GI SPECIAL 3B23:
DEMANDS IMMEDIATE PAYBACK:
Shit-Eating Assholes Punish High School Student
For Talking To Soldier Mom
Serving In Iraq
[Thanks to Liz Burbank, who
05/06/05 COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP)
school student was suspended for 10 days for refusing to end
a mobile phone call with his mother, a soldier serving in
Iraq, school officials said.
suspension was issued because Kevin Francois was “defiant
and disorderly”' and was imposed in lieu of an arrest,
Spencer High School assistant principal Alfred Parham said.
[Good. We need more defiant and disorderly people like
The confrontation Wednesday
began after the 17-year-old junior got a call at lunchtime
from his mother, Sgt. 1st Class Monique Bates, who left in
January for a one-year tour with the 203rd Forward Support
Mobile phones are allowed on
campus but may not be used during school hours.
teacher told him to hang up, he refused. He said he told
the teacher, “This is my mom in Iraq. I'm not about to hang
up on my mom.''
Parham said the teen's
suspension was based on his reaction to the teacher's
request. He said the teen
used profanity when taken to the office.
[Better and better.
Hopefully it wasn’t just “hell no.”]
defiant and disorderly,”'
Parham said. “When a kid becomes
out of control
like that they can either be arrested or suspended for 10
being that his mother is in Iraq, we're not trying to cause
her any undue hardship; he was suspended for 10 days.''
words this piece of shit Parham uses. “Out of control” for
instance. To the police state mind, saying no is “out of
control.” Parham is the one out of control. And then
there’s “defiant” and “disorderly.” Refusing to hang up on
his mom in Iraq is “defiant” and rightly so. But
“disorderly?” These teachers and administrators think
they’re thug cops. Time for some vets
and decent citizens to give them some instructive lessons in
how to behave. They think the student is “defiant
and disorderly?” Fine. Let them get a taste of the real
thing. Whip their ass out of town complete with tar,
feathers, and a rail.
Kevins mom might not have
been around to speak to him again. But they don’t care
about that at all. These aren’t educators. These are
Patrolling Karmah For IEDs Finds Them
May 7, 2005 By Sandra Jontz,
Stars And Stripes
On Wednesday, 1st Platoon,
Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, resumed
its 24-hour patrolling of two of the most dangerous highways
in Iraq, Main Service Road Michigan and Main Service Road
was pulled off the detail to provide security for the
battalion's weekend sweep of the city of Karmah.
Marines and Iraqi Security
Forces had descended on the city of 70,000 to search every
house and business for suspected insurgents and weapons.
During the raid, Marines from
Combat Logistics Battalion 8 shifted over to patrol Michigan
and Mobile. The routes
are not Battalion 8's normal territory and battalion members
don't know the hot spots where insurgents plant roadside and
car bombs, said the battalion's executive officer, Maj.
expected the worst, but because the elements who had taken
over did a great job, when we went back out we weren't so
adversely affected," said Weapons Company Commander Capt. Ed
"But we did find several new
holes," Nevgloski said, seemingly freshly dug for possible
In their nearly four months of
patrols here, 1st Platoon alone has come across 16
improvised explosive devices, or IEDs — more than any other
of the five platoons within Weapons Company.
Of the 16,
half were direct hits in which some Marines sustained minor
wounds. The remaining eight were spotted, cordoned off and
destroyed before insurgents could hit the trigger, Cooper
Killed In Karmah
May 7 (Xinhuanet)
assigned to Regimental Combat Team-8, 2nd Marine Division,
II Marine Expeditionary Force, died of wounds sustained in
bomb blast during combat operations in Karmah, 80 km west of
Collaborator Commandos Run Away From Ramadi:
Defeated” U.S. Officer Says
Sporting a red beret, another commando on the search,
Khathan Abdul Wahid, chatted with residents
and helped himself to
the contents of their refrigerators.
He said he felt unwelcome in Ramadi,
where people "think we are spies, agents and traitors to
our country because we are working with the Americans."
[Don’t have to get all dramatic about it. How about
seeing you as just one more rotten thieving low-life
asshole working for the occupation while busily stealing
food out of refrigerators? Wow, that really wins hearts
May 7, 2005 By Ann Scott
Tyson, Washington Post Staff Writer
RAMADI, Iraq -- At a
checkpoint on a bridge into this volatile Sunni Muslim city,
an Iraqi platoon frisked a row of men and rummaged through
their cars and trucks for explosives. The men scowled
silently, making the soldiers uneasy.
"Of course they don't like
us," said one of the soldiers, Anwar Abas, whose unit is
overwhelmingly Shiite Muslim. "They don't like people from
the south, so when we search them, they make faces at us. "
Abas and his fellow soldiers were recruited from tribes in
the cities of Najaf and Diwaniyah, both more than 100 miles
to the south.
"You get a
Shiite outsider shooting a local policeman, and with a big
incident like that, you can see the whole city rising up,"
said Capt. Bart Nagle, an intelligence officer with the 1st
Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment in Ramadi. "This is the new
dynamic, the new stage. I don't expect a quiet summer."
"All these units came out of
the woodwork after the elections" on Jan. 30, said Col.
Edward Cardon, whose 3rd Infantry Division brigade is
stationed in central Baghdad. "This is sort of a militia
to the outside forces is simmering in Ramadi, including
among some prominent Iraqi officials and segments of the
"There may be fighting between
Ramadi people and these outside forces," Fassal Raikan
Nijres Gaood, 59, warned over tea in his heavily fortified
Ramadi office, which insurgents regularly target with
mortars. Gaood served as temporary governor of Anbar
province until this week.
complained that outside Iraqi forces abuse Ramadi residents
by swearing at them and calling them terrorists. Unfamiliar
with Ramadi's streets, U.S. and outside Iraqi forces "can't
make Ramadi safe, even if they stay here 10 years," he
said. "It will be easy for terrorists to kill them."
Indeed, although troops from
outside Ramadi live on bases behind cement barricades and
are less vulnerable to threats than troops raised locally
would be, deadly insurgent attacks have crippled some of
their units in recent weeks.
Ramadi's violent reputation
has led some Iraqi commanders to call the city hell.
month, a Public Order battalion from Baghdad saw 200 men
-- a third of its force -- desert when it was ordered to
go to Ramadi, U.S. military officers say. The
battalion's arrival was delayed while it recruited
ago, the 1st Special Police Commando Battalion "refused
to function" after a suicide bomber exploded a vehicle
at a checkpoint in eastern Ramadi, killing 11 of its
members, said Maj. Steven Alexander, operations officer
for the U.S. Army brigade that oversees Ramadi.
commandos were an experienced and proven unit, and they
were defeated," he said. A second commando battalion
recently arrived to replace that unit, but with only 350
of its 700 members.
Ali Hashim, 33, a portly
commando fresh from Baghdad, struggled to hoist himself over
a wall as he joined U.S. soldiers on a door-to-door search
of houses recently in a troubled neighborhood in eastern
Ramadi. Hashim, a Shiite, sees Ramadi as hostile territory.
"It is a problem that we are Shiite. They think we are all
spies," he said, adding that "a lot of Ramadi people are
red beret, another commando on the search, Khathan Abdul
Wahid, chatted with residents and helped himself to the
contents of their refrigerators.
He said he
felt unwelcome in Ramadi, where people "think we are spies,
agents and traitors to our country because we are working
with the Americans."
Insurgents in Ramadi are
attempting to inflame tensions between residents and
external forces. In recent weeks, they have spread leaflets
and put up graffiti and posters on 20th Street and near the
stadium calling the outside forces "rapists," "Jews" and
"dogs of the Americans," said U.S. and Iraqi military
The campaign indicates the
continuing influence of insurgents who have held sway in
Ramadi in recent months, infiltrating hospitals, robbing
banks of millions of dollars in government funds and using
threats to suppress voter turnout. Only about 600 to 700
residents here voted in January.
mid-April, about 500 residents marched to a checkpoint
manned by commandos and U.S. soldiers on the city's eastern
edge to protest their treatment at the hands of outside
forces. Sheiks and lawyers asked U.S. military authorities
for a removal of the checkpoints as well as the withdrawal
of U.S. troops from Ramadi.
doubt that some people feel the commandos won't treat them
right," said Maj. Greg Sierra, executive
officer of the Army's 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry
Regiment, who spoke with the demonstrators.
deduction; he must have learned that at West Point. Can it
be that stealing food out of peoples’ refrigerators might
piss them off? But, according to this idiot, only “some”
He said the protest was
spurred in part by a few Shiite commandos who posted
vengeful signs making statements such as "You crushed us
before." "They were inciting religious rivalry," Sierra
said. [Hello? Earth to
Sierra? Food? Refrigerators? Get it? Thieving assholes
occupying somebody else’s town while you back them up? See
anything about that? Or do you live in some other word of
stupid question. But if 20 or 30 of your pet scumbags end
up dead in a ditch with their heads chopped off, you’ll be
whining about evil terrorists, won’t you?]
CAN WE LIBERATE?
An Iraqi collaborator soldier
frisks drivers after their vehicles were stopped at a
checkpoint on a Euphrates River bridge that leads into
Ramadi. (By Ann Scott Tyson -- The Washington Post)
Four Foreign Mercenaries Blown Up
Iraqi firemen rush to
extinguish a fire after a car bomb exploded in a commercial
neighborhood of central Baghdad May 7, 2005. (AP Photo/Hadi
Mizban) on their participation. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)
May 7 Agence France Presse &
By BUSHRA JUHI, AP & Aljazeera & By Andrew Marshall, Reuters
Four foreigners were among 17
people killed in a huge car bomb blast in central Baghdad,
an interior ministry official said, including two American
targeted one of the distinctive convoys used by foreign
civilians in Iraq, who usually travel in conspicuous sports
utility vehicles protected by armed security guards.
Three Americans were wounded
in the attack.
One Western man staggered from
the scene with blood pouring from his head. The road was
strewn with shattered glass and wreckage.
"When the convoy drove past, a
car bomb exploded right beside it," said Mohammed Amir, a
policeman at the scene. "There was severe damage to the
Americans were traveling through the square in a three-car
convoy that was hit on both ends by the bombers, the U.S.
Hospital in Baghdad said it had received four bodies and 29
wounded victims from the square, which is known for a large
statue of Iraqi soldiers breaking through chains to freedom.
Iraqi police initially said
the attack involved one suicide car bomb, but U.S. Embassy
spokesman Bob Callahan later said there were two.
He said the
two Americans killed were security contract workers, but he
did not identify the company they worked for.
bombs parked on Baghdad's busy Tahrir square went off at
11:05 am (0705 GMT) and struck a convoy of sports utility
vehicles, of a sort widely used to escort prominent Iraqis
of the four foreigners, presumed to be security guards, were
completely charred inside the wreckage of their vehicles.
The explosion shook central
Baghdad and sent a huge mushroom of smoke billowing into the
Shots were fired as chaos
filled the busy square, which commands access to the
Jumhuriya bridge leading to the fortified Green Zone
Warfighting Skill Wins High Praise From U.S. Generals:
Adept, And Very Smart, Very Learning, Very Innovative”
May 7, 2005 American Forces
Insurgent IED threats once
chiefly consisted of "60 mm, 81 mm mortar kinds of rounds,"
Brig. Gen. William Cato from Marine Corps Systems Command
Nowadays, he pointed out,
insurgents have upped the ante, using 122 to 155 mm
artillery shells, 500-pound bombs and double-stacked mines
to provide more explosive power for their IEDs.
"As we've added armor, they've
added greater explosives," Cato told the committee.
in Iraq are "very adept, and very smart, very learning, very
innovative," said Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel, chief of
DoD's Joint IED Defeat Task Force. The
task force was created in October 2003 as an Army agency. It
now has representatives from each of the U.S. armed
services, plus British military advisers.
combat, and this is a thinking enemy up against us," noted
Marine Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of Marine Corps
Combat Development Command at Quantico, Va., who also
attended the hearing.
Recovering From Bomb Blast
May 07, 2005 By SHAWBONG
FOK/Democrat Staff Writer
Sgt. Brandon Huff, whose left leg was taken by a hidden
explosive in Mosul, Iraq in April, remains in the intensive
care unit at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in
Huff's platoon scoured for a
reported car bomb on April 20 when the accident occurred.
The result was that not only was Huff's leg lost, but
shrapnel was sprayed throughout his body.
Huff has been listed as
serious but stable condition.
Brandon's father, Don Huff,
has been visiting his son this week in Washington, D.C. so
was not available for comment. But family members say
letters may be sent in care of Brandon Huff to: Sgt. Brandon
Huff, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Ave.
N.W., Washington, D.C. 20307-5001.
Brandon, 22, graduated from
Woodland High School in 2000.
Name Withheld Pending Notification:
Mother's Day for Some
a feeling our mis-leaders will be having a nice day with
their moms or their children on Mother's Day. As they
are eating their brunches and giving and receiving
bouquets of Mother's Day flowers, they probably never
even think about the moms in this world that their
insanely reckless policies have destroyed. It never
enters their wicked brains that they have ruined
Mother's Day for so many families. This is a tragedy.
May 07, 2005, By Cindy Sheehan
When I woke up this morning,
the “official” death count in Iraq was 1576. The first
thing I do in the morning after I boot up my computer is to
check the DoD website to see if any more of our nation’s
precious children were killed in this horror of a
I was talking to another Gold
Star Mom, Celeste Zappala, today and she sadly advised me
that the count rose to 1579 (note: the official count is now
1594) while she was out to lunch.
I and too many other moms know what the significance of
“Pending Notification” means: it means that there are people
in our country going through their lives right now not even
knowing that they are about to be ambushed with the most
devastating news of their lives: “We regret to inform you….”
in America, there is a mom (I always think of the moms
first) shopping for groceries, driving home from a long week
of work, or maybe even planning her soldier’s homecoming
party. Somewhere, here in our country there is a mother who
is hoping that she will receive a Mother’s Day card from her
soldier, or perhaps, if she is extremely lucky, a rushed
There is a
mom out there who has been worried sick about her soldier
since they arrived in the combat zone. Maybe the mom still
supports George Bush and the occupation or maybe the mom is
certain if her child is killed in this abomination that her
sweet baby, her soldier will have died for lies and
In the end,
and at that moment, the mom is not going to care about
politics or about reasons for invasion and occupation.
care if her child died for freedom and democracy, or to make
some people wealthier and more powerful.
will see is the Grim
Reaper in a uniform standing at her door before
she collapses on the floor screaming for her child and
pleading with the Grim
Reaper to take her with him.
there is a father in America who won’t know what hit him and
who won't know whom to hit back.
brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, spouses, and
children who are about to step on the path of unbearable
pain and seemingly endless grief.
are the families and friends of three wonderful human beings
who never, until now, knew that the human body could produce
so many tears.
in America live our fellow citizens who never even knew that
a broken heart is not theoretical or symbolic. These most
unfortunates are about to find out that a broken heart hurts
far worse than a broken limb, and does not heal so readily,
if ever at all.
families of these soldiers are also departing on a long tour
of banalities uttered by well-meaning, but let’s face it,
these phrases over and over again: “Time heals every thing”,
“Casey’s in a better place”, (oh really, I didn’t know that
home with his mom was such a bad place to be), “Casey wants
you to be happy”, “Casey died doing what he loved doing”,
(he did?), or, my favorite, “Casey died defending his
assure the reader, phrases like this do not help.
clichés for one thing, and for another, none of them are
them help a grieving family.
the reader, is ever in the situation facing a mom who
had her son brutally murdered, God forbid, I will give
you hints on what does help: hugs (lots and lots), make
sure she eats, make sure she drinks plenty of water
(tears are dehydrating), make sure she hears wonderful
things about her child, bring boxes of tissues and
toilet paper, and bring yourself. Leave your tired and
impotent clichés at the door.
the most tragic thing about the 1579 is that not even
one should be
Our “president” cheerfully
rushed this country into a needlessly horrendous and
devastating invasion. Our “president” thinks stolen
elections confer a mandate.
Congress cheerfully relinquished their Constitutional
responsibility to declare war. If they had any courage or
honor they would claim that right back and end this
I have a
feeling our mis-leaders will be having a nice day with their
moms or their children on Mother's Day. As they are eating
their brunches and giving and receiving bouquets of Mother's
Day flowers, they probably never even think about the moms
in this world that their insanely reckless policies have
destroyed. It never enters their wicked brains that they
have ruined Mother's Day for so many families. This is a
Our media was, and still is, a
willing shill for the Administration and has never told the
American public the truth. Reporting about Iraq is
by such as child molesters, Martha Stewart, Terri Schiavo,
Scott Peterson, the American Idol, or now, Runaway Brides!
Another tragic thing about this illegal and disastrous
invasion and occupation is that there are only 1579 families
in this country who even have to think about Iraq. Most
Americans probably don’t even know where to find Iraq on a
Halliburtons, Bechtels, KBRs, and the oil oligarchs of the
world, who are laughing all the way to the bank, think of
Iraq with greedy glee each day. Sorrowfully, there are 1579
families in this country who have “Iraq” carved on their
hearts and souls for eternity.
sacrificed more than the $1.99 it costs to buy a “Support
the Troops” magnet for our cars. We have had a violent
amputation. Even if our fellow citizens don’t realize it,
by allowing this occupation to continue, they are also
losing a very important part of themselves: their humanity.
my prayers, and my love go to the three families who are now
embarking on this mournful, unnecessary journey. We at Gold
Star Families for Peace are here for them. I hope they find
comfort in what I know now seems like a comfortless world.
Love and Peace!!!
Casey's Peace Page
Mother of Hero: Spc Casey
Austin Sheehan KIA 04/04/04
Cofounder of Gold Star
Families For Peace
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“It's Been A Mean Week This Week”
From A Military Family Today”
Lietta Ruger --
Feature Writer: Topic, Military Families, Impact with Loved
Ones Deployed To Iraq
May 06, 2005
From A Military Family Today:
I just got
phone call from my 'loved one' in Iraq who was told will
have to be involuntarily extended ('retained') an additional
6 months in Iraq; all Lieutenants service commitments have
and are being extended because retention of troops numbers
are 'down' .
this points strongly to re-enlistment issues, recruitment
crisis issues, retention issues and is an indicator of how
desperate the situation for our military is becoming.
One of my growing private
concerns has been that as military recruitment numbers are
on the decline for the 4th month running, that our already
deployed and about to be deployed loved ones would have to
somehow take up the slack with even more burden than they
are already carrying.
The disproportionate weight
grows while media blackout continues to shield the American
public from vital information about the well being of their
administration HAS to know just how large a problem the
shortfalls are in manpower (no gender sleight intended),
armour, vehicles, equipment. Yet the administration is
busily sending out upbeat reports as quickly as we get any
information that shows how large the problem has become.
This is not the time to take a
back seat, if anything, this is the time to do whatever can
be done to get the information spread as far as it can be
spread given the limitations (barriers?) to media's
willingness to report.
Look, I don't want to see a
'draft' or more of our young being deceptively recruited and
sent to Iraq and yet neither do I want to see our already
deployed having to take on even more because of shortages.
We simply cannot continue to
expect our troops to sustain given the present conditions
tours in combat, repeat tours in combat (just this morning
another military family was telling me about her loved one's
3rd deployment to Iraq), 70 % of our troops deaths and
wounded are result of IED's, 1 million have already served
in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and on and on goes the
In my opinion, the problem is
substantial enough to warrant a full-blown demand to know
the realities and conditions for our troops now, not 6
months from now or years from now in some sort of rational
historical dissection and reflection of the war in Iraq.
has to be done, the irresponsibility and outright neglect in
actually supporting our troops deployed in combat is an
American problem; a citizen's problem; a political problem;
a spiritual/religious problem; a military problem; and a
center stage in the dialogue Now!
And if we can't gain any
ground in our message to bring the troops home, at the very
least, we can try to look out for their welfare while they
are deployed and that is simply not being done by the
parties most responsible and accountable to look out for our
learn as I did this week, from a reliable source, that
Rumsfeld is planning a visit to the unit about to be
deployed to Iraq and is told by the CO 'Do not ask
Rumsfeld about uparmored humvees on threat of an Article
15' it makes me wonder just where the troops can turn
when their own CO is more concerned about the politics
of the situation than the troops welfare.
When I learn that a political
decision was made to use the unarmored humvee because it was
less intimidating to the Iraqi people than other military
vehicles, it becomes outrageous that a decision made at the
beginning of the war when a different outcome was the
expectation is still in place 2 + years later when it is
clear the expected outcome did not happen.
further learn that it may be 'less expensive' to use the
humvee than a more appropriately armoured vehicle, one has
to wonder who is looking out for who.
I then learn in the same week
that it is possible to use 5 ton armored gun trucks in Iraq,
not unlike those used in Vietnam and there are only 31 of
those in use in Iraq, with an example cited of how they are
saving lives. One such truck endured an IED explosion and
no lives were lost and all lives on that truck survived with
relatively minor injuries.
Then I learn in the same week
that it is possible to send the troops jammers that
interfere with the detonation of IED explosions and the
administration is just now getting around to sending those
jammers to the troops.
technologically advanced enough to have figured this out
months ago?? Yet it is explained away as budget problem,
not enough money thus the need for the supplemental
appropriation. Meanwhile millions of unaccountable funds
are not explained at all.
upside down, and the most immediately affected are the
troops who pay for all of this dancing around the issues
with their lives, with the incredibly severe damage they
sustain in multiple lost limbs, brain trauma injuries
and it doesn't even speak to what the Iraqis are
suffering in the midst of all of this carnage.
We know PTSD is and will
continue to be an issue; meanwhile just this week I learn
there are to be cuts to the care of returning Iraqi and
It's been a
mean week this week.
Lietta Ruger, a MFSO Pacific
PO Box 335
Bay Center, WA, 98527
website Military Families Speak Out, Pacific Northwest
my blog; Dying to Preserve the Lies
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bring our troops home now! (www.ivaw.net)
Gentle, the mother of a British soldier killed in Iraq,
said yesterday: "The soldiers' families are seriously
concerned that not only were they fighting an illegal
war but also fighting for regime change rather than to
remove WMDs. The attorney general had specifically
advised that that would be unlawful. This just
compounds the anger that we feel that our loved ones
died for no good or lawful reason" 06
May 2005 Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian
May 07, 2005
Re: GI Special 3B22: "Bush Belongs In Prison"
FAKED DATA TO BACK
HAS 9 DAYS LEFT TO ANSWER THE LETTER
IN TO HIM, WE ARE GOING TO DO ALL WE CAN,
HIM IN TO COURT, FOR WAR CRIMES, WE HAVE 15
DOING IT NOW,
TO HAVE MORE
GET BUSH TOO., GO ON LETS GET THE SCUM,
STILL, HAND THEM TO THE PARENTS OF THE KILLED
KEEP UP THE FIGHT,
RESISTERS CALL FOR NATIONAL ACTION:
PAREDES PLEADS NOT GUILTY & PLANS TO CHALLENGE THE LEGALITY
OF THE WAR
Navy petty officer Pablo
Paredes has formally entered a plea of “not guilty” to
charges of unauthorized absence and missing movement
stemming from his refusal to board the Iraq-bound ship USS
Bonhomme Richard on December 6, 2004. Paredes will face a
special court martial set for May 11.
At today’s preliminary
proceedings, Paredes civilian attorney, Jeremy Warren,
submitted a motion to dismiss the unauthorized absence
charge, since it is already included in the more serious
missing movement charge based on military case law. Under
the double jeopardy clause, a person cannot be punished
twice for the same conduct.
Prosecutor Lt. Brandon Hale in
turn submitted a motion to exclude all evidence pertaining
to the legitimacy of the current war in Iraq. The
prosecution is using the doctrine of "nonjusticiability"
which says that certain policy decisions are made by
Congress and the President, and that a judge cannot overrule
these political bodies in the exercise of foreign policy.
The presiding judge, Lt.
Commander C. Reismeier, decided to reserve ruling on both
motions until the actual special court martial begins next
In explaining the rationale
for his not guilty plea, Pablo Paredes explains: “Like all
members of the military, I have been trained to recognize my
personal responsibility for participating in war crimes.
Since the war is itself illegal and has been characterized
by repeated and consistent violations of international laws
and treaties, of the Geneva Convention rules of war, and of
generally accepted standards of human rights, I have a
reasonable belief that my training required me to avoid
participating in these crimes.”
Paredes appeared at 32nd Street Naval Station last December,
he spoke to members of the media who were there to cover the
departure of Expeditionary Strike Group Five with a
complement of some 2,800 Marines heading for Iraq. He
announced his opposition to war in general, to the Iraq war
in particular, and to being a party to the death and
destruction of which the Marines would be both victims and
to Paredes, he fully expected to be taken into custody and
was surprised when the Command Duty Officer told him to “get
out of here.” Paredes then left the base and returned on
Shortly after returning to the
base, Paredes submitted a formal request for discharge as a
conscientious objector. After receiving favorable
recommendations from two interviewing officers, a third
officer recommended that his application be rejected.
Paredes submitted a rebuttal to the negative recommendation.
That recommendation is currently being reviewed based on
the rebuttal, and no decision on the request has been
CO discharge request was in process, the Navy decided to
charge Paredes with violations of two articles of the
Uniform Code of Military Justice and to refer the charges to
a special court martial.
then requested a discharge in lieu of court martial. Such a
discharge would be characterized as “other than honorable.”
.Although accepted by the prosecutor, this request was
rejected by Paredes’ command, and the stage was set for the
special court martial to proceed.
Paredes faces a maximum
punishment of 12 months confinement, forfeiture of pay,
reduction in rank, and a bad conduct discharge.
rejecting his request for discharge in lieu of court
martial, prosecutors offered Paredes a plea bargain in which
he would be guaranteed a maximum confinement of 6 months and
no forfeiture of pay or reduction in rank in exchange for a
“guilty” plea. Paredes rejected that offer.
says that he intends to “put the war on trial. After all,
it’s the real crime here.”
But he is realistic and would
not be surprised if the judge limits his ability to
introduce evidence regarding the legality of the war.
have attended Pablo's public speaking engagements and have
provided sworn statements that will be used against him in
his Special Court Martial.
Victor Paredes (917) 864-9179
People You Have Killed, All The Lies You Have Told Have Come
Back To Haunt You"
Wins In AntiWar Election Upset
May 06, 2005 Fintan Dunne,
Galloway has scored a major victory for the antiwar movement
in Britain, stealing the supposedly safe Labour seat of
Bethnal Green and Bow which the ruling party has held
unbroken since 1945.
The former Glasgow Labour MP
-who was ejected from the party over his stance on the Iraq
invasion- is the founder of anti-war party Respect
His stunning win over Labour's
Oona King, overturned a Labor majority of 10,000 at the last
election by almost a 1,000 vote margin.
Galloway denounced Blair in
his victory speech, telling the Prime Minister:
"All the people you have
killed, all the lies you have told have come back to haunt
knowing well that the Labour party is totaly
unrepresentative of Labour supporters, in his own early
morning speech to supporters used the leftist catchphrase
words "solidarity" and "comrades" to try put a grassroots
veneer on his party's return to government.
The win is
a tremenduous boost for Britain's antiwar movement. It
gives them a voice in Parliament -where no party currently
reflects their views.
The election has seen Labour's
vote cut, but the modest scale of that ebb in support is no
reflection of antiwar sentiment in Britain. The lack of a
national political alternative to Labour proved to be the
party's key defense. Most of the electorate who had antiwar
views ended up voting for Labour because of this democratic
Jordan Threatens To Attack U.S. Occupation In Iraq
May 7 By JAMAL HALABY,
King Abdullah II vowed Saturday to do all he can to "quash"
terrorists targeting neighboring Iraq as
Iraqi President Jalal Talabani made his first foreign visit
since becoming president last month.
stands by Iraq in all its power and determination to fight
terrorism, quash terrorists and those who stand behind them
and finance them."
5/3/2005 By Jill Carroll, The
Christian Science Monitor, BAGHDAD
special forces soldiers Ali Jabbar and Mohammed Ali insist
they mete out justice fairly. They beat only the prisoners
they know did something wrong, not the innocent ones.
In March, when a rocket attack
on one of their bases missed the target but angered the
soldiers, they searched
the area and found two suspects.
to know the truth? My arms are still tired from hitting
those guys," laughs Mr. Jabbar in an interview along with
Mr. Ali in Baghdad.
With Iraqis taking a greater
role in battling the insurgency and patrolling their own
streets as the new government begins work, accusations of
human rights abuses are shifting away from the Americans and
onto Iraqi police officers and soldiers.
accusations of abuse range from reports of prisoner torture
and death of detainees to the arbitrary arrest and abuse at
the hands of inexperienced and untrained police officers.
the Monitor that during a raid he was on in January at a
suspected insurgent hideout, three detainees died after
being severely beaten by Iraqi security patrols.
In a report issued in January,
Human Rights Watch said that torture and abuse by Iraqi
authorities had become "routine and commonplace."
detailed methods of interrogation in which prisoners were
beaten with cables and pipes, shocked, or suspended from
their wrists for prolonged periods of time.
many of the old members of Saddam Hussein's security forces
are filling the ranks of the new police units and security
forces. "In the long run, with the assistance of the US
military unfortunately ... (we are creating) a security
force which is very much like the old Saddam security
forces," says Robert Perito, an expert on post conflict
security at the US Institute of Peace.
But Jabbar and Ali say
instinct often takes over when they arrest someone whom they
are sure is an insurgent. They also say they're concerned
that if they don't exact some justice, no one will.
shows little remorse for the January raid on a house in
Baghdad's Hurriyah neighborhood, in which, he says, three
detainees were beaten so badly that they died.
When he and fellow soldiers
broke down the door, they found six men inside. They had
cell phones that contained pictures taken surreptitiously of
soldiers, which Jabbar and the others took as signs they
were marking targets.
"These guys kill our
colleagues and friends and we beat them, but they didn't
feel anything because they had been drinking. We didn't hit
them in the head. Only on the body, and using the donkey
stick but three guys died from that," says Jabbar, using the
nickname they have given a long stick they often hit
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Jean-Juste Appeals For Help For Haitians
5/3/2005 From: bill Quigley
Once more, the peaceful
marchers have taken the streets of Port-au-Prince to demand
the return to constitutional order with the physical
presence of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
By the end of the morning
hours, this Saturday April 30, the marchers gathered in big
numbers in front of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel in
Bel-Air and at the Plas Lapè, Delmas 2. They prayed and
bravely they marched toward North East Delmas up to Sٍ An's,
Annette Auguste's residence, chanting " Liberty or death,
Freedom is not given / we must take it, Titid must come
back, Free our political prisoners, No to elections without
the mandated, legal President Titid, Yes to elections with
Also the marchers sang: "Men l
anlè a, l ap vini...", a religious song that is very popular
referring to the return of Christ at the end of time. So,
People stared at the skies pointing their index finger
chanting: Look in the air, Titid is coming...
blood massacre of peaceful marchers this past Wednesday
April 27 has still left many of us in shock and awe. Within
two month time, this is the third major cold blood killing
operated by the thugs within the Haitian Police Department.
It is enough.
The de facto, illegal
government imposed on us by a sector of the International
Community must quit and return the stolen power to President
In any democratic nation the members of this illegal
government should be judged for crime of high treason,
associating themselves with a foreign sector and assailants
to overthrow a duly elected president.
stage has already been reached, many Haitian democracy
lovers are not afraid of threats and death at the hands of
the puppet, illegal government thugs. Thousands marched
again today in Haiti and abroad.
Kenbe fèm ! NJera NJeri
POLITICIANS AT WORK
Eighty-Eight Members Of Congress Call On Bush For Answers On
Secret Iraq Plan
5.7.05 Raw News
Eighty-eight members of Congress have signed a letter
authored by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) calling on President
Bush to answer questions about a secret U.S.-UK agreement to
attack Iraq, Raw Story has learned.
In a letter, Conyers and other
members say they are disappointed the mainstream media has
not touched the revelations.
"Unfortunately, the mainstream
media in the United States was too busy with wall-to-wall
coverage of a "runaway bride" to cover a bombshell report
out of the British newspapers," Conyers writes.
"The London Times reports that
the British government and the United States government had
secretly agreed to attack Iraq in 2002, before authorization
was sought for such an attack in Congress, and had discussed
creating pretextual justifications for doing so."
The Times reports, based on a
newly discovered document, that in 2002 British Prime
Minister Tony Blair chaired a meeting in which he expressed
his support for "regime change" through the use of force in
Iraq and was warned by the nation's top lawyer that such an
action would be illegal," he adds. "Blair also discussed
the need for America to "create" conditions to justify the
say they are seeking an inquiry.
"This should not be allowed to
fall down the memory hole during wall-to-wall coverage of
the Michael Jackson trial and a runaway bride," he remarks.
Makes Saddam Hussein Look Like A Pussy Cat;
“War On Terrorism” Boils Political Critics Alive
Torturer And The Terrorist Play Kissy Face
President Bush welcomed
President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan to the White House in
2002 to form a partnership to combat terrorism. Paul J.
May 1, 2005 By DON VAN NATTA
Jr., New York Times
months before Sept. 11, 2001, the State Department issued a
human rights report on Uzbekistan. It was a litany of
The police repeatedly tortured
prisoners, State Department officials wrote, noting that the
most common techniques were "beating, often with blunt
weapons, and asphyxiation with a gas mask."
international human rights groups had reported that torture
in Uzbek jails included boiling of body parts, using
electroshock on genitals and plucking off fingernails and
toenails with pliers.
prisoners were boiled to death, the groups reported.
The February 2001 State
Department report stated bluntly, "Uzbekistan is an
authoritarian state with limited civil rights."
after the Sept. 11 attacks, however, the Bush administration
turned to Uzbekistan as a partner in fighting global
The nation, a former Soviet
republic in Central Asia, granted the United States the use
of a military base for fighting the Taliban across the
border in Afghanistan.
Bush welcomed President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan to the
White House, and the United States has given Uzbekistan more
than $500 million for border control and other security
"If you talk to anyone there,
Uzbeks know that torture is used - it's common even in
run-of-the-mill criminal cases," said Allison Gill, a
researcher for Human Rights Watch who is working inside
Uzbekistan. "Anyone in
the United States or Europe who does not know the extent of
the torture problem in Uzbekistan is being willfully
Amnesty International and
other groups have documented specific cases. In the summer
of 2002, Amnesty International reported, Fatima Mukhadirova,
a 62-year-old Tashkent shopkeeper, was sentenced to six
years of hard labor after denouncing the government for the
death of her son, Muzafar Avozov, in a Tashkent prison.
independent examination of photographs of the body,
conducted by the University of Glasgow, showed that Mr.
Avozov died after being immersed in boiling water, human
rights groups reported. The examination said his head
had been beaten and his fingernails removed.
Soldier Killed By Resistance
5/3/2005 Ha'aretz, Near Tul
Staff Sergeant Dan Talasnikov,
20, of Moshav Nir Galim was killed and another Israel
Defense Forces soldier was lightly wounded in a clash
yesterday between paratroop commandos and wanted Islamic
Jihad operatives near the village of Saida, north of Tul
A senior Islamic Jihad member,
Shafiq Abd al-Ghani, was also killed in the shoot-out and
another wanted militant, Abd al-Fatah Ghadad, escaped but
was captured six hours later at an army roadblock.
out what life is like under a murderous military occupation
by a foreign power, go to:
foreign army is Israeli; the occupied nation is Palestine.]
From Brothers And Sisters In India
From: Neeraj Jain
To: GI Special
Sent: May 05, 2005
Subject: a proposal
May 5, 2005
Greetings and congratulations
on your great work.
We are a
group of left activists based in Pune, India. The name of
our group is LOKAYAT. We attempt to create awareness and
organize people on various issues like communalism,
casteism, womens' issues, impact of imperialist-capitalist
globalisation on various sectors of the Indian economy,
against the US invasion of Iraq, etc.
participated in the ANTI-WAR demonstrations held on 19
We strongly feel that the
global movement against the American-British invasion of
Iraq must raise the following demands.
American and British troops from Iraq immediately.
2. The US must pay full
compensation to Iraq for damages done to life and property
during the illegal invasion in 1991, the economic sanctions
imposed thereafter and the conquest and occupation in 2003.
3. Compel the US to sign the
Statute of Rome to accept the jurisdiction of the
International Criminal Court.
4. File suit against the
American President and the British Prime Minister in the
International Court of Justice as War Criminals.
5. Do not alter status of
ownership and control of any Iraqi nationalized resources in
We would like to have your
views on such a campaign, whether you agree that such a
campaign should be taken up by all of us.
especially keen that the demand for filing a suit against
the American President and the British Prime Minister in the
International Court of Justice as War Criminals should be
taken up by the anti-Iraq war movement globally.
And if you
agree, then we would like to have your suggestions on what
should be done so that it can become a global campaign.
We eagerly await your comments
on our proposal.
D-4 / 18, Guru Ganesh Nagar,
Kothrud, Paud Road,
Pune - 411 038
Tel: 91 - 20 - 2528 9187
D-4/18, Guru Ganesh Nagar,
Union Organises Historic Anti-Privatisation Conference
From: Ewa Jasiewicz
Sent: May 05, 2005
Subject: Iraqi Oil Workers'
will see Iraqi trade unionists and civil society activists
gather at the Oil Institute of Basra for a two-day
conference aimed at fighting the privatisation of Iraqi oil.
organisers of the conference, the General Union of Oil
Employees, is a union resolutely opposed to the Occupation,
the former regime and current plans to privatise Iraq's oil
Six papers written by six
professors from Basra University on the subject of
privatisation will be presented and discussed on the first
day of the conference.
The following day will be
dedicated to international contributions and messages of
Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis have
dedicated their film 'The Take' to the conference. It will
be the Arabic language and Iraq premiere of a film dedicated
to the courage, militancy, co-operation and autonomy of a
group of workers, not unlike those currently feeling the
might of the neo-con free market dictate in Iraq.
documents the take-over of an auto-parts factory in Buenos
Aries by unemployed workers. Naomi and Avi, as well as the
workers featured in the film, currently in translation by
Indymedia Beirut, will also send a message of solidarity to
the conference, to show and inspire that resistance to
privatisation and the neo-con, neo-liberal agenda is
possible through workers' self-organisation.
Renowned writer and
investigative journalist Linda McQuaig, author of
ground-breaking 'It's the Crude Dude: War, Big Oil and the
Fight for the Planet' will be sending relevant extracts from
her book as a contribution.
Focus on the Global South is
dedicating 20 copies of research document "Silent War: The
Economic and Ideological Occupation of Iraq".
Messages of solidarity and/or
reports and factsheets on the nature and history of
privatisation, the operations and ideologies behind
institutions like the IMF, WTO and WB plus the dynamics of
the international the international debt racket are
still awaiting further submissions and messages of
solidarity and strategy-building from trade unions, social
justice organisations and movements from around the world.
For further information please
Ewa Jasiewicz, UK Contact for
the General Union of Oil Employees
email@example.com (Polish Mobile until May 16th
0048 887 326 941)
or Munir Chalabi, UK Contact
for the General Union of Oil Employees
was established a month after the invasion of Iraq.
23,000 members in Basra, Amara and Nassiriyah.
Leadership has a history of opposition to and imprisonment
by the Baath regime.
does not belong to any trade union federation in Iraq. It
is not organised through or controlled by any political
party in Iraq. It is an independent trade union.
To: GI Special
Sent: May 05, 2005
Subject: Told a Producer &
Celebrity at Air America about your story
a couple of people inside Air America about the "Send your
friends to Iraq" story. I think its worth of national news
attention -- and I'd like to see soldiers (already doing a
really tough job under less than ideal circumstances) stop
This is just a heads up in
case they contact you. If we are lucky, maybe they'll
decide to visit your site regularly. I hope lots of folks
give you encouragement.
And thank the soldier. [Done.
laughing (in a horrified way) since I read that article.
Send your friends to iraq? Jeez ...
I'm working on a low budget
Iraq war documentary called Back From Iraq where I interview
soldiers who have returned from Iraq. I'm so sick of the
"spin" and misinformation I get from the government and the
"news" media. (I think two weeks of coverage on the pope
was just a tad over the top when there's a war going on).
the vast majority of soldiers share my culture, my values,
and they are deployed all over that country. I'll just ask
them what's going on.
So you can see why I think
your site is so wonderful.
Its one of the few that
focuses on information, facts and figures relevant to
Thank you so, so much for
putting it online.
for feedback regarding supporting the insurgency in Iraq . .
That's the crux of a difficult
issue. Short of time travel there's no way to undo the war,
and that's the option I want.
we left today, militias would control cities (as they have
in the Kurdish section) and that might allow stabilization.
Over time I suspect the militias could figure out how to
work together to build an economy, etc. Iraqi's are as
practical, smart, hard working, etc as other folks.
But the US
isn't leaving, cause Bush and company really, really, really
don't care what anyone thinks about the war.
The President is in control of
the armed forces.
They stay until he's out of
office or impeached. He and the people who work for him are
not "citizens of the US" they are "citizens of the world".
They are looking 50 years down the road and saying "we need
that oil - lets take it now before Iraq has nukes." So, we
are there for at least the next three years.
Now, if the
military were to "win" this war in that time, it would be
the end of the United States as we know it.
never have to be accountable to the people of the US in
matters of war and intelligence. That's unacceptable
because it would be the start of an "endless" war. If
there's not cost to lies and "mistakes" then why should the
president and members of congress ever tell the truth?
The president works for us.
He can't lie to us, ever. He doesn't own us. We own him.
have a republican democracy if he can lie to us. We have a
I'm not worried that we will win this war. When was the
last time an "occupation" of this kind succeeded?
people can't control a country of 15+ million. Conditions
worsen every day (electricity, water, disease). The
situation is going to get dramatically worse just as the CIA
predicted in September.
The occupation will ramp up.
Insurgents will become much, much more effective at
targeting collaborators, contractors and soldiers.
collaborators and contractors forces us to get soldiers away
from their camps, back on patrol and supply runs where they
are easy to kill. Note that we don't count collaborators or
contractors killed. That number is huge and growing faster
every month. The insurgents are acheiving their objectives.)
AND if the war spills out of
its borders into Saudi Arabia (as recent attacks indicate it
will), oil production will fall dramatically, and our
economy will seize.
Thus will the people of the US
realize they are a super power ONLY because Saudi Arabia and
other nations give us their oil. (Which is why Bush is
building the US oil reserve and looking for more places to
drill. He is preparing for the worst.)
Some folks in this country are
in a position to see the big picture. They know how wars
work. They know how the government works. They've been to
Iraq so they know they've been lied to. They are trying to
warn people . . .
It may be too late.
Though I want the US military
to leave Iraq (and aid groups to move in), I can't "support"
the insurgency for the same reason I can't support Bush's
Killing thousands of civilians
for political or material gain is always wrong.
What do you think?
Comments from service men and women, and veterans, are
especially welcome. Send to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Name, I.D., withheld on
request. Replies confidential.
Comments On Australian War Profiteer Taken Prisoner In Iraq
To: GI Special
Sent: May 07, 2005
No response at all regarding
suggestion for freeing 'Australian' Mr Woods kidnapped in
Iraq from our foreign minister, Alexander Downer- just an
"out of office" message. Crap.
I think the bloke worked for
Bechtel previously. Maybe they'll send some mercenaries to
save him, since his family reputedly stated they wouldn't
pay a ransom (although at the same time our foreign minister
says he's been unable to make contact with the kidnappers).
capitalist pricks are so principled, then I suppose if your
beloved president was kidnapped, they wouldn't pay his
relish the opportunity:
terrorists have kidnapped the US president? No! We won't
negotiate with terrorists!"
lies, no more lives,
New South Wales
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