BAH, HUMBUG! ARMY CLEMENCY BOARD
DENIES RAILROADED OFFICER ANY TIME OFF
SENTENCE - CHRISTMAS FOR LT BEHENNA
ANOTHER DAY UNFAIRLY LOCKED UP AT
LEAVENWORTH - CONVICTED BY DIRTY JAG
OFFICERS WHO WITHHELD EVIDENCE AND
COMMITTED OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE
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Christmas 2010 was just another day unfairly locked up for an Army lieutenant railroaded into the Leavenworth DB in Kansas. Michael Behenna, convicted by dirty JAG officers who withheld evidence and committed obstruction of justice, won't see freedom for many years, if the Army's Board of Clemency has anything to say about it.
Just three days before Christ's birthday, Behenna and his family got the bad news the Board refused to take even a day off the combat veteran's 15-year sentence, two of which has already been served at the Disciplinary Barracks. This, despite letters of reference from the governor of Oklahoma, the state attorney general, the entire Congressional delegation, and many supporters who took time to write in.
"Last year, the Clemency Board gave Michael a reduction of 5 years off his 20 year sentence," says the lieutenant's parents, Scott and Vicki Behenna. "On December 2nd we again pleaded our son's case before the Board. We pointed out to them Michael's sentence was 50% larger than the highest sentence given to any soldier convicted of unpremeditated murder in a combat zone.
"We also addressed Michael's unblemished record in prison for the past couple years and his many accomplishments while incarcerated. We stressed he is not a threat to anyone and cited three letters of immediate employment for Michael upon his release. Why then did all our efforts fall on deaf ears and Michael receive not even one DAY of clemency?"
BEHENNA SACRIFICED ON ALTAR OF POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY
MilitaryCorruption.com has carefully studied this case and can offer our frank opinion. LT Behenna is a "political prisoner." His life and military career have been sacrificed on the altar of "political correctness" and trying to curry favor with radical Muslim elements, most of whom will hate the United States no matter what we do.
During Behenna's trial in February 2009 (see Related Stories Box below) the crux of the entire case revolved around whether Ali Mansur was sitting and executed or standing and reaching for Michael's gun. The Army prosecutor's theory was that Behenna shot Mansur while the enemy suspect sat on a rock in a culvert. The lieutenant's testimony was he was questioning Mansur when the man suddenly stood up and lunged for his weapon.
The JAGs, eager to get a conviction at any cost, ignored all the forensic evidence supporting Behenna's version of events. They even sent home their own expert witnesses without testifying, in fear what they had to say might confirm the accused officer's claim.
"During the appeal hearing, the Army seemed to back away from its original theory stating that even if Mansur was standing and reaching for Michael's weapon, Michael would still be guilty of murder because he lost his right to defend himself by pointing a loaded gun at Mansur," Scott Behenna told MilitaryCorruption.com. "Telling a soldier that they lost their right to defend themselves in a war zone . . . against a known terrorist . . . is just plain crazy talk by people who have never been in harm's way. It reinforces the point made by one U.S. congressman that soldiers have to watch their back against JAG officers even more than an enemy that is trying to kill them."
RAILROADED LIEUTENANT STAYS STRONG IN THE DB
Michael's parents have vowed to continue the fight for their son's freedom, "no matter how high or how hard the climb."
"When we spoke to Michael recently," Scott Behenna said, "he asked us to wish each of you a blessed Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; and to let you know his spirit is as strong as ever because of all your support."
Why does our government treat its enemies better than we treat our bravest heroes? It has to do with the rot and corruption within the military's so-called "justice" system.
The standard official line is how great it is accused military members get "free" legal defense. What the PAO's and other "spokespersons" don't want you to know is the incredibly high conviction rate at court martial. Some 98% of all persons brought to general court-martial end up convicted. If that happened in the civilian world, a new jail would have to be built on every street corner, just to house the prisoners.
As long as the government refuses to pay for civilian legal representation, "justice" will be an elusive and impossible goal for those of low rank and limited financial means.
DECEIT AND DISHONESTY IN THE ARMY JAG CORPS
Despite all the propaganda to the contrary (JAG and NCIS on television, for example) more than a few JAG officers are rotten to the core and think only of their career, bucking for the next promotion. People without a conscience are called sociopaths, and the JAG corps has its share of those. But there are also military lawyers with honor and integrity. We know, because they are some of our best informants. Some literally "hate" what they are forced to do in the name of "justice."
"Military music is to music what military justice is to justice," goes the old saying.
To know how far down the sinkhole the Army JAG Corps has slid, one only has to look at MAJ Dan Woolverton, West Point graduate and former JAG prosecutor who is so perverted and evil he sodomized his own three-month old baby for a home-made child porn production.
Didn't know about that? Well, we're not surprised if you have only been reading MilitaryCorruption.com. Army TIMES relegated the case to the back pages, but STARS AND STRIPES was worse. More and more out-of-touch with its readership due to arrogant and elitist editors sucking up to West Point and the Pentagon, they have refused to cover it at all.
As long as there is the very real incentive for corrupt JAGs to enhance their careers by either selling out their clients or railroading the accused, the military "justice" system will remain broken.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: Please be sure to click on www.defendmichael.com and write your congressman about LT Behenna's case. With a new secretary of defense next year, instead of the Obama lapdog we have now, perhaps there is a chance the lieutenant, because his court-martial was marred by JAG obstruction of justice and withheld evidence, might receive a new trial. If that is the case, we at MilitaryCorruption.com are confident he will regain his freedom. In the meantime, please write him at the DB, but first contact his parents Scott and Vicki Behenna through the above-mentioned website. Pray for Scott Behenna. He is a "political prisoner" in a time when America's military is being destroyed from within.]