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Who ordered the execution of Pat Tillman?, More on the Baghdad Diarist, and other crimes against our troops

 

The New Republic’s statement on Scott Thomas Beauchamp, the Baghdad Diarist (TNR via MParent blog)

EXCERPTS: “All of Beauchamp’s essays were fact-checked before publication… After questions were raised about the veracity of his essay, TNR extensively re-reported Beauchamp’s account.”

“In this process, TNR contacted dozens of people. Editors and staffers spoke numerous times with Beauchamp. We also spoke with current and former soldiers, forensic experts, and other journalists who have covered the war extensively. And we sought assistance from Army Public Affairs officers. Most important, we spoke with five other members of Beauchamp’s company, and all corroborated Beauchamp’s anecdotes, which they witnessed or, in the case of one solider, heard about contemporaneously. (All of the soldiers we interviewed who had first-hand knowledge of the episodes requested anonymity.)”

“…late last week, the Army began its own investigation, short-circuiting our efforts. Beauchamp had his cell-phone and computer taken away and is currently unable to speak to even his family. His fellow soldiers no longer feel comfortable communicating with reporters.

Weekly Standard uses Marine Reservist, gay porn actor and male escort Matt Sanchez as source to discredit TNR’s “Baghdad Diarist” Scott Thomas Beauchamp (Media Matters)

Who ordered the execution of Pat Tillman? (Wonkette)

 

Testimony and letters from the Tillman Fratricide : What the Leadership of the Defense Department Knew meeting by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

 

Soldier recalls Tillman’s final tense moments (Houston Chronicle)

Vote Vets founder sums up Pat Tillman cover up perfectly on MSNBC’s Hardball (PrisonPlanet)

 

Just a day after approving a medal claiming former NFL player Pat Tillman had been cut down by “devastating enemy fire” in Afghanistan, a high-ranking general tried to warn President Bush that the story might not be true, according to testimony obtained by The Associated Press (via Yahoo)

White House invokes executive privilege to hold up Tillman documents (Raw Story)

 

Pentagon announces plan to rotate 20,000 troops into Iraq (Raw Story)

 

Dept of Veterans Affairs Suicide Hotline begins operations (VA)

Pentagon to implant microchips in soldiers brains (PressEsc)

The DoD has awarded a $1.6 Million contract to develop the ‘biochip’. They estimate its’ 5 years from human trials (which of course means its’ happening now)

 

FBI Report: Gangs in the military a threat to national security (CBS via MParent blog)

The third U.S. servicewoman to die in Iraq, Alyssa Peterson, 27, died on September 15, 2003. New information on her death is still coming to light thanks to a FOIA request. (CommonDreams)

Very little information is available – did she commit suicide, or were her objections to U.S. methods treated the same way Pat Tillman’s were?

Army’s ‘debt of service’ leaves vets perplexed (WBCStv)

EXCERPT: “A 2006 government report found more than 1,000 soldiers being billed a total of $1.5 million. And while fighting overseas put their lives on the line, this battle on paper could cost them their future by ruining their credit. Rodriguez will be reported to credit agencies next month.”

These are non-itemized bills sent to soldiers years after they’ve been discharged, billing them for things they were ordered to blow up!

 

Pentagon looking for a PR facelift for more positive ‘branding’ of the war (WashingtonPost)

Contractors in Iraq often pay high price (Int’l Herald Tribune)

There’s as many contractors as troops in Iraq, probably more, and none of them get soldier’s benefits. KBR/Halliburton dismissed this woman, once she was useless to them, and she now receives just over $800/month in disability payments. Shameful!

An Air Force veteran who told Tripler Army Medical Center personnel that he intended to jump to his death from a top floor of the hospital and then did so days later would still be alive if Tripler heeded his pleas to be admitted for severe depression, his widow believes. (Honolulu Advertiser)


Without a Country : Iraq War Vet gets Deportation Papers (MParent blog)

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