Archive for June, 2007

DEAD IN IRAQ

June 29, 2007

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Those who died in Iraq from Jun 17 to 23:
 
Pvt David Wilkey Jr  22  Elkhart IN
Sgt Eric Snell  35  Trenton NJ
Pvt Larry Parks Jr  24  Altoona PA
Pvt Jacob Tracy  20  Palestine IL
Spc Darryl Linder  23  Hickory NC
Mj Paul Harding  48  Winchester UK
Pvt Joshua Modgling  22  Las Vegas NV
Sgt William Zapfe  35  Mudraugh NJ
Sgt Stephen Wilson  28  Duluth GA
Sgt Shawn Martin  30  Delmar NY
Sgt Darrell Hubbell  38  Tifton GA
Pvt David Bentz  20  Newfield NJ
Spc Joe Charfaurous  33  Rota Mariana
Maj Sid Brookshire  36  Missouri
Pvt Thomas Leemhuis  23  Binger OK
Pvt Anthony Hebert  19  Lake City MN
Sgt Ryan Wood  22  Oklahoma City OK
Pvt Daniel Agami  25  Coconut Creek FL
Sgt Alphonso Montenegro  22  Far Rockaway NY
Pvt Raymond Spencer  23  Carmichael CA
Spc Karen Clifton  22  Leehigh Acres FL
Pvt Jeremiah Veitch  21  Dibble OK
Cpl John Rigby  24  Rye UK
Spc Dominic Rodriguez  23  Klamath Falls OR
Spc Carter Gamble Jr  24  Brownstown IN
Pvt Shane Stinson  23  Fullerton CA
Sgt Chris Davis  35  Lubbock TX
Sgt Michael Moody  31  Richmond VA
Spc Derek Calhoun  23  Oklahoma City OK
Sgt Jimmy Malone  23  Wills Point TX
Sgt Joel House  22  Lee ME
Ltn Daniel Riordan  24  St Louis MO
Air Jason Nathan  22  Macon GA
Sgt William Brown  25 
Phil Campbell AL
Sgt Joe Kenny  20  Veneta OK
Spc Eric Palmer  21  Maize KS
Sgt Michael Montpetit  31  Honolulu HI

75 were seriously wounded and maimed.
104 were returned to killing  fields.
 
494 Iraqi sisters and brothers were killed.
 

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More dead in Iraq

June 23, 2007

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Those who died in Iraq from Jun 10 to 16:

Sgt Brian Long 32 Not reported
Spc Adam Herold 23 Omaha NE
Cpl Meresebang Ngiraked 21 Koror Palau
Cpl Llythaniele Fender 21 Medical Lake WA
Pvt Cameron Payne 22 Corona CA
Col Glade Felix 52 Lake Park GA
Pvt William Johnson 22 Oxford NC
Cpl Johnny Strong 21 Waco TX
Spc Damon Legrand 27 Lakeside CA
Pvt Casey Carriker 20 Hoquiam WA
Spc Josiah Hollopeter 27 San Diego CA
Cpl Val John Borm 21 Sidney NE
Sgt Michael Bechert 24 New Castle IN
Spc Dustin Brisky 26 Round Rock TX
Maj Kevin Sonnenberg 42 McClure OH
Pvt Michael Pittman 34 Davenport IA
Cpl James Cartwright 21 London UK
Spc Zachary Grass 22 Beach City OH
Sgt Danny Soto 24 Houston TX
Ltn Frank Walkup IV 23 Woodbury TN

In the last two weeks
45 were seriously wounded and maimed.
75 were returned to kill fields.

293 Iraqi sisters and brothers were killed.

Torture

June 20, 2007

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2007/06/25/070625fa_fact_hersh 

The link above takes you to Hersh article in the New Yorker

The link below goes to an article in the Independent UK

Bush and Rumsfeld
“Knew About Abu Ghraib”

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June 15, 2007

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Those who died in Iraq from Jun 3 to 9:
 
Sgt Dariek Dehn  32  Spangle WA
Pvt Joshua Brown  26  Tampa FL
Sgt Kimel Watt  21  Brooklyn NY
Sgt Robert Surber  24  Inverness FL
Sgt Tyler Kritz  21  Eagle River WI
Sgt James Akin  23  Albuquerque NM
Sgt Greg Gagarin  38  Los Angeles CA
Sgt Caleb Christopher  25  Chandler AZ
Pvt Justin Verdeja  20  LaPuente CA
Sgt Andrew Higgins  28  Hayward CA
Sgt Ryan Balmer  33  Mishawaka IN
Sgt Matthew Kuglics  25  No Canton OH
Sgt Timothy Cole Jr  28  Missouri City TX
Sgt Matthew Soper  25 
Pvt Shawn Gajdos  25  Grand Rapids MI
Sgt Greg Sutton  38  Spring Lake NC
Cpl Rodney Wilson  30  England
Air William Newman  23  Kingston Springs TN
Sgt Cory Endlich  23  Massillon OH
Pvt Scott Miller  20  Casper WY
Air Eric Barnes  20  Lorain OH
 
Over 600 were wounded each of the last 3 months.
 
463 Iraqis were killed in the last week.

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June 8, 2007

Those who died in Iraq from May 27 to Jun 2:

Pvt Charles Hester  23  Cataldo ID
Cpl Emmanuel Villareal  21  Eagle Pass TX
Sgt Thomas McFall  36  Glendora CA
Ltn Keith Heidtman  24  Norwich CT
CWO Theodore Church  32  Ohio
Pvt Junior Sanchez  20  Miami FL
Spc Alexandre Alexeev  23  Wilmington CA
Cpl James Summers III  21  Bourbon MO
Cpl Zachary Baker  24  Vilonia AR
Sgt Anthony Ewing  22  Phoenix AZ
Ltn Kile West  23  Pasadena CA
Cpl Jonathan Markham  22  Bedford TX
Sgt Joseph Weiglein  31  Audubon NJ
Sgt Richard Correa  25  Honolulu HI
Pvt Robert Liggett  23  Urbana IL
Spc Doonewey White  26  Milpitas CA
Spc James Lundin  20  Bellport NY
Pvt Joshua Moore  20  Russellville KY
Sgt Bacilio Cuellar  24  Odessa TX
Sgt Travis Atkins  31  Bozeman MT
Pvt Matthew Bean  22  Pembroke MA
Pvt Matthew Baylis  20  Oakdale NY
Spc Chadrick Domino  23  Ennis TX
Sgt Juan Campos  27  Rio Grande Valley TX
Sgt Bruce Horner  43  Newport News VA
Spc Romel Catalan  21  Los Angeles CA
Spc William Crouch  21  Zachary LA
Spc Keith Nepsa  21  New Philadelphia OH
Sgt Shawn Dressler  22  Santa Maria CA
Sgt Jeremiah Costello  22  Carlinville IL

50 were severely wounded and maimed.
82 were returned to occupation.

519 Iraqi sisters and brothers were killed.

Can we hear this? What can we do about it?

June 4, 2007

boots.jpg A woman looks at the boots of U.S. service personnel killed in Iraq.

Although this appears in several sites on the Internet with the soldier’s name in full, I just use the initials here. The US regime allows only a few and screened photographs of the occupation of Iraq, but this is a true picture of what is going on from the account of a serviceman. Can you stand to have your tax money paying for this without protesting such horrors?

My name is D. H. Jr. I have been serving our country’s military actively for the last three years. I am currently deployed to Baghdad on Forward Operating Base Loyalty, where I have been for the last four and a half months.

I came here as part of the first wave of this so called “troop surge”, but so far it has effectively done nothing to quell insurgent violence. I have seen the rise in violence between the Sunni and Shiite. This country is in the middle of a civil war that has been on going since the seventh century.

Why are we here when this country still to date does not want us here? Why does our president’s personal agenda consume him so much, that he can not pay attention to what is really going on here?

Let me tell you a story. On May 10, I was out on a convoy mission to move barriers from a market to a joint security station. It was no different from any other night, except the improvised explosive device that hit our convoy this time, actually pierced through the armor of one of our trucks. The truck was immediately engulfed in flames, the driver lost control and wrecked the truck into one of the buildings lining the street. I was the driver of the lead truck in our convoy; the fifth out of six was the one that got hit. All I could hear over the radio was a friend from the sixth truck screaming that the fifth truck was burning up real bad, and that they needed fire extinguishers real bad. So I turned my truck around and drove through concrete barriers to get to the burning truck as quickly as I could. I stopped 30 meters short of the burning truck, got out and ripped my fire extinguisher out of its holder, and ran to the truck. I ran past another friend of mine on the way to the burning truck, he was screaming something but I could not make it out. I opened the driver’s door to the truck and was immediately overcome by the flames. I sprayed the extinguisher into the door, and then I saw my roommate’s leg. He was the gunner of that truck. His leg was across the driver’s seat that was on fire and the rest of his body was further in the truck. My fire extinguisher died and I climbed into the truck to attempt to save him. I got to where his head was, in the back passenger-side seat. I grabbed his shoulders and attempted to pull him from the truck out the driver’s door. I finally got him out of the truck head first. His face had been badly burned. His leg was horribly wounded. We placed him on a spine board and did our best to attempt “Buddy Aid”. We heard him trying to gasp for air. He had a pulse and was breathing, but was not responsive. He was placed into a truck and rushed to the “Green Zone”, where he died within the hour. His name was Michael K. Frank. He was 36 years old. He was a great friend of mine and a mentor to most of us younger soldiers here.

Now I am still here in this country wondering why, and having to pick up the pieces of what is left of my friend in our room. I would just like to know what is the true reason we are here? This country poses no threat to our own. So why must we waste the lives of good men on a country that does not give a damn about itself? Most of my friends here share my views, but do not have the courage to say anything.

About the author:
He is a private assigned to the 1st Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

Bush’s Illegal Paramilitaries are a Danger to US

June 4, 2007

Chris Hedges:
What If Our Mercenaries Turn on Us?

Above is a link to an article in the Philadelphia Inquirer that raises alarming questions about the use of paramilitaries.  We saw how they were used in New Orleans after Katrina.  White people were “looking for food” and left unharmed.  Black people were “looting” and shot. 

Though our Congressional representatives have no ability to control these paramilitaries directly, our tax money, billions of it, pays them.  Congress can shut them down by refusing to fund. 

Bush Gives Himself Totalitarian Authority

June 4, 2007

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By Kenneth J. Theisen, 5/29/07

On May 9, 2007 President Bush issued two new presidential directives, National Security Presidential Directive/NSPD 51 and Homeland Security Presidential Directive/HSPD -20. According to the White House press release, “This directive establishes a comprehensive national policy on the continuity of Federal Government structures and operations and a single National Continuity Coordinator responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of Federal continuity policies. This policy establishes ‘National Essential Functions,’ prescribes continuity requirements for all executive departments and agencies, and provides guidance for State, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector organizations in order to ensure a comprehensive and integrated national continuity program that will enhance the credibility of our national security posture and enable a more rapid and effective response to and recovery from a national emergency.”

In case you do not understand governmental gobbly-gook, it says that in the case of a “catastrophic emergency” [The president gets to decide when a national eergency should be declared. He also gets to decide when the emergency is finished.] Bush has granted himself the power to run the entire federal government without any checks and balances, in other words dictatorial powers. The document states that, “The President shall lead the activities of the Federal Government for ensuring constitutional government.”

What a relief?  For a moment there I was afraid constitutional government was in danger, but with Bush protecting us, I feel safe. The Bush regime has never abused the Constitution right? And these presidential directives will only be implemented in the event of a catastrophic emergency.  So what if such an emergency is defined as “any incident, regardless of location, that results in extraordinary levels of mass casualties, damage, or disruption severely affecting the U.S. population, infrastructure, environment, economy, or government function.” According to the directives, the emergency could include, “localized acts of nature, accidents, and technological or attack-related emergencies.” In effect, anything from a hacker attack, an earthquake, hurricane, or another 9/11 type attack could trigger the declaration of a national emergency.

But do not worry!  The president will not be alone in this emergency.  According to the directives, he would be assisted by the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism who will create a National Continuity Implementation Plan.  This person will become the National Continuity Coordinator. The implementation plan will guide not only the federal government, but also “state, local, territorial, and tribal governments, and private sector owners and operators of critical infrastructure.”  The plan will impact all government functions at any level and many private sector functions as well, including communications. The directives also give a prominent role to the Vice-President.  With Dick Cheney assisting the president, what do we have to worry about?  “This directive shall be implanted in a manner that is consistent with, and facilitates effective implementation of, provisions of the Constitution concerning succession to the Presidency or the exercise of its powers, and the Presidential Succession Act of 1947 (3 USC 19), with the consultation of the Vice President and, as appropriate, others involved.”

Even though the new position of National Continuity Coordinator carries tremendous powers, it appears that the job can be filled by the president without the consent of Congress, without hearings, or any interference by the legislative branch.  Even the declaration of the national emergency does not appear to require any Congressional action or oversight.  The implementation plan to be developed is to be submitted to the President for his approval within 90 days of the directive and does not require any approval from Congress. In fact the new presidential directives make no reference whatsoever to Congress and any effective role of the legislature. But why would a dictator want to be bothered by a pesky legislature?

Now some of the readers of this article may be alarmed that these new presidential directives may have gone too far. But I am sure that President Bush has run them by Attorney General Gonzales to make sure that they are legal and consistent with the Constitution and other laws.  As the chief law enforcement officer for the federal government, the Attorney General is charged with making sure that federal law is fair and not abused.  Just because he called the Geneva Conventions “quaint,” approved a few “torture memos,” fired a few disloyal U.S. prosecuting attorneys, tried to get a doped up John Ashcroft to approve the illegal NSA spying operation and generally has provided the legal justification for the Bush regime program, does not mean that he will not do the right thing here, does it?