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I Had Ray Davis's Job in Laos 30 Years Ago
By ROBERT ANDERSON
February 28, 2011 Counterpunch
The story of Raymond Allen Davis is one familiar to me and I wish our government would quit doing these things — they cost us credibility.
Davis is the American being held as a spy working under diplomatic cover out of our embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan.
You can understand why foreign countries no longer trust us and people are rising up across the Middle East against the Great Satan.
Laos as Pakistan
In the Vietnam War the country of Laos held a geo-strategic position, as does Pakistan does to Afghanistan today.
As in Pakistan, in Laos our country conducted covert military operations against a sovereign people, using the CIA.
I was a demolitions technician with the Air Force who was reassigned to work with the CIA’s Air America operation in Laos.
US government
We turned in our military IDs cards and uniforms and were issued a State Department ID card and dressed in blue jeans.
We were told if captured we were to ask for diplomatic immunity, if alive.
We carried out military missions on a daily basis all across the countries of Laos, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.
We also knew that if killed or captured that we would probably not be searched for and our families back home in the U.S. would be told we had been killed in an auto accident of some kind back in Thailand and our bodies not recovered.
Just take photos of the dead — leave the ears
Our team knew when the UN inspectors and international media were scheduled to arrive — we controlled the airfields.
We would disappear to our safe houses so we could not be asked questions.
It was all a very well planned operation, 60 years ago, involving the military and diplomats out of the US Embassy.
It had been going on a long time when I was there during the 1968 Tet Offensive.
This continued for a long time, until we were routed and had to abandon the whole war as a failure.
In Laos the program I was attached to carried out a systematic assassination of people who were identified as not loyal to U.S. goals.
It was called the Phoenix program and eliminated an estimated 60,000 people across Indochina.
We did an amazing amount of damage to the civilian infrastructure of the country, and still lost the war.
I saw one team of mercenaries I was training show us a bag of ears of dead civilians they had killed.
This was how they verified their kills for us.
The Green Berets that day were telling them to just take photos of the dead, leave the ears.
Air America — illegal drug operation CIA ran
Mel Gibson made a movie about all this, called Air America.
It included in the background the illegal drug operation the CIA ran to pay for their operations.
Congress had not authorized funds for what we were doing.
I saw the drug operation first hand too.
This was all detailed in The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia by Alfred McCoy.
I did not connect all this until the Iran-Contra hearings when Oliver North was testifying about it.
Oliver North was a leader of the Laos operation I was assigned to work with.
Our country has a long history of these type programs going back to World War Two.
We copied this from of warfare from the Nazis in WWII it seems.
[Brought the Nazi's back to the US, paid them to run operations — Kewe]
We justified it as necessary for the Cold War.
One of the first operations was T.P. Ajax run by Kermit Roosevelt to overthrow the democratically elected government of Iran in 1953to take over their oil fields.
In that coup the CIA and the State Department under the Dulles Brothers first perfected these covert, illegal and immoral actions.
Historians have suggested that Operation T.P. Ajax was the single event that set in motion the political force of Islamic fundamentalism we are still dealing with today.
Chalmers Johnson also a former CIA employee wrote a series of books too on these blowbacks that happen when the truth is held from the American public.
If we had taken a different approach to our problems in those days an approach that did not rely on lying to our own and the people of other countries and killing them indiscriminately our country would not be in the disaster it is abroad today..
I was young and foolish in those days of the Vietnam War, coveting my Top Secret security clearance, a big thing for an uneducated hillbilly from Appalachia.
When will this 'official' hypocrisy stop
We saw ourselves much like James Bond characters, but now I am much wiser.
These kinds of actions have immense and long reaching consequences and should be shut down.
But I see from the Ray Davis fiasco in Pakistan that our government is still up to its old way of denying to the people of the world what everyone knows is true.
When will this official hypocrisy end, when will our political class speak out about this and quit going along with the lies and tricks?
How many more of our people and others will die in these foolish programs?
Davis is in a bad situation now because most of the people of the world, as we see across the Middle East, are now aware of the lies and not going to turn their head anymore.
I say “most” everyone knows, because our own public, the ones suppose to be in control of the military and CIA, is constantly lied to.
It is so sad to see President Obama repeating the big lie.
Robert Anderson lives in Albuquerque, N.M.
He can be reached at citizen [at] comcast.net
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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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Another most disgusting aspect of US life is the trial of hero Bradley Manning, now Chelsea Manning.

Hundreds of Thousands of US Government Employees had access to the US military's classified network of terror and deceit.

Yet only one youngster had any thought of letting the world view this criminality.

Mass crimes against humanity - unspeakable grief and horror committed by supposedly a sane country.

Hundreds of millions turning their heads away because they do not want to see, feel, or hear the blood dripping onto their soul.

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Another most disgusting aspect of US life is the trial of hero Bradley Manning, now Chelsea Manning.
Hundreds of Thousands of US Government Employees had access to the US military's classified network of terror and deceit.
Yet
only one youngster had any thought of letting the world view this criminality.
Mass crimes against humanity — unspeakable grief and horror committed by supposedly a sane country.
Hundreds of millions turning their heads away because they do not want to see, feel, or hear the blood dripping onto their soul.
Kewe
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
Purple Heart For Moral Convictions
Pain so deep it cries a silent weep
Camouflaged in fear afraid to speak
In desperate hope a wounded heart revealed
In Bradley Manning's courageous light no longer concealed
Bradley Manning's heroic fight
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Chelsea Manning Support Network
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Remote control soldier
Once soldiers become civilians and get away from the 'Green Machine' they begin to have insights that go beyond their intelligence.
As a Vietnam veteran who was brain washed every day before I ever went into the military, my return to civilian life was more like a trip from outer space.
I was blind, but now I see.
The greatest revelation that came out of my year in Vietnam was the realization that the entire Vietnam War was a lie.
Every single fiber of my being was duped by a government that I thought was on my side.
In short, I was incested by the U.S. Government.
Not only was I fucked for profit, but I was left for dead.
Forty years post Vietnam and that profound truth has catapulted me into a new dimension.
The only way you can recover from rape is to do whatever it takes to bear witness about the criminality of your own country.
It was an inside job G.I.
When you finally realize you fought on the wrong side your IQ tripples.
The first time I ever said 'Fuck The Military' is the first time I ever experienced critical thinking.
Mike Hastie
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US yearns for Pak capitulation
March 10, 2008
by Shireen M Mazari
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has given them bases and logistic support as well as intelligence sharing but what the US is now demanding from Islamabad has shocked the Defence and Foreign Ministries and the initial reaction has been a rejection of what are highly intrusive demands for the US military and auxiliary personnel in Pakistan.
11 US demands
This scribe has learnt of the latest set of 11 demands the US has put to the Government of Pakistan through the Ministry of Defence.    As one goes down the list of the demands, they become increasingly untenable.
The first demand is for granting of a status that is accorded to the technical and administrative staff of the US embassy.   The second demand is that these personnel be allowed to enter and exit Pakistan on mere National Identification (for example a driving licence) that is without any visas.
Victim US drone attack
Next, the US is demanding that Pakistan accept the legality of all US licences, which would include arms licences.   This is followed by the demand that all these personnel be allowed to carry arms and wear uniforms as they wish, across the whole of Pakistan.
Directly undermines our sovereignty
Then comes a demand that directly undermines our sovereignty — that the US criminal jurisdiction be applicable in Pakistan to US nationals.   In other words, these personnel would not be subject to Pakistani law.
In territories of US allies like Japan, this condition exists in areas where there are US bases and has become a source of major resentment in Japan, especially because there are frequent cases of US soldiers raping Japanese women and getting away with it.   In the context of Pakistan, the demand to make the US personnel above the Pakistani law would not be limited to any one part of the country! So the Pakistani citizens will become fair game for US military personnel as well as other auxiliary staff like military contractors.
Exemption from all taxes
The next demand is for exemption from all taxes, including indirect taxes like excise duty, etc.   The seventh demand is for inspection-free import and export of all goods and materials.   So we would not know what they are bringing in or taking out of our country — including Gandhara art as well as sensitive materials.
At number eight is the demand for free movement of vehicles, vessels including aircraft, without landing or parking fees! Then, at number nine, there is a specific demand that selected US contractors should also be exempted from tax payments.
At number ten there is the demand for free of cost use of US telecommunication systems and using all necessary radio spectrum.   The final demand is the most dangerous and is linked to the demand for non-applicability of Pakistani law for US personnel.
Father killed by US drone attack
Waiver of all claims:  Death injury property
Demand number eleven is for a waiver of all claims to damage to loss or destruction of others’ property, or death to personnel or armed forces or civilians.   The US has tried to be smart by not using the word “other” for death but, given the context, clearly it implies that US personnel can maim and kill Pakistanis and destroy our infrastructure and weaponry with impunity.
Effectively, if accepted, these demands would give the US personnel complete freedom to do as they please in Pakistan — in fact, they would take control of events in areas of their interest.
It is no wonder then that Pakistan’s Defence Ministry, the Foreign Office and the Law Ministry have reacted with complete rejection.   But, as one official source feared, “This is just the opening salvo of demands and the US can be expected to bargain in order to seek the most critical of these demands.”
As he put it, “Any hesitation or weakness that the US senses on part of Pakistan will put us on a fatal slippery slope to total submission.   This would result in increasing instability in the country.”
So, for those who feel there is bonhomie and complete understanding between the Pakistan military and the US military, and the trouble only exists at the political level, it is time to do a serious rethink.
The first step in dealing rationally with our indigenous terrorist problem holistically and credibly is to create space between ourselves and the US.   As the US adage goes: “There is no free lunch”.
For Pakistan lunching with the US has become unacceptably costly.   When US embassy in Islamabad was approached for reaction to this report, Elizabeth Colton, US Embassy Spokesperson, said, “We will not dignify this attack with a comment.”
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Fighting back against NATO US drone killing and injuring Pakistan Afghanistan 

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NATO oil tanker burning.

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Pakistan — US
Clearly, the Americans have panicked because they know that the Pakistani side knows much more than it is prepared to admit in public.
There are clear indications that Mr. “Davis” has broken down after sustained interrogation in police custody, and has spilled his guts — making the Pakistanis aware of explosive stuff.
It's not that this stuff has surprised the Pakistanis.
When you have 3000 of these guys running around the country — something gives.
The ISI is one of the world’s most powerful spy organizations in the world.
It has deep roots in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Nothing that crawls or walks in Pakistan is hidden from the ISI and other agencies.
On top of this there is a million man Pakistani army.
180 million Pakistanis are also watching the Americans and reporting on them.
Pakistan — US
Blackwater Xe Hyperion killers cannot run amok in Pakistan
After a deluge of Wikileaks and Obama’s rhetoric in Pakistan, there is a genuine feeling in Islamabad that many of the 'consultants' are actually saboteurs who go around blowing up things in Pakistan.
There is almost universals consensus that these mercenaries have to be stopped from doing their dirty chores in Pakistan and that Washington has to understand that Blackwater/Xe/Hyperion killers cannot run amok in Pakistan.
UN creep
Ban demanded “full compliance” with the Ivory Coast arms embargo and warned both the supplier of the military equipment Belarus and Ivory Coast Gbagbo that “appropriate action” would be taken if it were violated.
churnings from Kewe:
The Belarus accusation now admitted by the UN in its stupidity to be false, Ban has clearly showed his card.
Falsity or not, with the present structure of the UN where four nations get to decide effective policy, the UN itself if allowed — and who on this planet is able, if they understand, to prevent such deterioration — the UN itself if allowed is clearly in the last stages of solidifying a dictatorship of four nations.
In cohesion of the few, any notion of sovereignty of individual nations becomes mute.
That which 'four' rule — and of course those others, Germany, Brazil, Japan... who seek to get into this select group.
Then it will be 'The One' as figurehead master — the war criminal Obama stands in the wings ready to take on such role!
But we all know that the Obama of the United States, an individual so heavily blackmailed by actions before and during his presidency — cannot step from the agenda the top echelons of the pyramid dictate.   He will do nothing for the advancement of human dignity and rights — for Soul's freedom.   He will only continue to kill where it is deemed appropriate.
Thank God for this complicated rising of the Muslims.
I do not think the NWO have it yet under control!
But behind the UN mask is the plan, is it not, Ban — you as the initial 'unofficial' dictator!
Eventually mass depopulation of Earth mortals under Obama, or whoever, and a few at the top to continue to make all the rules for those who do not get killed off!
THE LIE IS DIFFERENT AT EVERY LEVEL
The ever-increasing lies and cover-up
at the 7-7 London Bombing 'inquiry'
Not until this Inquest, five years later, did startled lawyers acting on behalf of the victim-families get to hear, that NO POST MORTEMS had been performed on the dead.
Let us repeat this astonishing statement, the better to realise our own astounded bafflement:
NO POST MORTEMS HAD BEEN PERFORMED ON THE DEAD.
Let’s listen to the bewildered comment from pathologist Dr. Awani Choudhary, one of the first doctors on the scene from the BMA at Tavistock Square, who testified to the Inquest about his attempts to save the life of Gladys Wundowa:
‘I have not seen the post-mortem report, but I thought that she was bleeding from somewhere … So if the post-mortem says that she was not bleeding from anywhere, just had a spinal injury, I will be surprised…
Q. Since you ask about the post-mortem, can I simply inform you that, as with all the other casualties of the day, no internal post-mortem was conducted into Gladys Wundowa, so unfortunately, much as we would like the answers to the questions that you’ve asked, they don’t –
A. I… I’m absolutely sure that she had had internal injury as well as a spinal injury, and I’m absolutely surprised that a post-mortem has not been done through and through.
Q. Well, Mr Choudhary, that isn’t a matter to concern you.
A. Sorry.
Q. … we don’t need to concern ourselves about that matter.    (Jan 20 am, 63:22- 65:6)
“Today Iraq has been turned into a vast prison," lawyer Amal Sawadi told the World Tribunal on Iraq hearing.
"They come to people’s houses in the middle of the night, when everyone is asleep, blow in the door.
They point their weapons in people’s faces ... they search women in front of their families, they smash everything in the house.”
A lot of U.S. soldiers are on medication
Tim Goodrich, war resistance veteran

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”Tim Goodrich, who established 'Iraq Veterans Against War' foundation after his mission as a US soldier finished in Saudi Arabia, said that US soldiers who are in depression take revenge from Iraqi people.
Goodrich said the US Army is mainly made up of young people who are poor or from minorities and added these soldiers with low cultural backgrounds and communication are depressed in Iraq.
Goodrich said he saw that a lack of culture and fascism has spread through the US Army while he was in the army and added: 'If I had a dollar for each time I heard — Bomb all of the Middle East — I would be a rich man at the moment.
A lot of soldiers are on medication, some soldiers try to take revenge for their depression from Iraqi people.'”

Saturday, 2 July, 2005
Iraq envoy accuses US of killing
US Marines carrying out a house raid during Operation Spear, targeting insurgents in Anbar province
US troops have been targeting rebels in operations across Anbar
Iraq's ambassador to the UN has demanded an inquiry into what he said was the "cold-blooded murder" of his young unarmed relative by US marines.
Samir Sumaidaie said his 21-year-old cousin was shot as he helped marines who were carrying out searches at his village in the restive Anbar province.
Mr Sumaidaie said the ramifications of such a "serious crime" were enormous for both the US and Iraq.
US officials said the allegations would be thoroughly investigated.
Meanwhile, a suicide bomber has killed at leat 20 people outside a special police recruiting centre in the capital Baghdad.
Iraq's ambassador to the UN, Samir Sumaidaie
All indications point to a killing of an unarmed innocent civilian — a cold blooded murder
Samir Sumaidaie

It is the latest in a spate of attacks targeting the country's security forces.
English exercise
In a letter to colleagues, Mr Sumaidaie explained in detail what happened to his cousin Mohammed al-Sumaidaie on 25 June in the village of al-Sheikh Hadid.
He said Mohammed, an engineering student, was visiting his family home when some 10 marines with an Egyptian interpreter knocked on the door at 1000 local time.
He opened the door to them and was "happy to exercise some of his English", said the ambassador.
When asked if there were any weapons in the house, Mohammed took the marines to a room where there was a rifle with no live ammunition.
It was the last the family saw him alive.  Shortly after, another brother was dragged out and beaten and the family was ordered to wait outside.
As the marines left "smiling at each other" an hour later, the interpreter told the mother they had killed Mohammed, said Mr Sumaidaie.
"In the bedroom, Mohammed was found dead and laying in a clotted pool of his blood.  A single bullet had penetrated his neck."
The US military said the allegations "roughly correspond to an incident involving coalition forces on that day and in that general location".
Maj Gen Stephen T Johnson said the allegations were being taken seriously and would be thoroughly investigated.
Acting US ambassador to the UN, Anne Patterson, had "expressed her heartfelt condolences" to Mr Sumaidaie, said a spokesman.
She has urged the Pentagon and state department to look into the matter immediately.
"All indications point to a killing of an unarmed innocent civilian — a cold blooded murder," said Mr Sumaidaie in his letter.
"I believe this killing must be investigated in a credible and convincingly fair way to ensure that justice is done, and the sense of grievance is mitigated, and to deter similar actions in the future."
IslamOnline.org
Samir Sumaidaie is a Western-educated Sunni Arab who was a member of the Governing Council installed by the US-led occupation authority following the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in March2003 .
And in April 2004 he held the post of interior minister for two months before Iyad Allawi's government was handed power by the Americans.
A study published by the respected British medical weekly Lancet has said that over100,000 civilians — half of them women and children — have lost their lives in air strikes and deadly US operations since the start of US-led invasion-turned-occupation of Iraq.
On Tuesday, June28, 100 Iraqi and 1,000 US troops launched a fresh offensive against resistance fighters in the western province of Al-Anbar, focusing along the Euphrates River between the cities of Haditha and Hit.
The operation “Saif (sword)” is the fourth battalion-sized operation the Marines have launched in towns in the Western desert during the past two months.
Earlier this month they staged Operation Spear against resistance fighters in the border town of Karabila, where they destroyed much of the town with air strikes, according to eyewitnesses.
 
 
Published on Friday, July 8, 2005 by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Blair's Alliance with Bush Bombed
by Robert Fisk
"If you bomb our cities," Osama bin Laden said in a recent videotape, "we will bomb yours."
It was clear Britain would be a target ever since British Prime Minister Tony Blair decided to join President Bush's "war on terror" and his invasion of Iraq.
We had, as they say, been warned.
The G-8 summit was obviously chosen, well in advance, as Attack Day.
Trying to get us to withdraw from Iraq
It's no use Blair telling us, "They will never succeed in destroying what we hold dear."
They are not trying to destroy "what we hold dear."
They are trying to get public opinion to force Blair to withdraw from Iraq, out of his alliance with the United States, out of his adherence to Bush's policies in the Middle East.
The Spanish paid the price for their support for Bush — and Spain's subsequent retreat from Iraq proved that the Madrid bombings achieved their objectives — while the Australians were made to suffer in Bali.
It is easy for Blair to call yesterday's bombings "barbaric"' — they were — but what were the civilian deaths of the Anglo American invasion of Iraq in 2003, the children torn apart by cluster bombs, the innocent Iraqis gunned down at American military checkpoints.
Collateral damage?
When they die, it is "collateral damage"; when "we" die it is "barbaric terrorism."
If we are fighting insurgency in Iraq what makes us believe insurgency won't come to us?
One thing is certain:  If Blair really believes that by "fighting terrorism" in Iraq we could more efficiently protect Britain, this argument is no longer valid.
To time these bombs with the G-8 summit, when the world was concentrating on Britain, was not a stroke of genius.
You don't need a Ph.D. to choose another Bush-Blair handshake to close down a capital city with explosives and massacre its citizens.
The G-8 summit was announced so far in advance that he gave the bombers all the time they needed to prepare.
A coordinated system of attacks of the kind we saw yesterday takes weeks to plan; we can forget the idiotic fantasy these were timed to coincide with the Olympic decision.
Bin Laden and his supporters don't set up an operation like this on the off chance that France will lose its bid to host the Games.
Al-Qaida does not play football.
No, this would have taken months — to choose safe houses, prepare explosives, identify targets, ensure security, choose the bombers, to plan the communications.
Coordination and sophisticated planning — and the usual utter indifference toward the lives of the innocent — are characteristic of al-Qaida.
Let us reflect on the fact that yesterday — the opening of the G-8 — represented a total failure of our security services.
These are the same intelligence "experts" who claim there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when there were none but who utterly failed to uncover a months-long plot to kill Londoners.
Trains, planes, buses, cars, metros.  Transportation appears to be the science of al-Qaida's dark arts.
3 million London commuters
No one can search 3 million London commuters every day.
No one can stop every tourist.
Then come the Muslims of Britain, who have long been awaiting this nightmare.
Now every one of our Muslims becomes the usual suspect, the man or woman with brown eyes, the man with the beard, the woman in the scarf, the boy with the worry beads, the girl who says she's been racially abused.
I remember, crossing the Atlantic on 9/11 — my plane turned around off Ireland when the United States closed its airspace — how the aircraft purser and I toured the cabins to see if we could identify any suspicious passengers.
I found about a dozen, of course, totally innocent men who had brown eyes or long beards or who looked at me with "hostility."
And sure enough, in just a few seconds, bin Laden turned nice, liberal, friendly Robert into an anti-Arab racist.
And this is part of the point of yesterday's bombings: to divide British Muslims from British non-Muslims (let us not mention the name Christians), to encourage the very kind of racism that Blair claims to resent.
But here's the problem.
Blair has locked us into
To go on pretending that Britain's enemies want to destroy "what we hold dear" encourages racism; what we are confronting here is a specific, direct, centralized attack on London as a result of a "war on terror" that Blair has locked us into.
Just before the U.S. presidential elections, bin Laden asked: "Why do we not attack Sweden?"
Lucky Sweden.
No Osama bin Laden there.
And no Tony Blair.
Robert Fisk writes for The Independent in London
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Posted 6/30/2005

What Iraq needs is a Walter Cronkite
President Bush went on the air this week to pretend again that things are OK in Iraq. Shades of President Lyndon Johnson and Vietnam nearly 40 years ago.
The most important similarity between Iraq and Vietnam is that both Democratic and Republican presidents lied to us in wartime.  To refresh your memory, here's how we got out of the Vietnam quagmire:
• Walter Cronkite, CBS-TV news anchor known as "the most trusted man in America," after a combat tour of Vietnam in 1968 declared, "There is no way this war can be justified any longer."
• Johnson lamented to aides, "If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America."  He announced he would not run for re-election.
The crucial difference between Vietnam and Iraq is that there is no Cronkite to call Bush's bluff.
Without a strong, trusted, non-political voice, too many of us remain Bush-blinded.
Bush tried keeping the wool over our eyes again Tuesday on national TV by repeatedly tying Iraq to 9/11.
That charge is as phony as his discredited prewar claim that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.
Most of us who have had personal war experiences strongly believe this great country is worth fighting for at risk of lives.
My World War II Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman's Badge on the wall behind my desk remind me of that daily.
They also remind me that war is hell, that we must fully support our servicemen and women and put their lives at risk only for honest and just and noble causes.
That's why I'm convinced the best way to support our troops in Iraq is to bring them home.  Sooner rather than later. 
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Tim Goodrich, war resistance veteran

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Reuters by Mark Felsenthal
Samir Sumaidaie said insurgents who were not from the area fired mortar rounds at the U.S. base.  Then "Americans come and rough up the youths in the village demanding information which they simply do not have."
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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A 'morning-after pill' for soldiers?
Hormone may buffer against war's effects
Image: Army Foreign Commandos With a full moon overhead, U.S. Army special forces stand watch outside a Taliban compound in Afghanistan on Aug. 24, 2002.
By By Mike Kortsch
MSNBC
March 7 — John Wayne might have shuddered at the thought, but scientists have discovered that Mother Nature may contribute to the legendary toughness of the Green Berets.
According to researchers, members of the elite special forces unit may be able to cope better with stress because of a hormone that helps them stay focused under fire.
Scientists hope the same chemical will one day prevent the debilitating effects of combat on ordinary soldiers returning from the battlefield.
"WE WERE very excited by these results," Dr. Andy Morgan, a professor of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a researcher with the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, said in an August interview for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Morgan and his colleagues examined the stress response of special forces soldiers who undergo a rigorous program as part of their training at the Military Survival School at Fort Bragg, N.C.
The training includes being held captive in a mock POW camp and undergoing simulated interrogation.
Measuring the trainees' psychological and physical symptoms before and after the exercise, Morgan discovered that all participants produced high levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
But the Army's Green Berets produced higher levels of another hormone, known as neuropeptide Y, or NPY, than did Rangers or Marines.
NPY is a chemical messenger in the brain that helps control appetite and buffers the effects of stress.
"Those that produce less NPY performed poorly in the training and looked a lot more anxious and frazzled at the end," Morgan said in the VA interview.
In short, the Green Berets experienced the same stress as their fellow soldiers but were better able to cope with it, possibly at least in part because of hormonal differences.
But, despite the intriguing results of the NPY study, scientists still do not know whether the differences found between the Green Berets and other groups of soldiers represent a genetic predisposition or whether there was "something in their previous training in the military that helped them perform better under stress," Morgan said.
"It is a question of nature versus nurture," adds Dr. Matthew Friedman, executive director of the Center for PTSD.
'MORNING-AFTER PILL' FOR SOLDIERS?
For the military, severe stress is nothing new.  PTSD has been observed in many veterans, but in-depth research into the problem began only after the Vietnam War.
According to a major study, an estimated 30 percent of all Vietnam vets developed PTSD and 15 percent were still suffering from it as late as 1988.  In general, researchers believe about a third of all men and women who have spent time in war zones experience PTSD.
Given the widespread nature of the problem, finding a way to mitigate the effects of traumatic experiences would be an enormous benefit to the military and society as a whole.
Morgan is convinced that NPY could eventually be used as a medication for soldiers suffering from PTSD — a kind of "morning-after pill" for troops returning from battle.
Meanwhile, Friedman hopes that one day scientists will be able to train people to naturally raise their own levels of NPY to ward off the effects of stress.
NO 'MAGIC BULLET'
But some researchers remain skeptical.
"Theoretically, it is possible," says Dr. Stevan Hobfoll, professor of psychology and director of the Center for Treatment and Studies of Traumatic Stress at Kent State University.  But there is still little knowledge about the actual mechanism of such hormones like NPY, he says.
Hobfoll adds that medication will never be the only treatment for PTSD and at best will be one only part of the solution.  Hobfoll, who was co-chairman of the American Psychological Association Commission on Stress and War during the 1991 Gulf War, believes that some within the military are pushing hard for a "magic bullet" approach to help traumatized soldiers.
But Hobfoll says that regardless of what drugs are developed, psychotherapy will likely continue to play a primary role in the recovery process.
There are several psychotherapies available to treat PTSD, with cognitive-behavioral therapy generally considered the most effective.  In this approach, patients relive and discuss traumatic events under professional supervision.
"In many cases, this causes a certain amount of distress but it has been found to be among the most effective treatments," Dr. Farris Tuma, chief of the Traumatic Stress Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Heath, said in an interview with the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal.
Still, researchers are continuing in their efforts to develop anti-stress agents.
"We think that it is an important step," Friedman says.
Morgan's goals go even further — he plans to focus on stress prevention and how to "treat healthy people before they become unhealthy," he said in the VA interview.
If these researchers are successful, their discoveries may trick Mother Nature once again.
© 2004 MSNBC Interactive
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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US destroyed Fallujah as it tries to destroy the rest of Iraq
Published on Monday, July 4, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
by Sheldon Drobny
Justice O'Connor's decision in Bush v. Gore led to the current Bush administration's execution of war crimes and atrocities in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places in the Middle East that are as egregious as those committed by the Third Reich and other evil governments in human history.
The lesson is clear.
Those people who may be honorable and distinguished in their chosen profession should always make decisions based upon good rather than evil no matter where their nominal allegiances may rest.
Justice O'Connor was quoted to have said something to the affect that she abhorred the thought of Bush losing the 2000 election to Gore.
She was known to have wanted to retire after the 2000 election for same reason she is now retiring.
She wanted to spend more time with her sick husband.
Unfortunately, she tarnished her distinguished career with the deciding vote in Bush v. Gore by going along with the partisan majority of the Court to interfere with a democratic election that she and the majority feared would be lost in an honest recount.
She dishonored herself and the Supreme Court by succumbing to party allegiances and not The Constitution to which she swore to uphold.
And the constitutional argument she and the majority used to justify their decision was the Equal Protection Clause.
The Equal Protection Clause was the ultimate basis for the decision, but the majority essentially admitted (what was obvious in any event) that it was not basing its conclusion on any general view of what equal protection requires.
The decision in Bush v Gore was not dictated by the law in any sense—either the law found through research, or the law as reflected in the kind of intuitive sense that comes from immersion in the legal culture.
The Equal Protection clause is generally used in matters concerning civil rights.
The majority ignored their basic conservative views supporting federalism and states' rights in order to justify their decision.
History will haunt these justices down for their utter lack of justice and the hypocrisy associated with this decision.
Sheldon Drobny is Co-founder of Air America Radio.
Unspeakable grief and horror
                        ...and the circus of deception continues...
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Circus of Torture   2003 — now
He says, "You are quite mad, Kewe"
And of course I am.
Why, I don't believe any of it — not the bloody body, not the bloody mind, not even the bloody Universe, or is it bloody multiverse.
"It's all illusion," I say.   "Don't you know, my lad, my lassie.   The game!   The game, me girl, me boy!   Takes on interest, don't you know.   T'is me sport, till doest find a better!"
Pssssst — but all this stuff is happening down here
Let's change it!
Mother her two babies killed by US
More than Fifteen million
US dollars given by US taxpayers to Israel each day for their military use
4 billion US dollars per year
Nanci Pelosi — U.S. House Democratic leader — Congresswoman California, 8th District
Speaking at the AIPAC agenda   May 26, 2005
There are those who contend that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is all about Israel's occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.   This is absolute nonsense.
In truth, the history of the conflict is not over occupation, and never has been:  it is over the fundamental right of Israel to exist.
The greatest threat to Israel's right to exist, with the prospect of devastating violence, now comes from Iran.
For too long, leaders of both political parties in the United States have not done nearly enough to confront the Russians and the Chinese, who have supplied Iran as it has plowed ahead with its nuclear and missile technology....
In the words of Isaiah, we will make ourselves to Israel 'as hiding places from the winds and shelters from the tempests; as rivers of water in dry places; as shadows of a great rock in a weary land.'
Pelosi
 
 
CIA Obama the acting president
Every facial movement, gesture of the hand, word enunciated by the 44th president turns out to be a complete charade
The CIA — Obama — Illuminati
A long-term strategic CIA plan to recruit promising candidates
and steer these individuals and their families into positions of influence and power
Behavior modification
Phenomenological — structures of consciousness — programs
US policy has even less regard for human rights both abroad and at home
       Afghanistan — Western Terror States: Canada, US, UK, France, Germany, Italy       
       Photos of Afghanistan people being killed and injured by NATO     
 
 
 
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