Central Oklahoma. He is from a family of public servants, his mother being an Assistant United States Attorney and his father a retired Special Agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. He has served the Army and the United States with honor and dignity. To sacrifice the life of this Oklahoma soldier over the death of a known terrorist, is a breach of faith with all who are serving our country.  Please stand with us and demand justice for this American hero!!!  He fought for you; now please fight for him!

 

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Furious Military Families Are Outing the obama Regime

October 27, 2012 4 comments

[TWG:  It’s appalling to me that we have Veterans and current members of the Military supporting obama and his marxist regime.  They are TRAITORS, spitting in the faces and on the graves  of each and every one of our Veterans who’ve ever served this Nation in the fight against fascist dictators and evildoers.   General Colin Powell expressed support for that marxist back during the ’08 “election”, and reiterated his support for marxism last week.  Apparently, General Powell approves of the fact that  marxist obama, clinton and panetta is responsible for the deaths of 4 Americans in Benghazi, two of them being Navy SEAL’s. He approves of the fact that the obama regime were trafficking weapons to muslim  terrorists within al queda and the muslim brotherhood, and that the obama regime’s PROVEN allegiance is with islamic terrorists. Apparently, the Veterans and members of the Military currently supporting the marxists approve of how they’re handling islam and in their marxist/fascist ideologies.  THEY ARE TRAITORS TO THIS NATION AND TO EVERY VETERAN WHO HAS EVER SERVED. CALL THEM WHAT THEY ARE.  MARXIST TRAITORS.]

 

October 16, 2012

Military Families are Outing Obama

By Karin McQuillan

American military and State Department families that have lost their sons in the war against Islamic jihadis are outing President Obama for playing politics with the lives (and deaths) of their sons.  Speaking out in some of the most painful interviews ever shown on television, they directly blame the president for the loss of their sons’ lives.  Their accusations speak directly to Obama’s competence in defending our national security.

Iran is on the brink of possessing nuclear weapons.  Egypt’s elected President Mubarak, the keystone to stability in the Middle East for the last 30 years, was pressured by President Obama to step down in favor of the terror group the Muslim Brotherhood.  The Benghazi embassy was denied Marine protection, even on 9/11, with the subsequent tragedy and White House cover-up.  We haven’t lost an ambassador since Jimmy Carter’s incompetence.  Obama’s Middle East policy has been a disaster, with one exception — the killing of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEAL Team 6.

The president ran the special ops raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound with one eye on national security and the other on political opportunism.  Intelligence was compromised because there was political advantage to Obama to do so.  Within a day, the White House divulged details of the attack, including that it was carried out by SEAL Team Six.

Three months later, 22 men from SEAL Team 6 were dead, victims of Obama’s policies and politics.  This story has been buried, until this 9/11….(Con’t)

 

CONTINUE READING: http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/10/m-military_families_are_outing_obama.html

 

 

Clinton Giving Her islamic terrorist Pals, Al Queda, $45 MILLION American Taxpayer Money

September 29, 2012 4 comments

[TWG – Unbelievable.  clinton & the obama regime have already handed several BILLION taxpayer dollars to al queda and the muslim brotherhood terrorists.  Whatever happened to TREASON laws in this once great Nation?  This is the definition of AIDING AND ABETTING THE ENEMIES OF THIS NATION.  Why aren’t the American people standing up against this TREASON?]

Hillary Clinton 10 SC Surreal: Clinton Pledges $45 Million in Aid to Al Qaeda in Syria

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that the US would be providing an additional $45 million in “non-lethal aid” to the “opposition” in Syria, reported the Associated Press. The Western press chose their words carefully, ensuring that the term “civilian opposition” was repeatedly used to describe the armed terrorist forces attempting to violently overthrow the Syrian government.

In reality, the “opposition” in Syria constitutes foreign terrorist legions flowing across Syria’s borders, and in particular, staging and crossing over from NATO-member Turkey. In fact, it was recently admitted by the terrorist legions themselves that their headquarters has been located within Turkish territory for the duration of the conflict. In a recent France 24 article titled, “Free Syrian Army move HQ from Turkey to Syria,” armed militants claimed they had only just recently “moved from Turkey to within Syria.”

Clinton’s Aid is Going to Al Qaeda, Not a “Civilian Opposition.”

CONTINUE READING: http://www.westernjournalism.com/surreal-clinton-pledges-45-million-in-aid-to-al-qaeda-in-syria/

America’s Allies…

September 14, 2012 5 comments

Soooooooooooo……….

The obama/clinton/jarret axis of evil has now declared that the muslim brotherhood and al queda, which the obama/clinton/jarret axis of evil installed in Egypt and elsewhere in the middle east,  are “ALLIES” of America.

The muslim brotherhood and al queda are NOT Allies of America.

The muslim brotherhood and al queda are  ALLIES of the obama/clinton/jarret axis of evil. 

The obama/clinton/jarret regime has denied Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu request to meet, while inviting muslim brotherhod terrorists, Morsi, to meet with them in our White House.

They share the same goals for America.

Hitler, too, teamed up with islam. They, too, shared common goals.

Let that sink in today.

‘Representing’ al-Qaeda


Andrew C. McCarthy

March 29, 2010 4:00 A.M.

‘Representing’ al-Qaeda

Does helping jihadists lie, plot, and identify CIA agents demonstrate patriotism — or material support to terrorism?

Bravely entering the lion’s den — delivering a speech in praise of left-wing, “pro bono” lawyering to a group of left-wing, pro bono lawyers — Attorney General Eric Holder recently declared that “lawyers who provide counsel for the unpopular are, and should be, treated as what they are: patriots.”

READ THE STORY HERE

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