A recent email message from LTC (R) Allen West is bringing the attention of the public to the travesty incurred to 1LT Clint Lorance. In it, he asks us to sign a presidential pardon.
In the message, Col. West wrote:
In July, 2012, 1LT Clint Lorance was sent to Afghanistan to replace a platoon leader who was seriously wounded in a Taliban attack. On his third day on the job, Clint and his men were on patrol when a U.S. helicopter radioed that a motorcycle was sitting outside of the village near a road only used by the Taliban. When the motorcycle started gunning toward the platoon, 1LT Lorance ordered his marksman to fire.
Three men were on the motorcycle. Lorance ordered his men to fire: two killed, one was wounded and he was charged for his actions. His defense was that he was trying to protect his men. The men in his unit testified at his trial; some for him; but others against him.
About one year later, Lorance was convicted of all charges. His sentence included 20 years in prison, forfeiture of all pay, and dismissal from the U.S. Army. He currently is being held at the U..S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Continuing with Col. West’s message:
Without a doubt, these men posed a threat to Clint’s platoon. And as the commanding officer, Clint knew he was responsible for getting every single one of his soldiers back to base alive.
Col. West was in a similar situation involving the enemy in Iraq: he fired his weapon near a captive’s head attempting to gain information about a possible attack on him men. He eventually was fined $5000 and was allowed to retire with full benefits.
You can read about Col. West’s decision to lead the movement for a presidential pardon for Lorance in a recent issue of NewsMax Magazine. After reading this, the question is: do you believe Col. West, a highly decorated military officer, and his stance for 1LT Lorance?
If you do and agree Lorance should be pardoned, then please sign the petition and help make it happen.
If President Trump can gain freedom for six prisoners being held in Egypt, then he will most likely pardon Lorance.
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