Cruel and unusual: Are Clint Lorance calls to his lawyer being tapped and censored?

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The circumstances of the trial and imprisonment of 1LT Clint Lorance continue to raise uncomfortable questions.

As we reported here, the Army withheld evidence in the court-martial of 1LT Lorance because the Army definitively knew about the terrorist actions of several of the Afghans involved. This is no different from the withholding of exculpatory evidence in the case of 1LT Michael Behenna — whom the Army finally released from prison.

But Lorance remains in prison. And now it appears his phone may be bugged.

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John Maher, attorney for the imprisoned former soldier, believes a phone call with his client was monitored by the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks (USDB) at Fort Leavenworth, and eventually cut off when the topic of discussion turned to Sean Hannity.

Hannity has been outspoken in his support of Lorance and the injustice of his continued imprisonment.

Maher told that on December 19, 2014 he had his weekly call to the prison in Kansas at 11:30 a.m. EST with Lorance. Maher says calls with his client usually last about an hour and cover a variety of subjects.

“When their discussion that day turned to the Hannity radio segment (which took place December 18th) in which Maher and Lorance’s mother, Anna Lorance both participated, their phone call was abruptly disconnected.”

“Once the words ‘Sean Hannity Radio Show’ came out of my mouth, the connection went immediately dead. That had never happened before.” Maher says he later learned Lorance had tried to call his business line four separate times but, “Each time, the line connected at my number, then fell away.”

“This prompted the attorney to contact the USDB commandant, Col. Erica Nelson and write, “The line being suddenly dropped and my office number subsequently blocked from access gives rise to the reasonable inference that USDB personnel are improperly monitoring attorney-client conversations, wrongfully censoring topics of discussion, and obstructing lawful and necessary attorney-client communications.”

No explanation has been provided for the abrupt cut-off and the Pentagon has not responded to inquiries.

But here’s an inquiry: Did anyone cut off phone calls for unlawful enemy combatants held at GITMO when they were talking to their lawyers or other outside agencies, like Amnesty International? I highly doubt it.
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