Behenna killed an al qaeda jihadist in self defense, and Behenna is going to jail. Saving Behenna saves America. This is our battle -- this is America under attack from the enemy within.
If you are in the DC/Virginia area on December 9th at 10 am, please stand with Michael at the courthouse for Michael Behenna's hearing: 901 North Stuart Street, Ste 1200, Arlington, VA.
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.
Bev Perlson notified me of this hero's clemency hearing:
Again: If you are in the DC/Virginia area on December 9th, please join us at the Courthouse for Michael Behenna's hearing: 901 North Stuart Street, Ste 1200, Arlington, VA.
The hearing begins at 10am.
The public can attend this hearing.
I will be there in support of Mike and his family and I hope you will too. Michael Behenna deserves our support! Please bring family/friends with you. I believe that we can make a difference for this Warrior and isn't this the least we can do for him?!
I hope to see you there. This Court needs to see a crowded courtroom. We want them to understand we are watching what they are doing to our Heroes!
Thank You and please pass forward email.
The Band of Mothers
And this from Defend Michael.com
To the thousands of Michael Behenna supporters,
With great anticipation we approach Michael’s Clemency Hearing on December 2nd and then his Appellate Hearing on December 9th. The support Michael has received during the past year has grown far beyond what we could have imagined. Michael and our family have survived on the strength drawn from each of you and the many prayers that have lifted us up during this long and painful search for justice for an American Hero.
We are constantly asked what can be done for Michael. Here are three things that you can do to help our son:
1) Pray! Peace Lutheran in Edmond, Oklahoma will hold a prayer service for justice on Sunday, December 5th. Please lift up Michael the Sunday before his Appellate Hearing and ask God that this injustice be overturned.
2) Sign Michael’s petition. We want to send 25,000 signatures to the Clemency Board by Thanksgiving. To reach this goal we only need 4,000 more signatures. Click on the following link to sign Michael’s petition: www.petitiononline.com/MBehenna/petition.html
3) Send Michael a letter or card. The best part of Michael’s day is when the letters are delivered to his prison cell. He thrives on those letters and your writing has become his eyes on the world. Please send him a short letter or card to let him know that he still has your support and that you appreciate his military service to our country.
It is hard to believe that it has been 18 months since the Army paraded Michael through three airports in handcuffs en route to prison. Since those dark days we have waited patiently for the ‘justice’ system to address all the failures that we witnessed at Michael’s trial. Finally the day has arrived when we will get a chance to argue why Michael’s conviction should be thrown out. With your prayers and relentless support we will prevail and Michael will be free once more!
Bless each of you,
Scott & Vicki Behenna