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Dear Fellow Patriot,
President Obama refused to pardon an innocent U.S. soldier before he left office.
Now I'm asking you to sign this PRESIDENTIAL PARDON PETITION FOR ARMY 1LT CLINT LORANCE urging President Trump to do what Obama refused to: send this innocent soldier home where he belongs!
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.
Two of the riders were killed. The other was captured in the village, where days earlier a U.S. soldier was shot in the neck.
Those of us who have been stationed in Afghanistan know the tactics and actions of the enemy.
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.
Yet our own government didn't agree. 1LT Lorance was convicted of murder and sentenced to 20 years at the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth.
Now you know why I'm asking you to follow this link to sign the PRESIDENTIAL PARDON PETITION right away.
You see, it is customary for U.S. Presidents to grant high-profile pardons just before leaving office. However, when Obama's term came to an end on January 20, 2017, he refused to commute Clint's sentence.
But now that Donald Trump has taken office, you and I have a new chance to finally free 1LT Lorance.
Will you follow this link to sign the PRESIDENTIAL PARDON PETITION to Donald Trump right now?
My friend, Clint Lorance signed up to serve his country and risked his life on the battlefield to protect your freedom. When his men were threatened, he did exactly what our military trained him to do.
As a combat veteran with 22 years of service, I can't turn my back on this young soldier. And I hope you won't either.
That's why I'm writing you this letter on behalf of the United American Patriots (UAP), an organization founded by another combat veteran who knows just like I do that you can't second-guess our young men for their split-second actions behind enemy lines.
UAP provides legal defenses for soldiers like Clint who have been unfairly accused of crimes for their actions in deadly combat zones. In fact, they're assisting 6 other wrongly accused soldiers who are sitting behind bars at Fort Leavenworth, in addition to funding 3 separate efforts to free Clint – an appeal, a motion for mistrial and of course this Presidential Pardon campaign.
But as a non-profit organization, UAP doesn't receive a dime of federal funding. Instead, they depend on the big hearts of American patriots like you who support them and their mission.
UAP has calculated the cost of filing all the paperwork for Clint's official pardon request and this Petition campaign to be more than $385,000. But I don't think you can put a price tag on this young man's freedom!
I'm not asking you to write a check for $385,000. But I am asking you to make a tax-deductible gift of $31 after you sign the Petition.
Every penny raised will support UAP's efforts to collect millions of Petitions on Clint's behalf – and cover the legal fees for other innocent soldiers – so if you are in the position to send a larger tax-deductible gift in the amount of $50, $100, $500 or more, I pray you will.
1LT Clint Lorance served our country honorably and courageously for 10 years. He does not deserve to be treated as a cold-blooded murderer for doing his job.
Will you take just 30 seconds right now to fight for Clint's freedom by signing the PRESIDENTIAL PARDON FOR ARMY 1LT CLINT LORANCE and make your best tax-deductible contribution of $31 or more.
On behalf of 1LT Lorance and his family, his legal team and UAP, thank you in advance for your support.
Steadfast and loyal,
LTC(R) Allen West
P.S. If you agree that it's time for President Trump to do what Barack Obama refused to – and send this innocent American soldier home to his family! – then please sign the PRESIDENTIAL PARDON FOR ARMY 1LT CLINT LORANCE right away and make your best tax-deductible donation of $31 or more to United American Patriots.