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Evil, profit-motivated criminals are killing US troops and innocents abroad

US troops asked if they would shoot American citizens – PrisonPlanet 2/4/08

Worthwhile reading, and 2 frightening embedded videos. 

 

Corporate Profiteering Against Iraq Vets – Salon 11/20/07

 

US unable to manage contractors in war – Washington Post 1/24/08

 

US helmet maker quickly settles suit over helmets’ quality – Int’l Herald Tribune 2/6/08

EXCERPT: “A North Dakota manufacturer has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a suit alleging that it had repeatedly shortchanged the armor in up to 2.2 million helmets for the military, including helmets for the first troops sent to Iraq and Afghanistan. Twelve days before the settlement with the Justice Department was announced, the company, Sioux Manufacturing of Fort Totten, was given a new contract of up to $74 million to make more armor for helmets to replace the old ones, which were made from the late 1980s to last year.”

 

Report: Guard, Reserves using hardware their grandfathers used – Raw Story 2/7/08

EXCERPT: “The final report of the independent Commission on the National Guard and Reserves, released last week, warned that the United States is unprepared for natural disasters or terrorist attacks because the Guard and Reserves lack adequate training and equipment. According to 13 News in Hampton Roads, VA, “The Commission on the Guard and Reserve says soldiers use hardware their grandfathers used, and that so much gear is in Iraq, nine out of ten units do not have what they need to do their jobs, so they cannot defend against a major attack here at home.”

 

War Profiteers: Business is booming! The economy’s great! – Washington Post 2/10/08

 

When Mercenary Armies Go Crazy – BitOfNews 11/4/07

 

Inside the World of War Profiteers – Chicago Tribune 2/21/08

EXCERPT: “Hundreds of pages of recently unsealed court records detail how kickbacks shaped the war’s largest troop support contract months before the first wave of U.S. soldiers plunged their boots into Iraqi sand. The graft continued well beyond the 2004 congressional hearings that first called attention to it. And the massive fraud endangered the health of American soldiers even as it lined contractors’ pockets, records show.”

 

US soldier refuses to serve in illegal Iraq war – AFP/Raw Story 5/16/08

 

Iraq Vets Testify to War Atrocities, Vow to Fight and Resist Bush Policy – Alternet 5/20/08

 

Uranium Bonfire: Air Force incinerates radioactive waste – Salt Lake Tribune 4/21/08

 

Soldiers of the War On Terror Speak Out – Alternet 4/18/08
Theodore Roosevelt: “To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”

 

KBR workers in Iraq stole weapons, gold, antiquities – Houston Chronicle 4/28/08

EXCERPTS: “Warren leveled her allegations in early 2004 after being reprimanded by a supervisor for giving water to Iraqi workers laboring in a sweltering laundry building when their own water supply was undrinkable. Warren said the supervisor reminded her she had signed a confidentiality agreement and then threatened her by suggesting an American woman “wouldn’t last very long on the streets of Baghdad.” That evening, with company managers present, she called KBR’s ethics hot line in Houston to report her allegations. She eventually was escorted out of Baghdad by company security after KBR officials intercepted a threatening e-mail, Warren said. Frank Cassaday, a former KBR ice plant operator, told lawmakers that a KBR foreman tried to take military equipment, including two rocket launchers, detonators and ammunition. When he confronted the foreman, Cassaday said, “he told me to mind my own business.”

 

DynCorp Manager Used Armored Car To Transport Hookers in Iraq – Muckraked 4/28/08

EXCERPT: “”DynCorp’s site manager was involved in bringing prostitutes into hotels operated by DynCorp. A co-worker unrelated to the ring was killed when he was travelling in an unsecure car and shot performing a high-risk mission. I believe that my co-worker could have survived if he had been riding in an armored car. At the time, the armored car that he would otherwise have been riding in was being used by the contractor’s manager to transport prostitutes from Kuwait to Baghdad.”

 

Despite alert, flawed wiring still kills GIs – NYTimes 5/4/08

EXCERPT: “In October 2004, the United States Army issued an urgent bulletin to commanders across Iraq, warning them of a deadly new threat to American soldiers. Because of flawed electrical work by contractors, the bulletin stated, soldiers at American bases in Iraq had received severe electrical shocks, and some had even been electrocuted. The bulletin, with the headline “The Unexpected Killer,” was issued after the horrific deaths of two soldiers who were caught in water — one in a shower, the other in a swimming pool — that was suddenly electrified after poorly grounded wiring short-circuited…In all, at least a dozen American military personnel have been electrocuted in Iraq…One electrician warned his KBR bosses in his 2005 letter of resignation that unsafe electrical work was “a disaster waiting to happen.” Another said he witnessed an American soldier in Afghanistan receiving a potentially lethal shock. A third provided e-mail messages and other documents showing that he had complained to KBR and the government that logs were created to make it appear that nonexistent electrical safety systems were properly functioning. KBR itself told the Pentagon in early 2007 about unsafe electrical wiring at a base near the Baghdad airport, but no repairs were made. Less than a year later, a soldier was electrocuted in a shower there.”

Thanks, KBR/Halliburton/Cheney! Let’s be clear, KBR employees are forced to sub-contract to Iraqi and Afghan civilians, so that KBR can keep th emillions the US has given them. The American KBR employees repeatedly point out the severe problems, and are ignored or reprimanded by KBR management. Then, when soldiers die in the shower, rather than on the front lines – we blame the US government? I think there’s plenty of blame to go around here…

 

America’s Chemically Modified 21st Century Soldiers – Alternet 5/3/08

 

More Cannon Fodder! – AP/Houston Chronicle 4/4/08

“The United States intends to send many more combat forces to Afghanistan next year, regardless of whether troop levels in Iraq are cut further this year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today.  It is the first time the Bush administration has made such a commitment for 2009.”

 

Dept of Defense delayed brain scans for vets over two years – USA Today 3/17/08

EXCERPTS: “For more than two years, the Pentagon delayed screening troops returning from Iraq for mild brain injuries because officials feared veterans would blame vague ailments on the little-understood wound caused by exposure to bomb blasts, says the military’s director of medical assessments….An Army mental health report last month indicated that 11% of 2,195 soldiers surveyed in Iraq and Afghanistan show signs of mild brain injury, but fewer than half were identified and evaluated in the field. That’s more proof of the need to screen troops as they leave Iraq, says Air Force Lt. Col. Michael Jaffee, a neurologist who heads the brain injury center. Screening includes a series of questions about a soldier’s experience and symptoms relating to head injury, such as balance or memory.”

 

Corner Shot takes the guesswork out of urban warfare – CNet 12/20/07

 

The Vietnam Syndrome: Photo Expose on the Effects of Agent Orange – Vanity Fair 8/06

 

VA Watchdog: Keeping an Eye on the VA Because Someone Has To

 

Veterans for Common Sense

“Veterans for Common Sense – VCS was formed in August 2002 as a nonprofit 501- c3 organization by war veterans who believe that we, the people of the United States of America, are most secure when our country is free, strong, and responsibly engaged with the world. Our mission, based on the pragmatic ideals of the American patriot Thomas Paine, is to raise the unique and powerful voices of veterans so that our military, veterans, freedom, and national security are protected and enhanced, for ourselves and for future generations.”

 

Exposed to military, chemical and biological warfare tests, they walk among us – CNet 3/2/08

 

Troops in Iraq are getting sick from drinking water KBR was paid to clean and didn’t – AP/Yahoo 3/9/08

 

Court gags ex-SAS man who made torture claims – Guardian, UK 2/29/08

EXCERPT: “Ben Griffin could be jailed if he makes further disclosures about how people seized by special forces were allegedly mistreated and ended up in secret prisons in breach of the Geneva conventions and international law. Griffin, 29, left the British army in 2005 after three months in Baghdad, saying he disagreed with the “illegal” tactics of US troops.  He told a press conference hosted by the Stop the War Coalition this week that individuals detained by SAS troops in a joint UK-US special forces taskforce had ended up in interrogation centres in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as Guantánamo Bay. He had not witnessed torture himself but added: “I have no doubt in my mind that non-combatants I personally detained were handed over to the Americans and subsequently tortured.”
 
“Referring to the government’s admission that two US rendition flights containing terror suspects had landed at the British territory of Diego Garcia, Griffin said the use of British territory and airspace “pales into insignificance in light of the fact that it has been British soldiers detaining the victims of extraordinary rendition in the first place”.

 

Statement from Ben Griffin on StopTheWar Coalition website – 2/25/08

 

US Military Breaks Ranks Pt 1: A Salvo at the White House – AsiaTimes 1/23/08

 

US Military Index: Survey of range of military service members – Center for New American Security

 

Video: A History of Evil – YouTube via BoingBoing 2/27/08

 

Confessions of a Gitmo Guard: A Nightmare World of Torture and Prison Guard Suicides – CounterPunch 2/26/08

EXCERPTS: “Dr. John R. Smith, 75, is a Oklahoma City psychiatrist who has done worked at military posts during the past few years. He is also a consultant for the University of Oklahoma’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services, and is affiliated with the Veteran’s Affairs Administration Hospital in Oklahoma City. The court-appointed psychiatric examination of Timothy McVeigh, who bombed the Murrah Federal Building in 1995, was conducted by Smith. A few years ago, he became a contract physician, treating active duty members of the US military in need of psychotherapy. Smith spoke on February 22, 2008, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, held in Washington DC. His presentation dealt with the psychological impact on guards of working at Guantánamo . He focused on a chilling case history, of a patient he called “Mr. H.”
 
“Smith said his presentation at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences meeting was the first time he’d ever spoken publicly about his Guantánamo patients. He decided to talk, he said, because he is concerned that veterans are generally ineligible for PTSD – post-traumatic stress disorder disability benefits if the condition is not caused by combat. He considers the guards of Guantánamo “an overlooked group of victims.” But in making that case, Smith stepped into a unique role. Heretofore, almost all accounts of torture at Guantánamo have come from non-governmental human rights groups or detainees and their defense lawyers. The FBI accounts in 2004 were contradictory. Smith, a prestigious physician, relayed accounts from inside the military.”

 

 

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