We first wrote about the case of U.S. Army 1LT Clint Lorance of Texas last year. His was what I termed a seriously gross miscarriage of justice. Those of us who have been stationed in Afghanistan know the tactics and actions of the enemy.
Any time two or more individuals are on a motorcycle approaching your convoy or position you can bet — if unarmed — they are scouts. And if they are scouts for a main attack, they are just as dangerous a threat.
Herein lies the problem of our methods of prosecuting combat operations — not overseas contingency operations. On the modern battlefield, the enemy doesn’t wear a uniform and they exploit our ridiculous rules of engagement — all to the detriment of our men and women deployed into these combat zones.
So 1LT Lorance understood this combat environment and the enemy tactics. He was not patrolling in some quiet zone — this was a hot bed of enemy activity, and the reason why he was there was because the previous platoon leader had been severely wounded.
It’s one thing to fight the enemy, but it’s quite another thing to fight against your own country. Just watch this emotional interview — and why is this mother not on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC? I know, that’s a rhetorical question for which we all know the answer.
Because the mainstream media won’t report this, “Fox News has followed the story of Army First Lt. Clint Lorance, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year for a deadly shooting in Afghanistan. Lorance was leading a platoon in 2012 when three men on a motorcycle suddenly came toward the troops. Lorance ordered his men to open fire, leaving two of the Afghan men dead. The Army later said the men were not enemy combatants at Lorance’s court martial at Fort Bragg, where he was charged with violating the rules of engagement.”
“Now, new evidence in the case is leading to calls for clemency for Lorance. Anna Lorance said the family has not heard anything from the Army since Nov. 30, when their lawyer submitted papers seeking to have the conviction overturned. Lorance said new evidence obtained by the family’s lawyer indicates the men who were shot may actually have had ties to terrorism.”
And Lorance’s mother accuses the Army of withholding that information.
What message are we sending to our men and women in uniform that we release terrorists for a vacay in Uruguay and we get all upset about treating terrorists not so nice — yet we’re throwing our troops into jail for killing the bad guys?
But even worse — purposefully hiding evidence?
If you recall, the exact same thing occurred in the case of Army 1LT Michael Behenna, when exculpatory evidence was withheld in his trial by the prosecution. Why?
Is this part of the new “empathy for the enemy’s perspective” that potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton articulated? We abandon Americans to die at the Special Mission Compound in Benghazi and then top officials lie about it and we’re told nothing happened? Is this how we treat our warriors now? And will there come a day when they will say, “enough?”
Are we more concerned about political correctness and enemy propaganda that we will go to any lengths to sacrifice our own young men?
Clint Lorance enlisted in the Army after 9-11 as an 18-year-old. He then worked hard to earn a college education and a commission as an officer — is this the kind of American we sentence away to 20 years in jail?
But yet we’re supposed to have all this sympathy for the “gentle giant” Michael Brown — another 18-year-old? I just have to ask, what does this say about our society in general? What does it say when we have leadership that celebrates a deserter (Bergdahl) — and purposefully hides him — while sending a young man who stood and confronted the enemy to jail? This is totally upside down and should be upsetting to ALL Americans — regardless of political affiliation.
“Fox news legal analyst Peter Johnson Jr. explained that the decision now rests with Brig. Gen. Richard D. Clarke, the 82nd Airborne Division commander. Ms. Lorance pleaded with Clarke to “do the right thing.”
“We have the evidence, you have the evidence in your hands that the jury did not have. I know you to be a loyal man and a true man to your soldiers of the 82nd Airborne. My son too was a soldier in the 82nd Airborne. He’s your soldier,” she said, lamenting the fact that her son’s devotion to his country led to a 20-year prison sentence. “Clint is a young man that would have never seen the inside of a jail cell had he not chose to serve his country and that is sad.”
Johnson Jr. noted that after reading the papers, it seems like the Army “withheld an awful lot of evidence in terms of terror ties, the witnesses [and] intelligence.”
This is not how paratroopers should be treated by their commanders.
But here’s what you can do: join the 30,000+ who have signed a petition supporting Lt. Lorance’s freedom.
We can do this and get Clint Lorance out of Ft. Leavenworth — just as we did for Michael Behenna. And if you need greater motivation, just remember Clint Lorance is being held in the same facility with Nidal Hasan.