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Trump Pardons Former Lieutenant Convicted of Killing Suspected Al Qaeda Terrorist

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A former Army lieutenant who was convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi detainee suspected of being an Al Qaeda terrorist received a pardon from President Trump Monday evening.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced Michael Behenna, of Edmond, Okla., would receive a full pardon after he was sentenced by a military court to 25 years in prison for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone.

“After judgment, however, the U.S. Army’s highest appellate court noted concern about how the trial court handled Mr. Behenna’s claim of self-defense,” Sanders said in a statement. “Additionally, the Army Clemency and Parole Board reduced his sentence to 15 years and paroled him as soon as he was eligible in 2014 – just 5 years into his sentence.

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Sanders characterized Behenna as a “model prisoner” when he was serving his sentence.

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A year after Behenna deployed to Iraq in 2007, he was on the scene when two members of his platoon were killed in a roadside explosion. An intelligence report released after the soldiers’ deaths claimed then-Iraqi operative Ali Mansur likely helped organize the attack.

The military did not have conclusive evidence tying Mansur to the attack and he was interrogated and released. After Mansur was freed, Behenna took Mansur to a railroad culvert, interrogated him at gunpoint about the roadside bombing without authorization, stripped him naked, shot him twice and left his body.

Iraqi police found Mansur’s body the next day.

Then-24-year-old Behenna maintained he killed Mansur in self-defense after the suspected terrorist threw a chunk of concrete at him and reached for the lieutenant’s handgun. However, military prosecutors argued during his 2009 court-martial that Behenna had his weapon pointed at the prisoner first and the lieutenant murdered Mansur to avenge the loss of the two soldiers.

Behenna’s case “has attracted broad support from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public,” Sanders said. “Thirty-seven generals and admirals, along with a former Inspector General of the Department of Defense, signed a brief in support of Mr. Behenna’s self-defense claim.”

“In light of these facts, Mr. Behenna is entirely deserving of his Grant of Executive Clemency,” she added.
Director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Security Project slammed the White House for pardoning the former first lieutenant, arguing the president is endorsing “a murder that violated the military’s own code of justice.”

“The military appeals court found Behenna disobeyed orders, became the aggressor against his prisoner, and had no justification for killing a naked, unarmed Iraqi man in the desert, away from an actual battlefield,” Shamsi said in a statement.

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TRUTH: Conservative Pastor Says Jesus Would Have ‘Beat the Crap’ Out of Turncoat John Bolton

The dishonest warmonger’s beliefs are hardly Christian.

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Evangelical pastor Rodney Howard-Browne took disgraced former national security advisor John Bolton to task on Twitter earlier this week following widespread reports that he has flipped on President Trump.

“You are a slime ball of the highest order …. I should have knocked your sorry butt through the door of the Oval Office into the rose garden when I saw you. I would have gladly been arrested …. what a Benedict Arnold ….. I am glad you were fired !!!!!” Howard-Browne tweeted Monday.

“I have no respect for someone who is disloyal to the President and loyal to deep state !!! No respect! No respect at all …… what a globalist sellout!” he added.

Howard-Browne took it one step further, saying that Jesus Christ himself would have “beat the crap” out of Bolton for the antics he has taken since he was ushered out of the Trump administration unceremoniously last year.

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“WWJD: he would have made a whip and beat the crap out of him!!!!” Howard-Browne wrote in a tweet, hearkening back to the time Jesus whipped the money changers in the Temple.

“When we are fighting for the republic, endeavoring to save it from a deep state coup, this “clown” walrus – Warhawk Bolton just needs to just return to the deep state ocean he swam out of!” Howard-Browne said in another Tweet.

Bolton has become a pariah among Trump supporters since it was revealed that his book contains passages accusing the President of conducting an illicit quid pro quo with Ukraine aid:

Former national security adviser John Bolton was forced out of the Trump administration last year due to extreme incompetence, and now he is planning his payback.

Excerpts released from Bolton’s book show that he is echoing the Ukraine-gate propaganda that the Democrats have used to successfully impeach the President. Bolton is now lobbying to give testimony in front of the Senate during Trump’s ongoing impeachment trial.

Several individuals have reportedly reviewed the manuscript for Bolton’s upcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” which is set to be published on March 17. They each have confirmed that Bolton claims that Trump told him he was not going release military aid for Ukraine until the country provided intelligence pertaining to Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton and the 2016 election.

Bolton reportedly paints himself and fellow administration neocons Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper as the heroes who attempted to convince Trump not to go through with his plan. This news hits at the perfect time to bolster Democrat efforts to subpoena witnesses in the Senate trial of Trump in order to drag out their witch hunt even longer.

The book advance for Bolton appears to be the 30 pieces of silver that he needed to sell out the President, as the reviled neocon cares more about his own reputation and prestige than he does about putting America first.

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