As a follow up to our previous post, Trucking Veterans also Military Veterans, the injustice surrounding the incarceration of Army Ranger 1st Lt. Michael Behenna continues. Al-Qaida terrorist, Ali Mansur, organized an attack which killed two U. S. soldiers and injured two others. Lt. Behenna and his platoon later captured Mansur. While serving in Iraq and performing his military duties within a war zone, Lt. Behenna was ordered to transport Mansur back to his home and release him.
While transporting Mansur, under military orders, Mansur lunged for Behenna and Lt. Behenna shot him in self-defense. An expert witness by the prosecutors corroborated Michael’s story, but the prosecutors never called the witness and failed to tell the defense team which is a direct violation of the Brady Material. A highly regarded and well respected military officer among his peers, Lt. Behenna remains in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and is serving a 15 year sentence.
Talk show personality, Michael Savage has come to Michael’s defense, donating $100,000 of his own money to help free this American Hero. Learn what you can do to help by visiting the Defend Michael Behenna website.
Michael’s parents, Scott and Vicki Behenna have been working to get Michael a new trial.
Scott Behenna has a degree in Criminal Justice and worked for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) for 25 years. The last four years at the OSBI, he worked on the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, retiring from the OSBI in 2007. He later began a consulting position with the Department of Homeland Security. In 2008, he was hired by the FBI as an Intelligence Analyst where he currently works on National Intelligence issues.
Vicki Behenna is a career federal prosecutor with 21 years of service. She was one of the prosecutors responsible for the prosecution of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols concerning the Oklahoma City Bombing in 1995. She is one of the most well thought of and respected Federal prosecutors in the state of Oklahoma.
They continue their fight to defend their son’s honor against the military law that, instead of protecting the American soldier, sends them to prison while serving their country during a time of war. Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio looked at the case around Lt. Behenna and explains what you can do to help free Lt. Behenna.
Original air date: Wednesday, April 7th, 2010 at 7 PM EST:
Military Law – Defending Lt. Michael Behenna on Truth About Trucking “LIVE.”
Sign the petition for the release of Lt. Behenna:
Write a letter to the Secretary of the Army, asking for Michaels’ release:
Secretary of the Army – John McHugh
1400 Defense Pentagon
Washington, D.C. 20301-1400
Furthermore, if you can help in any way for his legal expenses, please do so. Mail donations to:
1LT Michael Behenna Legal Defense Fund
c/o Jack Dawson, co-trustee
100 Park Avenue, Second Floor
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102-8099
Thanks for your support,
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