to Mark Shapiro, Military Project, who sent this in.]
“There Are Now Taliban In Every Village”
“Many Of Them Have Rejoined The Movement
After The Savage Attacks Carried Out By Americans”
“The People Who Are Fighting With The
Taliban Are The Brothers, Uncles And Relatives Of Those Killed By The Americans”
“They Have Joined The Taliban And Are
Fighting Because They Want To Avenge Their Brothers, Fathers Or Cousins”
shifted the deadly burden of air strikes onto Pakistani border Pashtun tribe
people. This would seem to be an
especially flawed tactic insofar as most Pashtuns adhere to the code of
Pashtunwali where a mal deed against a family member requires revenge. In other words, such attacks causing civilian
injury or death are creating an endless supply of new resistance fighters.
April 30, 2009 Marc W. Herold, RAWA News
“Today the people in this region hate
the Americans whereas they were welcomed when they arrived in 2001”
Nawaz Tani, head of an association of tribal chiefs in Khost Province
The Taliban in Afghanistan rejected the Obama
offer of reconciliation labeling it as “lunatic” and reiterating
from a position of strength that the withdrawal of foreign troops was the only
way to end the war in Afghanistan.
Why would the Taliban give up anything in
order to join with a failing, corrupt, dysfunctional regime in Kabul?
Reconciliation might have worked in 2003 when
the Karzai regime still had the upper hand.
The latest report (December 2008) of the
International Council on Security and Development (ICOS), a European
think-tank, says the Taliban now hold a permanent presence in 72% of
Afghanistan, up from 54% a year ago.
The lead researcher at ICOS, Norine
MacDonald, is emphatic, “The Taliban are now controlling the political
and military dynamic in Afghanistan.”
The informal spokesman of the so-called
moderate Taliban, Mullah Abdul Salem Zaeff himself said that the Obama troop
surge would merely serve to attract jihadis to the country and moreover the
Taliban movement was united.
posits 20-25 troops per 1,000 of a country’s population, precisely the
ratio which existed in the basket case called Kosovo in 2008. Richard Pape stated that for a successful
occupation, one needs about one combat soldier for every 40 people in the
country, or 25 soldiers per 1,000 inhabitants.
What that equates to in
Afghanistan would be well over a quarter million Western combat forces in
The Afghan ratio in 2008 was a
mere 5.2 and with the Obama surge will only reach 6.4.
If we assume the only hostility comes from
the 14 mn Pashtuns in Afghanistan, the ratio would still be 14.5, a far cry
from the suggested 25.
The evidence is overwhelming that Obama’s
military “solution” – his surge – is a pitiful
half-measure and as the Strasbourg NATO meeting in April demonstrated, Europe
is unwilling to pick up the slack.
Two hundred thousand Pashtuns cross the 2,640
km long border with Pakistan daily. Clearly, such a border cannot be sealed.
The chimera of building up the Afghan
National Police needs to be recognized.
According to the U.S.
Government Accountability Office report of June 2008, the $6.2 bn already spent
on creating a functioning Afghan National Police force has not resulted in a
single police unit capable of fulfilling its mission.
Ann Jones presents a sobering account by
inspectors general of the Pentagon and State Department of U.S. efforts to
train the Afghan police,
“They found the number of men trained
(about 30,000) to be less than half the number reported by the administration
(70,000). The training had lasted eight
weeks at most, with no in-the-field experience whatsoever. Only about half the equipment assigned to the
police -- including thousands of trucks -- could be accounted for, and the men
trained were then deemed “incapable of carrying out routine law enforcement
Mullah Zubiallah Akhund, a Taliban leader in
Uruzgan, believes that foreign attacks helped turn their fight against the
foreigners into a nationwide popular struggle,
“The people who are fighting with the
Taliban are the brothers, uncles and relatives of those killed by the
Americans. They have joined the Taliban
and are fighting because they want to avenge their brothers, fathers or
“There are now Taliban in every
village; many of them have rejoined the movement after the savage attacks
carried out by Americans.”
Obama has shifted the deadly burden of air
strikes onto Pakistani border Pashtun tribe people.
This would seem to be an especially flawed
tactic insofar as most Pashtuns adhere to the code of Pashtunwali where a mal
deed against a family member requires revenge.
In other words, such attacks causing civilian injury or death are
creating an endless supply of new resistance fighters.
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
Two U.S. Soldiers Killed, Three Wounded In Ninewa Province (Mosul)
May 2, 2009 Multi National Corps Iraq Public Affairs Office, Camp
Victory RELEASE No. 20090502-02
CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, TIKRIT, Iraq – Two
Multi-National Division – North Soldiers were killed and three wounded
during a small arms fire attack at a combat outpost south of Mosul early this
According to initial reports, an individual dressed in an Iraqi Army
uniform fired on the Coalition forces and was killed in the incident.
Hood Soldier Shot On Dismounted Patrol In Iraq
Apr 29, 2009 The Associated Press
DES MOINES, Iowa — An Army soldier who
grew up in Iowa has died after being shot in Iraq, the military said. The Department of Defense said Sgt. LeRoy O.
Webster, 28, was shot April 25 while on patrol near Kirkuk.
Webster was born in 1980 in Spencer and grew
up in Hartley, said Lt. Col. Greg Hapgood, spokesman for the Iowa National
Guard. He graduated from Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn High School in 1999.
Webster joined the military as a member of
the Iowa National Guard, Hapgood said. In
2002, he was called to duty with an Algona-based National Guard unit that
provided security at a Department of Defense installation in Newport, Ind.
In 2004 and 2005, he served in Afghanistan
with a Council Bluffs-based unit.
After that deployment, Webster moved to Sioux
Falls, S.D., and transferred to active duty Army in 2006, Hapgood said.
From October 2006 to January 2008, he served
with the Army in Baghdad.
Webster’s last deployment to Iraq began
in January, Hapgood said. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 82nd Field
Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division out of Fort
Webster is survived by his wife, Jessica,
three daughters, and his parents.
“LeRoy was a wonderful husband and
terrific dad to his three beautiful daughters. He was proud to serve in the
United States Army,” the family said in a statement Monday night.
Guthrie Soldier Wounded In Iraq
May 2, 2009 TULSA, Okla. (AP)
Oklahoma National Guard officials say an Army National Guard soldier
from Guthrie is recovering at the Walter Reed Medical Center after he was shot
Cpl. Adam Schuster was in a dismounted patrol in Ramadi, Iraq, when he
was shot in the neck and jaw with a small-caliber gun by an insurgent. Schuster
underwent surgery on Wednesday and is expected to undergo several more
operations before he fully recovers.
Schuster is the first casualty among the Enid-based 45th Fires Brigade,
which deployed 800 troops to Iraq in August. The soldiers are scheduled to
return home this August.
Schuster is a member of Battery B, 1st Battalion of the 158th Field
Artillery in Duncan.
The Guard said the soldier’s immediate family, including his
father, Dan Schuster, and two sisters were flown to Washington this week to be
The War In Iraq Over At Last!
Only 343 March IED Attacks Kill Or Wound Only 49
5.1.09 By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY
Attack data show that for the first time the
number of IED attacks in Afghanistan has exceeded those in Iraq.
In March, there were 361
incidents in Afghanistan compared with 343 in Iraq.
In Iraq it takes seven bombs to
wound or kill coalition troops. [Do the
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
IED Blast Kills Topekan, 21, In Afghanistan
April 21, 2009 By Ann Marie Bush, CJOnline
Bob DeWater didn’t want his son to join
the military. Ultimately, he gave his
“I wanted to say no in hopes it would
stop him,” DeWater said. “But he asked me like a man. I couldn’t
Department of Defense officials said Pfc.
Richard A. DeWater, 21, of Topeka, was on a dismounted U.S. Army patrol as a
part of Operation Enduring Freedom near Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, when he
was fatally wounded by an improvised explosive device on April 15.
DeWater, who doesn’t support the wars
in Afghanistan and Iraq, takes consolation knowing his son died doing what he
loved — serving his country.
DeWater spoke with The Topeka Capital-Journal
on Tuesday about his son, who was slated to return home in June.
“When he was 4, he said he wanted to be
(in the military),” he said. “It lit a spark in him. It was a dream
Richard “Rick” DeWater moved to
Topeka with his father in May 2007. He was born in San Diego. He and his wife,
Valerie, were married in Topeka in June 2008.
His son was deployed in July. Bob couldn’t bear the thought of losing
his son, but he tried to support him in every way possible.
“What do you think when you learn your
firstborn is going to the most deadliest place in the Middle East?” he
asked. “We talked on the phone or online as much as possible. Missions
were really tough on me. I kept thinking, ‘Something is happening.’
But Rick said no news is good news. I just kept that in mind.”
A FATHER’S LOVE
My son, Rick, he is a hero as well!! I have 2 sons, Nicholas, my youngest. They both probably dunno it, but they are the
apples of my eye, I love them both more then life itself !! This sucks, i know what im thinking / feeling,
i just cant seem to get it out. — Bob DeWater, written on his myspace.com
A day or so before his son was killed,
DeWater was online at Yahoo chatting with some friends. He noticed his son’s name flash up on
his computer, indicating Rick was online, too.
“I missed him,” DeWater said he
realized. “I thought, ‘I’ll
just catch him next time.’ I didn’t
know there wasn’t going to be a next time.”
The last time the two spoke on the phone was
right after April 10. Rick seemed “jazzed” about something, his
“He said he couldn’t talk about
it,” DeWater said. “But he also said he was looking forward to
coming home. Too many of them look forward to coming home, and they don’t.”
That would be the last time he would hear his
Rick was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 26th
Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, of Fort
Hood, Texas. DeWater said he believes
his son was engaged in battle on or about April 10 when his platoon ambushed a
An article written by C.J. Chivers with the
New York Times confirmed Rick’s platoon had indeed ambushed a Taliban
unit a few days before his death, killing at least 13 insurgents.
“That was his platoon,” DeWater
said. “I know he was there. They
wanted revenge on my son’s platoon. My son died for a reason. He saved all of their lives. People have to
know my son. They can’t know him
now, but they can know who he was.”
That is the reason DeWater hasn’t been
reluctant to talk to the media. In fact,
photographs accompanying Chivers’ article show the last few minutes of
his son’s life. The photos don’t bother DeWater, he said, because
it gives him a chance to see his son in action.
As i sit here on this easter sunday, i find
myself thinking yet again. I really dont know much, but i do know i feel very
empty. Every since my two sons left i have been feeling this way, first my
youngest, now 18, went to georgia to live with his mom and step dad, then my oldest
last year left for the army at 21. now, proud as i am, i still cant help but
feel empty inside. — Bob DeWater, written on his myspace.com page
DeWater, who works at the Goodyear Tire &
Rubber Co. plant, received a phone call at 8 p.m. April 15 that shook him to
the core. He was fixing himself some food in his kitchen in North Topeka when
“My ex-wife told me to sit down,”
DeWater said. “It dawned on me, and I said, ‘Oh God, please tell me
it’s not Rick.’ I don’t remember much after that. Now, I’m
wondering. There’s anger. Hate. Everything recycles. The what ifs. The how
comes. It sucks for it to happen to anyone. It sucks even more it was my son. But I can’t wish this on anyone. I can’t
have someone else go through this.”
DeWater received word Tuesday that his son’s
body was being released. It will be flown to Oregon, where a military ceremony
will be conducted at Roseburg National Cemetery. Rick considered Grants Pass,
Ore., his home.
“He has earned everything I can do for
him and then some,” DeWater said. “Today has been a hellish day of
waiting. I don’t know when
anything will happen.”
His son will be cremated after the military
“I have sacrificed a son, but what have
I gained?” DeWater asked with tears in his eyes.
“But there has to be a plan. I don’t
understand it now, but hopefully, one day, I can. He was amazing. He had a
personality that would draw you in. He loved fishing. He loved guns. He loved
what he was doing. He dedicated himself to it. He believed in what he was
“It (the war in Afghanistan) has been
drug out too long, and we’re losing money. But I support all of our troops.”
Friends will miss the fallen soldier, too.
Ryan Burge, 23, of Topeka, said he and
several of Rick’s friends met Sunday at Echo Cliff near Dover to remember
“He was a great guy,” Burge said.
“He was always set on going into the military. It is a shock that he is
Bob said his son’s wife is struggling
with the death but is dealing with it day by day. She remains in Fort Hood,
Texas, where the couple lived.
DeWater also is taking his life day by day
and has undertaken the burden of planning his son’s funeral.
“Rick was my world,” he said. “How
am I getting through? I don’t know
that I am getting through this. I guess
I’m just getting.”
>From A Lost War:
“‘Do You Have Any Help Here, Or Are
You All Alone?’ Mullen Asked”
“Naseri Replied That The Provincial
Government Consisted Of Him And Four Other Afghans”
“There Are Only 13 U.S. Civilian Development
Experts In All Of Southern Afghanistan”
May 1, 2009 By Greg Jaffe, Washington Post
Staff Writer [Excerpts]
ZABOL, Afghanistan -- In this impoverished
province on the Pakistani border, the U.S. military’s most senior officer
came face to face with the consequences of nearly eight years of American
indifference and neglect in Afghanistan.
Adm. Mike Mullen, the Joint Chiefs of Staff
chairman, sat across from Gov. Mohammad Ashraf Naseri, who nervously stroked
his salt-and-pepper beard and ran through his problems.
“Do you have any help here, or are you
all alone?” Mullen asked during a visit last week.
Naseri replied that the provincial government
consisted of him and four other Afghans.
There was no money coming from the central
government in Kabul.
In the next few months, the Obama
administration plans to move more than 20,000 U.S. soldiers into southern
Afghanistan in an effort to drive the Taliban from places such as the
southeastern province of Zabol.
The new strategy, however, is hampered by the
heavy demand in Iraq and Afghanistan for civilian and military reconstruction
There are only 13 U.S. civilian development
experts in all of southern Afghanistan, where the Taliban movement is strongest
and the local economy is almost entirely dependent on opium production.
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL TROOPS HOME NOW!
U.S. OCCUPATION RECRUITING DRIVE IN HIGH GEAR;
RECRUITING FOR THE ARMED RESISTANCE THAT IS
Foreign occupation soldiers from the U.S.
search an Afghan citizens house during a home invasion in Nerkh district of
Wardak province in west of Kabul, Afghanistan, , May 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
[There’s nothing quite
like invading somebody else’s country and busting into their houses by
force to arouse an intense desire to kill you in the patriotic, self-respecting
civilians who live there.
commanders know that, don’t they?
Afghan citizens have no right to resist home
invasions by occupation soldiers from the USA.
If they do, they may be arrested, wounded, or killed.
One of the
squadron’s great successes over the past year, says Lt. Col. Kolenda, has
been weaning less-committed local boys away from the hard-liners through jobs,
schooling and support for the elders.
the young men of Mirdish village, for instance, joined the insurgency because a
couple of years ago American troops kicked down some doors and searched some
M. Phillips, Wall St. Journal, 7.18.08
soldiers search an American settler’s house (1770’s)
Declared Bill Ehrhart, a marine
In grade school we learned about
the redcoats, the nasty British soldiers that tried to stifle our freedom. Subconsciously, but not very subconsciously,
I began increasingly to have the feeling that I was a redcoat. I think it was one of the most staggering
realizations of my life.
In March “For The First Time, The Number Of
IED Attacks In Afghanistan Has Exceeded Those In Iraq”
“The Attacks In Afghanistan Are Also More
5.1.09 By Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY
The growing number of roadside bomb attacks
in Afghanistan led commanders there to dramatically increase requests for
armored vehicles needed to replace Humvees, according to documents and
interviews with U.S. defense officials.
“You’ve got a huge country, much
larger than Iraq,” [Army Lt. Gen. Thomas] Metz said in an interview. “Very rural. Very few paved roads.
“So the enemy’s got lots of time
and space to put in IEDs. He generally
does it by digging holes in unpaved roads and burying them for underbelly
attacks. There are thousands of
culverts, so he’ll take advantage of the culverts to pack in a lot of
Attack data show that for the first time the
number of IED attacks in Afghanistan has exceeded those in Iraq.
In March, there were 361 incidents in
Afghanistan compared with 343 in Iraq.
The attacks in Afghanistan are also more
Insurgents cause one casualty for every three
bombs they plant there; in Iraq it takes seven bombs to wound or kill coalition
troops, Metz said.
Welcome To Liberated Afghanistan:
“Torture Is Commonplace In Afghan Detention
“Fewer Than 20% Of Afghan Law-Enforcement
Officials Are Aware It’s Illegal To Torture Someone”
May 1, 2009 STEVEN CHASE, The Globe and Mail
OTTAWA -- Fewer than 20 per cent of Afghan
law-enforcement officials are aware it’s illegal to torture someone
accused of a crime in that country, a report by a Canadian government-supported
human-rights watchdog says.
The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights
Commission, whose mandate comes from the Afghan constitution, also says “torture
and cruel, inhumane and belittling behaviour” is widespread among that
country’s law-enforcement agencies. It says Afghan police are alleged to
be responsible for more than 65 per cent of the incidents in its study.
The rights body’s report, which
surveyed 92 Afghan law-enforcement officials and 398 alleged victims of torture
in detention, found that only 17.4 per cent of officials were aware of legal
rights in Afghanistan affording the accused protection from torture.
Only 12 per cent of those surveyed, who
included prosecutors, police and court officials, recognized the rights of the
accused as outlined in the Afghan constitution. Article 29 of the constitution
prohibits torture and declares information obtained through it unusable.
The study, titled The Reasons for Torture by
Law Enforcement Agencies, reported that only about 58 per cent of law-enforcement
officials felt an accused should not be tortured for any reason.
Human-rights groups have said torture is
commonplace in Afghan detention facilities despite Kabul’s claim that
abuses are isolated.
More Notes From A Lost
$250,000: Typical Salary Of Foreign Consultants In Afghanistan:
“To Travel To A Part Of Afghanistan Deemed Wholly Free Of Taliban
By Afghans, She Had To Go By Helicopter And Then Be Taken To Where She Wanted
To Go In An Armoured Vehicle”
May 1, 2009 By Patrick Cockburn in Kabul, Independent News
and Media [Excerpts]
Vast sums of money are being lavished by Western aid
agencies on their own officials in Afghanistan at a time when extreme poverty
is driving young Afghans to fight for the Taliban.
Whole districts of Kabul have already been taken over or
rebuilt to accommodate Westerners working for aid agencies or embassies.
“I have just rented out this building for $30,000 a
month to an aid organisation,” said Torialai Bahadery, the director of
Property Consulting Afghanistan, which specialises in renting to foreigners. “It was so expensive because it has 24
rooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as armoured doors and bullet-proof
windows,” he explained, pointing to a picture of a cavernous mansion.
Though 77 per cent of Afghans lack access to clean water, Mr
Bahadery said that aid agencies and the foreign contractors who work for them
insist that every bedroom should have an en-suite bathroom and this often
doubles the cost of accommodation.
In addition to the expensive housing the expatriates in
Kabul are invariably protected by high-priced security companies and each house
is converted into a fortress. The freedom of movement of foreigners is very
“I am not even allowed to go into Kabul’s best
hotel,” complained one woman working for a foreign government aid
organisation. She added that to travel
to a part of Afghanistan deemed wholly free of Taliban by Afghans, she had to
go by helicopter and then be taken to where she wanted to go in an armoured
This means that many foreigners sent to Afghanistan to help
rebuild the country and the state machinery seldom meet Afghans aside from
their drivers and a few Afghans with whom they work.
The effectiveness of foreign advisers and experts in
Iraq is often further reduced by the very short time they stay in the country. “Many people move on after six months,”
said one expatriate who did not want to be named.
“In addition some embassy employees receive
two weeks off work for every six weeks they are in the country, on top of their
usual holidays.” [Sounds good. How about the same
deal for the U.S. troops?]
Some 42 per cent of Afghanistan’s 25 million
inhabitants live on less than a dollar a day and life expectancy is only 45
years. Overall literacy rate is just 34 per cent and 18 per cent for women.
But much of the aid money goes to foreign
companies who then subcontract as many as five times with each subcontractor in
turn looking for between 10 per cent and 20 per cent or more profit before any
work is done on the project.
The biggest donor in Afghanistan is the US, whose overseas
aid department USAID channels nearly half of its aid budget for Afghanistan to
five large US contractors.
Examples cited in an Oxfam report include the building of a
short road between Kabul city centre and the international airport in 2005
which, after the main US contractor had subcontracted it to an Afghan company,
cost $2.4m a kilometre – or four times the average cost of road
construction in Afghanistan.
Often aid is made conditional on spending it in the donor
A striking feature of Kabul is that while the main
roads are paved, the side streets are often no more than packed earth with high
ridges, deep potholes and grey pools of dirty water.
New roads have been built between the cities,
such as Kabul and Kandahar, but these are often too dangerous to use because of
mobile Taliban checkpoints where anybody connected to the central government is
killed on the spot.
$57: The foreign aid per capita to Afghanistan, compared
with $580 per capita in the aftermath of the Bosnian conflict.
$250,000: Typical salary of foreign consultants in
Afghanistan, including 35 per cent hardship allowance and 35 per cent danger
Terrified Collaborator Regime Cancels Annual Holiday Honoring War
“Many People Sacrificed A Lot In The War, And This Is The Only
Day We Have To Honor Them”
“With Thousands Of Foreign Troops Here, Can’t They Protect
April 29, 2009 By Pamela Constable, Washington Post Foreign Service
KABUL, April 28 -- The streets of the Afghan capital were
deserted Tuesday in a tense, silent observance of an annual holiday that evokes
an era of patriotic heroism for some Afghans and a period of brutal,
devastating civil war for others.
For the first time in 16 years, there was no military parade
through city streets and no cheering crowd of retired mujaheddin donning
pie-shaped pakul hats and faded combat jackets in memory of their triumphant
guerrilla fight against Soviet occupation forces during the 1980s.
The national stadium and mosque were prepared for
the occasion with multicolored banners and posters of the Afghan holy war’s
fallen heroes, but the public ceremony was abruptly canceled in favor of a
small private remembrance held inside the heavily guarded presidential
Although the government said it had decided to use the
parade funds to help victims of a recent earthquake, it was widely assumed that
officials were concerned about the possibility of a terrorist attack and felt
they could not protect the gathering.
Some Afghans, especially veterans of the grueling 10-year
war against the former Soviet Union, saw the cancellation of the public
ceremony as an unforgivable slight to the millions of Afghans who were killed,
injured, displaced or orphaned by the conflict, which helped speed the demise
of Soviet communism.
“I am very disappointed. Many people sacrificed a lot in the war, and
this is the only day we have to honor them,” said Mir Agha, 47, a former
fighter whose legs are paralyzed from a shrapnel wound.
With a young boy pushing him in a wheelchair, he
slowly circled the empty parade ground Tuesday.
Naeem Farahi, a legislator from the United Front
Party, which includes many former mujaheddin, said the cancellation was a
national disgrace and a sign of the government’s weakness. “I lost
18 family members in the war, and I feel shame for the souls of all the
martyrs,” he said.
“With thousands of foreign troops here, can’t
they protect one event?”
WELCOME TO VIETNAMISTAN:
HAVE A NICE DAY
A U.S. soldier tries to cross an irrigation
ditch during an operation in Tangi valley, Wardak province, west of Kabul,
Afghanistan, April 28, 2009. (AP
56% Describe Afghanistan’s Taliban As “Islamic Heroes
Fighting Western Occupation”
2.95% Favor U.S.
April 28, 2009 Daily Times via Uruknet
Exactly 56 percent respondents described Afghanistan’s
Taliban as “Islamic heroes fighting western occupation” in a survey
[in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas] conducted by
Community Appraisal and Motivation Programme (CAMP) with the help of the
British High Commission in Islamabad.
A paltry 12.1 percent called them “a terrorist group”.
Just 2.95 percent respondents referred to the US as a “very
favourable” country, compared with 66.2 percent who called it “very
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
HOW OBAMA BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW, ALIVE
The remains of US Army Spc. Israel Candelaria Mejias of
Puerto Rico, at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. The 28-year old soldier was killed in
Iraq. (AFP/Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
know family’s in America
there love ones that are in Iraq,
for get them”
[This is a message to Americans from Rose
Gentle. Her son Gordon was killed in
Iraq. She leads a campaign to bring all
troops home now. Her words carry more
weight, and contain more truth, than 5000 pages of bullshit from the
From: Rose Gentle
To: GI Special
Sent: May 01, 2009 6:28 AM
day as i was watching news
the British force end there time in
with tears in my
eyes and my hart broken,
to know that my boy was
there and did not come home,
i was angry and happy for the family’s with
love ones that are on there way home,
was killed for the
lies our government
then tony Blair
for george bush,
family’s in America
still have there love ones that are in Iraq,
but we will
not for get them
are still with them
thy will all be home
now that our troops
at war with a country
should never of
calling on our
government to have a public
legality of the
has to come
hope this will
help the American people to
all so thinking of
all the forces
How Lejeune Marine Corps Command Knowingly,
Repeatedly Poisoned Troops And Military Families;
And How They Lied About It
April 29, 2009 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Key events in the investigation
of contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune, N.C.:
October 1980: Tests through
March 1981 show water at the Hadnot Point treatment plant is ‘‘highly
contaminated’’ with chlorinated hydrocarbons. A lab chemist urges
Officials do not test
individual wells to find the contamination source.
May and July 1982: Tests identify TCE and PCE
as contaminants in water systems for Hadnot Point and Tarawa Terrace, which
served housing, schools, other buildings and swimming pools at Camp Lejeune.
July 1984: The base begins testing individual
wells and by February 1985 shuts down 10 contaminated wells.
One drinking water sample
measured 1,400 parts per billion of TCE. The U.S. government eventually set 5
parts per billion as the maximum safe level for TCE at the tap.
January 1985: A fuel spill
closes a clean water system. Homes and a school are connected on an emergency
basis to the Hadnot Point system for 12 days. They receive contaminated water.
March through April 1985: A
contaminated well that had been shut down is turned on to pump water to
residents on four nights to ease a temporary water shortage.
April 1985: The base commander, Maj. Gen.
L.H. Buehl, urges families in Tarawa Terrace to conserve water.
He says wells were closed as a
precaution over ‘‘minute’’ amounts of organic
He does not mention that
contamination exceeded maximum recommended exposure limits several times over.
March 1987: The water treatment system for
Tarawa Terrace is shut down and homes are connected to a new water treatment
October 1989: Camp Lejeune is added to the
Superfund list of the nation’s highly contaminated hazardous waste sites.
August 1997: The U.S. Agency for Toxic
Substances and Disease Registry concludes that adults had little or no
increased cancer risk from the past contaminated water, but raised concern
about effects on developing fetuses. It recommended studies on the fetal
August 1998: The health agency
finds a link between toxic water and low birth-weight babies born to some women
at Camp Lejeune during the years of contamination.
The study undercounts mothers
who were exposed because it assumes a clean treatment plant provided water for
four years before it was constructed.
1999: The health agency begins searching for
leukemia cases and birth defects among babies who were in utero at the base
from 1968, when birth records first were computerized, until 1985, when
contaminated wells were believed to have been shut down.
2003: The health agency begins to study
whether Camp Lejeune’s contaminated water is linked to birth defects and
elevated leukemia rates in its survey of 12,600 children.
October 2004: An outside panel convened by
the Marines determines that Camp Lejeune did not understand the significance of
its water contamination early on and that Navy environmental advisers were ‘‘not
aggressive’’ in assisting them.
However, the panel concludes
that Marine leadership acted responsibly and provided water quality consistent
with general practices at the time.
April 2005: Criminal
investigators from the Environmental Protection Agency find no illegal actions
or cover-up in Camp Lejeune’s handling of its water contamination. The
Justice Department declines to prosecute.
June 2007: House Energy and Commerce
Committee hears testimony from what it calls ‘‘poisoned patriots,’’
families who blame their cancers on Camp Lejeune water.
October 2007: The Senate directs the military
to find former Camp Lejeune residents and workers and notify them they may have
been exposed to contaminated drinking water.
June 2008: The federal health agency
concludes it is feasible to do cancer and mortality studies of adults who were
exposed to the tainted water. The agency is laying groundwork for the studies
while completing its study of fetal health effects.
April 28, 2009: The health
agency withdraws its 1997 public health assessment, stating it contains
omissions and inaccuracies.
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Two Elderly Palestinian Farmers Brutally Attacked By
“Three Settlers Held Him Down And Repeatedly
Smashed His Head With Stones”
April 27th, 2009 Palestine Solidarity
On April 26th, 2009 at 1:15pm, Israeli
settlers beat two elderly Palestinian farmers with stones and sticks while they
were working their lands close to Bet Ayn settlement, located in the southern
West Bank. The attack occurred shortly after Israeli soldiers, having observed
the two farmers, left the area. They did not reappear even after the attack.
Both farmers are from the village of Beit
Ommar, with lands in Saffa, close to the illegal Israeli settlement. Abdullah Soleiby, aged 80, sustained two
hair-line fractures and received ten stitches to the top of his head after
three settlers held him down and repeatedly smashed his head with stones.
His brother, Hamad Soleiby, aged 72, was also
beaten though he managed to put his brother on the back of a donkey and take
him to the village, where he was briefly treated before being transferred to
the hospital in Hebron.
This is not the first time this family has
been the victim of vicious attacks by settlers from Beit Ayn. In 2006, Hamad’s head was also fractured
by masked settlers while farming in the same area.
The day before on April 25th, Beit Ommar
farmers accompanied by international solidarity activists, were able to work lands
close to the settlement in the same area.
The army and settlers left the farmers alone,
though two carloads of Israeli activists were prevented from entering the
village earlier that day to take part in the action.
Zionist Terrorism Hates All Palestinians Equally:
Palestinian Christian Attacked And Beaten In Jerusalem
May 1, 2009 Ma’an News via UrukNet
Jerusalem – Ma’an – A Palestinian Christian was
hospitalized after being severely beaten by Israeli police in East Jerusalem’s
Old City on Friday.
The Palestinian who lives on Latin Patriarch
Street in East Jerusalem, Samer Andrea Karkar, was assaulted near an Italian
restaurant and store, both of which he owns, on the same street.
The pope is scheduled to visit the area during his upcoming visit to
Jerusalem next Thursday.
Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli police had prevented
Palestinian residents from passing through the street under the pretext that it
was being renovated before the pope’s visit.
When Samer tried to convince the police to
allow his sister and her sleeping children to return home, police ordered him
to leave one of them behind, for reasons that were not immediately clear.
Police then told Samer that they “do
not want to see him on the entire street” and eventually threw him on the
ground, while other police officers beat him so severely that he was ultimately
taken for treatment at Hadasa Hospital in Jerusalem.
He was also taken into a police station, despite that his restaurant
was still open.
As’ad Mazzawi, a lawyer and eyewitness of the incident, went to
the police department, but was not allowed inside. After Israeli police interrogated Samer, he
was released and transferred to the Israeli hospital for medical exams.
Police have been telling the residents and store owners in the East
Jerusalem neighborhood that the area will be shut down for the pope’s
visit, and that residents should stay inside their homes for the duration of
his visit, without attempting to leave them.
[To check out what life is like
under a murderous military occupation by foreign terrorists, go to: www.rafahtoday.org The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves “Israeli.”]
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
Obama’s Support For Bush’s Claim Of “Sweeping
Executive Secrecy Powers” Rejected;
Court Slaps Down Government Demand To Stop Torture
Allowing Obama Regime “To Shut Down An
Entire Lawsuit Would Be A Concentration Of Unchecked Power” And Lead To
28 April 2009 By Carol J. Williams, Los
Angeles Times & April 29, 2009 By CHARLIE SAVAGE, New York Times [Excerpts]
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court
ruled Tuesday that a lawsuit brought by five men who say they were tortured as
part of the Central Intelligence Agency’s “extraordinary rendition”
program could proceed, dealing a blow to efforts by both the Bush and Obama
administrations to claim sweeping executive secrecy powers.
Both former President George W.
Bush’s and President Obama’s Justice Department lawyers had argued
before federal courts that a lawsuit brought by former Guantanamo prisoner
Binyam Mohamed and four others should be dismissed in the interests of national
The lawyers argued that “the very
subject matter” of the allegations that U.S. agents kidnapped and
tortured terrorism suspects was entitled to the protections of the president’s
state secrets privilege.
In a move that surprised many
human rights groups, the Obama administration declined to revise the Bush
lawyers’ claims that the case needed to be dismissed to protect national
In a 26-page ruling, the court declared that
Binyam Mohamed, a British resident of Ethiopian nationality, and four other
former detainees could go forward with a civil lawsuit against Jeppesen Dataplan,
a Boeing subsidiary.
Mohamed, the lead plaintiff, was released
from the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in late February after having
spent more than six years in U.S. custody, the first two years in the hands of
Moroccan interrogators under CIA guidance and later at the intelligence agency’s
“black site” in Bagram, Afghanistan.
The former detainees said Jeppesen provided
flight support when the C.I.A. transferred them to secret overseas prisons
— some run by the agency and others by foreign intelligence services
— where, they said, interrogators tortured them.
The Bush administration intervened, asking a
judge to throw out the case because its subject matter was a state secret.
The judge dismissed the case,
and the men appealed. In a February appeals court hearing, the Obama
administration pressed forward with the Bush administration’s stance.
But a three-judge panel on the United States
Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said Tuesday that the executive branch’s
position went too far.
The court said the government could ask
judges to conduct a case-by-case review of whether the disclosure of specific
documents would jeopardize national security.
But allowing the executive branch to shut
down an entire lawsuit whenever an official says its subject is classified
would be a “concentration of unchecked power” and lead to abuses,
“According to the government’s
theory, the judiciary should effectively cordon off all secret government
actions from judicial scrutiny, immunizing the C.I.A. and its partners from the
demands and limits of the law,” wrote Judge Michael Daly Hawkins.
Charles Miller, a Justice Department
spokesman, said the Obama administration was reviewing the decision.
Rights lawyers hailed the
ruling as a breach in the wall of secrecy erected by the Bush administration
and thus far maintained by President Obama.
CAN’T BE COUNTED ON TO HALT THE BLOODSHED
TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WARS
April 27, 2009 Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor,
Socialist Worker [Excerpts]
Nineteen days before Barack Obama was
inaugurated as the nation’s first African American president, the public
execution of a 22-year old Black man, Oscar Grant III, on a transit station
platform in Oakland, Calif., demonstrated that despite the historic
significance of Obama’s election and what it represented in terms of the
changing attitudes about race in this country, racism continues to persist and
limit the opportunities of African American men and women.
Moreover, the cold-blooded killing of Grant
exemplified the extent to which Black life continues to be expendable in the
racist criminal justice system.
For two weeks, the police refused to
interview the white transit cop, Johannes Mehserle, who killed Grant, allowing
him to flee to Lake Tahoe.
Mehserle was only arrested when authorities
were concerned that the continuing demonstrations in Oakland against police
brutality and racism would result in rioting.
Despite the national coverage
of the Grant killings, Obama and his Justice Department have had nothing to say
about this murder.
Yet when four white cops in
Oakland were killed several weeks ago, Obama personally sent a letter to the
Oakland Police Department to be read aloud at the funeral.
Comment Unnecessary #2
to Mark Shapiro, Military Project, who sent this in. He writes: “U$A Embassy protest London,
CLASS WAR REPORTS
[Thanks to JM, who sent this in.]
French Add A New One To Bossnapping:
Commando-Style Raids On Supermarkets, Where People
Feast From Shelves Shouting “We Will Not Pay For Your Crisis”
[Well, nobody is sneering at
the French anymore. All those assholes
that went nuts when they wouldn’t attack Iraq look like wimpy little kids
compared to people who bossnapp and have a picnic. T]
May 2, 2009 The Guardian [Excerpt]
They are not just marching: universities have
ground to a halt for three months over attempts to rewrite the terms of
employment contracts for lecturers.
There has been a wave of “bossnappings”,
where chief executives arriving at plants to announce layoffs found themselves barred
There have been commando-style “picnics”
in supermarkets, where people feast from shelves shouting “we will not
pay for your crisis”.
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