Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Defend Lt. Michael Behenna

Army Ranger, Lieutenant Michael Behenna, is currently imprisoned at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.He is there because he did what he was trained to do. He is there because he killed a known al Qaeda member. "Ali Mansur, was suspected of having organized an attack on the young Army Ranger’s platoon, which killed two U.S. soldiers and injured two more under Lt. Behenna’s command."

Lt. Behenna maintains that after the Army released Mansur (?!) he killed him in self defense when mansur attempted to grab his weapon while escorting him home. The defense and prosecution medical experts agreed that the wound was consistent with a self defense story...but that was withheld from the trial. Behenna was sentenced to 25 years (recently reduced to 15) for killing a member of al Qaeda.

Here are some resources about this story that you need to read -or at least browse through:

  • Article at the Philadelphia Bulletin that details the main aspects of the case under Travesty of Justice.

  • The official 'Defend Michael' website.

  • Petition to Senator Inhofe, Senator Coburn, Congresswoman Mary Fallin, U.S.Congress and US Secretary of Defense -SIGN IT

  • Read the testimony of the PROSECUTION'S expert witness that was withheld from the trial.

  • After reading all the legal documents, all I can say is...Why?! I just don't get why the military would withhold evidence on one of their own? To what avail? Someone enlighten me please.

    For those that would write to Michael in prison:
    Michael Behenna #87503
    1300 N. Warehouse Road
    Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027-2304

    Donate to the 'Defend Michael' legal fund (donations of $20 and over will receive a "Defend Lieutenant Michael Behenna" wristband).

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