Fascism Watch: Mercenaries, Violation of Posse Comitatus, and Police Corruption

US Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police – OpEd News 4/23/09

The United States is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons, and certainly with the US military/national security/intelligence apparatus. There are almost 200,000 “private contractors” in Iraq (more than US soldiers) and Obama is continuing to use mercenaries there and in Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine. At present, 70 percent of the US intelligence budget is going to private companies. Some estimate that private security inside the US actually outnumber police 5-to-1.

Oakland hires private security – Raw Story 4/20/09

‘Force multiplier,’ money motivates merger of feds, AZ cops – Raw Story 4/24/09

Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: – CATO

An Epidemic of Isolated Incidents: Map, details and searchable results

 Reagan’s DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff for Waterboarding Prisoners – TruthOut 4/27/09

Filling the Skies with Robot Assassins: The Drone Wars Have Begun – Alternet 4/8/09

Court: Cops may use Tasers to obtain DNA – Raw Story 6/4/09

Tasers Are the New Killers: Watch Their Popularity Surge! – Alternet 4/2/09

Watch out: 50,000-volt Tasers are deployed in London this week; meanwhile, a new model can ‘instantly incapacitate’ multiple people at a time.

Obama Has 250,000 ‘Contractors’ Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and is Increasing the Use of Mercenaries – Alternet 6/1/09

Obama’s Blackwater? Chicago Mercenary Firm Gets Millions for Private “Security” in Israel and Iraq  – Alternet 4/2/09

Federal records obtained by AlterNet reveal a multi-million dollar contract for a private U.S. paramilitary force operating out of Jerusalem.

Fascism Watch: Torture and other Atrocities, Rendition and Indefinite Detention


A History of CIA Atrocities (through ’93) – Mind Control Forums

Uncle Sam’s Human Lab Rats – Mother Jones 5/18/09

The CIA’s secret history of psychological torture – Salon 6/11/09

Everything You Need To Know About Today’s Torture News – Mother Jones 5/13/09

Obama administration preparing order for indefinite detentions – Global Research 6/29/09

What We Know So Far: A Torture Timeline – DailyKos 4/23/09

Not a DailyKos fan, but this is a well documented compilation


US governments’ experimentation on its’ citizens

A guide to Salon’s investigation of torture, American-style – Salon 5/7/09

10 Horrifying Excerpts From the Just-Released CIA Torture Memos – Alternet 4/17/09

Slamming prisoners into walls, locking them in boxes with insects; these memos are the smoking gun for the sadistic crimes of the Bush administration.

Secretive US prisons hold “terrorists” including animal rights activists and people who gave to the wrong charity – Boing Boing 4/15/09

Secret Detention, Extraordinary Rendition, & Torture: New Evidence of DOD Cooperation with CIA Ghost Detention Program – Global Research 2/13/09

Military attorney: Waterboarding is “tip of the iceberg” – Raw Story 5/20/09

The Raw Story reports that a military attorney who represented a suspected member of Al Qaeda (who was later freed) says her client received genital torture in a Moroccan CIA prison.

Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Yvonne Bradley, the lawyer for Binyam Mohamed, said “They started this monthly treatment where they would come in with a scalpel or a razor type of instrument and they would slash his genitals, just with small cuts.”

Bradley told CNN that when she was first assigned to represent Mohamed, she did not question he was a hardened terrorist, because “my government was saying these were the worst of the worst.” However, she now says, “There’s no reliable evidence that Mr. Mohamed was going to do anything to the United States.”

The 13 people who made torture possible – Salon 5/18/09

We’re all cogs in this machine.

How Americans Came to Support Torture, in Five Steps – Alternet 5/12/09

Even More Corporate Crime: War Profiteers, Polluters, Exploiters

U.S. Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police – Alternet 4/24/09

Some estimate that private security inside the US actually outnumber police 5-to-1.

Is KBR’s Decade-Long Crime Spree Finally Coming to an End? – Alternet 5/20/09

Bribes, kickbacks, concealing gang rapes, and engaging in human trafficking are among the crimes listed in a new class action lawsuit

Pentagon may have been ordered to cover up Iraq probe; Inspector general went to work for Blackwater – Raw Story 5/7/09

Swine Flu Scare: Stock Market Bonanza for “Politically Connected” BioTech Companies – Global Research 4/28/09

Bill Moyers: The Rise of Private Armies — Mercenaries, Murder and Corruption in Iraq and Afghanistan – Alternet 6/9/09

BREAKING: KBR Was Paid $83 Million in Bonuses for Work That Electrocuted US Soldiers – Rebel Reports 5/20/09

Obama Has 250,000 ‘Contractors’ Deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan and is Increasing the Use of Mercenaries – Alternet 6/1/09

Your Credit Card Company Is Building A Psychological Profile Of You – Consumerist 5/16/09

Big pharma to chip in $80B to Medicare – Raw Story 6/21/09

The Video Shell Oil Desperately Doesn’t Want You to See – Alternet 5/26/09

Coca-Cola’s Troubling History: Drug Addicts, Nazis and MLK’s Condemnation – Alternet 6/27/09

Japan Slaps Sanctions on Citibank – NYTimes 6/26/09

Japanese regulators ordered the bank to suspend all sales operations in its retail banking unit for a month, saying it failed to monitor suspicious transactions

Corporations Now Widely Using Wal-Mart Tactics, New Report on Unionbusting Finds – Alternet 5/20/09

How Goldman Sachs Is the Most Greedy Corporation in History – Alternet 5/22/09 

GM-Soy: Destroy the Earth and Humans for Profit – Natural News 5/27/09

Is Whole Foods Just Another Evil Corporation? – Alternet 5/11/09

Beneath the surface of Whole Foods’ fuzzy, progressive image is a company hell-bent on preventing its workers from unionizing

Sharon Smith : Something Stinks at Whole Foods – CounterPunch 5/8/09

Pork’s Dirty Secret: The nation’s top hog producer is also one of America’s worst polluters – Global Research 5/4/09

Why Johnny Can’t Eat Just One – Center for Media & Democracy 4/28/09

The law requires nutritional labels on retail groceries, but not on restaurant meals, so when former U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David A. Kessler asked to see the nutritional labels for foods he likes at Chili’s restaurant, like Southwestern Eggrolls and Boneless Shanghai Wings, Chili’s refused. Ever an inveterate researcher, Kessler resorted to late-night dumpster-diving to obtain them. That’s how he discovered that a single serving of Chili’s Southwestern Eggrolls contains a whopping 910 calories, 57 grams of fat and 1,960 milligrams of sodium. The labels mentioned salt eight different times, and sugars five times. After leading efforts at FDA in the 1990s to regulate nicotine as a drug, Dr. Kessler has now explored the phenomenon of American overeating and the reasons behind the skyrocketing weight gain among the general U.S. population over the last three decades. Dr. Kessler, who has struggled with his own weight over his adult life, discovered that the combination of salt, sugar and fat in foods triggers a chemical change in peoples’ brains that makes them crave more foods containing that same combination. Dr. Kessler sees a parallel between the food industry and the tobacco industry, in that that the food industry manipulates this special salt-sugar-fat combination to induce this neurological response and influence people to eat more. In his new book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, Dr. Kessler describes how the food industry manipulates this chemical combination to “hijack” peoples’ brains and sell more food.

The Monsanto Connection – Dissident Voice 5/2/09

Monsanto and Its Philanthropy – Dissident Voice 5/2/09

The makers of Agent Orange, Round-Up and Terminator Seeds seek control of world food supply:

GTM (Gaming The Market) gives a short list of grievances against Monsanto5 :

1. 1917 US government suit against Monsanto over the safety of saccharin;
2. 1965-1972 UK landfill illegal toxic waste dumping;
3. Agent Orange chemical warfare;
4. 1979 dioxin chemical spill Kemner v. Monsanto longest civil jury trial in U.S. history;
5. Responsible for 56 contaminated Superfund sites;
6. Anniston, Alabama mercury and PCB-laden waste discharged into local creeks over 40 years;
7. Terminator seeds that lead to world food shortages, poverty, and death;
8. Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone Posilac (rBST) (rBGH);
9. Using coercive tactics to monopolize world markets;
10. Pursuing 500 cases annually against customers for “seed fraud”;
11. Andhra Pradesh Government vs. Monsanto on India seed price fixing;
12. US Department of Justice and US Securities and Exchange Commission criminal and civil charges for international bribing;
13. False advertising for “biodegradable” Roundup weed killer;
14. India child labor abuse in the manufacture of cotton-seeds;
15. Farmers suicides in India;7
16. Corporate tax evasion at Sauget, Illinois facility;
17. Campaign against dairies which do not inject bovine growth hormone from advertising.


A Scary Corporate Coup Is Under Way — We’ve Got to Stop It – Alternet 3/31/09

If Wall Street gets its way, Washington will pass new “reforms” that consolidate power and ratify a corporate state.


Burt’s Bees, Tom’s of Maine, Naked Juice: Your Favorite Brands? Take Another Look — They May Not Be What They Seem – Alternet 3/17/09

Confident that you are buying good, socially conscious brands? Find out the real story behind all that marketing money and store visibility.


IBM launches water-management services operation (AP) – Yahoo 3/13/09


IBM files for patent on offshoring jobs – Record Online 3/30/09





Kucinich questions $3.6 billion in bonuses to Merrill Lynch executives – Cleveland Plain Dealer 3/30/09

Merrill Lynch’s bonuses were 22 times larger than the $165 million bonuses AIG paid its executives”…In contrast to the bonuses awarded by AIG, the Merrill bonuses constituted a significant proportion of allocated TARP funds, which were not locked into place by preexisting contract and were performance, not retention, in nature,” Kucinich said in the letter which mentioned the House Oversight subcommittee he chairs is probing the issue.


Morgan Stanley pays $7.2M for duping retirees– CNN 3/25/09


Washington Mutual sues FDIC for over $13 billion  – Raw Story 3/21/09


Terrorism By Another Name: AIG Is Blackmailing America – George Washington blog 3/18/09



Perchlorate Chemicals Found in 100% of Tested Infant Formula Products – Natural News 4/4/09


Chemicals Used to Disinfect Water Create Dangerous Toxins – Natural News 4/4/09 


Big Pharma’s Drugs to be Weaponized to Fight “Mind Wars” on Future Battlefields – Natural News 2/2/09


How Aspartame Became Legal – The Timeline – Rense 2/23/09


Big Pharma Quietly Hikes Drug Prices 100 Percent or More – Prison Planet 2/20/09


Big Pharma’s Drugs to be Weaponized to Fight “Mind Wars” on Future Battlefields – Natural News 2/2/09


Lawmakers Seek to Return Right to Sue Device Makers – NYTimes 2/20/09

A Supreme Court decision in 2008 barred lawsuits against makers of medical devices approved by the F.D.A.


DuPont Magically Granted Three-Year Extension on Safety Testing of PFOA (Teflon) – Natural News 4/11/09

The Environmental Appeals Board of the U.S. federal government has granted the DuPont corporation a three-year extension on its obligation to conduct a comprehensive assessment of a widely used chemical believed to expose consumers to the toxic substance perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

A number of studies have linked PFOA to health problems, with one more recent study linking it for the first time to infertility. The chemical, used to manufacture nonstick surfaces such as Teflon, has been found in the blood of people around the world. Under a voluntary EPA initiative, DuPont and a number of other companies have agreed to phase out all use of PFOA by 2015.

Big Pharma’s Thalidomide Drug was Actually Developed as Nazi Chemical Weapon (Today It’s Used as Chemotherapy) – Natural News 4/15/09

Pfizer to Pay £50 Million After Deaths of Nigerian Children in Drug Trial Experiment – Independent, UK 4/7/09

Big Pharma’s Latest Insanity? A “PolyPill” Combining Five Different Drugs Into One Pill – Natural News 3/30/09

Walgreen Offers Free Health Care for Unemployed: Compassion or Marketing Gimmick – Alternet 3/31/09


Big Food Is Copying Big Tobacco’s Disinformation Tactics, How Many Will Die This Time?  – Alternet 4/11/09


The Multiple Ways Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach – Surviving The Middle Class Crash blog 3/12/09

Monsanto’s Bt Cotton Kills the Soil as Well as Farmers – Institute of Science in Society 3/22/09

The impact of GMO’s on soil organisms is not commonly studied. This is a vital lacunae because Bt toxin crops such as Mon 810 corn or Bt-cotton or Bt Brinjal have serious impact on beneficial soil organisms.

Coca-Cola Crisis in India – Desert Peace 4/21/09

Communities across India are under assault from Coca-Cola practices in the country. A pattern has emerged as a result of Coca-Cola’s bottling operations in India.  



Oakland hires private security – Raw Story 4/20/09

‘Force multiplier,’ money motivates merger of feds, AZ cops – Raw Story 4/24/09

US Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police – OpEd News 4/23/09

The United States is in the midst of the most radical privatization agenda in its history. We see this in schools, health care, prisons, and certainly with the US military/national security/intelligence apparatus. There are almost 200,000 “private contractors” in Iraq (more than US soldiers) and Obama is continuing to use mercenaries there and in Afghanistan and Israel/Palestine. At present, 70 percent of the US intelligence budget is going to private companies.

U.S. Cities Increasing Use of Armed Mercenaries to Replace Police – Alternet 4/24/09

Some estimate that private security inside the US actually outnumber police 5-to-1. 

Allstate is Cooking the Books – InjuryBoard 2/8/09


‘State Secrets’ Invoked to Cover Up Torture and Renditions — Sound Familiar? – Alternet 2/10/09


Spinning the Door Into the CIA – Center for Media & Democracy 2/10/09

Leon Panetta, former Chief of Staff to the President Bill Clinton and Barack Obama‘s nominee to head the Central Intelligence Agency, earned over $1 million in 2008 as a corporate consultant and guest speaker. On the eve of a confirmation hearing before a U.S. Senate committee, Panetta’s disclosure to the Office of Government Ethics was publicly released. In it, Panetta revealed that in 2008 he was paid $120,000 as a member of the advisory board of the global PR firm, Fleishman-Hillard (F-H). On its website F-H describes the 16-member board as “a powerful client resource” which can “author op-ed pieces” and “provide counsel to clients — in person, via video, or through calls to decision-makers.” Other board members include the former Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich and former Homeland Security Secretary, Tom Ridge. Another board member is Barry R. McCaffrey, who was a participant in the Pentagon military analyst program.

Cops Gone Wild!

Taser victim’s mom awarded $3 million – KHOU Channel 11 Houston 3/2/09

Local jurors have awarded $3 million to the mother of Joel Don Casey, 52, who died after being Tasered. This is the first civil case dealing with a deadly Taser incident in the county….Her son died on his birthday in 2005. Nagel said it happened after Harris County Precinct One deputy constables arrived at their home with a mental health warrant.  Casey was described as a highly functioning schizophrenic.  Officers said that he resisted arrest so they used a Taser on him. Reports indicate the deputies shocked Casey 18 times and bound his hands and feet…“Like an animal, on the ground, and had an officer snap his neck and break his C7 vertebrae, and then hold him down ‘til he suffocated to death,” said Spence.

Supreme Court could decide Taser future – AP/Google 2/27/09

Jail Sentences for Cops Who Planted Pot on 92-Year Old They Killed in Botched Drug Raid – Alternet 2/26/09

‘Shocking’ video shows cops grabbing cash during raid – Raw Story 2/3/09

“A shocking video showing NYPD cops raiding a bar, smashing gambling machines and shoving confiscated cash into their pockets has become an Internet hit and led to an internal probe of the officers involved”


Video: Cop Punches Woman In Face Four Times During Arrest For Riding A Bike – InfoWars.net 2/4/09


Cops Are Using Tasers to Enforce ‘Socially Acceptable’ Behavior  – Alternet 12/1/08

The police have no right to shoot people with electricity for having a “bad attitude.”


Fresno drug squad cops suspected of auto theft – Freep 1/31/09

About a third of the Fresno Police Department’s drug squad is suspected of auto theft, authorities said Friday — a development that could interfere with many past and present drug cases.


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Global War of Terror Update: Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and beyond

MLK: Why I Cannot Be Silent  – Alternet 1/19/09

As we face possible military escalation in Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere, King’s speech against the Vietnam war is more relevant than ever.

Iraq’s Shocking Human Toll: About 1 Million Killed, 4.5 Million Displaced, 1-2 Million Widows, 5 Million Orphans – Alternet 2/2/09

Lie by Lie: The Mother Jones Iraq War Timeline – Mother Jones 1/22/09

Pakistan says U.S. must stop drone attacks – CNN 1/28/09

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has called on the United States to halt its drone attacks against al Qaeda and Taliban fighters on Pakistani soil and warned that the missile strikes were fuelling militarism in the country’s troubled tribal border region.

Gates to Congress: Predator Missile Strikes to Continue  – Mother Jones 1/27/09

Al Qaeda Doesn’t Exist (Documentary) – Daily Motion 1/19/09

Oregon National Guard sent off to Iraq, leaving the state with four pilots and a borrowed helicopter – Aero News 2/1/09

To Kill or Not to Kill – The Progressive 1/26/09

A former Marine who served in Iraq reveals the cold-heartedness of today’s corps.

U.S. Nuclear Weapons Being “Guarded” by Israel – Fear The Government 1/25/09

American supporters of Israel were delighted to learn that an Israeli company, Magal Security Systems—owned in part by the government of Israel—is in charge of security for the most sensitive nuclear power and weapons storage facilities in the United States. 

Honoring an Iraq War Whistleblower– Consortium News 1/30/09

Danish intelligence officer Frank Grevil blew the whistle on the lie that George W. Bush’s “coalition of the willing” was confident Iraq had WMD — and was jailed for his truth-telling

Army orders recall of body armor – USA Today 1/28/09

Five Top Myths About Closing Guantanamo Alternet 1/27/09 

US, Thailand begin joint war games – Raw Story 2/4/09

Revolt of Pentagon’s Top Brass: Generals Seek To Reverse Obama’s Iraq Withdrawal Decision  – Global Research 2/3/09

Iraq tribes threaten to take up arms over poll – Yahoo 2/2/09

Tribal sheikhs who helped drive al Qaeda militants out of Western Iraq threatened on Monday to take up arms against the provincial government because of what they said was fraud in Saturday’s provincial polls.

Nuke smuggler claims CIA link – Raw Story 1/23/09

Suspect’s alleged supplies ended up in Iran, Lybia; says he helped US intel.

Energy War: US starting strangulation tactics against Moscow  – Global Research 1/18/09

Why Our War in Afghanistan May Mean the End of American Empire – Alternet 2/6/09 

The Afghan Scam The Untold Story of Why the U.S. Is Bound to Fail in Afghanistan – Tom Dispatch 1/17/09

The first of 20,000 to 30,000 additional U.S. troops are scheduled to arrive in Afghanistan next month to re-win the war George W. Bush neglected to finish in his eagerness to start another one. However, “winning” the military campaign against the Taliban is the lesser half of the story.

America eyes up Georgia as a base to launch attack on Iran – Global Research 1/17/09

‘War on terror’ was a mistake, says Miliband – Guardian, UK 1/14/09

ACLU: ‘Secret courts’ conceal military contractor fraud – Raw Story 1/15/09

The Global War Of Terror: News from US occupied Iraq & Afghanistan

Top judge: US and UK acted as ‘vigilantes’ in Iraq invasion – Guardian, UK 11/17/08

Too Much Stuff: How Our Profligate Consumerism Might Keep Us in Iraq – Alternet 11/21/08

Wherever we go, our “stuff” goes with us — in such large quantities that removing it could prove more daunting than invading in the first place.

Will The Slaughter Of Iraqis By The US Military Ever Be Reported?  – Global Research 11/19/08

War and the Financial Crisis: Global Research’s Top 100 Stories – Global Research 10/6/08

Strange Liberators: Militarism, Mayhem, and the Pursuit of Profit – Global Research 10/3/08

The Devastation in Iraq Is Systematic — And It’s About to Get Much Worse – Alternet 10/27/08

Bremer’s 100 orders: The true scale of Iraq’s rape and destruction – Uruknet 4/10/08

If you’re not familiar with Bremer’s 100 orders, this is a must-read.  Coming soon, to you.

War in Afghanistan could Doom Obama Presidency – Global Research 11/7/08 

Why Iraqis, Afghans, Palestinians, and Others Might Be Nervous About President Obama – Alternet 11/7/08

The Case for U.S. Withdrawal from Afghanistan – Alternet 11/12/08

US: Nuke warfare ‘likely’ in coming decades – Raw Story 11/20/08 

‘We Were Told We Were Fighting Terrorists; the Real Terrorist Was Me’ – Alternet 10/10/08

A powerful excerpt from ‘Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan’ lays bare the racism at the core of the Iraq occupation

Joint Chiefs head says war stresses may be growing – USA Today 11/19/08

Stress on U.S. troops from repeated combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan is “extraordinary” and may be worsening

Despite the Threat of Harsh Punishment, Soldier Says “No” to Deployment in Afghanistan – Alternet 10/23/08

How 21-year-old soldier Blake Ivey came to see war as “flat-out murder.”

How to Train Death Squads and Quash Revolutions from San Salvador to Iraq – Global Research 10/8/08

Wikileaks has released a sensitive 219 page US military counterinsurgency manual. The manual, Foreign Internal Defense Tactics Techniques and Procedures for Special Forces (1994, 2004), may be critically described as “what we learned about running death squads and propping up corrupt government in Latin America and how to apply it to other places”. Its contents are both history defining for Latin America and, given the continued role of US Special Forces in the suppression of insurgencies, including in Iraq and Afghanistan, history making. 



U.S. Troop Pact Protested in Baghdad – NYTimes 11/20/08

More than 10,000 supporters of Moktada al-Sadr gathered to protest the Iraqi plan to sign a security agreement to maintain U.S. troops for up to three years.

Security Agreement Déjà Vu – Uruknet 11/21/08

A look at the development of the current Status of Forces Agreement in light of Iraq’s colonial history

Barzani: Sign U.S.-Iraqi Security Agreement or face civil war  – Global Research 11/13/08

Iraq ‘security’ draft agreed upon – Raw Story 11/15/08

Deal will keep troops in country three more years

Iraqi Cabinet backs 2011 exit plan for U.S. troops – Houston Chronicle 11/16/08 

Massive anti-occupation protest in Baghdad – Raw Story 10/18/08

Amy Goodman: Tens of Thousands of Iraqis Protest U.S. Plan to Stay Until 2011 – Alternet 10/22/08 

One of Britain’s most authoritative judicial figures last night delivered a blistering attack on the invasion of Iraq, describing it as a serious violation of international law, and accusing Britain and the US of acting like a “world vigilante”.


Iraq contractors to lose immunity – Raw Story 11/20/08

Contractors Nervous About Losing Immunity in Iraq – Mother Jones 11/7/08

Military Contractors Are Here to Stay, Report Concludes – Mother Jones 11/10/08

Shell secures 25-year access to Iraq’s oil, gas – Global Research 11/16/08

Blackwater scandal: hidden silencers – Raw Story 11/14/08

Sources: Blackwater Used Dog Food Bags To Hide Weapons – TP Muckraker 11/14/08 

Blackwater To Be Fined For Illegal Weapons Shipments to Iraq – Mother Jones 11/13/08



Auditors: Private security in Iraq costs over $6B (AP)  – Yahoo 10/30/08

Extra UK troops ‘for Afghanistan’ – BBC 11/13/08

Defence chief will resist any US call to send more troops to Afghanistan – Guardian, UK 11/9/08

The head of the armed forces made it clear yesterday that he would oppose any request from Barack Obama to transfer British troops to Afghanistan from Iraq when they leave Basra next year.

British commander in Afghanistan quits – Reuters 11/1/08

Canada’s Role in the Middle East War: The United States Of … Canada  – Global Research 11/8/08

Canada firm on quitting Afghanistan by 2011 – Thaindian 11/10/08 




What Is The Secret Killing Weapon In Iraq?  – InfoWars 9/9/08

One possibility is that the weapon is something similar that described to film maker Patrick Dillon by Iraqi infantryman Majid al-Ghazali – a frightening giant flame-thrower type device that instead shoots out “concentrated lightning bolts” or radiation bursts that result in vehicles and people being almost literally liquidized.

Gulf War illness is real, new federal report says – CNN 11/17/08

An extensive federal report released Monday concludes that roughly one in four of the 697,000 U.S. veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War suffer from Gulf War illness. 

The New Gulf War Syndrome – Alternet 11/11/08

Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan are in danger from toxic chemicals, yet most don’t know what they’ve been exposed to or where to get help.

Gulf war veteran research lacking – Raw Story 11/14/08

Even as possibly hundreds of thousands of veterans suffer from a collection of symptoms commonly called Gulf War illness, the government has done too little to find treatments for their health problems nearly two decades after the war.

Red Cross: Millions of Iraqis at Risk from Contaminated Water – Alternet 10/31/08

Millions of Afghans Face Starvation – Uruknet 10/31/08

Horror Of US Depleted Uranium In Iraq Threatens World  – Rense 4/29/05

Video: Depleted Uranium – Iraq’s Nuclear Nightmare – Uruknet 10/20/08

Pentagon finishes off Iraq with nukes?  – Global Research 10/11/08

Iraq: US dropped nuclear bomb near Basra in 1991, claims veteran – Global Research 10/11/08

VIDEO: Was a Nuclear bomb detonated during the 1991 Gulf War?  – Global Research 10/11/08

’60 Minutes’ video: Drone warfare in Iraq – CNet 10/13/08

US issues deadly robot choppers – Raw Story 11/11/08

UAVs over Sadr City – Metafilter 11/9/08

A sanitized look at the use of UAVs 1.9 miles above Sadr City, Iraq. [print version] 60 Minutes is granted access to information about the use of Unmanned Arial Vehicles (UAVs) over Sadr City


Chemicals at US Iraq burn pit site – Raw Story 11/21/08

A soldier concerned about his tour at Forward Operating Base Hammer near Balad, Iraq, this year sent Military Times a report showing high levels of particulate matter and low levels of manganese, possibly due to materials destroyed in a burn pit.
“The high risk estimate is due to the average (particulate matter) level being at a concentration the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers ‘hazardous,’ and is likely to affect the health of all troops,” wrote Jeffrey Kirkpatrick, director of health risk assessment for the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine. “Manganese was also detected above its one-year military exposure guidelines.”