It is sad, that in today's world, the infrequent, yet blessedly welcome, bright spots of sanity are as few and far between as the proverbial acorn found by a blind squirrel.
Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna has won parole and will be released from Fort Leavenworth on March 14, his mother, Vicki Behenna, said Wednesday.If the name doesn't ring a bell, well, it should, as his story is an epic tale of an egregious miscarriage of justice.
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.The terrorist lunged for his gun. Expert testimony corroborated Behenna's version of events, but that evidence was (illegally) withheld during the trial. Behenna has served 5 years of a 40 year sentence, waiting for this first opportunity of parole.
While I celebrate his release, I am disgusted that an American soldier did any time for killing a known terrorist, and yes, Geneva Convention and ROE, be damned. Mansur was an al Qaeda terrorist, and now he rots in hell. "They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind."