Even in the Age of Hope & Change, it is sometimes possible to report good news:
Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna has won parole and will be released from Fort Leavenworth on March 14, his mother, Vicki Behenna, said Wednesday. …
Behenna, 30, has served five years of a 15-year sentence. He was convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi man connected to al-Qaida while questioning him.
Clemency was denied, so he will still have to undergo the pointless humiliation of parole for the next 10 years. But at least he will no longer be locked up in a cage for serving a country that sometimes seems no longer to exist.
His future life will keep him far from the depraved realm of PC politics that put him in prison.
The family told the [parole] board that Michael would work on a western Oklahoma cattle ranch and take classes at Oklahoma State University in ranch operations.
Kudos to Rep James Lankford (R-Oklahoma City) and Senator Jim Inhofe (R-TX) for taking an interest in his case.
This is why they had Lt. Behenna locked up:
On March 20th, 2009, Army Ranger 1st Lieutenant Michael Behenna was sentenced to 25 years in prison for killing Ali Mansur, a known Al Qaeda operative while serving in Iraq. Mansur was known to be a member of an Al Qaeda cell operating in the lieutenant’s area of operation and Army intelligence believed he organized an attack on Lt. Behenna’s platoon in April 2008 which killed two U.S. soldiers and injured two more. Army intelligence ordered the release of Mansur and Lt. Behenna was ordered to return the terrorist to his home.
During the return of Mansur, Lt. Behenna again questioned the Al Qaeda member for information about other members of the terrorist cell, and financial supporters. During this interrogation, Mansur attacked Lt. Behenna, who killed the terrorist in self-defense. The government subsequently prosecuted Lt. Behenna for premeditated murder.
The 25-year sentence was reduced to 15. It should have been changed to a commendation for ridding the world of Ali Mansur.
The effect on morale of treating our heroes like criminals is more devastating than anything the Muslim world has thrown at us.
On a tip from Chris W. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.