Sgt. Derrick Miller, now thirty-three-years-old, of Hagerstown, Maryland, was convicted in July of 2011 for the pre-meditated murder of an Afghan man in 2010.
Sgt. Miller is father of two little girls. At the time of the shooting of the Afghan man, Sgt. Miller was assigned to a unit within the Connecticut National Guard and was attached to the 101st Airborne Division. Following his joining of the National Guard in 2006, Miller experienced three combat deployments and had been recently promoted.
Sgt. Miller is serving life in prison with the opportunity for parole in 2020. Sgt. Miller shot and killed an Afghan civilian following the civilian attempting to grab Sgt. Miller’s weapon during a period of intense questioning. The Afghan civilian was a suspected insurgent that was walking through Sgt. Miller’s “platoon defensive perimeter observing their defensive positions”.
Following the shooting, Sgt. Miller’s unit was implicated in a complex attack and Afghan National Army fighters that were assigned to stay with the platoon disappeared prior to the onset of the firefight. They hid behind a building.
Sgt. Miller was embroiled in a firefight the night he killed the Afghan man. The Afghan man was an insurgent and yet no one in the military wants to say this and directly confront the duplicitous Afghanis. The firefight was not instigated by American soldiers; the firefight was meant to kill American soldiers, and Afghan National Army fighters were nowhere to be found.
As far as the case goes, the witnesses opposing Sgt. Miller are suspicious on two accounts. The first witness was a soldier that originally backed up the claims made by Sgt. Miller regarding the event, but when threatened with being named as an accessory and “being placed on legal hold so he could not de-mobilize”, he changed his story. The other witness was an Afghan translator that was promised citizenship in the U.S. in exchange for testimony.
This man was brought to the U.S. in January of 2011 and lived on Fort Campbell in a hotel on the base at $630 per month with a van dedicated to his transportation wherever he wanted to go – all of this was on the taxpayer dime. Morality is void in this case, save for the morality of Sgt. Miller.
All of Sgt. Miller’s men returned home unharmed from their deployment. Sgt. Miller returned home to Leavenworth where he is serving a life sentence after being charged for pre-meditated murder on the battlefield.
Look closely at the powers that exist in this nation and who is fought for and who is not fought for. Look now at the Congressional Black Caucus, a poor excuse for a representative caucus within Congress, and beyond this, they are execrable for refusing to fight for Sgt. Miller, a black soldier that saved countless lives. Leave it to the Congressional Black Caucus to be silent. They are pathetic cowards in the pocket of much more powerful Democrats, and we all know how so many Democrats look at our soldiers.
Sgt. Miller needs the help of honest politicians and more importantly he needs the public support of Americans across the country to help him get his life back. He has an ex-wife and two little girls waiting for him. Sgt. Miller is imprisoned for life for saving lives.
For a reference to the moments quoted in this article, please visit Diana West’s 2011 piece on this exact topic here.
If you would like to read a letter written by a Marine that survived the “Beirut Bombings” on behalf of Sgt. Miller, follow the Scribd below:
Derrick Miller Congressional Letter by Jim Hoft on Scribd