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    Trump pardons ex-Army lieutenant convicted of killing suspected Al Qaeda terrorist in 2009

    And rightly so !

    Watch the Fox news video here. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/mic...q-war-al-qaeda
    Trump pardons ex-Army lieutenant convicted of killing suspected Al Qaeda terrorist in 2009


    By Samuel Chamberlain | Fox NewsPresident Trump pardons former Army lieutenant convicted of killing Iraqi prisoner

    President Trump has pardoned a former Army lieutenant who was convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner suspected of being an Al Qaeda terrorist, the White House announced Monday evening.

    White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited "broad support" for Michael Behenna, of Edmond, Okla., "from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public" -- including 37 generals and admirals, along with a former Pentagon inspector general -- as the reason for Trump's clemency grant. Sanders also said Behenna had been a "model prisoner" while serving his sentence.

    "In light of these facts, Mr. Behenna is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency," Sanders concluded.

    Michael Behenna, pictured in 2018, now runs his own cattle ranch in his native Oklahoma. (Courtesy of Behenna family)

    A military court originally sentenced Behenna to 25 years for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. However, the Army's highest appellate court noted concern about how the trial court had handled Behenna's claim of self-defense, Sanders said. The Army Clemency and Parole Board reduced his sentence to 15 years and paroled him in 2014, as soon as he was eligible.

    Behenna acknowledged during his 2008 trial that instead of taking prisoner Ali Mansur home as he was ordered, he took the man to a railroad culvert, stripped him, and then questioned him at gunpoint about a roadside bombing that had killed two members of Behenna's platoon.

    Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, at left in front of the American flag, pictured in Iraq with some members of his platoon. In the back right holding the flag is Adam Kohlhaas, who was killed in a roadside bombing tied to an Al Qaeda cell. (File image from Behenna family)

    Behenna, who was 24 at the time, said he acted in self-defense when Mansur threw a chunk of concrete at him and reached for the lieutenant’s handgun. Army prosecutors said the argument didn’t stand up because Behenna was already pointing his weapon at the prisoner.

    In 2018, Behenna's parents told Fox News the prosecution failed to disclose that their own expert's analysis supported their son’s version of events. The expert felt so strongly that he reached out to the Behennas about his findings.

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    Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter initially requested a pardon for Behenna in February 2018 and renewed his request last month. Hunter said he believed Behenna's conviction was unjustified because of erroneous jury instructions and the failure of prosecutors to turn over evidence supporting a self-defense claim. The White House statement said that former Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and "numerous members" of Oklahoma's congressional delegation had also expressed support for Behenna.

    #2
    This certainly took long enough. But a step in the right direction.

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      #3
      I'm torn here. It seems like he disobeyed an order and interrogated a prisoner without approval. If he then needed to kill in self defense, it was due to a situation he created.

      It's hard to tell from the shoddy reporting, but it seems he served six years. It seems the clemency was to get him off parole? It doesn't wipe away the conviction, right?

      I'd also love to hear if the man he killed was actually proven to be the terrorist who killed the soldiers.

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        #4
        Don’t take prisoners.
        Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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          #5
          Glad to hear.

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            #6
            Capt. Willard: "Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500."

            No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy

            - U.S. Marines

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              #7
              How does someone who has never walked in the shoes of the accused accuse him of what he cannot understand? Not defending or condemning the LT but I wasn’t there and neither were the ultimate accusers.
              Train a man to fight and to extract intelligence and then punish him for doing that job? That’s what happens when a JAG gets to use what the books taught him but is unlikely to have ever carried a weapon in the field.

              Was the Intel LT got useful? Actionable? Save any lives?
              It sure as shit sent a message to the other bad guys...right up until we locked him up.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Huntington Guy View Post
                How does someone who has never walked in the shoes of the accused accuse him of what he cannot understand? Not defending or condemning the LT but I wasn’t there and neither were the ultimate accusers.
                Train a man to fight and to extract intelligence and then punish him for doing that job? That’s what happens when a JAG gets to use what the books taught him but is unlikely to have ever carried a weapon in the field.

                Was the Intel LT got useful? Actionable? Save any lives?
                It sure as shit sent a message to the other bad guys...right up until we locked him up.
                If we nuked mecca we wouldn't need prisoners or intel.
                Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.

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