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“We need to create a media ‘shield’ law with teeth and substance that creates an effective federal privilege for communications between a journalist and her sources, preventing the government from compelling testimony from the journalist and to protect the documents, records and other information created by the journalist and the actual communications between the journalist and her sources.”
Chelsea Manning Proposes Bill from Prison to Protect Journalists and Free Speech.

Former Bradley Manning now Chelsea Manning proposes a model bill to increase government transparency—from the jail cell she inhabits for exposing government crimes. 

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Free the Wikileaks hero
Hail all those who seek to open Illuminati treasured secrecy
What great courage this man, this young man, has!
A great hero of his generation!
What great tribute we pay to those who break with Illuminati authority!
How foul those who imprison this young man!
How I pray they will be brought to account for their traitorous action!
Kewe
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Chant US young military taught to march
I went down to the market
Where all the people shop
I pulled out my machete
And I began to chop
I went down to the park
Where all the children play
I took out my machine gun
And I began to spray
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Friday, July 30, 2004. Page 112.
By Chris Floyd
America calls its soldiers who fought in World War II "the greatest generation."
They are hymned by Hollywood, celebrated by publishers and politicians, hailed at every turn.
Heroes from lost golden age
And for their troubled descendants, whose military misadventures stretch from My Lai to Abu Ghraib, the clean-limbed victors of the "last good war" do indeed shine out like heroes from a lost golden age.
Yet despite the vast tonnage of celluloid and printer's ink devoted to their praise, what is perhaps the truest, highest measure of their worth has been almost universally neglected.
And what is this hidden glory, which does more honor to the people of the United States than every single military action ordered by their corruption-riddled leaders during the past 50 years?
It's the fact that in the midst of history's most vicious, all-devouring, inhuman war, only about 15 percent of U.S. soldiers on the battlefield actually tried to kill anyone.
Never fired their weapons
In-depth studies by the U.S. Army after the war showed that between 80 percent and 85 percent of the greatest generation never fired their weapons at an exposed enemy in combat, military psychologist Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman reports in Christianity Today.
Many times they had the chance, but could not bring themselves to do it.
They either withheld their fire altogether or else shot into the air, to the side, anywhere but at the fellow human beings — their blood kin in biology, mind and mortality — facing them across the line.
This reluctance is even more remarkable given the incessant demonization of the enemy by the top brass, especially in the Pacific, where the Japanese — soldiers and civilians — were routinely portrayed by military propaganda as simian, subhuman creatures fit only for extermination.
Yet even with official license given to the most virulent prejudice, even with the sanction of a just cause (self-defense against aggression), even with the incitements of mortal fear, of grief and anger over slain comrades, even with all the moral chaos endemic to warfare, U.S. soldiers killed only with the greatest reluctance, in the direst extremity.
These were not stripped-down brains with cauterized souls
These were not "warriors," bloodthirsty automatons with stripped-down brains and cauterized souls, slavering in Pavlovian fury at the bell-clap of command.  No, they were real men, willing, as Grossman notes, to stand up for a cause, even die for it, but not willing, in the end, to transgress the natural law (implanted by God or evolution, take your pick) that says: Do not kill your own kind — and every person of every race and nation is your own kind.
You would think that this apotheosis of human transcendence, achieved, in the best democratic fashion, by ordinary conscripts — farmboys and dock workers, factory hands, bank clerks, guitar players, teachers, cab drivers, hobos, card sharks, college men — would have been inscribed on plates of gold and fixed to the walls of the Capitol for all time, a blazon of national greatness.
Just think of it: Soldiers who hated to kill, who went out of their way to avoid killing or even firing their weapons, who held on to their essential humanity in the face of the severest provocations — and yet still won battle after battle, marching to victory in history's greatest war.
Break the next generation of recruits
But far from celebrating this example of genuine glory, the military brass were horrified at the low "firing rates" and anemic "kill ratios" of U.S. soldiery.  They immediately set about trying to break the next generation of recruits of their natural resistance to slaughtering their own kind.
Incorporating the latest techniques for psychological manipulation, new training programs were designed to brutalize the mind and habituate soldiers to the idea of killing automatically, by reflex, without the intervention of any of those "inefficient" scruples displayed by their illustrious predecessors.
And it worked.
The dehumanization process led to a steady rise in firing rates for U.S. soldiers during subsequent conflicts.
In the Korean War, 55 percent were ready to pump hot lead into enemy flesh.
And by the time the greatest generation's own children took the field, in Vietnam, the willingness to slaughter was almost total: 95 percent of combat troops there fired with the intent to kill.
Today, in the quagmire of occupied Iraq, the brutalizing beat goes on.
"Kill, kill, kill, kill, kill, it's like it pounds in my brain," a U.S. soldier told the Los Angeles Times last week.
Another shrugged at the sight of freshly killed bodies.
"It doesn't bother me at all," he said. "I'm a warrior."
Said a third: "We talk about killing all the time.  I never used to be this way ... but it's like I can't stop.
I'm worried what I'll be like when I get home."
Now high rates of suicide, mental damage and emotional torment
A few military officials are beginning to worry, too, noting the high rates of suicide, mental damage and emotional torment among combat veterans.
But the warlords of the White House — notorious battlefield shirkers who prefer to do their killing by remote control — have little regard for the cannon fodder they churn through in their quest for dominance and loot.
"Training's intent is to re-create battle, to make it an automatic behavior among soldiers," said Colonel Thomas Burke, Pentagon director of mental health policy.
Any efforts to mitigate the moral schizophrenia induced by this training would undermine "effectiveness in battle," he added.
Yet strangely enough, this "warrior ethos" has singularly failed to produce the kind of lasting victories won by those 15-percenters of yore.
Could it be that the systematic degradation of natural morality and common human feeling — especially in the service of dubious ends — is not actually the best way to achieve national greatness?
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In Anbar Province, Change of Course Rankles Many Soldiers
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Take In A Deep Breath America
 
As far as suicides among active duty soldiers
and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are concerned,
we in America have just seen the tip of the iceberg.
Two tours will be twice the chance of suicide.
Three tours will be tripple the chance of suicide.
Four tours will be four times the chance of suicide.
These soldiers will be deleted by this country like
unwanted e-mails.
Why?
Because the American people do not support the troops.
Nobody wants to do the math.
Take in a deep breath America,
the wars are coming home to the stuffed closets of your
mind.
When you fall asleep at the wheel,
people die in your neighborhood.
Eventually,
they may die in your own home.
When I was in Vietnam toward the end of the war,
this is what I saw.
Blood on my hands,
brains in my lap.

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U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
February 9, 2009

Take In A Deep Breath America!
As far as suicides among active duty soldiers and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are concerned, we in America have just seen the tip of the iceberg.
Three tours will be tripple the chance of suicide.
Four tours will be four times the chance of suicide.
Soldiers deleted like unwanted e-mails.
Take in a deep breath America, the wars are coming home to the stuffed closets of your mind.
When I was in Vietnam toward the end of the war, this is what I saw.
Blood on my hands, brains in my lap.
Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
February 9, 2009
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Ron Paul: After ‘CIA coup,’ agency ‘runs military’
By Raw Story
Wednesday, January 20th, 2010
US House Rep. Ron Paul says the CIA has in effect carried out a "coup" against the US government, and the intelligence agency needs to be "taken out."
Speaking to an audience of like-minded libertarians at a Campaign for Liberty regional conference in Atlanta this past weekend, the Texas Republican said:
There's been a coup, have you heard?
It's the CIA coup.
The CIA runs everything, they run the military.
They're the ones who are over there lobbing missiles and bombs on countries. ...
And of course the CIA is every bit as secretive as the Federal Reserve. ...
And yet think of the harm they have done since they were established [after] World War II.
They are a government unto themselves.
They're in businesses, in drug businesses, they take out dictators ...
We need to take out the CIA.
Paul's comments, made last weekend, were met with a loud round of applause, but they didn't gather attention until bloggers noticed a clip of the event at YouTube.
Paul appeared to be referring to news reports that the CIA is deeply involved in air strikes against Al Qaeda targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
A
suicide bombing late last year against Forward Operating Base Chapman in Afghanistan took the lives of seven of CIA operatives, including two contracted from Blackwater.
The event highlighted the CIA's deep involvement in the war effort.
Paul's reference to the CIA being "in the drug business" refers to long-running allegations that the CIA has funded some of its covert operations with proceeds from drug-running.
That claim was most famously made in
a 1996 investigative report from the San Jose Mercury-News, which alleged that cocaine from the Contra-Sandinista civil war in Nicaragua was making its way to the streets of L.A. via the CIA.
YouTube video
CIA et al
Perhaps Ron you should also have mentioned the CIA's superior agency, the NSA — the National 'Security' Agency
And all the
cocain-funded, opium-funded, US tax-payer-funded black budget operations.
Taxpayer funded once payment to the private 'US Federal Reserve' is made and new borrowing taken to take care of the trillions of dollars needed for black budget and military agency use.
A system of intrigue and corruption that this very year is on track to bring great turmoil — ORDO AB CHAO — to billions of people in the crumbling of the US and major world economic system!
All part of the grand scheme to bring about 'World Government' — via banks and politicians — 'rescue' but really ever greater consolidation for the elite grouping who now run the planet!
Kewe
Another Soldier Refuses Afghanistan Deployment
Wednesday 12 August 2009
t r u t h o u t
by: Dahr Jamail
Sgt. Travis Bishop, who served 14 months in Baghdad with the 3rd Signal Brigade, faces a court-martial this Friday for refusing to deploy to Afghanistan.
Bishop is the second soldier from Fort Hood in as may weeks to be tried by the military for his stand against an occupation he believes is 'illegal.'
He insists that it would be unethical for him to deploy to support an occupation he opposes on both moral and legal grounds and he has filed for conscientious objector (CO) status.
Spc. Victor Agosto was court-martialed last week for his refusal to deploy to Afghanistan.
Agosto's lawyer, James Branum, who is also Bishop's lawyer, is the legal adviser to the GI Rights Hotline of Oklahoma and co-chair of the Military Law Task Force.
Branum told Truthout during a phone interview on July 10 that, contrary to mainstream opinion that believes Afghanistan to be a 'justified; war, the invasion and ongoing occupation are actually in violation of the US Constitution and international law.
A child wounded in Jalalabad Afghanistan due to US bombardment of residential areas
"Victor is approaching this from the standpoint of law and ethics," Branum explained, "It's his own personal ethics and principles of the Nuremberg Principles, that the war in Afghanistan does not meet the criteria for lawful war under the UN Charter, which says that member nations who joined the UN, as did the US, should give up war forever, aside from two exceptions: that the war is in self-defense and that the use of force was authorized by the UN Security Council.
The nation of Afghanistan did not attack the United States.
The Taliban may have, but the nation and people of Afghanistan did not.
And under US law, the Supremacy Clause of the US Constitution, any treaty enacted by the US is now the 'supreme law of the land.'
So when the United States signed the UN Charter, we made that our law as well."
Bishop told Truthout he was inspired by Agosto's stand and had chosen to follow Specialist Agosto's example of refusal.
Both his time in Iraq, the illegality of the occupation and a moral awakening led to his decision to refuse to deploy.
"I started to see a big difference between our reality there and what was in the news," Bishop explained to Truthout about his experience in Iraq, but went on to add that morality and religion played a role as well.
When he received orders to deploy to Afghanistan, Bishop said, "I started reading my Bible to get right with my creator before going.   Through my reading I realized all this goes against what Jesus taught and what all true Christians should believe.   I had a religious transformation, and realized that all war is wrong."
Bishop received his orders to deploy to Afghanistan in February, but at the time "didn't know there was a support network or a way out at all.   I thought GI resistance was something archaic from Vietnam."
As his deployment date approached, he met with other soldiers at a GI resistance cafe, 'Under the Hood', in Killeen, Texas.
US bombardment
"They told me not only do I have a choice, but I have a support network backing me up," Bishop explained.   "I told them my thinking, and they said that I sounded like a CO.   They put me in touch with (James) Branum and when I learned from him what a CO was, I knew I couldn't go."
Bishop went absent without leave (AWOL) for one week the day his unit deployed, "because I didn't have time to prepare to file for CO status.   So while AWOL I prepared a statement and filled out my application for CO (status).   Then I went back (to Fort Hood) with Branum and turned myself in.   I never planned on staying AWOL.   They gave me a barracks room and assigned me to a platoon and told me to show up to work the next day.   That was it.   They started the CO process, but they also started the Uniform Code of Military Justice process, and that's where it gets shifty."
Shortly thereafter, the military charged him with two counts of missing movement and disobeying a direct order.
Bishop, Agosto, and other resisters are not alone.
In November 2007, the Pentagon revealed that between 2003 and 2007 there had been an 80 percent increase in overall desertion rates in the Army (desertion refers to soldiers who go AWOL and never intend to return to service), and Army AWOL rates from 2003 to 2006 were the highest since 1980.
Between 2000 and 2006, more than 40,000 troops from all branches of the military deserted, more than half from the Army.
Army desertion rates jumped by 42 percent from 2006 to 2007 alone.
Bishop informed Truthout that morale is low among his peers in the military, whether they are pro-war or opposed to the occupations.
"Hard Corps folks, as soon as they hear about my sentence being capped at a year, they are changing their minds already," he said.
"There's a lot of soldiers that go just because they feel they have to go.
They are driven by money and legal obligation, not patriotism.
They go because they don't want to lose their job and get in trouble.
A lot of the people I talk to that are in, they feel as I do, but they say things like 'I only have four more months, so I'll ride it out and hope not to get stop-lossed.'"
Spc. Michael Kern, an active duty veteran of the occupation of Iraq (where he served from March 2007 to March 2008), is also based at Fort Hood.
Lying Is The Most Powerful Weapon In War
He is currently getting treatment for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Kern turned against both occupations, as he told Truthout:
"Once I realized it wasn't a war and was an occupation, and once I realized I was a terrorist to people in Iraq.
It wasn't a hard decision.
My whole unit feels as I do, but are afraid to speak out because they don't know there is support for those of us who speak out against the war."
Kern, like Bishop, says that troop morale is very low.
"I'd say it's at an all-time low — mostly because of Afghanistan now.
Nobody knows why we are at either place, and I believe the troops need to know why they are there, or we should pull out, and this is a unanimous feeling, even for folks who are pro-war."
Kern feels that the decisions of Agosto and Bishop to refuse to deploy to Afghanistan is worthy of admiration and support.
"I admire these guys," he told Truthout.
"They are truly amazing. I wish I would have done that, but when I deployed I didn't know what I was getting into, or my options.
I look up to these guys.
They are standing up for what they believe in, and that's the greatest thing any of us can do, and they are doing it despite what the Army is doing to them."
Kern suggests that soldiers:
"do your research before you willingly follow orders, because this is an unjust war, and according to Army regulations, you are entitled to question an illegal order, such as deploying to an illegal war not sanctioned by the UN.
And that there is a large community of support for those who are standing up.
And it's all over the world, not just the US, wherever you are, there are people who feel the same way you do."
In England, Lance Cpl. Joe Glenton, from the Royal Logistics Corps, has become the first British soldier to speak out publicly against the war in Afghanistan.
Victim of the US strikes
Afghanistan
Glenton delivered a letter to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown on 30 July stating why he is refusing to return to Afghanistan.
Glenton wrote:
"The war in Afghanistan is not reducing the terrorist risk, far from improving Afghan lives it is bringing death and devastation to their country.
Britain has no business there.
I do not believe that our cause in Afghanistan is just or right.
I implore you, Sir, to bring our soldiers home."
Glenton, like Agosto, and soon for Bishop, began his court-martial proceedings on 3 August.
US commanders recently announced that US and NATO troop deaths from Afghan bombings spiked six-fold in July, compared to the same month last year.
In July, resistance fighters detonated the highest number of bombs against occupation forces in the eight-year occupation, according to figures released Tuesday.
More US troops were killed in July in Afghanistan than any other month of the entire occupation, and violence continues.
Meanwhile, Anthony Cordesman, a senior adviser to the US military commander in charge of NATO forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, told The Times of London that an additional 45,000 US troops are needed in Afghanistan.
Bishop hopes his refusal to deploy will inspire soldiers to search their consciences.
"My hope is that people who feel like me, that they don't have a voice and are having doubts, I hope that this shows them that not only can you talk to someone about this, but that you actually have a choice," he said.
"Choice is the first thing they take away from you in the military," Bishop added.
"You're taught that you don't have a choice.
That's not true.
And not wanting to kill someone or get killed does not make you a coward.
I hope my actions show this to more people."
© t r u t h o u t 2009
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February 11, 2009
Incidence of suicides among war veterans is increasing.
According to an US Army report, the numbers who committed suicide in January could be as high as 24, the highest monthly total since the Army began collecting data on suicides.
January's suicide total may be more than the number of soldiers killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan during the month.
Republican National Convention
in Minneapolis-St. Paul in August 2008, when Iraq Veterans Against The War marched in protest against the war.

There were several IVAW members who broke down and expressed their grief.

Betrayal — The Lethal Injection
 
I believe the self-inflicted destructive force behind PTSD, is a silent enemy called betrayal.

It is so insidious and pervasive, that it has the character of a bounty hunter.

Betrayal by one's own government, based on lies to justify going to war, is a vicious preying upon those who do not know.

It totally dismantles the victim's belief system.

The word, 'Trust', sinks to the bottom of the mind.

And, well too often, this profound psychological wound leads to suicide.
 
When the survivor returns from years of mental exile, to finally take the witness stand, he or she often speaks with the artless skill of a severly abused child who has just blurted out some blatant fact of honesty.

It is the kind of honesty that catches people off guard, leaving them speechless.

The survivor exposes truth with such simplistic detail that becomes an indictment against all who had knowledge of war's real criminal intent.

The survivor's testimony can be so compelling it reveals the ultimate evidence: Lying Is The Most Powerful Weapon In War.
 
I was so filled with rage after returning from Vietnam that for the next twenty years I wanted to take every political hawk in America, and rub their faces in the reality of the Vietnam War, just like someone would rub a puppy's nose in the carpet after it wet on the floor.

The only difference is, the wet area on the carpet would be the blood of American teenage boys.

I would be brutally betrayed in Vietnam, and later would returned to an unfamiliar home in a coffin draped with deceit.

Deception so the corporate Godfathers of our country could fill their greedy coffers with enormous war profits.

Once I understood this untouchable truth, I understood the lies.

I did not serve for the cause of freedom — I served Big Business Banking in America for the cause of profit.

Forty years ago before I entered the U.S. military, if someone had told me what I have just written these sentences, I would have told them they were a damn liar, and unpatriotic.

That was forty years ago, before I ever undetstood.

Photo and words: Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
February 13, 2009
Republican National Convention in Minneapolis-St. Paul in August 2008, when Iraq Veterans Against The War marched in protest against the war.
There were several IVAW members who broke down and expressed their grief.
Betrayal — The Lethal Injection
I believe the self-inflicted destructive force behind PTSD, is a silent enemy called betrayal.
It is so insidious and pervasive, that it has the character of a bounty hunter.
Betrayal by one's own government, based on lies to justify going to war, is a vicious preying upon those who do not know.
It totally dismantles the victim's belief system.
The word, 'Trust', sinks to the bottom of the mind.
And, well too often, this profound psychological wound leads to suicide.
When the survivor returns from years of mental exile, to finally take the witness stand, he or she often speaks with the artless skill of a severly abused child who has just blurted out some blatant fact of honesty.
It is the kind of honesty that catches people off guard, leaving them speechless.
The survivor exposes truth with such simplistic detail that becomes an indictment against all who had knowledge of war's real criminal intent.
The survivor's testimony can be so compelling it reveals the ultimate evidence: Lying Is The Most Powerful Weapon In War.
I was so filled with rage after returning from Vietnam that for the next twenty years I wanted to take every political hawk in America, and rub their faces in the reality of the Vietnam War, just like someone would rub a puppy's nose in the carpet after it wet on the floor.
The only difference is, the wet area on the carpet would be the blood of American teenage boys.
I would be brutally betrayed in Vietnam, and later would returned to an unfamiliar home in a coffin draped with deceit.
Deception so the corporate Godfathers of our country could fill their greedy coffers with enormous war profits.
As a medic in Vietnam, who saw American soldiers commit suicide in Vietnam, I had friends who took their own lives when they came home.
Once I understood this untouchable truth, I understood the lies.
I did not serve for the cause of freedom — I served Big Business Banking in America for the cause of profit.
Forty years ago before I entered the U.S. military, if someone had told me what I have just written these sentences, I would have told them they were a damn liar, and unpatriotic.
That was forty years ago, before I ever undetstood.
Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
February 9, 2009
Flying Kites....
Friday, October 12, 2007
I really don't know what is going on here...
The other day was Pink and today it is Pastel colors.
Not a fitting time of the year for pastel colors.   After all, it is the beginning of Autumn, with its golden brown, rusty red and dying green...
But pastel colors have been obsessing me...ever since those pink and red taints.
Maybe because it is the Eid, the feast that marks the celebration of the end of our fasting month, Ramadan.
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Painting: Iraqi female artist, Sawsan Al Sarraf. 'Immigration'
Artist,
Sawsan
Al
Sarraf
I remember the Eid in Baghdad, what used to be the Eid...
We have a tradition for the Eid, we must wear something new.   I remember young and old saving that new piece, that untouched garment, for the Eid.
I remember the little boys and girls dressed in their new clothes, laughing as they rock on their swings, as they cry with joy on their merry-go-rounds...
Eating "shaar al Banat" or "ghazl al Banat" as some may call it.
You know, that fluffy hair-like sugar, dyed in pastel colors, that feels like cotton in your mouth, wrappped around a wooden stick and glues all over your face and leaves your tongue colored in pastel...pink, green, blue, yellow and...white.
I also remember the conversations...
"Baba, baba, shoof, anee helwa?" — Daddy, daddy look, am I pretty? would ask a little one raising her eyes to her dad.   Showing off her new pastel colored dress and the pastel ribbons in her hair...
"Mama, mama, shofee shlon atayerhom" — Mom, mom, look how I can make it fly! would shout a little one to his mother, pointing his finger to his brand new kite made of pastel colored paper...
And the father would respond "Hadha shlon Jamal" — What beauty you are.   Or,
the mother would say "Shater, ibnee, enta shater" — Clever my son, you are clever.
I can still hear their giggles, their laughs and their shouts of excitement...
I can still see the joy in their shining innocent eyes, their funny faces, their tender smile...
I can still feel their hugs, their wet kisses smelling of candies and their warm little heads on my shoulder, when tired from too much running around...tired from too much play.
I am lucky to have such memories.   I am lucky to have witnessed them.
Today's children in Iraq are either too scarred or will not live to remember or... are already dead.
Only two days ago, 11 little ones were severly wounded by a mortar attack.   Yesterday, 9 little ones were killed in a so called counter-insurgency attack by your brave boys.   Today, at least 2 little ones were blasted away when a bomb placed in a toy cart exploded in their curious little faces...on the day of the Eid.
Our little ones are nothing but appetizers for you.   Your anti-pasti, your hors d'oeuvres... The more, the merrier...
In the name of Liberty.   In the name of Democracy.   In the name of Freedom.   In the name of the o' so civilized West that you are.
For 13 years, our little ones suffered, our little martyrs... Over half a million died as a result of your o' so civilized sanctions, while you were watching...
Thirteen fucking years and you watched, in silence, tasting your hors d'oeuvres in front of your TV screens.
Thirteen years of a deafening, utter silence.
Silence from the so called left and anti-war clowns.   Silence from the international community.   Silence from the so-called Islamic Ummah.
So silent, that the silence turned into a lullaby of agonies that you can still hear in the mass graves of our little ones.   So silent, that they have slept, never to wake up again... A murderous lullaby.
The little ones who survived, experienced their final liberation in 2003.
God damn you.   God damn you.   That is all I can repeat for now.   I will have to stop. I need to regain my composure.   Recompose what you have decomposed...
Am back... The composed, rational, polite Arab woman... I am now wearing my satin gloves, lest your sensitivities get ruffled...
But let me ask you something, are you as ruffled by an average of 40,000 little ones killed each year because of an occupation carried out in your name, with your money, under your "benevolent" eyes?
40,000 is the conservative estimate figure from the 2006 U.N Human rights report.
The real figure for 2006 is much higher.   Way higher.   And am not counting the orphans in the thousands...
Only yesterday, a new report warns of an ever-deepening humanitarian crisis, never seen before, since World War II... And I say, it is much worse than what this report states.
Come and see our overflowing morgues and find our little ones for us...
You may find them in this corner or the other, a little hand poking out, pointing out at you...
Come and search for them in the rubbles of your "surgical" air raids, you may find a little leg or a little head... pleading for your attention.   Come and see them amassed in the garbage dumps, scavenging morsels of food...
Well over half of our little ones are under nourished or dying from disease.   Cholera, disentery, infections of all sorts....
Under nourished does not mean on a diet like your fat little kids.   It means not having food to eat.   It means cannot find food to eat.   It means starved.
Come and see, come....
See them being trafficked, raped, sold and "finally" killed by your brave boys.   The "final solution."   Remember that one?   It was not so long ago... Except this time it is carried out by the "greatest Democracy on earth."
And if you are too sensitive to such scenes, and your stomach can't take it, even though your hands and pockets contribute daily to it, come and search for them in the alley ways of Damascus, Amman or Cairo...
Search for them, hiding behind walls.   Find them selling or begging in street corners.
Look for them behaving like a 40 year old adult, fending for a whole family...
Come and see...
The other day, I overheard a 6 years old saying to her mother, "I want to die."
Just in case one of your bullets does not get to her, you have ensured that she will finish it off herself...
Come and see them stutter, hear them shout at night during their sleep and see their wet beds...
This is no lost innocence.   This is a raped innocence, a murdered innocence...
Raped and murdered by you.   I will net let you off the hook that easily.   I guess you know me by now.
As for the little assholes (I guess am losing my composure again) who call me a whining Arab bitch, let me not wish the same on your children...
Because by God, if I did, you would strangle yourselves in grief and...remorse.
An article in Haaretz states that the Holocaust is still affecting the granchildren of the survivors... and that is well over 60 years, later.
How many decades, centuries would it take our surviving little ones to get over being freed by "Democracy"?
Painting: Iraqi artist, Mohanad Al-Hayali. 'Flying Kites'
Artist,
Mohanad
Al
Hayali
In the meantime, the little survivors of your Holocaust, those who were born under your bombs, under your occupation, under your destruction, in your ghettoes, in your prisons, in your new Iraq, and who have known nothing else but you, their primal "caretaker", if they ever make it to adulthood, will bear witness on the day of Eid...
They, who have not known the Spring, Summer, of their lives.   They who have witnessed nothing but the cold of the Winter.   The coldness of Death...
They will remember, as I am doing now, the blown up cart of toys, the overflowing morgues, the rubbles of their homes, the mortars falling on their heads, the noise of explosions squatting their ears, their sisters and brothers in pieces, in front of their very eyes...
They will remember it, like some ugly melody, like some ugly lullaby...you lulled to them during their "liberated" childhood...
And those who have not and will not survive your "Liberation", will be flying high above like the pastel colored balloons of the Eid, like the kites made of pastel colored paper, like some white feather plucked from an innocent Dove...
Only to fall on the ground like dying, dried up, Autumn leaves...
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'Paramedic Sattar Taha killed by American bombing Aug. 8, 2007'
U.S. Marines Accused of Killing Iraq Man
Iraq's U.N. ambassador accused U.S. Marines of killing his unarmed young cousin in what appeared to be 'cold blood' and demanded an investigation and punishment for the perpetrators.
By EDITH M. LEDERER
Associated Press Write
Saturday July 2, 2005
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — In an e-mail to friends obtained Friday by The Associated Press, Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie said the killing took place in his ancestral village in western Anbar province, where U.S.-led forces have been conducting a counterinsurgency sweep aimed at disrupting the flow of foreign militants into Iraq.
His cousin Mohammed Al-Sumaidaie, 21, a university student, was killed June 25 when he took Marines doing house-to-house searches to a bedroom to show them where a rifle which had no live ammuntion was kept, the ambassador said.
When the Marines left, he was found in the bedroom with a bullet in his neck.
Richard Grenell, spokesman for the U.S. Mission, said acting U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson received a call from the Iraqi ambassador "and expressed her heartfelt condolences on this terrible situation, and contacted senior State Department and Pentagon officials to look into the matter immediately."
Sumaidaie said the killing represents "a betrayal" of the values and aspirations of Iraqis and Americans to defeat the terrorists and build a country based on freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights and the rule of law.
"It is a betrayal of the American people who are making huge sacrifices to bring this about, and a betrayal of Iraq and all Iraqi patriots who have put their trust in the United States," he said.
In the letter, Sumaidaie gave a detailed account of the tragedy.
Happy to exercise some of his English
Mohammed, an engineering student at the University of Techology in Baghdad, was visiting his family in the village of Al-Shaikh Hadid when the Marines knocked on the door, the ambassador said.
The young man rushed to open the door and greeted the group of about 10 Marines and an interpreter who appeared to be Egyptian pleasantly, "happy to exercise some of his English," he said.
The Marines asked if there were any weapons, and Mohammed said there was a rifle, which only had blanks, the letter said.
He then led some of the Marines into his father's bedroom where it was kept, Sumaidaie wrote.
His father, the local headmaster, was at school.
Dragged by hair and beaten
A short time later, his mother, brothers and sisters who were kept in the living room heard a thud but they were generally relaxed because they had nothing to hide, and "they thought, nothing to fear," he said.
But later a younger brother, Ali, was dragged by the hair into the corridor by a Marine and was beaten.
The mother started sobbing.
A Marine then went out and returned with a camera and went into the bedroom.
After a while, the family went outside and waited on the porch as they were ordered, the ambassador said.
The interpreter said, "they killed him"
More than an hour later, as the soldiers were leaving, the interpreter asked the mother in Arabic if that was her son inside.
When she replied "yes," the interpreter said, "'they killed him'," Sumaidaie said.
Mother deafening cry of anguish but Marines smiling at each other
"The mother let off a deafening cry of anguish, but the Marines were smiling at each other as they were leaving," he said.
"In the bedroom, Mohammed was found dead and laying in a clotted pool of his blood.
"A single bullet had penetrated his neck," the ambassador said.
The ambassador wrote that he believed "a serious crime has been commited — a crime that may be repeated up and down Al-Anbar" and demanded an investigation into what he said appeared to be the "killing of an unarmed innocent civilian — a cold blood murder."
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Tim Goodrich and Bill Mitchell

On Veterans Day Weekend 2005, Ron Kovic (author-Born on the Fourth of July), Tim Goodrich (Co-Founder Iraq of Iraq Veterans Against the War), and Bill Mitchell who lost his son in Iraq joined others in speaking out against the war.

Chris Hume produced this report for truthout.org
Tim Goodrich and Bill Mitchell

On Veterans Day Weekend 2005, Ron Kovic (author-Born on the Fourth of July), Tim Goodrich (Co-Founder Iraq of Iraq Veterans Against the War), and Bill Mitchell who lost his son in Iraq joined others in speaking out against the war.

Chris Hume produced this report for truthout.org
Tim Goodrich and Bill Mitchell

On Veterans Day Weekend 2005, Ron Kovic (author-Born on the Fourth of July), Tim Goodrich (Co-Founder Iraq of Iraq Veterans Against the War), and Bill Mitchell who lost his son in Iraq joined others in speaking out against the war.

Chris Hume produced this report for truthout.org
Dennis Kyne, a veteran of the first Gulf War, speaks for about 6 minutes, first a little about his own experiences and then setting the stage for Darrell Anderson, the feature speaker of the evening and a member of the organization Iraq Veterans Against the War.
Darrell speaks about how he came to join the service, his experiences in Iraq and what led him to refuse redeployment and oppose the Occupation.
He also speaks about what other highly principled soldiers are doing to resist this Occupation and emphasizes how crucial it is that the anti-war movement escalates its support for their actions.
After some questions and comments from others present, including veterans of earlier U.S. wars, Dennis Kyne, who was trained by the Army in nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons, reveals some shocking truths about the depleted uranium radioactive munitions banned by most countries and used in the U.S. war(s) in Iraq.
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Plywood shacks that reeked of urine and excrement
Prisoner boxes
Humans kept in cages by US
Plywood shacks that reeked of urine and excrement
Prisoner boxes
Humans kept in cages by US
Grave of Afganistan man held in US Bagram detention center
U.S. troops backed by helicopters killed the man, injuring his wife
 US largest war funding request ever for 2008
Weeps for father killed by the US
U.S. troops backed by helicopters killed his father, injuring his mother
 US largest war funding request ever for 2008
 
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New Evidence Clearly Indicates Pat Tillman Was Executed

Army medical examiners concluded Tillman was shot three times in the head from just 10 yards away.
No evidence of "friendly fire" damage at scene.
Army attorneys congratulated each other on cover-up.
Wesley Clark concludes "orders came from the very top."
Murder of pro-football star because he was about to become an anti-war political icon
Paul Joseph Watson / Prison Planet | July 27, 2007
Astounding new details surrounding the death of Pat Tillman clearly indicate that top brass might have decided to execute the former pro football star in cold blood to prevent him from returning home and becoming an anti-war icon.
These same criminals might then have engaged in a sophisticated conspiracy to create a phony "friendly fire" cover story.
Shocking new facts emerged about the case last night but were bizarrely underplayed by the Associated Press under nondescript headlines like 'New Details on Tillman's Death' — a complete disservice to the horrific implications that the new evidence carries.
[MyWay.com has better version of AP report Tillman Comrade Recalls Final Moments — TheWE.cc]
Army medical examiners were suspicious about the close proximity of the three bullet holes in Pat Tillman's forehead and tried without success to get authorities to investigate whether the former NFL player's death amounted to a crime, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.
"The medical evidence did not match up with the, with the scenario as described," a doctor who examined Tillman's body after he was killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2004 told investigators.
The doctors - whose names were blacked out - said that the bullet holes were so close together that it appeared the Army Ranger was cut down by an M-16 fired from a mere 10 yards or so away.
The report also states that "No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene — no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck."
The article also reveals that "Army attorneys sent each other congratulatory e-mails for keeping criminal investigators at bay as the Army conducted an internal friendly-fire investigation that resulted in administrative, or non-criminal, punishments."
So there was no evidence whatsoever of friendly fire, but the ballistics data clearly indicated that the three head shots had been fired from just 10 yards away and then the Army tried to concoct a hoax friendly fire story and sent gloating back-slapping e mails congratulating each other on their success while preventing the doctors from exploring the possibility of murder.
How can any sane and rational individual weigh this evidence and not come to the conclusion that Tillman was deliberately gunned down in cold blood?
The evidence points directly to it and the motivation is clear — Tillman abandoned a lucrative career in pro-football immediately after 9/11 because he felt a rampaging patriotic urge to defend his country, and became a poster child for the war on terror as a result.
But when he discovered that the invasion of Iraq was based on a mountain of lies and deceit and had nothing to do with defending America, he became infuriated and was ready to return home to become an anti-war hero.
As far back as March 2003, immediately after the invasion, Tillman famously told his comrade Spc. Russell Baer, "You know, this war is so fucking illegal," and urged his entire platoon to vote against Bush in the 2004 election.
Far from the gung-ho gruff stereotype attributed to him, Tillman was actually a fiercely intellectual man with the courage of his convictions firmly in place.
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Tillman had even begun to arrange meetings with anti-war icons like Noam Chomsky upon his return to America before his death cut short any aspirations of becoming a focal point for anti-war sentiment.
 
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AP reported that the Army stopped doctors from investigating if Tillman had been murdered.
Shots were fired at close range and in his head.
[Wesley Clark appeared on Keith Olbermann's Countdown ] and believes that the orders came from the very top as Tillman was a political symbol.
It was well known he was against the war in Iraq.
No indication if orders were to murder him, but at the least to cover it up ( Burned clothes- lost evidence etc)
There is much discussion about what actually happened so please read the comments as there are vets on here.
Pat Tillman (left) and his brother Kevin stand in front of a Chinook helicopter
in Saudi Arabia before their tour of duty as Army Rangers in Iraq in 2003
Excerpt from March 3, 2005, memorandum by Brig. Gen. Gary Jones describing how Capt. William Saunders, the commander of Pat Tillman's Ranger company, was threatened with perjury charges.
Jones' memo said Saunders made false claims that he had informed his superiors that platoon commander Lt. David Uthlaut had protested orders given to him leading up to the incident.
Despite this threat, Saunders was allowed to change his testimony and was granted immunity.
 
Pat Tillman (center) is flanked by his brothers, Kevin (left) and Richard,
at his graduation from Arizona State University in 1998.
Joshua Casteel at press conference of American Friends Service Committee of the Religious Society of Friends

Video Refusing to Serve — Sgt. Ricky Clousing Press Conference

Press conference to support Ricky Clousing before turning himself into the military

A U.S. Army Segeant, Ricky Clousing was interrogator who eventually refused to continue to serve in Iraq and after a year AWOL turned himself in to authorities.

This press conference also includes Joshua Casteel and Kelly Dougherty Iraq Veterans against the war.
A wave of soldiers are refusing to participate in the U.S. war against Iraq.

GI resisters are getting considerable support from other soldiers and veterans.

Following the press conference, a group of Iraq Veterans Against the War, along with former GI resisters and other supporters went with Ricky Clousing to Fort Lewis, where Ricky surrendered himself to military custody.
Young man - I had no choice but to join the military
Garrett Reppenhagen and Kelly Dougherty.

Iraq Veterans Against the War

100,000 people turn out to protest Iraq war in Washington DC

Hundred thousand people turn out to protest Iraq war in Washington DC

Iraq Veterans Against the War
Kelly Dougherty Iraq Veteran on Strategy to End the War Against Iraq.

Kelly Dougherty, Executive Director of Iraq Veterans Against the War, spoke on IVAW's strategy to end the war against Iraq in Chicago, IL June, 2007.

Iraq Veterans Against the War
When you stripped naked my friend — a woman with more qualifications than the whole of your army put together, 45 years old, old enough to be your own mother.
You said you wanted to make sure she is not "hiding something down there" in her undies.
Remember that one?
You did that in front of 30 of your male buddies in your "special" camp.
Then you offered her a coke so she can relax and "chill out".
An Arab Woman Blues — Reflections in a sealed bottle...
Layla Anwar
December 17, 2006
A letter to an American G.I.
Painting: Iraqi Artist Mohammed Al Shammarey
When I watch pictures of your dead buddies on albasrah.net and I read some of your naive childlike poems, I feel sorry for you.   I honestly do.
I feel sorry for you yet at the same time I feel anger.
It is a very confusing mix of ambivalent, contradictory emotions.
On the one hand,I would love to strike you and on the other hand I say to myself, it is not really your fault.   You chose it yet you did not choose it.
From your perspective you are only "executing orders".   Yet hard facts on the battle ground tell me that you also enjoy the humiliation you inflict on these "alien" "evil" people — the Iraqis.
Despite your own neediness and your being in "it" because "it" will give you a grant, a green card and maybe the famous passport with an embossed striped eagle, you still believe you are superior, a better race, a more advanced one, a purer one.
I see the pictures of your dead buddies and I think of their mothers and fathers and the bitterness and grief they may feel.   You all look so young and in many ways so innocent.
Yet when I see you kicking young Iraqis around and beating them to death, when I see you raping little girls and burning them, when I see you making Iraqi children run miles after a plastic bottle of water or when you teach those poor little souls to say "Fuck you Iraq", just for the fun of it — I can't but have hate for you.
(I will not even mention the torture, nor the pillaging — you know all of that already)
When I see you urinating in and on sacred places and when I see you writing your degenerate graffitis on 7,000 years old archeological sites, with absolutely no respect or regard for other people's Faith, Culture and History — I can't but have contempt for you.
When I hear innombrable stories like this one:   When you stripped naked my friend — a woman with more qualifications than the whole of your army put together, 45 years old, old enough to be your own mother.   You said you wanted to make sure she is not "hiding something down there" in her undies.   Remember that one?   You did that in front of 30 of your male buddies in your "special" camp.   Then you offered her a coke so she can relax and"chill out".
She would not tell me the rest of the story, she said:   "Let sleeping dogs lie".
I want you to know that she left Iraq and everything she owned after that incident because of you.   She said to me: "I do not want to take anything with me, not even another pair of underwear.   Let them have it all."   This is how much you disgusted her with your acts.
Yes, when I hear yet another story like this one — I can't but despise you.
I admit, at times, I have empathy for you and for the life you left behind — a life you may never return to.
And sometimes I sit and wonder if you realize the amount of pain and suffering you are inflicting on an innocent people who have done NOTHING to you.
Do you actually realize the enormity and severity of your actions? Do you realize how many deep wounds and scars that may never heal, you are leaving behind you ?
And sometimes, I sit and wonder what happens when you go to sleep at night.   Can you sleep in peace? Can you close your eyes with a clean conscience ?
And sometimes, I sit and wonder when you finish your round of harassing and killing Iraqis and you deliberately leave them bloated by Death on the streets for days on end — can you still fool yourself and pretend to send "Love" letters to your family, wife or girlfriend?
I have a lot more to say to you but I feel I have said enough.   After all , I am not supposed to be engaging you.
But before I end this letter and go back to my daily angst of "living" under your occupation, I want you to know that somewhere deep down, I do care about your sorry little ass.
I care enough not because I like you or enjoy your presence — far from it — but simply because of the mere fact that we happen to belong to the same "race".   The human one.   And I still have a little faith left on that "front".   I care enough to want you to save your own Self, that Self that will undoubtedly come back to haunt you one of those days.   And by doing so, you are also saving your own Life.
You owe it to "yourself" and you can do it with one simple word:   REFUSE.
Just do it, do it NOW, do it before it's too late.
Painting : Iraqi Artist Mohammed Al Shammarey.
 
America's Bumper Sticker
America's Bumper Sticker.

This photo was taped on the back of a car in a parking lot in Tacoma, Washington. It's one of those pictures that says it all. It is about murder, it is about killing everything.

It is about what the U.S. government is doing in Iraq. It is about what we did in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, and so many other countries. It never stops.

The most dangerous voices in America are the voices of American veterans who are bearing witness to the atrocities of Uncle Shame. We are the most powerful voice in an anti-war rally. We are the most powerful voice in America.

We know what the U.S. military does behind closed doors. We have the power to make a huge auditorium absolutely silent.

It is time for veterans in this country who know the bloody truth, to step forward and make this country have a panic attack.

It is time for America to grow up. The days of wine and roses are over. Only we can open the door to hell, and make naive America scream.

It's time they shared the horrible pain.

It is time they looked at the enemy,

The United States Government.

Home of the brave, land of consumption over dead bodies.

It is time veterans share the mike with no one.

It's time.

Photo and words: Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
February 16, 2007
America's Bumper Sticker
This photo was taped on the back of a car in a parking lot in Tacoma, Washington.
It's one of those pictures that says it all.
It is about murder, it is about killing everything.
It is about what the U.S. government is doing in Iraq.
It is about what we did in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, and so many other countries.
It never stops.
The most dangerous voices in America are the voices of American veterans who are bearing witness to the atrocities of Uncle Shame.
We are the most powerful voice in an anti-war rally.
We are the most powerful voice in America.
We know what the U.S. military does behind closed doors.
We have the power to make a huge auditorium absolutely silent.
It is time for veterans to step forward
It is time for veterans in this country who know the bloody truth, to step forward and make this country have a panic attack.
It is time for America to grow up.
The days of wine and roses are over.
Only we can open the door to hell, and make naive America scream.
It's time they shared the horrible pain.
It is time they looked at the enemy,
The United States Government.
Home of the brave, land of consumption over dead bodies.
It is time veterans share the mike with no one.
It's time.
        Photo and words: Mike Hastie         
         U.S. Army Medic         
         Vietnam 1970-71         
        February 16, 2007         
Iraq: the hidden cost of the war
Andrew Stephen
Published 12 March 2007
America won't simply be paying with its dead.  The Pentagon is trying to silence economists who predict that several decades of care for the wounded will amount to an unbelievable $2.5 trillion.
They roar in every day, usually direct from the Landstuhl US air-force base in the Rhineland: giant C-17 cargo planes capable of lifting and flying the 65-tonne M1 Abrams tank to battlefields anywhere in the world.
But Landstuhl is the first staging post for transporting most of the American wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan back to the United States, and these planes act as CCATs ("critical care air transport") with their AETs — "aeromedical evacuation teams" of doctors, nurses and medical technicians, whose task is to make sure that gravely wounded US troops arrive alive and fit enough for intensive treatment at the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre, just six miles up the road from me in Washington.
These days it is de rigueur for all politicians, ranging from President Bush and Ibrahim al-Jaafari (Iraq's previous "prime minister") to junior congressmen, to visit the 113-acre Walter Reed complex to pay tribute to the valour of horribly wounded soldiers.
Last Christmas, the centre was so overwhelmed by the 500,000 cards and presents it received for wounded soldiers that it announced it could accept no more.
Yet the story of the US wounded reveals yet another deception by the Bush administration, masking monumental miscalculations that will haunt generations to come.
Thanks to the work of a Harvard professor and former Clinton administration economist named Linda Bilmes, and some other hard-working academics, we have discovered that the administration has been putting out two entirely separate and conflicting sets of numbers of those wounded in the wars.
This might sound like chicanery by George W Bush and his cronies — or characteristic incompetence — but Bilmes and Professor Joseph Stiglitz, the Nobel laureate economist from Columbia University, have established not only that the number wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan is far higher than the Pentagon has been saying, but that looking after them alone could cost present and future US taxpayers a sum they estimate to be $536bn, but which could get considerably bigger still.
Just one soldier out of the 1.4 million troops so far deployed who has returned with a debilitating brain injury, for example, may need round-the-clock care for five, six, or even seven decades.
In present-day money, according to one study, care for that soldier alone will cost a minimum of $4.3m.
Article continued
here: Iraq: the hidden cost of the war
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140,000 cases of cancer
Close to a million dead
4 million plus people displaced
23 July, 2007
Iraqis blame U.S. depleted uranium for surge in cancer
CAIRO, July 23 (RIA Novosti) — Iraq's environment minister blamed Monday the use of depleted uranium weapons by U.S. forces during the 2003 Operation Shock and Awe for the current surge in cancer cases across the country.
Opium Heroin harvest Afghanistan
As a result of "at least 350 sites in Iraq being contaminated during bombing" with depleted uranium (DU) weapons, Nermin Othman said, the nation is facing about 140,000 cases of cancer, with 7,000 to 8,000 new ones registered each year.
Speaking at a ministerial meeting of the Arab League, she also complained that many chemical plants and oil facilities had been destroyed during the two military campaigns since the 1990s, but the ecological consequences remain unclear.
"Our ministry is fledgling, and we need international support; notably, we need laboratories to better monitor air and water contamination," she said.
The first major UN research on the consequences of the use of DU on the battlefield was conducted in 2003 in the wake of NATO operations in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Montenegro.
The UN Environment Program (UNEP) said in its report after the research that DU poses little threat if spent munitions are cleared from the ground.
"Health risks primarily depend on the awareness of people coming into contact with DU," UNEP writes in its 2004 brochure "Depleted Uranium Awareness."
No major clean-up or public awareness campaigns have been reported in Iraq.
© 2007 RIA Novosti
“I can't stop thinking about what a Major said to me the other day.
'The whole country of Iraq, every man, woman, and child... Kill every one of them and it still won't be worth one American's life.'
Perhaps this is why we won't win here, because so many feel that the life of an Iraqi doesn't even register when compared to that of an American.
This kind of mindset permeate the thoughts of many of the soldiers here in Iraq.
So often I hear, "I gotta go fuc**** guard Hajji!" by the soldiers assigned the duty of watching over the Iraqi workers who are working on our base.
Another thing I hear so very often is, "I'm gonna go shoot me some Hajji."
When AWOL Is the Only Way Out
By Peter Laufer
AlterNet.org
Friday 02 June 2006
[Images inserted by TheWE.cc]
The following text is an excerpt from Peter Laufer's new book, "Mission Rejected: U.S. Soldiers Who Say No to Iraq"  (Chelsea Green, 2006).
"We was going along the Euphrates River," says Joshua Key, a 27-year-old former U.S. soldier from Oklahoma, detailing a recurring nightmare — a scene he stumbled on shortly after the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
"It's a road right in the city of Ramadi.
We turned a real sharp right and all I seen was decapitated bodies.
The heads laying over here and the bodies over here and U.S. troops in between them.
I'm thinking, 'Oh my God, what in the hell happened here?
We fucking lost it here
What's caused this?
Why in the hell did this happen?'
We get out and somebody was screaming, 'We fucking lost it here!'
I'm thinking, 'Oh, yes, somebody definitely lost it here.'"
Joshua says he was ordered to look around for evidence of a firefight, for something to rationalize the beheaded Iraqis.
"I look around just for a few seconds and I don't see anything."
Kicking the heads around like a soccer ball
But then he noticed the sight that now triggers his nightmares.
"I see two soldiers kicking the heads around like a soccer ball.   I just shut my mouth, walked back, got inside the tank, shut the door, and it was like, I can't be no part of this.   This is crazy.   I came here to fight and be prepared for war but this is outrageous.   Why did it happen?   That's just my question: Why did that happen?"
Picture: US and UK bombing of Iraq, March 2003.
 
Beheading orgy
He's convinced there was no firefight that led to the beheading orgy — there were no spent shells to indicate a battle.
"A lot of my friends stayed on the ground, looking to see if there was any shells.
There was never no shells, except for what we shot.
I'm thinking, Okay, so they just did that because they wanted to do it.
They got trigger happy and they did it.
That's what made me mad in Iraq.
You can take human lives at a fast rate and all you have to say is, say, 'Oh, I thought they threw a grenade.
I thought I seen this, I thought I seen that.'
You could mow down 20 people each time and nobody's going to ask you, 'Are you sure?'
They're going to give you a high five and tell you that you was doing a good job."
Picture: US and UK bombing of Iraq, March 2003.
Killed in U.S. raid
He still cannot get the scene out of his head.
"You just see heads everywhere," he says.
"You wake up, you'll just be sitting there, like you're in a foxhole.
I can still see Iraq just as clearly as it was the day I was there.
You'll just be on the side of a little river running through the city, trash piled up, filled with dead.
Heads and stuff like that.
I don't sleep that much, you might say.
I don't sleep that much."
His wife, Brandi, nods in agreement and says he cries in his sleep.
We're sitting in the waning summer light on the back porch of the Toronto house where Joshua and his wife and their four little children have been living in exile since Joshua deserted to Canada.
They've settled in a rent-free basement apartment, courtesy of a landlord sympathetic to their plight.
Joshua smokes cigarettes and drinks coffee while we talk.
He's wearing a T-shirt promoting a 2002 peace rally in Raleigh, North Carolina.
There's a scraggly beard on his still-boyish face; his eyes look weary.
That's the way they controlled us.
Sleep deprivation while on duty, first in Kuwait and then in Iraq, was routine, Joshua says, and he thinks exhaustion was generated intentionally by his commanders.
"You'll do whatever the hell they say just to get that sleep.
That's the way they controlled us.
You ain't had no sleep and you got shitty food all the time.
I got to call my wife once every month, maybe once every two weeks if I was lucky.
Mail, shitty, if it even came."
Food and water were inadequate, he says.
"When we first got to Kuwait we were rationed to two bottles of water a day and one MRE [meals ready to eat].
In the middle of the desert, you're supposed to have six bottles of water a day and three MREs.
They tell us they don't have it.
I'm thinking 'How in the hell can the most powerfullest nation, the most powerfullest military in the world, be in the middle of a damn desert and they don't even have no food to feed us?'"
I mean, that's not a terrorist — That's the man's home we killed
Joshua rejects the U.S. government line that the Iraqis fighting the occupation are terrorists.
"I'm thinking: What the hell?
I mean, that's not a terrorist.
That's the man's home we killed.
That's his son, that's the father, that's the mother, that's the sister.
Houses are destroyed.
Husbands are detained and wives don't even know where they're at.
I mean, them are pissed-off people, and they have a reason to be pissed off.
I would never wish this upon myself or my family, so why would I do it upon them?"
Pulling security duty in the Iraqi streets, Joshua found himself talking to the locals.
He was surprised by how many spoke English, and he was frustrated by the military regulations that forbade his accepting dinner invitations to join Iraqis for social evenings in their homes.
"I'm not your perfect killing machine," he admits.
"That's where I broke the rules.
I broke the rules by having a conscience."
I mean terrorist
And the conscience developed further the more time he spent in Iraq.
"I was trained to be a total killer.
I was trained in booby-traps, explosives, landmines, and how to counterresolve everything."
He pauses.
"Hell, if you want to get technical about it, I was made to be an American terrorist.
I was trained in everything a terrorist is trained to do."
In case I might have missed his point, he says it again.
      "I mean terrorist."
TV Image shows metal parts from a US missile

They are being held up in the remote desert area near Mogr el-Deeb,  Iraq, 5 miles (8 km) away from the Syrian border, Wednesday, May 19, 2004.

An attack on the wedding party by US planes killed up to 45 people, many of them women and children.

Picture: AP/APTN


TV Image shows metal parts from a US missile
They are being held up in the remote desert area near Mogr el-Deeb, Iraq, 5 miles (8 km) away from the Syrian border, Wednesday, May 19, 2004.
An attack on the wedding party by US planes killed up to 45 people, many of them women and children.
Photo: AP/APTN
Deserting to Canada seemed the only viable alternative, Joshua says.
He did it, he insists, because he was lied to "by my president."
Iraq — it was obvious to him — was no threat to the United States.
He says he followed his orders while he was in Iraq, and so no one can call him a coward for deserting.
"I was not a piece of shit.
I always did everything I was told and I did it to the highest standards.
They can never say, 'Oh, he was a piece of shit soldier.'
No bullshit."
Joshua doesn't mind telling his war stories again and again.
He readily agrees to talk about the horrors he experienced in Iraq, his life AWOL and underground in the States, and his new life as a deserter in Canada.
Telling the stories helps him deal with his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), he says, and he apologizes in advance if his narrative is not linear or if he has trouble expressing himself.
In fact, his scattered approach to his timeline and his machine gun-like delivery set the scene for his troubled memories — there is nothing smooth or simple or easy to understand here.
 
 
Published on Friday, March 2, 2007 by the Los Angeles Times
US to Develop New Hydrogen Bomb
by Ralph Vartabedian
The Energy Department will announce today a contract to develop the nation's first new hydrogen bomb in two decades, involving a collaboration between three national weapons laboratories, The Times has learned.
The new bomb will include design features from all three labs, though Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in the Bay Area appears to have taken the lead position in the project. The Los Alamos and Sandia labs in New Mexico will also be part of the project.
Teams of scientists in California and New Mexico have been working since last year to develop the new bomb, using the world's most powerful supercomputers.
Take note of the words used folks — TheWE.cc
The weapon is known as the reliable replacement warhead and is intended to replace aging warheads now deployed on missiles aboard Trident submarines.
The contract decision was made by the Nuclear Weapons Council, which consists of officials from the Defense Department and the National Nuclear Security Administration, part of the Energy Department. Plans were underway Thursday to announce the award this afternoon.
The nuclear administration will issue the contract and run the program.
The cost of the development is secret, though outside experts said it would cost billions of dollars — perhaps tens of billions — to develop the bomb, build factories to restart high-volume weapons production and then assemble the weapons.
If Livermore does become the lead laboratory, confidence in the facility is likely to be bolstered, and political suggestions that its role in weapons development is unnecessary could be quelled.
A lead role by Los Alamos would help extract that facility from deep political problems growing out of security breaches.
The program is not expected to create a surge in employment at any of the labs
The program marks the first time the military has fielded a nuclear weapon design without an underground test. The last time scientists set off a hydrogen bomb was in 1991 under the Nevada desert.
President Clinton ordered a testing moratorium, and it has been continued by President Bush.
Note the words — how you are being persuaded to accept — TheWE.cc
Since the reason for building the new bomb is to maintain confidence in the nation's nuclear deterrent, experts say, the Nuclear Weapons Council will want the most conservative design, which gives Livermore the upper hand.
The design details are secret, but Livermore's version utilizes major components that had been tested — though not produced — for a Navy bomb about two decades ago.
By contrast, Los Alamos selected a design that involved an atomic trigger and a thermonuclear component that had been tested individually.
However, the two elements were never tested together, said Philip Coyle, who serves on scientific advisory committees and formerly was deputy director at Livermore.
Spin to keep you asleep — TheWE.cc
The Los Alamos design is said to contain highly attractive features, including innovative mechanisms that would prevent terrorists from detonating the bomb should they gain access to it, experts said.
Those use controls were cited by military officials as a key factor in developing the weapon.
Proponents of the effort say that the nation's existing nuclear stockpile is getting old and that doubts will eventually grow about weapons reliability.
They say the new bomb will not have a greater nuclear yield and could not perform any new military missions beyond those of existing weapons.
So far, those arguments have attracted bipartisan support, including from Democrats who have long played a leading role in nuclear arms issues.
Critics say the existing stockpile is perfectly reliable and can be maintained for decades.
The new bomb will undermine U.S. efforts to stop nuclear proliferation, they say.
In addition, a recent study showed that plutonium components in existing weapons were aging much more slowly than expected.
11 months before September 11, 2001 Aaron Russo is speaking to nick rockerfeller.

There's going to be an event Aaron, we are going into Afghanistan, we are going to go into Iraq.

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140,000 cases of cancer
A million and more dead
4 million plus people displaced
23 July, 2007
Iraqis blame U.S. depleted uranium for surge in cancer
CAIRO, July 23 (RIA Novosti) — Iraq's environment minister blamed Monday the use of depleted uranium weapons by U.S. forces during the 2003 Operation Shock and Awe for the current surge in cancer cases across the country.
Opium Heroin harvest Afghanistan
As a result of "at least 350 sites in Iraq being contaminated during bombing" with depleted uranium (DU) weapons, Nermin Othman said, the nation is facing about 140,000 cases of cancer, with 7,000 to 8,000 new ones registered each year.
Speaking at a ministerial meeting of the Arab League, she also complained that many chemical plants and oil facilities had been destroyed during the two military campaigns since the 1990s, but the ecological consequences remain unclear.
"Our ministry is fledgling, and we need international support; notably, we need laboratories to better monitor air and water contamination," she said.
The first major UN research on the consequences of the use of DU on the battlefield was conducted in 2003 in the wake of NATO operations in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Montenegro.
The UN Environment Program (UNEP) said in its report after the research that DU poses little threat if spent munitions are cleared from the ground.
"Health risks primarily depend on the awareness of people coming into contact with DU," UNEP writes in its 2004 brochure "Depleted Uranium Awareness."
No major clean-up or public awareness campaigns have been reported in Iraq.
© 2007 RIA Novosti
Army Navy Airforce CO discharged for conscience.

The Center of Conscience & War - extending and defending the rights of conscientious objectors to war and violence.

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“We need to create a media ‘shield’ law with teeth and substance that creates an effective federal privilege for communications between a journalist and her sources, preventing the government from compelling testimony from the journalist and to protect the documents, records and other information created by the journalist and the actual communications between the journalist and her sources.”
Freedom Next Time: Filmmaker & Journalist John Pilger on Propaganda, the Press, Censorship and Resisting the American Empire — Click Here
"Liberal Democracy is moving toward a form of corporate dictatorship.
This is an historic shift, and the media must not be allowed to be its façade, but itself made into a popular, burning issue, and subjected to direct action," said John Pilger.
"That great whistleblower Tom Paine warned that if the majority of the people were denied the truth and the ideas of truth, it was time to storm what he called the Bastille of words.
That time is now." We spend the hour airing a recent lecture by the acclaimed Australian filmmaker and muckraker.
Inside 9/11 — who controlled the planes?
How Mohammed Atta knew by the minute when the plane had reached a radar gap.
Most intimate details of military and civilian radar coverage in the US — details widely unknown even to air traffic controllers in charge on 9-11.
All three flights mentioned took off with unscheduled delays.
At 8:46 the first plane hit the World Trade Center, at 8:47 the second plane changed its transponder code and thereby its identity.
     Controlled impact demonstration of plane guided by central external control, December 1, 1984      
    Civil military interoperablility for GPS assisted aircraft      
       A central control directing the 9-11 planes     
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