Pt. 8 in a series
As Veterans Day approaches, former 1LT Clint Lorance who served his country to the best of his ability waits for justice denied him. Lorance is serving a lengthy sentence, confined at Ft. Leavenworth. Among the charges he was convicted of: murder.
Did Lorance actually pull a trigger or wield a weapon to “murder” someone? No.
Lorance gave permission for the men he was leading on patrol in a war zone in Afghanistan to engage men believed to be Taliban. I covered the background, circumstances, and outcome in a series of articles [links below].
The men who actually fired the shots were never charged with anything. They received immunity and served as prosecution witnesses. Lorance based his decision on information given him by his men.
A legal expert noted at least eight “prejudicial legal errors” in Lorance’s trial proceedings. At present this soldier is waiting on a response for his appeal for clemency.
I read the trial transcript and every other piece of information I could locate. I believe Lorance was railroaded as the United States entered the “Afghan in the Lead” phase of the war. Lorance took charge of the platoon as this new policy was being implemented. The new policy was not clear to many US troops, and the government did little to message exactly what it meant. How many soldiers, I wonder, died because politicians chose to micromanage a war they knew nothing about?
If you want to help a veteran, especially at a time when the left is as usual conducting political character assassinations on the military, sign the Free Clint Lorance petition [link below]. This soldier didn’t deserve to be charged with anything, much less face charges based on political pandering.
Lorance needs as many names on that petition as possible. Please help him get them.
Featured Photo: Franklin D. Roosevelt (D) had his secretary of the Navy Charles Edison explain why the U.S. should not enter “Europe’s War” to fight the Nazis. This photo was published on Nov. 11, 1939 as Edison spoke near the Unknown Soldier’s Tomb. At that time, the day of gratitude to veterans was called Armistice Day. Democrats held absolute power at the time, with the presidency and majorities in the House and Senate. (Library of Congress; Harris & Ewing)
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Nov. 10, 2014)
PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION at Change.org!
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Previous stories in series on Clint Lorance
After error-plagued court martial, soldier needs support (Pt. 7)
Criminal justice advocacy needed for veterans (Pt. 6)
After controversial trial, soldier’s fate rests… (Pt. 5)
Confusion at heart of Lorance case… (Pt. 4)
Government secret: Witnesses had immunity (Pt. 3)
Political prisoner Clint Lorance… (Pt. 2)
Dilemma facing boots on the ground (Pt. 1)