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»Letter To Senator Schumer 10/01/07


Dear Mr. & Mrs. Romney, 

It is my belief that you will be the next President and First Lady of these great United States!  I hope this is the case as I do not believe our country nor her brave defenders can endure another four years under this administration.  I write this letter to be certain you are aware of the grave difficulties our military and their families are enduring under the war policies of the Obama administration.  My heartfelt request for your consideration is at the end of this letter.    

As the daughter of a WWII Navy Veteran, the sister of a Marine, Vietnam, and the mother of a Son who served 4 deployments with the 82nd Airborne, Bronze Star recipient in this WAR ON TERROR, I write to you with much anger, disappointment and a very heavy heart.  We currently have Soldiers incarcerated at Leavenworth for serving their country and protecting their Brothers.  Meanwhile, captured terrorists are released to their families by this administration on a "Pledge" promising they won't return to the battlefield. I refer you to the article, dated May 23rd, 2010 in the New York Times entitled "US Tries to Reintegrate Taliban Soldiers." 

So the terrorists go home while our Soldiers continue to sit in Leavenworth! Our mothers, American mothers, cry themselves to sleep at night while Iraq and Afghan mothers rejoice! What is even worse is that the entire trial for the terrorist takes 30 minutes while our Soldiers and their families accrue enormous legal fees and travel expenses trying to defend their Hero!  This is an outrage!  Our Brave Warriors in Leavenworth should be given the same Pledge and released to their families!! What is good enough for the terrorists should certainly be good enough for American Sons! This double standard and cruel injustice needs to stop!   

But the practice continues and when questioned in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee just last year , Admiral McRaven testified that we continue to release terrorists:   http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/obamas-terrorist-catch-and-release-policy/2011/07/06/gIQALpxb0H_blog.html  

Time and time again we see the devastating effects on our Troops as a result of this administration's dangerous and reckless catch and release policy. Just recently Col West sent a letter to President Obama regarding the release of a most dangerous terrorist, Daqduq, who killed five of our Soldiers and tortured four of them before he murdered them:   


The case of lst Lt Michael Behenna is just one tragic example of the fallout of the dangerous catch and release policy:   

lst Lt Michael Behenna is currently serving a 15 year sentence for killing a known Al Qaeda terrorist, Ali Mansur. Last week, we received word from the CAAF court that Michael's conviction was upheld and he will now serve 15 years in Leavenworth. This is his last appeal. Ali Mansur was suspected of planting  roadside bombs that killed two of Mike's men and when picked up and interrogated, Mansur was referred to Bucca for further interrogation.  However, someone in the chain of command ordered Mansur released and unbelievably, Mike was ordered to take him home.  Michael had caught the terrorist, brought him in for questioning, and then he was ordered to release him! Although Ali Mansur wore an Iraqi police uniform, Mike had gathered intelligence that Ali was planting IEDs along the routes our forces took.  In the end, Mansur never made it home and I will always believe Michael held the welfare and safety of his men in his heart that fateful day.  I heard Michael's mother say recently that when Michael heard the news that his conviction was upheld, he said he was okay; he was in a "good place" within himself.  I believe Michael endures with his soul intact because he knows if Ali Mansur had made it back to his village, he would have killed more of Michael's men, more of our American Sons. He knows he saved the lives of his Soldiers and he helped send them home to their families

Recently, a Purple heart recipient was charged for his actions on the battlefield. We currently wait to hear whether Sgt Walter Taylor will be the next Soldier heading to Leavenworth.  Sgt Taylor's attorney, James Culp, described a morbid and life threatening reality that is occurring among our brave Warriors on the battlefield:  "forced hesitation through intimidation." This administration's prosecution of brave Soldiers for their actions on the battlefield is intimidating them and the end result is their hesitation to defend themselves and their brothers for fear of prosecution and incarceration!  I have no doubt this has caused the escalation in the deaths and loss of limbs of our brave Warriors! This is no way to treat our noble defenders and this is no way to fight a war! 

Marcus Luttrell is the Brave and Noble Lone Survivor of Seal Team 10, Operation RedWing, who lost his beloved Brothers because they all feared murder charges and convictions from their actions during their mission.  His words sum up best the tragic results of "forced hesitation through intimidation": 

              "Look at me, right now in my story.  Helpless, tortured, shot, blown up, my best buddies all dead, and all because we were afraid of the liberals back home, afraid to do what was necessary to save our own lives.  Afraid of American civilian lawyers.  I have only one piece of advice for what it's worth:  if you don't want to get into a war where things go wrong, where the wrong people sometimes get killed, where innocent people sometimes have to die, then stay the hell out of it in the first place."

I believe that most Americans would be shocked to know that this administration has released terrorists ever since they took office and yet they prosecute our Soldiers and send them to prison for doing their job.  I ask you please, Mr. Romney, to call upon the Obama administration to stop releasing terrorists immediately.  Further, when you take office, I ask that you please review and reverse the policies of this war so that our Soldiers can actually fight, defend themselves and their brothers, and win this war, once and for all! 

Lastly and most important, please do not forget our brave Soldiers in Leavenworth.  When you take office I implore you to take each Leavenworth case under review and grant pardons to those who are deserving. Michael Behenna is certainly deserving of a pardon. 

God Bless You and Your Family and God Bless The United States Military

With A Mother's Heart,  

Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers





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I have always believed lst Lt Michael Behenna took the fall for a failure in leadership decision resulting in the "catch and release" of Ali Mansur.  After all, Ali was the head of a huge Sunni tribe in Iraq and and with his brother sitting in court for Lt Behenna's hearing, at the expense of we the taxpayers, we couldn't have Ali's brother going back to Iraq with news that this Brave American Soldier was exonerated!!!  No, we couldn't have that because the Mansur tribe wouldn't be happy  so we threw Lt Behenna under the bus TO APPEASE THE ENEMY!  The leadership that gave orders to return Ali to his tribe are out living their life right now and Lt Behenna is sitting in Leavenworth  serving a 15 year sentence.

Now we have another Brave Hero Sgt lst Class Walter Taylor.  The link above gives the details on his hearing this past week.  I believe Sgt lst Class Walter Taylor is another victim of a failure in leadership:


"The lieutenant who should have been coordinating never left his vehicle. Soldiers were talking over one another on their radios. One person declared the black car was not hostile, while someone else claimed to have seen muzzle fire coming from it. No one but the Afghan translator appeared to have seen Hikmat raise her arms, and no one had heard her say anything.

“There was a leadership failure in this incident,” the initial investigation concluded, finding that the lack of organization “set the patrol up for failure.”

So the lieutenant sat in his vehicle and watched while the good brave Warrior, Sgt lst Class Walter Taylor and his men fought through the battle and now, the lieutenant is totally absolved of any responsibility and the good brave Warrior Sgt lst Class Walter Taylor, his face ravaged by an attack he attributes to Afghan retaliation, awaits the decision that may send him to Leavenworth for 3 years! 

So now  he waits for the military justice system to decide his fate.  I don't have much faith in this military justice system.  For those of you out there who have faith in the military justice system (yes, this past week I had a Senator's military liaison tell me that he has faith in this system)  I suggest to you this military justice system seems to work differently depending on your rank.  Bob McCarty makes this point quite well:     

Some Guys Have All the Luck

Some Guys Really Do Have All the Luck

SFC Soldier Kelly Stewart was sentenced to 8 years in prison based on allegations from a woman with a history of mental health issues. The German court would not allow that evidence to be introduced and so it wasn't .  A two Star General was able to get Kelly out of Leavenworth but he still sits with a "violent sex offender" on his record and he currently awaits an appeals court decision.  Contrast his case of trumped up charges by an accuser who had "lifelong benefits" to achieve with Kelly's conviction, against the facts of the charges against this Army Colonel of the stellar 173rd Airborne Brigade.  As Bob reports this colonel engaged in

"a pattern of fraudulent activities that could have cost the U.S. government more than $580,000. And, oh yeah, he committed adultery, wrongful cohabitation and bigamy with an Iraqi woman who was not his wife (duh!).

What did the West Point graduate get for his bad behavior? A reprimand, a $300,000 fine and the prospect of spending five years behind bars if he fails to pay the fine."

This Colonel was traipsing all over his base in full view of his Soldiers with his Iraqi mistress (now wife if it counts because he was already married)!  Kelly's life was destroyed by this so called military justice system based on lies by a German woman with a mental health history!  Yet, as Bob McCarty reports, Kelly's sentence went like this:

"He was also stripped of his Special Forces tab, reduced in rank to private, ordered discharged from the Army upon completion of his sentence and — last, but not least — branded with the “sex offender” label for the rest of the life if military justice continues to elude him via the appeals process.

I am copying the Senator's military liaison who I spoke with last week regarding Walter Taylor because I would like him to explain to me how he can have faith in this kind of military justice??!!!   

Please call your Congressmen and Senators.  All I'm asking for here is that YOU talk about these cases and make some phone calls on behalf of noble men and women who are willing to lay their lives down for you. 

I leave you with a comment posted on the story about Sgt lst Class Walter Taylor's hearing this past week:

"Walter Taylor knew exactly what he was doing. He did exactly what he trained me to do in basic training. I have never known a more honorable man than him, he shaped and molded me into the man I am today.
I am an American Soldier.I am a Warrior and a member of a team. I serve the people of the United States and live the Army Values.I will always place the mission first.I will never accept defeat.I will never quit.I will never leave a fallen comrade.I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I always maintain my arms, my equipment and myself.I am an expert and I am a professional.I stand ready to deploy, engage, and destroy the enemies of the United States of America in close combat.I am a guardian of freedom and the American way of life.I am an American Soldier.How can we still believe in this, when we follow this creed we are subject to prosecution and dishonorably discharged. Im ashamed of my government."

I worry about the hearts and minds of our Warriors and I hope you do too!  Please keep them all in your prayers!

With A Mother's Heart,  

Beverly Perlson

The Band of Mothers





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