When you are just starting to believe that you have heard all the mind blowing stories about the US military in Iraq, what their contractors do, the enormous corruption and abuse going on at that place and there can’t be anything worse in their closets anymore you see a story like this.
GAO released a report last week and the CNN has written an editorial on the report and the House panel investigating the way the cases are handled. Rep. Jane Harman, D-California said that her “jaw dropped” when she was told that 4 of 10 women serving in the US military have been raped or otherwise sexually harassed by “fellow” US soldiers. And the GAO report indicates that real numbers might even be worse.
Seemingly the US military does anything to cover up and is threatening the victims either not to report the cases or stop them in any other way from going to court.
From the CNN editorial:
“…Defense statistics show that military commanders took unspecified action, which can include anything from punishment to dismissal, in an additional 419 cases…”
“… “My jaw dropped when the doctors told me that 41 percent of the female veterans seen there say they were victims of sexual assault while serving in the military,” said Harman, who has long sought better protection of women in the military.
Twenty-nine percent say they were raped during their military service. They spoke of their continued terror, feelings of helplessness and downward spirals many of their lives have taken since…
And there are various cases reported (CNN includes one case and we provide another example below) that the victims later have been murdered to cover up.
These crimes are against the very essence and the Army’s core values and the most disgusting part is how the Pentagon blatantly – even after years – is not willing to come to terms with the victims or their families.
We would like to express our deepest sorrow for the victim and pay tribute to those women and family members of victims for the courage of speaking about their cases at the panel investigation last week in Washington.
How blatant commanders and the US military are trying to cover up might be visualized with the following quote from the case of U.S. Army Private LaVena Lynn Johnson, who was raped and later murdered on a military base in Iraq. The US Department of Defense after years and the following facts known, is still saying that she has committed suicide.
So how did LaVena Lynn Johnson’s life end or how does a suicide look like according to the US Department of Defense:
From a web site (see below) describing the case:
“… She punched herself in the face hard enough to blacken her eyes, break her nose, and knock her front teeth loose. She douched with an acid solution after mutilating her genital area. She poured a combustible liquid on herself and set it afire. She then shot herself in the head. Despite this massive self-inflicted trauma, she somehow managed to drag her then fully clothed body into the tent of a KBR contractor, leaving a trail of blood along the way and set the tent ablaze in a failed attempt to cover up her crimes against herself…”
We believe the description of these facts speak for themselves.
CNN editorial (including a video of the mother of one victim speaking at the panel hearing)
LewRockwell.com on the death of U.S. Army Private LaVena Lynn Johnson in Iraq
- Military Commissions Act: Yay, Nay who voted what?
- USA: The never ending story of money motivated war crimes in Iraq continues
- Iraq: New survey paints a devastating portrait of life
- Humor: Chasing saints at Ebay
Those of you American citizens that would like to know who is so freely giving away your civil rights should check the BORDC website. Currently only the Senate voting record is online but the house voting from yesterday should be available soon. More on the Military Commissions Act of 2006: UK’s highly popular website The [...]
What BBC’s popular political TV magazine Panorama yesterday night called the greatest heist in history or Daylight Robbery seems now to be going into another round of new discoveries.
In the more than one hour long broadcast Panorama’s Jane Corbin tells us some of the stories of those who became rich from the war and those who stood up against the crimes and “got burned”.
…If you believe that such corruption happens by pushing around brown envelopes with money under the table, sorry, but that might just be a very small part of it. We have compiled a short list of the most common activities identified within Iraq below. Some of them have also been mentioned in the report of Panorama yesterday night…
A new survey by ABC News, the BBC and the leading German TV news show has been published today. The survey that after 2004 and 2005 has now been conducted a third time demonstrates a strong deterioration of people’s hope and lives in Iraq. Millions more just want to leave and most – in difference to the previous surveys – now believe it is right to fight the Americans. More than 2000 participants across Iraq have been interviewed for this…
There are web sites sieving through the offers of the online auction house “Ebay” to find the strangest, funniest or famous people selling things. There are people offering themselves or their services like women as party gags etc.
And you might have heard about it when in 2004 a slice of toast said to have an in-print of Holy Mary’s face reached offers of USD 20 Millions (it actually was sold later for USD 28,000 and is now displayed at a casino with other Ebay curiosities). So yesterday “CNN” was running a report on what was described in the offer at Ebay as “Virgin Mary pretzel” and the object went for USD 16,000.
So as with most successful pranks soon there will be…