Saturday, September 3, 2011

Disturbing News 101: Labor Day Weekend Edition 2011

Jesus this week has been a week of really disturbing news. I am going to make this the last post re: news from this week and try to focus future [sunday and monday] posts on things that really matter. Like men, men, and more men from around the country descending on Kansas City. "Save A Horse, Ride A Cowboy"

I feel compelled to at least highlight some of things that the public found out about this past week about the government and the actions it's taken since the war[s] began.

So you and I and joe taxpayer have been paying for all matter of illegal adventures by the United States government:

No 1. The Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan: The final report of the congressionally chartered Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan says at least $31 billion has been lost to contract waste and fraud, and that major reforms are required.

No 2. In an unintentional slip, a simple billing dispute has revealed what we've long known not so secret fact that we [The US Taxpayers] have been using the tactic 'extraordinary rendition' to kidnap, transfer, torture and kill suspects in this conflict.

No 3. Even while doing this, Darth Vader has come out with his new memoir that basically confirms everything we've long suspected about this war. I have to say that I believe that Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is a hero for saying the things he has, even incriminating himself saying that he would testify against Cheney about war crimes. “And I’d be willing to testify, and I’d be willing to take any punishment I’m due."

No 4. The bombshells just keep on coming from Wikileaks about the massacre of children in Iraq by US Forces.Warning: There are some disturbing pictures in that previously linked article. Be prepared.

U.S. diplomatic cable made public by WikiLeaks provides evidence that U.S. troops executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old infant, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence, during a controversial 2006 incident in the central Iraqi town of Ishaqi.

From the cable itself:
I have received various reports indicating that at least 10 persons, namely Mr. Faiz Hratt Khalaf, (aged 28), his wife Sumay'ya Abdul Razzaq Khuther (aged 24), their three children Hawra'a (aged 5) Aisha ( aged 3) and Husam (5 months old), Faiz's mother Ms. Turkiya Majeed Ali (aged 74), Faiz's sister (name unknown), Faiz's nieces Asma'a Yousif Ma'arouf (aged 5 years old), and Usama Yousif Ma'arouf (aged 3 years), and a visiting relative Ms. Iqtisad Hameed Mehdi (aged 23) were killed during the raid.

According to the information received, American troops approached Mr. Faiz's home in the early hours of 15 March 2006. It would appear that when the MNF approached the house, shots were fired from it and a confrontation ensued for some 25 minutes. The MNF troops entered the house, handcuffed all residents and executed all of them. After the initial MNF intervention

Read the cable yourself. I didn't believe it until I read it. Download it here.

Happy Labor Day!