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.
Sanders characterized Behenna as a “model prisoner” when he was serving his sentence.
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.
SATURDAY 9/26: Franklin Graham’s ‘Prayer March’ in Washington D.C. Aims to Revive Christianity to Unite Americans
The truth of Christ is desperately needed in the hearts of Americans.
Renowned pastor Franklin Graham is set to hold his Prayer March 2020 on Saturday, Sept. 26 from 12pm to 2pm at the Lincoln Memorial during a time in which national unity is desperately needed.
“America is in trouble. Our communities are hurting, our people are divided, and there’s fear and uncertainty all around us. Let’s join together and do the most important thing: pray!” Graham announced on the group’s website.
The 1.8-mile march will begin at the Lincoln Memorial then continue through the World War II Memorial. The Christians will then make their way to the Washington Monument over to the National Museum of American History & Culture and then to the National Archives before ending at the U.S. Capitol.
“Prayer is our most important weapon. It allows us to go directly to the King of Kings, directly to stand in front of the throne of grace, and make our petitions directly to the throne of God,” Graham said in a video promoting the march.
Because of the marxist Black Lives Matter terror movement and the COVID-19 scamdemic, religious freedom in America is under attack like never before.
Big League Politics has reported on how churches are getting fined for merely holding in-person services, which is heinously unconstitutional and makes a mockery of the 1st Amendment:
Over the past week, North Valley Baptist Church in Santa Clara, California has amassed $15,000 in fines for holding church gatherings.
Christianity Daily noted that the church’s move violated the county’s health order and “It was the largest corona virus related fines levied in Santa Clara County.”
On August 23, 2020, the county slapped the church with two $5,000 fines for holding services indoor during the morning and evening. The church was fined again $5,000 for conducting another service in-person.
On the church’s door, there was a cease-and-desist letter posted, which explained that “North Valley Baptist was in violation of the health order for holding indoor services, failing to ensure mask-wearing and social distancing indoors, singing during services and failing to submit a social distancing protocol.”
The $5000 fine in question is the highest possible financial penalty for businesses that violate the Wuhan virus health order that Santa Clara county implemented earlier in August. Counsel James Williams remarked that “the county has avoided issuing fines in favor of working with businesses to bring them into compliance.”
Local governments across the nation are exploiting the Wuhan virus pandemic to implement policies that undermine the right to peaceful gatherings and certain forms of social activity that individuals on the right or organizations that uphold traditional values tend to participate in.
The founders of Black Lives Matter have been explicit about their marxist intentions. They hope to not just inflict racial dominance over white people, but also to destroy the capitalist system and impose a tyranny on America that resulted in the gruesome murders of tens of millions of Christians worldwide.
BLM co-founder confirms what anyone who’s read their work knows: they’re proudly marxists. pic.twitter.com/vvUk5jTp7j
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) June 18, 2020
Only the blood of Christ can re-purify the American nation, which has drifted into secularism and may experience damnation as a result. The Prayer March could be the stop of America’s slide into Sodom and Gomorrah.
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