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'Leavenworth 10' soldier rebuilds life after serving time for infamous 'Iron Triangle Murders'

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    'Leavenworth 10' soldier rebuilds life after serving time for infamous 'Iron Triangle Murders'
    By Perry Chiaramonte

    Published June 13, 2016
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    Corey Clagett, seen here hugging his mother before leaving to begin his prison sentence in 2006, was recently released and is petitioning for a pardon so he can re-enlist.

    Corey Clagett was a 21-year-old U.S. Army private in the 101st Airborne Division on a mission deep inside Al Qaeda-controlled territory in Iraq when, he says, he followed an order that would change his life forever.

    It was May 9, 2006, and Clagett’s squad had been dropped on to a tiny lake island 200 miles north of Baghdad. They were told it was a terrorist training camp, and members would later testify the rules of engagement were to kill all military-aged males in the area. When they caught three men hiding in a house, the squad’s leader ordered Clagett and three others to let them go – and shoot them as they fled.

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    Clagett, (l.), and Donohue, (r.), are working to help other US servicemembers they believe got unfair treatment in the military justice system. (Courtesy: United American Patriots)

    “I was just a private. I looked up to the higher officers. We thought they were following the rules,” Clagett, who was released earlier this year after serving 10 years at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., told FoxNews.com. “I followed their orders and thought it was the right call, but it wasn’t the case.”

    Shooting unarmed men in the back as they fled violated the most basic rules of war, and following orders is no defense if the orders were unlawful. Clagett pleaded guilty to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

    “It was hell. The minutes seemed like days and the hours felt like months.”

    - Corey Clagett

    Yet supporters of Clagett and others in the “Leavenworth 10,” the name given to a fluctuating group of men imprisoned at Leavenworth for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan say the men were scapegoats for their superiors, sacrificed to appease the governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Their cases have garnered online petitions and brought together odd coalitions of military veterans and young legal students who believe justice is not always served when young service members’ fates are sealed in military courtrooms far removed from the heat of battle.

    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 by fighters using information provided by scouts.

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