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Pentagon Authorizes Evangelists To Proselytizing In Iraq

Posted by nytexan on August 9, 2007

This has to be among the biggest bone head ideas of the Pentagon. With the Pentagon’s help the apocalyptic evangelists are proselytizing US troops in Iraq. This stunning idea of sending right wing fundamentalist Christians into a Muslim country to convert people looks like “onward Christian soldier.” Is the military freaking kidding me? Are they really trying to get more people killed?

Of course the charge is lead by right wing nut job Stephen Baldwin who is the star of Operation Straight Up (OSU), an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among active-duty members of the US military. Granted they will be proselytizing to US troops but the timing and location is beyond comprehension.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

  • Baldwin became a right-wing, born-again Christian after the 9/11 attacks, and now is the star of Operation Straight Up (OSU), an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among active-duty members of the US military. As an official armof the Defense Department’s America Supports You program, OSU plans to mail copies of the controversial apocalyptic video game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces to soldiers serving in Iraq. OSU is also scheduled to embark on a “Military Crusade in Iraq” in the near future.
  • “We feel the forces of heaven have encouraged us to perform multiple crusades that will sweep through this war torn region,” OSU declares on its website about its planned trip to Iraq. “We’ll hold the only religious crusade of its size in the dangerous land of Iraq.”
  • The Defense Department’s Chaplain’s Office, which oversees OSU’s activities, has not responded to calls seeking comment.
  • “The constitution has been assaulted and brutalized,” Mikey Weinstein, former Reagan Administration White House counsel, ex-Air Force judge advocate (JAG), and founder of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, told me. “Thanks to the influence of extreme Christian fundamentalism, the wall separating church and state is nothing but smoke and debris. And OSU is the IED that exploded the wall separating church and state in the Pentagon and throughout our military.”
  • Weinstein continued: “The fact that they would even consider taking their crusade to a Muslim country shows the threat to our national security and to the constitution and everyone that loves it.”
  • But behind OSU’s anodyne promises of wholesome fun for military families, the organization promotes an apocalyptic brand of evangelical Christianity to active duty US soldiers serving in Muslim-dominated regions of the Middle East. Displayed prominently on the “What We Believe” section of OSU’s website is a passage from the Book of Revelations (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15) that has become the bedrock of the Christian right’s End Times theology: “The devil and his angels, the beast and the false prophet, and whosoever is not found written in the Book of Life, shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
  • With the endorsement of the Defense Department, OSU is mailing “Freedom Packages” to soldiers serving in Iraq. These are not your grandfather’s care packages, however. Besides pairs of white socks and boxes of baby wipes (included at the apparent suggestion of Iran-Contra felon Oliver North, according to OSU) OSU’s care packages contain the controversial Left Behind: Eternal Forces video game. The game is inspired by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins’ bestselling pulp fiction series about a blood-soaked Battle of Armageddon pitting born-again Christians against anybody who does not adhere to their particular theology. In LaHaye’s and Jenkins’ books, the non-believers are ultimately condemned to “everlasting punishment” while the evangelicals are “raptured” up to heaven.
  • This controversy has not deterred OSU from encouraging US troops to play virtual rounds of kill or convert after a hard day of house-to-house searches and counterinsurgency warfare against Iraqi insurgents. What’s more, OSU’s “Freedom Packages” include a copy of evangelical pastor Jonathan McDowell’s More Than A Carpenter– a book advertised as “one of the most powerful evangelism tools worldwide” — that is double-published in Arabic. Considering that only a handful of American troops speak Arabic, the book is ostensibly intended for proselytizing efforts among Iraqi civilians.

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Posted in Evangelist, Iraq, Middle East, military, News, Operation Straight Up, Pentagon, Politics, Religion, Stephen Baldwin, War | 16 Comments »

Civilians In Combat Risk All For A Few Dollars More

Posted by bosskitty on July 28, 2007

Service Civilians and the Wounds of War

Many Fill Vital Roles in Iraq, but Medical Care Can Be Spotty

By Ann Scott Tyson Washington Post Staff Writer

Traveling through Sunni insurgent territory north of Baghdad, the U.S. military convoy was nearing a base when a roadside bomb ripped into the lead Humvee, leaving its gunner, Mike Helms, bleeding and swaying from a strap in the open back.

Helms, 31, a civilian counterintelligence expert with the Army’s 902nd Military Intelligence Group, had been sent to Iraq in 2004 to help fill a critical intelligence gap in the area known as the Sunni Triangle. While in Iraq, he lived with soldiers and ate military rations, took fire from mortar rounds and small arms, and clocked hundreds of miles manning a machine gun on the back of a Humvee.

Nevertheless, his status as an Army civilian would leave him stranded in the aftermath of the June 16, 2004, attack, when the bomb hit his Humvee so hard it blew his M-60 off its turret.

In the months that followed, Helms recalled, he was denied vital care for his wounds — ranging from shrapnel in his left arm to traumatic brain injury. Forced to rely on federal workers’ compensation and turned away from regular care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and other military hospitals, Helms has faced years of frustration grappling with bureaucracies unprepared to help a government civilian wounded in combat.

‘Izzy? . . . Bring Your Daughter Here’
U.S. Officer, Wanting to Save Interpreter’s Wounded Child, Faces a Snag (By David Finkel, The Washington Post)

 

There are thousands upon thousands of these stories developing every day. No one can convince me that these facts are unknown to Bush and Company. No one can convince me that Congress is not aware – these casualties come from their political districts, too. Whether they are soldiers or hired support or local collaborators, how we treat those who risk it all will determine our future. These casualties will determine whether we even have a future. Because, the mental and physical health care we offer will determine our own quality of life. Bush and Company cannot be allowed to downplay their responsibility to everyone they have put in harms way, including the American public!

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Tillman Murdered? From Threat To Hero In 3 Shots!

Posted by bosskitty on July 28, 2007

OpEdNews has a provocative article by by Rob Kall:

There is mounting evidence that Pat Tillman was assassinated to silence his opinions about the Iraq War. The 2300 page report is raising more suspicion that Tillman was murdered. If this atrocity is not investigated NOW, then Tillman will become a mystery just like Kennedy. Motives abound for Kennedy’s assassination, and motives for stopping Tillman are unfolding every day.

The Tillman report also states that “No evidence at all of enemy fire was found at the scene – no one was hit by enemy fire, nor was any government equipment struck.”

Tillman had become so vocal in his ‘Anti-War’ rant, that he was a serious threat to the ‘Bush Mafia’ disinformation machine. His return to the US would have been a media disaster for the administration. The White House puppeteers would have to do something to protect their enterprise. SO! What better way than to turn a threat into an asset. Lets make Tillman a dead hero. Someone in the White House is a marketing genius … who could THAT be?

The Bush Mafia Crime Machine is more transparent every day. Here is the dilemma we face with the mountains of proof:

  1. Is it more efficient to Impeach Cheney?
  2. Impeach Bush?
  3. Cut war funding?
  4. Indict one Bush / Cheney aide at a time?
  5. Keep tally of this administration’s crimes as they are revealed?
  6. Bitch and Moan?
  7. Update our passports so we can escape to a more rational country?

BossKitty is updating that passport, how about you?

Posted in Accountability, Afghanistan, assassination, betrayal, Black Ops, Bush, Casualties, Cheney, Collateral, conspiracy, cover up, crimes, dictatorship, disinformation, Gonzales, GOP, Hypocracy, Impeach, indictment, Law, Legacy, Lord Cheney, Mafia, Nazi, Oil, Op-Ed, Pentagon, Pentagon Corruption, Politics, President, profiteers, Rove, Rumsfeld, Scandal, Shadow Government, Soldiers, Tax Dollars, The Divider, The Liar, Theocracy, threat, Tillman, War Crimes | 4 Comments »

Dole-Shalala Commission Issues Final Report

Posted by nytexan on July 25, 2007

Hopefully these recommendations will not sit on a shelf like the 9/11 Commission report.

From Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

WASHINGTON (AP) – A presidential commission on Wednesday urged broad changes to veterans’ care that would boost benefits for family members helping the wounded, establish an easy-to-use Web site for medical records and overhaul the way disability pay is awarded.

The nine-member panel, led by former Sen. Bob Dole, R-Kan., and Donna Shalala, health and human services secretary during the Clinton administration, also recommended stronger partnerships between the Pentagon and the private sector to boost treatment for traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.

“Gone will be the days of injured soldiers telling the same information to doctors over and over again,” said Shalala, who said the proposals seek to provide more customized, personalized care to injured Iraq war veterans.

She called the report a set of recommendations that could be implemented right away. About six of the 35 proposals require legislation, while the rest call for action primarily by the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Among the recommendations was an indirect rebuke of the VA – a call for Congress to “enable all veterans who have been deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq who need post-traumatic stress disorder care to receive it from the VA.”

Only recently, the VA has taken steps to add mental health counselors and 24-hour suicide prevention services at all facilities, following high-profile incidents of suicides involving veterans. In the past, the VA had failed to use all the money for mental health that was allotted to it.

Here are some of the recommendations:

  • Boost staff and money for Walter Reed until it closes in the coming years. Also urges Pentagon to work with the VA to create “integrated care teams” of doctors and nurses to see injured troops through their recovery.
  • Restructure the disability pay systems to give the VA more responsibility for awarding benefits.
  • Require comprehensive training programs in post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries for military leaders, VA and Pentagon personnel.
  • Create a “My eBenefits” Web site, developed jointly by the VA and Pentagon, that would allow service members and doctors to access private medical information as the injured move from facility to facility to receive treatment.
  • Provide better family support, because one-third of injured Iraq war veterans reported that a family member or close friend had to relocate to care for them. It calls for training and counseling for families of service members who require long-term care and improved family leave and insurance benefits for family members

Posted in Afghanistan, Dole, Headlines, Health Care, Iraq, mental health, Pentagon, Politics, PTSD, Shalala, VA, veterans, War | 5 Comments »

Injured Iraq War Veterans Sue VA

Posted by nytexan on July 23, 2007

Veterans denied health care, is an absolute disgrace! To me there is no excuse that the VA can possibly give to defend their complete lack of incompetence and responsibility to veterans.

This administration and the GOP could give a rat’s ass about the soldiers. They will send them into harms way and them turn their backs on them. There is no follow through, no caring, no responsibility for the damage that they’ve done or continue to do.

  • Frustrated by delays in health care, a coalition of injured Iraq war veterans is accusing VA Secretary Jim Nicholson of breaking the law by denying them disability pay and mental health treatment.
  • The class-action lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs, filed Monday in federal court in San Francisco, seeks broad change in the agency as it struggles to meet growing demands from veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Suing on behalf of hundreds of thousands of veterans, it charges that VA has failed warriors on several fronts — from providing prompt disability benefits, to adding staff to reduce wait times for medical care to boosting services for post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • The lawsuit also accuses VA of deliberately cheating some veterans by allegedly working with the Pentagon to misclassify PTSD claims as pre-existing personality disorders to avoid paying out benefits.

Pre-existing, are you freaking kidding me. Do you thing that might backfire on the VA and the Pentagon? If you know someone has PTSD before you send them into war, why in the hell would you send them to war. The logic of this government is beyond explanation. It’s all about the almighty dollar.

  • “Unless systemic and drastic measures are instituted immediately, the costs to these veterans, their families, and our nation will be incalculable, including broken families, a new generation of unemployed and homeless veterans, increases in drug abuse and alcoholism, and crushing burdens on the health care delivery system,” the complaint states.
  • Today, the VA’s backlog of disability payments is now between 400,000 and 600,000, with delays of up to 177 days to process an initial claim and an average of 657 days to process an appeal. Several congressional committees and a presidential commission are now studying ways to improve care.

Studying the problem; how long does it take to know that the VA doesn’t work? It hasn’t work for years. Viet Nam vets are still fighting them, just ask any vet living on the street. The Dole- Shalala committee seems to be dragging their feet. Remember the committee that Bush created to get to the bottom of the VA problems. Bush is very good at creating shit and then doing nothing about it. Hell, why don’t we just have a VA Czar, Bush loves having those around. We seem to have more Czar than Russia ever did.

  • “While steps can and will be taken in the political arena, responsibility for action lies with the agency itself,” said Melissa W. Kasnitz, managing attorney for Disability Rights Advocates, in a telephone interview. Her group is teaming up with a major law firm, Morrison & Foerster, to represent the veterans.
  • “We don’t believe the problems will be fixed by the VA if we wait for them,” she said. “In the meantime, it is veterans who risk their lives for our country who are suffering the consequences.”
  • The lawsuit cites violations of the Constitution and federal law, which mandates at least two years of health care to injured veterans.

This administration will go down in history as being the worst violators of the U.S. Constitution. At least you have to give them credit for being consistent in the destruction of this country on more than one front.

Of course when the discussion of bringing the troops home comes up again, Bush, the GOP and all their blind supporters will say they support the troops. To steal Mitch McConnell’s line “it’s political theater”. If they truly supported the troops we would not see class-action lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs.  

Posted in Afghanistan, America, Anti-War, Bush, Constitution, Dole, GOP, Health, Health Care, Iraq, Jim Nicholson, Kasnitz, McConnell, mental health, military, National, News, Pentagon, PTSD, Republican, Shalala, United States, VA, veterans, Viet Nam, War | 6 Comments »

No Wonder Iraqi Military And Police Aren’t Ready

Posted by bosskitty on July 14, 2007

US Papers Friday: President a Defiant Decider

Bush sees Iraq as half-full; Iraqi Army loses ground; House votes to bug out

Today’s front pages were dominated by the tussle between President George W. Bush, the declared decider, and Congress, the would-be inhibiter.

U.S. kills six Iraqi policemen in Baghdad raid

By Alister Bull Reuters Saturday, July 14, 2007; 8:20 AM

BAGHDAD (Reuters) – U.S. soldiers killed at least 13 people including six Iraqi policemen after coming under fire from a police checkpoint in Baghdad on Friday, the U.S. military said.

An Iraqi reporter working for The New York Times was also shot dead on his way to work in Baghdad, the newspaper said, a day after two Reuters employees were killed during an incident involving U.S. forces in the city.

Iraqi Military’s Readiness Slips

Report Says That Since January, Fewer Units Can Operate Independently

By Karen DeYoung Washington Post Friday, July 13, 2007; Page A04

Despite stepped-up training, the readiness of the Iraqi military to operate independently of U.S. forces has decreased since President Bush‘s new strategy was launched in January, according to the White House progress report released yesterday.

The Pentagon refused yesterday to elaborate on the “slight reduction” in independent Iraqi units. Any information about the number, size or designation of such units is “in the classified realm,” said a spokesman, Lt. Col. Mark Ballesteros.

Bush and Cheney ARE the Axis of Evil pounding lie upon lie about Iraq! We ARE the obstacle to Iraq’s readiness. Our continued presence IS the irritant that aggravates the civil war inside Iraq. The continually mounting collateral casualties among those who are supposed to replace our soldiers has erased our credibility.

As much as our military tries to discriminate between good guy & bad guy, “they all look alike” and if you can tell who is who “kill ’em all and let God sort ’em out”. Some of these casualties are family of Iraqi Army and Police.

The policy of ‘kill multiple innocents to get one or two terrorists’ has backfired in both Afghanistan and Iraq!

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Sneaky US Senate: Wants To Hire Criminals & Addicts To Defend Us

Posted by bosskitty on July 10, 2007

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Ex- convicts and addicts may get DoD clearance

At the Pentagon’s request, Senate defense authorizers tucked deep within a defense bill a repeal of the department’s restriction on granting security clearances to ex-convicts, drug addicts and the mentally incompetent.

The repeal provision now is creating discord between the Senate Armed Services and the Intelligence committees. In its markup of the 2008 defense authorization bill, the Intelligence panel voted to delete the Armed Services provision.

The law negatively affects individuals who have committed a qualifying crime but have determined trustworthy by “national adjudicative standards,” according a Pentagon spokesman. Because the statute only applies to the Pentagon, it hinders clearance reciprocity with other federal agencies, he added.

The Senate Intelligence Committee, however, warned of the dangers of a blanket repeal of the law, which could lead to unintended compromises or mishandling of classified information.

S. 1547: National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008

Sec. 1064. Repeal of standards for disqualification from issuance of security clearances by the Department of Defense.

Boy, the Senate is trying to slip another one past us! What we need are more convicts, drug addicts, and mentally unstable DOD employees. Maybe we’ve elected so many criminals already, that they feel the whole country needs to be protected BY criminals instead of FROM criminals!

Hey! Homeland Security is looking for a ‘few good employees’, why not staff them with criminals, too? Why not screw up our defense system worse than it already is? Where is Main Scream Media on this detail?

Posted in Accountability, addicts, administration, Black Ops, candidates, Congress, Corruption, criminal, Democracy In Action, DOD, drugs, Election, Homeland Security, Hypocracy, Law, Legacy, mental health, military, Of Interest, Oversight, Pentagon, Pentagon Corruption, Politics, resonsibility, Soldiers, taxpayers, threat, United States, VA, veterans, Vote, War Contractors, War Cost | 4 Comments »

War-Weary Troops Face Tour Extensions

Posted by nytexan on June 20, 2007

Another complete failure by Bush. You know how the surge was suppose to get Iraq under control…. LIE. Remember how September would hopefully bring a positive report from Petraeus…LIE. The only thing that Bush has managed to accomplish and be very successful at is LYING.

Capitol Hill Blue: Failed war may force longer deployments

As the Iraq civil war escalates into bloody chaos and President George W. Bush shows no sign of backing down from his failed troop surge, the Army will need to extend combat tours for battle-weary troops.

Reports out of Iraq say troop morale nosedives and news that many may not come home when scheduled is expected to further demoralize on-the-ground soldiers who know all too well the war is lost.

Acting Army Secretary Pete Geren admitted to Congress Tuesday that the Pentagon is considering extending the combat tours of soldiers currently in Iraq and may also have to send Reserve and National Guard units back for third and fourth deployments.

Are they kidding another extension. The amount of time that the troops spend in Iraq is longer than any other war. Even soldiers in the Vietnam war were rotated on a faster schedule then the current troops.

Reports The Associated Press:

Most soldiers spend 15 months in combat with a guaranteed 12 months home, a rotation plan that has infuriated Democrats because it exceeds the service’s goal of giving troops equal time home as in combat. In coming weeks, the Senate will vote on a proposal by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., that would restrict deployments.

“It’s too early to look into the next year, but for the Army we have to begin to plan,” Green told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “We have to look into our options.”

Army spokesman Paul Boyce said, “If the future were to require such an option, it would be the last option on the list.”

Gen. David Petraeus, Iraq war commander, suggested Sunday that conditions on the ground might not be stable enough by September to justify a drop in force levels, and he predicted stabilizing Iraq could take a decade. Earlier this year, Bush ordered the deployment of some 30,000 additional troops as part of a massive U.S.-led security push around Baghdad and the western Anbar province.

There are about 156,000 U.S. troops in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in Bush, Congress, Iraq, Lieberman, military, National, News, Pentagon, Pete Geren, President, PTSD, Rice, Soldiers, veterans, War | Leave a Comment »

Major General Taguba, “I thought I was in the Mafia”

Posted by nytexan on June 17, 2007

Seymour Hersh’s interview with now retired Army Major General Antonio M. Taguba is the first time Taguba has talked publicly about his investigation at Abu Ghraib. Taguba led the Pentagon’s investigation into the abuses at Abu Ghraib, which caused him to become yet another causality of the Iraq war.

This is a very detailed and excellent article about the investigation that seemed to slip by us with all of our focus on the low level enlisted. It seems that the only think that Bush and his gang of criminals can do right is lie, mislead and destroy anyone who gets in their way.

The lies:

Rumsfeld was particularly concerned about how the classified report had become public. “General,” he asked, “who do you think leaked the report?” Taguba responded that perhaps a senior military leader who knew about the investigation had done so. “It was just my speculation,” he recalled. “Rumsfeld didn’t say anything.” (I did not meet Taguba until mid-2006 and obtained his report elsewhere.) Rumsfeld also complained about not being given the information he needed. “Here I am,” Taguba recalled Rumsfeld saying, “just a Secretary of Defense, and we have not seen a copy of your report. I have not seen the photographs, and I have to testify to Congress tomorrow and talk about this.” As Rumsfeld spoke, Taguba said, “He’s looking at me. It was a statement.”

At best, Taguba said, “Rumsfeld was in denial.” Taguba had submitted more than a dozen copies of his report through several channels at the Pentagon and to the Central Command headquarters, in Tampa, Florida, which ran the war in Iraq. By the time he walked into Rumsfeld’s conference room, he had spent weeks briefing senior military leaders on the report, but he received no indication that any of them, with the exception of General Schoomaker, had actually read it. (Schoomaker later sent Taguba a note praising his honesty and leadership.) When Taguba urged one lieutenant general to look at the photographs, he rebuffed him, saying, “I don’t want to get involved by looking, because what do you do with that information, once you know what they show?”

Taguba also knew that senior officials in Rumsfeld’s office and elsewhere in the Pentagon had been given a graphic account of the pictures from Abu Ghraib, and told of their potential strategic significance, within days of the first complaint. On January 13, 2004, a military policeman named Joseph Darby gave the Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (C.I.D.) a CD full of images of abuse. Two days later, General Craddock and Vice-Admiral Timothy Keating, the director of the Joint Staff of the J.C.S., were e-mailed a summary of the abuses depicted on the CD. It said that approximately ten soldiers were shown, involved in acts that included:

Having male detainees pose nude while female guards pointed at their genitals; having female detainees exposing themselves to the guards; having detainees perform indecent acts with each other; and guards physically assaulting detainees by beating and dragging them with choker chains.

The Threat:

General John Abizaid, then the head of Central Command. A few weeks after his report became public, Taguba, who was still in Kuwait, was in the back seat of a Mercedes sedan with Abizaid. Abizaid’s driver and his interpreter, who also served as a bodyguard, were in front. Abizaid turned to Taguba and issued a quiet warning: “You and your report will be investigated.”

“I wasn’t angry about what he said but disappointed that he would say that to me,” Taguba said. “I’d been in the Army thirty-two years by then, and it was the first time that I thought I was in the Mafia.”

The Investigation:

Taguba’s assignment was limited to investigating the 800th M.P.s, but he quickly found signs of the involvement of military intelligence—both the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade, commanded by Colonel Thomas Pappas, which worked closely with the M.P.s, and what were called “other government agencies,” or O.G.A.s, a euphemism for the C.I.A. and special-operations units operating undercover in Iraq.

Taguba came to believe that Lieutenant General Sanchez, the Army commander in Iraq, and some of the generals assigned to the military headquarters in Baghdad had extensive knowledge of the abuse of prisoners in Abu Ghraib even before Joseph Darby came forward with the CD. Taguba was aware that in the fall of 2003—when much of the abuse took place—Sanchez routinely visited the prison, and witnessed at least one interrogation. According to Taguba, “Sanchez knew exactly what was going on.”

Taguba eventually concluded that there was a reason for the evasions and stonewalling by Rumsfeld and his aides. At the time he filed his report, in March of 2004, Taguba said, “I knew there was C.I.A. involvement, but I was oblivious of what else was happening” in terms of covert military-intelligence operations. Later that summer, however, he learned that the C.I.A. had serious concerns about the abusive interrogation techniques that military-intelligence operatives were using on high-value detainees. In one secret memorandum, dated June 2, 2003, General George Casey, Jr., then the director of the Joint Staff in the Pentagon, issued a warning to General Michael DeLong, at the Central Command:

CIA has advised that the techniques the military forces are using to interrogate high value detainees (HVDs) . . . are more aggressive than the techniques used by CIA who is [sic] interviewing the same HVDs.

DeLong replied to Casey that the techniques in use were “doctrinally appropriate techniques,” in accordance with Army regulations and Rumsfeld’s direction.

The end result for Taguba:

In January of 2006, Taguba received a telephone call from General Richard Cody, the Army’s Vice-Chief of Staff. “This is your Vice,” he told Taguba. “I need you to retire by January of 2007.” No pleasantries were exchanged, although the two generals had known each other for years, and, Taguba said, “He offered no reason.” (A spokesperson for Cody said, “Conversations regarding general officer management are considered private personnel discussions. General Cody has great respect for Major General Taguba as an officer, leader, and American patriot.”)

“They always shoot the messenger,” Taguba told me. “To be accused of being overzealous and disloyal—that cuts deep into me. I was being ostracized for doing what I was asked to do.”

Taguba went on, “There was no doubt in my mind that this stuff”—the explicit images—“was gravitating upward. It was standard operating procedure to assume that this had to go higher. The President had to be aware of this.” He said that Rumsfeld, his senior aides, and the high-ranking generals and admirals who stood with him as he misrepresented what he knew about Abu Ghraib had failed the nation.

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WAKE UP! Musharraf In Trouble While The US Sleeps …

Posted by bosskitty on June 11, 2007

This is part of an OP-ED re-post from Munaeem’s Blog

Monday, June 11, 2007

 

TIME TO SAVE PAKISTAN FROM ITS RULER

by Eric Margolis

( The concerns expressed in this article are shared by every Pakistani and every friend of Pakistan. However, the solution is not elections that might return Benazir or Nawaz Sharif to power. They plundered the country and were even more obesquious to ‘friend’ USA and ‘enemy’ India who are strategic partners in the region. Pakistan needs an interim Government of patriots as provide for in the Constitution to change laws and reverse policies to undo the damage done since 1989.) Usman Khalid.

The US media should be focused on critical events that shape our lives, NOT Paris Hilton! While we are sleeping, world events and repercussions from our administration setting global fires are about to complicate everything! How long can America dismiss responsibility?

Hailed by Washington as a `democratic statesman,’ Musharraf has arrested and jailed thousands of people without trial. Many have been tortured. Elections are crudely rigged, legislators and judges bribed, and most of the army and intelligence service’s most capable, patriotic officers, were replaced at Washington’s demand by compliant yes-men untainted by Islam. Now, Musharraf’s security forces are intimidating Pakistan’s free press, one of its few remaining active democratic institutions.

What an irony that while Washington claims to be waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan to bring democracy, it is stoutly upholding Pakistan’s military dictatorship.

Musharraf outraged his countrymen by obsequiously kow-towing to foreign demands while neglecting Pakistan’s needs. Turning Pakistan into Washington’s sepoy(native soldier) in exchange for billions in overt and hundreds of millions more in secret CIA stipends used to rent loyalty to the military regime has shamed many Pakistanis and further enflamed anti-western groups in this important nation of 162.5 million.

Now, thanks in part to Musharraf’s wrongheaded policies over Afghanistan, the conflict there is starting to lap across Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier. Pakistan is facing one of the gravest national crises since its creation in 1947 as a beacon of honest, democratic government for the Muslim World. Sixty years later, Pakistan has become a poster child for self-serving, undemocratic government that often does not even represent the best interests of the nation.

The Bush Administration keeps patting Musharraf on the back as unrest worsens and Pakistan heads toward a potential explosion that could destabilize the entire region and leave US and NATO forces in southern Afghanistan cut off and vulnerable. The west cannot afford to let Pakistan melt-down.

Quickly restoring democratic government is the obvious answer. Pakistan’s banned opposition leaders, Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif, must be allowed to return and wage free elections. While burdened by a lot of negative baggage from her previous stints as prime minister, Miss Bhutto still appears as the most effective antidote to the current military regime and deserves strong western support. One hopes that recent rumors of a Benazir-Musharraf deal are no more than idle bazaar chatter. If they are true, then she will become as discredited as Musharraf.

Washington needs to press Musharraf to retire as armed forces chief. Musharraf is dragging down Pakistan with his unpopular, isolated regime. If he is as popular as he claims, let him run for office in a fair, democratic politician.

Time is fast running out. A nuclear-armed Pakistan facing regional, tribal and ethnic unrest or conflict is a hugely dangerous threat demanding urgent action. Pakistan must not be sacrificed for the sake of its leader.

This administration has put it’s finger in so many pies and stirred up so much trouble that, when all these little fires explode, the world will certainly experience the Bush Armageddon. Are we really prepared for the conflagration?

The US history of manipulation is about to come back and BITE all of us! Are we really Americans or blind sheep stampeding over a cliff?

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