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.You can read the rest of the story at the DefendMichael.com web site.
I'm not in favor of any of the wars, semi declared and not, that we are currently waging all over the world for reasons known to almost no one. We need to bring our boys home. That said, you don't send soldiers to kill people and break things and then arrest and imprison them for doing just that. By all accounts Lt. Behenna was preforming his assigned duty, and in the course of that duty a known enemy combatant attacked him in an attempt to secure his firearm and escape. The Lt. shot and killed his enemy. End of story. He did nothing wrong. Had the US Army wanted to avoid shooting bad guys, they should have stayed out of Iraq in the first place. Deciding after the fact that killing bad guys isn't policy is a crock.
I'm not saying give Lt. Behenna a medal. He doesn't deserve one, as he was doing what he was suppose to do. He doesn't deserve to be in jail for what he did either. It was his DUTY to deal with the prisoner, and it was his DUTY to stop the escape when it was evident that injury and possible death would come to his men if he did not act. If you don't like soldiers killing the enemy, thats fine, bring the boys home. Don't jail them for doing the very thing you sent them to do in the first place.
Stop Injustice! Free Lt. Michael Behenna