Bombshell: Army withheld evidence that could free Clint Lorance

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.

30 COMMENTS

  1. The Army needs to start teaching classes on Ethics & Morals. Lawyers in a court are bound by law and Ethics. Charges against these officers need to be pursued. Also charges of influence by Higher officials on Officers of the Court. The military has been getting away with this type of behavior way to long.

    • Ya, guys like you would rather see our troops killed. You have no idea of how fast your judgement has to be in times of combat. Problem with guys like you, you can’t decipher the difference between defending oneself and out right murdering someone so you lump them all together. Disgusting.

  2. This makes me sick to core knowing how that slimeball Bowe Bergdahl got special treatment from our government while this man is in prison for 20 years! Only in Obama’s America does this happen! Why would anyone want to join the military if this is how our heroes get treated??

  3. If lawyers are in charge of whether our military can engage and fight the enemy, send them into combat for on the job training!

    • Lawyers at a court-martial are in the military. They have avoided combat because they went in after graduating from law school, knowing they will never see combat. They are entry level officers; i.e. 2nd Lt. in the Army. Few are career military. Lawyers only want to win whichever side they represent. They could care less about guilt or innocence.

  4. Hillary Clinton asks us to have “empathy for our enemies”, but I’d rather just listen to “Sympathy for the Devil.”

    Please allow me to introduce myself.
    I’m a man of wealth and taste…

  5. Yep, he could have just sat there until he died….. When this country starts fighting to WIN again, instead of just pussy footing around, things will be a lot better!!

  6. This is one of the blackest smears on American leadership since our country’s foundation. It is cannibalism of our own. This soldier was treated worse than the enemy, for doing nothing more than his job. It is not the first under Obama’s leadership. Barrack Hussein has many American military victims.

  7. Sir, General Patton would have ripped the heads off of these wanna-be soldiers and whizzed down their necks for doing that to Lt. Lorance. That Lt. showcased the fighting spirit that Gen. Patton loved, and also a concern for his men, which every officer and NCO should have. This case sickens me greatly.

  8. <3
    JUST FREE THIS YOUNG AMERICAN TROOP!!!! HE'S SO VERY INNOCENT!!!! GET YOUR ACTS TOGETHER. THANK YOU MR. WEST FOR INTERVEINING! WHAT IS WRONG WITH THE LEADERS OF "WHAT ONCE WAS" A FREE WORLD! HELP THIS YOUNG MILITARY! "THE "BRYDAHL" I KNOW I SPELLED IT WRONG", SO SORRY, HE'S AN EXAMPLE OF, THE" DECAY" OF THE TRUTH", HE'S FREE AS A BIRD!!! GET HIS MOTHER F*****G ASS TO BE IN THE SAME BOAT*** AS THIS YOUNG AMERICAN
    . "TROOP", THAT MR. WEST IS TRYINY DO 'DEFEND'

  9. FREE <3 THE AMERICAN TROOP, THAT MR. A. WEST IS TRYING TO HELP! BRYDAHL (SPELLED IT WRONG). THE PERSON WHO DISSED HIS AMERICAN COUNTERPARTS, IS AS FREE AS A BIRD!!!–FREE THIS YOUNG AMERICAN TROOP!!!– HOW DARE HE BE TREATED LIKE "THE ENEMY"–WHAT IS WRONG WITH "THOSE* DIRTY* LITTLE *PEOPLE* IN THE "WHITE HOUSE"? ARE THEY HUMAN?

  10. I support the release of this man and every other soldier unfairly targeted for doing what they are asked to do by our country. I am nauseated by our government’s pathetic efforts to gain the favor of an uncivilized bunch of pigs by tying the hands of our soldiers. I will pray for them all every night.

  11. This very Reason is why I am now retired from the US Military. It seems that no other Army from a developed country does this; Terrorize, Persecute and Prosecute it own for taking action that they were taught and trained to do in an emergency situation. This type of terror directed against its own makes good Soldiers leave the Military! May God and good people work diligently to help free, a quite and pardon this brave young Soldier, Amen!

  12. So what can we do to change this? House Armed Services committee is headed by Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, Chairman, California, so California people need make his phone people mad about having to work for their living. Lorance family now lives in Texas; Texas members on House Armed Services committee include Mac Thornberry, Michael Conaway, Joaquin Castro, Pete Gallego. Lorance family is native to Oklahoma, so contact Jim Bridenstine on the committee if you’re from OK. Check the committee listing for any members from your home state and call your own congressman. And this is just the House side of our wussy government. Do your own searches to find the senators and their committees. While you’re at it, mention to Gilibrand and McKaskell that your biggest concern is prosecution of loyal soldiers and the horrible rules of engagement.

  13. I’ll bet he’s being prosecuted because he violated some insane rules of engagement. After serving 24 years in the military I can attest to seeing some ridiculous rules of engagement that were offered by someone who is obviously political and has no combat experience whatsoever i’ve seen rules of engagement that unnecessarily put our men at risk I feel for this Lieut.

  14. Regardless of the rules If he felt the people on the cycle posed A threat to him or his men and they refused to stop he had every right to shoot them. How does this injustice keep happening. It has to stop.

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