Justice : Michael Behenna pardoned.

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originally posted by:

Krakatoa

originally posted by:

ignorant_ape
a reply to: Fallingdown

i has to question the sanity of involving lt behenna – in the investigation // handling of a suspect in the reported attack on his own unit

It was a confirmed enemy combatant…that subsequently attack him. When is it bad to kill the enemy in a war? Seriously??

I’ll try to play devils advocate for both sides.

President Trump has granted a full pardon to former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, who was convicted by a military court in 2009 for killing an Iraqi prisoner suspected of being part of al-Qaida. Behenna was initially sentenced to 25 years; he was released on parole in 2014.

NPR

So the guy was suspected to be a combatant.

From the same source.

Mansur was killed during questioning about a roadside explosion that had killed members of a platoon under Behenna’s command.

While Behenna said he killed Mansur in self-defense, during the trial he admitted that he disobeyed orders to return Mansour to his village after he was released from military intelligence and questioned about his connection to an explosion that killed two U.S. soldiers.

But earlier there were also claims prosecution withheld evidence.

All that said, I’m indifferent on this one. The guy has been free since 2014, and quite frankly, whatever happened, it came after some of the men he commanded died in a roadside bomb. I can’t imagine having men die under my direction and be unable to find who was responsible. But I’m sure I could succumb to emotion in a situation like that (not saying he did, not saying he didn’t).

I don’t think this guy is a danger to society though, and he had to atone for his actions whether justly, or unjustly.

edit on 7-5-2019 by CriticalStinker because: (no reason given)

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