The Veterans For Peace Air Wing:
Jail Bush & Cheney
Reilly, Commanding Officer
From: Ward Reilly
To: GI Special
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2006
So, I guess the company reps in
Georgia don’t spell very well, but here is the banner flying over Atlanta’s
"Sweet Auburn Festival" Saturday and Sunday...
but it WILL be corrected over
Peace from Ward
IRAQ WAR REPORTS
Ballad IED Kills Three U.S. Troops
5.16.06 By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press
Three soldiers from 3rd Heavy
Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, were killed Monday when their
vehicle struck a roadside bomb near Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad.
U.S. Soldier Killed By Baghdad IED
5.16.06 By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press
A U.S. Army soldier died when a
roadside bomb exploded near Rasheed airfield, a former Iraqi air force installation
in southern Baghdad, damaging a Humvee and also wounding an Iraqi civilian,
said police Lt. Mohammed Hanoun.
The soldier was on a foot
patrol near the convoy at the time, the U.S. command said.
Louisiana Soldier Dies Of April 20 Wounds
May 16, 2006 U.S. Department of Defense News
Release No. 448-06
Spc. Brandon L. Teeters, 21, of
Lafayette, La., died on May 12, in Ludwigshafen, Germany, of injuries sustained
on April 20, when an improvised explosive device detonated near his Bradley
Fighting Vehicle during combat operations in Baghdad, Iraq.
Teeters was assigned to the 8th Squadron,
10th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, Fort Hood, Texas.
Kerrville Residents’ Son Killed
May 16, 2006 By Mark J. Armstrong, The Daily
Army Reserve Capt. Shane Mahaffee, the son of
Kerrville residents Skip and Hannelore Mahaffee, died Sunday at a military
hospital in Landstuhl, Germany after he was injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq
on May 5.
Mahaffee, a Waukegan, Ill. attorney, was
36. He was the father of two children
Adelia Rose, 5, and Ethan, 2, and a wife, Jennifer Mahaffee.
His adoptive father, Skip Mahaffee, is a
retired police officer who returned from training Iraqi police in November
after spending nearly a year there. Skip
and Hannelore Mahaffee were in Germany when their son died, according to
Shane Mahaffe was critically injured when his
armored vehicle, the first in a convoy of four, hit a roadside bomb near
Baghdad. Three other reservists died in
the bombing and a fifth was severely injured, according to a report today in
the Chicago News Sun.
Mahaffee suffered wounds to his chest,
shoulder and lung and was breathing with the help of a ventilator when he
developed pneumonia and blood clots. His family flew to Germany last week,
according to reports.
Mahaffee was called to active duty in
December and had been in Iraq less than three weeks. His body is expected to be flown back to the
United States this week. Funeral arrangements are pending.
U.S. Army Pfc. Grant Allen Dampier who was
killed by a roadside bomb May 15, 2006, in Balad, Iraq. He was part of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat
Team 4th Infantry based out of Fort Carson, Colo. (AP Photo/Courtesy WAOW-TV)
May 16, 2006 WAOW TV9
25 year old Private First Class Grant Allen
Dampier was just one of the three U-S soldiers who died yesterday in Balad,
Iraq just 50 miles North of Baghdad.
Dampier was killed by a roadside bomb.
He was part of the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat
Team 4th Infantry based out of Colorado.
He joined the Army just three years ago, and
had been in Iraq since the beginning of December.
Today his family mourns. A flag is at half-staff at his parents' home
in his honor.
His family tells us he was born in Wisconsin
Rapids, and attended the junior high school there.
Dampier didn't stay in the Rapids area for
long. He attended Merrill Senior High
and was a graduate of the class of 1999.
His family tells us the most important thing
in his life was his family. He was a
brother, a son, a husband and a father.
He had 2 sisters and 6 brothers.
And, he married his wife just over a year
ago. In fact they just celebrated their
first wedding anniversary April 1st.
Together they have three daughters ages 1, 4,
and 5. His mother tells us those little
girls were three of the most important things in his life.
His family describes him as generous and
They say some of his favorite things were
working on cars, wrestling, and fishing.
The family says the military called them last
night with the news and the family informed us this morning. And they tell us they have made no funeral
arrangements at this time.
British Occupation Forces In Basra Under Rocket
& Mortar Attacks
5.15.06 By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press
Writer & Shropshire Star
Suspected insurgents fired rockets at the
Shat al-Arab Hotel, headquarters of the British army in Basra, causing no
A Shropshire journalist was today flying home
after coming under fire 10 times while embedded with troops serving in
Iraq. James Holt, a Shropshire
Newspapers reporter, was unhurt in the attacks.
The 24-year-old, who was
entrenched with troops in Basra as part of a press visit to the area, today
revealed that the base was attacked by mortars about 10 times during his
>From A Lost War:
“Speed Up Instead Of Slow Down If A Bomb
Hits The Convoy”
May 15, 2006 By Ellen Knickmeyer, Washington
Post Foreign Service [Excerpts]
Second Lt. Will Shields started
night patrol for his 2nd Platoon Delta Company with the Baghdad basics: a
reminder to speed up instead of slow down if a bomb hits the convoy, and a
heads-up on where to stash any victims of killings, sectarian and otherwise.
Shield’s patrol the next
night started the old-fashioned way: with the sudden snap of a roadside bomb.
Getting out of his Humvee,
Shields found one Iraqi dead in a passing open-sided truck, his head flipped
onto his back. Four Humvees back from Shield’s
vehicle, the soldier in the driver's seat nursed a mangled, bleeding foot.
One passenger in the targeted
Humvee, 1st Sgt. Larry Philpot, lay sprawled on the ground, eyes closed. At first glance, Shields took him for
dead. Another passenger, Staff Sgt.
Robert Cortez, limped by, a spear of steel wire jutting out of the flesh of his
foot. A brown line rimmed the teeth of
the stunned men from the battered Humvee, trademark of the smoke that filled
Shield’s men doused the flames, put the
pieces of the Iraqi bystander in a body bag, held their fire against another
anguished Iraqi rushing to the dead man, called for the Iraqi army, and treated
The convoy inched back to its
base near Baghdad's airport a little more than an hour after heading out. The 2nd Platoon dropped off their wounded and
grabbed a quick meal in the dining hall, frowning in annoyance at the fellow
troops around them cheering a boxing match on TV. Then they went back out on patrol, a lightly
concussed Philpot among them.
Hours later, his night of patrols and house
searches nearing an end, Shields received a message from the base: Local police
had been told of four corpses dumped in the streets and needed help picking
The 2nd Platoon drove to the police station,
where the Iraqis, most of them Shiite, were holed up behind watchtowers and
blast walls in a heavily Sunni neighborhood. Inside, the policemen milled about
in baggy T-shirts and untucked uniforms.
They offered Shields bites of a falafel sandwich, and excuses.
They were tired, they were nervous,
their cars were broken down, their friends had been killed lately and they were
in mourning, the policemen told Shields, shaking their heads and expressing
regrets over the impossibility of going out into the Sunni neighborhood at
night to retrieve the bodies.
When Shields located the commander, Maj.
Ahmed Mohammed, it gradually became clear that the police were scared and
wanted the Americans to get the four corpses.
Emotion rippled across Shield’s face in
a wave of clenching and unclenching muscles.
"You do realize," Shields said,
unclamping his mouth and leaning forward over the slight Iraqi police major,
"that this is your job?"
"How do you expect
Americans to help you when you won't do anything?" Shields asked, before
reaching a parking-lot accord that U.S. soldiers would escort a single pickup
truck of police to fetch the bodies and come back.
“It Was At This Moment That The Men With
Guns Chose To Strike”
May 16, 2006 By Nelson Hernandez, Washington
Post Staff Writer [Excerpts]
WITH CONVOY 77, Iraq: A few miles west of Baghdad, a brand-new
water truck backed gingerly off a flatbed truck and down a makeshift dirt ramp,
completing its 7,000-mile journey from a factory in Texas to a government
ministry in Iraq.
Considering the enormous effort the United
States had made to get it to its destination, there was not much celebration
among the small crowd of Iraqis who looked on as the truck was driven
away. Nor was there any particular joy
among the guards and drivers who had delivered the truck.
They traveled north through the towns of
Iskandariyah, Latifiyah and Mahmudiyah -- some of the most violent in Iraq --
but it was all quiet as the convoy arrived in the capital and pulled through
the Baghdad Water Directorate's white gate into a large, walled compound.
After setting his gun trucks into defensive
positions, Jones walked over to the manager's small office, dropped a bulky
envelope on his desk and handed him the paperwork to sign for shipment No.
"There are the keys for the trucks,"
Outside, Truck 103 was being unloaded. There was no ramp to back the trucks off the
flatbeds, so an Iraqi bulldozer operator made one out of dirt. After several minutes of work, they had one
that was sturdy enough for the truck to slowly back down to the ground. Mission accomplished. A little piece of America had been delivered
Jones walked back to his gun trucks, waiting
for the rest of the cargo to be unloaded. It was slow work; more than an hour
and a half passed. Iraqis from town came and went. The men of Team 7 relaxed
It was at this moment that the men with guns
chose to strike.
A rocket-propelled grenade streaked in from
the north, exploding nearby with a deep crump.
After a half-second of frozen inactivity, one of the guards screamed,
"Get in the truck!" Seconds
later, a group of seven to 15 men opened fire with assault rifles from
buildings overlooking the compound about 100 yards away.
The usual order of things would have been to
drive to the nearest American base, but the iron gate to the compound was
closed, too thick to ram through, and the men were under fire. They had to stand and fight.
The trucks' machine guns returned fire,
spraying the buildings with bullets, as Jones and two teammates took aimed
shots from cover. The shooting from the
other side died down.
Jones, waving his hands, shouted at his
excited gunners to stop firing. He
whipped out his phone and paced around behind his truck, calling for military
All the Iraqi truck drivers from the convoy
had vanished, as had the employees of the water directorate. An Iraqi guard who had been shooting at the
attackers got into Hart's pickup truck, breathing heavily and shaking.
As he closed the door, gunfire broke out
again -- first the pop, pop, pop of rifles, then the rapid thumping of the
machine guns atop the pickup trucks.
Once again, Jones and the men outside shot back.
"Jay, get in your wagon! Get in your wagon, Jay, we're
moving!" Hart yelled at his
teammate James Stevens, who then ran out to the gate to open it so the trucks
As the team laid down a few more shots, the
pickup trucks raced out of the compound, turning right on the road and getting
onto the main highway east, toward the U.S. base at Abu Ghraib. Across the road, the insurgents took a few
parting shots at the convoy. A man with
an RPG scrambled for cover as the gunners in the trucks fired at him.
The reports came in over the radio as they
reached safety: They had killed two insurgents.
The convoy had scattered to the winds; three or four of the Iraqi truck
drivers were kidnapped before they could make it back to Umm Qasr. Everybody in the security team was alive,
nobody hurt. And a water truck had made
it to Baghdad.
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REALLY BAD IDEA:
BRING THEM ALL HOME
U.S. Marines ride in the open
back of a humvee during a patrol in Fallujah, May 1, 2006. Three years ago today, President Bush stood
aboard an aircraft carrier, the USS Lincoln, declaring the end of major
military operations in Iraq, with a banner that read, ‘Mission
AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS
“An ‘Alarming’ Shortage Of
May 16, IRNA
Last month the all-party Defence Committee
expressed concern about the air support for Britain's increased deployment to
Helmand in the south of Afghanistan and in particular to the small number of
helicopters that are being given extensive roles.
But when asked in a written
parliamentary question published Tuesday, how many helicopters UK forces have
in Iraq and Afghanistan, Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram declined to say.
On May 2, Defence Minister in
the House of Lords, Lord Drayson listed the total number of helicopters in Iraq
as "two Chinooks, eight Sea Kings, seven Merlins, five Pumas and six
But when questioned further
about their availability, he admitted that "serviceability is running at
about 78 percent of aircraft on operations and at 59 percent of total aircraft
in the fleet, including those at home and on operations."
Back in January, the then Defense Secretary
John Reid announced that nine Chinooks, eight Apache and four Lynx would be
involved as part in Britain's additional deployment in Afghanistan that is due
to be completed in July.
Last year, the parliamentary
Public Accounts Committee warned of an "alarming" shortage of
battlefield helicopters, saying the gap between the number needed and those
available to the Defence Ministry was between 20 percent and 38 percent.
Assorted Resistance Action
16 May 2006 (Reuters)
Taleban insurgents raided two
police posts and a district government office in eastern Afghanistan on Tuesday
killing two policemen and wounding six, police said.
In a separate incident, two
government employees were found beheaded in the southern province of Helmand,
where British forces are overseeing security, a police official said.
Taleban fighters launched raids on the police
posts and the government office near the Pakistani border early in the morning.
A senior security official in Helmand
province said two government employees, who went missing while travelling along
a main road last week, were found beheaded on Tuesday.
A school in the district was burned down
early on Tuesday after its guards were beaten up, police said.
The militants attack schools as symbols of
the Western-backed government and foreign influence.
THIS IS HOW BUSH BRINGS THE TROOPS HOME:
BRING THEM ALL HOME NOW, ALIVE
The casket of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert
Moscillo, of Salem, N.H., before a memorial service at the Marsh Corner
Community Church, May 12, 2006, in Methuen, Mass. Moscillo was killed Monday,
May 1, 2006, in Iraq. (AP Photo/Lisa
“GI’s Refused To Deploy To The Democratic
Convention In 1968” “Troops In Vietnam Refused Orders To Patrol”
“It Was The Organizers And Barracks Lawyers
Who Were Going To Bring Down The House Of Cards Upon Which Military Discipline
The 1971 Armed Farces Day
demonstration of over 1,500 GIs in Killeen, home of Ft. Hood. Guy with the bullhorn is me.
Reviewed by Paul Cox, Citizen Soldier
Donald Duncan, Howard Levy,
Susan Schnall, and Keith Mather are names that do not, as far as I know, appear
in any high school or college history texts that survey the Vietnam War. But they should.
Sir! No, Sir! is lost history
excavated, displayed, and annotated.
Filmmaker David Zieger presents
some of the highlights of the diffuse but exceedingly important anti-war and
anti-military movement by active-duty servicemen and servicewomen during the
Most texts minimally cover the anti-war
movement, generally focusing on a few seminal events such as the 1968 Chicago
police riot, the large mobilizations, or draft-card burners, and generally take
a neutral to semi-hostile tone.
But nary a word is spent on the
actions of these early four and thousands of others who as active duty
GI’s gave the brass that good old late night indigestion.
Duncan’s high-profile resignation from
the Green Beanies, and Dr. Levy’s refusal to train Special Forces medics
for Vietnam were the first indications that all was not well in the ranks, and
Dave Zeiger’s film captures very well the immense importance of their
The brass saw the GI Movement
as one of several elements of the poor morale that very quickly dragged down
the effectiveness of the US fighting forces in Vietnam.
Drugs and desertions were the
two other critical morale indicators, but it was the organizers and barracks
lawyers who were going to bring down the house of cards upon which military
discipline was built.
Zeiger, himself a GI activist at Fort Hood,
effectively uses the available footage and still graphics to tell a compelling
story about the resistance within the military. He also filmed numerous very moving interviews
with people who were central to these events.
Duncan, about his tour in Vietnam: “I
was really proud of what I thought I was doing. The problem I had was realizing that what I
was doing wasn’t right. I was
doing it right, but I wasn’t doing right. As bad as the (torture of
prisoners) was, the cynicism that attached to it was the part that was really
Mather, about his arrest during the Presidio
Nine’s high-profile resignation from the military: “I had nothing
to lose, and I had no idea what was going to come. That’s a free place, a really free
place, you know? You don’t know
what’s going to happen or where you are going, but you know what you are
Schnall, an army nurse who helped organize
the first anti-war demonstration by and for GI’s and veterans: “I
remembered hearing about the B-52 bombers that were dropping leaflets on Vietnam,
urging the Vietnamese to defect. And I
thought, if they can do it overseas, then we can hire a small private plane and
load it up with leaflets and drop them over bases in the San Francisco Bay
The film makes clear that organizers and resisters
sometimes paid heavy prices. Levy spent
3 years in prison; Schnall was court-martialed for wearing her uniform to a
demonstration; Mather escaped the Presidio stockade and spent 18 years in exile
in Canada, then 5 months at Leavenworth when he was arrested back in the States
in 1984. A marine activist was gunned
down in Oceanside; the Fort Hood Three got 5 years and dishonorable discharges
for refusing orders to Vietnam; two black marines were given 6-10 years for
organizing a meeting to discuss whether black GIs should go to Vietnam.
Still, the GI movement
eventually reached from Germany to Cambodia, from Fort Bliss to West Point. Nearly 300 underground newspapers were printed
and distributed surreptitiously by GI’s during the war.
Coffee houses, bookstores, and off-base
“safe houses” sprung up all over, supported by veterans and
civilian anti-war activists. Civilian
lawyers were recruited to help with the legal problems.
Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland and others
mounted the FTA show that toured the US, Europe, and Asia. They played to tens of thousands of
enthusiastic GIs, carrying an unequivocal anti-war, anti-military, anti-racist,
anti-sexist, anti-imperial message.
sentiments, faltering “morale,” and a general lack of enthusiasm
for the idea of being the last man to die in Vietnam, led to a near breakdown
of fighting ability within the military.
GI’s refused to deploy to
the Democratic Convention in 1968. Troops
in Vietnam refused orders to patrol.
The military admits to more
than 1600 instances of fragging.
Naval ships were monkey
Thousands of GIs signed petitions against the
At least 500,000 deserted.
the hundreds of thousands of young men who avoided or resisted the draft, these
realities eventually forced Nixon to pull troops out of Vietnam as surely as
any other pressure.
Vietnamese were courageous and steadfast, and were not going to give up; but it
wasn’t our economy or even the general lack of popularity of the war, it
was, as Billy Dean Smith says in the film, “the low state of morale among
Sir! No, Sir! skims the surface of the GI
movement, touching some highlights, leaving others unexamined. For example, the first attempt at organizing a
union of active duty GI’s isn’t mentioned. It was started at Fort
Sill by Andy Stapp and others as the American Servicemen’s Union (ASU). Important support organizations the United
States Servicemen’s Fund (USSF) and Pacific Counseling Service (PCS) also
aren’t mentioned. But all provided
crucial funding, legal aid, and organizing expertise to dozens if not hundreds
of GI initiatives throughout the world.
David Cortright’s 1975 book Soldiers in
Revolt, recently reprinted by Haymarket Press, and Richard Moser’s The
New Winter Soldiers are two sources of more detail about the GI movement for
those who wish to learn, or revisit, those times.
Still, Zeiger picked many
important events of the GI movement, and when the film was screened this summer
at the Veterans for Peace conference in Dallas, some young Iraq vets and
resistors present were delighted to learn of that history, having had no clue
of its existence.
Resurrected history, presented in this
well-paced format, will be a useful addition to any history curriculum. It may even enjoy a modest commercial run if
the filmmakers can get it marketed.
For me, a survivor of Vietnam but a veteran
of the GI movement, the film captured my own activist compulsion when former
and current activist David Cline described his disillusionment with the war:
“You find out that it’s all lies, they are just lying to the
American people. And your silence just
means you are a part of keeping that lie going.
“I couldn’t stop; I
couldn’t be silent. I felt I had a responsibility to my friends, and to
the country, in general.
And to advocate for the
Vietnamese (who were) fighting for their country.
Sir! No Sir!:
At A Theatre Near You!
To find it: http://www.sirnosir.com/
Thoughts On A Monsoon Morning:
“I Hate Every Fucking One Of You
Who Make Dollars From Our Deaths”
[Thanks to Michael Letwin, for sending in.]
David Connolly served honorably in Vietnam
with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. He takes pride in having been--and continuing
to be--a Vietnam Veteran Against the War.
His collection of poems, LOST IN AMERICA, was published by Viet Nam
Generation, Inc.& Burning Cities Press in 1994.
Thoughts On A Monsoon Morning
By David Connolly
Originally written after a
memorial service for 59 troopers from F Troop, Second Squadron, of the 11th
Armored Cavalry Regiment, who were killed in action or who died as a result of
wounds they received when ambushed by an entrenched, numerically superior
force, while on an operation in the Michelin Rubber Plantation, near Dau Tieng,
Cold, despite my blanket.
Lonely, amongst my friends.
Wondering, with the things
can I ever make amends?
Sickened, by this needless
Stoic, to those around.
Wondering, what will break me,
the next fight, or death, or
Missing, those who love me.
Hoping, for the next month or
Wondering, how will I ever fit
with people who just
Terrified, by the death grins.
Afraid, I’ll be one of
Wondering, why did I ever think
it wouldn’t be as bad as
Used, by the rich of my
Duped, by those I looked up to.
Wondering, how can I tell those
who still wave the red, white,
I hate every fucking one of you
who make dollars from our
I hate every fucking one of you
for my friends’ dying
I hate every fucking one of you
banker or corporation head.
I hate every fucking one of you
for so many, so young, and
I hate every fucking one of you
with your pin-striped, dark
I hate every fucking one of you
for all those empty boots.
Sir! No Sir!:
At A Theatre Near You!
To find it: http://www.sirnosir.com/
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Army Brass Pissing Pants Over HBO Documentary
“Given The Subject Matter, It’s Not
Something You're Going To Cheer At The End”
May 14, 2006 By EDWARD WYATT, The New York
Senior Army officials have
scaled back their planned participation in an advance screening of a
documentary about an Army Combat Support Hospital in Baghdad out of concern
that its grim medical scenes could demoralize soldiers and their families and
negatively affect public opinion about the war, Army officials said Friday.
Two senior Army officers, who
were granted anonymity to publicly discuss the private deliberations of Army
leaders, said the secretary of the Army, Francis J. Harvey, had declined to
attend the screening by HBO, scheduled for Monday night at the National Museum
of American History in Washington.
High-ranking military officers,
including Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, who is the Army chief of staff, and Lt.
Gen. Kevin C. Kiley, the surgeon general of the Army, had been expected to
attend the screening but now will not, people involved in preparations for the
The documentary, titled "Baghdad
ER," chronicles two months at the 86th Combat Support Hospital, where
filmmakers were given broad access to follow doctors, nurses, medics and others
as they treated soldiers wounded by roadside bombs and in combat.
As one nurse, Specialist Saidet Lanier, says
in the film: "This is hard-core, raw, uncut trauma. Day after day, every
The Army officials said that concerns about
the documentary — which includes footage of an amputation and of wounded
soldiers undergoing surgery and, in some cases, dying — were also raised
by the wives of top Army officers who had seen the film.
"Given the subject matter,
it's not something you're going to cheer at the end," said one senior Army
Richard L. Plepler, an executive vice
president at HBO, said the screening would take place as planned on Monday, but
he said he expected far fewer people to attend than the 300 or so that Army
officials told him to expect after an initial screening at the Pentagon.
The film, directed by Jon Alpert and Matthew
O'Neill, will be shown May 21 on HBO.
"Anything showing the grim realities of
war is, in a sense, antiwar," said Sheila Nevins, president of HBO's
documentary and family unit. "In
that way, the film is a sort of Rorschach test.
You see in it what you bring to it."
150 Washington Soldiers Off To Bush’s
May 16, 2006 By DON HAMILTON, Columbian staff
Members of a Washington National Guard unit
based at Vancouver Barracks have been activated and may be on their way to
Afghanistan or Iraq later this year.
In the first week in July, members of the
791st Chemical Company will join members of the 790th Chemical Company, based
in Grandview, for three to six months of training at Camp Shelby in
"At the present time we expect that
approximately 150 Washington Army National Guardsmen from the 790th will
mobilize and deploy to Camp Shelby, Miss., in July where they will conduct
post-mobilization training," said Master Sgt. Jeff Clayton of the
Washington National Guard in an e-mail message.
The mission of the chemical units has changed
in the post-Cold War era, Osterli said. In the past, these units have been
trained to search for threats from biological, nuclear and chemical weapons.
Not Ready For Prime Time
[The Real Disaster]
May 04, 2006 By Ana Radelat, Gannett News
With hurricane season less than
a month away, Pentagon officials said some of the problems the National Guard
and Reserves faced in responding to Hurricane Katrina have yet to be fixed.
The Commission on the National Guard and Reserves
heard testimony from top military officers Wednesday who said the Guard has
taken steps to address some of its shortcomings.
But when asked if the Pentagon is ready for
the next major disaster, Paul McHale, Assistant Secretary of Defense for
Homeland Defense, said, “No, but we’re getting there.”
But the Guard also is hampered
by a lack of other equipment, much of which it left in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Anti-War Organizers Redecorate Oakland Recruiting
Photo by Jeff Patterson, Not In Our Name: email@example.com
May 15, 2006 Indybay.org
100 people marched this afternoon from
Oakland City Center to the nearby military recruiting station to celebrate GI
resistance to immoral war and occupation. Behind a colorful banner for
“International Conscientious Objector Day”, and under a giant peace
dove, drummers led the procession of high school students, senior citizens,
musicians, artists, and community members north on Broadway.
At the recruiting station,
large posters were unrolled and pasted over the station’s windows to
better inform potential recruits of the realities of military service.
IRAQ RESISTANCE ROUNDUP
Assorted Resistance Action
5.16.06 By SAMEER N. YACOUB, Associated Press
Writer & Aljazeera & RTE & (KUNA) & BBC & By Patrick Quinn,
The Associated Press
Suspected insurgents attacked a police patrol
at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday in Kirkuk, 180 miles north of Baghdad, killing two
A roadside bomb exploded at 8:30 a.m. near a
police patrol in western Baghdad, wounding one policeman.
Militants in eastern Baghdad killed police
1st Sgt. Latif Abdullah, who worked in Interior Ministry intelligence.
Amir Latif Ali Yahya, the Electoral
Commission director in Diyala province, escaped unharmed when a roadside bomb
exploded near his car in Buhriz, 35 miles north of Baghdad.
Armed gunmen assassinated an Iraqi Police
Captain in Kirkuk with his brother.
A Kirkuk Police source told KUNA that
unidentified gunmen opened fire at Captain Shuhab Ahmad Mohammad's car in
central Kirkuk, killing Captain Mohammad and his brother Envoy Qasim Ahmad
Mohammad on the spot.
An explosive device blew up in Qadha'a
Al-Huwaija near the Municipality building targeting a Riyadh Police Station
patrol, injuring two Police personnel and a woman in the area.
Iraqi police discovered the body of a police
officer who had been reported captured on Monday
A shooting and bombing attack at a bus garage
in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday killed five occupation militiamen.
A diplomat from the United Arab Emirates has
been kidnapped in Baghdad, Iraqi officials say.
They say the unidentified diplomat was
abducted by militants in the city's Mansour district late on Tuesday.
One of the diplomat's bodyguards, a Sudanese
national, was wounded in the attack, officials said.
Suspected insurgents also
killed four Iraqis who work at a US base in Taji when they opened fire on the
workers' minivan in northern Baghdad. Eight others riding in the
van were wounded, police said.
DON’T LIKE THE RESISTANCE
Interview With A Resistance
“They Came By Force, And They Will Never
Leave, Except By Force”
why he was fighting the U.S. forces, he said: "I want you to ask this
question to the U.S. forces, not to me.
They came from the other side of the world and crossed the ocean to
occupy my country. Bush and Blair lied
to all the world when they spoke about weapons of mass destruction. All the world knew very well their
governments were lying, but no country said 'no'. Most of the world supported them to occupy my
May 16 Brian Conley and Muhammad Zaher, (IPS)
Call them terrorists, call them
resistance fighters. A significant
member of one such group spoke to IPS about why he joined.
Abu Ayoub, a 35-year-old living in Baghdad,
is a member of the Islamic Army. He spoke to IPS in the Adhamiya neighbourhood.
"When the occupation
forces entered Baghdad, they killed my brother in front of my eyes. He was wounded and bleeding but the occupation
forces didn't allow me to save him. When
I tried to save him they began shooting at me and after a few minutes my
brother died. After that I swore to
fight them to the death."
Many resistance groups have been identified
since the beginning of the war in March 2003.
"I think 80 percent are from the Islamic
resistance, because Islam orders Muslims to fight against the enemy and against
everyone who came to occupy our country," Ayoub said.
After his brother was killed,
friends just came up to support him in his resistance fight, he said. "At first I was fighting in a small
group, because we didn't trust many people to join with us. But now, after three years fighting, we became
part of Islamic Army. Now everything has
become organised, we make good plans before any attack."
There are some groups, both Sunni and Shia,
who believe the time for violent resistance has passed, Ayoub said. Sunni groups such as the Iraqi Accordance
Front, the Iraqi Islamic Party and the Muslim Scholars Association seem to be
pushing for a political process, and participated in the December elections.
But the Islamic Army will never negotiate
with the United States or the Iraqi government, Abu Ayoub told IPS.
"The Ba'ath resistance fight for Saddam,
not for Islam or for Iraq. We are
against this. They aren't representative of the Iraqi resistance."
Abu Ayoub believes that the occupation cannot
be ended either by a political process or by other peaceful means. Only Iraqis fighting back can liberate Iraq,
"The occupation forces will discover
after this negotiation that nothing will change. The resistance will grow more and more till
the end of occupation.
“They came by force, and
they will never leave, except by force."
Ayoub said he is not allowed to say how he
joined the Islamic Army. But he was
willing to say a little about his organisation.
"The Islamic army is very
big and we fight all over Iraq. We have
groups everywhere in Iraq, but I have no connection with other groups. Only our leaders have connections between each
other, this is for our security."
Abu Ayoub said that after he joined the
Islamic Army it was much easier to receive support such as guns. He told IPS there are "special
people" whose work it is to bring weapons. His duty is only to fight the enemy, he said.
When asked why he was fighting
the U.S. forces, he said: "I want you to ask this question to the U.S.
forces, not to me. They came from the
other side of the world and crossed the ocean to occupy my country. Bush and Blair lied to all the world when they
spoke about weapons of mass destruction. All the world knew very well their governments
were lying, but no country said 'no'. Most
of the world supported them to occupy my country."
Ayoub dismisses claims by U.S. President
George W. Bush parroted closely by British Prime Minister Tony Blair that their
goal in Iraq is to establish democracy and liberate the Iraqi people.
"They don't have credibility, they came
to Iraq for many reasons, to destroy Islam, steal oil, save the east front of
Israel, control the Middle East and establish bases near Iran and Russia. I want to ask them, 'where is the democracy?' Three years of occupation and Iraqi condition
is from bad to worse."
Ayoub is not just angry with the coalition
forces. He believes it was wrong for
Iraqis to join the new army or police force.
"They are not a real army like the Iraqi
Army before the occupation. The
occupation forces built this new army to protect them from resistance. I think any honest Iraqi should not join this
The army was acting against the people, he
said. "You can see what they did in
Fallujah. They were like a hand of the
occupation. They killed many innocent
people there and they did that in many other cities in Iraq, like Ramadi, Tal
Afar, Hit, Rawa and Haditha. Go there
and see how many children, old men and women were killed by the Iraqi Army's
Abu Ayoub believes the police should be
called the militia. "Ninety-five
percent of them are Shia and work with the Badr militia, and they work for
Iran's benefit. They killed many Sunni
people just because they were Sunni, to create tensions between Sunni and Shia,
and to make civil war after."
But Ayoub believes it is still not right to
attack members of the Iraqi army and police. "First we must liberate Iraq
from occupation forces and then we can judge each one of them who committed
There will be no civil war in
Iraq if the occupation retreats, Abu Ayoub says.
"We will control Iraq and
push out all the militias and Iraqi politicians who came on American tanks. Then we will find many honest Iraqi
politicians to lead Iraq. But for now
you can see how the Iraqi people are between two hammers, the occupation and
the militia -- or even the Iraqi government, because they support them."
OCCUPATION ISN’T LIBERATION
BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!
“The Bush Years Have Been Nothing Less Than
A Criminal Enterprise”
15 May 2006 By Bob Johnson, DailyKos.com
The Bush years have been nothing less than a
criminal enterprise. Organized crime.
Thievery on a scale never before witnessed in the history of humankind.
Billions upon billions of taxpayer dollars
looted from the national treasury and delivered to the pockets of the well-connected.
(Tax relief? For whom?)
Like Liberace, they are laughing all the way
to the bank.
What do you
think? Comments from service men and
women, and veterans, are especially welcome.
Send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Name, I.D., address withheld unless publication requested. Replies confidential.
DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK
NSA REPORTS INCREASED PHONE USAGE ON MOTHER'S DAY
Heightened Levels Of
Chatter Trouble Intelligence Officials
May 14, 2006 The Borowitz Report
The National Security Agency reported a sharp
increase in long distance telephone usage yesterday, causing high-ranking
intelligence officers in the Bush administration to fear that al-Qaeda might be
planning a terror plot to coincide with Mother's Day.
Beginning Sunday morning and continuing
throughout the day, Americans' long distance usage surged well beyond normal
levels, sparking concerns that a terrorist event was either being planned or
moving into an operational phase.
At the White House, national security adviser
Stephen Hadley said that the troubling increase in chatter was "the
strongest argument possible" for the Bush administration's policy of
eavesdropping on millions of Americans.
"If we were not listening in on
everyone's conversations, when there is a sudden increase in phone usage such
as we have seen today we would totally miss it," Mr. Hadley said.
In addition to what he called
"frighteningly normal-sounding phone calls to terrorists posing as
mothers," Mr. Hadley reported that al Qaeda members or affiliates placed
thousands of phone calls to florists in order to mask their terror plot.
When asked by a reporter why no terrorist
event ultimately occurred on Sunday, Mr. Hadley replied, "I chalk that up
to the success of our eavesdropping program."
In response to another reporter who asked if
the increase in long distance usage could have been due to Mother's Day itself,
the security adviser said, "That's exactly what the terrorists want us to
to David Honish, Veterans For Peace, who sent this in.]
BUSH ORDERS NATIONAL
GUARD TO PROTECT APPROVAL RATING
10,000 Troops To
Prevent Supporters From Leaving Country
5.16.06 The Borowitz Report
In a nationally televised address last night,
President George W. Bush announced that he would order 10,000 National Guard
troops to protect his sagging approval rating.
The use of the National Guard to safeguard
the president's political fortunes struck many Beltway observers as highly
unorthodox, and Mr. Bush's decision to do so seemed likely to draw fire from
But with his approval rating hovering at 29%,
the president said he had "no choice" but to use the National Guard
to prevent that number from sinking any lower.
Speaking from the White House with his
now-familiar tone of steely resolve, Mr. Bush said that he would send 10,000
troops to the Mexican border to prevent any of his supporters from leaving the
"Many of my supporters have amazing
second homes south of the border," Mr. Bush said. "By taking this action, I am sending the
clear message that they are not to leave the country until the midterm
elections are over."
The president stopped short of saying that
any supporters caught leaving the country would be shot on sight, but he
warned, "Their tax cuts will be history."
Even as Mr. Bush was tightening security at
the Mexican border, he said that he had "no plans" to keep people
from fleeing to Canada: "Everyone who wanted to move to Canada did so
after I was reelected in 2004."
Elsewhere, surgeons who
successfully separated conjoined twins over the weekend said
they failed to separate Sen. John McCain's lips from Jerry Falwell's ass.
‘Human Shield’ Fights Fine
From: Judith Karpova
To: GI Special
Sent: May 16, 2006
A bit of time has gone by but
it occurred to me that this article might be appropriate for your
It concerns the US human
shields who went to Iraq before the war, as a protest and to try and prevent
UN-designated humanitarian infrastructure from being bombed, places like water
treatment plants, food storage warehouses and the refinery supplying Baghdad
with oil for its traffic and power generating plants.
I and three others are being prosecuted by
the US Treasury Department, not for interfering with the war, which we were
helpless to do in any case, but for so-called "commercial
transactions." They mean, quite
literally, buying food, such as a falafel.
Here is the AP article as it appeared in my
local newspaper on April 17, 2006:
‘Human Shield’ Fights Fine:
Government Wants $6,700 From Kerhonkson Woman Who
Went To Iraq
April 17, 2006 By Michael Hill, Associated
Kerhonkson: Before the bombs fell on Baghdad,
Judith Karpova went there to put herself in harm’s way.
The veteran activist
was among dozens of “human shields” who poured into Iraq as the
U.S.-led offensive loomed in early 2003, although she ended up leaving before
Three years later,
Karpova is again playing defense, this time against a $6,700 civil fine from
Department fined the 61-year-old Kerhonkson woman and three other peace
activists who visited Iraq for violating economic sanctions against the
country. None of them are paying up
quietly, and Karpova is before a federal appeals court disputing charges that
she illegally exported services to Iraq as a shield.
say it’s an export — Export! — of services to Iraq, as if a
human being is a commodity that can be shipped like light bulbs,” Karpova
shields stationed themselves at potential airstrike targets in Iraq such as
food storage warehouses and refineries. U.S. officials warned them there was no way to
guarantee their safety and critics accused them of being pawns of Saddam
Hussein. But they said they hoped to
prevent attacks on a population that was already suffering.
own way, Karpova arrived in Amman, Jordan on Feb. 17, 2003, and took an
Iraqi-sponsored bus trip with a few dozen other shields to Baghdad. She spent five days at an oil refinery with
another shield, Faith Fippinger.
Karpova’s first trip to Iraq, but she has been a peace activist for
roughly half her life. She protested the
Vietnam War, took on an anti-nuclear crusade in the ‘80’s and was
gassed during the 1999 anti-globalization protests in Seattle. As the United States edged closer to war with
Iraq, she felt a sense of Vietnam déjà vu.
was very bitter for me to see this happen all over again,” Karpova said
in an interview at there home in the woods.
“And I felt I had to do something.”
Iraq 10 days before the military campaign began. She
cites a few reasons: organizers needed
media and office help in Amman, she didn’t want to upset a brother
recuperating from a stroke, and, she admits, she feared for her life.
When she got
home, there was a letter from the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign
Assets Control informing her that she was not licensed to engage in
“travel transactions” in Iraq.
The government later fined her $6,700.
sued, arguing that her constitutional rights to free speech and travel were
being violated. She also disputes that she provided an
economic service for Iraq.
no effect or influence on anything at Iraq — at all,” she said.
District Judge Colleen McMahon in October granted a government motion to
dismiss Karpova’s complaint. The
judge prefaced her decision with a quote by another activist, Martin Luther
King Jr.: “One who breaks an
unjust law must do so openly, lovingly and with a willingness to accept the
appeal last month is being watched by three other Americans hit with fines of
$6,700 to around $8,000 by the agency.
Government has filed similar dismissal motions in reaction to court complaints
from two other peace activists who went to Iraq: Ryan Clancy, 29, of Milwaukee and the Rev.
Frederick Boyle of New Jersey, who was there as a Christian Peacemaker.
those cases have yet to decide on the dismissal motions. Fippinger has not challenger her fine, though
her lawyers said there’s a chance she will.
echoing Karpova, said the issue is not so much the fine, but his right to have
his day in court to challenge it.
happy to accept the consequences of what I did.
That being said, the right of due process is a fundamental one,”
Clancy said. “To have to beg and
claw for a trial, it doesn’t seem right.”
spokeswoman Molly Millerwise said in an email that anyone who violates U.S.
sanctions may face civil or criminal penalties.
Asked why only four shields were fined, Millerwise noted “there
are instances where U.S. persons skirt the sanctions without the knowledge of
seems to have done little to dampen the zeal of the former shields. Karpova spent time last summer near President
Bush’s Texas ranch at the peace encampment centered on Cindy Sheehan,
whose 24-year-old son died in Iraq.
has since served three months in prison for protesting at a school for foreign
soldiers. The retired school teacher
said she’ll go back to jail before paying the fine.
the government does to me, they really can do nothing,” Fippinger
said. “That’s my
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