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GORDON DUFF: “COLLATERAL DAMAGE,” SPINNING AWAY MURDER IN IRAQ

EXCUSES, EXPLANATIONS OR CONSPIRACY AND MISPRISION OF A FELONY

TIME FOR THE “SPIN MASTERS” TO “PAY THE FIDDLER”

By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor

MSNBC, in an excellent video, has put out both sides of the story on the 2007 “video game murder” in Iraq.  The most telling aspect of this story isn’t just that we now know our own Army leaked the video or that many others like it exist, it is the lengths we go to using “surrogates” to spin away murder.  Years of lies droning on, filling the American airwaves have made senseless and fantasy based explanations for daily issues, be they war, health care or the presidents birth certificate subject to “conspiracy theory.”  What so many Americans have awakened to is that our real conspiracies are all formulated “at the top” where money and power seek to control public opinion thru disinformation.  Now we are being told black is white on a video we can actually see.


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I wish to thank WikiLeaks and the people of the United States military who leaked this film along with those who support realistic reforms that this film demands.  Taking a moment to put some reality into the spin, misinformation and attempts at a cover-up, we can get a few facts out.

RPG 29, WEAPON SAID TO BE INSIDE CAMERA BAG

1.  This film was made during the height of the surge.  The area filmed is called a “hot zone.”  This explanation, through omission is a lie.  The primary activity of the surge was not combat but rather the realignment of the armed militias in the region being filmed through cash payments.  If the two armed security people with the Reuter’s group were militia members, they were most likely employees of the United States government receiving a $300 a month stipend.  Journalists are in far more danger in these areas than any other group, including American troops.  The number of journalists kidnapped and murdered is astounding.  These journalists would have had security personnel with them in that neighborhood.

Thousands of armed militia, real militia with heavy weapons and uniforms, in this area of Baghdad were working for the US at this time.  Assuming that these two lightly armed people with the unarmed group were not either security personnel, protecting the others from criminal gangs or paid militia working for the US is not based on the reality of the period and the location, is unrealistic.  No permission to fire could have been made against this group, largely unarmed, and not a threat to anyone.  Lying to interfere with an investigation or to hide a crime, whether done by a reporter or member of the military is a felony.

2.  Statements that the Apache helicopter was subject to attack by this group is untrue.  We have failed to reveal that the helicopter was, based on the optics and pattern of fire, nearly 1 mile away.  The M789 ammunition which should have been used has an effective range, capable of

Namir Noor-Eldeen, MURDERED JOURNALIST SAID TO HAVE 6 FOOT LONG RPG 29 HIDDEN IN HIS LENS BAG

piercing tank armor, of 4000 meters, approximately 3 miles.  The rationale given for the attack, that the Apache Longbow helicopters that were out of visual range, using their extremely sophisiticated optics were about to be attacked by advanced weaponry that of a size and type that only exists in science fiction, indicates a pattern of systematic deception between pilots and their controllers, deception meant to provide authorization for indiscriminate criminal activity.

American optics can read a car license plate from earth orbit.  We can certainly tell a child in a car or a movie camera the size of a woman’s purse from an RPG that is 6 feet long.  Hitting a helicopter with a non-existent RPG hidden inside a camera bag, from a mile away, is utterly impossible.  Also, hitting any target at long range with an AK-47, a weapon with a short range 7.62/39 cartridge is also impossible.


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3.  Assuming that a group of men on the streets of a neighborhood filled with criminal gangs, gangs living on bribe money paid by Americans, gangs who make a living by kidnapping journalists and local citizens, who have an armed escort are “insurgents” is simply crazy.  Iraqis living there are in far more danger than Americans and die by the dozens, sometimes hundreds, each week.  It is still going on at even higher levels than then with no Americans operating in the areas at all.  The same people walk the same streets with the same guns today, in exactly the same way.  It is how they stay alive.  In America, we would call it our 2nd Amendment right.

4.  The military and its “surrogates” have suggested the Apache was defending a nearby convoy from attacks from RPG 29s that they spotted inside the camera bags of the Reuter’s reporters.  This is a photograph of an RPG 29:

5.  The military has released a number of unsupported claims, one being that a convoy was in the area.  Imagine a maze of small streets, an almost infinite maze.  Not only were there no troops anywhere near the site of the incident but, in fact, directing them to find the area took some time.  The “convoy” was, not only not going there, they didn’t even know how to find “there” even with the help of an Apache Longbow helicopter with advanced geo-navigation systems.

30mm CANNON SHELLS USED ON REPORTERS AND VAN

6.  Iraq is an Islamic Republic and subject to Islamic law.  Islamic law requires all citizens to assist any sick or wounded person.  Every American knows this and, frankly, many Americans have benefited from this.  Any Muslim that stops to help another is performing a religious duty, an act of similar importance to prayer itself.  Attacking a Muslim for aiding the sick or injured is a criminal act in any Islamic country and, frankly, should be everywhere.  The Americans who directed the murderous attack on the unarmed people who stopped to help the single severely wounded man were attacked, not only in direct violation of American rules of engagement but Islamic law.

7.  Reports from the military indicate that false reports of a fire fight involving ground forces was part of the action.  In such cases, commendations and medals are often awarded.  What will a search of the military records of all involved reveal?  Were any medals or commendations awarded based on inventing an incident to obscure criminal activity?  What does this do to every American veteran and every decorated combat veteran if we find commendations were awarded for these “acts?”

8.  As no statements on the “load-out” of the Apache Longbow helicopters involved has been made, is it possible that Depleted Uranium ammunition, now being sited by the Department of Veterans Affairs as cause for numerous illnesses suffered by Gulf War veterans, being used in this engagement? 

TYPICAL FRAGMENTATION PATTERN OF APACHE 30MM "ANTI-PERSONNEL" ROUND (USE OF SUCH WEAPONS BANNED BY THE GENEVA CONVENTION)

PATTERNS OF SUBTERFUGE AND DECEPTION

The internet is flooded with hundreds of videos, perhaps even thousands, demonstrating the prowess of advanced weaponry being used in an urban environment or against “insurgent” targets.  Systems such as the Apache Longbow, designed for use against massed enemy armoured divisions with massive cannons designed to obliterate enemy tanks and highly fortified positions, when used against sporadically armed irregular forces or unarmed civilians seems a misapplication of resources at minimum and, frankly, insanity when looked at carefully.

General Stanley McChrystal, recognizing that it was cheaper to hire insurgents at $300 per month than to use $5000 dollars worth of ammunition to kill one showed, not only amazing judgment but an appreciation for human life seldom seen in military leaders.  Were the two armed personnel insurgents planning to attack an American convoy of Bradley fighting vehicles, using only two rifles and no extra ammunition or were these two security guards watching out for Reuters newsmen interviewing local leaders?  Were the two armed men who were killed actually employed by the United States, as were others of their ilk in that neighborhood?

What of the unarmed people with them?  Do insurgent groups typically only arm some and not all?  Are weapons hard to get in Iraq?  We all know better than this.  What of the totally unarmed group?  Were they actually killed for trying to help wounded, as the tape says?  Do Americans pay millions to Boeing to build the Apache helicopter or thousands to General Dynamics to manufacture the ammunition, for such senselessness?

Do we spend millions training pilots for this kind of mission?  Is there anything we could have done, spending so much money, misusing so many resources, to do as much damage to the reputation of the United States, the honor of her military forces and veterans and the security of our country?

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41 Comments for “GORDON DUFF: “COLLATERAL DAMAGE,” SPINNING AWAY MURDER IN IRAQ”

  1. So many people seem completely unable to connect the dots. Let me try to put it all together:

    On 09/11/2001, Israel, with help from some carefully placed traitors in high places in the “U.S. government”, murdered 3000 people on U.S. soil, in an intricate, high-tech false-flag terror attack officially blamed on Arabs/Moslems.

    The “U.S. government” traitors then used this false-flag terror attack as a pretext to start several illegal, immoral, totally senseless wars of aggression, against people in foreign lands that didn’t do anything to us; all in accordance with a pre-existing Zionist agenda known as the “PNAC” agenda.

    The PNAC wars have already killed over a million innocent people and threaten yet millions more.

    Moreover, the PNAC wars are being prosecuted at the expense of literally trillions of dollars in present and future costs, thereby squandering a significant portion of the world’s wealth on senseless brutality, while our domestic infrastructure crumbles and the value of our currency collapses.

    The traitors in high places in the “U.S. government” also used this false-flag terror attack as an excuse to gut the Constitution, begin a massive domestic spying program, create torture camps (and fill them with innocent people), and generally engage in any and all kinds of lawlessness and violence, anywhere and everywhere, against anyone and everyone they please, all under the aegis of a laughably-absurd fraud known as the “Global War on Terror”.

    The traitors in high places in the U.S. government are now using all their political power to prevent any kind of real investigation into exactly what happened on 09/11/2001.

    In their efforts to conceal their culpability and prevent any accountability whatsoever, the traitors in high places in the U.S. government have debased and disgraced, for example, the Pentagon, FBI, CIA, FEMA and NIST.

    The traitors in high places in the U.S. government simply cannot afford to have anyone with any moral scruples in any position of authority…IOW they don’t want honest people in government, they want scum bags…they want “people” just like themselves.

    It is in this pathetic context that the “collateral murders” in Iraq have to be viewed. The “soldiers” who murdered these Iraqis are precisely the type of “people” the modern “U.S. military” needs; because, you see, it’s not really the U.S. military anymore but merely a criminal gang of Zionist crusaders.

    Our government (to the extent it ever actually was “ours” in the first place), has now been completely overthrown from within.

    The day is coming when our Masters will be depending on “the Troops” to protect them from the enraged citizenry.

    • Nelson,
      The rules of engagement state that those who can’t be identified as enemy can’t be killed. The initial group attacked were reporters and community leaders with police authorized security carrying weapons authorized. They were not enemy but rather US paid militia members in a region where they belonged serving as such.
      Your assumptions about the second group are fearful. You have no idea of international law, the nature of war crimes, our official rules of engagement or law in Iraq. I know all of these.
      We do need to look at a couple of things, however. One, of course, is that I want you better informed. This makes the discussions work better.
      Then….yes..why is it leaked now? Is it tied to the massive problem we are having with Israel? Wikileaks is a Chinese group.
      Start looking at this…why are so many groups in the US being trashed in the news. If this was the military, who told them to do this? We have all seen video showing the real rules of engagement and this is not one of them….or are these the real rules…illegal…meant to destabilize iraq and damn the US? There is a game here. It is for us to figure it out.As for “the troops”….we are the troops. I am one of the troops. I don’t want anyone in uniform that lacks common sense. These were some really dumb shits…and those who invented stories to cover it up…need jail time. Read the cover stories…the total lies made up to keep the public from learning 2 helicopters did this. Where is the video from the second Apache?
      g

      • Gordon I actually do know something about “International Law”. Quite a bit in fact; maybe even more than you. But I wasn’t talking about that (frankly it’s only “words on paper” anyway, and it’s now clearly been replaced by “might makes right”).

        Nor was I talking about “rules of engagement” (if you want to talk about “rules”, then let’s start with the UN Charter, the highest treaty in the world, under which the Iraq war itself is of course completely illegal). I find it pointless to talk about “rules” in a completely illegal war, since every Iraqi killed as a result, even those killed in the act of resisting, was murdered.

        I was talking about what happened here in a moral context. My point was that the U.S. Military has, by design, completely degenerated into a political hit squad, and our Rulers’ goal is to populate it with completely amoral or immoral people (if that’s a distinction worth making).

        The new mission of the U.S. military is simply to slaughter and subject politically incorrect people (same objective as the IDF), whether they be Arabs/Moslems, “unfriendly” Journalists, or even their own members, e.g., Pat Tillman, should they happen to develop a conscience or show signs of independent thought.

        • Nelson,
          If we use the standards set by us at Nuremberg, then thousands of Americans face arrest. I barely escape that myself, I hope. OK, I seem to have misunderstood you. I suspect we may all have a bit of raging PTSD. It is probably time to start writing about correcting the collective mental illness that some of our miltiary seem to have. As a journalist, I am not free to do my job, not in today’s atmosphere. As a military retiree, it is not acceptable to misuse access to write about troops when a guest of a military installation.
          I watched the movie Green Zone last night. Watching troops in Iraq (some fighting, some poolside….same same with Vietnam) cheering the draft dodging war criminal cretin, Bush, made me sick. Do we really have people that utterly stupid defending our country…if you want to call it that? I do love our kids but I raised mine to think for themselves. I am having a hard time accepting that normal americans serving in the military can become criminals. It isn’t supposed to be our way.
          g

    • Nelson,
      Ok, you are good at some stuff.
      g

  2. Actually I think he thought it was this:

    http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/land/smaw-c1.jpg

    • XENO,
      The Army briefed the press and told them they say RPG 29s. Not only that, they said they had been shot at the helicopters many times and that there was a large firefight with American troops. Hey, good try, though. Start reading the stories on this and make sure you see the MSNBC video. RPG 29, 105mm and almost 6 feet long. Maybe the little girls had them in their underwear?
      g

  3. They were traveling in a combat zone. They knew the possible consequences of being mistaken for combatants. Wrong place at the wrong time. Happens to the best of us sometimes. You can’t take it too hard. Life is cruel. They were in the cruelest of worlds at the cruelest of times. That’s the way it is. If you step into a meat grinder don’t be surprised if you end up being ground up. I feel very sorry for them and very sorry for the people who made the mistake of shooting them, even, if indeed it was a mistake. But for the proverbial boy who cried wolf. I don’t believe anything that comes out of that area of the World. They are the World’s masters of propaganda and deception.

    • XENO
      Not reality based, hell, not even rational. If you think the Jews killed all those people, I can assure you, there are very few Jews in the American military. They were more likely killed by a gang of homosexuals.
      g

  4. So – – i am guessing that if i were to sail over to america with 1 barrel of oil onboard and i am navigating with a telescope pointed towards the US coastline, that at the first sight of a helicopter i should evacuate my family from below decks and jump overboard ? ?
    Maybe the worst collateral damage the US war has generated is the current attitude and apathy that the next generations will need to understand in order that they can learn how to better survive in an American world that is self imploding.
    Remember none of us were born stupid – – some of us just forgot to learn.

  5. Holy Crapola, only in america would we outsource the goddamn conflict. corporate profits first, human rights a “dead” last.

  6. The particularly sick portion of that video was when the gunship crew laughed about shredding humans into hamburger, then cackled again when doing the same to those coming to their rescue.

    Who in the hell was pulling the trigger, Beavis and Butthead?

    When a person goes crazy, they usually get committed to a mental hospital.

    What do you do when an entire nation has gone completely nuts?

    • What I heard and what I saw in the video allows me to make the following statement. The crew of the attack helicopter gave the “cleared to fire” agency information and asked to engage the people on the ground. The permission to engage the people on the ground was granted. To the crew of the attack helicopter the enemy were armed with what they assumed were weapons. The people on the ground were engaged and in the process all were killed except one and he was wounded and laying on the ground. A van rolled up to pick up the wounded man who for all intents and purposes was an enemy combatant according to the granting of clearance to engage. The wounded enemy was in the original count of X amount of combatants. Where does it say, in the Rules of Engagement, that those that assist the enemy cannot be killed? Because the enemy is wounded does not give him a free pass and all of a sudden he is deemed a friendly and innocent bystander. That is what happened. If one want to argue that the men that were engaged were not enemy that, in my opinion, is an entirely different subject for
      discussion.
      Do I feel that the conduct of the crew who did the killing was out of order? Absolutely not! Have some of us not realized that it is a combat zone? “War is hell, but Combat is a Mutha—-er!” Semper Fidelis. Blackcoat.

  7. Man. I totally agree that this incident should’ve never have happened and feel for the innocent people killed, but this article is VERY biased. If you’re gonna get people to believe the media and government are feeding you lies, you better be more truthful in your delivery.

    You state that they supposably had RPG-29’s, when in the video they simply state RPG (which is MUCH more likely the MUCH smaller and MUCH more common RPG-7).

    You somehow decide because you don’t know what rounds were being used then they must be depleted uranium rounds, which would only be used if HEAVY enemy armour was expected, but in 2007 the war was well and truly over.

    You speak of 7.62 as short range, weak cartridge, when it is actually effective to 700m – twice the range of 5.56mm (the cartridge of coalition forces)

    You think that Apaches (which were designed early 1980’s – the “longbow” version in ’97) using its thermal camera can identify a child in a van from miles away?

    and then the last 3/4 of your article is some sort of bitchy rant with some poetry.

    Meh, have a good day :)

    • Joel,
      If you watched the video, the “Pentagon embedded” journalist, the one who had been briefed by them for the interview mentioned “RPG 29s…which can penetrate armor”…and…”thought to be carried in the camera bags”
      This was a briefed Pentagon spokesman.
      Joel, you have to raise the bar when playing with lying bloodsuckers. You failed to pay attention to, not the video that wasn’t posted but the one that was. The article was about Pentagon spin. Also, of course, try putting an RPG 7 in a camera bag. You also know nothing about guns. The effective range of a 762.39 is about 300 yards and the 5.56 is aboutr 500 yards. I use 7.62 54 or 55 for ranges about 500 meters. An AK has no buffer group, underpowered ammo and is an ineffective weapon at range. Some of us do this crap for a living.
      The Apache has an ultra-high resolution optical camera in the pod above and two FLIR, front looking infared cameras which, if used at night, could have seen the kids in the van.
      Rules of engagement state that if you cant see weapons and people, you can’t shoot. Neither were ever seen or mentioned. You are also indicating that you know the loadout on the Apache’s. Sorry to tell you this, but General Dynamics loves selling DU and the area around Baghdad is loaded with it. Unless you were the armourer on these Apache’s…and there were at least two…
      Think of this also…we don’t have the video from the second Apache nor do we have their audio…which makes this far worse.
      Start paying attention. You have an assignment. go back and watch the video. Then do a google search on who is in it. Outline what was said. See if you don’t hear the term “RPG 29″
      “bitchy rant with some poetry”…funny.
      g
      g

  8. We don’t really know who is doing what over there so many mercenaries are involved.

    http://kennysideshow.blogspot.com/

    Read about Triple Canopy

    A casual conversation with the wife of a mercenary … err … private security contractor … working for Triple Canopy in Iraq spurred me to refresh my memory on the role of contractors in the illegal but vastly profitable occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Among the tidbits from the ‘off the record’ talk with the very nice lady was that the $750 a day pay was “more than he could make in a week here in the states.” As a ten year military veteran and a previous overseas contractor he was inundated with calls of mercenary employment before deciding on TC because supposedly they were interested in overcoming the bad rep of other contractors such as Blackwater who they replaced in Iraq. Plus the pay was very good.

    Even with the pay rate TC is having a hard time getting bodies to fill the slots as mandated in their contract. With a penalty for every day without the required personnel, TC has had to resort to hiring ex-Blackwater employees. She said this is something they really didn’t want to do and wants to purge them. Her description of the Blackwater people was “arrogant assholes who think they are invincible.”

    She also said that TC once had a requirement of 7 years in the military but has dropped that to 4 years because of a lack of interest from qualified prospects. It seems as if not everyone is jumping at the chance to go back into a dangerous situation where as she stated “the security forces are still getting shot at.” Even making one to two hundred thousand a year is still taking a big chance and not for everyone. Trips back home for R & R are fairly frequent but unlike a previous assignment in Jerusalem where wives could stay with their husbands, Iraq is no place for them.

    Triple Canopy may say they are trying to improve the security contractors image but a mercenary is not exactly your average joe and weeding out those with psycho tendencies is not guaranteed.

    Steve Fainaru reported in 2007 about some Triple Canopy thugs …
    On the afternoon of July 8, 2006, four private security guards rolled out of Baghdad’s Green Zone in an armored SUV. The team leader, Jacob C. Washbourne, rode in the front passenger seat. He seemed in a good mood. His vacation started the next day.

    “I want to kill somebody today,” Washbourne said, according to the three other men in the vehicle, who later recalled it as an offhand remark. Before the day was over, however, the guards had been involved in three shooting incidents. In one, Washbourne allegedly fired into the windshield of a taxi for amusement, according to interviews and statements from the three other guards.{more}

    A year ago Jeremy Scahill talked to Democracy Now about Triple Canopy, the New Lead US Mercenary Force in Iraq and Israel …
    The latest news we have is that the Obama’s administration has decided on its mercenary firm of choice. Clearly, Obama did not want to continue at least a public relationship with Blackwater.
    Obama picked this firm Triple Canopy, which interestingly was founded in Chicago, in the home state of Barack Obama. And then in 2005, they changed their location to Herndon, Virginia, so that they’d be closer to the epicenter of US war contracting, though on the Israeli contract they list their Lincolnshire, Illinois address as their primary address for the contract.

    It was founded by former Special Forces operatives from the US Army. They were minor contributors to the Bush/Cheney campaign, but not real big political players. They clearly started the company as a result of the US invasion in Iraq. They started it in 2003. By 2004, they got one of the primary contracts in Iraq.

    An interesting fact about Triple Canopy is that it was one of the big three US companies. Triple Canopy, DynCorp, and Blackwater shared this mother contract. Blackwater had the biggest share of it, to guard US officials in the Baghdad area. DynCorp had the north of Iraq. Triple Canopy had the south of Iraq.

    Triple Canopy also, though, did a very lucrative business servicing other war contractors like KBR, and Triple Canopy was also known for being the company that brought in the largest number of so-called third country nationals, non-Iraqis, non-Americans. They hired, for instance, former Salvadoran commandos who were veterans of the bloody counterinsurgency war in El Salvador that took the lives of 75,000 Salvadorans, minimum. Chileans—they used the same recruiter, Jose Miguel Pizarro Ovalle, that Blackwater used when they hired Chileans. This was a former Pinochet military officer.

    And this company has been around, you know, for five or six years. The Obama administration has hired them in Iraq, and many of the Blackwater guys are believed to be jumping over to Triple Canopy to continue working on in Iraq.

    The news that I’m breaking on Triple Canopy, though, is that I obtained federal contracts that were signed in February and March by the Obama administration with Triple Canopy to act as a private paramilitary force operating out of Jerusalem. And this is also part of a very secretive State Department program called the Worldwide Personal Protective Service, which was started under the Clinton administration as a privatized wing of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security division. Triple Canopy was paid $5 million in February, March by the Obama administration to provide, quote, “security services” in Israel. {more}
    ~~~~~

    When looking for fraud in war contracting, Halliburton and its spin off KBR always are at the forefront. This time they use other mercenary outfits including Triple Canopy while thumbing their noses at the rule of law.
    The U.S. Justice Department says Kellogg, Brown and Root, one of the military’s largest contractors, passed the cost of “unauthorized, private armed security in Iraq” to taxpayers. Uncle Sam says KBR, a former division of Haliburton, violated its 2001 contract, which “absolutely prohibited” the company and its subcontractors from possessing or using private weapons.

    KBR awarded subcontracts to three private security companies to provide armed, personal security details for its executives, and to 30 subcontractors that also hired private security, according to the federal complaint.

    KBR hired Triple Canopy, Omega Risk Solutions and Al Dhahir to provide security for executives in Iraq, but KBT should have relied on military protection, the complaint states.

    KBR billed the “dominant portion of the costs attributable to those services to the Army indirectly through an overhead account,” according to the complaint.

    The use of contractors in the wars for the US empire and Israel has led to a corporate profit making mindset that never wants these conflicts to end. Cynics might even think that some of the security services in Iraq could be behind the recent surge of bombings in Baghdad. Who really knows how far the hired hand mercenary groups will go to maintain their never ending contracts in the ‘long wars?’ Perhaps even a big bonus for a job well done?

    Many observers reacted with surprise at reports that forthcoming “surge” in Afghanistan will include up to 56,000 private contractors. They should not have.

    Contractors have become an enduring feature of modern American conflicts, and the United States cannot now engage in hostilities or in reconstruction and stabilization operations without them. At their peak, there were more contractors on the ground in Iraq than American troops in uniform and there are already more contractors today in Afghanistan than there are U.S. troops on the ground. However, the increased reliance on contractors has exposed a number of problems, including insufficient oversight, inadequate integration into operational planning, and ambiguous legal status.

    In Iraq today, third country nationals comprise the largest share of U.S. contractor personnel. {more}
    Our tax/debt dollars for war can’t even use strictly American contractors. No, we have to use many non tax paying foreign based companies and cheap foreign labor. Of course, war is a racket.

    The guns-for-hire prowl the Afghanistan highways, heavily armed, sometimes wearing ski-masks and looking like something out of a Road Warrior movie.

    With our Afghan and Iraq wars on my mind, I’ve been wondering whether Ripley’s moment hasn’t returned. Here, for instance, are some figures offered in a Washington Post piece by Lieutenant General James H. Pillsbury, deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, who is deeply involved in the “drawdown of the logistics operation in Iraq”: “There are… more than 341 facilities; 263,000 soldiers, Defense Department civilians and contractor employees; 83,000 containers; 42,000 vehicles; 3 million equipment items; and roughly $54 billion in assets that will ultimately be removed from Iraq.”

    Those sorts of figures define the U.S. military in the Bush era — and now Obama’s — as the most materiel-profligate war-making machine ever. Where armies once had baggage trains and camp followers, our camp followers now help plant our military in foreign soil, build its housing and defenses, and then supply it with vast quantities of food, water, fuel, and god knows what else. In this way, our troops carry not just packs on their backs, but a total, transplantable society right down to the PXs, massage parlors, food courts, and miniature golf courses.

    Believe it or not, according to a recent report by the Pentagon inspector general, private contractor KBR, holding a $38 billion contract to provide the U.S. military with “a range of logistic services,” has cost Washington $21 million in “waste” on truck maintenance alone by billing for 12 hours of work when, on average, its employees were actually putting in 1.3 hours.

    Believe it or not, the State Department has paid another private contractor, Triple Canopy, $438 million since mid-2005 simply to guard the massive, 104-acre U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the largest on the planet. That’s more than half the price tag to build the embassy, the running of which is expected to cost an estimated $1.8 billion dollars in 2010. Triple Canopy now has 1,800 employees dedicated to embassy protection in the Iraqi capital, mainly Ugandan and Peruvian security guards. At $736 million to build, the embassy itself is a numbers wonder (and has only recently had its sizeable playing field astroturfed – “the first artificial turf sports field in Iraq” — also assumedly at taxpayer expense). Fans of Ripley-esque diplomatic gigantism should have no fears about the future either: the U.S. is now planning to build another “mother ship” of similar size and cost in Islamabad, Pakistan. {much more}

    There’s no viable anti-war movement. We have a criminal government that think they and their corporate partners can continue this madness forever, even expanding it to other places. The controlled media rarely discusses the true costs of war and manipulates the population to believe that war mongering is normal and we shouldn’t question the ‘war on terror’ and what precipitated it … 9/11.

    No country can survive the lies of permanent war. Maybe that’s the plan. But in the meantime a few are profiteering and the illusion of big money is a temptation that some will always follow.

    Just ask your local mercenary.

  9. Main Entry: atroc·i·ty
    Pronunciation: \ə-ˈträ-sə-tē\
    Function: noun
    Inflected Form(s): plural atroc·i·ties
    Date: 1534
    1 : the quality or state of being atrocious
    2 : an atrocious act, object, or situation

  10. I think that understanding the PSYCHOPATHS amongst us may be the key to survival…

  11. Maybe I am silly, but part of my service to my country on my part was honorable. What I saw in US Army Europe 1989 before the fall of the Soviet Union was a bloated arrogant military system without honor.

    2001 I was was in Riga Latvia. A Latvian dragged me without effort to a strip club, where I was the guest of honor as an American until, I walked out when a US Army general from SHAPE Mons Belgium came in and payed for lap dances.

    True story

    • PS — When this happened in Riga it was a time when these clubs were full of Russian Mafia selling old Russian war material. Some of it nuclear.

  12. U.S. War Zone Commanders Spend Billion Dollars a Year in Cash

    Lawmakers in Congress are beginning to grow concerned over the amount of cash being distributed by American military commanders in war zones. Provided so the military can make friends with local citizens and help struggling economies, the amount of appropriated for the Commander’s Emergency Response Program (CERP) is now more than $1 billion a year.

    But how that money is spent is unclear, as generals have not been forced so far to account for all their CERP expenditures. That could change if Congress forces the Department of Defense to create better oversight of who is getting how much in Afghanistan and Iraq. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is resisting such a requirement.

    “Even with improved execution and oversight, it is unrealistic to expect a tool like CERP – whose very effectiveness is tied to its flexibility and the discretion granted to local commanders in a war zone–to attain a zero-defect standard,” Gates told a congressional committee.

    http://www.allgov.com/Where_is_the_Money_Going/ViewNews/US_War_Zone_Commanders_Spend_Billion_Dollars_a_Year_in_Cash_100330

    What constitutes a ‘war zone?’ Is all of Iraq a war zone, or is it divided up into 5-10 war zones?

    Any guess as to where a lot of that cash is going?

    “Soeeeee, pig, sooooeeeeee!”

    • The opening sentence says plenty about what is really going on with the give away of billions of dollars with not one iota of oversight. “Lawmakers in Congress are beginning to grow concerned about cash being distributed by American commanders in war zones.” What is it with these 535 wishy-washy leeches in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives? We are not talking about peanuts here. We are talking about $1,000,000,000 per year. Imagine what could have been done with that amount of money to give a larger pay raise to the active duty troops. (3.9% in 2010 and 1.4% in 2011). You know the troops that are putting their life on the line and are pulling multi-tours in the combat zone. This is not a liberal nor conservative issue, and until we, the people, and until we treat this as an issue of importance rather than “my political party has it right, it it the fault of the other political party” we will continue to be shit on because we allow them to shit on us. Semper Fidelis. Blackcoat.

  13. I am a combat US Marine. I have seen combat. There are killers in the Marine Corps. But off the cuff I am thinking these people screw up before they can do damage. At least that is my experience as a Marine.

    I never saw any abuse by US Marines of civilians while I was a Marine. Like today’s Iraq and Afghanistan there were excuses and anger towards innocent civilians. However coming back home and hearing former soldiers talk I heard many many stories of soldiers cutting off ears and desecrating NVA bodies.

    Perhaps some Army vet can inform us?

  14. Gordon…get the article about the PSYCHOPATHS out far and wide. It explains this so well that there can be no other explanation…for instance in one article (Twilight of the Psychopaths) it says this:

    Military institutions are tailor-made for psychopathic killers. The 5% or so of human males who feel no remorse about killing their fellow human beings make the best soldiers. And the 95% who are extremely reluctant to kill make terrible soldiers—unless they are brainwashed with highly sophisticated modern techniques that turn them (temporarily it is hoped) into functional psychopaths.

    In the book “On Killing”, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman has re-written military history to highlight what other histories hide: The fact that military science is less about strategy and technology, than about overcoming the instinctive human reluctance to kill members of our own species. The true “Revolution in Military Affairs” was not Rumsfeld’s move to high-tech in 2001, but Brigadier Gen. S.L.A. Marshall’s discovery in the 1940s that only 15-20% of World War II soldiers along the line of fire would use their weapons: “Those (80-85%) who did not fire did not run or hide (in many cases they were willing to risk great danger to rescue comrades, get ammunition, or run messages), but they simply would not fire their weapons at the enemy, even when faced with repeated waves of banzai charges” (Grossman 4).

    Marshall’s discovery and subsequent research proved that in all previous wars, a tiny minority of soldiers—the 5% who are natural-born psychopaths, and perhaps a few temporarily-insane imitators—did almost all the killing. Normal men just went through the motions and, if at all possible, refused to take the life of an enemy soldier, even if that meant giving up their own. The implication: Wars are ritualized mass murders by psychopaths of non-psychopaths. (This cannot be good for humanity’s genetic endowment!)

    Marshall’s work brought a Copernican revolution to military science. In the past, everyone believed that the soldier willing to kill for his country was the (heroic) norm, while one who refused to fight was a (cowardly) aberration. The truth, as it turned out, was that the normative soldier hailed from the psychopathic five percent. The sane majority would rather die than fight.

    The implication, too frightening for even the likes of Marshall and Grossman to fully digest, was that the norms for soldiers’ behavior in battle had been set by psychopaths. That meant that psychopaths were in control of the military as an institution. Worse, it meant that psychopaths were in control of society’s perception of military affairs. Evidently, psychopaths exercised an enormous amount of power in seemingly sane, normal society. (End of excerpt)

    I will say this, in a SELF DEFENSE situation I am willing to fight as it stands, and if things keep going the way they have been, we may have to go one past that position. I for one am not going to stand up against an Apache helicopter, but I will say this…when push comes to shove, I will find out where the pilot hangs out and cut his/her throat.

    • Well said Mark……so all fate is in the hands of the “Psychopaths” this is a very unfortunate situation we find ourselfs in…
      Paul

    • Good post. I have spent some time researching this subject and it goes beyond the military and right up to the highest positions of power in human society. Consider every CEO, Congress person and even many of our Presidents may well be Sociopaths. The absence of feelings of remorse is an excellent advantage for material success in this world.

      • Dan,
        We get an occasional sociopath among our readers, remorseless and pathetic creatures. I do so enjoy running them off.
        g

      • Yes/L.B.J. sure has seemed one. One particular book which was recounted to me says it loud and clear. A book by a couple of Dems.

        I myself am not, CERTAINLY, biased vs the Dems.:) He wasn’t all there. A few reporters who flipped because of his beagles’-ears stunt were, actually, reacting to something they sensed in his character.

        J.F.K. IMO liked him. In high places I think that trait tends to be overlooked :(

    • Mark,
      Our willingness to condone war crimes has destroyed our country. Our military is exhausted, our troops almost all are discharged and awaiting disability, on anti-psychotic medications, ready to revolt or sickened at the prospect of returning home to no jobs, no homes and no hope.
      If this was what we were supposed to accomplish, total self destruction, we have done well for ourselves.
      g

      • It is a mess Gordon. I don’t know what we can do to stop war crimes. Outside of an uprising to throw off the psychopaths in control of us. There are many folks who thought they were doing us a service by joining the military and they have been used and abused by those in control of the “machine”. Maybe we can get some normal people into positions of power who will have the ability to prosecute the nutcases that do the terrible acts that the video you had shows. And it would be wonderful to watch on national television the prosecution of those who really were responsible for 9/11…do you think it will ever happen in our lifetime?

        • Mark
          No decent American should sleep as long as those responsible for 9/11 are running free.
          g

  15. Gordon, what do you see as the neocon Fifth Column’s end-game scenario for all this?

    • Dan,
      The term “neo-con” would impart a basis of thought. Anger and stupidity, playing into the hands of America’s enemies, as you point out, has created a Fifth Column destined to war against American freedoms and traditions under the guise of patriotism and class warfare. Violence will be the end result. When things get tough, we will find out how very few “died in the wool” neocons there really are.
      Amerians can be tough when they need to.
      g

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