Friday, March 20, 2009

6 years of Iraq War of Lies Should Demand Justice


Splitting the Sky attempting to break through police lines outside the Telus Convention Centre in Calgary Tuesday March 17th to make a citizens arrest of War Criminal George W. Bush. He {Splitting the Sky, not Bush} was arrested soon after. read more

The 6th anniversary of the Iraq War. The only ones to celebrate are the few psychopathic profiteers of death and destruction.

There are numerious individuals who played a part in starting the Iraq War. All of them deserve the same justice that is handed out everyday to criminals who killed far fewer people. 'Official' American deaths since 3-19-03.....4,259

Instead of Bush being brought to trial, he signs a $7 million book deal.

Will there be enough brain dead with the $25 or so to buy his shit? Well, there were plenty who bought his 9/11, Afghanistan and Iraq shit, so you never know.

The manufactured economic collapse by the Bush, Obama, Federal Reserve, Wall Street, military/industrial complex, etc., etc. syndicate is assuring that there will be a steady stream of 'volunteers' from the unemployed to continue the fight in the 'War on Terror' and to die in vain.
As the recession expands, so is enlistment in the military

Aside from the jobless, those turning to the military include teenagers, college seniors and recent college graduates who can't find jobs. Plus, there are the teenagers who can't go to college because their parents have lost their jobs or because college funds invested in the stock market have dried up. Joining the military can mean a free college or trade school education.

Nationally, all of the military branches, both active and reserve, met or exceeded recruiting goals in January and February. National Guard recruitment is also doing very well.

Enlistees are well aware the military is fighting two wars, said Capt. Alton McCallum, a West Point graduate who commands an Army recruiting company in Milwaukee. His company handles Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and Waukesha counties.

"In terms of deploying, they know they're deploying. It's not an issue for them," McCallum said. "All the applicants, we tell them, 'You will deploy, but there's also these benefits that will make your life better.' " more

Veterans are finding out that life in the civilian world is not always rosy.
Jobless rate at 11.2% for veterans of Iraq, Afghanistan

The economic downturn is hitting Iraq and Afghanistan veterans harder than other workers — one in nine are now out of work — and may be encouraging some troops to remain in the service, according to Labor Department records and military officials.

The 11.2% jobless rate for veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and who are 18 and older rose 4 percentage points in the past year. That's significantly higher than the corresponding 8.8% rate for non-veterans in the same age group, says Labor Department economist Jim Walker.

Some soldiers are re-enlisting specifically because of the poor civilian job market, says Sgt. 1st Class Julius Kelley, a career counselor at Fort Campbell, Ky. "It's job security (in the Army), and I try to sell that all the time," he says. "You don't have to worry about getting laid off in the Army." more

Kids who join the military are telling themselves "It won't happen to me."

The suicide rates in all four services last year were higher than the national civilian average, significantly higher in the Army and Marines and rose overall in the two ground services, uniformed witnesses told the Senate Armed Services military personnel subcommittee Wednesday.

But calls by troops and former troops to a Veterans Affairs help line indicate that the problem may be even larger that the alarming statistics provided at the hearing.

In calendar year 2008, the Army reported 140 confirmed or suspected suicides. That’s 20.2 suicides per 100,000 troops — an all-time high that is nearly twice the national average of 11.0 suicides per 100,000. The service’s suicide rate has more than doubled since 2004. more


Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki confirmed Tuesday that the Obama administration is considering a controversial plan to make veterans pay for treatment of service-related injuries with private insurance. more

and for the women recruits.....

Experts on sexual assault told more than 100 U.S. Army Europe senior leaders that the soldier who rapes a drunken woman after a night of partying made no mistake: He probably did it before and will do it again.

The experts — a former prosecutor, an academic, an expert on stalking and chief of Family Advocacy Law Enforcement Training for the U.S. Army Military Police School — challenged what they called myths about “date rape,” by far the most common type of rape in the military and elsewhere.

"Years of inaction at the DOD continue to speak volumes about senior leadership’s commitment to our service members and civil servants," Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., said seven months ago in a hearing. "When it comes to sexual assault in the military, the DOD has absolutely no credibility."

According to a Veterans Administration study, up to one-quarter of women who served in the armed forces said they had been sexually assaulted. more

6 years in Iraq. The American people will allow anything to be done in their name with barely a peep of protest.

When brave folks do step up, the police state responds.

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Police Attack Tristan Solidarity Demonstrators, San Francisco, 3/16/09
Thanks to Scott Creighton for the link.

Taps on Another Year of Death and Occupation

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