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Fiction of Marja as City Was US Information War
Monday 08 March 2010
by: Gareth Porter | Inter Press Service

The picture of Marja presented by military officials and obediently reported by major news media is one of the clearest and most dramatic pieces of misinformation of the entire war, apparently aimed at hyping the offensive as a historic turning point in the conflict.[.....]

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Most Decorated U.S. Marine General:
“Purpose of all US wars is billions for insiders’ profits"

L.A. County Non-Partisan Examiner
March 6, 2:30 PM by Carl Herman

Smedley Butler (and here) was the most honored man in Marine Corps history. He wrote and spoke that the purpose of US wars is millions and billions in profits for America’s leading “bankers, industrialists, and speculators.” War is a “racket:” a deception whereby its purpose of blood money from American taxpayers to “insiders” is always disguised as noble and necessary ventures to keep Americans propagandized into paying again and again.[.....]

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Click here to download Major General Smedley Butler's pamphlet "War is a Racket"  PDF

Army Soldier Jailed for Rap Lyrics to Face Court-Martial in Iraq
by Dahr Jamail
February 18th, 2010 | T r u t h o u t

US Army Specialist Marc Hall, jailed for writing a song about the personal impact of being forced to remain in the military, including lyrics the Army claims are veiled threats of violence, will face a military trial in Iraq instead of in the US. Attorneys for Hall - whose current whereabouts remain unknown - say this development threatens Hall’s right to a public trial.

A petition filed in the US District Court of the Southern District of Georgia to stop the Army from sending Hall to Iraq for a court-martial was denied on Wednesday.

It is believed that Hall is still incarcerated in the Liberty County Jail in Hinesville, Georgia, but it is possible that Hall could already be in Iraq. Neither Hall’s attorneys, nor even the military prosecutor, know of Hall’s whereabouts.

“Not just the Constitution, but the rules for courts-martial, prohibit prosecutors from holding a court-martial in a combat zone as a pretext for depriving an accused of a public trial, counsel of his choice and necessary witnesses,” David Gespass, Hall’s civilian attorney and the president of the National Lawyers Guild, said of the Army’s decision, “Whatever the Army may claim, that is exactly what the Army is doing to Marc.”

On December 17, Hall was charged with five specifications in violation of Article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Conduct, two of those for wrongfully communicating a threat based on song lyrics. Article 134 is the vague rule that outlaws anything “to the prejudice of good order and discipline.”

Lyrics included Hall saying he may “go Fort Hood,” a reference to the mass shooting at Fort Hood on November 5, which prosecutors for the Army claim is a threat of violence.

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Dahr Jamail on Iraq War Vet Court Martialed over his Stop Loss Song

We’re joined by journalist Dahr Jamail, author of Beyond the Green Zone, Dispatches from an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. He’s been on tour with his latest book, The Will to Resist, Soldiers who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, and his February 8th article in TruthOut.org, “Army Imprisons Soldier for Singing Against Stop-Loss Policy,” is also about a soldier who has resisted further military service. Iraq War Veteran Marc Hall was stop-lossed after a 15 month tour. His original protest song about the stop loss policy landed him in prison in Liberty County Georgia, and the Army will send him back to Iraq for court martial proceedings.

At a White House concert February 10th President Barack Obama praised the singers and song writers who would risk being sent to jail during the civil rights era as they spoke out for what they believed.

Obama said, “Dr. King himself once acknowledged that he didn’t see “the real meaning of the movement” until he saw young people singing in the face of hostility. …You see, it’s easy to sing when you’re happy. It’s easy to sing when you’re among friends. It’s easy to sing when times are good. But it is hard to sing when times are rough. It’s hard to sing in the face of taunts, and fear, and the constant threat of violence. It’s hard to sing when folks are being beaten, when leaders are being jailed.”


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“The Media-Lobbying Complex”:
Investigation Exposes Undisclosed Corporate Ties of Network Political Pundits

Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report
Broadcast on Monday, February 24, 2010

A four-month investigation into the covert corporate influence on cable news found that since 2007 at least seventy-five registered lobbyists, public relations representatives and corporate officials have repeatedly appeared on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC and Fox Business Network with no disclosure that they are paid by corporate interests. We speak to journalist Sebastian Jones, who carried out the investigation for The Nation magazine.




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Interview with Cole Miller of No More Victims
Posted on February 11, 2010 on Antiwar Radio

Cole Miller, Founding Director of No More Victims, discusses his organization’s efforts to provide medical care for Iraqi children injured by the US military, the mainstream media’s refusal to cover the effects of war on individuals, the deeply rooted humanitarian instincts of Americans for children in need and how you can help.

Play MP3 here. (29:28)



Cole Miller is the Founding Director of No More Victims. A freelance writer, Miller co-created and produced the environmentally focused radio series Isla Earth, which took top honors in the News Bureau category of the 2008 Los Angeles Press Club’s 50th Annual Journalism Awards. Miller travels frequently to the Middle East, and manages the day-to-day operations of NMV. He has appeared on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, Al Jazeera, and his work has been profiled by People Magazine and many other publications.

 

 



Obama Administration: US Forces Can Assassinate Americans Believed to Be Involved in Terrorist Activity
Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report
Broadcast on February 9, 2010

The Obama administration has acknowledged it’s continuing a Bush-era policy authorizing the killing of US citizens abroad. The confirmation came from Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair in congressional testimony last week. Blair said, “Being a US citizen will not spare an American from getting assassinated by military or intelligence operatives overseas if the individual is working with terrorists and planning to attack fellow Americans.” We speak to Rep. Dennis Kucinich and blogger and attorney Glenn Greenwald.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich v. Glenn Greenwald on the Supreme Court’s Landmark Campaign Finance Ruling on Corporate Money

A new poll has found nearly two-thirds of respondents oppose the Supreme Court’s recent ruling in Citizens United to allow corporations to spend unlimited amounts of money to elect and defeat candidates. Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Glenn Greenwald offer differing opinions on the controversial ruling.

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n The Expanding US War in Pakistan
Jeremy Scahill | US Wars & Military Action

Three US special forces soldiers were killed in northwest Pakistan this week, confirming that the US military is more deeply engaged on the ground in Pakistan than previously acknowledged by the White House and Pentagon.

.......read this investigation here on The Nation

n “America’s Secret Afghan Prisons”:
Investigation Unearths New US Torture Site, Abuse Allegations in Afghanistan

Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report
Broadcast on February 2, 2010

A new investigation by journalist Anand Gopal reveals harrowing details about US secret prisons in Afghanistan, under both the Bush and Obama administrations. Gopal interviewed Afghans who were detained and abused at several disclosed and undisclosed sites at US and Afghan military bases across the country. He also reveals the existence of another secret prison on Bagram Air Base that even the Red Cross does not have access to. It is dubbed the Black Jail and is reportedly run by US Special Forces.

Backtracking on Earlier Findings, Justice Dept. Said to Clear Bush Admin Attorneys of Authorizing Torture

A Spanish court has opened formal criminal investigations into the suspected torture of Guantánamo prisoner Hamed Abderrahman Ahmad. The court described six Bush administration lawyers, including John Yoo, Jay Bybee and Alberto Gonzales, as the “intellectual authors” of the torture to which Ahmad and four other prisoners were subjected. The probe comes as the Justice Department will reportedly clear Yoo and Bybee of professional misconduct for crafting memos that justified waterboarding and other forms of torture. Senior Justice Department official David Margolis reportedly softened an earlier finding that Bybee and Yoo had violated their professional obligations when they wrote a crucial 2002 memo approving so-called enhanced interrogation techniques.

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EXCLUSIVE…Blackwater’s Youngest Victim: Father of 9 Year-Old Killed in Nisour Square Gives Most Detailed Account of Massacre to Date
Broadcast on Friday, January 29, 2010

Today a Democracy Now! exclusive report from Jeremy Scahill about a nine year old boy, shot in the head and killed by Blackwater in the infamous Nisour Squre massacre. His father, who is suing the private military contractor, provides the most detailed eyewitness account of the massacre to date. Scahill has conducted an in-depth investigation of the massacre and of nine-year old Ali Kinani’s death. He files an exclusive report with Rick Rowley of Big Noise Films.




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Actor and Activist Danny Glover
on Legacy of US-Haitian Relations Dating Back to 1804
Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report
Broadcast on Monday, January 19, 2010

Danny Glover is an acclaimed actor, director, producer and longtime friend of Haiti. His directorial debut, Toussaint, focused on the life of François-Dominique Toussaint Louverture, a former slave who became one of the fathers of Haiti’s independence from France in 1804.

US Accused of Militarizing Relief Effort in Haiti

The U.S. military has taken control of the only airport in Port-au-Prince and is facing criticism for diverting some aid planes. Doctors Without Borders says five of its planes carrying surgical teams and equipment weren’t allowed to land and were diverted to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. US forces also turned back a French aid plane carrying a field hospital. Al Jazeera English aired this report on Sunday.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1929-1968: “Beyond Vietnam”
Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report
Broadcast on Monday, January 18, 2010

Today is the federal holiday that honors Dr. Martin Luther King. He was born January 15th, 1929. He was assassinated April 4, 1968, at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee. He was just thirty-nine years old. While Dr. King is primarily remembered as a civil rights leader, he also championed the cause of the poor and organized the Poor People’s Campaign to address issues of economic justice. Dr. King was also a fierce critic of US foreign policy and the Vietnam War. We play his “Beyond Vietnam” speech, which he delivered at New York’s Riverside Church on April 4, 1967, as well as his last speech, “I Have Been to the Mountain Top,” that he gave on April 3, 1968, the night before he was assassinated.

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IRAQ WAR CARD: Orchestrated Deception on the Path to War
False Pretenses - Following 9/11, President Bush and seven top officials of his administration waged a carefully orchestrated campaign of misinformation about the threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

War Resistors President George W. Bush and seven of his administration's top officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, made at least 935 false statements in the two years following September 11, 2001, about the national security threat posed by Saddam Hussein's Iraq. Nearly five years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, an exhaustive examination of the record shows that the statements were part of an orchestrated campaign that effectively galvanized public opinion and, in the process, led the nation to war under decidedly false pretenses.

In short, the Bush administration led the nation to war on the basis of erroneous information that it methodically propagated and that culminated in military action against Iraq on March 19, 2003. Not surprisingly, the officials with the most opportunities to make speeches, grant media interviews, and otherwise frame the public debate also made the most false statements, according to this first-ever analysis of the entire body of prewar rhetoric. [ ....continued]

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Hope, War and Resistance: 2009 in Review
Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report
Broadcast on January 1, 2010


Democracy Now! looks back at 2009, including the Israeli assault on Gaza, Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration, the economic crisis, Goldman Sachs and the AIG bonus scandal, the escalation of the war in Afghanistan, drone attacks on Pakistan, the coup in Honduras, healthcare reform, the release of the Bush administration torture memos, the murder of abortion provider Dr. George Tiller, the protests in Iran, the nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, Blackwater and other private military contractors, the firing of White House environmental adviser Van Jones, the gay rights movement, the global food crisis, the ongoing occupation of Iraq, the Copenhagen climate summit and the growth of the climate justice movement, plus our exclusive interviews with former jailed activist Jeff “Free” Luers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Barstow, Bolivian President Evo Morales, death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal and many more.

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2009 in Perspective:
Glenn Greenwald on the Five Wars US Is Fighting in Muslim Countries
Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report
Broadcast on December 31th, 2009


As 2009 comes to a close, today we begin by taking a step back and putting this year of war in perspective. Salon.com blogger Glenn Greenwald discusses US foreign policy, including the escalation of the war in Afghanistan, drone strikes on Pakistan, cruise missile attacks on Yemen, operations in Somalia, the ongoing operation in Iraq, and much more.

 


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Terrorism Still Less Deadly in US Than Lack of Health Insurance, Salmonella
Posted on Fire Dog Lake By Blue Texan, Tuesday December 29, 2009 10:30 am

War Resistors
Since we still seem to be having a national freakout over some loser who got on a plane with a bomb in his underwear, which was apparently worthy of a presidential address, it might be a good idea to put the actual danger posed by terrorist attacks in some numerical perspective.


If you count the Ft. Hood shooting as a terrorist attack, 16 people have died in the United States as result of terrorism in 2009. The other three deaths include the Little Rock military recruiting office shooting (1), the Holocaust Museum shooting (1), and Dr. George Tiller’s assassination (1), the last two coming at the hands of right-wing extremists [.....]

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Mass Casualties:
A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq

Angela Keaton Interviews Michael Anthony on being a medic in the Iraq War
Posted on December 24, 2009 on Antiwar Radio

Michael Anthony, author of Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq, discusses the military’s neglect of suicidal soldiers, officers more interested in self-promotion than doing their jobs, veterans’ struggles with family life and homelessness and how the process of becoming a man in the military sometimes involves refusing orders.

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Michael Anthony is the author of Mass Casualties: A Young Medic’s True Story of Death, Deception, and Dishonor in Iraq. After graduating high school, Michael joined the Army Reserves, went through basic training, and then went through job training to become an Operating Room Medic. One year later he returned home and enrolled in college to begin his first semester. Almost immediately upon finishing his first semester he was shipped off to Wisconsin to train for four months before he would leave and spend his next year in Iraq. Michael is now back in the States and working toward a Bachelor’s Degree in creative writing.


March Forward!: You Can Quit the Army
Michael Prysner and James Circello say 50,000 have deserted
Posted on December 20, 2009 on Antiwar Radio

Michael Prysner and James Circello, staff members of March Forward!, an antiwar organization for active duty soldiers and veterans, discuss the bigotry ingrained in military culture that dehumanizes the enemy du jour, the class struggle between enlisted soldiers and officers, the intentional “draw fire” missions that boost an officer’s career while endangering troops, double-dipping retired generals who get paid to propagandize for more war, the continued deployment of soldiers with PTSD and the Pentagon’s fear of a mass GI desertion.

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The Troops Protect Our Freedom, and Other Lies I Learned in School
Posted on Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson on Dec 19, 2009 in Commentary

One of the most central items in the American creed is the belief that the troops “protect our freedom.” By definition, any war the United States fights is to “defend our freedoms.” Just watch the cable news shows, or read your local newspaper’s editorials on Veteran’s Day and Memorial Day, if you don’t believe it. If any one belief is central to the ideology of One Hundred Percent Americanism, this is it.[.....]

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Iraq denies Iranian oilfield incursion
Posted Sat Dec 19, 2009
ABC News

A senior Iraqi official has denied reports that Iranian troops had crossed into Iraqi territory and briefly occupied a remote oilfield area.[.....]

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HELMET-CAM VIDEO:
FRIENDLY FIRE ATTACK IN RAMADI, IRAQ

Posted on Salon.com

watch this helmet-cam video of US friendly fire attack in Ramadi, Iraq

Helmet-cam video footage from Ramadi, Iraq, where Pfc. Albert Nelson was allegedly killed by an American tank, and an interview with the soldier's mother.

The video comes from a camera mounted on the helmet of Sgt. 1st Class Jack Robison, who donned it to record a firefight in progress. The footage begins with Robison in a courtyard attached to building #2. The original video was 52 minutes and 38 seconds long; Salon has abridged it to show the alleged friendly fire incident and its aftermath, including exchanges between Robison and a commanding officer as to whether or not a U.S. tank fired on the building, and the comments of other soldiers in the house who say they saw the tank fire at their position. The video shows Pfc. Nelson receiving medical attention for his left leg, which was severed in the blast. At the request of Nelson's family, we have blurred his image throughout. It includes graphic violence and profanity. The video can be viewed in its entirety by clicking the link below, albeit with Nelson's image obscured.

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America the Illiterate
Posted on Truthdig
Drilling beneath the headlines
Nov 10, 2008
by Chris Hedges

There are over 42 million American adults, 20 percent of whom hold high school diplomas, who cannot read, as well as the 50 million who read at a fourth- or fifth-grade level. Nearly a third of the nation’s population is illiterate or barely literate. And their numbers are growing by an estimated 2 million a year.[...]

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Sound familiar? US refuses to allow UN inspectors to investigate its WMDs
By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 -- 11:00 am

The United States said Wednesday that it remained opposed to international inspections of biological weapon sites, even though it stressed its commitment to a UN treaty covering such arms. "When it comes to the proliferation of bio weapons and the risk of an attack, the world community faces a greater threat," Ellen Tauscher, US Under Secretary [...]

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Obama Lied: Taliban Did Not Refuse to Hand Over Bin Laden
December 4, 2009 at 01:38:59

Obama slipped past a real doozy Tuesday night when he said the Taliban refused to hand over bin Laden. It just ain't so. They tried three times to open negotiations for this, but Bush refused each time. He wanted to bomb people so bad it hurt.

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Iraq vet charged with murder in Fort Drum killings
Iraq veteran charged with murder in stabbing deaths of 2 Army buddies outside NY's Fort Drum.
AP News Dec 04, 2009 11:58 EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Relatives of a Fort Drum soldier accused of stabbing his two Army buddies to death said Thursday that he told them he saw his best friend "blown to pieces" in Iraq and came back a changed man: abusive, violent, sleepless, edgy and plagued by flashbacks.

.......read this report for yourself here

Veterans For Peace Statement on the Ft. Hood Tragedy
Posted November 6, 2009

Veterans For Peace extends our sympathies to the families and soldiers of Fort Hood. The pain and sadness felt by the community is shared by our members. Nearly every day in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other places across the globe tragedy strikes as a result of war. On November 5th, tragedy struck close to home.

.......read the rest of our statement here

U.S. Army Underreporting Suicides, Says GI Advocacy Group
by Dahr Jamail
November 16th, 2009 | Inter Press Service

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov 16 (IPS) - According to a soldiers’ advocacy group at Fort Hood, the U.S. base where an army psychiatrist has been charged with killing 13 people and wounding 30 in a Nov. 5 rampage, the official suicide figures provided by the Army are “definitely” too low.

Chuck Luther served 12 years in the military and is a veteran of two deployments to Iraq, where he was a reconnaissance scout in the 1st Cavalry Division. The former sergeant was based at Fort Hood, where he lives today.

.......read the rest of this report here

MOTHER REFUSES ARMY DEPLOYMENT
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Published: November 16, 2009

War Resistors
SAVANNAH, Ga. — Specialist Alexis Hutchinson of Oakland, CA is the single mother of an 11-month old boy, Kamani. Currently she is confined to Hunter Army Airfield near Savannah, Georgia, where she has been posted since February 2008, and threatened with a court martial if she does not agree to be deployed to Afghanistan, even though she has not found anyone to take care of her child while she is away.

.......read the rest of this report here

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Can attacks on a military base constitute "terrorism"?
If attacks on soldiers now qualify, how is it possible to exclude many American actions?
by Glenn Greenwald

No matter one's views on how unjustified and evil this attack was, can an attack on soldiers -- particularly ones in the process of deploying for a war -- fall within any legitimate definition of "terrorism," which generally referis to deliberate attacks on civilians?

.......read the rest of this commentary here

Read the Veterans For Peace statement on the Ft. Hood tragedy here

Democracy Now Interview with Fort Hood IVAW Member Michael Kern
and Journalist Dahr Jamail
Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report
Broadcast on November 9th, 2009

As families and friends mourn the thirteen individuals who were shot dead at the Fort Hood military base in Texas, questions continue to be raised about what might have motivated Thursday’s rampage. The suspected gunman, Major Nidal Malik Hasan, was an Army psychiatrist who had spent most of his career at Walter Reed Hospital before being transferred to Fort Hood earlier this year. He had also recently received orders to deploy to Afghanistan. We speak to Private Michael Kern from Fort Hood and independent journalist and author Dahr Jamail.

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Another Soldier Refuses Afghanistan Deployment
Democracy Now! The War and Peace Report
Broadcast on August 5th, 2009

We turn now to the growing movement of GI resisters in this country. A US Army specialist who refused to deploy to Afghanistan faces a court-martial today and up to a month in jail. Twenty-four-year-old Specialist Victor Agosto from Miami spent thirteen months in Iraq with the 57th Battalion. When he returned to the Fort Hood military base in Killeen, Texas last November, he thought his contract with the Army would end this summer. But Agosto became a victim of the stop-loss program that has extended the tours of more than 140,000 troops beyond their contracts since 9/11. After nearly four years with the Army, Agosto was told he would be deployed to Afghanistan.

.......here is yet another story of a soldier who has refused deployment

'There Is No Way I Will Deploy to Afghanistan'
-- Seeds of Dissent in the U.S. Military Are Growing
By Dahr Jamail, Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute. Posted July 2, 2009.

From suicide to desertion to refusal to deploy -- service members' dissent may be growing into something far larger.

.......read this report for yourself here

Air Force recruiting pilots for unmanned, remotely controlled, drones
By Bill Meyer
October 23, 2008

WASHINGTON -- Scrambling to meet commanders' insatiable demands for unmanned aircraft, the Air Force is launching two new training programs, including an experimental one that would churn out up to 1,100 desperately needed pilots to fly the drones over Iraq and Afghanistan.

.......read this report here ..... here ....... and elsewhere

Where Will They Get the Troops?
Preparing Undeployables for the Afghan Front
By Dahr Jamail and Sarah Lazare

We are, in fact, facing an ongoing disaster not just for the U.S., but for the U.S. military. Read the following piece and ask yourself: What state would a military have to be in to consider sending such men back into a war zone? A desperate military is, of course, the answer -- a military rubbed raw and, as the shocking mass murder spree at already stressed-out Fort Hood may indicate, on edge in a way that perhaps no one has quite grasped.

.......read this report here

U.S. Official Resigns Over Afghan War
Foreign Service officer and former Marine captain says he no longer knows
why his nation is fighting

By Karen DeYoung
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 27, 2009

When Matthew Hoh joined the Foreign Service early this year, he was exactly the kind of smart civil-military hybrid the administration was looking for to help expand its development efforts in Afghanistan.

A former Marine Corps captain with combat experience in Iraq, Hoh had also served in uniform at the Pentagon, and as a civilian in Iraq and at the State Department. By July, he was the senior U.S. civilian in Zabul province, a Taliban hotbed.


.......read this report here

.......read his resignation letter

What are US troops dying for in Afghanistan?
29 October 2009

At least 21 US soldiers and Marines have been killed in Afghanistan since last weekend, making October the bloodiest month for US forces since they invaded the country eight years ago. Still more have been wounded by roadside bombs, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire.


.......read this report here

A Few Good Kids?
—By David Goodman, MotherJones September/October 2009 Issue.

How the No Child Left Behind Act allowed military recruiters to collect info on millions of unsuspecting teens.

.......read this report here

New bases in Bulgaria, Romania cost U.S. over $100M
    By Seth Robson, Stars and Stripes
    European edition, Saturday, October 17, 2009

GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — The Pentagon is spending more than $100 million to build new military bases in Bulgaria and Romania, even as the Obama administration recently scrapped plans for a missile-defense shield in other parts of Eastern Europe.

(ed.: at what cost empire?)

.......read the rest of this report here

Spending $102 Billion a Year on 800 Worldwide Military Bases Is Bankrupting the Country
By Chalmers Johnson, Tomdispatch.com. Posted July 3, 2009.

We're building new "embassies" that run close to $1 billion and host countries keep jacking the rent for existing bases.

.......read this report for yourself here

Five Iranian Commanders, 26 Others Killed by Suicide Bomber
    US-Backed Jundallah Reportedly Claims Credit
    by Jason Ditz, October 18, 2009

Jundallah is a Baloch separatist group which operates on both the Iranian and Pakistani sides of the border. The group, which once boasted of ties with al-Qaeda, has been supported by the United States since at least 2005.

.......read this report here

Conscientious Objectors Persecuted: The Pentagon violates 6th amendment

Scott Horton Interviews Dahr Jamail
September 30, 2009

Independent journalist Dahr Jamail discuses the mistreatment of conscientious objectors on U.S. military bases, systemic “warehousing” of AWOL and injured soldiers, the redeployment pressure faced by soldiers with serious brain injuries or PTSD and the support network available for those seeking conscientious objector status.

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Dahr Jamail, an independent journalist, is the author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, and Beyond the Green Zone: Dispatches From an Unembedded Journalist in Occupied Iraq. Jamail reported from occupied Iraq for nine months as well as from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Turkey over the last five years.


Army prisoners isolated, denied right to legal counsel
Monday 28 September 2009, by: Dahr Jamail, t r u t h o u t | Report

Afghanistan war resister Travis Bishop has been held largely "incommunicado" in the Northwest Joint Regional War ResistorsCorrectional Facility at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Bishop, who is being held by the military as a "prisoner of conscience," according to Amnesty International, was transported to Fort Lewis on September 9 to serve a 12-month sentence in the Regional Correctional Facility. He had refused orders to deploy to Afghanistan based on his religious beliefs, and had filed for Conscientious Objector (CO) status.

Bishop, who served a 13-month deployment to Iraq and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, was court marshaled by the Army for his refusal to deploy to Afghanistan. Given that he had already filed for CO status, many local observers called his sentencing a "politically driven prosecution."

.......read this report here

10 Ways the U.S. Military Has Shoved Christianity Down Muslims' Throats
By Chris Rodda, Talk To Action. Posted September 23, 2009.

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation was founded in 2005 by Mikey Weinstein, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and Reagan administration White House counsel, after the harassment his own sons faced as Jewish cadets at the academy led him to discover that the fundamentalist Christian takeover of the Air Force Academy was far from an isolated problem.

.......read this report here

Lt. Ehren Watada's Successful Resistance to Iraq Deployment
September 12, 2009

Adam Szyper-Seibert, counselor and office manager at Courage to Resist, discusses Lt. Ehren Watada’s successful resistance to an Iraq deployment, the year-long waiting list for treatment at the VA, the fraternal bonds that keep reenlistment rates high, increased military success (since WWII) in training soldiers to be hate-driven killers and the “Ft. Bragg 50” who are held without charges in degrading conditions.

MP3 here. (38:01)

Adam Szyper-Seibert is a counselor and office manager at Courage to Resist, an organization that provides support to military resisters.

Estimate of Iraqis Killed Much Higher than Previous Reports
NPR Radio Broadcast, October 11, 2006

A report released by researchers at Johns Hopkins University appeared this week in the online edition of The Lancet, a leading British medical journal. The researchers estimated that 654,000 more Iraqis died of various causes after the invasion than would have died in a comparable period before.

Guest: Jonathan Bor, medical reporter for The Baltimore Sun.

Dr. Gilbert Burnham, co-director of the Center for Refugee and Disaster Response at Johns Hopkins University; lead author of the study

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Ohio Soldier Made 2 Calls to Mom Telling of Abuse Before Suicide
Associated Press, August 28, 2009

WILLARD, Ohio — Before killing himself with a single gunshot, Pvt. Keiffer Wilhelm called his mother twice from Iraq and told her he was being targeted in his new unit and forced to run for miles with rocks in his pockets that smashed against his knees.

He told her he hated it, she said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, marking the first time anyone has said Wilhelm spoke to them about the abuse.

.......read this report here

Why Am I Carrying an M-16 In the Garden of Eden?
An Excerpt from the Emmy-Award Nominated Documentary

Kevin Benderman is a 10-year veteran who comes from a family with a long tradition of military service. However, after serving in Iraq, he was so distressed at the carnage and destruction the war had caused, he started wondering, "I found myself in the region that the historians say might have been the Garden of Eden. I asked myself, 'why am I carrying around an M-16 in the Garden of Eden?'" Benderman's application for conscientious objector status was rejected and he was sentenced to 15 months' imprisonment and given a dishonorable discharge.

.......watch this excerpt here

Obama's War
Democracy Now! The War and Peace ReportOBAMA'S WAR

While Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency on an anti-war platform on Iraq, his administration has called for a major escalation of military operations in Afghanistan. This includes a troop surge as well as increased drone attacks over the border in Pakistan. While civilian deaths and displacement are rising, public support for the policy in many NATO countries is eroding. Democracy Now! speaks with grassroots activists, scholars, and journalists on the new administration’s developing policies in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as the realities on the ground.

.......read or watch these reports here

Exclusive: The Parents of John Walker Lindh
Democracy Now! The War and Peace ReportOBAMA'S WAR

July 31, 2009: EXCLUSIVE: John Walker Lindh’s Parents Discuss Their Son’s Story, from Joining the US-Backed Taliban Army to Surviving a Northern Alliance Massacre, to His Abuse at the Hands of US Forces.

In their first extended interview, the parents of John Walker Lindh, Marilyn Walker and Frank Lindh, join us for the hour to tell their son’s story. He was born in Washington, DC in 1981. At the age of sixteen, he converted to Islam. In 1999, Lindh left the United States for Yemen to study Arabic and the Koran. He later traveled to Pakistan and then to Afghanistan, before 9/11, where he received military training from the US-backed, Taliban-run Afghan Army to fight against the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan’s civil war. He was captured in late 2001, found emaciated and wounded, one of the few to survive a massacre by the Northern Alliance. To his parents’ relief, he was handed to US forces, but they brutalized him, as well. Donald Rumsfeld had ordered them to “take the gloves off.” He was designated Detainee 001 in the war on terror. When he returned to the United States in January 2002, he was being held as a prisoner accused of conspiring to kill Americans. As part of a plea deal, Lindh pleaded guilty to serving in the Taliban army and carrying weapons and was given a twenty-year sentence. [includes rush transcript]

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Casualties of War, Soldiers in Colorado slayings tell of Iraq horrors
Associated Press, Sun Jul 26, 2009

Soldiers from an Army unit that had 10 infantrymen accused of murder, attempted murder or manslaughter after returning to civilian life described a breakdown in discipline during their Iraq deployment in which troops murdered civilians, a newspaper reported Sunday.

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Casualties of War, Part I: The hell of war comes home
Colorado Springs, The Gazette, July 24, 2009 - 11:48 AM
DAVE PHILIPPS, The Gazette

Before the murders started, Anthony Marquez’s mom dialed his sergeant at Fort Carson to warn that her son was poised to kill.

It was February 2006, and the 21-year-old soldier had not been the same since being wounded and coming home from Iraq eight months before. He had violent outbursts and thrashing nightmares. He was devouring pain pills and drinking too much. He always packed a gun.

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Casualties of War, Part II: Warning Signs
Colorado Springs, The Gazette, July 24, 2009 - 5:27 PM
DAVE PHILIPPS, THE GAZETTE

After coming home from Iraq, 21-year-old medic Bruce Bastien was driving with his Army buddy Louis Bressler, 24, when they spotted a woman walking to work on a Colorado Springs street.

Bressler swerved and hit the woman with the car, according to police, then Bastien jumped out and stabbed her over and over.

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Commander: Reservist Deployments Won’t Slow Down Any Time Soon
Cutting Back Reservist Deployment Schedule "Could Take Five Years"
by Jason Ditz, July 24, 2009

For those hoping that promises by the Obama Administration of an eventual Iraq drawdown and this week’s announcement that active duty personnel in the Army would increase by 22,000 would improve the deployment schedule of reservists, Army Reserve Commander Lieutenant General Jack Stultz has a message: don’t get your hopes up.

“I want to be more realistic with them. I don’t predict a drop in our op-tempo,”L t. Gen. Stultz said in an interview published today in Stars and Stripes. He said the goal was for the average reservist to spend four years home for each year deployed overseas, but reaching that goal “could take five years.” ...............

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Erroneous Assumptions on Veterans Who Seek Peace
Gary May, Special to the Courier & Press
Posted July 4, 2009 at 11 p.m.

I would like to point out some factual errors and unsubstantiated accusations in Jeff Woodford's June 17 commentary.

The first and most personally insulting assertion by Mr. Woodford is that we are "supposed veterans." It seems that he defines a "veteran" as someone who agrees with his opinions.

Of the seven signatories to our June 4 commentary, five are honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. military. The other two are associate members (non-veterans) of the Tri-State Chapter of Veterans For Peace, as permitted in our bylaws. The majority of our approximate 7,000 members in 122 chapters in 40 U.S. states are veterans, verified by appropriate ...............

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New York Times video report about Arlington West
     Originally Posted March 3, 2008

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SIR! NO SIR!
SIr! No Sir!

The Vietnam War has been the subject of hundreds of films, both fiction and non-fiction, but this story-the story of the rebellion of thousands of American soldiers against the war-has never been told in film.

Sir! No Sir! will change all that. The film does four things:
1) Brings to life the history of the GI movement through the stories of those who were part of it;
2) Reveals the explosion of defiance that the movement gave birth to with never-before-seen archival material;
3) Explores the profound impact that movement had on the military and the war itself; and
4) The feature, 90 minute version, also tells the story of how and why the GI Movement has been erased from the public memory.

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Are Neo-Nazis Active In The Military?
Report: Recruiting Standards Relaxed Because Of Iraq War
By James M Klatell CBSNews.com

(CBS/AP) The number of neo-Nazis and skinheads in the armed forces is increasing, according to a watchdog group that claims the military is relaxing standards amid pressure to sign up recruits during the Iraq war.

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Ever wonder just how the ideology of white supremacy and extreme nationalism fit rather nicely together with religious fanatacism and American Imperialism abroad?

Soldiers of Conscience
SIr! No Sir!

Soldiers of Conscience is a dramatic window on the dilemma of individual U.S. soldiers in the current Iraq War – when their finger is on the trigger and another human being is in their gun-sight. Made with cooperation from the U.S. Army and narrated by Peter Coyote, the film profiles eight American soldiers, including four who decide not to kill, and become conscientious objectors; and four who believe in their duty to kill if necessary. The film reveals all of them wrestling with the morality of killing in war, not as a philosophical problem, but as soldiers experience it - a split-second decision in combat that can never be forgotten or undone.

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Spending $102 Billion a Year on 800 Worldwide Military Bases Is Bankrupting the Country
By Chalmers Johnson, Tomdispatch.com. Posted July 3, 2009.

We're building new "embassies" that run close to $1 billion and host countries keep jacking the rent for existing bases.
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