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News on US troops
July 11, 2008, 6:28 pm
Filed under: death, depleted uranium, fascism, Pat Tillman, politics, support the troops, troops, war

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.”

Four-star Admiral Fallon breaks his silence on dissent – Military.com 6/4/08

Soldiers of the War On Terror Speak Out – Alternet 4/18/08

Witnesses link chemical to ill US soldiers – Boston Globe 6/21/08

US deploys over 43,000 troops declared unfit for combat – USA Today 5/8/08

Veterans seek 60’s chemical test info – Raw Story 6/12/08

Jeremy Scahill: Blackwater is Still in Charge, Deadly, Above the Law and Out of Control – Alternet 6/19/08

Marine expelled, another punished over puppy video (AP) – AP/Yahoo 6/11/08

“The Marine Corps said Wednesday it was expelling one Marine and disciplining another for their roles in a video showing a Marine throwing a puppy off a cliff while on patrol in Iraq. “

Military applications of “Human Performance Modification” – Global Research 6/8/08

FBI says military had bogus computer gear – NYTimes 5/9/08

EXCERPTS: “The new law enforcement and national security concerns were prompted by Operation Cisco Raider, which has led to 15 criminal cases involving counterfeit products bought in part by military agencies, military contractors and electric power companies in the United States. Over the two-year operation, 36 search warrants have been executed, resulting in the discovery of 3,500 counterfeit Cisco network components with an estimated retail value of more than $3.5 million, the F.B.I. said in a statement…“There are enormous vulnerabilities in our defense and national security infrastructure,” said Peter Levin, a former Clinton administration official who is chief executive of DAFCA, a Framingham, Mass., company that designs systems to prevent malicious tampering with computer chips. “We outsource the manufacturing of computer integrated circuits to places that can manufacture these devices cheaply.”

Wounded Iraqi Forces Say They’ve Been Abandoned – NYTimes 7/1/08

Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman – Alternet 6/12/08

They used Pat for public consumption, just like Jessica Lynch“: An Interview with Mary Tillman – Alternet 5/26/08

Marines in combat exercises in Indianapolis – IndyStar 5/28/08



News by and about the U.S. military

The War As They Saw It: “Two of the seven non-commissioned officers who penned a New York Times op-ed that called the war in Iraq the “pursuit of incompatible policies to absurd ends” were killed yesterday when their vehicle turned over on a road near Baghdad. After hearing the news, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) sent a letter to the President. It reads, in part: “The tragic irony is that before their deaths, these two soldiers were not only trying to give us direction on how to end this war honorably, but they were also calling on us for help…. Mr. President, you didn’t listen to Staff Sergeant Yance Gray and Sergeant Omar Mora while they were alive. I hope that you will listen to them now, as they have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.” (Mother Jones)

“In a war that has left more than 27,000 wounded, ALIVE DAY MEMORIES looks at a new generation of veterans. For the first time in American history, 90% of the wounded survive their injuries, but a greater percentage of these men and women are returning with amputations, traumatic brain injuries and severe post-traumatic stress. More than half these injuries are too severe to permit a return to active military service. Gandolfini, who has visited the troops in Iraq on behalf of the USO, serves as executive producer. In ALIVE DAY MEMORIES he interviews ten soldiers who reveal their feelings on their future, their severe disabilities and their devotion to America. Their first-person stories are augmented by harrowing footage from the war-torn streets of Iraq, and from embedded cameras in the vehicles of the soldiers, which was shot when they were injured, as well as disturbing video of IED (Improvised Explosive Device) bombings released by insurgents, and soldiers’ personal home videos and photographs.” (HBO)

 

The Other War: Iraq Vets Bear Witness (The Nation)

 

CNN TV “Good Morning America” program on Depleted Uranium – video and transcript (GlobalResearch.ca)

 

When a U.S. soldier in Iraq refuses to kill part one and two (Christian Science Monitor via Alternet)

 

In April 2006, a unit of 8 U.S. soldiers kidnap an Iraqi civilian, Mr. Hashim Ibrahim Awad, dump him in a hole, shoot him in the head 10 times, and plant a gun and shovel on him. They did this because they couldn’t find the ‘insurgent’ they were looking for. (BBC and TruthOut)

 

Veterans question ethics of war policies (Washington Post)

 

The choice is yours America, freedom or totalitarianism? (Counterpunch)

Sgt. Kevin Benderman is a ten year Army veteran who served a combat tour in Iraq at the time of the initial invasion. He returned to file a conscientious objector application as his legal show of refusal to further participate in a military action he knew to be wrong. He served over a year in prison for his actions. Please visit http://www.BendermanDefense.org to learn more.”

 

Pat Tillman : The Fog of Fame 1: Everyone’s political football 2: How Pat Tillman Died 3: Inside the Labyrinth of Lies – the coverup (Counterpunch)

 

The murder of Jamie Dean (Salon)

“Police in rural Maryland staged a military stakeout and shot a troubled Army vet. As his family plans to sue, they are asking how a soldier being treated for PTSD could be shipped to Iraq.”

 

The Uncounted Casualties of War : Increase in Veteran Suicide (Alternet)

 

In case you missed it: the three military officials who were ‘reprimanded’ for Pat Tillman’s death, weren’t really. You should not consider this as an adverse action,” letters to the officers say. “This document will not be filed in any system of records maintained by the Army.” (CNN)

Because outspoken critics of the War Of Terror get shot in the head all the time.

 

The Bush administration opposes a Democratic effort to restore full educational benefits for returning veterans, according to an official’s comments [last month]. Senate Democrats, led by Virginia’s Jim Webb, want the government to pay every penny of veterans’ educational costs, from tuition at a public university to books, housing and a monthly stipend. (ABC)

 

Veteran’s rare cancers raise fears of toxic battlefields (NY Sun)



Puerto Rico’s call for Iraq withdrawal, nuclear secrets in Tennessee, DU in Hawaii, the smell of the Arkansas River and other news from around the U.S.

 

A call by Puerto Rico’s governor for a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq earned a standing ovation from a conference of more than 4,000 National Guardsmen. (AP/CBS)

“Canadian Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion alleged yesterday that there are secret talks under way between the Canadian and U.S. governments over bulk water exports to water-starved parts of the U.S. despite a firm denial from the government.” (Globe and Mail via MParent)

Increasing in absurdity every day: Now pigeon dung accumulated over decades is being looked at as a possible cause of the Minneapolis bridge collapse (AP/Yahoo) 

In her first public statement, Marie Tillman, widow, states “We are in need of authentic leadership on so many levels (AP/Yahoo)

Nuclear fuel hazards kept secret at Tennessee plant (Houston Chronicle)

EXCERPT: “A three-year veil of secrecy in the name of national security was used to keep the public in the dark about the handling of highly enriched uranium at a nuclear fuel processing plant — including a leak that could have caused a deadly, uncontrolled nuclear reaction. The leak turned out to be one of nine violations or test failures since 2005 at privately owned Nuclear Fuel Services, a longtime supplier of fuel to the U.S. Navy’s nuclear fleet. The public was never told about the problems when they happened. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission revealed them for the first time last month when it released an order demanding improvements at the company but no fine.”

Top Forestry Official faces contempt charges, jail (AP/Yahoo)

EXCERPT: A federal judge in Montana has ordered the Bush administration’s top forestry official to explain why he should not be held in contempt of court for the U.S. Forest Service’s failure to analyze the environmental impact of dropping fish-killing fire retardant on wildfires. If found in contempt, Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey, who oversees the U.S. Forest Service, could go to jail until the Forest Service complies with the court order to do the environmental review.”

Bush’s bid for a death penalty fast track (AlterNet)

“A look at the White House’s plans to cut death row inmates’ right of appeal”

Tulsans told to get used to the smell of the Arkansas River (TulsaWorld)

Army admits use of depleted uranium on sacred land in Hawaii (Bella Ciao)



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)