Pictured in the above photo: 1st Lt. Michael C. Behenna, left, and his
defense attorney Capt. Tom Clark, right, taken at Camp Speicher, a large U.S. base
near Tikrit, north of Baghdad, Iraq, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2008. (AP Photo/Vanessa Gera)
Here is another example of a miscarriage of justice on the part of our government, in order to promote another “politically incorrect” and very unfair politicized agenda; with the result being that another one of our military people is being offered up as a sacrificial lamb to this very unfair and politically motivated cause, which by the way only serves to undermine the morale of our fighting troops, at a time when our nation is at war.
As you listen and read about this case, you’ll learn that after the government prosecutor found out that his own expert witness agreed with Michael’s testimony, that the Iraqi, who was a known Alcida cell member, was in fact reaching for Michael’s gun at the time he was shot, he kept this evidence hidden, and did not reveal it.
This information was held back from Michael’s defense attorney, during the trial, and was only learned about afterwards, after an email to this effect was discovered after the trial had concluded.
The parents said in the interview that all Michael is asking for is a fair trial.
This reminds me of the two Border Patrol officers who were likewise also unjustly thrown into prison, under the Bush Administration, for similar reasons, in order to support an unjust and unfair politicized agenda
Not to mention all the other cases of late, that we have all heard about, where our government has prosecuted others of our military personal, on major felony charges, for what amounted to college style hazing pranks, among enemy prisoners. This may have called for disciplinary actions being taken, but certainly not major felony charges.
This is especially true in light of the fact that these same Islamic Terrorists are in fact beheading our people, and desecrating their dead bodies in public afterwards… and yet these clowns who are currently running our government, under this administration, are wanting to give these evil people our constitutional rights, as war combatants mind you (which goes against all the rules of war), and at the same time prosecute them under our civil law, in a civilian court no less; were if convicted they would be put into Federal Prison, where they would be in a position to freely recruit more people to their cause.
May God help us and deliver us from this sort of idiocy within our government today, regarding this crazy and unjust political agenda, as we continually are shooting ourselves in the foot; and let us also recognize who the real enemy is here, in this war we are fighting… which definitely are not our own brave men and women who are fighting for our freedom!
May God also deliver us from people like this, within our own government, and also in the media, who apparently from all available evidence of late, and judging from all that we can see happening today within our government, it would certainly appear that these people are presently permeating both our government and our media!
Let us all continue to watch and pray for our country, and for a miracle within our country; and let us also pray for that revival that we so desperately need; and that our Constitutional Republic is restored, and our liberties and freedoms, as American citizens, are preserved! Selah
From: Allen Christensen
To: Skip Barland
Sent: Sunday, May 02, 2010 7:16 AM
Subject: “FREE MICHAEL BEHENNA”…
Interview on Michael Savage Show
Letter to Secretary Robert Gates
The Michael Behenna Story by Carrie Fatigante
Clemency Letter from Oklahoma Congressional Delegation
LA Times article on Michael – Part 1
LA Times article on Michael – Part 2
The Testimony The Prosecutors Didn’t Let The Jury Hear (From Their Own Expert Witness)
MILITARY PROSECUTORS WITHHOLD EVIDENCE; ARMY RANGER GOES TO PRISON FOR 25 YEARS (recently reduced to 15 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 was suspected to have 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: 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna deployed to Iraq for his first combat experience
- April 21, 2008: Lt. Behenna’s platoon was attacked by Al Qaeda operatives. The attack resulted in death of two of Lt. Behenna’s platoon members, two Iraqi citizens, and wounded two additional soldiers under Lt. Behenna’s command.
- May 5, 2008: Known terrorist Ali Mansur was detained at his home for suspected involvement in the attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon
- May 16, 2008: Army Intelligence orders the release of Mansur
- Lt. Behenna, who lost two members of his platoon just weeks earlier, was ordered to transport Mansur back to his home
- Lt. Behenna attempts a final interrogation of Mansur prior to his release
- During the interrogation, Behenna is attacked by Mansur and is forced to defend himself. During the altercation, the terrorist is killed.
- Lt. Behenna failed to properly report the incident
- July 2008: The U.S. Army charges Lt. Behenna with premeditated murder for the death of Al Qaeda operative and terrorist Ali Mansur.
- February 23, 2009: Lt. Behenna’s trial begins
- Government and defense experts agree on the trajectory of the bullets killing Mansur
- Prosecution expert Dr. Herbert MacDonnell initiated contact with defense attorneys explaining his agreement with the testimony of Lt. Behenna and his presentation to prosecutors supporting Lt. Behenna’s version of events.
- Dr. MacDonnell is not called to testify in the case and instead is sent home. Just before leaving the courthouse he picks up his coat from the prosecution room and says to the three prosecutors (Megan Poirier, Jason Elbert, and Erwin Roberts), ‘The explanation that Lt Behenna just testified to was the exact same scenario I told you yesterday. Lt Behenna is telling the truth.’
- Jack Zimmermann, defense counsel, asks prosecutors if they have any exculpatory evidence that should be provided to the defense (referring to Dr. MacDonnell’s demonstration). Prosecutors deny having any such evidence despite having been told by their own expert witness that Lt Behenna’s explanation was the only logical explanation.
- Prosecutors withholding of this evidence allowed them to argue that Lt. Behenna executed Ali Mansur while seated when the forensic experts, including Dr. MacDonnell, agree that Ali was standing with his arms outstretched when shot
- Lt. Behenna is convicted of unpremeditated murder and assault by a military panel of seven officers, none of whom had combat experience.
- Dr. MacDonnell contacts prosecution requesting that the information provided in his demonstration be given to the defense.
- Prosecutors provide such information after a verdict was rendered, but prior to sentencing.
- At the request of the presiding judge, Dr. MacDonnell provides his information to the court via telephone
- The judge orders both sides in the case to file briefs relating to a possible mistrial
- After reading the briefs the judge set an additional hearing and ordered additional briefs, including one from the defense requesting a new trial.
- On March 20, the judge denied defense motions to declare a mistrial and to order a new trial
- Lt. Behenna was paraded in handcuffs through the Nashville airport, the Milwaukee airport, and the Kansas City airport enroute to Fort Leavenworth Prison
- Lt. Behenna’s attorneys are appealing the verdict
- Lt. Behenna is currently serving a 15-year sentence (the 25 year sentence was reduced five years by the commanding general of 101st Airborne and reduced another five years by the Army Clemency Board. 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 breech of faith with all who are serving our country.
We need your support now more than ever. The government has unlimited resources and has spent accordingly. 1LT Behenna and his family hired civilian counsel, Houston lawyers Jack B. Zimmermann and Kyle R. Sampson, at their own expense. This Legal Defense Fund has been established for the sole purpose of helping ensure that 1LT Behenna has meaningful access to experienced legal defense counsel in the military prosecution. The value of having experience in a case like this became very obvious when the issue of evidence withheld by the prosecution was discovered. All donations to this Fund will be used exclusively for attorney fees and expenses associated with this legal defense and will be maintained in an independently administered trust account. Funds will not be distributed directly to 1LT Behenna.
If you are able to help defray these costs, please send contributions to the:
1LT Michael Behenna Legal Defense Fund
c/o Jack Dawson, co-trustee
100 Park Avenue, Second Floor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102-8099
or Rachel Lawrence Mor, co-trustee
3037 N.W. 63rd Street, Suite 251
Oklahoma City Oklahoma 73116
Please read our Legal Disclosure before donating. Thank you for assisting Lt. Michael Behenna.
Here’s Michael’s email address, if you’d like to seen him a note: