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  • ruderod

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I wonder if this soldier who killed the 12 people had been to combat before? If he was a Major, my guess is that he may have been to Iraq or Afganistan before? This is sad. I have read about people who during combat (or afterwards) snap and just go crazy. I remember a story about a sniper in Vietnam who just started to shoot his own troops. . .now and then he would just pick off one of his own comrades. Took them a while to figure out why they where losing troops. They say the sniper just stopped caring about who he shot. War is a hell and people don't realize the emotional and mental anguish it causes people. I can only imagine as I have never been shot at in war.

This was a sick thing that this guy did. Odd that media was reporting the shooter was killed. .. .yet wasn't. Well really not that odd, military incidents are never opaque to the media.
All I can say is that combat takes it's toll. Maybe this officer just saw too many battle worn young men, men whose minds had been twisted with death and destruction. If that is the case, the battle came home via our own troops, not some terrorist that is visiting with a green card. The battle came home people, think about that next time you see a veteran or see our troops going off to war. The mind doesn't shut things out so quickly. You can't just send a young man to war then believe he will come home and be a fine young citizen. It doesn't always work that way.

It's sick how fast you can kill people with bullets. Whether it is a freaked out officer killing his own peers or a machine gun in the battlefield, flying lead is incredible killer and it's really sick how fast you can die from a bullet wound. I am sure the families of the twelve dead are thinking about that right now. All of a sudden their loved ones are gone.

Officials: Fort Hood shootings suspect alive; 12 dead

ALL - Allroy For Prez

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This afternoon, around 70 people gathered in Chadderton, Greater Manchester at the launch demonstration of the Target Brimar campaign.

The campaign opposes the activities of Brimar, a Manchester-based company which makes military components used by the British and American armies in Iraq and Afghanistan and by Israeli forces in Palestine and Lebanon, and which have also been sold to other militaries around the world. Although the company stresses the 'situational awareness' and defensive role of many of the items it manufactures, it also contributes parts to F16 fighters, Apache attack helicopters and Javelin missiles and lists 'target acquisition systems' for ground-launched missiles amongst its products.

In sunny weather the demonstration – which included generations of Manchester residents, from babies to veteran peace campaigners – started peacefully and in good spirits. Meeting at the Gardeners Arms roundabout in Moston, it proceeded along the Greengate to the industrial estate where Brimar's factory is sited, where food and a children's play area had been set up. The procession included Critical Mass cyclists, banners and music.

Unfortunately, during the talks and music which followed, Oldham Police chose to abuse their power by arresting three co-defendants from the Edo Decommissioners trial who were present to show their support for the Target Brimar campaign.Collapse )
New Order - Get Ready

DSEi, the world's largest arms fair, 8th - 11th September, East London.

Over a million people have died in the US/UK invasion of Iraq. 1400 Palestinian civilians were killed during the Israeli attacks on Gaza in January 2009. The exhibitors at DSEi are making huge profits from these conflicts - for example the devastation in Gaza was aided by UK arms sales of over £27 million in 2008.

Ewa Jasiewicz, a human rights worker in Gaza during the bombardment advocated taking our fight against this "from the streets into the offices, factories and headquarters, to the heart of the companies making a killing."

However, the arms trade and the military-industrial complex is supports should not be seen as a single issue campaign.

Many asylum seekers have fled from the effects of war and the arms trade. In locking these people up, and calling them scroungers, the government conveninently ignores the huge profits made by UK companies who made the weapons which destroyed their homelands.

The military are climate criminals responsible for 25% of air pollution. Scientists for Global Responsibility said in 2006 that the UK armed forces were responsible for emitting 5m tonnes of carbon dioxide. A 2002 report from the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution found that "the performance requirements of military aircraft suggest that compared to civil aircraft, they are likely to produce proportionately more emissions."

Animal testing plays a major role in military research. In 2006 more than 21,000 animals - including monkeys, ferrets and pigs - were subjected to experimentation at Porton Down. This was a 76% increase from 2000. Tests include applying fatal doses of nerve agent to an animal's skin, and giving primates sarin and anthrax.

The bankers, the investors, are the glue which bind all these issues together. High street banks invest billions in the arms trade and support the corporations profiting from environmental destruction, attacks on migrants, and animal torture. Given these banks invest in death, destruction and displacement, their reluctance to help those facing redundancy and repossession is unsurprising.

Banks are only interested in profit. Investing heavily in the arms trade, they care little about the victims of war or UK workers. Their investment in 'high risk' arms sales to Africa, Asia and the Middle East is another gamble with our own economy, all to line their own pockets.

DISARM DSEi call for people to join together to unstick these institutions, expose the devastation they cause, and hold them to account for their actions. For further action join DISARM DSEi on 8th September, 12 noon, City of London.
DJ Shadow - The Outsider

Australian/UK resistance to the Afghanistan war.


Desert war games involving 30,000 US and Australian troops rehearsing Afghanistan manoeuvres in the Australian bush was interrupted last week after seven activists occupied the land – with two lasting for the full eleven days – stopping the live fire phase of the exercise. It was similar to the action by Ofog in June in Sweden (See SchNEWS 680).

The Talisman-Saber ‘09 military exercise at the Shoalwater Military Exercise Area in central Queensland is a biennial event - in 2007 it was also interrupted by protests and a rare white humpback whale (See SchNEWS 594). This year again there was a range of protests including community events, leafleting the troops, conducting a hokey cokey at the perimeter of the military zone, stopping army trucks and occupying the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area.

On the last day of the exercise the final two activists - Yulanji Bardon and Emily Nielsen - handed themselves into military police and were arrested for trespassing. Of the other five, three were also arrested, and two not, having voluntarily walked off the site. Emily said “These exercises are not just a ten-day long game of laser tag as Brigadier Bob Brown and the media would have us believe. They represent Australia joining the United States in the illegal invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan where thousands of civilians have been killed.”

Groups stayed in camps dotted around the range, forcing the limit of live fire. In a parody of the US coalition’s inability to find al Qaeda in the Afghan hills, again, despite helicopters, military dogs, and thousands of soldiers patrolling the land, they still couldn’t find protesters living in tents in the bush! In a separate action earlier in Talisman-Saber ‘09, four Christian peace campaigners were discovered – by soldiers playing insurgents.

* See www.peaceconvergence.com


As the situation in Afghanistan escalates, with mounting casualties on both sides, court martial proceedings have begun against a British soldier who refused to fight a second tour of duty in protest against the war.

Joe Glenton went AWOL in 2007 but handed himself in to the authorities earlier this year. During a preliminary hearing on Monday (3rd), Glenton’s lawyer told the court that he planned to fight the desertion charges, using in his defence expert testimony questioning the legality of the war. Glenton faces up to two years in prison if he is convicted.

Last week Glenton delivered a letter to Gordon Brown in which he condemned the war and the actions of the government. “The war in Afghanistan is not reducing the terrorist risk, far from improving Afghan lives it is bringing death and devastation to their country,” Glenton wrote. “...the courage and tenacity of my fellow soldiers has become a tool of American foreign policy.”

While the military is prosecuting Glenton for refusing to participate in the destruction of a country, the government is now looking into refusing citizenship to any prospective Brits who choose to protest against it. In the latest citizenship scheme, people applying for British passport could face penalties or even a refusal for anything that could be constituted an “active disregard for British values” which the Home Office have refused to deny could include protesting against a war that recent polls suggest a majority of Brits are against.

* See http://stopwar.org.uk/content/view/1400/1/
  • rozezz

roger's iran-related conspiracy theory

US gas prices went down, and iran's economy took a hit

that's why people were out in the streets. lack of cash yo. lack. of. cash.

and here's my rosy exaggeration of said conspiracy theory:

lizards planned it all out perfectly and timed this in conjunction with an election that they predicted would be as corrupt as all others, but piss off the significant 30-something-and-under popular more than most!
ocean birds at Redondo beach

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What is legitimate interest?

A lady named Daniel Gordon wrote a response to the accusations that the DOD violated rules. The link to this report is below. Now this is written by a lawyer, she is counsel to someone. In this she explains how the GAO looked into accusations of wrong doing by the DOD. It's clear she was looking for lawful violations, no ethical compromises. In her expose the question becomes, what is the "legistimate interest" of the DOD? Is it in the interest of the DOD to fight a war and win the public opinon of that war, no matter what?
In Daniels letter, she writes:
"Clearly, DOD attempted to favorably influence public opinion with respect to the Administration’s war policies in Iraq and Afghanistan through the RMOs."
She says that twice actually. . .no doubt about it. The DOD attempted to influence. . .but was it illegal? No, depending on your view of "legitimate interest". I don't see it in the interest of the US military to even MONITOR public opinion about a war.

Why should my taxpayer money go to kill civilians in Iraq? That is bad enough, but why do my taxes also go to a contractor (named Omnitec) that gives the DOD a pulse of the public opinion? Why are we paying for that? Isn't that what our local, state, and federal representatives are for? They monitor public opinion by getting letters in the mail. Then they report to congress.

Again Mrs. Gordon does a good legal job of explaining things. She even points out that is all she is doing. . explaing the legal issues. She writes:
"This opinion does not examine whether the RMO outreach program resulted in a competitive advantage for RMOs or compromised DOD procurement with RMO-affiliated defense contractors."

Exactly. . .it's all about did you break the law. Well I think the laws need to be changed. The military has no business knowing if a war is popular or not. We the citizens of the United States and our elected representatives will do that job. The militarys job is to fight wars. Oh wait, it's the "Department of Defense". They only defend the country, not fight wars. Hey they even have some of that media spin in their name. How clever! The DOD, which means we only defend. . .yeah right.

But there lies the problem. Warfare is secret, so how does the military discuss the doings of war? It selectively does it, that's how. The military rarely if ever shows the dead children, they don't show the destroyed church. They only show the radar picture of a taliban fort being blown up. What do you all think? Do you think the military has a interest in showing their version of the war? Well DOD contractors sure do have an interest in it.

"Omnitec Contract at 15--16. The contract provided that Omnitec would report how coverage reflected, or failed to reflect, DOD’s stated policies or views. Id. Typical Omnitec reports list names of RMOs who provided commentary during a given period of time, summarize the commentary, and provide excerpts of transcripts of the RMOs’ comments.16
We learned from DOD Comptroller’s office that between November 2004 and October 2007, DOD paid Omnitec Solutions $1,837,989. We also identified 19 civilian public affairs staff and 3 active military personnel involved in the RMO outreach program at various times between fiscal years 2002 and 2008, including two assistant secretaries and one Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs."


Does the media influence the war? This photo of a burned child and families fleeing their homes is a historic photo. Media play of this single photo helped bring about a huge wave of anti-war effort towards the Vietnam conflict.
Note: A parent my notice the children are walking funny. That is because the kids have burns on their arms. . painful burns.