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May 5, 2013 Family fights for Fort Bragg officer facing murder charges: This is nothing more than

a repeat of the 1st Lt Michael Behenna and the Leavenworth 10 stories that Congress and main street media sources such as ABC, NBC, CBS, etc. have failed miserably to address. When evidence that would exonerate a defendant during a court-martial is excluded, you have to wonder why? When Behenna was tried, there was no secret that the Afghans wanted him convicted and executed. Could the Status of Forces agreement that the U. S. wanted signed about the time of Behenna’s trial and the U. S. getting approval of the SOFA have anything to do with the trial’s outcome? In countries that hate Americans fighting on their soil where the military rules of engagement can change at a moment’s notice, Lt. Behenna’s conviction has nothing to do with being a disciplined military soldier and everything to do with whether a U. S. soldier is entitled to defend himself [or Lt. Lowrance’s with his unit] against known terrorist. American citizens have more rights with stand-your-ground defense on homeland soil than our soldiers during war. There are now 10 soldiers in Ft. Leavenworth prison that most of us do not know anything about, including your own Congressional representatives should you pick up the phone to call or write. Should Fort Bragg’s 1Lt Clint Lowrance be convicted in a similar fashion to the L10, he will make number 11. I am passionate that this not be the case, nor that the media and Congress continue to bury their heads in the sand and communicate with Americans the “good, the bad, or the ugly,” instead of ignoring men who have left the comforts of home to go to some of the most hostile foreign soil to fight for our beliefs. An amicus curiae brief has been filed with the Supreme Court of the United States in the case of Behenna v. United States, No. 12-802.[1] The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the federal government to explain its punishment for a U.S. soldier convicted of shooting and killing a suspected terrorist who was attacking him.[2] The Supreme Court was expected to act on Lieutenant Behenna’s petition by late April. When it does, that will be “breaking news,” not the latest on Lindsay Lohan o r Jodi Arias. Where has main street media been in its Leavenworth 10 coverage? Where are the national interviews and investigative reporting? Americans need to know about the Leavenworth 10 as we closely follow the trial of Lieutenant Lowrance. The L-10 are all American citizens. They are not home-grown terrorist or terrorist from abroad. Their sentences vary all the way from a few years to life in prison. Their lives have been ruined. Prisoners, Prisoner of War, rank higher than how we thank these soldiers for their services to their country. We treat them as the terrorist they were fighting. Oprah Winfrey has said, “Everyone has a story to tell.” Yet even Oprah has not acknowledged that these men and their families exist. And, your U. S. Senators from North Carolina and U. S. House members fair no better. I challenge any of you readers to give them a call. The next time you see a yellow ribbon, say a prayer for Lt. Lowrance and his family as well as the Leavenworth 10. Let’s hope that the U. S. Supreme is able to do what our cowardly military leaders , Congress and the American media has failed to do.



William S. Johnson, 1 LT USAF RET