Tuesday, February 28, 2006

 

Bush caused breakdown in Iraq; stability of middle east threatened

A Project of the Institute for America's Future

I thought you would be interested in this
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/02/28/iraq_preparing_for_the_worst.php




© 2004 TomPaine.com ( Project of The Institute for America's Future )


 

WHOSE BOMBS WERE THEY?

Bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra set off sectarian strife and set Iraq verging on civil war. Was it engineered as a means of destabilizing the country and creating an excuse for occupation forces to remain longer -- to fill those bases Bush is building there?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12063.htm


 

Dr. Sam and the Managed Care Blues Band: A Heartfelt Tribute to our WWII Veterans

"Before You Go" - Tribute to WWII Veterans and all veterans. Our WWII vets are passing on at about 2,000 a day now. WWII was a war that really was necessary to preserve our freedoms and way of life, unlike the propaganda lies we've been told about wars since then.These old men were young when they fought that war, like our troops today who fight and get maimed and die. America owes them a tremendous debt and much gratitude.

http://www.managedmusic.com/viewopen.htm

Click on button to open

Monday, February 27, 2006

 

U.S. Lied About Using Chemical Weapons in Iraq

Coalition Forces Used Napalm and Phosphorus On Iraq

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U.S. Lied About Chemical Weapons in Iraq
http://www.alternet.org/story/28288

We now know napalm and phosphorus bombs have been dropped on Iraqis; what are we going to do about it? This a violation of the Geneva Convention, which our President says he does not have to honor.
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Cageprisoners.com - Abu Ghraib Prisoners

Abu Ghraib prisoners - bloody and tortured
http://cageprisoners.com/media.php?country=Iraq#

includes photos of British troops abusing Iraqis

 

British Residents in Guantanamo Bay

British Residents in Guantanamo Bay
http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=10974

Stories of British Residents imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay ; Racial Profiling?
 

CIVILIAN BOMB SHELTER TARGETED BY BOMBERS


http://electroniciraq.net/news/1291.shtml

Civilian bomb shelter targeted during attack on Iraq . Smart bomb's precision targeting was perfect. First "bunker buster" bomb blasted hole in roof of reinforced shelter. Second bomb struck the hole perfectly, exploded inside the shelter, killing about 400, mostly women and children. No other structures targeted at that time. Forces later "apologized" but made no effort at reparation. Since no other nearby structures were targeted and the smart bombs hit so precisely, what was the motive for hitting this shelter?
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Electronic Iraq [ http://electronicIraq.net] is a news portal on the US-Iraq crisis published by veteran antiwar campaigners Voices in the Wilderness [http://www.vitw.org] and respected Middle East supplementary news publishers, the Electronic Intifada [http://electronicIntifada.net ].


 

IRAQIS DOCUMENT PRISONER ABUSE


http://electroniciraq.net/news/2276.shtml

Iraqis document prisoner abuse

Electronic Iraq[ http://electronicIraq.net ] is a news portal on the US-Iraq crisis published by veteran antiwar campaigners Voices in the Wilderness [ http://www.vitw.org] and respected Middle East supplementary news publishers, the Electronic Intifada [http://electronicIntifada.net].


 

Article from Common Dreams NewsCenter-CNN version of Torture News


http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0216-23.htm

Message: CNN news for Pentagon re: torture photos. How CNN slants the news to favor the Pentagon and White House.


 

BRITISH TROOPS BEAT IRAQI TEENS FOR THROWING STONES AT BASE.


http://electroniciraq.net/news/2268.shtml PHOTOS; Video link

British Troops Beat, Kick, Club Iraqi Teens; one videos action and cheers his comrades on.

Electronic Iraq [http://electronicIraq.net] is a news portal on the US-Iraq crisis published by veteran antiwar campaigners Voices in the Wilderness [http://www.vitw.org] and respected Middle East supplementary news publishers, the Electronic Intifada [http://electronicIntifada.net].


Sunday, February 26, 2006

 

Alternet: The new photographs from Abu Ghraib

I wonder just how many will actually click on "center for constitutional rights" ? Click on highlighted "photos America doesn't want you to see" for more photos. Button for additional photos at end of page. Click on. Only 15 photos on this site. #9 shows Iraqi with white substance dribbling from mouth; on another site photo shows a standing hooded male in dominant position and a male positioned before him as if performing fellatio. Other news articles mention sexual abuse; possible forced sexual acts?

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The new photographs from Abu Ghraib
http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/rachel/32303

Are ugly, sad, stomach-twisting, necessary, and political.
-the video link in the text no longer carries the prison report,but other links work.------------------------------------


 

lRAQI CHILDREN IMPRISONED, TORTURED, RAPED

Iraqi Children Imprisoned, Raped, Tortured

Iraq's Child Prisoners (1 August 2004)
http://www.sundayherald.com/43796

SEE ADDITIONAL POSTS BELOW RE: CHILDREN


 

A collection of Articles & Reports by Mr. Robert Fisk + Audio & Video

They weep just as we do.
http://www.robert-fisk.com

Numerous links to click on. Click on titles . click on small photos for enlargement. Click on arrows or numbers to advance pages. __________________________________________________


 

BBC E-mail: Basra: Why they are not cheering


** Message **
News report March 2003 by UK journalist Robert Fisk. There are rumors that present civil and sectarian strife has been formented by insurgents and agents of the West. Their liberation from Saddam was welcomed; the extended stay - and planned permanent stay - is not welcomed. The expected danger (by anyone with 3 brain cells functioning) of insurgent activity and civil/sectarian strife gives the US excuse for increased military presence to "stabalize" Iraq.

** Basra: Why they are not cheering **
The expected welcome from the people for American and British forces has not happened. http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/em/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/2884769.stm


 

News Photo - Muslims Offended by Danish Cartoons on Yahoo! News Photos

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Personal message:

V for victory signals and welcome to American troops have turned to hatred for America for what we've done to them and their country.

Muslims Offended by Danish Cartoons on News Photos
http://news.yahoo.com/photo/060225/481/lhr10102251532

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Iraq News Photos ; another innocent victim


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Another innocent victim

Iraq News Photos
http://news.yahoo.com/photo/060225/ids_photos_wl/r849930083.jpg

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- Iraq on News Photos; innocent victim


worried american (is_america_burning@yahoo.com) has sent you a news photo. (Email address has not been verified.)
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Innocent victim of WAR!!

Iraq News Photos
http://news.yahoo.com/photo/060225/481/bag12302251642

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Abuse of Iraqi Children By US Forces

IS THERE NO END TO THE SHAME TO THE US?

Abuse of Iraqi Children By US Forces
http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=8942

worried american wrote:
children imprisoned and tortured by US forces
 

Detained Iraqi Youngsters Face Hangover From Saddam\\\'s Harsh Law

MORE SHAME, DISGRACE AND TORTURE - THIS TIME IT IS CHILDREN

Detained Iraqi Youngsters Face Hangover From Saddam's Harsh Law
http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=3591

worried american wrote:
Children 9yrs and up imprisoned by Americans

Friday, February 24, 2006

 

VIDEO - BATTLE OF FALLUJAH

Battle for Fallujah - video
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12027.htm





 

VIDEO - Results for Samarra, iraq

NEWS PHOTOS OF THE BOMBING OF THE HOLY MOSQUE IN SAMARRA

http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news?p=samarra&n=100&c=news_photos



 

Image Search Results for samarra, iraq

MORE PHOTOS OF SAMARRA

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images?p=samarra&n=100



 

Iraq News Photos

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/ss/events/iraq/082701iraqplane;_ylt=AjRI47VC2sreIWcj7.x1fGlpaP0E;_ylu=X3oDMTA4OHR0b3NtBHNlYwNpeG12

_Set viewer on manual, slow, medium or fast. If on manual, click on arrows to advance photos. Captions to box at right. News photos cover Iraqi news, and Muslim protests around globe. Hundreds of photos by Reuters . _________________________________________________


 

Iraq Photos

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/sm/1479/p:1

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

 

Torture Photos. Why Now? Explains Bush knew beforehand.

A Project of the Institute for America's Future

In particular, I thought you'd find the following item interesting:
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/2006/02/23/new_photos_why_now.php

Torture photos; why now? explains Bush knowledge before it happened


© 2004 TomPaine.com ( Project of The Institute for America's Future )


 

Depleted Uranium Responsible for Gulf War Ills

I think you might find this of interest! http://rense.com/general69/explos.htm



Wednesday, February 22, 2006

 

RADIATION FROM IRAQ BORNE ON WIND TO UK

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2047373,00.html

UK radiation jump blamed on Iraq shells


 

Iraq: the forgotten victims

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Message:

Article Title: Iraq: the forgotten victims
http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=6617

Dramatic figures have been released revealing that at least 1,333 servicemen and women - almost 1.5 per cent of those who served in the Iraq war - have returned from the Middle East with serious psychiatric problems.

Dramatic figures have been released revealing that at least 1,333 servicemen and women - almost 1.5 per cent of those who served in the Iraq war - have returned from the Middle East with serious psychiatric problems.

The official statistics, which have been passed to The Independent, identify those who were diagnosed with mental health problems while on duty. Many Iraq veterans are now receiving little or no treatment for a variety of mental health problems.

Questions have also been raised about the level of care being given to regular soldiers, reservists and members of the TA, some of whose symptoms emerged after ending active service. Many are not included in the figure of 1,333. Many claim they have been abandoned by the military establishment.

The government figures, compiled between January 2003 and September 2005, emerged in an answer by Don Touhig, minister for veterans' affairs, in response to a question by Mark Harper MP.

Out of the 1,333 diagnosed as suffering from mental health problems, 182 have been found to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder while 601 are judged to have adjustment disorder or, in laymen's terms, "combat stress".

A further 237 are classified as suffering from depression and 167 suffer other forms of mental illness or substance misuse.

The Independent has found many soldiers suffering from mental disorders after returning from Iraq are not being given the care they feel they need.

Anthony Bradshaw is one of those who came home still haunted by his experience of Iraq. The 22-year-old former private in the Pioneer Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps, suffers from recurrent panic attacks and nightmares.

But despite his records containing a note stating he may be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, he was seen only once by a psychiatrist before being discharged. He said: "We have been abandoned by the powers that be."

Charles Plumridge of the Gulf War Veterans and Families' Association said: "This situation is appalling. The MoD should not be allowed to get away with it. I would not be at all surprised if the figures increase greatly."

After leaving the Army, Mr Bradshaw enrolled at an agriculture college in his home city, Hull. But yesterday, he had to leave his class and go home after suffering another panic attack. "I had never, ever had any such problems in the past, I had a healthy and stable life," he said.

"But I have forgotten what it is like to have a normal life now. There are physical symptoms, but what has happened to me mentally is much worse. I feel frightened if I go out on my own, I wake up in the night feeling frightened. I would not wish this experience on anyone."

As a member of the Royal Army Medical Corps, L/Cpl David McGough treated civilians, women and children, as well as the British and US military at the height of the conflict.

He is now on medication prescribed by his GP for anxiety and stress. But the Army has refused to accept that he suffers from mental problems.

"I was a serviceman for four-and-a-half years and intended to be in for the full 20," said L/Cpl McGough, 24, who lives in Preston. "I am originally from Northern Ireland and I have dealt with serious medical cases both in the Army and helping civilian powers in emergencies. But there is no acknowledgement from the MoD that Iraq was the place where a lot of people had very serious and awful experiences.

"My problems started two weeks after I returned to the UK and I am not seen to be suffering officially from mental problems."

Stress caused by the Iraq conflict has also been used in legal defence. The former SAS trooper Andrew Wragg, who killed his 10-year-old terminally ill son, was cleared of murder last month and convicted instead of manslaughter.

One of the military's most senior psychiatrists, Group Captain Frank McManus, has acknowledged reservists in particular are suffering from lack of psychiatric care from the MoD.

He said: "They have a particularly rough deal. Once they are demobilised and return to civilian life they are not entitled to health care. They are more vulnerable because in their normal working day and life they have no contact with the military, they are surrounded by people who cannot begin to understand what they went through in Iraq."

He added: "The MoD at the highest level is aware of the problem with reservists and solutions are being sought."

The MoD said last night that the problems faced by reservists were not being neglected but no solution had been found. However, it said that the National Health Service was being made aware of the possible problems those returning to civilian life may face.

The ministry also insisted that those who had been diagnosed with mental health problems on duty were receiving the best possible attention.

Mr Harper said: "It is crucial that servicemen and women receive all necessary support. Our troops are performing a vital role in helping to rebuild the country. But this does place them in danger - and the Ministry of Defence is failing in its duty of care if it does not make the necessary arrangements."

[Three related articles featuring interviews with Iraq War veterans.]

Private Anthony Bradshaw: 'I think a lot more could have been done for us'

Anthony Bradshaw saw combat in the Iraq conflict. He now has difficulties at times even leaving the house by himself.

"It is difficult to describe how bad panic attacks can be unless one experiences them himself. I was a soldier, but now I sometimes feel frightened just going shopping," he said.

Mr Bradshaw, 22, who was a private in the Pioneer Regiment, was stationed in a town south of Basra where he and his comrades were tasked to build camps.

"But the camps had already been built and instead we came under pretty regular attacks," he said. "As a soldier this is something you learn to expect and I did not know at the time what effect this was having on me."

Mr Bradshaw, from Hull, was medically evacuated after being bitten by a poisonous insect which led to his arm swelling. "I was taken first to a field hospital and then to Cyprus. When I returned to England I began to have psychological problems.

"An army doctor who saw me wrote on my records that I may be suffering from PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) but the only time I ever saw a psychiatrist he seemed to be just concerned with whether I wanted to leave the Army. I did not receive any counselling then and I have not received any since.

"After leaving the Army I joined a college to do a fishery management course. But frankly it is very hard. I get panic attacks, feelings of wanting to vomit, and have to leave to come home.

"I have got mates who have not suffered any mental problems. But there are others who have and I think a lot more could have been done for them."

-- Kim Sengupta

Private Peter Mahoney: 'I have plans for the future'

Pte Peter Mahoney served in Iraq from March to July 2003. From the Gulf he wrote to his wife, Donna: "We have plans when we get old and dotty together, so put out of your mind any thoughts of me dying."

In August 2004, he dressed in his uniform, got in his car in the garage, attached a hosepipe to the exhaust and started the engine. Beside him were pictures of his family and a MoD leaflet on psychological trauma, ripped to pieces.

Pte Mahoney's death at the age of 45 will never be recorded on army mental health figures as post-traumatic stress disorder due to service in Iraq. He refused his wife's pleas to seek help.

But she is adamant there is no other way to explain his death, and says other reservists and TA members need recognition.

"When they fight alongside regular soldiers they are treated like regular soldiers but when they are back at home in civvy street, they are less of a priority".

"I know of 15 or 16 other suicides. It is not highlighted."

-- Terri Judd

L/Cpl David McGough: 'The children haunt me'

It was seeing the terrible injuries suffered by children which was the most shattering experience for David McGough in Iraq. Their pain and tears, the distress of the families, are memories which still haunt him after returning home. L/Cpl McGough, 24, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, served in Iraq for three months after the invasion during some of the fiercest fighting. He treated Iraqi civilians as well as US and British military.

"Some of the children suffered from burns, others had shrapnel and bullet wounds. It was very distressing," he said. "When I was there I just carried on with what I was doing. We were working 14, 16 hours a day. It was two weeks after we got back that I began to feel really bad. I started having blackouts and vomiting. The RSM (Regimental Sergeant Major) was actually quite sympathetic, and tried to help me the best he could. But the Army does not accept that I am suffering from mental problems. I am on Prozac, but that is from my GP."

-- Kim Sengupta

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More Abu Ghraib Photos; Torture Against International Law

Abu Ghraib photos; Torture Against International Law
http://us.f358.mail.yahoo.com/ym/ShowLetter?Search=&Idx=18&YY=27807&order=down&sort=date&pos=0



 

A war comes home

worried american (is_america_burning@yahoo.com) has emailed you information from Veterans for Common Sense

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Message: Governor sttends all state citizen military funerals

Article Title: A war comes home
http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=6655

Oregon's governor, a devoted father who was raised as an orphan,wants Oregon citizens to feel the loss of other families' children Governor: Attends to honor those who died, and the returning

In a kinder world, a man who attends the funeral of a young man he's never met would be appreciated for showing support to a grief-stricken family.

But when the visiting mourner is the governor of Oregon, and he does it more than 45 times in three years, people grow ambivalent. While military families say they're grateful for Ted Kulongoski's attention to their sacrifices, politicians and policy wonks are less impressed. Some dismiss his attendance as a ceremonial function, the kind vice presidents or staffers should handle. The most important thing the governor can do, they say, is to show leadership in Salem.

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber, when pressed recently to praise any aspect of Kulongoski's performance as governor, noted only that he has attended a lot of funerals.

What critics don't know is that the governor -- raised as an orphan and now a devoted father, as well as a former Marine -- feels a very personal pull to each graveside. It's a connection mourning families see, but the public may miss.

When the governor placed a condolence call to Michelle DeFord, whose son, Oregon National Guard Sgt. David Johnson, was killed near Baghdad in the fall of 2004, he was concerned that her husband hadn't yet heard the news. Steve DeFord was on his regular camping trip in remote southeastern Oregon when the casualty assistance officers showed up at their house. Kulongoski offered to send a helicopter to find him.

"I thought it was amazing," Michelle said.

Kulongoski has become "a war governor," reaching out to stricken families far more often than he contemplated when he took office three years ago, before the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. While unanticipated, it was a role he was born for.

When Kulongoski was born in 1940 in rural Missouri, southwest of St. Louis, his father was dying of cancer. After he was gone, his mother made a hard choice: she and her daughter, Kulongoski's sister, would try to make a life together. Raising a little boy, though, was more than she could handle. She turned him over to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, who ran the St. Joseph's Home for Boys in St. Louis.

His mother re-entered his life during his high school years, but it was the nuns who taught Kulongoski what it meant to work and to contribute to a community. Later on, when he was a Marine recruit, a drill instructor pulled him aside during a formation and said, "We think you're the first guy we've ever brought through here who actually likes this."

In the governor's office, Kulongoski still laughs when he recounts his reply: "Sir, compared to the nuns, you guys are a piece of cake."

Kulongoski didn't know his father and wasn't close to his mother. He got a sense of belonging from the nuns and a sense of patriotism from the Marines, who sent him to Thailand when Laos was simmering in 1962. But he says today he is most defined by his role as a father. And it's why he so keenly feels the loss of other families' children.

"Nothing in my life means more to me than my kids," he says, shifting his gaze to the photo of the three smiling adults in their 30s, arm in arm. One son is in Australia, another is in southern California and a daughter is in Portland. The governor is fiercely protective of them, declaring them out of bounds for the press that trails him through his public life.

"I grew up and I said, if I ever get married, I would never, ever not tell my kids every night I love them," he says. As he spoke, the water in his eye broke, and a tear ran to the collar of his crisp white shirt.

So when the governor calls an Oregon family that just heard the worst possible news from a casualty assistance officer, he says their loss pierces his heart. "What would I think if the governor was calling me about my sons?" he wonders.

At every funeral, Kulongoski says he learns something about each of the victims of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. He says Oregon was robbed of the vast potential displayed in the brief life of Erik McCrae, who finished college with perfect grades in less than three years, joined the National Guard, was sent to Baghdad and was killed by a roadside bomb in 2004.

The state also suffers when a young man dies before he can use his military service to get a college degree and leave the family trade, Kulongoski says, remembering a hug from a mourner whose new suit coat still had a tag on its cuff.

Kulongoski himself used the G.I. Bill to escape a laborer's job at an Alton, Ill., steel mill, get two college degrees from the University of Missouri and become a lawyer. He knows carrying a rifle can be the ticket to a better life. But some kids don't get to punch that ticket.

"They don't all have to be scientists. They can just be good citizens," the governor said. "These kids never got the chance. That's what bothers me the most."

As the deaths mounted and the funerals continued, Kulongoski's view of them has grown more complicated. As he watches the ebbing of the state's vitality against a backdrop of a distant, confusing war, his search for meaning has grown more bitter.

The war doesn't touch all Oregonians equally. It punctures some families and reaches deep into some communities, but at the same time, it's possible to live in Oregon in 2006 and feel completely unaffected by the war in Iraq. And that bothers Kulongoski, who admits he is angered by criticisms of his decision to attend the funerals.

Charles Moskos, military scholar, sociologist and Northwestern University professor emeritus, says much of the public has already tuned out the war. Because there is no draft that cuts across all segments of society, most citizens aren't being asked to sacrifice.

So when Kulongoski is criticized for attending military funerals, Moskos says, "I think it's because people don't want to be reminded that some are sacrificing."

That's what's missing today, Kulongoski says: a sense of shared sacrifice.

"The dilemma for us today is that 99.9 percent of the public is detached from this conflict because it's not their children. As much as I want the parents to know that I care as the governor of the state, I want the citizens to see this is important. I'm hoping that . . . if the public knows their governor attends, maybe they will think this is important and I should pay attention to what's happening."

For the families who lose a soldier, a Marine, an airman or a sailor, Kulongoski's attention is welcome. Family members interviewed for this story say they're grateful the governor showed concern for them. They say he's absolutely sincere.

"My family appreciated it greatly," said Kimberly Bemiss of Banks, whose brother, Army Sgt. Jacob Simpson, was killed in northern Iraq last spring. "His job did not and does not require him to honor my brother or show so much care for my family, but he did." She says her mother was touched when the governor gave her a state flag that was flown in her son's honor over the Capitol.

The governor says he attends funerals not just to honor the young people who have died, but also the ones who survive. "You have to realize these kids are coming home." But if the public doesn't recognize the importance of their service, veterans can become just another discretionary line item in an agency budget.

"When do you stand up and be outraged?" Kulongoski asks. "We've got to make sure there's more than enough money to take care of these kids who have fought these wars and are coming back. To me, it should be the top of the list."

The governor wishes the funerals would stop. But as a commander in chief at a time of war, he knows he has no more important duty.

Associate editor Mike Francis was embedded in Iraq with the Oregon National Guard in July 2004 and January-March 2005. E-mail: mikefrancis@news.oregonian.com


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Tuesday, February 21, 2006

 

US FORCE FEEDING DETAINEES AT GUANTANAMO

Naso-gastric tubes are forced down detainees noses while being restrained by soldiers. Insertion of a ng tube about the diameter of a pencil is uncomfortable for most patients when it is done with care, and the patient cooperates by swallowing water during the procedure to aid the tube's passage down the esophagus. Forceful insertion can be quite traumatic to the delicate nasal membranes high in the nostrils and can cause bleeding from the injury. Use of larger tubes requires even greater care and forcing large tubes can result in severe trauma. And it hurts like hell. Often the passage of the tube triggers the gag reflex and expels the tube, requiring reinsertion. It is a miserable procedure to endure and under the circumstances described, can be very painful.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/022006J.shtml

IF, and that's a big IF, Bush ever lets these men go, they will have developed such a deep and abiding hatred for Americans that a number of them will undoubtedly very promptly rush to join a terrorist group. Wouldn't you, if you endured years of false imprisonment and brutal treatment, living in despair.

But what can he do with the alleged 40,000 prisoners Bush has scattered around the globe? Some subjected to heinous tortures. Saddam is reported to have executed some 30,000 of his prisoners. We saw on the news the wrenching excavations of some of the mass graves and watched the grief stricken families searching the corpses for evidence of their loved ones who disappeared.

Will Bush try to outdo Saddam? He's got a tiger by the tail - urged to let it go but afraid to. So what will he do with all these unfortunates he has caused to be imprisoned?


Monday, February 20, 2006

 

Military Vehicles and Lives take a Beating

$9 Billion allocated for vehicle repair.

http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/022006E.shtml

ApplyRefer v2.3


 

VIDEO; WHY WE FIGHT

Video: WHY WE FIGHT: Is American Policy Dominated By the Idea of Military Supremacy? Has the Military Become Too Important in American Life?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article8494.htm

This video is 1-1/2 hrs. long. I suggest you play it when you have uninterrupted time to attend it closely. Note Eisenhower's warnings in his farewell speech. Note the connections between our lawmakers and leaders to the military industrial complex and to major corporations such as Halliburton, Kellogg-Brown and Root (KBR).

AND PLEASE note the brief clip where Bush finally admits 'THERE IS NO EVIDENCE CONNECTING IRAQ TO 9/11." Listen to the testimony scattered through out the video of the female retired officer who worked in the Pentagon and was privy to the plots and propaganda techniques designed to deceive the public.
You who are pro-Bush, pro-war may feel like the President was deceived and led astray by the Pentagon and deceitful advisors. Maybe so. But the bottom line is America had no valid reason to start this war that promises to be unending, a worse quagmire than Vietnam.

AND NOW HE PLANS ANOTHER WAR. And another? and another?
Can America survive 3 more years of Bush?



 

Recommended article from Foreign Policy In Focus

Article from Foreign Policy In Focus.
(My comments on the subject will appear under the link to the article.)
Military-Industrial Complex Revisited Introduction
http://www.fpif.org/papers/micr/introduction_body.html

six chapter article on Military Industrial Complex


Sunday, February 19, 2006

 

Abu Ghraib Cleaned and Renovated

It's about time. But are they releasing anyone? Abuse Of Iraqi POWs By GIs Probed

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/04/27/60II/main614063.shtml
 

CBSNews.com

Abu Ghraib 2006 - quite a change: Photoessay - how they've cleaned and rfenovated it since the scandal broke. But are they treating prisoners any more humanely?

http://www.cbsnews.com/elements/2004/05/06/iraq/photoessay615852.shtml

click on numbers at top to change slide photo

 

AEI.org: Naming Names

is_america_burning@yahoo.com would like to share with you the following page from the American Enterprise Institute's website.

How much worse was Saddam than our torturers? They kill prisoners; do they also chop off extremities?

To view the page in your web browser, visit http://www.aei.org/events/eventID.844/event_detail.asp. To learn more about AEI, visit http://www.aei.org/about/. The text appears below:



Available on the AEI website at http://www.aei.org/events/eventID.844/event_detail.asp
 

Filling Saddam's Shoes - America's Puppet Regime Returns to Torture

Filling Saddam's Shoes - America's Puppet Regime Returns to Torture

http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=4945

So how have we made it better for Iraq
 

The Right To Rule Ourselves

The Right To Rule Ourselves
http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=10722

worried american wrote:
Winning their hearts and minds.
 

60,000 Iraqis 'Disappeared' into US Camps

60,000 Iraqis 'Disappeared' into US Camps

http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=7632

Sounds like a report on Saddam's regime - but it a report on the US regime.
 

Iraq Prison: Racial Hatred

Iraq Prison : Young female US soldier hates Iraqis she guards
http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=1584

worried american wrote:
Obviously she isn't the only ones who hate the Iraqis
 

The Abu Ghraib Photos and the Anti-Muslim \\

worried american browsed our website and suggested you should read the following item:
The Abu Ghraib Photos and the Anti-Muslim \http://www.cageprisoners.com/articles.php?id=12277

worried american wrote:
Sounds good on paper
 

MORE EVIDENCE OF TORTURE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS; CRUELTY

Information from Veterans for Common Sense

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Message: Click on highlighted text to view photos; click on arrows to advance photos. The dead Iraqi was obviously severely beaten prior to death; note swollen black eye and bruises on shoulders.

Part of the psychological breakdown of prisoners is to keep them nude to humiliate them, make them feel more helpless and vulnerable, plus the physical discomfort of cold. The excessive blood in a cell that the guards allege came from a prisoner involved in a "shootout" with them who had somehow obtained a weapon and fired on them. May I ask how did a prisoner who is stark, raving naked, locked in a barred cell, manacled, and allowed no visitors nor anyone even near the prison, surrounded by armed guards and dogs -OBTAIN A WEAPON?? The official record is a lot of bull hockey!! They have to have excuses. We will probably never find out what horrors went on in that cell.

The Iraqi smeared with human excrement is alleged to have done it to himself. Possible. But also possible it was done TO him as part of psychological and physical abuse.

Since various kinds of sexual abuse was visited upon the prisoners as a means of torture, I question whether the photo of the Iraqi prisoner anally abusing himself with an object was indeed voluntary or if he was coerced and intimidated into doing it. Note that his hands are handcuffed behind him.

Officials create the records. They may enter anything in the reports they may invent and there is no one to contradict them.

The following are a part of the Australian files that our government did NOT want revealed.

Article Title: Salon exclusive: The Abu Ghraib files
http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=6618



Salon has obtained files and other electronic documents from an internal Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal.

Salon has obtained files and other electronic documents from an internal Army investigation into the Abu Ghraib prisoner-abuse scandal. The material, which includes more than 1,000 photographs, videos and supporting documents from the Army's probe, may represent all of the photographic and video evidence that pertains to that investigation.

The files, from the Army's Criminal Investigation Command (CID), include hundreds of images that have never been publicly released. Along with the unpublished material, the material obtained by Salon also appears to include all of the famous photographs published after the Abu Ghraib scandal broke in April 2004, as well as the photographs and videos published Wednesday by the Australian television news show "Dateline."

The source who gave the CID material to Salon is someone who spent time at Abu Ghraib as a uniformed member of the military and is familiar with the CID investigation.

The DVD containing the material includes a June 6, 2004, CID investigation report written by Special Agent James E. Seigmund. That report includes the following summary of the material included: "A review of all the computer media submitted to this office revealed a total of 1,325 images of suspected detainee abuse, 93 video files of suspected detainee abuse, 660 images of adult pornography, 546 images of suspected dead Iraqi detainees, 29 images of soldiers in simulated sexual acts, 20 images of a soldier with a Swastika drawn between his eyes, 37 images of Military Working dogs being used in abuse of detainees and 125 images of questionable acts."

The photographs we are showing in the accompanying gallery represent a small fraction of these visual materials. None, as far as we know, have been published elsewhere. They include: a naked, handcuffed prisoner in a contorted position; a dead prisoner who had been severely beaten; a prisoner apparently sodomizing himself with an object; and a naked, hooded prisoner standing next to an American officer who is blandly writing a report against a wall. Other photographs depict a bloody cell.

The DVD also includes photographs of guards threatening Iraqi prisoners with dogs, homemade videotapes depicting hooded prisoners being forced to masturbate, and a video showing a mentally disturbed prisoner smashing his head against a door. Oddly, the material also includes numerous photographs of slaughtered animals and mundane images of soldiers traveling around Iraq.

Accompanying texts from the CID investigation provide fairly detailed explanations for many of the photographs, including dates and times and the identities of both Iraqis and Americans. Based on time signatures of the digital cameras used, all the photographs and videos were taken between Oct. 18, 2003, and Dec. 30, 2003.

It is noteworthy that some of the CID documents refer to CIA personnel as interrogators of prisoners at Abu Ghraib. But no CIA officers have been prosecuted for any crimes that occurred within the prison, despite the death of at least one Iraqi during a CIA interrogation there.

Human-rights and civil-liberties groups have been locked in a legal battle with the Department of Defense since mid-2004, demanding that it release the remaining visual documents from Abu Ghraib in its possession. It is not clear whether the material obtained by Salon is identical to that sought by these groups, although it seems highly likely that it is.

Barbara Olshansky, deputy legal director at the Center for Constitutional Rights, said, "We brought the lawsuit because we wanted to make sure the public knew what the government was doing, particularly at these detention facilities," and, "It is the public's right to know."

Based on a verbal description of the files and images, Olshansky said she believes that the material obtained by Salon represents all of the Abu Ghraib images and video the Pentagon has been fighting to keep confidential. "I'm guessing that what you have is a pretty rare and complete set," she said.

The Pentagon initially argued in federal court that release of more Abu Ghraib images would violate the privacy rights of the Iraqi prisoners. Later, government lawyers argued that public release of the records might "endanger" soldiers in Iraq because publication of the pictures could incite further violence.

The government's argument was rejected by a federal district court last September. Judge Alvin Hellerstein said in his ruling, "Terrorists do not need pretexts for their barbarism." Release of the photographs in the suit has been delayed as the government appeals Hellerstein's decision.

Meanwhile, military trials of the soldiers who served at Abu Ghraib continue. Next month, two more enlisted men, both dog handlers, will face a military court at Fort Meade in Maryland. No high-ranking officer or official has yet been charged in the abuse scandal that blackened America's reputation across the world.

Additional reporting by Mark Follman, Page Rockwell and Michael Scherer.

Please visit Veterans for Common Sense at http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org
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AND MORE AND MORE - IS THERE NO END TO IT? AND YET THESE ARE ONLY A SMALL FRACTION OF THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EVIDENCE OF PERVERTED EVIL.

Photos of Iraqi torture victims. Click on small photo for enlargement. The small pictures are bad enough but the detail that shows in some of the enlargements is sickening. Some of the enlargements are so big you must slide the bottom and side slide-bars to view the photo. Click on 2 after page 1 is completed.

http://cageprisoners.com/media.php?country=iraq

Beatings and other kinds of physical torture, psychological torture and dehumanizing treatment, and allegations of sexual abuse. Forcing hooded, manacled, naked men to masturbate upon threat of turning the dogs on them or being shot is a terrible, perverted act. The photos show a line of men performing such things; in one photo a man is kneeling in front of a standing nude man and it appears that he may be being forced to perform fellatio. Another photo shows a distraught man with what appears to be semen coming from his mouth. "Simulated" sex acts by the guards? Simulated or real sexual exploitation and abuse? Other reports not included here accuse guards of rape. Can these be Americans behaving in such a degrading, inhumane manner? Ufortunately, yes.

What do you think these people think about the democracy and freedom the Americans have brought to them.


 

Breaking News - Information Clearing House

THE HUMAN COST OF WAR; Can the cost be measured?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11967

Thursday, February 16, 2006

 

US Tests Biological weapons On US Citizens ans Military

US does biological testing on American citizens and military

just found this Webpage which I thought you would find interesting. Here's the address:(http://raceandhistory.com/selfnews/viewnews.cgi?newsid1038118811,57464,.shtml)



 

History of biological warfare; US included

The history of biological warfare, including US usage

just found this Webpage which I thought you would find interesting. Here's the address: http://raceandhistory.com/selfnews/viewnews.cgi?newsid1038118965,15529,.shtml

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

 

WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

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Reuters.com - Thousands would die if US attacked Iran: study - Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:13 AM ET

Thousands would die if US attacked Iran: study
Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:13 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of military personnel and hundreds of civilians would be killed if the United States launched an air strike on Iran to prevent it developing nuclear arms, a British think tank said in a report released on Monday.

The report by the Oxford Research Group said any bombing of Iran by U.S. forces, or by their Israeli allies, would have to be part of a surprise attack that would inevitably catch many Iranians unprotected and could eventually lead to a lengthy confrontation involving many other countries in the region.

An attack could lead to the closure of the Gulf at the Straits of Hormuz and would probably have a substantial impact on oil prices, as well as spurring new attacks by Muslim radicals on Western interests, the report said.

"A U.S. military attack on Iranian nuclear infrastructure would be the start of a protracted military confrontation that would probably involve Iraq, Israel and Lebanon as well as the United States and Iran, with the possibility of west Gulf States being involved as well," it said.

"Military deaths in (the) first wave of attacks against Iran would be expected to be in the thousands, especially with attacks on air bases and Revolutionary Guard facilities," said the report by Paul Rogers of the University of Bradford.

"Civilian deaths would be in the many hundreds at least," it said. "If the war evolved into a wider conflict, primarily to pre-empt or counter Iranian responses, the casualties would eventually be much higher."

Western states suspect Iran of secretly aiming to build a nuclear bomb. Tehran says its nuclear facilities are intended to produce only electricity.

Washington and Jerusalem have said they would prefer to solve the dispute through diplomacy but have not ruled out military action.

The report said an attack by the United States or Israel on Iran would probably spur Tehran to work as rapidly as possible toward developing a nuclear military option.

It said U.S. forces, already tied down in Iraq, would have a limited number of military options when dealing with Iran and would have to rely almost entirely on the air force and navy.

Any attack would almost certainly unify Iran and bolster the government in Tehran, and mean that any future U.S. relationship with Iran would have to be based on violence, the report said.

A military response to the crisis would be a "particularly dangerous option and should not be considered further", the report concluded.

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Saturday, February 11, 2006

 

Alternet: Do Iraqi Civilian Casualties Matter?

Bush says the war against terrorism wil be in perpetuity. Ofcourse it will, if we keep following Bush's policies. The war in Afghanistan and Iraq has further alienated the muslims and created an increasing flow of recruits to the terrorist ranks. When he invades and nukes Iran, there'll be more.Welcome has turned to hatred and caused recruitment of more insurgents.
"Do Iraqi Civilian Casualties Matter?"
http://www.alternet.org/story/31508

The often-disputed total number of casualties are significant because they may add up to violations of the Geneva Convention. Contrary to the Bush Administration's small numbers of civilian casualties, other sources post them at over 100,000. ( And does that count further deaths from DU poisoning, increased cancer and leukemia illness and death, unviable birth defected babies - most of these from Daddy Bush's war of 1991 but more will come after this one.)

Only a small percentage of Iraqi citizens are insurgents (and most insurgents are foreign Arab/Muslims pouring into Iraq). The majority of Iraqi citizens are just ordinary family people like you and me, and have no more control over their government's policies or the insurgents than we have over our government or home grown extremists. Yet civilian populations during wars suffer the greatest. Their cities, homes, businesses, infrastructure are destroyed, they are killed and maimed in terrible numbers, medical care is limited due to the war conditions and they suffer terrible privations, often deprived of shelter and food. As their suffering continues and worsens, more Iraqis are undoubtedly incited to rebel, to join insurgents, as their initial welcome turns to hatred and despair. How would YOU feel if this was happening to your country?

The media shows the Iraqi civilians in only two contexts: angry citizens protesting some tragedy or being detained by our military, and feel-good photo-ops of military doing a kindness to them. We, the American public, do not get a picture of them as real people just like us; they are merely one demensional photos on a TV screen or newspaper page. Yet they are real, live human beings who love, laugh, cry, hurt and grieve just as we do. They care for and protect their families and friends. They love their country and culture just as we love ours. They are not inherently evil, as they have been depicted to us as "the enemy". They are just folks, like us.

I'm going to give you some sites to access to view the Iraqis and what this war is doing to them and their nation. You might turn away from it; you don't want to see such horror. Do you think they want to LIVE it? You might say you are too sensitive to bear such things. Do you think they are too sensitive to ENDURE it?

Our government wants the support of the American people for the wars; they monitor anti-war protests and would like to suppress dissention. We are shown sanitized , deoderized, powder puffed images of war, of our own casualties, and virtually nothing of the Iraqi sufferings. But if you have a shred of humanity in you, if you want to understand the true meaning of WAR, if you want a glimpse of what it is going to be like for us when our time comes -and come it will in one way or time, then look at these sites. DAMMIT<>

"Unembedded - An inflinching look at the human faces of war-ravaged Iraq" --click on url to access http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2005/12/unembedded.html ---click on photo essay. underneath each photo click on "next" to continue to each photo. If you are interested in the photographers, click on "text". ----Most news reports are kept online for a limited time, then archived. If you get a page that article cannot be found, go to left sidebar and in the advanced search window type in "Unembedded -photo essay", then click advanced search. If Unembedded is not on the list of archived photo essays, go to right side bar and click on advanced search. Find Unembedded and click on it. These are just 16 photos from the book.

For video, http://www.unembedded.net/main.php click index; click videoclipfor slide show

These are mild scenes to peruse. Now you are ready for some hard core scenes. Puke, cry, get mad, raise hell, protest war. We are going to attack Iran next, then probably Syria and other middle eastern countries. More of our men will die, more innocent humans will suffer and die, and the liklihood of further terrorist attacks on our own nation will increase. We do not need another 9/11.

The following url takes you to a site of 20 pages bearing about 40 photos per page. Click on each small photo for enlargement, then back button to return to page. You cannot view them all in one sitting. But return and look until you've seen them all. THIS IS WHAT WAR DOES TO HUMANITY. LOOK AT THE PEOPLE; fathers, mothers clutching their children, weeping over their fear, pain, injuries, or dull faced, shocked. Look at the faces of children who should never have to experience such horror and pain. Look at adult men, so broken they sob open mouthed like a child. Look at the destruction of their cities, their homes. Look at them fleeing - going Where? LOOK AT THEM! .....and think ... what if that were us?

How would you feel if that were American people, homes, cities? How would you feel if foreign soldiers barged into your home, stopped your cars, searched you, made your men and boys lie on the ground? Hauled your husbands and sons off to detention because the troops THOUGHT they MIGHT be insurgents, when you knew they were innocent? And yes, I know our troops are required to do this. I remember Viet Nam when innocent appearing civilians were rebels. I am not faulting the troops; I fault the administration that started this war and required our troops to do the things they must do.

[SevenStones addendum: The following urls are no longer valid but sites are still open. Access http://www.robert-fisk.com click on "Mar/April 2003 Pictures of the Anglo American Aggression"

This site has many, many more. Just follow the titles from page to page. and click.

http://www.robert-fisk.com/iraqwarvictims_mar2003.html Pictures of civilian victims and destruction. also: http://www.robert-fisk.com/iraqwarvictims_page1.html click on each page at bottom after you have viewed the photos on one page.

And when you see all this horror, remember: Our troops see this up close and personal. Many of our military are scarcely more than kids. But even the older troops have feelings. What do you think it does to them to witness these tragedies? Plus seeing the death and mutilation of their comrades? Is it any wonder so many of our boys come home suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? They do their duty, do what they are called upon to do, but how do you think it makes them feel, in spite of the brainwashing they got from the military trying to dehumanize the "enemy"? Some try to deny their feelings by directing their inner pain and anger outward, to the Iraqis; some just bury them, but those feelings come out in stress manifestations.

When you get through with all of the above, if you cared enough, if you had the stomach for it, watch this video, if you haven't already; again if you have. http://nobravery.cf.huffingtonpost.com Do you support war?

WE SUPPORT OUR TROOPS 100%. WE DO NOT SUPPORT WAR, except in defense of our country - and these wars were NOT in defense of our country, in spite of the lies we were told.

Want more results of war? Our shells made of depleted uranium used in the 1991 war left Iraq poisoned with radioactive dust. Cancers and Leukemia cases skyrocketed, and so did horrific birth defects. www.uruknet.info?p=19825 examples of birth defects caused by radioactive poisoning. The radioactivity's half life is 4 BILLION years, so the poisoning will continue and so will the end results. Now, once again we have used DU against the Iraqis, further poisoning the land, water, every where the dust touches plus the wreckage. So there will be increased human suffering from radioactive poisoning.

AND NOT JUST THE IRAQIS. OUR TROOPS GOT A DOSE TOO AND HAVE SUFFERED FROM THE POISONING, a part of the GWS, and they have had a spike in birth defects in their babies sired/borne after the Gulf War. And they were exposed to the radioactivity for just a few weeks. What do you think will happen to our troops that have been their for months, repeatedly, for these years? But ofcourse, our government blandly denies that depleted uranium is not dangerous. Experts not in government employ say it IS.


Thursday, February 09, 2006

 

[ The Charleston Gazette ] Story:Soldier pays for armor

A disgrace, and his is not the only case. Will the military also force troops to pay for humvees and tanks destroyed by roadside bombs and other explosives?

February 07, 2006
Soldier pays for armor
  • Army demanded $700 from city man who was wounded

  • By Eric Eyre
    Staff writer

    The last time 1st Lt. William “Eddie” Rebrook IV saw his body armor, he was lying on a stretcher in Iraq, his arm shattered and covered in blood.

    A field medic tied a tourniquet around Rebrook’s right arm to stanch the bleeding from shrapnel wounds. Soldiers yanked off his blood-soaked body armor. He never saw it again.

    But last week, Rebrook was forced to pay $700 for that body armor, blown up by a roadside bomb more than a year ago.

    He was leaving the Army for good because of his injuries. He turned in his gear at his base in Fort Hood, Texas. He was informed there was no record that the body armor had been stripped from him in battle.

    He was told to pay nearly $700 or face not being discharged for weeks, perhaps months.

    Rebrook, 25, scrounged up the cash from his Army buddies and returned home to Charleston last Friday.

    “I last saw the [body armor] when it was pulled off my bleeding body while I was being evacuated in a helicopter,” Rebrook said. “They took it off me and burned it.”

    But no one documented that he lost his Kevlar body armor during battle, he said. No one wrote down that armor had apparently been incinerated as a biohazard.

    Rebrook’s mother, Beckie Drumheler, said she was saddened — and angry — when she learned that the Army discharged her son with a $700 bill. Soldiers who serve their country, those who put their lives on the line, deserve better, she said.

    “It’s outrageous, ridiculous and unconscionable,” Drumheler said. “I wanted to stand on a street corner and yell through a megaphone about this.”

    Rebrook was standing in the turret of a Bradley Fighting Vehicle when the roadside bomb exploded Jan. 11, 2005. The explosion fractured his arm and severed an artery. A Black Hawk helicopter airlifted him to a combat support hospital in Baghdad.

    He was later flown to a hospital in Germany for surgery, then on to Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington, D.C., for more surgeries. Doctors operated on his arm seven times in all.

    But Rebrook’s right arm never recovered completely. He still has range of motion problems. He still has pain when he turns over to sleep at night.

    Even with the injury, Rebrook said he didn’t want to leave the Army. He said the “medical separation” discharge was the Army’s decision, not his.

    So after eight months at Fort Hood, he gathered up his gear and started the “long process” to leave the Army for good.

    Things went smoothly until officers asked him for his “OTV,” his “outer tactical vest,” or body armor, which was missing. A battalion supply officer had failed to document the loss of the vest in Iraq.

    “They said that I owed them $700,” Rebrook said. “It was like ‘thank you for your service, now here’s the bill for $700.’ I had to pay for it if I wanted to get on with my life.”

    In the past, the Army allowed to soldiers to write memos, explaining the loss and destruction of gear, Rebrook said.

    But a new policy required a “report of survey” from the field that documented the loss.

    Rebrook said he knows other soldiers who also have been forced to pay for equipment destroyed in battle.

    “It’s a combat loss,” he said. “It shouldn’t be a cost passed on to the soldier. If a soldier’s stuff is hit by enemy fire, he shouldn’t have to pay for it.”

    Rebrook said he tried to get a battalion commander to sign a waiver on the battle armor, but the officer declined. Rebrook was told he’d have to supply statements from witnesses to verify the body armor was taken from him and burned.

    “There’s a complete lack of empathy from senior officers who don’t know what it’s like to be a combat soldier on the ground,” Rebrook said. “There’s a whole lot of people who don’t want to help you. They’re more concerned with process than product.”

    Rebrook, who graduated with honors from the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., spent more than four years on active duty. He served six months in Iraq.

    Now, Rebrook is sending out résumés, trying to find a job. He plans to return to college to take a couple of pre-med classes and apply to medical school. He wants to be a doctor someday.

    “From being an infantryman, I know what it’s like to hurt people,” Rebrook said. “But now I’d like to help people.”

    To contact staff writer Eric Eyre, use e-mail or call 348-4869.

    UPDATE:

    "Army Blasted Over Soldier's Body Armor"; Congressmen and citizens raise money to re-pay soldier. Http://www.wvgazette.com/static/stories/2006020719.html

    "Army To Pay For Armor"; less depreciation, believe it or not, and ofcourse blames the soldier for "not following proper procedures" to cover their errors. http://www.wvgazette.com/section/news/2006020853.html

    After the media and Congressmen hullaballoo, the Army agrees to pay for the armor, BUT charges the soldier DEPRECIATION!! for the armor AND blames the soldier for their foulup. Typical.

    It has been my observation that underlings often follow the example of their leaders. If President Bush's administration does not support the troops and shafts them at every turn, it is small wonder that the military bureauocracy shafts them also


    Monday, February 06, 2006

     

    WE HAVE THE RIGHT

    Roosevelt said: "When our government is being subverted, our Constitution is being undermined by those who sit in the seat of government and power, it is the right of citizens and the responsibility of citizens to raise their voices against this intrusion and this collapse and should speak out against it, and in fact, charge the government, and those who do not do that, shall be charged with patriotic treason"
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    "To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public..." Teddy Roosevelt, Kansas City Star, May 7, 1918
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    Are your trigger fingers sore from firing off all those email shots to our congressmen and senators? They should hear this.

     

    HARRY BELAFONTE SPEAKS ON BUSH, WAR

    BUSH AND COMPANY ARE THE WORLD'S WORST TERRORISTS.
    HE AND OTHERS AROUND HIM IN AN ENORMOUS CONSPIRACY.
    IMPERIAL AMBITIONS; WORLD DOMINANCE

    http://www.alternet.org/story/31575

    A long interview but very good points by Belafonte; worth your time to read. He says what others think but hesitate to speak. Belafonte pulls no punches.
     

    BUSH'S WAR IN PERPETUITY

    President Jimmy Carter on Larry King Live, CNN, 2/01/06

    "We Did Not Need to Go Into Iraq; We went in there under false pretenses"
    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11761.htm

    Brief but telling interview with former President Carter.
     

    Bush's War in Perpetruity; the Long War

    You have been sent this message from sevenstones71@yahoo.com as a courtesy of washingtonpost.com

    Personal Message:
    STEP TWO IN BUSH'S MOVE FOR GLOBAL IMPERIALISM

    Ability to Wage 'Long War' Is Key To Pentagon Plan

    By Ann Scott Tyson

    The Pentagon, readying for what it calls a "long war,"�laid out a new 20-year defense strategy that envisions U.S. troops deployed, often clandestinely, in dozens of countries at once to fight terrorism and other nontraditional threats.

    To view the entire article, go to http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/03/AR2006020301853.html?referrer=emailarticle

    � 2004 The Washington Post Company


    Saturday, February 04, 2006

     

    Op-ED-Honor our veterans by caring for them after they serve U.S.

    Seven Stones to Rapa (sevenstones71@yahoo.com) has emailed you information from Veterans for Common Sense

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    Message: Another example of how our government misleads and betrays our troops.

    Article Title: Op-ED-Honor our veterans by caring for them after they serve U.S.
    http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org/?Page=Article&ID=6427

    The sign is meant to honor our troops and remember the fallen heroes. It tracks the number of American troops killed in Iraq, the number wounded and the days passed since the war began. It helps bring an understanding of the staggering cost of our military operation in Iraq, both in terms of lives lost and economic consequences

    I have moved the sign of Iraqi war casualties that was in the window of state Sen. Steve Kelley's gubernatorial campaign office. I have decided to make it a traveling memorial, and it is now at the Sunhillow bookstore on Fourth Street in Duluth. It will be moved to different locations in the area until April 25. Then, it will be displayed on the speaker's podium during the Operation Firing for Effect veterans' march in Washington, D.C. The march is being held to demand a Veterans' Bill of Rights and mandatory funding for veterans' needs.

    While the location may be different, what has not changed is my feeling every morning when I change the numbers. Instead of just an updated statistic, I see a face for each number. With that face I also see a mother and a father, a husband or wife, and a child. The numbers are not faceless statistics but people who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The sign is meant to honor our troops and remember the fallen heroes. It tracks the number of American troops killed in Iraq, the number wounded and the days passed since the war began. It helps bring an understanding of the staggering cost of our military operation in Iraq, both in terms of lives lost and economic consequences. That many people have rallied behind it and its message was unexpected but much appreciated. The sign has been instrumental in creating debate, and I hope it will lead to a consensus, and possibly a solution, to ending the division in our country in the civilian and veterans' community.

    The idea for the sign came out of a discussion among three veterans driving back to Duluth from Milwaukee nearly a year ago after attending the Veterans and Military Families for Progress conference that arose out of the ashes of the John Kerry presidential campaign. We were discussing what we could do in our own communities to help veterans and active duty military personnel and their families. An idea was born and the sign was made. The sign's message has been heard around the world because of its location next door to the U.S. Army recruiting station in downtown Duluth.

    I have been asked many times if this juxtaposition was on purpose. Actually, it was just a coincidence. My intention was to create discussion about veterans. One of the most crucial of those topics is veteran health care. To support our veterans we should guarantee they will be taken care of after their service is completed. But the Veterans Administration medical system is seriously and systematically underfunded. About 263,000 veterans considered to be "high income" have been locked out of the VA health-care system. This is not the benefit they were promised when they served, but a cost-saving measure by the VA to cover a gaping hole in its budget caused by an increasing veteran population and the underfunding of the VA. Other veterans who are in the system have to wait months, sometimes years, for a disposition on their disability claims. There are also long waits for medical appointments at VA facilities. What do they and their families do in the interim? Whether the veterans are disabled or not, the government needs to honor the promises it made to the brave people who serve our country.

    Almost 40 percent of the troops in Iraq are from the National Guard or Reserve. Their VA benefits are dramatically limited compared with those of active duty personnel. It is vital that they become aware of the inequities in the VA system that they'll be forced to use.

    I salute the dedicated employees at the VA facilities. They do an excellent job, but because the VA disability system is considered an "entitlement program," their budget is financed by discretionary funding that Congress can cut every two years. I would think that anyone who wants to honor our veterans would question this system. Historically, our country's military has included many enlistees who were given promises that weren't kept after their service was completed. Consider the Bonus March on Washington after World War I, in which thousands of veterans camped on the Mall demanding immediate payment of a bonus they were promised after the war. President Hoover removed these brave veterans of the War to End All Wars by sending Col. Douglas MacArthur to clear them out, attacking veterans who were asking nothing more than what they were promised.

    Please honor our veterans, but also hear a sage warning from our first president, George Washington: "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation."

    Please visit Veterans for Common Sense at http://www.veteransforcommonsense.org

    Friday, February 03, 2006

     

    Article from Global Research: DU Effect on Troops

    Mushrooming depleted uranium (DU) scandal. Read the article at http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=NIC20060121&articleId=1771



    VA Physicians in trouble for revealing that exposure to depleted uranium caused the Gulf War Syndrome ailments. Over 500,000 Gulf War veterans are now on medical disability.
     

    DEPLETED URANIUM - BIRTH DEFECTS

    The following url contains photos of babies born with severe birth defects as a result of their parents being exposed to the radiation from depleted uranium. (Depleted Uranium -DU - is NOT safe it is still very radioactive, with a half life of over 4 BILLION years. It will be a killer for longer than man will exist). The number of leukemia cases in juveniles has increased alarmingly since 1991, the Gulf War. We can expect more after this war.

    Do not be alarmed at the sight of an Iraqi flag and Arabic writing at the top. That's because this was posted from medical facility in Iraq. The language immediately following it is Italian. The article following is in English.
    The photos after the text are horrifyingly graphic. If you are very squeamish, do not access the url. If you puke, go ahead. Get outraged. Get sick. Get furious. And start fighting to stop OUR government from using WMDs (DU is a WMD). Remember - OUR troops from 1991 war have sired/born defective babies too. Our troops over there now will sufffer GWS also, and have defective babies.
    NO CHILD DESERVES TO BE BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD LIKE THIS. IF WE ATTACK IRAN THERE WILL BE MORE. AND IF BUSH USES NUCLEAR BOMBS, IT WILL BE WORSE.
    www.uruknet.info?p=19825
    www.uruknet.info?p=19825 [In draft, this url is printed and highlighted; in post, it is omitted. I do not know why. If I cannot get it to print, try the following url: www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=viewArticle&code=BUL20060122&articleID=1777

    photos: Dr. Jenan Hassan












































    :: Article nr. 19825 sent on 22-jan-2006 04:47 ECT


    Past the article "Nothing depleted about depleted uranium" , scroll on down to article about babies.


    Scroll past the end of the text for photos. If you wish to comment, follow instructions. They are in Italian/English. Italians are part of the occupying forces in Iraq.









    Thursday, February 02, 2006

     
    In January 2000, Joint Chief of Staff H. Shelton said, "politicians must weigh military actions against whether the public is prepared for the sight of our most precious resources coming home in flag draped caskets."
     

    BUSH BANNED COFFIN PHOTOS

    Bush rightly surmised that the sight of plane-loads of flag draped coffins might cause Americans to become intolerant of the war. So he banned the publication of coffin photos. Journalists have a remarkable way of getting what they want and they did photograph the coffins. When they were first published, the site received 4 to 5 million hits per day.
    www.thememoryhole.org/war/coffin_photos

    For additional text and photos, click on links, as in underscored "more here", etc. There are several sites to access.
     

    FACES TO THE NUMBERS

    WHAT CINDY SHEEHAN COULDN'T PUT ON HER TEE SHIRT.

    These are the faces that go with the statistics. They aren't just numbers. They are people, people who were warm and vibrant, who loved and were loved, who laughed and cried - who had a life to live, who wanted to live. Until somewhere in an alien land all that was stripped from them and now all that they were and hoped to be is gone forever.

    Access this site. Look at the faces, see them as real, once living persons. Imagine each one was your loved one, your friend. Read the brief bio beside their photo. Read their names. Not numbers, names.
    See them either by date, year by year; or see them by name, by alphabet grouping.

    There are so many it becomes overwhelming but if they can go halfway around the world, suffer and die, the least we can do is acknowledge them. And when you can look no more, go to the left sidebar and click on heroes. Women died too; women served too; women were heroes too. These are our own, America's sons and daughters.And you empathize even more with Cindy Sheehan.

    Roster of dead in Iraq. More added every week.
    http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2003/iraq/forces/casualties/index.html

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