The Leavenworth 10, for the most part, seem to be the victims of the “Rules of Engagement” that were imposed upon. Leadership that is highly focused on how the drive by media views their actions do not have the best interests of their troops at heart. A soldier wakes up every day intent on protecting his troops and himself. That and killing the enemy should be the only two rules he need worry about. Second guessing decisions and actions after the fact should not be allowed. Convictions obtained without any forensic evidence and solely upon coerced testimony is highly suspect. Actual crimes need to meet the proof of being beyond a shadow of a doubt. The contrast of treatment between these men and the bad guys in Gitmo is appalling. These men should have their pardons granted and an apology from our nation. Maybe it could be another election issue.
“The very people who protect our freedoms and liberties are having their own freedoms and liberties taken away.”
– Col. Allen West
As Written By Perry Chiaramonte and first appeared on Fox News:
Members of ‘Leavenworth 10’ langudish in military prison, while Gitmo detainees free:
The Obama administration is emptying the military’s Guantanamo Bay detention facility of avowed terrorists captured fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, but several American service members languish in another military prison for actions on those same battlefields that their supporters say merit clemency, if not gratitude.
Among the prison population at Fort Leavenworth, in Kansas, are remaining members of the so-called “Leavenworth 10,” convicted service members doing terms ranging from 10 to 40 years for heat-of-the-battle decisions their supporters say saved American lives.
“The very people who protect our freedoms and liberties are having their own freedoms and liberties taken away,” said retired U.S. Army Col. Allen West, a former congressman and political commentator. “I think it’s appalling and no one is talking about this issue.”
The “Leavenworth 10” is the name given to a fluctuating number of men housed at Leavenworth for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan that their supporters say were justified. Over the years, a handful have been paroled, and more have been incarcerated.
Among the more well-known cases is that of Army First Lt. Clint Lorance, who is serving a 20-year sentence for ordering his men to shoot two suspected Taliban scouts in July 2012 in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan. Lorance had just taken command of the platoon after the prior leader and several others were killed days before. The Taliban suspects were on motorcycles and matched descriptions given by a pilot who flew over the area earlier and spotted them as scouts.