GI SPECIAL 3B54:
THIS IS HOW
BUSH BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:
ALL HOME NOW!
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Fire On Marines;
“They Treated Us Like Insurgents”
does it feel to be a big, rich contractor now?" one of
the marines is alleged to have shouted at the men, in an
apparent reference to the large sums of money private
contractors can make in Iraq.
Zapata Engineering Security Convoy (CorpWatch)
[Thanks to John
Gingerich, Veterans For Peace,
who sent this is.]
June 9, 2005 Jamie Wilson in
Washington, The Guardian & CNN & June 7th, 2005 David
Phinney, Special to CorpWatch
Late one Saturday afternoon in
May, a group of armed American private security guards in
white Ford trucks and an Excursion sports utility vehicle
barreled through the battle-scarred streets of Fallujah,
of American security guards in Iraq have alleged they were
beaten, stripped and threatened with a snarling dog by US
marines when they were detained after an alleged shooting
incident outside Falluja last month.
"I never in my career have
treated anybody so inhumane," one of the contractors, Rick
Blanchard, a former Florida state trooper, wrote in an email
quoted in the Los Angeles Times.
treated us like insurgents, roughed us up, took photos,
hazed us, called us names." [So, the mercenaries let slip
they believe this is how insurgents are to be treated.
Oops. To bad they escaped with their fucking lives.]
dispute began May 28 when Marines in the city in Anbar
province said they were shot at by men in trucks and
SUVs, according to the military statement.
Marines said the men were also firing "at and near
hours later, another Marine post said it took fire from
a convoy matching the description from the first
used spike strips to stop the trucks and the 19 men were
taken to Camp Falluja, just outside the city.
The Marines said the men were
held for three days before being taken to their compound in
Baghdad, where they were released without their weapons and
The Americans are employees of
Charlotte, North Carolina-based Zapata Engineering, which
has been hired to destroy weapons caches found in Iraq, said
Mary Richards, Zapata's senior vice president for
The group that was detained
was part of a security convoy, she said.
This is believed to be the
first time that private military contractors have been
detained in Iraq by the US military, and it has reignited
debate about their status and accountability.
Schopper, a lawyer for two of the contractors, told the
newspaper that his clients, both former marines, were
subjected to "physical and psychological abuse".
[Excellent!] He said they had told him that marines had
"slammed around" several con tractors, stripped them to
their underwear and placed a loaded weapon near their
heads. [Better and better!!]
were made about the large salaries of private security
contractors, which are often more than $100,000 a year
-- sometimes more than $200,000, he said. "How does it
feel to be a big, rich contractor now?" one of the
marines is alleged to have shouted at the men, in an
apparent reference to the large sums of money private
contractors can make in Iraq.
Lieutenant Colonel David
Lapan, a Marine Corps spokesman, who did not respond to
emails from the Guardian, said in an email to the LA Times:
"The Americans were
segregated from the rest of the detainee population and,
like all security detainees, were treated humanely and
respectfully." "The contract personnel were treated
professionally and appropriately the entire time they were
in the custody of military personnel."
The American contractors were
arrested on May 18. All have since left Zapata Engineering,
which is based in North Carolina, and have returned to the
complained they were made to wear orange prison uniforms and
fed the same "bad food" as Iraqi prisoners and were forced
to urinate in bottles in their cells. [After firing on
Marines, these disgusting cry-babies ought to be glad they
didn’t have to eat shit and piss in their shoes.]
According to some of the
contractors and their wives, the Marines also roughed up the
security contractors before taking them to jail. They say
they slammed the contractors down on the concrete one by
one, bruising some pretty badly.
One man said a Marine put a
knee to his neck and applied his full body weight as another
cut his boots off and stripped him of his wedding ring and
Twenty or 30 other Marines
watched and laughed, he added, as a uniformed woman with a
military dog snapped photographs.
According to Peter Singer, a
Brookings Institute scholar and author of the book Corporate
Warriors, private military contractors in Iraq are operating
in a black hole as they do not fall within the military
chain of command.
decisions that contractors make on their own, often make
the military's job harder. That tension is now bubbling
to the surface."
But he said the incident also
raised the question of what happens to contractors if they
are caught doing something wrong, such as firing on
civilians, as their legal status is not defined.
marines think (the contractors) did do something illegal
there is no process they can go through. Who are they going
to hand them over to?" Mr Singer said. [How about handing
them over to the resistance? Do a prisoner exchange?]
been more than 20,000 on the ground in Iraq for more than
two years and not one has been prosecuted for anything."
Lawrence Peter, the director
of the Private Security Company Association of Iraq, says
that if a private security company is not registered, then
it operates illegally.
"I can say
without a shadow of a doubt that there is no company named
Zapata that is a licensed Private Security Company under the
terms of CPA Memorandum 17," he said.
"I do not
know under what legal authority those men thought they were
operating, but it was not in keeping with the law of Iraq
nor consistent with what professional, responsible and
law-abiding private security companies are doing here."
and author, Robert Young Pelton, who has spent months with
private military contractors in Iraq and who is writing a
book on the use of contractors in the war on terror, says
that the military's choice to detain the Zapata group
strikes him as the "first blatant example of contractors
being treated as criminals."
seems to be building between Bush's contractors and Bush's
war," he observed.
Assholes Want Heavy Weapons;
Kill Marines Without Them]
Washington Times, June 6, 2005
Private security firms
operating in Iraq want permission to arm themselves with
heavy military-style weapons. The companies’ operatives
have become prime targets.
[If they want heavy weapons,
they can go to the nearest recruiting station. Of course,
that might put a dent in the $100,000+ a year they pocket,
while the real troops don’t get shit.]
Mourns Marine Killed In Iraq
June 7, 2005 By Kathianne
Boniello, Poughkeepsie Journal, LAGRANGEVILLE
Whenever she closed her
tear-filled eyes Monday evening, Paula Zwillinger saw her
eldest son's face.
They were the images of U.S.
Marine Lance Cpl. Bob Mininger's smiling face, beaming
brightly from beneath mounds of protective gear from the
deserts of Iraq.
"Deep down under all that
equipment, I see him smiling," the LaGrangeville woman said,
just hours after she learned her son had been killed Monday
by shrapnel from an improvised explosive device in or near
Mininger, 21, hailed from
deployed to Iraq in January. His tour was expected to end
received the news of her son's death just as hundreds of
other American families have — she came home to find two
uniformed officers in her driveway.
saying 'no, no, no' to Larry out in the driveway,"
Zwillinger said, "I said 'I know what they're here for and
it's not true.' "
She weathered the first few
hours with her husband and friends by her side. Later, she
recalled how helpful the officers had been.
"I tried to
keep conversation with them because I didn't want them to
go, but I knew they had to go," she said. "Not that it's
going to bring Bob back."
"He always told me he wanted a
military wedding," she said, talking to Semper Fi members
who filled her home Monday. "He said, 'Wouldn't that be
neat Mom, if I had a military wedding, where you walk under
She smiled, recalling the
vacation plans she discussed with Mininger for a trip they'd
take when he came home from Iraq.
"He said, 'I just want peace
and quiet ... I'll go hiking. Don't give me the sand, for
God's sake,' " Zwillinger said, laughing. "I was going to
take him to Cancun."
At times, the men and women in
her living room asked questions. Sometimes they offered
answers, comfort or help. Sometimes they jotted down notes
to follow up on tasks Zwillinger had planned for Semper Fi
"He told me his Hummer just
got upgraded, he had the best armor," she said, her voice
choking. "I felt better. I felt comfortable — if you could
have a comfort feeling — he was in the best vehicle.
did this happen? How did he get hurt?" she said, weeping.
"I don't understand if he had all the equipment ... He told
me before his truck was hit seven times and it got through
it — so why was this time different?"
Later, Zwillinger spoke of all
the poems and inspirational essays from Marine parents she'd
read online. She said she never thought she'd need them for
her son's funeral.
Mininger is expected to be
buried in Pennsylvania, where he grew up, and where his
father and brother live. A local memorial service also is
His mother mentioned the need
to be strong. "There is no other option," Larry Zwillinger
said softly, going to his wife.
Paula Zwillinger nodded.
"There's no other option than to be strong," she said,
crying in his arms.
FIRE KILLS TWO 42ND INFANTRY DIVISION SOLDIERS IN TIKRIT
June 8, 2005 HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND NEWS Release Number: 05-06-09C
Iraq – Two 42nd Infantry Division Soldiers were killed
during an indirect fire attack on a Coalition Forces base in
Tikrit at about 10 p.m., on June 7.
Indirect fire is a military
catchall term for mortar and rocket attacks.
signed by the shadowy Islamic Army were plastered on shop
fronts and walls in Tikrit claiming responsibility for the
attack on the base.
knights of the Ali bin Abi Taleb Brigade fired a barrage of
mortars and rockets last night at the citadel of infidels in
the centre of Tikrit," said the leaflet.
The US military did not
specify whether the base targeted was the one located in
Saddam's former sprawling palace on the edge of the city.
KILLED BY IED NORTH OF BAGHDAD
June 8, 2005 HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND NEWS Release Number: 05-06-08C
LSA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq --
One 1st Corps Support Command Soldier died when an
improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle the
Soldier was traveling in during a combat logistics patrol in
the area around Balad, north of Baghdad at approximately
10:30 p.m. June 7.
The Soldier was evacuated to a
military medical facility where the Soldier was pronounced
LIBERTY SOLDIER KILLED BY IED IN AD DWAR
June 8, 2005 HEADQUARTERS
UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND NEWS Release Number: 05-06-10C
TIKRIT, Iraq –
A Task Force Liberty Soldier was killed when an improvised
explosive device detonated near a vehicle patrol.
explosion happened near Ad Dwar in Salah Ad Din Province at
about 12:00 p.m. on June 8. Ad Dawr,
where Saddam Hussein was captured by U.S. troops in 2003, is
about 90 miles (144 kilometers) northwest of Baghdad.
Dies In Roadside Bombing
Jun. 08, 2005 THE ASSOCIATED
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -
A 22-year-old Alabama Marine was killed in Iraq when a
roadside bomb exploded near Fallujah, family members said
Lance Cpl. Jonathan Smith, of
Cullman, died Monday, said his father, Gary Smith. He said
military officials notified the family of his son's death on
Solider Killed In His Sleep
June 08, 2005 By John
Sullivan, Times Herald-Record
A Milford, Pa., soldier with
roots in Orange County is reported to have been killed in
whose family comes from Chester, was reported to have been
killed when his unit came under attack during their sleep.
employee of the Tuxedo School District, has four sons. He
was said to have been deployed for service in early May and
to have been in Iraq for less than two weeks.
Ron Valure, owner of Viking
Realty in Goshen, where Allen's wife, Barbara, works,
conveyed the news of Lou Allen's death. Valure said a
relative confirmed that representatives of the military
contacted the family early this morning to deliver the news.
Carson Soldiers Die
06/08/2005 By Jim Kirksey,
staff sergeant from Colorado's Arkansas Valley was among
three soldiers stationed at Fort Carson who died Sunday
while on patrol south of Baghdad, Iraq.
Staff Sgt. Justin L. Vasquez,
26, of Manzanola; Spec. Eric J. Poelman, 21, of Racine,
Wis.; and Pfc. Brian S. Ulbrich, 23, of Chapmanville, W.Va.,
were reported by the Department of Defense to have been
killed when a homemade bomb detonated near their vehicle.
The three were assigned to the
3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, according to the
Born in Manzanola, a town of
about 400 residents northwest of La Junta, Vasquez was
described by his father as a "happy- go-lucky kid" and by
his mother as someone "who could make light out of any bad
"I can tell you from the
minute he was conceived, he never stopped moving," said his
mother, Vicki Bosley. "My uterus was a jungle gym. He
continued that until his last day."
Vasquez was on his second tour
in Iraq after re-enlisting during his first tour.
He was a "master rappeller" in
the Army, his mother said. He worked at a commercial gym in
Colorado Springs during his off-duty hours teaching children
to rock climb, she said.
It was at the gym that he met
his wife, Riley, who lives in Colorado Springs. He has a
4-year- old son, Justin, from a previous marriage who lives
with his mother in Louisiana.
On Sunday afternoon, Tino
Vasquez said, he got a call that a couple of men wanted to
talk to him. Soon, they pulled up to the driveway, and a
chaplain and another soldier got out.
"I'll never forget it," he
said. "They walked up the driveway, and I met them halfway.
Ulbrich served as a lookout
for bombs and insurgents ahead of his unit, said his mother,
Poelman, it was his second tour of duty in Iraq. He spent
five months in Iraq in 2003 and was redeployed in March,
said his father, Matt Poelman.
Poelman joined the Army in
January 2003 to get more experience operating heavy
equipment such as bulldozers and cranes after being home
schooled in high school, his father said.
The soldiers' vehicle was
stopped by an improvised explosive device, and the three
were killed by a second explosive device when they got out
of the vehicle to secure the area, Vasquez's parents said.
Vasquez also is survived by
two sisters and a nephew.
"He went the first go-round,
and with all the prayers, he made it back safely," Tino
Vasquez said. "But, apparently God had other plans for
him." [Wrong. George W.
Bush had other plans for him. Don’t blame God.]
June 8, 2005 WIVB
Terrance Crowe, a member of the 98th Division who mobilized
to Iraq last October, was killed by hostile fire Tuesday
while part of offensive operations in Tal Afar, Iraq.
civilian career, he was a carpenter with Arida Construction,
based in North Tonawanda.
Lt. Col. Crowe is survived by
his parents and two children. He was 44 years old.
I Think It's Getting Better, It Gets Worse"
insurgent bombs are taking a toll. "Just when I think
it's getting better, it gets worse," Donna Sayer quoted
6.8.05 By Dale Killingbeck,
Insurgents drew blood in
recent days from two Cadillac-area soldiers serving in
Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Spc. Joshua Grabow, 24, of
LeRoy was injured May 28 when a roadside bomb hit the Humvee
he and three other soldiers rode in on patrol.
On June 3, Lt. Brian Sayer, a
Missouri resident with a Louisiana National Guard unit and a
1985 Cadillac graduate, was injured when insurgents set off
a bomb as he led a work detail near Camp St. Michael in Al
Mahmudlyah, Iraq. It was
the fourth time he's been hit by an improvised explosive
Grabow, a sniper attached to
Headquarters Troop, 2nd Squadron 11th Armored Cavalry
Regiment, was on patrol riding in a gunner position when the
incident occurred, his father Terry Grabow said. He had
been stationed somewhere south of Baghdad.
bomb exploded and some kind of projectile came through the
windshield," Terry Grabow said. "He was in the top of the
Humvee kind of in a gunner position. The projectile hit his
squad leader in the right hand and glanced upward and caught
Josh in his left hand and left leg."
shrapnel caused severe damage to his left hand.
"I guess he
lost the end of his little finger," Terry Grabow said. "His
little finger and ring finger were quite severely damaged
with bone breaks. They are pinned together ... They
question he will have use of them anymore."
Joshua Grabow went through two
surgeries in Baghdad and then was sent to Landstuhl Regional
Medical Center in Germany where he underwent a third
surgery, his father said. He was flown to Washington, D.C.
late last week and then to a military hospital near Tacoma,
"The doctor gave him a
convalescent leave and he will be flying home this week,"
Terry Grabow said. He said another son, Dan Grabow, who
also is serving in the U.S. Army in Iraq, tried to see his
brother at the Baghdad facility but was unable to. He has
since gotten a two-week leave and joined his brother in
Terry Grabow said his son
seems to be in good spirits.
"He's pretty positive. He's
in a lot of pain," Terry Grabow said. "He's looking forward
to going back to school. He most likely will be
Joshua Grabow had spent two
years at Northern Michigan University and a semester at
Grand Valley University before joining the Army.
Meanwhile, Sayer's mother,
Donna Sayer of Cadillac, said he called her last weekend and
told her his unit was helping Iraqis construct a checkpoint
when a roadside bomb was set off.
"It blew him back about 10
feet," she said. "He got peppered with shrapnel this time."
already had his ear drum burst in a roadside bomb incident
in November, was injured by a blast that struck his patrol
on Christmas Day in 2004 and again a couple of weeks later
in another roadside bombing.
This time the blast put
shrapnel in his shoulder that required stitches and a big
piece hit him in the chest. He was wearing an armored vest.
he started spitting up blood, Donna Sayer said. He was sent
to Camp Liberty near Baghdad for further tests. The family
has heard nothing more.
"No news is
good news," Donna Sayer said. She said he is supposed to
rotate home for leave this summer.
"He's due home in July," Donna
Sayer said. "We're going to Missouri when he gets home."
She said he is waiting until
all the men in his engineering unit get their leave before
taking his own. After his leave, he will have to return to
Iraq in September.
Donna Sayer said her son
believes the Iraqi security forces are improving and he
looks forward to coming home.
insurgent bombs are taking a toll. "Just when I think it's
getting better, it gets worse," Donna Sayer quoted her son.
Mother Reveals Troops Only Got New Vests In Mid-May 2005!!!
June 8, 2005 KOLD
everyday we're reporting on troops getting hurt or killed in
today, the Department of Defense says almost 13-thousand
troops have been injured while serving in Operation Iraqi
Freedom and more than 16-hundred have been killed.
June 2nd, 30-year old Julio
Durant from Tucson was fighting insurgents between Mosul and
Tikrit when a car bomb exploded sending shrapnel into his
Julio was on the operating
table for 6-hours. Instead of amputating, doctors were able
to save his arm and he'll have about 50-percent use of it.
Julio went to Mountain View
High School and Pima Community College.
His mother says there are
2-reasons why her son is alive today, the Lord and Senator
Durant says Mccain made sure her son's platoon received
new vests. Julio received his couple weeks before his
injuries. [Meaning mid-May. Meaning that they had old
vests until mid-May!]
Religious-Fanatic Baby-Eating Monsters
And Enemies Of Democracy And Freedom Adopt Fiendish
“They All Have The Same Name”
June 06, 2005, AFP
AJIL SHARKIA, Iraq: Beneath a
starlit sky, 60 members of the Iraqi and US special forces
aboard four helicopters speed towards a village southwest of
Baghdad suspected of harboring insurgent fighters.
"One minute ... 30 seconds ...
Soldiers equipped with night
vision equipment jump into the muddy fields and take cover
by a wall as the helicopters disappear into the night.
"Snipers, go," a US captain
whispers to troops near him who spread out to take up
positions in houses identified several days earlier on
Explosive charges blow in
doors and set off cries that are quickly covered by the
sounds of dogs barking and donkeys braying.
In one house, Iraqi soldiers
gather a dozen women in one room and begin searching,
throwing mattresses and blankets on the ground.
Sitting on a carpet with their
heads covered by veils, mothers hold the youngest children,
their dark, scared eyes following every move the troops
"Where are the men?" a young
officer asks sharply.
"My two sons and my husband
left three hours ago," the oldest woman replies.
She swears she does not know
where they went, while another woman recites verses from
Islam's holy book, the Koran, and rocks her son on her lap.
In another room, its walls
covered with wrinkled images of Islamic holy sites, an Iraqi
soldier tries to get information from a haggard boy lying on
"I don't know where my father
is. I'm sick,'" he repeats after each question.
"When they heard the choppers
coming they ran like rabbits," says the Iraqi commander,
posted on a rooftop to coordinate the raid.
"We know that this village,
which represents one large family, helps insurgents," he
said. "Foreigners from Saudi Arabia pass through here on
their way to fighting in Fallujah or Ramadi," two rebel
hotspots nearby. [Well,
well. So Fallujah is still a “hotspot?” How can such a
radio at his ear and a long list in hand, the officer
tries to verify the identity of people picked up in
all have the same name; it's impossible," a US soldier
Outside, 15 men dressed in
traditional white dishdasha robes, their hands tied behind
their backs, emerge from a house and are lined up on the
ground in front of a wall, bowed heads on their knees.
"Now we can identify them,"
the Iraqi commander says with a smile.
One by one they are brought
before two cars that have their headlights turned on.
vehicles, two Iraqi intelligence agents who work for the
army and who have infiltrated the town are tasked with the
bad guy, bad guy," a US soldier repeats, following advice
from the agents.
Of 15 taken
into custody there, five are later released.
Suspects have numbers and two
large Xs written on their foreheads and backs before being
loaded into a pick-up truck that takes them to helicopters
for transport back to Baghdad.
officer doesn't worry about cases of mistaken identity.
"Intelligence is not my job," he said. "My mission is to
come and arrest terrorists.
"Their IDs will be confirmed
Now. Game over. Time to come home. When sufficiently
pissed, Iraqis have a tradition of rising up against their
tormentors in huge numbers, simultaneously. Consider a
possible day when several millions have had enough of this
lame shit. Consider the odds.]
Time, June 13, 2005
Special Operations Command, which has the lead role against
international terrorism, has been dispatching two to
four-person teams of psychological warriors to the
Pentagon’s overseas commands.
armed with plans for pro-U.S. advertising campaigns to
counter enemy propaganda, including that prepared by Islamic
Ignorant News Story Of 2005, So Far
to DoD, the death rate for U.S. troops in Afghanistan is
higher than the death rate in Iraq. Now read what some
stupid fool wrote, and some equally stupid editor approved.
Afghanistan Wage ‘Forgotten’ War
battle tedium, but peril still lurks
Chicago Tribune, June 5, 2005
happens for U.S. troops in Afghanistan. Iraq is a war.
Afghanistan is like summer camp, but not really. American
soldiers do die in roadside bombings, but not nearly as
frequently as in Iraq.
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Divorce Rate Rises
June 8 (Reuters)
signs of the strain the Iraq war has put on the U.S.
military, the Army missed its fourth straight monthly
recruiting goal in May, while divorce rates for officers
have surged, officials said on Wednesday.
The regular Army, in a previously undisclosed move, lowered
its recruiting target for May, but still came up about 25
percent short of the easier goal,
officials said. Had it
not lowered its target from 8,050 to 6,700 recruits for May,
the Army would have missed its original goal by about 37
the divorce rate more than tripled among Army officers from
2002 to last year, Pentagon figures showed.
The Army, which also missed
recruiting goals in February, March and April, has not
lowered its goal of getting 80,000 recruits in fiscal 2005,
which ends Sept. 30. The Army last missed an annual
recruiting goal in 1999.
thrown in the towel yet," Col. Joe Curtin, an Army spokesman
at the Pentagon, said.
In fiscal 2002, which ended on
Sept. 30 of that year, 1.9 percent of 54,542 married Army
officers got divorced, along with 3.1 percent of 193,638
married enlisted soldiers.
In fiscal 2003, which included
the first six months of the Iraq war, 3.3 percent of 56,078
married officers and 2.8 percent of 198,230 married enlisted
soldiers got divorced. In fiscal 2004, 6 percent of 55,550
married officers and 3.5 percent of 202,134 married enlisted
soldiers got divorced.
percent divorce rate for Army officers was far higher than
the figure for officers in other military services in 2004
-- 1.5 percent for the Air Force, 1.7 percent for the
Marines and 2.5 percent for the Navy.
Soldier Eager To Re-Enlist:
Just Be Good If All Of Them Could Come Home," Grandma Says
June 7, 2005 ABC
He survived a bombing in Iraq
and lost his leg. But a local soldier says he wants to
re-enlist. Sergeant Jerrod Fields from south Chicago
returned home Tuesday from Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
grandmother does not agree with the war in Iraq.
many getting injured and killed over there, it would just be
good if all of them
could come home," said Flora
Fields says his amputation
will not stop him from pursuing other dreams. He also wants
to one day be a physical therapist for the Army.
"I have my family and
everybody to support me so my spirits are high," Fields
Mutilation May Be A Problem
June 6, 2005 TIM WHITMIRE,
A Marine commander at North
Carolina's Camp Lejeune cleared 2nd Lt. Ilario Pantano of
charges in the death of two Iraqi civilians on May 26.
acknowledged shooting his victims more than 60 times [In the
back. When they were unarmed.] and hanging a sign over
their corpses as a warning.
director of GlobalSecurity.org, a private defense policy
group, was among several observers who expressed surprise
that he wasn't punished at all.
send people out there to mutilate enemy corpses," he said.
"I don't think that it's going to play very well in Iraq."
Stories You Won’t See On CNN”
[Thanks to PB for this item.]
June 2005 Maxim Magazine
As 2003 kicked off, everything
seemed to be on track. I had a house and a secure job at a
bank, and I’d been accepted to law school. Best of all, I
was very much in love with my live-in girlfriend.
In fact, I allowed myself to
believe she was the one, honest and faithful, unlike all
unit was activated as part of Bush the Deserter’s lust for
When I returned home, I
discovered that my girl had been sharing my house and bed
with another ”man,” if you call the sniveling, pencil- neck
coward who would do such a thing while I was overseas
serving my country, ostensibly protecting his freedom, a
say, I didn’t take it very well. I took it so poorly, in
fact, that I threatened them both with a firearm. For this
I am now serving two and a half to six years in prison for
assault. So much for law school.
Sean R Duross,
As a combat medic, I was
pulling morning perimeter security with two of my soldiers
our brand-new 22-year-old, dumb-ass platoon
leader started running beyond the perimeter and screaming,”
l see enemy activity in that building!”
building was 200 meters away, and as he began running toward
it, without a helmet or flak vest, I said to him, “Sir,
don’t go out there.” He told me,” Staff Sergeant, don’t
tell me what to do.”
He got about 30 meters and
then he took a round in the neck. I called out to my
soldiers, who were each in their own foxholes, ”Watch my
lane. I’m going to get dumb-ass.”
stopped the bleeding with a pressure dressing, I got shot in
the stomach through my flak vest. When I returned to the
world, his parents wrote me a letter thanking me for saving
their son. I wrote them back, asking them why they let
their dumb-ass son join the army and told them he was going
to get himself or someone else killed.
Now I have a hole and a tube
in my stomach. Just doing my job.
Staff Sergeant J. D.
L am currently in Afghanistan
attached to an infantry platoon. This place isn’t bad, if
you like killing people and blowing shit up, which is what I
do. I’m a combat engineer. I mess with land mines. I get
to do all the infantry shit, but basically I’m here to
soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan deserve a lot more pay
than what we get. I’ve been shot at, rocketed,
mortared, and lad’s. This place is no joke. But every year
you get some lame-ass that sits on his ass and votes against
a pay raise for the military.
I’ve done everything the
military has asked me to. I’ve been to Bosnia (1997—98),
Korea (2001—02), and now here.
thing I’m pissed about is that pretty much the whole world
has forgotten about us. Some Americans don’t even know that
there are still troops in Afghanistan. It’s bullshit.
Sgt Todd McGuire
MADE FOR TV
A big mission came down that
was hush-hush. It was so secret that we had to make sure
all the Iraqis we employed were off the camp by 1500.
At 1700 we were eating dinner,
watching the news on TV. We were talking about the night’s
mission when, lo and behold, right there on CNN, a reporter
was talking about it. We all looked at each other stunned.
We’d only found out about our orders two hours prior, and
now it was all over the news. That pissed us off, to say
the least, because just about every Iraqi home has satellite
Cut to the
mission: Our company is searching homes for weapons and bad
guys. We enter a house, and the woman who lives there
greets us with tea and sodas. She asks US, in very good
English, “What happened? We saw the news and thought you
guys were going to becoming last night.”
we didn’t find any weapons or bad guys.
I love the news media, but I
ask one favor: Can they at least hold onto the story until
after we hit our targets?
My home in Iraq is a run-down,
burned out building with broken windows, no electricity, and
no plumbing. As far as family, that consists of my fellow
soldiers or ”battle buddies.”
Most of the time we are
stressed out because we are a group of hardworking men who
come from different backgrounds to fight for the same cause.
chain-of-command lives the life of luxury in one of Saddam’s
palaces, while my buddies and I fight the battle not only
outside the wire, but in our living quarters as
well. We fight a continuous battle against scorpions, sand
fleas, and mosquitoes in hopes that one of us doesn’t’ get
As for the
platoon leader, Lieutenant ”Butter Bar,” all he does is
think about himself.
care less about his troops as long as he gets a bed to sleep
in and a shower to clean himself.
past six months, he has squashed all our morale and is
stubborn to all ideas.
Spc. GIG. Joe
Contrary to popular
belief, life in Baghdad isn’t all bad. We have air
conditioning, cable TV, beautiful women.., but not for the
I really get mad when the chow
hall runs out of chocolate syrup for my ice cream! I mean
how hard is it to keep that in stock? We had a ”sports
bar,” where we watched sporting events, but that burned down
You can get a massage for two
It is so
horrible here I can’t begin to tell you. The only thing l
am really deprived of—besides sex, convenience stores,
half-naked women on hot days, and good food—is alcohol.
scheduled to rotate back to the States soon. It will be a
crazy drunkest then.
really think about that rule: no alcohol in country. It’s
going to be like letting the hungry lion out of his cage to
get the steak after looking at it for a year.
Spc. Brant Gilmore
Military Sells Off New Gear As Surplus, GAO Says
Bloomberg.com, June 6, 2005
Pentagon is wasting million of dollars by selling useable
military gear, some of it new, as surplus, according to a
General Accountability Office report.
Oil Exports Resume
News: Report Is Wrong:
Resume In 10 Days
exports through its northern pipeline to Turkey remain
halted and repairs following a large blast last week are
expected to last about 10 more days, an Iraqi oil official
a large blast on Friday and they are still repairing the
pipeline," the official told Reuters.
A shipping source said earlier
that exports from the Cayman oil terminal at the Turkish end
of Iraq's export pipeline, which currently holds 3.6 million
barrels in storage tanks, had resumed on Tuesday after a
Pipeline Closed By Resistance Attacks Friday Attacked By
Resistance Today To Keep It Closed
6.8.05 Aljazeera.Net & Reuters
& CBS Worldwide Inc. & June 7, 2005 Andy Mosher and Nasser
Nourish, Washington Post Foreign Service
A new sabotage blast hit
Iraq's northern oil pipeline to Turkey, setting back efforts
to resume crude exports officials had predicted would
restart in about 10 days, an Iraqi oil official said.
A main export pipeline just
north of the refining town of Beiji was blown up early on
A Reuter’s correspondent at
the scene saw smoke pouring from the site and firefighters
Officials had expected flows
to resume in about 10 days after repairs from a blast on
Friday were completed.
It was not immediately clear
how much further the new explosion would delay a resumption
of exports but the oil official said the attack caused
An official at the Northern
Oil company said the line affected was used to export oil to
Turkey from Iraq's vast northern oil fields around Kirkuk.
official said there had been no exports at the time because
of repeated attacks.
the first time. They've targeted oil for a long time even
when there is no exporting," he said on condition of
early Monday, unidentified gunmen shot and killed an Iraqi
man, Mohammed Ghazi, who neighbors said had worked closely
with U.S. forces in the city.
fighters killed two industry ministry officials in a
drive-by shooting in the capital's New Baghdad neighborhood.
officer was killed and six injured in clashes between Iraqi
police and fighters in northwest Baghdad after guerrillas
attacked a police car.
police Col. Nash wan Hade was killed in a drive-by-shooting
near his home. The attackers then fired a rocket at his
house, injuring five people — including two children.
was shot and killed in eastern Mosul.
Keeps The Field
insurgent walks by a truck destroyed in attack in Habanera,
located between Fallujah and Ramadi, June 6, 2005.
Convoy carrying supplies to a
U.S. military base in Habanera when it was attacked by
insurgent. (AP Photo/Abdul Nadir Saudi)
June 08 2005 Independent
Online & Aljazeera.Net & CNN
Guerrillas have captured 22 Iraqi [occupation] soldiers
shortly after they left their base in western Iraq, a police
official said on Wednesday.
The soldiers were captured on
Tuesday on the road from Aim, near the Syrian border, to the
town of Raw, said Shaker Sale, chief of police of Anbar
He said the soldiers were
Shias from southern Iraq.
officials said two carloads of armed men fired on a vehicle
carrying Industry Ministry officials Sake Jawed and Muhammad
Hider, killing both.
also killed Mustafa Ashram, a translator working for US
troops, as he was driving between the towns of Khakis and
Baquaba, 60km northeast of Baghdad.
fighters in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad killed Iraqi
National Assembly member Fereydoun Abdul Qader and two of
his security guards on Wednesday.
Qader, who represents the
Kurdish National Assembly, was killed outside of his home.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
Arrested In Netherlands Over Attacks In Iraq
08/06/2005 THE HAGUE (AFP)
Iraqis and a Dutch man of Iraqi origin have been arrested by
authorities in the Netherlands in a probe into attacks
against US military vehicles in Iraq, the Dutch prosecutor's
office said Wednesday.
In a statement, it said the
32-year-old Dutch man was arrested at his home in the
central town of Amersfoort and figured in an October 2003
video showing insurgents planning an attack on a US convoy
near the Sunni Muslim stronghold of Fallujah in Iraq.
Police found videos,
photographic films, weapons, ammunition and computer records
containing amateur footage of suicide attacks, the
prosecutor's office added.
Dutch authorities opened their
investigation in 2004 following information from Dutch
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June 5, 2005 Tribune Editorial
More than two years after the
statue of Saddam Hussein was toppled, former Scottsdale
Police Chief Michael Heidingsfield, speaking from the center
of the desert storm, is not the voice of sunny optimism.
Heidingsfield, on leave from
the Memphis and Shelby County Crime Commission (he served as
Scottsdale chief from 1991-98), is contingent commander of
the State Department’s civilian police advisory mission.
described the insurgency as alive and well, expressed the
frustration he feels when he hears overly optimistic views
of the situation, and at one point said, "It could go on
like this forever."
does "forever" mean? This is the kind of legitimate question
that a healthy democracy is not afraid to discuss.
What do you think?
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Came Back Looking For Freedom, Democracy:
Found Was Just Misery And Displacement"
BASRA, 7 June (IRIN)
euphoria of returning to their homeland has turned into
frustration for many Iraqi refugees who are still struggling
to eek out a living in the midst of deteriorating social
"We left Iraq because of the
injustice of Saddam and we came back to find ourselves
homeless. My sons are jobless and we don't have money to
buy a house, so we decided to live in the old naval
academy," 60-year-old Um Hassan told IRIN.
Hannon, who originally fled to Iran in 1992, says he
expected to find at least a job to support his family when
he returned to Iraq. Now he's not sure he did the right
thing when he came home.
back to Iraq believing that we were going to find a country
with democracy and freedom but what we found was just misery
and displacement," Hannon said.
"We went to
the DoDM and they asked us about our displacement documents.
We didn't have and so they refused to help us. We have
suffered a lot from the last regime and it's time for the
new government to facilitate our lives and not make it more
complicated," returnee Mohsen Jabbar, commented.
In Iraq Holds 6,000 Prisoners Convicted Of Nothing At All
of people are detained in Iraq without due process in
apparent violation of international law, the United Nations
said on Wednesday, adding that 6,000 of the country's 10,000
prisoners were in the hands of the U.S. military.
"one of the major human rights challenges remains the
detention of thousands of persons without due process,"
Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in a
report to the 15-nation U.N. Security Council.
the release of some detainees, their number continues to
grow. Prolonged detention without access to lawyers and
courts is prohibited under international law including
during states of emergency," his report said.
A Security Council resolution
adopted a year ago ending the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq
let the U.S. military keep taking and holding prisoners even
after the June 2004 handover of power to Iraqis, in apparent
contradiction of the Geneva conventions.
The United States at the time
of the handover held more than 8,000 "security and criminal
detainees" in U.S.-controlled centers including the
now-infamous Abu Ghraib detention center, where photographs
of prisoners taken by U.S. soldiers documented a variety of
gruesome human rights abuses.
Geneva Convention, while allowing occupying forces to detain
individuals, has no provision for internment by outside
forces after an occupation has ended. [Obviously, there has
been no end of the occupation. So what’s the UN whining
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
Welcome To Falluja:
Amounts Of Money But Nothing Is Done”
June 6, 2005 Thair al-Asaad,
Azzaman, Watching America.com
Iraqi reporter went to look at the condition of Falluja's
Six months after the U.S. war
on Falluja, many residents still live in refugee camps and
students attend classes in tents.
It is still hard to enter the
city, as visitors must pass through U.S. checkpoints that
utilize high-tech equipment to try and scrutinize anyone
entering or leaving.
standing in a long queue at the al-Jisir Entrance. Many
students were waiting to enter the city. “Everyday we wait
here for at least one hour. The city is under a curfew
which ends at 8:00 a.m. U.S. troops are not nice. They try
to humiliate us,” said Kahlil al-Talib, a high school
who spoke on condition of anonymity, said U.S. troops
subject everyone to “intensive scrutiny” before allowing
people to pass. “We are insulted and humiliated by them
(U.S. troops). You can be checked several times before
entering the city,” he said.
Kareem Abdulhussein, head of
the city’s teachers union, denied reports that the city was
being rebuilt with U.S. money.
“There are no serious
efforts taking place to reconstruct the city and its
schools. Contractors receive huge amounts of money but
nothing is done,” he said.
In addition, very little has
been done to repair the 8,500 businesses, 60 mosques and 20
government offices that were damaged.
“The situation is extremely
bad,” said Abdulla Saleh, a senior education official in the
He said that the few schools
that survived the fighting were still occupied by either
U.S. or Iraqi forces.
“Has Increased Every Day In The Country”
BAGHDAD, 6 Jun 2005 (IRIN)
Ongoing insecurity in Iraq is
hampering the clearance of landmines and unexploded ordnance
(UXO), forcing international organisations to leave the
country or halt operations, experts told IRIN.
in Iraq has become restricted for UN staff due to
insecurity, which has increased every day in the country.
We have been depending on private
companies to support us, which have been doing great and
efficient work in the south of Iraq," Salomon Schreuder,
cluster manager of mine clearance for the United Nations
Assistance Mission to Iraq (UNAMI) told IRIN from the
Jordanian capital, Amman.
Some of the NGOs that have
stopped clearing mines are Danish Church Aid (DCA),
Norwegian Peoples Aid (NPA), Handicap International (HI)
from France and InterSOS from Italy.
Raid Tanker At Iraq's Basra Oil Terminal
June 8 (Reuters)
armed with AK-47 assault rifles attacked the crew of a large
oil tanker waiting to load crude at Iraq's Basra oil
terminal before making off with cash, an ocean crime
watchdog said on Wednesday. The raid happened at night on
May 31 some 10 nautical miles from Iraq's deep water oil
terminal where most of its crude oil is exported.
"They tried to enter the
bridge claiming to be policemen. The master denied them
entry and the pirates became violent...they assaulted the
master causing him injuries and demanded money," the IMB
said in a report.
A coalition warship arrived to
assist following a mayday signal.
Abhyankar, deputy director of the IMB, told Reuters the
incident raised questions about security at the oil
terminal, Iraq's main outlet for the oil exports which
provide nearly all of its income.
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