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The Leavenworth Ten Biker Freedom Ride

Aug
13,
2010
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Biker Freedom Ride

Biker Freedom Ride

The cause for freedom in the case of Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna is gaining ground.  Lt. Behenna, along with nine other soldiers, sit in military prison in Leavenworth, Kansas.  They are serving sentences ranging from ten to forty years for crimes against terrorists and enemies of the United States . . . on the battlefield . . . during time of war.   They have become known as the Leavenworth Ten.

Caught in a circle of military and government red tape, along with political correctness, these brave soldiers served their country and in return, were sentenced to prison for defending themselves in a combat zone.  Vickie Behenna, Michael’s mother, recently contacted me to give an update on their pursuit to have these men set free:

Allen,

“I wanted to let you know that the government, after 7 months, finally filed their response brief in Michael’s case.  On August 6 Michael’s lawyer filed his reply brief so the case is finally fully briefed and we are waiting for a date for the oral argument before the Army Court of Appeals.

In the meantime, at the request of several of Michael’s supporters we along with his supporters have organized a bike ride and rally to be held in Leavenworth on September 4th, 2010.  The ride and rally was organized to raise awareness of the prosecution and imprisonment of soldiers/marines who have been charged and convicted of combat related incidents, and to let the public know that these soldiers/marines have been given unbelievably long sentences.  As you may know many of these soldiers have purple hearts and bronze stars.

The ride will have riders from all over the country who will ride in support of these soldiers.  After the ride there will be a rally where the families of the imprisoned soldiers and LTC (R) Allen West, a Congressional Candidate from South Florida, will speak on their behalf.

Michael, from the beginning of his incarceration has requested that we, his Dad and I, do something to help these other soldiers/marines.  So instead of having the ride and rally concentrate just on Michael, we expanded the ride to include these other guys.  They are referred to as the Leavenworth Ten.   There were ten soldiers/marines incarcerated at Ft. Leavenworth when Michael arrived there.   One has been paroled and another has had his conviction reversed.”

Thank you,

Vickie Behenna

As many of you know, Lt. Behenna received an unfair trial due to the violation of the Brady Material:

“A Brady motion is a defendant’s request for evidence concerning a material witness which is favorable to the defense and to which the defense may be entitled. Favorable evidence includes not only evidence that tends to exculpate the accused, but also evidence that may impeach the credibility of a government witness.  A Brady violation occurs where the failure to disclose evidence to the defense deprives the defendant of a fair trial.   Instead of presenting the factual evidence that corroborated Lt. Behenna’s self defense claim and thereby show the “revenge execution” premise of their case, Army Captain’s Meghan Poirier, Jason Elbert and Erwin Roberts violated their own ethics code by hiding this evidence from both the defense team and the jury in order to achieve conviction in a politically-motivated prosecution.”

It is because of this violation that the Behenna’s continue to fight for a new, fair trial for their son and ultimately for his release.  The goal of the ride is to raise public awareness about how soldiers are being imprisoned for killing the enemy during combat operations.  For more information on the Biker Freedom Ride for the Leavenworth Ten, contact Steve Gabelsberg at :   freedomride2010@suddenlink.net

Show your support for our American soldiers . . . L10 Freedom Ride in Leavenworth, KS on September 4th, 2010.  To contact Lt. Col. Allen West for an interview about the event, contact Valentina Weis at 561-603-8188.

The Leavenworth Ten

The Leavenworth Ten

Thanks for your support,

Allen Smith

© 2010, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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