GI SPECIAL 3B47:
see it on those kids faces
that they hate that fucking place and being treated like
some dress up dolls so a four star can thump his chest.
at my boys Duba." "I can
make them dance, sing, march and die."
actually said that it was a successful mission. We were
more scared to leave the wire the day we left than the
day we arrived.
From: Soldier X
Sent: May 23, 2005
Xtra Duty Days
picture is of a deserter in the British Army being branded
with the letter 'D'. A soldier could also be branded with a
'C' for cowardice, 'T' for thief, or a 'W' for worthless.
Extra duty continues.
I may as
well be breaking rocks. I swept an entire parking lot in
the middle of a rain storm. That was fucking productive.
Surprisingly they didn't have me mop it also.
I cut the grass of acres of
parade fields and mediums. I also shoveled leaves out of a
100 meter ditch. I cleaned over twenty nasty ass latrines
(bathrooms I mean, latrine is what the Army calls them). I
waxed and buffed the floors by hand. FUN!
They turned me into their
little peasant worker. War hero to ugly step child. All
over walking home from the [XXXX]
down the [xxxx]. I am a fucking
criminal. Thank god for the Uniformed Code of Military
Justice. It keeps hoods like me off the streets and off the
after the bill of sniper school and basic, after all the
training, the housing and the shit ass food they have given
me over the four years in the service, the Army has a damn
expensive lawn mower.
fucking enjoy it because I got a few precious days in this
fucked up outfit. The only thing left to tell I was here
will be a pair of boots dangling from the barbed wire fence.
I did receive a beautiful
plaque today by the Scout platoon. It has a
lil' silvery humvee on it and
a old German bayonet that I can
actually remove from the scabbard. What a fancy letter
presented to me at closing formation and the LT said a few
words and asked if I had anything to say.
preceded to explain how much the
Army was a crock and we are all abused victims, but in the
entire miserable experience the one good thing I can pull
from it is meeting some great friends.
Without the service I would
have never met any of them and probably wouldn't have made
time to get to know them if we never had to share a 24 hour
guard tower on the perimeter of the third world or a fox
hole full of camel spiders.
But I did find some lifetime
I guess no
matter how much I explain the war and this life to people,
even to other soldiers who had a different experience in
Iraq, the only ones who will know exactly what I am talking
about are the men that were right there with me.
never have to tell a two hour story to make them understand
the horrible circumstances.
I will just
look them in the eye and we will both know.
remember the ones that never made it back. We will order an
extra pint and place it at the empty bar stool at the pub
where he used to sit before the war. When we went out all
And when we
make a toast, we won't have to say his name because every
toast we make for the rest of our lives we will know in the
back of our minds it is for him also.
I certainly don't need a
trophy to remember these years. I will never forget.
burning in my soul won't even be extinguished when my body
is cold and dead. I will spread the inferno to my friends
with reason and understanding in their hearts. People with
open minds and compassionate spirits.
children and to theirs.
grow in strength and numbers and eventually there will be
enough people that starve for peace. And, hungry men don't
stay hungry for long.
did you find those photos of 2-63? [See photo below.]
Those were taken at the big
command ceremony. I didn't go because I was clearing and
too short timed to bother with that awful dog and pony show.
screams "look how happy we are to have done a great job down
range in Iraq."
bunch of shit.
You can see
it on those kids faces that they
hate that fucking place and being treated like some dress up
dolls so a four star can thump his chest.
"Look at my
boys Duba." "I can make them
dance, sing, march and die."
actually said that it was a successful mission.
FUCK! What made it successful?
accomplish zero goals the entire fucking year.
more scared to leave the wire the day we left than the day
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Whether in Iraq or stuck on a base in the USA, this is
extra important for your service friend, too often cut
off from access to encouraging news of growing
resistance to the war, at home and inside the armed
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Toll In Iraq Surges
reality is we have discovered, despite all our
propaganda, that we are facing a very tough, resilient
and smart adversary," defense analyst Daniel
Goure of the Lexington
31 May 2005 By Will Dunham
toll for American troops in Iraq rose in May to the highest
level since January, with the U.S. military saying on
Tuesday insurgents have doubled their number of daily
attacks since April.
At least 77
U.S. troops were killed in May, according to a count of
deaths announced by the military. That is the highest toll
since 107 Americans were killed in January. It marked the
second straight monthly increase since 36 U.S. troops died
in March, among the lowest tolls of the war.
tell you that this month is the second highest death toll
since April 2004.]
Steve Boylan, a U.S. military
spokesman in Baghdad, said insurgents are staging about 70
attacks nationwide per day.
The latest Pentagon figures
listed 1,658 U.S. military deaths since the war began, with
another 12,630 wounded in combat.
the insurgents, a mix of indigenous Sunni Muslim Arabs and
foreign radical Islamic fighters, could sustain the current
level of violence, Boylan said,
"Don't know yet."
"Those who believed that the
elections would be a decisive turning point undermining the
insurgency are disappointed yet
again," Cato Institute defense analyst Ted Carpenter said.
"The insurgency seems as
capable as ever."
reality is we have discovered, despite all our propaganda,
that we are facing a very tough, resilient and smart
adversary," defense analyst Daniel
Goure of the Lexington Institute said.
said rebels have continuously changed, updated and modified
tactics, dumping those that no longer worked.
Killed In Mosul
May 31, 2005 Associated Press
BAGHDAD, Iraq —
A soldier was killed on May 28 in
an attack in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the military
reported on Monday.
Spc. Phillip Sayles, a soldier
with the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, “was killed
during a terrorist attack on Saturday,” the military said.
It gave no further details about the attack, the soldier’s
age or hometown.
of “Non-Combat” Injuries In
May 31, 2005 U.S. Department
of Defense News Release No. 539-05
Victor M. Cortes III, 29, of Erie, Pa., died May 29 in
Baghdad, Iraq of non-combat-related injuries.
Cortes was assigned to the 703rd
Forward Support Batttalion, 3rd
Infantry Division, Fort Stewart,
KILLED BY SMALL ARMS FIRE NEAR RAMADI
May 31, 2005 HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND Release Number: 05-05-39C
FALLUJAH, Iraq – A Marine
assigned to 5th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II
Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) was killed in action
May 30 by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat
operations near Ramadi, Iraq.
Military Helicopter Down, 4 Dead
6.1.05 AP & By
An Italian military helicopter
has crashed in Iraq, killing the four people aboard, the
Italian military said Tuesday.
The AB-412 helicopter crashed
overnight about 13 kilometers (8 miles) southeast of
Nasiriyah, the southern Iraqi city where Italy's 3,000
troops are based, the military said in a statement. The
cause was not immediately clear.
The helicopter was coming back
from the Kuwaiti international airport and had stopped to
refuel at Camp Buehring, also in
Kuwait. Radio contact was lost soon after take off from the
camp, the statement said.
A rescue team found the
wreckage at dawn in the desert close to the
Tallill air base in Iraq near
The military command said an
investigation had begun into the deaths of the two
machinegunners and two pilots,
all between the ages of 29 and 39.
"The aircraft was returning
(to base) after having transported to Kuwait City a member
of the contingent," the statement said.
You A Religious Man? If You Are, You Better Start Praying”
May 31, 2005
DAQUILANTE, News-Register Publishing Co.
Marine Reservist Joe Crabtree
of McMinnville, 21-year-old son of Yamhill County Sheriff
Jack Crabtree, is being treated today in Germany's Landstuhl
Regional Medical Center for shrapnel wounds to the head and
body suffered in a bomb blast in Western Iraq.
Crabtree was riding with four
other Marines when a roadside bomb planted by insurgents
destroyed their Humvee, killing one and inflicting injuries
of varying severity on the rest of them.
His injuries were initially
considered life-threatening. Now showing some improvement
following weekend surgery at Landstuhl, he is scheduled for
transfer to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda,
Md., later this week.
Crabtree is a 2002 graduate of
McMinnville High School, where he starred in two sports
while working on the side as a teller for Wells Fargo and
helping manage Action Corner, the student store. His senior
year, he won second-team all-conference honors as a
linebacker in football. He also enjoyed success as a
sprinter on the track team.
He went on to enroll as a
business major at the University of Oregon in Eugene, but
ended up putting school on hold to do a tour in Iraq with
the Marine Reserves.
He returned to the university
for a time, but was called up earlier this year for duty in
When Jack and his wife,
Sherri, got a phone call at 4 a.m. Saturday, he figured it
was Joe calling. He said Joe would call every couple of
weeks between midnight and 4 a.m. to let his parents and
younger brother, 16-year-old Kenny, know how he was doing.
However, this time it was Sgt.
Maj. Sean Riddell, Joe's commanding officer, calling to
relay the bad news.
"This is something I'll never
forget," Jack Crabtree said. "He said, 'Mr. Crabtree.' I
knew then it wasn't Joe, and I knew it wasn't
dispatcher, because they don't refer to me as 'Mr.
"He said, 'Sir, the first
thing I want to tell you is that your son is alive. But our
Humvee was struck by a roadside bomb.'"
Riddell, who survived the
blast himself, would not go into details. But he made it
clear Joe had been badly hurt.
recalled, "He said, 'Sir, are you a religious man? If you
are, you better start praying.'
what really got me. When someone puts it like that, they're
sending a pretty serious message."
Crabtree said Saturday turned into the longest day of his
life. He wasn't able to get much information about Joe's
injuries, and he felt helpless.
He knows a lot more know, and
is looking forward with great relief to Joe's return to the
felt for a second that anything would happen to him," the
sheriff said. It would surely be someone else, not Joe.
"One of our
sergeants has a son in Iraq, and I worry about him all the
time," Crabtree said.
confident he was going to make it. I certainly did not
expect the phone call we got Saturday."
Bomb-Makers Target Intelligence Teams Targeting Insurgent
Say The Skill Level Is Very Good,” Sgt. Says
May 31, 2005 By Steven
Komarow, USA Today
U.S. forces have yet to fully
counter roadside bombs.
[Wow! Amazing discovery!]
Insurgents try to stay one
step ahead of U.S. forces.
getting better,” says Spc. Pavel
who along with Tyson, 32, and Sgt. Charles
Runolfson, 29, make up the team
for eastern Baghdad.
arriving in Iraq in December, Sgt. 1st Class Carlos Tyson
says he figured the insurgents were “uneducated thugs.”
Now, he views them as cunning adversaries.
say the skill level is very good,” he says, including their
ability to quickly adjust to U.S. countermeasures.
More sophisticated examples
include “shaped” charges, bombs designed to focus the blast
in one direction and thus concentrate power. A shaped
charge on the roadside aimed at passing vehicles is more
likely to penetrate the armor on Humvees or even heavier
Sometimes, working with the
military’s technical bomb experts, the Weapons Intelligence
Team can determine that a single maker is behind a series of
attacks, even if they haven’t identified the person.
intelligence gathering is not a one-way affair. The
insurgents watch carefully and sometimes videotape when U.S.
service members arrive to gather evidence or to defuse an
unexploded bomb, the team members say. They think
insurgents are trying to pick up clues about the team’s
investigative techniques by watching them.
we try to change how we operate. They’re gunning for us,”
says Sgt. Duane Poslusny, 24, an
explosives disposal expert who works closely with the
day, the 6:45 a.m. Opel bomb is
just one of at least three along a short stretch of highway.
One just to the north hit a bus at about the same time,
setting it on fire. The third detonated near a U.S. convoy,
but this time damage was light - just blown tires.
also uncovered what looks like a fourth bomb, but turns out
to be just a heavy steel tube with a fake trip-wire device.
It apparently was a lure planted within range of one of the
other bombs, designed to attract troops to come for a closer
Brilliant Plan Doesn’t Stop IEDs,
Rabbits Feet Will Be Issued
Mideast Stars and Stripes, May 25, 2005
American military officials
have kicked off a new awareness campaign they hope will
reduce deaths and injuries caused by the No. 1 killer of
U.S. troops in Iraq: homemade bombs.
"5-and-25," the slogan refers to perimeters that should be
secured when moving in a vehicle (a 5-meter radius) or
stopped (25 meters).
From A Lost War:
Basically Come To This”
three months ago, the only safe ways to move diplomats,
contractors and others working for the government
between the airport and the Green Zone was by Rhino or
helicopter. Now, the helicopters are being used
elsewhere, and the only remaining safe ride is on the
May 30, 2005
Hodierne. Army Times staff writer
They call it “riding the
basically come to this: Two years after U.S. forces toppled
Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, the only safe way to move
troops and diplomats from Baghdad International Airport to
the fortified city compound called the Green Zone is in
convoys of custom-made $275,000 armored buses.
The buses, called “Rhinos,”
look like something out of “The Road Warrior,” Mel Gibson’s
1981 post-apocalyptic adventure film. They roll in the dead
of night escorted by armored Humvees, with the road sealed
to all other traffic and AH-64 Apache gunships loitering
The six-mile road — Route
Irish to the U.S. military — is often called the world’s
most dangerous stretch of highway. A report released to the
public April 30 that accidentally included classified
information said there were 135 attacks along that road in
the 4½ months from Nov. 1 to March 12.
The Rhino is all flat slabs of
gray or off-white steel (there are two models in service)
with passenger windows angled in streamlined fashion, like
an old-time Greyhound bus, as the only concession to
The beauty of these buses is
not in their graceful line — they are as graceful as a
refrigerator. Rather, their beauty lies in the armor, which
covers the sides, tops and bottoms of the five buses in
service in Baghdad. Twenty-six passengers ride in relative
comfort on functional — if not attractive — vinyl seats.
The buses, each weighing about
13 tons and featuring bullet-resistant glass and 12 gun
ports along with all that armor, are manufactured by Weston,
Fla.-based Labock Technologies
at the company’s plant in Ashdod,
months ago, the only safe ways to move diplomats,
contractors and others working for the government between
the airport and the Green Zone was by Rhino or helicopter.
Now, the helicopters are being used elsewhere, and the only
remaining safe ride is on the Rhino.
But it’s not as simple as
The buses run on an irregular
schedule to make it harder for suicide bombers to get a fix
on them. Before they started running at night, one bomber,
in a BMW loaded with anywhere from 250 pounds to 1,000
pounds of explosives — depending on whose account is to be
believed — pulled between two Rhinos last December and set
off his bomb.
He died. No one on the buses
About three months ago, a
Rhino took a direct hit from a rocket-propelled grenade.
“Nobody was hurt except for
some minor bumps and bruises,” said Army Maj. Sharon Smith,
of the Joint Area Support Group, who books the Rhino
of Richmond, Va., said the convoys can run day or night.
But they run mostly at night. Late at
night. A recent two-bus run, for example, left the
airport at 1 a.m.
buses don’t travel alone; they are accompanied by four
armored Humvees, while armored personnel carriers and other
Humvees block the side streets and two Apaches provide air
run took 14 minutes — 14 uneventful minutes, but 14 minutes
in which the passengers, who had just flown in from Kuwait
City in a wisecracking, jovial mood, turned earnestly
silent, as if collectively holding their breath until safely
inside the Green Zone.
The soldiers in the Humvees
might be thought to have a horrible job — running every
night on the most dangerous highway in the world.
insisted Pfc. Ralph Holley, 25, of Selma, Ala. “This is the
best job going.”
Holley is from B Battery, 1st
Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, part of the 3rd Infantry
Division. His unit takes turns providing Rhino security —
one week on, one week doing other duty.
“This is a
good job because we’re not busting doors,”
said Staff Sgt. Marcus Martin, 33, of Alto, Texas,
referring to the job many infantry troops have in Iraq of
entering Iraqi dwellings, often forcibly, to look for
insurgents — never knowing for sure what will be waiting for
them on the inside.
way of thinking, Route Irish is a lot safer.
Martin and the others in his
team, standing around their Humvees waiting to make a run
from the airport, ticked off the reasons this job is so
good: the gunships overhead, the side roads blocked, it’s
done in the cool of night instead of the heat of day.
And, Martin said, with the
road closed to all other traffic, if they see another car,
the decision on what to do is simple:
“You kill it.”
Insurgents Reported Killed In Afghan Fighting
May 31, 2005 Associated Press
KABUL, Afghanistan — Rebels
launched three near-simultaneous assaults against Afghan and
U.S.-led coalition forces along the border with Pakistan and
at least six insurgents were killed in the ensuing fighting,
the U.S. military said in a statement Tuesday.
It said the insurgents
attacked the three adjacent posts near the border with
small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire on Monday. The
Afghan and coalition forces fought back, and in conjunction
with attack aircraft, killed six to nine rebels, the
It did not provide an exact
location for the fighting.
odd that there is no mention of occupation casualties, or
the clear statement that there were none. Why not?
odd that there is no mention of the fact, reported 5.31.05
by the Wall St. Journal, that the occupation headquarters in
Kabul was hit by a resistance rocket.]
F-16s To Disperse Afghan
May 30, 2005 By
KABUL – NATO peacekeepers sent
F-16 fighter jets to a northeastern Afghanistan province on
Monday in a show of force to disperse thousands of
protesters, police said.
six people were injured when supporters and opponents of a
provincial official in Takhar
province clashed with stones and clubs, police said. NATO
sent its jets after local officials failed to disperse the
One group demanded the removal
of the education chief in the province's
Rustaq district, while the other
opposed the move, provincial police chief
Akram Khan told Reuters.
came and managed to scatter the protesters,' Khan told
Reuters. 'Six of the protesters, I know, were injured.'
spokeswoman for NATO's International Security Assistance
Force (ISAF) confirmed that two
NATO F-16 jets had been sent from the capital Kabul at the
government's request 'as a form of deterrent'.
Opposition To War Huge And Growing:
The “Tipping Point”?
is more opposition to this war than there was in 1968
with regard to Vietnam, yet far less public and
(May 29, 2005) By Greg
Mitchell, Editor And Publisher [Excerpts]
You may be
surprised to learn that nearly 6 in 10 Americans feel the
Iraq war is "not worth it," according to a recent Gallup
feel that President Bush "deliberately misled"
them on the issue of weapons of
mass destruction in Iraq, and virtually the same number call
the war an out-and-out "mistake."
56% now say the war is going badly for the United States.
recently found that 46% of those polled say we should start
After the Iraqi elections in
January, public opinion briefly shifted in a more positive
direction, but that was quickly reversed with a return of
wide violence and a rising American death toll this spring.
Most of the time, in our work and play, you'd hardly know a
war was going on.
more opposition to this war than there was in 1968 with
regard to Vietnam, yet far less public and editorial
protest. That 57% of Americans say the
war is "not worth it" is haunting: such clarity, and such
But still, the media continue
to look at opinion on the war in a black-or-white, red
state/blue state way, when it is much more complicated than
With so little exploration of
this public ambivalence or ambiguity in the press, I turned
to an expert, Dr. Frank Newport, editor in chief of the
Gallup Poll. Americans
"are essentially doing a cost/ benefit analysis," Newport
said, weighing what the United States may gain versus what
we will certainly lose (many more casualties, world
prestige, and so on). The verdict: The war is not "worth
believe it's more important in people's minds than many
think it is. It's incredibly important to people, a
sleeper issue, perhaps on the verge of a tipping point."
He pointed out that Iraq shows up as the No. 1 issue in
recent survey, people were asked what subject they would
bring up if they got to spend 15 minutes with the
president, and Iraq easily ranked at the top.
Disrespected Gold Start Mother Gets
Another Snotty Putdown
not saying at this present time that I’m going to do
that,” said Young, who becomes
president of the national nonprofit next month.
“We have a lot on the
agenda, things we have to get done.”
[Like shitting all over
important work. What sneering, condescending
May 31, 2005
Adely and Len
Maniace, The (Westchester, N.Y.)
WESTCHESTER, N.Y. —
Lagman has dropped her bid to become a Gold Star
Mother, but still wants rules changed so that women who lose
sons or daughters in war will be able to receive the honor —
even if the mother is not a citizen.
“She’s kind of shaken up and
wants to stay on the sidelines, but she wants to see this
fight continue and she doesn’t want other mothers turned
down like she was,” said Bob Foster, vice commander of the
Veterans of Foreign Wars in Eastchester, N.Y., where
Lagman received help applying
for the Gold Star recognition.
who came to this country from the Philippines in 1983, is a
permanent resident of the United States but not a citizen,
as is required by the bylaws of the American Gold Star
son, Anthony, was killed in a firefight in Afghanistan last
year at age 26.
Also Saturday, the incoming
American Gold Star Mothers president clarified remarks she
made Friday about a possible change in rules.
Young said that although any member may propose a change to
the organization’s bylaws for a vote in 2006, she personally
had no plans to initiate such a change.
“I’m not saying at this
present time that I’m going to do that,” said Young, who
becomes president of the national
nonprofit next month.
“We have a lot on the agenda, things we have to get done.”
[Like shitting all over
Lagman. Truly important
work. What sneering, condescending crap.]
Saturday reiterated that American Gold Star Mothers did
not deny membership to Lagman.
She said the application was still pending because it
was incomplete, lacking a signature and a death
certificate. That assertion has been disputed by Ben
Spadaro, a past president of
the Eastchester VFW Post, who helped
Lagman prepare the
mothers become our mothers no matter where they are from,
whether they are citizens, or whatever their color,“
Foster said. “That is how we feel about them. It is a
pretty emotional issue among veterans.”
Young said any of the group’s
1,000 members could propose an amendment to change the
bylaws or constitution. The 12-member executive board would
have to move the amendment to a full vote, which would
happen at the organization’s annual convention in late June.
It is too
late to introduce a new amendment for this year’s
convention, Young said.
The one it’s too late for is Anthony
Lagman, dead in Afghanistan last year at age 26.
Everybody else has plenty of time, if they aren’t too blind,
vicious, and arrogant to do the right thing. But,
obviously, doing the right thing is the last thing on
Latino Soldiers Who Were Against The
[Thanks to Phil G who sent
May 31, 2005 by Diego
Cevallos, Inter Press Service
received a lot of letters from the families of fallen
soldiers who were against the war but who went over anyway,
because they were afraid, or because they didn't feel strong
enough to stand up to their superiors and say that they
didn't want to take part," Carlos Mejia recounted.
Mejيa is a Nicaraguan-born former staff
sergeant in the U.S. army who refused to return to his unit
in Iraq after spending five months stationed there in 2003.
To Those Who Gave Their Lives For
May 22, 2005 Military Families
Against the War, United Kingdom
families of British servicemen killed in Iraq have called on
the Prime Minister to open a full investigation into the
background and legality to the war. The
families consider that there are serious questions for the
government to answer. They believe that their husbands and
sons were sent to war on the basis of lies and deception.
the rejection of their legitimate request for an inquiry the
Prime Minister has added insult to injury.
Minister’s lawyers have written the following to the
decision to take military action in Iraq was in no sense the
immediate and direct operative cause of the deaths of the
claimants’ relatives. Those servicemen regrettably lost
their lives due to a variety of circumstances – a road
traffic accident in Kuwait and a US helicopter crash to a
gun attack and improvised explosive device attack. The
legality of the decision to take military action in Iraq has
no bearing on the circumstances which led to their deaths’.
weasel words drew the following comments from the families
Ann Lawrence, whose son Marc
was killed when two helicopters collided at sea, said
‘I’m sure that Tom Keys and
Marc Lawrence wouldn’t have been in a million miles of Iraq
had Mr Blair not sent them
there. They had a Queen’s commission and were duty bound to
Brierley whose son Shaun was
killed in a road traffic accident said ‘ My son often went
out on Sunday afternoon drives and Kuwait was one of the
destinations he used to go to which is as ridiculous as
suggesting the decision to go to war and the accident were
not connected. All the wriggling that Tony Blair is doing
to try and get out of this has probably been the cause of
his slipped disc. We will pursue the case for a public
inquiry through all avenues.’
Gentle whose son Gordon was killed by a roadside bomb in
Basra said: 'The question of the legality of the war is
very important to me and my family. We all need to know
whether the army was sent to Iraq on a proper basis.
This letter is an insult to those who gave their lives
for their country.’
The families are now
determined to pursue their demand for a full public inquiry
and have launched a national petition:
http://www.petitiononline.com/mfaw/petition.html and are
calling on MPs and others to join with them in a campaign to
reverse this dishonourable
Any military family that would
like more information about the legal action against Tony
Blair please contact Military Families
Against the War by email: email@example.com
call Chris on: 07930536519 or Andrew on: 07939 242229
is a message from Rose Gentle. She leads a campaign to bring
all the Scots and other troops
home from Iraq, now. T]
May 31, 2005
Re: GI Special 3B45: Lt. Col. (Ret'd)
Says Bush, Rumsfeld Are Traitors
OUT TWO KILLERS IN SCOTLAND.
YOUR BOYS, BUSH, BLAIR KILL THEM
US MARINES LAND IN SCOTLAND TO
GARD BUSH AT THE
ARMY OF US MARINNES, WILL
MARCH INTO SCOTLAND
G8 SUMMIT, ARMD TO THE
ASSAULT RIFIES, MACHINE
GUNS, AND GRENADE
EXPERT, ROD CRAIG. A FORMER ROYAL. NAVY
SAID AUTHORITIES ARE ALWAYS
THEIR OWN PEOPLE. EVERY WHERE THEY GO.
TWO KILLERS ARE HATED, WE
DONT WANT BUSH
SCOTLAND. IT WILL BE HELL. . WE ALL NO HIM AND
US. WE CANT GET OFF WITH
SHOULD THESE TWO MURDIRING,
B,,,,,,/ GET OFF WITH
FOR THE COST OF SECURITY
ITS ESTIMATED, £50 MILLION
TAXPAYERS MONAY, I
WILL HAVE MY TOP ON.
FOR GORDON GENTLE . WILL BLAIR, BUSH
CAN WE HIT NEX, I AM NOT
A BAD PERSON BUT I WOULD
TWO KILLIERS, TO DROP
Implicates Top Brass In
May 21, 2005 Julian Borger in
report on a military investigation into two killings of
detainees at a US prison in Afghanistan has produced new
evidence of connivance of senior officers in systematic
The investigation shows the
military intelligence officers in charge of the detention
centre at Bagram airport were
redeployed to Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2003, while still
under investigation for the deaths of two
detainees months earlier.
Despite military prosecutors' recommendations, the officers
involved have yet to be charged.
Bagram case also suggests that some of the prison
guards were given little if any training in handling
detainees, and were influenced by a White House directive
that "terrorist" suspects did not deserve the rights given
to prisoners of war under the Geneva convention.
Found Guilty Of Abuse, Discharged;
Sgt. Scum Threaten Witnesses And
Get Away With It
May 30, 2005 By Joseph R.
Chenelly, Army Times staff
The second drill sergeant
court-martialed for abusing recruits in basic training at
Fort Knox, Ky., has been kicked out of the Army.
Staff Sgt. Michael G. Rhoades
was found guilty May 17 of five counts of maltreatment and
cruelty toward recruits, and on a charge of trying to impede
an investigation into the case.
Rhoades was sentenced to 30
days in jail and given a bad conduct discharge. He was
granted time served and will not be confined.
Rhoades was found to have
punched his trainees in the chest, stomach and chin, and
thrown at least one to the floor, according to
Shaffery. He also was convicted
of threatening trainees before they were to be questioned by
Sgt. 1st Class Ricky L.
Stauffer’s court-martial was recently rescheduled to begin
June 7. Stauffer allegedly slammed a trainee into a wall
locker and choked and punched others.
Price’s court-martial concluded, some trainees and drill
sergeants who testified claimed they were harassed, and in
some cases felt threatened, by drill sergeants for taking
said that drill sergeants who made those inappropriate
comments were “corrected” and dealt with
“administratively.” She said that may mean anything from an
Article 15 to a verbal warning. [Obviously sending a
message: go ahead, threaten witnesses, no big deal.
At least no big deal if you’re a drill
Sgt. protecting other drill Sgt’s.]
The Hate Is Still Very Alive
30 May 2005 Joe Carr,
Today, I did what few
internationals have dared to do, I went to Fallujah.
Iraqi military, and Iraqi police have an overwhelming
presence in the city. I've never seen such dirty looks
directed at the passing forces; I guess in most places
people get used to the occupier, but in Fallujah, the hate
is still very alive.
12,000 And 20,000 Hardcore
[Thanks to Phil G who sent
25 May 2005
By Richard Norton-Taylor and
Michael Howard, The Guardian UK
It could take at least five
years before Iraqi forces are strong enough to impose law
and order on the country, the International Institute of
Strategic Studies warned yesterday.
[Try never, unless the
Institute is referring to the resistance.
Which doesn’t seem likely somehow.]
thinktank report points to US
estimates that there are between 12,000 and 20,000 hardcore
insurgents in Iraq. [Do the math. Standard estimate: the
occupier needs 10 combat effectives for every resistance
soldier. That means to have any hope of keeping Iraq
occupied, the U.S. government needs 120,000 to 200,00
combat effectives, excluding support troops. Not a chance.
Game over. Time to come home.]
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5/31/2005 (AP) & (KUNA) & By Luke Baker (Reuters) &
In Baghdad, a convoy of
interior ministry commandos came under brief attack from
gunmen armed with light weapons in Baghdad's
Ghazaliya neighborhood who left
three dead and seven wounded in their wake, police and
medical sources said.
killed Jerges Mohammed Sultan,
an Iraqi journalist working for Iraqi state TV channel Al-Iraqiya,
in the northern city of Mosul, said Dr.
Baha-aldin al-Bakri of
Insurgents have targeted both the station and its employees.
was shot dead in another part of the city.
bomber killed two Iraqi soldiers in an early-morning attack
on an army checkpoint near Buhriz,
about 35 miles north of Baghdad, said
Diyala provincial police
spokesman Ali Fadhil.
fired from a speeding car on a police patrol in eastern
Baghdad's Doura district,
wounding four policemen, said police Capt.
Police on Tuesday found the dead bodies of four Iraqi
policemen in the town of Heit in
Western Iraq. An Iraqi Police source told
reporters that the Iraqi Police found the four bodies this
morning on a street in Heit in
The source, who requested
anonymity, added that the four policemen were handcuffed and
executed by shooting, noting that a lieutenant colonel was
North of Baghdad an Asian
truck driver whose nationality was unknown, was killed,
police sources said.
soldiers were killed and nine others wounded in an early
morning attack on their convoy north of Baghdad, an Iraqi
army officer said.
was going to pick up a unit manning a checkpoint 20
kilometers (12 miles) south of Baquba
when a pick-up truck carrying a small boat exploded as the
column passed by," Colonel Ismail
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
Just So Off The Wall On So Many
May 26, 2005
We’ve heard some pretty
bizarre things out of Iraq over the past couple of years but
this one has to rank right up there.
Iraq - Iraq announced plans Thursday to deploy 40,000 police
and soldiers in the capital and ring the city with hundreds
of checkpoints "like a bracelet" in the largest show of
Iraqi force since the fall of Saddam Hussein .
This is just so off the wall
on so many levels.
if they did seal off Baghdad how exactly does that help
them? There are just as many insurgents inside Baghdad as
there are outside. So what is this going to accomplish –
insurgent Ali in Baghdad won’t be able to visit his cousin,
insurgent Omar, over in Ramadi?
given that the U.S couldn’t even
cordon off Fallujah properly and most of the insurgents
there got out what makes anyone think that 40,000 Iraqi
government troops can effectively cordon off Baghdad? Lets
keep in mind out of any given 40,000 Iraqi troops probably
at least 20,000 of them are working for the insurgents.
mention, if you have all these troops spread out to make a
circle around Baghdad they will have to be in small isolated
groups that will make easy pickings for the insurgents.
see how long the 40,000 saps who get assigned to this detail
agree to put up with that.
Quite frankly, this shows that
things in Iraq are in even worse shape than I had thought.
been clear for some time that the U.S. military is clueless
in how to deal with the insurgency. But there was always
the hope for them that an indigenous Iraqi force would be
more adept at dealing with it. Based on this, it appears
soldiers are surrounded by thousands of people who hate
the American uniform and flag. The daily, grinding
uncertainty has led some of them to degenerate into
bundles of nerves, frustration and anger and to strike
out against any and all Iraqis. May
30, 2005 News Hounds
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From: Max Watts, May 22, 2005
A VERY COMMON STORY DURING MY
DAYS AS JOURNO FOR OVERSEX
QUARTERMASTER HAD TOO MANY (NOT TOO FEW, TOO MANY) OF SOME
ITEMS - IN ONE CASE - SCHWEINFURTH
HAVE BEEN TROUBLE, IF INSPECTED.
THEY DUG A
BIG HOLE, AND BURIED THE TANK (OTHER ITEMS THROWN INTO
RHINE, ETC. ON OTHER SIMILAR OCCASIONS)
I WAS CALLED BY A
SCHWEINFURTH SGT, A LIFER,. BUT
BY THEN WORKING HIS WAY TO RESISTING THE WAR.
WITH CBS TV CREW, AND DUG TANK UP.
HELL TO PAY.
SGT GREEN ? ?? WAS
IDENTIFIED, VIA MY TEL BEING TAPPED AND GOT KICKED OUT OF
ARMY, 7 YEARS SHORT OF 20 YEAR PENSION.
WE FOUGHT CASE, BUT LOST... HE
LOST HIS PENSION...
How It Is:
SPEC/5 JIM GOODMAN,
EXPECT SHIT, GET SHIT, BUT VOLUNTEERS EXPECT SOMETHING
BETTER, GET SAME SHIT, AND HAVE A YEAR (OR MORE) LONGER TO
DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT" (FROM MEMORY)
HE GOT TRAPPED INTO
VOLUNTEERING FOR 4 YEARS
Welcome To Liberated Iraq!
“Journalists Held By US Forces For Doing Their Job”
were living without press freedom during Saddam
Hussein's regime and today there is not much
difference. Journalists are being held by US forces for
doing their job when they write about opposing views,"
Kamal Aidan, a senior
official from the IAJ, told
IRIN in Baghdad.
May 30, 2005 Assyrian
International News Agency
journalists say they are being censored by the US-led
Coalition forces and the Iraqi government because of the
topics covered by them in newspapers and on television.
Association of Journalists (IAJ)
said they have been accused of collaborating with insurgents
after trying to report on both sides of the ongoing
Based on the
IAJ information, eight
journalists have been detained since March 2005 by US
forces, accused of being a security risk to the Iraqi people
and the military.
Two of the journalists
detained by US forces had written articles on the lives of
insurgents, after having spent days shadowing them.
living without press freedom during Saddam Hussein's regime
and today there is not much difference. Journalists are
being held by US forces for doing their job when they write
about opposing views," Kamal
Aidan, a senior official from the IAJ,
told IRIN in Baghdad.
Lt. Col. Steve
Boylan, a spokesperson for US
forces, told IRIN that
journalists arrested were considered a security risk and
that security forces did not retain people without a reason.
IFJ is also demanding that
US forces and Iraqi authorities
free the eight Iraqi journalists, most of whom are working
for Western media.
arrests were without formal charges and they do not have the
right to do that. Journalism in Iraq is
in a very deep crisis and these people should be released
immediately as it has been considered an injustice against
the freedom of journalists around the world," Aidan White,
IFJ's general secretary, told
[Wrong. A military
dictatorship occupying another nation has no limits on what
it can do, other than the limits imposed by national
resistance force of arms. “Formal charges” are no more
necessary for the U.S. occupation of Iraq than they were for
the German occupation of France or the Russian occupation of
write with freedom anymore because if you write against them
(US forces and Iraqi government) you are going to be
considered automatically against them and face the
possibility of being closed down. [Right.
Come on. Get the point. It’s a military occupation. What
the fuck do you expect?]
Welcome To Liberated Iraq:
Non-Violently Protesting U.S. Occupation Raids On Their
Campus Get A Quick Response:
month, students and teachers staged a sit-in to protest
the encroachment of American forces.
result, they said, was just more U.S. raids in
going downstairs, whistling to myself, and then I saw a
soldier pointing his gun at me," said
Fakhri, an education professor briefly detained
in a recent raid. "They took me into a bathroom and
started to interrogate me. They humiliated me. ..."
May. 30, 2005 BY MOHAMMED AL
DULAIMY AND HANNAH
students were missing from Wissam
Samarraie's engineering class
one recent day. Furious that college seniors would skip
lessons right before finals, the professor demanded to know
where they were.
student volunteered in a soft voice, "fifteen have been
detained and the other three were killed."
was devastated, but not surprised. He teaches at Anbar
University, where heading to class means passing through a
gauntlet of checkpoints, dodging bullets flying between
Iraqi insurgents and American troops, ignoring masked
insurgents who roam the halls and sometimes arriving to find
class canceled because the professor was hauled away by U.S.
forces for interrogation.
"Students leave their families
in the morning as if they're going to a battlefield,"
Samarraie said by phone.
Fighting shut down the campus
for most of last year and delayed this term's final exams.
The area is so dangerous that reporters do not travel
there. Students and faculty quoted in this story were
interviewed by phone from Baghdad. The information was
confirmed with officials from the Ministry of Higher
Education in Baghdad.
of Agriculture is occupied by U.S. troops, who have raided
campus four times in the past two weeks. One of the
dormitories was blown up; two others sit empty after U.S.
searches and insurgent gun battles drove students to camp
out in a nearby mosque.
students and teachers staged a sit-in to protest the
encroachment of American forces.
they said, was just more U.S. raids in retaliation.
going downstairs, whistling to myself, and then I saw a
soldier pointing his gun at me," said
Thafir Fakhri, an
education professor briefly detained in a recent raid.
"They took me into a bathroom and started to interrogate
me. They humiliated me. ... They asked about the posters
calling for a demonstration, and I told them I didn't know
Hadi al Hitti, the
president of Anbar University who was kidnapped by rebels,
said up to 30 students remain in U.S. custody.
several professors are also in American detention centers,
including the head of the law department who was seized
eight months ago.
The university received some
compensation for battle damage to the campus, al
Hitti added, but
much-anticipated computer equipment donated by American
officials sits in a locked room because the Iraqi contractor
hired to wire the campus fled the country after receiving
"I saw gunmen in the
university twice last week," said Ahmed
Lafi, a biology professor. "No one can even whisper
and if you address them, asking them why they're here,
Iraqi education officials are
at a loss as to how to deal with the violence. Al
Husseini, of the higher
education ministry, said "helpless" Iraqi educators have
reached out to the prime minister and to the U.S. embassy in
Baghdad with a proposal to move American troops further from
Until then, he said, there's
no choice but to keep the university open to students so
desperate for an education that they'll risk death in hopes
of a future that lifts them from Iraq's vast unemployment
problem, which is blamed for fueling the insurgency.
other choice we have is to totally shut down Anbar
University," al Husseini said.
"In that case, instead of 8,000 students, we'd have 8,000
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
POLITICIANS AT WORK
Deadliest Month For U.S. Military
D, who sent this in.]
Bush says pleased with
progress in Iraq
May 31, 2005, Reuters
pleased with the progress," Bush told a news conference in
the White House Rose Garden.
More than 1,600 Americans have
been killed since April 2003.
U.S. troops have been killed in May, making it the deadliest
month for the U.S. military since January.
5.31.05 Via Vietnam Veterans
Against The War
interest on that government debt now exceeds all the
personal income tax collected by that government.
that the government isn¹t
keeping up with the interest on the debt, let alone able to
pay down the principle.
Even before the wars started
with lies, the US Government was sinking deeper into debt by
one third of a trillion dollars every year. With
Bush¹s war, the debt is
increasing at another half trillion every year just at the
And because the federal
Government, struggling with payments on past debts, is
sending less money back to the states, the states are
sinking deeper into debt as well.
Take La Paz”
In The Plaza De Héroes”
May 31st, 2005 By Luis Gomez,
The Narco News Bulletin
In a march even bigger than
yesterday’s, the residents of El Alto and the
Aymara peasant farmers returned
to La Paz this morning.
50,000 people covered an area of nearly 100 square
kilometers: this time they didn’t just limit themselves to
surrounding the Plaza Murillo, where the president makes his
speeches and congressmen decide Bolivia’s fate without
taking the people’s desires into account.
have spread out to the neighborhoods bordering the city
center, where the middle class, exclusive merchants, and
several embassies are located. The
pressure on Congress and the administration, though not
looking for confrontation, is now coming from dozens of
And once again, the division
between the social movements was obvious: while some
demanded hydrocarbon nationalization, others are simply
asking for the organization of a new constitutional
For several hours the streets
were only rivers of people, flowing in all directions. In
some cases, as in that of the students of the Autonomous
Public University of El Alto, the people endured gas
grenades the police launched to disperse them.
But they’re still there: there
is no order, no coordination, but the urban space is theirs
for the moment: the rural Aymara,
the people of El Alto (urban Aymara),
the farming communities from south of La Paz, the miners and
the public school teachers, who decided to march to the rich
neighborhoods and are now several kilometers south of
university students and the Movement of Unemployed Workers
have installed barricades in the Plaza de
The people of a few El Alto
neighborhoods, together with the Aymara
peasant farmers of the Omasuyos
province, have managed to shut down Plaza Isabel la
Catَlica (fifty meters from the
United States embassy!).
of this group, which is in no way homogenous, are all the
same: that the political class leave the country (President
Mesa as well as the Bolivian members of congress)…
and the government, which accuses them of sedition and has
militarized the central Plaza Murillo, is so far unable to
get out of its bunker. However, Government Minister
Saْl Lara ruled the use of force
or the declaration of a state of siege for the coming hours.
next, kind readers, amid all this chaos? It’s difficult to
say; the people of El Alto and the
Aymara peasants will not be leaving for the rest of
the day (and the number of demonstrators has now reached
something like 100,000)…
more out of weakness than prudence, Mesa’s government is not
leaving the small plaza where the military defends a few
buildings adorned with doves.
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