I have written many times about the Marines and Soldiers that have been charged with “war crimes” and have been or are serving time in prison ~ in a lot of cases, for political reasons and for just doing their job too well. (Search: Leavenworth 10, Hamdania, Haditha and Iron Triangle)
One of them, Corey Clagett, has a clemency hearing coming up on June 3rd. His mother, living far from Ft Leavenworth, where Corey is in prison, hasn’t seen him in 3 years, due to lack of finances.
She could use some support ~ I’ll let her explain in her own words:
Although we have never met, I would like to write to you about my son, Private First Class Corey Clagett.When Corey was charged, we were able to get a civilian lawyer to represent him free of charge, only to have him abandon Corey just days before trial. Represented by an inexperienced JAG lawyer, Prosecutors threatened Corey with the death penalty. He agreed to plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.
You may have heard about Corey in news. He was serving in Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division in 2006, when he was arrested and imprisoned for following orders during Operation Iron Triangle. He was only 21 years old when Corey’s squad was sent into Thar Thar with orders to “kill all military aged males.” When they instead took three Iraqis prisoner, he and Specialist William Hunsaker were ordered to release the detainees and kill them.
Since that time, Corey has been held in Fort Leavenworth. For the past three years, Corey has been held in solitary confinement. He is so broken, others may not hear him, but I am his mother and he opens his heart up to me. I feel his hurt, his pain, and his anger. He should not be locked up; I feel I’m losing my son, the Corey I knew before he joined....
There is much more on this terrible story about a mother of an American hero who has not seen her son for more than three years. She NEEDS to get to Corey's clemency hearing, but to do that, she needs your help. If every reader of this column went over to Yankeemom's site and read the rest, then donated even $5, our mission to get this mother and son together at the upcoming clemency hearing would be accomplished.
The United American Patriots, and others, are supporting and standing with this family. Please go here, and open your heart and your wallet.