ACLU Disapproves of Trump’s Pardon of Michael Behenna

On Tuesday the ACLU blasted President Trump decision to pardon former soldier who was convicted for killing an Iraqi prisoner.

According to ACLU, the move acted as a presidential endorsement for murder.

Trump granted the presidential pardon late on Monday to Michael Behenna. Behenna is an Oklahoman man who was sent to prison for 15 years in 2009 for murdering Al Mansur Mohamed a suspected al-Qaida operator who was stripped down naked before being shot.

Hina Shamsi who is the director of the ACLU security project said that the pardon was like a presidential endorsement of a killing which violated the military code of justice.

She went ahead to say that Trump is the commander in chief and the army leaders are the ones supposed to stop war crimes but not being the ones who are endorsing or excusing them.

Behenna had argued that the murder was in self-defense.

Mike Hunter Oklahoman attorney general had requested the White House for the pardon. Behenna`s case has attracted a lot of support, particularly from the military.

In a statement on Monday Sarah Sanders said that Behenna was a model prisoner during the time he was serving his sentence.

In 2014 Behenna was paroled after being in jail for less than five years.

Trump has in many cases used his presidential pardoning power to make a political statement and pardon other people. However, most presidents usually offer pardons during their last months in office, but Trump has done so quite early while still in office.

Josh Goodhue

Josh Goodhue is a journalist and political commentator and analyst. He writes a political column for the Journalist Observer, he also contributes political articles to various periodicals and is a frequent guest on news shows about the state of politics in the country. He has had years of experience in the field of policy making, and has worked for (and with) several organizations focused on creating a political awareness among the country’s citizens. He has a degree in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School Of Government, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the California Institute Of Integral Studies.

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