Diana West After Action Report on Behenna Clemency Hearing

The great Diana West was in attendance at the Behenna clemency hearing in DC on Dec 9. Her report is first hand.

“Just came back from a tense morning in the Army Court of Criminal Appeals in Arlington, Virginia, where long-awaited oral arguments appealing US Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna’s surreal conviction for “unpremeditated murder” while fighting the war in Iraq were heard. Lt. Behenna, 27, is currently serving 15 years in military prison (reduced from 25 years) for killing a known al Qaeda operative named Ali Mansur believed to have been responsible for attacks on Behenna’s platoon in 2008. Michael is one of the Leavenworth Ten we must not forsake.

Fifteen years is a harsh (insane) sentence, and harsher than other such sentences handed down for the same “crime,” as Michael’s father Scott Behenna explained to a Clemency Review Board on December 2. At todays appeal, civilian defense attorney Jack Zimmerman of Houston argued, quite convincingly I thought, two main points: 1) that key forensic evidence from a government witness in support of Lt. Behenna’s claim of self-defense was not heard during the trial; and 2) that, on a more arcane legal point (as I understood it), crucial instructions to the jury were unclear. ”

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Freedom Radio Sunday December 12 8 pm EST

Diana West and Dan Riehl 8 PM Eastern, Sunday, December 12.

Washington Examiner columnist Diana West writes a weekly commentary column for Newspaper Enterprise Association. A conservative with a strong bent for cultural commentary, Diana West explores topics few writers touch upon, “Not that I haven’t been known to do a few of those, but I do strive to slip in a few zingers. In other words, mine is not a who’s up, who’s down Beltway column; nor is it just another take on the Big Story-of-the-Week. Instead, I am fascinated by the culture stories, the ones that reveal who we are as a people.”

Diana West’s column has appeared in NEA since 2001.

Diana West has contributed essays and features to many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, Commentary, The New Criterion, The Public Interest and The Women’s Quarterly. Diana West has also written fiction for The Atlantic Monthly and has been a columnist for Scripps Howard News Service.

Read more about Diana West and her work….

Dan Riehl is the FEARLESS bloger at Riehl World View. Get a load out of Dan by going to this fabulous interview with Dan and Tammy Bruce from back before the election.

McCaskill Calls for Revolution, While MSM Sleeps

Last nights Freedom Radio Rocked as patriots Col. Frank Ryan and Congressman-elect Lt. Col. Allen West responded to news on the GM bailouts, the media and remarks made Saturday December 4, 2010 by sitting Senator Claire McCaskill calling for violent revolution.

My humble sentiments on the subject remained for today’s post.

McCaskill’s call for the taking up of arms was only a small part of the disturbing diatribe produced by Madame Senator. On Saturday December 4th our senators had to work. The Lords of the Senate had to “work” (think Maynard G. Krebbs) on a weekend! Watch and listen to Senator Claire McCaskill as she calls for violent revolution:

There is little if any accuracy to be found in these remarks. McCaskill states that Republicans insist on a permanent tax cuts for the ”wealthiest” Americans. In that sentence alone we can devein the derisive and destructive plans of McCaskill’s marxist left.

People who own small businesses may bring in over $250,000 a year, but after they pay your confiscatory federal taxes, meet the demands of the oppressive regulatory agencies that they must carry year after year, pay employees salaries, health care benefits, workmen’s compensation expenses, liability insurance and then must take the losses that this disgraceful economy has inflicted on them, they are not only not making a profit, but being driven from the market place, taking the jobs they provide with them.

But that is what you and the grinning Schumer want. Small businesses provide employment for over half of the American work force. The 29.6 million small business in the US hire 40 percent of the scientists engineers and computer scientists and represent a staggering 99.7 percent of all employer firms.

These statistics define a healthy middle class, not government programs, not regulatory agencies, not union thugs. So as Schumer shucks and jives like a bobble head doll in the back windshield of an old K car while you speak, Americans know that when the middle class is destroyed, the remaining employers will be unions and big government. How convenient for you.

Contrary to your impressions, the American people are not as stupid as you and yours seem to believe. And you, Madam, are not naive. It is your focus to destroy the middle class that you claim to be fighting for. You yearn for regular Americans to take your bait and begin a violent revolution.

And while you brazenly call for Americans to “take up pitchforks” you are telegraphing your frustration with the results of the recent midterm elections. Your marxist collaborators are going through the stages of grief with the impending death of your absolute power. You know it, you don’t like it and you cannot accept it.

And as your cry for us to begin to get violent goes out, what do we hear from the Newspaper industry and the Democrat tools over at the New York Times, MSNBC, ABC and CNN about the audacity and danger of your remarks?


Lets pretend for a moment that Sarah Palin or Jim DeMint had uttered your intemperate outcry. The story would be the lead on all of the liberal newscasts, the Today Show, Meet the Press, Face the Nation and be above the fold in 30 font bold face on the next two weeks’ editions of the New York Times.

Cries would go out for Senator DeMint’s resignation from the Senate and for justice department investigations of Governor Palin and anything that resembled a Tea Party.
Pitchforks would be outlawed in every blue state. Farmers would be bailing hay by hand, all in the name of national security and of course “fairness”.

What you and your sore loser friends are really fighting against is your imminent loss of power and a perceived last chance for absolute rule over a newly created peasant lower class.

You yourself might want to invest in the purchase of an actual pitchfork, Senator McCaskill; You’ll be looking for a new career in the blink of an eye. Who knows, you may like shoveling cow hockey; you seem to have shown a real knack for it.

Freedom Radio, Sunday, Dec 5, 8 PM EST; Allen West, Tim Brown, Frank Ryan

Join us at 8 PM Eastern time, December 5th for the latest edition of Freedom Radio as we welcome our very special guests.

Congressman-elect, Lt. Col. Allen West of Florida’s 22nd District. We will discuss National Security issues as they relate to the nation and the 22nd District as well as the brave soldiers being wrongly held at Levanworth, KS; you can learn more at Defend Michael.com

Tim Brown, retired FDNY and founder of TheBravest.com. He is a survivor of the September 11 attacks who lost many brother firefighters that day.

Col. Frank Ryan, USMC retired, veteran of Gen.Tommy Frank’s Staff in Iraq, CPA, businessman, author, columnist. Col. Ryan has broken down the myths surrounding the GM “public” offering and you can read his ground breaking work at Investors Business Daily.

And last but never least, Tim Sumner presents this week’s National Security Update. Keep up with the latest on national security by going to 911 Families for a Safe and Strong America.

Join us live, at FREEDOM RADIO!

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This coming Sunday, December 5, our guests will include Tim Brown of theBravest.com.

As an aside, here is a brief audio of David Bellavia, the author of House to House, talking about the hand-to-hand fight during the second battle of Fallujah that earned him the Silver Star: Read more »

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