Guardian: The Trump administration is being challenged to reveal how many troops the US has in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria – and to explain why it stopped publishing those figures more than two years ago.
The Just Security website and the Project on Government Oversight have filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act (Foia) for the number of military and civilian defence personnel assigned to the three countries since December 2017, when public records were stopped. They also requested “underlying documents that explain why the [defence department] withheld the numbers”.
“The United States Government and all its institutions represent and are accountable to the American people,” the former defence secretary Chuck Hagel wrote in support of the requests. “The public and those who serve and defend this country and their families are entitled to know where we are sending our service men and women, why, and the numbers. That’s democracy. The Government works for the people.”
The administration’s decision to stop publishing troop numbers ended a decade-long policy of transparency started in the George W Bush administration. In December 2017, the Pentagon’s defence manpower data centre published its quarterly report with blank spaces where troop numbers in combat zones would normally be. Corresponding figures for Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan were also stripped retroactively from the previously released September report.
Vaughn Klingenberg has a Master’s Degree in Philosophy from Marquette University where he taught Logic. He lived in Europe; mostly Poland and England for two years and traveled widely throughout Europe and the Middle East (sojourning for a month in Israel). His areas of interest center on conspiracies; especially Jewish conspiracies. He considers himself a “conspiracy factualist”–not a conspiracy theorist–as well as a Holocaust Truther–not a Holocaust denier. He has self-published two books on Shake-speare under the pseudonym “Odysseus Er”: Hamlet-Christ (a Judeo-Christian interpretation of Hamlet), and Paradigm Shift: Shake-speare (an analysis of Jonson’s Introductory Poem to the 1623 Folio which reveals the 17th Ear of Oxford as the true author of the Shake-speare corpus). He has also written a booklet in his own name on the Holocaust entitled, The Big Lie: The Holocaust (An Introduction to the Greatest Fraud of the 20th Century). All his work and books can be found on his website at BooksByVk.org. – Vaughns’ VT Archives (2016-2022)
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Lou Reed was prescient:
We are not there for the OIL! That is just the cover, ‘Fake News’, so that the Public is getting, ‘side tracked!’ The US Military is nothing but the, ‘Sacrificial Offering’ on the barbaric-bloody Altar of Zionism, on the World Stage! For decades now! Our Military like the rest of the, ‘Land of the Free’ is being USED-ABUSED in the SERVICE and for the INTERESTS of the Zionist Apartheid Theocracy (Talmudic Supremacist) Terror State of Israel! Our Leaders, our Congress are but Prostitutes, for money, or for extortion, threats especially for public exposure (EPSTEIN), they are serving the Zionist-Jewish International Goals-Interests! America has MORPHED into the ‘PLANTATION’, of the Zio-Rothschild International Financial Crime Syndicate! God Save America! It may be TOO LATE! Don’t let them take away your GUNS! One day those Weapons in your hands will decide if You are still in the Land of the Free, or a prisoner, in the One World Order, High Tech GULAG, that will be ruled controlled, by the Orwellian, ‘PIGS’! We all know, who they ARE! GIVE ME LIBERTY or give me DEATH!
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