Anti-NSA protest and Petition Letter to Members of Congress

Stop Watching Us.

The revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance apparatus, if true, represent a stunning abuse of our basic rights. We demand the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA’s spying programs.
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Dear Members of Congress,

We write to express our concern about recent reports published in the Guardian and the Washington Post, and acknowledged by the Obama Administration, which reveal secret spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) on phone records and Internet activity of people in the United States.

The Washington Post and the Guardian recently published reports based on information provided by an intelligence contractor showing how the NSA and the FBI are gaining broad access to data collected by nine of the leading U.S. Internet companies and sharing this information with foreign governments. As reported, the U.S. government is extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track a person’s movements and contacts over time. As a result, the contents of communications of people both abroad and in the U.S. can be swept in without any suspicion of crime or association with a terrorist organization.

Leaked reports also published by the Guardian and confirmed by the Administration reveal that the NSA is also abusing a controversial section of the PATRIOT Act to collect the call records of millions of Verizon customers. The data collected by the NSA includes every call made, the time of the call, the duration of the call, and other “identifying information” for millions of Verizon customers, including entirely domestic calls, regardless of whether those customers have ever been suspected of a crime. The Wall Street Journal has reported that other major carriers, including AT&T and Sprint, are subject to similar secret orders.

This type of blanket data collection by the government strikes at bedrock American values of freedom and privacy. This dragnet surveillance violates the First and Fourth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, which protect citizens’ right to speak and associate anonymously, guard against unreasonable searches and seizures, and protect their right to privacy.

We are calling on Congress to take immediate action to halt this surveillance and provide a full public accounting of the NSA’s and the FBI’s data collection programs. We call on Congress to immediately and publicly:

  1. Enact reform this Congress to Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act, the state secrets privilege, and the FISA Amendments Act to make clear that blanket surveillance of the Internet activity and phone records of any person residing in the U.S. is prohibited by law and that violations can be reviewed in adversarial proceedings before a public court;
  2. Create a special committee to investigate, report, and reveal to the public the extent of this domestic spying. This committee should create specific recommendations for legal and regulatory reform to end unconstitutional surveillance;
  3. Hold accountable those public officials who are found to be responsible for this unconstitutional surveillance.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

So far as I post this

Signatures so far
548,137 as of
11:52 am EST 4/7/13
Update

Signatures so far

552,250
9:19am EST 5/7/13

Go HERE to send your letter off to your Members of Congress.

Be sure to pass this on. The more who send off this letter the better.
There are also Protests across the US today, July 4 2013
There are a few others in other countries as well.

RESTORE THE FOURTH

For locations of Protests Go HERE

Be sure to pass this on to all Americans.

For Updates on the protests Go HERE

Haven’t found anything on the US main stream media yet, (not surprised) but did find these photos

Update July 5 2013

More photos and information on the Rally’s

Internet activists rally against NSA with ‘Restore the Fourth’ movement

“Activists Protest Government Surveillance, NSA on July 4, 2013: Restore the Fourth Amendment”>Activists Protest Government Surveillance, NSA on July 4, 2013

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Very few of the Main Stream media in the US have reported this Protest which took place in many places across the US.
Seems there was almost a total Black out of these protests.
ABC showed a small Segment.

Google Search
This is a sad day for the American people. A “Media Blackout”, does say a lot about, how the Citizens of the US are kept in the dark however.

A local news station reported on the protest in Minneapolis

Look for US media reports on this event. If you find very few, don’t be surprised. A Media Blackout is an indicator, of how the American public is manipulated and the truth is kept from them.Absolutely shameful.So what else is the US main stream media keeping from Americans?Then we have this loss of Freedom

Veterans on Trial for Peaceable Assembly at Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Update July 6 2013

More pictures and Video

‘1984 not instruction manual’: Thousands protest NSA spying across US

Once demonstrations wrapped up organizers posted a message on Reddit, saying “It’s isn’t over!” – calling for an as yet unspecified Step 2 of the protest. They said details will be made public on Monday.

Clapper lied to Congress

March 12, 2013- Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) asks questions in Senate Intelligence Committee on warrantless geolocation surveillance and National Security Agency tracking.

At the end of this video James Clapper states, they do not collect information/data on millions of Americans. That of course is blatant lie, as we now know. Making a statement as such, under oath is a crime.

If you lie to Congress, it is a felony and you can/should go to prison for it.

On March 12 when Sen Ron Wyden questioned Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, who was testifying in the Senate under oath, the senator, like any good lawyer, knew exactly what he was asking and chose his words carefully.

“Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?” Wyden asked. He didn’t ask whether the NSA is reading our emails or listening to our phone calls. He used the all-inclusive “any type of data at all” and he was questioning the chief intelligence officer of the United States — and man who is perfectly aware of the breadth and nuance that attaches to the term “data.” Clapper doesn’t need a staff member to tutor him on the meaning of metadata — that is, to explain that this too is a form of data.

In a letter to Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein, Clapper now claims that when he denied the NSA is collecting data on million of Americans, “my answer focused on the collection of the content of communications.”

He could have said: “I gave an answer to a question I hadn’t been asked.”

He now says: “My response was clearly erroneous — for which I apologize.”

To call it erroneous is to imply that he made a mistake rather than that he was intentionally deceptive. That admission would be a confession to breaking the law. At this point, Clapper seems to think he can brush aside accusations that he committed perjury.

Several senators are clearly unimpressed by Clapper’s explanation.

“It now appears clear that the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, lied under oath to Congress and the American people,” Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) tweeted.

“Perjury is a serious crime … [and] Clapper should resign immediately,” he said.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said that Clapper had broken the law, comparing him to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, who has been charged with espionage.

“Mr. Clapper lied in Congress in defiance of the law in the name of security,” Paul said on CNN last month. “Mr. Snowden told the truth in the name of privacy. So, I think there will be a judgment, because both of them broke the law, and history will have to determine.”

Wyden, who knew about the NSA programs when he pressed Clapper on them, said that Clapper was preventing Congress from conducting oversight.

“This job cannot be done responsibly if Senators aren’t getting straight answers to direct questions,” Wyden said in a statement last month.

Source

Clapper is still coming up with new lies/excuses for his lies.

He also attempted to come up with and excuse as to why no Weapons of Mass Destruction were found in Iraq.

In 2003, Clapper, was head of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

THE STRUGGLE FOR IRAQ: WEAPONS SEARCH; Iraqis Removed Arms Material, U.S. Aide Says

By DOUGLAS JEHL
October 29, 2003

The director of a top American spy agency said Tuesday that he believed that material from Iraq’s illicit weapons program had been transported into Syria and perhaps other countries as part of an effort by the Iraqis to disperse and destroy evidence immediately before the recent war.

The official, James R. Clapper Jr., a retired lieutenant general, said satellite imagery showing a heavy flow of traffic from Iraq into Syria, just before the American invasion in March, led him to believe that illicit weapons material ”unquestionably” had been moved out of Iraq.

”I think people below the Saddam Hussein-and-his-sons level saw what was coming and decided the best thing to do was to destroy and disperse,” General Clapper, who leads the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, said at a breakfast with reporters.

He said he was providing a personal assessment. But he said ”the obvious conclusion one draws” was that there ”may have been people leaving the scene, fleeing Iraq, and unquestionably, I am sure, material.” A spokesman for General Clapper’s agency, David Burpee, said he could not provide further evidence to support the general’s statement.

But other American intelligence officials said General Clapper’s theory was among those being pursued in Iraq by David Kay, a former United Nations weapons inspector who is leading the American effort to uncover the weapons cited by the Bush administration as the major reason for going to war against Iraq.

General Clapper’s comments came as the Central Intelligence Agency prepared to defend its prewar assertions that Iraq had chemical and biological weapons and that it sought to reconstitute its nuclear program. The director of central intelligence, George J. Tenet, has written a letter to the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence saying the agency will be ready to provide an assessment by late November.

In the letter, the contents of which were described by several intelligence officials on Tuesday, Mr. Tenet proposed that a team headed by John McLaughlin, the deputy director of central intelligence, provide a briefing for the committee after Nov. 20, when the agency’s internal review is expected to be completed.

General Clapper’s agency is responsible for interpreting satellite photographs and other imagery. He declined to answer a question about whether he believed that illicit Iraqi weapons material might have been smuggled into any other country. Source

One may now think, he was anything, but truthful, in his assessment.

Something to ponder on for a while.

As we all well know, the war in Iraq was based on lies.

US Postal Service photographing 160 billion letters annually

Navada

It’s been a few hundred years since the Third Amendment was written to keep King George from quartering British troops in American homes, but a lawsuit just filed in Nevada suggests it’s as relevant as ever.

The framers of the Constitution ratified the Third Amendment to ensure citizens would never again have to accommodate soldiers, but a few centuries later it’s become more-or-less an antiquated law that’s rarely referenced in federal court. That changed recently when a family from Henderson, Nevada accused the local police department of constitutional violations after officers of the law allegedly took residence in two neighborhood homes.

According to a legal filing first obtained by Courthouse News Service, a handful of Henderson Police Department officers and the city itself are being sued for an array of charges — including Third Amendment violations — over an incident that mirrors the making of the American Revolution.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs say police officers demanded they be allowed to occupy two homes owned by their clients on the city’s Eveningside Avenue in 2011 in order to conduct an investigation involving a neighbor’s residence. When the owners refused to comply with the request, they were reportedly arrested for obstruction and brought to jail.

Police were investigating an incident at 363 Eveningside Avenue that July when Officer Christopher Worley called up the occupant of a neighboring property, Anthony Mitchell, and said he’d need to use his house in order to gain a ‘tactical advantage’ over the neighbor’s residence. Mitchell reportedly made it clear that he did not want to get involved in the probe and told Worley he would not be able to offer assistance. According to the lawsuit, Officer David Cawthorn, Sgt. Michael Waller and Worley all then “conspired among themselves to force Anthony Mitchell out of his residence and to occupy his home for their own use.”

It was determined to move to 367 Eveningside and attempt to contact Mitchell. If Mitchell answered the door he would be asked to leave. If he refused to leave he would be arrested for Obstructing a Police Officer. If Mitchell refused to answer the door, force entry would be made and Mitchell would be arrested,” the report determined.

Moments later, the officers “arrayed themselves in front of plaintiff Anthony Mitchell’s house and prepared to execute their plan,” after which they “loudly commanded” they be let inside. Seconds later, Mitchell’s door was knocked down with a metal battering ram and the police entered his home.

As plaintiff Anthony Mitchell stood in shock, the officers aimed their weapons at Anthony Mitchell and shouted obscenities at him and ordered him to lie down on the floor,” the suit alleges.

As the police moved into the home, Mitchell was reportedly called an “asshole” by the cops, ordered to crawl on the floor and then shot several times with non-lethal ‘pepperball rounds’ from close range. He was then arrested for obstructing an officer while the cops combed through his house without permission, but not before they also opened fire at the plaintiff’s dog, prompting it to howl “in fear and pain.”

At the same time, officers approached Anthony’s parents down the block at 362 Eveningside and asked father Michael Mitchell if he’d accompany them back to a local ‘command center’ to assist with negotiating the surrender of the neighbor suspected of domestic violence. When he got there, though, he became concerned that the cops had tricked him into leaving so they could try to gain access to yet another home. Michael Mitchell then tried to head back home, but when he left the command center he was arrested, handcuffed and placed in the back of a cop car.

Attorney for the family say there was no reasonable grounds to detain Michael Mitchell, nor probable cause to suspect him of committing any crime. That didn’t keep officers from holding both him and his son Anthony for nine hours, however, before they were ultimately released after posting bond.

All criminal counts against the Mitchells were later dismissed with prejudiced, but the family has now lobbed charges of their own. Their attorney is asking for a trial by jury to hear the case and ideally award his clients punitive damages for violations of the Third, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, assault and battery, conspiracy, defamation, abuse of process, malicious prosecution, negligence and emotional distress. Source

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Iraq War Veterans “Last Words”

California man faces 13 years in jail for scribbling anti-bank messages in chalk

The Libya American’s never saw on Television

You know I have to wonder if Americans know anything about Libya at all. There are many from other countries that don’t seem to know much about it either I am afraid.

Comments on different news sites tell me  how mislead many are. One of the most predominant comments is now Libya will come out of the Dark Ages.

Well I am not sure what dark ages they are talking about as Libya was quite advanced.

NATO has blown them back to the dark ages,

So take a tour of Libya with me and see how things were before US/NATO intervention and tell me if they lived in the Dark Ages.

Videos of how Libya was before the invasion are below. Definitely they did not live in the dark ages.

Before we start the tour there are a few things you need to know however.

1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at zero percent interest by law.
3. Having a home considered a human right in Libya.
4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 dinar (U.S.$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25 percent of Libyans were literate. Today, the figure is 83 percent.
6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kickstart their farms are all for free.
7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need, the government funds them to go abroad, for it is not only paid for, but they get a U.S.$2,300/month for accommodation and car allowance.
8. If a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidizes 50 percent of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amounting to $150 billion are now frozen globally.
11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession, as if he or she is employed, until employment is found.
12. A portion of every Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gives birth to a child receive U.S.$5,000.
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $0.15.
15. 25 percent of Libyans have a university degree.
16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Manmade River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
17 Women’s Rights: Under Gaddafi, gender discrimination was officially banned and the literacy rate for women climbed to 83 per cent. The rights of Black’s were also improved.

To add to problems now facing those in Libya are the tons of DU dropped on them by US/NATO forces.

There was no DU before to make people sick, so now there will be numerous health problems never before seen in Libya.

1. Libya is Africa’s largest exporter of oil, 1.7 million tons a day,
which quickly was reduced to 300-400,000 ton due to US-NATO bombing.
Libya exports 80% of its oil: 80% of that to several EU lands (32%
Italy, 14% Germany, 10% France); 10% China; 5% USA.

2. Gaddafi has been preparing to launch a gold dinar for oil trade with
all of Africa’s 200 million people and other countries interested.
French President Nickola Sarkozi called this, “a threat for financial
security of mankind”. Much of France’s wealth—more than any other
colonial-imperialist power—comes from exploiting Africa.

3. Central Bank of Libya is 100% owned by state (since 1956) and is thus outside of multinational corporation control (BIS-Banking International Settlement rules for private interests). The state can finance its own projects and do so without interest rates

4. Gaddafi-Central Bank used $33 billion, without interest rates, to
build the Great Man-Made River of 3,750 kilometers with three parallel pipelines running oil, gas and water supplying 70% of the people (4.5 of its 6 million) with clean drinking and irrigation water.

5. The Central Bank also financed Africa’s first communication satellite with $300 million of the $377 cost. It started up for all Africa, December 26, 2007, thus saving the 45-African nations an annual fee of $500 million pocketed by Europe for use of its satellites and this means much less cost for telephones and other communication systems.

Some of the numbers above vary a bit from web site to web site but all are relatively close.

Great Man made River Project Libya Absolutely Amazing

The Great Man-Made River is a network of pipes that supplies water from the Sahara Desert in Libya, from the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System fossil aquifer. Some sources cite it as the largest engineering project ever undertaken.

The Guinness World Records 2008 book has acknowledged this as the world’s largest irrigation project.

According to its website, it is the largest underground network of pipes and aqueducts in the world. It consists of more than 1300 wells, most more than 500 m deep, and supplies 6,500,000 m³ of freshwater per day to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, Sirt and elsewhere. Muammar al-Gaddafi has described it as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.

Great Man Made River Project Libya

Libya – Great Man Made River Project

Libya Telecom and Technology (LTT)

Libyan Farm–This is about half an hour driving from Tripoli,

Libya Footage

Libya footage II

Libya footage II.V

Libya Footage III

Photos around Tripoli, Libya

1. “Severan Arch, Leptis Magna”
2. “All roads lead to …”
3. “Detail of Severan Arch, Leptis Magna”
4. “Oration, Leptis Magna”
5. “Arches, Leptis Magna”
6. “Carved marble Leptis Magna”
7. “Detail on marble column, Leptis Magna”
8. “Doorways, Leptis Magna”
9. “Forest of columns Leptis Magna”
10. “Front terrace Villa Silin”
11. “Gargoyles on arches, Leptis Magna”
12. “Granite columns Leptis Magna”
13. “Leptis Magna”
14. “Majestic columns, Leptis Magna”
15. “Grave, Leptis Magna”
16. “Check the surf, Villa Silin”
17. “Market Leptis Magna”
18. “Market place Leptis Magna”
19. “Modern meets ancient”
20. “Tumbling into the ocean, Leptis Magna”
21. “Statues”
22. “The Latrines”
23. “View to the ocean Leptis Magna”
24. “Gum tree, Leptis Magna”

Photos from Libya

The Green Mountain of Libya

Libya as you never seen it

Libya Tourist Attractions

Libya’s beautiful beaches

Tripoli, Libya

Visit to Tripoli/Libya  A walk about.

Libya 2009

Pro Gaddafi Rally in Benghaziin May 2011

Massive Anti-NATO-Rebel Demonstrations in Tripoli, July 1, 2011 1.5 million people were at this rally.

Translation of Gaddafi speech today, translation by Karim Budabuss:

The leader is talking now. He is saying that this is a historical day, and he is challenging Sarkozy, Cameron and Obama to switch on their TVs and watch the crowds and he is saying that they will find out that they are delusional because they entered a war which they never win, he also says if you continue targeting our houses we can do the same coz Europe is not far away but he said lets not do this and watch the crowds , kids and women.

They are not here because i ordered them to, it is they are free will. in this war you are not facing me you are facing these crowds. I am nothing, if you want peace with Libyans, it is up to the crowds.

If you want any thing , negotiate with the crowds. The regime is not Gaddafi regime, it is a Libyan regime . Even if many got scared, defected and escaped, the Libyans will remain, and each coward will be replaced with a hero.

Is it a democracy to bomb the civilans, we don’t want a democracy which comes with bombs. The socialist Jamahyria will win, the real democracy which serves the people. I advice you to stop bombing, and stop becoming mercenaries for some rebels.

The Libyans said their words, they marched, their tribes made it clear that the future is for Libyans, the oil is for Libya, Libya is ours. You are delusional, a group of traitors convinced you that Libya is easy to get, you hired mercenaries , propaganda, psychological war all that didn’t allow you to make any progress on the ground.

Turn on ur TVs and watch the longest Libyan flag 4.5 km, I didn’t make this flag, people donated to make this flag. Those rebels are no different from who betrayed Libyan during the Italian invasion.

Libyan people go in millions without weapons to liberate the regions under rebel control. You Libyan people are the only one who can finish this war with a victory. If they want to negotiate we welcome that, otherwise we are continuing and they are definitely losing no matter how many weapons they drop with parachute to the rebels.

We will not betrayed our history nor our children and their future. The glory is for you brave Libyans, the struggle will continue. (end of speech)

The Real Reason Why Gadaffi Was Killed & Why We’re In Libya

They also want the oil and water from Libya as well. The want to privatize everything they can so their companies make profits.

The US and EU hate not having their profiteers in a country and the IMF and World Bank also want their piece of the pie as well. They in essence steal everything from countries they can.  They could care less about the people.

Cost of war to Libyans about $200 Billion

Over 800 Bodies Dumped in Libyan Cemetary by Rebels

Criminal State – A Closer Look at Israel’s Role in Terrorism/NATO and US supporting the Rebels who are actually terrorist on the US/NATO Terrorist list. I thought the war was against terrorist not to help them. I guess they have been helping the Terrorists all along. Anything to keep the wars going for the profiteers.

Racist murders in Libya at the hands of rebel forces

There is also some Video of Canadians who went to Libya on vacation on the link below.

Libya war lies worse than Iraq

UN chief Ban alarmed over rising civilian toll in Libya

John Bolton Admits All Of These Wars Are For Oil

NATO’s 26,000 sorties, including 9,600 strike missions, destroyed, water, schools, hospitals, food, and many other necessities needed by civilians.  They also killed many civilians. These are War Crimes.

Revulsion, Resistance & Angry words from Tripoli University

By Franklin Lamb

Tripoli University – October 25, 2011 – — The people I had hoped most to be able to find on returning to Libya were eight students from Fatah University (now renamed Tripoli University) who became my friends during three months in Libya this summer. They had all been strongly opposed to what NATO was doing to their country (NATO bombs destroyed some classrooms at the University during final exams in late May) and I was very keen to sit with them again if possible since the August 23rd fall of Tripoli when most of them scattered given the uncertainties of what would happen and we lost contact.

Thanks to Ahmad who was waiting for me we re-united quickly. Some excerpts and impressions from yesterday’s all night gathering with Ahmad, Amal, Hind, Suha, Mohammad and Rana:

“I know Sanad al-Ureibi”, Ahmad said disgustedly about the 22 year old who is claiming he fired two bullets at close range into Muammar Gadhafi on October 22nd.

Amal, Ahmad’s fiancée interrupted him: “We are very angry but not really surprised by what Sanad did. He’s a stupid guy and I am sure someone whispered in his ear that he would become famous and rich if he did NATO’s dirty job by killing Colonel Gadhafi. NATO did more than 1000 bombing attacks “to protect Libyan civilians” but killed thousands of us instead. For sure NATO and their puppets want as many of our leader’s dead as possible in order to avoid years of a court trial that would expose NATO’s many crimes and those of certain western leaders.”

Ahmad: “Sanad told my cousin the day after he assassinated Colonel Gadhafi that he is promised protection and that the TNC will not arrest him despite their, for western ears only, announcement of a planned “investigation” of how Muammar and Mutassim died. Everyone in Libya knows that the investigation of the assassination of the rebel military commander Abdel Fattah Younes last July has gone nowhere because the Islamist faction who committed the Younes murder is close to Jalil.”

Ahmad continued, “Like some of his friends, Sanad did fight for a while with the rebels and he sometimes changed units because it was fun and now he plans to form a gang to protect rich Libyans and foreigners as they continue to arrive here to help, as they claim, to rebuild our destroyed country and make democracy. Now we all so exhausted from all the needless killing I am not sure what kind of democracy we will have or even want. American democracy? It’s very great? Sometimes it seems you have more problems than we do. At least we have free education, free medical care, and homes and are not living on the streets without jobs.

Mohammad joined in: “One Israeli-American Company has offered Sanad and other young men who refuse to give up their guns a job recruiting former fighters for proper training as Libyan police. There are some Blackwater (XE) people here are also trying to do business with NATO agents for private police forces around Libya. Anyone who thinks NATO is going to leave us in peace is mistaken. More of them arrive every day.”

Hind, who has not wavered since last summer in her opposition to what she calls “NATO’s team” also voiced strong offense and condemnation of certain pro-rebel Sheiks who have declared that Gadhafi was not a Muslim. “Everyone knows he was a devout Muslim. His last Will stated, “I do swear that there is no other God but Allah and that Mohammad is God’s Prophet, peace be upon him. I pledge that I will die as Muslim.”

Hind added, “Please tell me who are these TNC Sheiks to say who is are and who is not a Muslim. In Islam it’s between each of us and Allah and nobody else’s business. If these Sheiks were better Muslims they would have opposed what has been done to his body and that of his son and friend in Sirte and Misrata. It is haram. I am very angry and disgusted.”

Suha complained about “the views of NTC leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil toward women and that with the already announced repeal of the marriage law, Libyan women have lost the right to keep the family home if they divorce. It is a disaster for Libyan women. Under Gadhafi leadership women in Libya had more rights than in any other country in the Middle East.”

Ahmad explained: “ I am ashamed of what some Muslims are doing. Our religion does not allow for this mutilation and the freak show the TNC put on in that refrigerator. I was in Misrata with friends to pay our respects and was surprised how many others were doing the same as our group and for the same reasons. When the bodies were first exhibited curious people came and some said bad insults. But by the next day the atmosphere has completely changed. People came to honor Colonel Gadhafi for his courage in dying for what he believed was best for Libya and that was to keep Libya free from colonialism. I don’t believe the media is accurately reporting this. Our leader died a hero like Omar Muktar in my opinion and history will prove this someday.”

Again, his fiancée Amal interrupted Ahmad, “As Colonel Gadhafi revealed in his Will, NATO made him several offers if he would abandon his country to them. Foolish and criminal NATO established our leader forever as a great resister to colonialism and a patriot for Libya, for all of Africa and for the Middle East. I believe that Colonel Gadhafi died a far more honorable death than the leaders of NATO will. He has more dignity in death than Hilary Clinton and her absence of dignity shown by her stupid comments about his death.”

Amal then said, “I became ill when I left him. His skin was almost black and his body was rotting quickly with fluids leaking on the floor. They must give him immediately to his family and ask Allah to forgive themselves for their haram. One of the guards told me Colonel Gadhafi was sodomized with a rifle by NTC fighters. He showed the video on his mobile but I would not look. ”

Suha spoke: “We also visited the Mahari Hotel in Sirte where we saw more than 50 bodies of Gadaffi supporters. Some had their hands behind them bound by plastic handcuffs and were executed at close range. Others had been taken from hospital beds and murdered. This crime is just one more example of the lies of the NTC and NATO. NATO forces commanded and controlled their rebels and knew what they have been doing. NATO is responsible for destroying much of our country and for what will surely happen in the coming days.”

I first met Ahmad what now seems like a couple of years ago, but in actuality it was only last June. We sat at an outdoor cafe on Green Square (now renamed Martyrs’ Square) and talked about NATO’s obvious plans for Libya. Since August 23rd and the precipitous collapse of the loyalist resistance in Tripoli, which Ahmad had been organizing some of the neighborhoods to participate in, he has been on the lam as friends got word to him that NTC death squads were on his trail even staking out the Radisson Hotel lobby where he used to meet with journalists and western friends. Ahmad blames the lack of a real defense of Tripoli, that took us all by surprise, as “our incompetence and some high ranking traitors” for the non-implementation of plans to defend Tripoli from NATO’s rebels.

His first words after we hugged were: “Now the real resistance will begin! The Libyan people are now even surer than they were during this summer that the NTC sold our country to the NATO colonial countries. As NATO continues to hunt down Saif al Islam, many around our country are making Saif the new leader of the resistance to colonialism in Libya and in Africa. I personally pledge my support for him and pray that Allah will protect him. Watch what the Gadhafi tribe and my Waffala tribe do together in the coming weeks—but also starting today. Maybe NATO can be said in some ways to have won round one. But let’s see what happens in the many rounds to come.” Source

Hillary Clinton knew of Qaddafi ‘White Flag’ truce:
US drone fired at Qaddafi convoy after negotiated truce
Washington, DC

October 27 2011

Libyan Leader Muammar Qaddafi was traveling under a negotiated “White Flag” truce last Thursday in an agreement to leave Libya. More claims from sources inside Misrata, Libya that the Libyan National Transitional Council did in fact agree to allow Qaddafi and his convoy safe passage out of Libya. Source

Another tour of a Country the US demonizes. They don’t live in the Dark ages either.

The Iran you will never see on American Television

UN Member States Must Demand Action Against NATO War Crimes

Why: War in Iraq and Afghanistan

War “Pollution” Equals Millions of Deaths

A Few of the World’s most polluted places

US, NATO and Rebel war crimes in Libya

Was Gaddafi really that bad?

A little late to start telling people this now isn’t it.

Well I suppose better late then never.

What a shame they didn’t report this months ago.

October 31 2011 at 03:31pm
By Edwin Mast-Ingle


The US and its European allies have won another battle in the war with China for the heart, soul and riches of Africa with the ousting of Gaddafi in Libya, leaving the country completely vulnerable to exploitation immediately and for as long as its oil reserves last.

Brilliant spin-doctoring has obscured the US’s three-fold purpose in Libya – to access the foreign funds estimated at more than $200 billion to avoid further crises in international monetary structures; control the oil, which is the richest in Africa, easily accessible by Europe and comprising 2 percent of the world’s supply; and to ensure an ongoing low-key war among the 41 tribes that will provide a lucrative market for arms manufacturers that head up a long list seen plying their trade in Iraq.

Key to this are the oil reserves, which are the largest in Africa and eighth on the world stakes, with 46.4 billion barrels as of 2010.

Oil production was 1.7 million barrels a day, giving Libya 77 years of reserves at current production rates if no new reserves are found.

The “chosen” successor for Gaddafi is Abdelhakim Belhadj, former head of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which was listed as a terrorist organisation after the 9/11 attacks.

He was detained at a secret prison by the CIA in 2004 before he was returned to Libya.

The spin-doctoring for the world at large has also succeeded in obliterating any good that may have come out of the country as far as Africa is concerned.

According to a Reuters report on November 24, 2010, Libya was pouring aid and investment into Africa, including:

l An offer of $97bn in the continent to free it from Western influence on condition that the states rid themselves of corruption and nepotism.

l $65bn into sovereign wealth funds, including one designed to make investments in Africa.

l LAP Green Networks, a cellphone operator says it has commercial operations in Niger, Ivory Coast, Uganda and Rwanda and is planning to launch operations in Chad, Sierra Leone, Togo and southern Sudan.

l LAP is also the main shareholder in Afriqiyah Airways. Its name is the Arabic for Africa and it says its mission is to link African states to each other. It operates routes poorly served by major airlines. Destinations include Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Bangui in Central African Republic and Douala in Cameroon.

l Libya is one of the biggest contributors to the budget of the AU, the 53-country body which is supposed to function along the lines of the EU. A senior Libyan diplomat said Libya was one of five countries – with Algeria, Egypt, Nigeria and South Africa – which cover 75 percent of the union’s budget.

l Libyan Prime Minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi announced the creation of a $100 million investment fund for Niger as part of a strengthening of bilateral ties. Under earlier agreements, Tripoli is contributing e100m to build a Trans-Sahara highway in the north of Niger, according to sources close to Niger’s foreign ministry.

l Mauritania has debts to Libya of about $200m. During discussions on debt relief in May, the Libyan central bank announced Libya would provide $50m in grants to build a hospital and a university.

The list goes on to cover countries such as the Congo, Gambia and others undisclosed for sensitive or political reasons.

Recently, however, the Obama administration offered millions of dollars in new aid to Libya as Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton encouraged the country’s unsteady new leadership to commit to a democratic future free of retribution, according to John Pilger, an Australian writing in the Tehran News.

“On October 14, President Barack Obama announced he was sending US Special Forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only ‘engage’ for ‘self-defence’, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.

“In Africa,” says Obama, “the ‘humanitarian mission’ is to assist the government of Uganda defeat the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which ‘has murdered, raped and kidnapped’ tens of thousands of men, women and children in central Africa.”

“This is an accurate description of the LRA,” Pilger says, “evoking multiple atrocities administered by the US, such as the bloodbath in the 1960s following the CIA-arranged murder of Patrice Lumumba, the Congolese independence leader and first legally elected prime minister, and the CIA coup that installed Mobutu Sese Seko, regarded as Africa’s most venal tyrant.”

(Note by the author: As a journalist I was in the Congo at the time. What remains untold is that the UN was called in – not to bring about peace, but to protect the Union Meniere copper mines at the time associated with the brother-in-law of Dag Hammarskjold, the then UN head. Hammarskjold died in a plane crash in the then Northern Rhodesia. I was first on the scene, by complete coincidence, to find the plane riddled with bullet holes – a fact never disclosed.)

The future for Libya is now in the hands of Obama, the US and EU. It now remains to be seen if they will honour the investments and pledges Libya has made to Africa or simply loot the whole lot themselves. It also remains to be seen how the reinvented terrorist Abdelhakim Belhadj compares to Gaddafi and after Sudan whether Nigeria or South Africa will be the US’s next target.

Consider the following achievements attributed to Gaddafi:

l In Libya electricity is free for all its citizens.

l Banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens are at zeropercent interest by law.

l Homes are considered a human right in Libya. Gaddafi vowed his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had one. His father died while he, his wife and his mother were still living in a tent.

l All newlyweds in Libya receive 60 000 dinar ($50 000) from the government to buy their first flat, to help start a family.

l Education and medical treatment are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi, only 25 percent of Libyans were literate. Today, the figure is 83 percent.

l Should Libyans want to take up farming, they receive land, a farm house, equipment, seeds and livestock – all for free.

l If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it, not only free, but they get $2 300 a month, accommodation and car allowance.

l The Libyan government subsidises 50 percent of the price of a car.

l The price of petrol in Libya was until recently $0.14 a litre.

l Libya has no external debt and its reserves are $150bn, now frozen globally.

l If a Libyan can’t get employment after graduation, the state paid the average salary of the profession as if he or she were employed until they got a job.

l A portion of Libyan oil sales is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.

l A mother who gives birth to a child receives $5 000.

l Forty loaves of bread in Libya costs $0.15.

l Twenty-five percent of Libyans have a university degree.

l Gaddafi undertook the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

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Libya’s Islamist stripes are no surprise

October 31 20111

As shop owners like to say, if you break it, you own it – or, rather, you’re stuck with it. So it is with Libya.

For at least six months, the country was bombed on a near-daily basis after the Western powers, under the impetuous guidance of France’s Nicolas Sarkozy, decided to side with a group of rebels from Benghazi who wanted to overthrow Moammar Gadhafi’s regime but couldn’t manage to do it themselves.

What began under a United Nations Security Council mandate as a series of air strikes exclusively aimed at protecting the rebels from Col. Gadhafi’s wrath soon evolved into a full-fledged regime-change operation marked by blatant attempts to assassinate the Gadhafi family. The Western coalition, including Canada, foolishly intervened in a civil war pitting the eastern part of the country against other regions without even considering, given Libya’s tribal and fractious nature, whether the majority wanted to be ruled by the Benghazi rebels.

So now Libya is broken. The Security Council voted last week to end its authorization on Monday of the foreign military intervention, although the transitional Libyan government is pleading for NATO to extend its operations through at least the end of the year, to stop the return of Gadhafi loyalists and prevent the country from descending into a spiral of tribal infighting. In Canada, there are already calls for the government to get involved in Libya’s reconstruction. Obviously, this can’t be done from the air and would usually require “boots on the ground” – huge contingents of armed peacekeepers.

The Harper government has already pledged $10-million to help Libya collect and secure the arms that have been wildly dispersed throughout the country after Col. Gadhafi’s military reserves were plundered. Another difficult task will be to disarm the bands of young, undisciplined rebels who learned to play war last spring and now cherish their lethal toys.

Agence France-Presse says tonnes of munitions, including surface-to-air missiles, have been left unguarded in Libya’s devastated towns and in the desert, some of which have already ended up in the hands of al-Qaeda, which has a base in the Sahel region.

The Western “liberators” of Libya have other reasons to worry. In his first major speech as head of the interim government, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, who heads the National Transitional Council, declared that any law that doesn’t respect sharia will be deemed illegal, starting with marriage and divorce. His first move will be to strike down the Gadhafi law prohibiting polygamy. In another disturbing decision, the council appointed a former jihadist, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, as military governor of Tripoli.

The Islamization of Libya, a relatively secular country under Col. Gadhafi, should have been expected. It was known that Benghazi, where the rebellion originated, was a bastion of religious fundamentalism, and that there were al-Qaeda sympathizers among the rebels NATO supported with its air strikes.

Canada, along with other countries, was instrumental in handing Libya, its vulnerable population and its vast resources to a group of people who didn’t offer the slightest guarantee that they would turn the country into something vaguely resembling a democracy. In the process, Libyan women are being thrown under the bus. They will lose some of the rights they had under the previous regime. Source

Instead of reporting what was really going most main stream media fostered the Lies about Gaddafi.

What some of us knew all along is now coming out. To late.

Everything Libya has built now lies in Ruins Compliments of the US/NATO and other unmentionables .

So we have one report from Canada and one from the UK.

Small start for mankind.

Supporting Terrorists to to take over a country.

Shame on you.

Leaders who perpetrated this war, should be thrown in prison.

The entire war was based on lies.

This Video is about numerous things. There is information on Libya which is near the end of the video.

CIA WhistleBlower EXPOSES Everything!

Uploaded  on Sep 23, 2011

Former CIA Asset, Susan Lindauer, provides an extraordinary first-hand account from behind the intelligence curtain that shatters the government’s lies about 9/11 and Iraq, and casts a harsh spotlight on the workings of the Patriot Act as the ideal weapon to bludgeon whistle blowers and dissidents. A terrifying true story of “black budget” betrayals and the Patriot Act, with its arsenal of secret evidence, indefinite detention and threats of forcible drugging,

What happened at Lockerbie trial was that the US paid the witnesses $4 million apiece to testify against the Libyans, and those witnesses have now recanted their testimony,” says  Lindauer. “The Lockerbie trial made it clear that Libya had nothing to do with the case and that came as a great embarrassment to the West. Now Gaddafi has been trying to gain some compensation back – taking some fees from the oil companies. In October Occidental Petroleum and Chevron, two major US companies, pulled out of Libya.

Video is at the bottom of the page HERE

Now they want Libyans to pay NATO for destroying their country???

The War Criminals want to get paid. How dare they?

Check this link for details.

Libya: New Vice Roy, New Bills, New Fighting

NATO: Indictment for breach of international law in the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya. The military and political leaders of NATO are hereby accused of the following crimes committed in the Libyan campaign of 2011, in which the systematic breaches of international law are underlined. Go to site below for the rest.

The law case of the century: Indictment against NATO military and political leaders

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The Iran you will never see on American Television

Be patient it may take some time for all the videos to load.

I was tired of all the bad news and warmongering so I decided to go on a tour of Iran.I must say I enjoyed my tour.

I found some of the most interesting things.

So you can take with me the same tour I found and you know it gets rather addictive after a while.  Do be sure to take the entire tour and you will be amazed at what you see and learn.

This was of course my first curiosity as there are a large number of Jewish folks living there. So of course one needs to know how they feel about living there.

Iranian Jews to Israel: Our National Idenity is Not for Sale


Jews in Iran

So my second curiosity is how do Christians like living in Iran?

Christians in Islamic Republic of Iran 1

Christians in Islamic Republic of Iran 2


Well it seem both of those groups have no problem living in Iran and feel safe.

The  I found this. Iran build some pretty nice Vehicles.

Iran automotive industry

Pretty nice if you ask me.

This was just right up my alley. Old cars. Sweet.  They have an old coach just awesome. The girls would love it. Riding in it you feel like Cinderella.

National Car Museum of Iran Tehran

The National Car Museum of Iran is a museum in Karaj, Iran, opened in the year 2001. Inside the museums are classic cars owned by the last Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty, Mohammad Reza Shah. There are two parts to the complex. One is a large museum which is open to the public and there is a restoration center at the back side where no visitors can enter.

Iran super cars 2011 Not made in Iran But Iranians drive them.

Well anyone would. Pretty sweet cars they are.

Iran, Tehran photos
Tehran, as Iran’s showcase and capital city, has a wealth of cultural attractions.
The Peacock Throne of the Persian Kings (Shahs) can be found in Tehran’s Golestan Palace. Some of the well-known museums are National Museum of Iran, Sa’dabad Palaces Complex, Glassware and Ceramics Museum of Iran, The Carpet Museum of Iran,
Tehran’s Underglass painting Museum, Niavaran Palace Complex, and Safir Office Machines Museum.
The Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art features the works of great artists such as Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol. The collection of these paintings were selected by the former Empress Farah Diba


Another collection which is nice,  The ladies might enjoy this .You know how they love their jewelry.
Iran Royal Jewels

Well now one has to wonder about the night life. Not too shabby. I could hang out in a few of those places myself.

Tehran Persian Nights


For the Museum lovers I found a few places. Not everyone’s cup of tea but they do have some pretty old relics. Many were rather cool.

Reza Abbasi Museum-Iran

This episode of Iran program introduces the great Reza Abbasi Museum in Tehran and the museum’s invaluable pieces and artworks from pre-Islamic Iran up to the most recent centuries.

The Naderi Mausoleum and Museum-Iran

This episode of Iran takes us to the north east of Iran where we will find traces of Nader Shah; the Iranian king famous for his military genius.

This I would liked to have spent more time at. I love caves like this.
The Salman Cave-Iran

Not a big flower person but the ladies might enjoy it. They have a rather nice flower industry in Iran.

The City of Flowers-Iran

Nice place to tour around in.
Beautiful Tabriz city, Iran
Tabriz (Azerbaijani/Persian تبریز) is the most populated city in Iranian Azerbaijan, it is the fourth largest city and one of the historical capitals of Iran and the capital of East Azerbaijan Province

Well I am really getting right into this country. They have some really spectacular sights to see.
Iran Tour – Tabriz – 2011


Now we are getting to the really good stuff. I love pictures.

There is even some music on the video. Some you may like or not. I enjoy music so I was quite happy with it.

The Real Iran beautiful pictures


Mother nature is kind to Iran These are quit beautiful. What’s not to like about the country side in any country. Fresh air, mountains, valleys etc.  By the way if you love to ski, Iran has some nice places.

There is the odd duplicate picture but very few.

Nature of Iran


Iran in Pictures

Beautiful Iran Pictures


The Beautiful North of Iran ” Shomal” North Iran besides the Caspian Sea


That concludes the tour of  Iran.

You know just going on  the tour made me feel so much better.

I feel very peaceful.

Certainly needed a break away from all the horrors of war etc.

Just had to put thin so you all know What the US has done over the years. The truth prevails at lest on one point. All the Wars the US fought were for Gas/Oil.  Bolton let the cat out of the bag.

This is what you always hear on American TV about Iran.

Iran does not need oil or anything else in the Middle East Except to live in Peace. Bolton is obsessed with war.

Iran is doing just fine on it’s own, don’t you think?

Bet you never heard this on American Television either.

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(Libya 1) A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Here are a few photos.


In this photo taken on a government-organized tour villagers inspect one of the houses reportedly hit during a NATO airstrike a day earlier in the town of Majar, near Zlitan, Libya, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. Photo AP

In this photo taken on a government-organized tour an armed guard watches as a local policeman searches through the rubble as government officials, not seen, speak to an entourage of ambassadors from several nations that were brought to a home that was destroyed during a NATO airstrike a day earlier in the town of Majar, near Zlitan, Libya, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. According to the Libyan government, 85 civilians were killed during the airstrikes. Photo AP

In this photo taken on a government-organized tour Hajaib Ajil, 27, lies in a hospital bed at the central hospital inTripoli, Libya, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. Ajil was allegedly injured with severe burns during NATO airstrikes a day earlier in the town of Majar, near Zlitan where the Libyan government claims 85 civilians were killed. Photo AP

In this photo taken on a government-organized tour men carry coffins during the burial of more than two dozen people after an alleged NATO bombing in the town of Majar, near in Zliten, Libya, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Several homes were hit and reportedly 28 people, some of them women and children, were later buried.Photo AP

In this photo taken on a government-organized tour people people carry coffins during the burial of 28 people after an alleged NATO bombing in the town of Majar, near in Zliten, Libya, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Several homes were hit and 28 people, some of them women and children, were later buried. Photo AP

In this photo taken on a government-organized tour people chant slogans in front of caskets prior to the burial of 28 people after an alleged NATO bombing in the town of Majar, near in Zliten, Libya, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2011. Several homes were hit and 28 people, some of them children and women, were later buried. Photo AP

The dead bodies of 25 men lie in the quay of the harbor in the southern Italian island of Lampedusa August 1, 2011. The Italian coast guard found the bodies of 25 men who were apparently asphyxiated by motor fumes on a small boat crammed with African migrants that arrived on an Italian island from Libya on Monday, officials said. The boat arrived on the Sicilian island of Lampedusa after a three-day voyage carrying 296 people from sub-Saharan Africa, the latest in a wave of arrivals since a western alliance began a military campaign to oust Libyan ruler Muammar Gaddafi. Photo Reuters

Photos from another site. They have quite a number of Galleries on their site.

I will be adding more photos as I find them. If anyone has other sites please let me know. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Doctors tend to a wounded rebel fighter in a hospital in the rebel held city of Misrata August 2, 2011. Forces loyal to Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi killed seven rebels and wounded another 65 in a counter-attack in the town of Zlitan Tuesday, hospital sources in Misrata said. Photo Reuters

Plea from Libyan Spokes person to stop the killing, at the site where  85 have been killed in NATO BOMBING

Two videos of men digging through the rubble looking for victims. Not for the faint of heart. NATO’s air-strikes at Majer killed 85 people, including 33 children, 32 women and 20 men

Rense & Susan Lindauer – NATOs Libyan War Crimes

Libya war lies worse than Iraq

This war had been fabricated by the US and their allies.

The people in Libya were treated well in comparison to many other countries around the world.

Free Education

Free Healthcare

The women made great strides in Libya.

Libya is more progressive then many other countries.

They are not perfect but not as horrid as the western media or the US and allies have painted them.

Libya war lies worse than Iraq

The Libya American’s never saw on Television

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Vietnam War Veteran on Hunger Strike in Protest of Afghanistan War

Vietnam War Veteran on Hunger Strike in Protest of Afghanistan War

November 20 2009

He’s starving himself for peace. A Vietnam veteran is fasting in Washington trying to bring about an end to the Afghan war which he sees as putting unbearable pressures on American soldiers.

Thomas Mahany hasn’t eaten in 7 days.

Stand by Thomas Mahany say “No to War”!

“Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes the first of many “songs around the world” being released independently. Featured is a cover of the Ben E. King classic by musicians around the world adding their part to the song as it travelled the globe.

So if your in the area go out and Stand by Thomas Mahany say “No to War”! Bring your friends, Bring your neighbors, Bring everyone you can and Say No to War? Bring a Whole Lotta Love. Bring the Whole Country!

Write the papers write the TV media, it’s time for the US to say no more war.

Get Out Of My Country


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Mining is one of Afghanistan’s few economic bright spots. Significant deposits of copper, iron, gold, oil and gas, and coal — as well as precious gems such as emeralds and rubies — are largely untapped.

The US is whining it is not getting mining contracts. They are screaming corruption. Source

Personally the US  should clean up the corruption in their own back yards before  accusing others.  The US is a leader of taking bribes especially at election time. Their politicians are bought and sold by big oi, gas, phama and the Israeli lobby groups.  They should take a look in the mirror before accusing others.

Why would the Afghans want to award them contracts considering, they destroyed their country, murdered their citizens,  left a deadly trail of radioactive poison etc etc.

Seems to me the US has corruption mastered.

The US should, Get out of Afghanistan.

Those who sent them there under false pretenses, should be tried for War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity.

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Doctors report “unprecedented” rise in deformities, cancers in Iraq

Doctors report “unprecedented” rise in deformities, cancers in Iraq
By Larry Johnson

November 16 2009

As we in the news media like to say, violence has “abated” in Iraq.  For example, on Monday it was reported that 16 people – including a member of the country’s main Sunni political party and several of his relatives – were killed by gunmen. And a parked car bomb exploded in a market in Kirkuk, killing five people and wounding seven others.

It’s sad to say that the death of 21 people is not too bad, but this is a country that, since the U.S. invasion, often saw a daily civilian death toll topping 100.

But there is another, more insidious violence that is on the rise and will likely continue to rise for generations to come.

The Guardian.co.uk (has and excellent Video) reports that doctors in Fallujah are dealing with up to 15 times as many chronic deformities in infants and a spike in early life cancers that may be linked to toxic materials left over from the fighting.

The report said, “Neurologists and obstetricians in the city interviewed by the Guardian say the rise in birth defects – which include a baby born with two heads, babies with multiple tumours, and others with nervous system problems – are unprecedented and at present unexplainable.”

Actually, this rise in birth defects has been reported on – by, at least a handful of journalists – for years. Iraqi researchers and doctors – for years – have documented the rise of birth defects and cancer primarily in southern Iraq where most of the fighting took place in the first Gulf War. With the second war in Iraq, it seems obvious that the problem is spreading. Depleted uranium has been singled out as the most likely cause.

Depleted uranium, which is used for armor-piercing shells of various sizes, is a highly dense metal that is the byproduct of the process during which fissionable uranium used to manufacture nuclear bombs and reactor fuel is separated from natural uranium. DU remains radioactive for about 4.5 billion years. Many governments have outlawed the use of DU as weapons. The United States has not.

In 2002 and 2003, I researched the effects of depleted uranium in Iraq for stories in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer newspaper.

In the 2002 story:

“Although the Pentagon has sent mixed signals about the effects of depleted uranium, Iraqi doctors believe that it is responsible for a significant increase in cancer and birth defects in the region. Many researchers outside Iraq, and several U.S. veterans organizations, agree; they also suspect depleted uranium of playing a role in Gulf War Syndrome, the still-unexplained malady that has plagued hundreds of thousands of Gulf War veterans…”

At the Saddam Teaching Hospital in Basra, Dr. Jawad Al-Ali, a British-trained oncologist, showed me photo albums he kept of dead and deformed infants that he believed were linked to DU. There were photos of infants born without brains, with their internal organs outside their bodies, without sexual organs, without spines, and the list of deformities went on and on.

In the 2003 story:

“Doctors in Iraq say the number of cancers and birth defects may be devastating.

“‘This is the right time for active support to help prevent the catastrophic effects of the bombing,’ said Dr. Alim Yacoub, dean of the Al Mustansiriya Medical School in Baghdad.

‘“If there isn’t a centralized health plan soon, the consequences could be devastating,’ said Yacoub, the foremost Iraqi authority on the effects of DU. Yacoub has tracked the rise of cancer in Iraq for years, and places the blame squarely on DU.”

An Iraqi scientist, Souad N. Al-Azzawi documented the entire history of DU in Iraq and its devastating effects on the people there, in a presentation to the Kuala Lumpur International Conference to Criminalise War in October. Al-Azzawi, who was forced into exile from Iraq, has devoted many years to her work, at considerable personal risk.

So, the problem isn’t that the rise in cancer and birth defects in Iraq is “unprecedented” or “unexplainable.”  The problem is the United States government, and other governments, won’t do anything about it.

Source

They need help the hospitals nor the Doctors can handle all the patients.

The Americans caused the problems and yet will not help them. The children are in desperate need of much more medical help.

Deformed Babies in Fallujah: Iraq Letter to the United Nations

by Dr. Nawal Majeed Al-Sammarai et al
November 15 2009

Young women in Fallujah in Iraq are terrified of having children because of the increasing number of babies born grotesquely deformed, with no heads, two heads, a single eye in their foreheads, scaly bodies or missing limbs.

Fatima Ahmed was born in Fallujah with deformities that include two heads
In addition, young children in Fallujah are now experiencing hideous cancers and leukaemias. These deformities are now well documented, for example in television documentaries on SKY UK on September 1 2009, and on SKY UK June 2008. Our direct contact with doctors in Fallujah report that:In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed.This can be compared with data from the month of August in 2002 where there were 530 new born babies of whom six were dead within the first seven days and only one birth defect was reported.H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki
President of the Sixty-fourth Session of the United Nations General Assembly
United Nations
New York, NY 10017October 12th 2009Your Excellency,RE DEFORMED BABIES IN FALLUJAH Doctors in Fallujah have specifically pointed out that not only are they witnessing unprecedented numbers of birth defects but premature births have also considerably increased after 2003. But what is more alarming is that doctors in Fallujah have said, “a significant number of babies that do survive begin to develop severe disabilities at a later stage”.  As one of a number of doctors, scientists and those with deep concern for Iraq, Dr Chris Burns-Cox, a British hospital physician, wrote a letter to the Rt. Hon. Clare Short, M.P. asking about this situation. She wrote a letter to the Rt. Hon.Douglas Alexander, M.P. the Secretary of State of the Department for International Development (a post she had held before she resigned on a matter of principle in May 2003 ) asking for clarification of the position of deformed children in Fallujah.She received a reply dated 3rd September 2009 (two days after the Sky TV broadcast of 1st September 2009 ) from a junior minister, deputy to The Secretary of State, Mr. Gareth Thomas MP, Duty Minister, Department for International Development. In his reply he denies that there are more than two or three deformed babies in Fallujah in a year and asserts that there is, therefore, no problem. This is at wild variance with reports coming out of Fallujah. One grave digger of a single cemetery is burying four to five babies a day, most of which he says are deformed.Clare Short passed us a copy of this letter. It bears a remarkable similarity to three other written answers we have received over a four year period, in regard to child health and the use of depleted uranium. All these letters are based on lies and an aim to confuse the recipients. In her autobiography “Honorable Deception?” Clare Short says “The first instinct of Number 10 (Downing Street) is to lie.”We regard the mendacity of Mr. Thomas’s letter, and of the other letters we have received, as extremely serious. These letters do not deal with minor matters of corruption, or taxes, but do deal with the use of armed forces and deadly weapons.

The use of certain weapons has tremendous repercussions. Iraq will become a country, if it has not already done so, where it is advisable not to have children. Other countries will watch what has happened in Iraq, and imitate the Coalition Allies’ total disregard of the United Nations Charter, The Geneva, and Hague Conventions, and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Some countries, such as Afghanistan, will also come to experience the very long term damage to the environment, measured in billions of years, and the devastating effect of depleted uranium and white phosphorous munitions.

If, as we say in our letter to the Duty Minister of the Department for International Development, the UK Government clearly does not know the effects of the weapons it uses, nor, as a matter of policy, does “it do body counts”, how can the UK Government judge whether it is conducting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan according to International Law, especially in terms of “proportionality” and long term damage to the natural environment? How can the UK know about the illegality of the weapons systems it sells on the international market, such as the “Storm Shadow” missile, if the very Department of the Government that is supposed to assess the deaths and medical needs of children and adults in Iraq is not telling the truth.

We request from the United Nations General Assembly the following:

1. To acknowledge that there is a serious problem regarding the unprecedented number of birth defects and cancer cases in Iraq specifically in Fallujah, Basra, Baghdad and Al – Najaf.

2. To set up an independent committee to conduct a full investigation into the problem of the increased number of birth defects and cancers in Iraq.

3. To implement the cleaning up of toxic materials used by the occupying forces including Depleted Uranium, and White Phosphorus.

4. To prevent children and adults entering contaminated areas to minimize exposure to these hazards.

5. To investigate whether war crimes, or crimes against humanity, have been committed, and thereby uphold the United Nations Charter, The Geneva and Hague Conventions, and The Rome Statute of The International Criminal Court.

Please find enclosed a copy of our letter to Mr Gareth Thomas, dated 12th October 2009, and his letter to The Rt Hon Clare Short, M.P. dated 3rd September 2009, and enclosures relating to this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Nawal Majeed Al-Sammarai ( Iraq Minister of Women’s Affairs 2006 -2009)

Dr. David Halpin FRCS (Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon)

Malak Hamdan M. Eng in Chemical and Bioprocess Engineering.

Dr Chris Burns-Cox MD FRCP

Dr. Haithem Alshaibani (Environmental Sciences)

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (Author and Journalist)
Nicholas Wood MA, RIBA, FRGS

Enclosures to follow by surface mail:

1:  Copy of Sky Television Documentary 1 September 2009 “The Deformed Babies of Fallujah”:

2:  Copy of Sky Television Documentary June 2008 “The Deformed Babies of Fallujah”.

3:  Frieder Wagners’s film “Deadly Desert Dust” 2006.

4:  Report by doctors in Fallujah 4 March 2008 ” Prohibited Weapons Crisis”

5:  Film the “Dying children of Iraq”,compiled by Nicholas Wood.

6:  US Army briefing on the use of White Phosphorous in Fallujah on “Shake and Bake Missions”

7:  Report “Who Can Forgive the Crime of using Depleted Uranium Against Iraq and Humanity” by Dr Haithem Alshaibani, September 2009 .

8:  Written Answer by Mr Hilary Benn, Secretary of State, Department for International Development to Parliamentary Question. 10 March 2005.

9:  Letter by Mr Hilary Benn, Secretary of State, Department for International Development to The Independent, 20 January 2007, in reply to the 98 Doctors’ letter to the Prime Minister.

10:  Letter by Rt.Hon. Des Browne, M.P. UK Former Minister of Defence to Rt. Hon. Tony Benn, November 2008

11:  Black Country Coroner’s District ( Sandwell, Dudley.and Walsall: ) Coroner’s Report into death of Stuart Raymond Dyson. 18 September 2009.

12:  Calculations of expected child abnormalities in a city the size of Cardiff or Fallujah using UK statistics , David Halpin FRCS

Letter from Mr Gareth Thomas M.P. Duty Minister, Department for International Development, 3 September 2009 to Rt. Hon. Clare Short M.P.

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By Lisa Holland

Sadness Of Fallujah’s Sick Children

A doctor in Iraq has told Sky News that more and more children are being born with deformities in Fallujah, a city heavily bombed by the US in 2004. Lisa Holland’s report contains pictures of children with severe medical conditions and deformities. Video Here

This is beyond sad. These poor children and parents should never have had to go through this.

The under taker at a Fallujah cemetery  says he buries 4 or 5 newborns every day and most are deformed.

This is compliments of the US invasion.

This is a crime against Humanity and a War Crime to say the very lest.

Words cannot describe, the despair these parents must feel.

This of course happens everywhere the US goes, this is the trail of horror they leave behind. This is caused by the Weapons they used and they sell these weapons to other countries as well.

The soldiers who have been there, can also have children with these types of deformities.

This Video Released in 2007

An award winning documentary film produced for German television by Freider Wagner and Valentin Thurn. The film exposes the use and impact of radioactive weapons during the current war against Iraq. The story is told by citizens of many nations. It opens with comments by two British veterans, Kenny Duncan and Jenny Moore, describing their exposure to radioactive, so-called depleted uranium (DU), weapons and the congenital abnormalities of their children. Dr. Siegwart-Horst Gunther, a former colleague of Albert Schweitzer, and Tedd Weyman of the Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC) traveled to Iraq, from Germany and Canada respectively, to assess uranium contamination in Iraq

The Hidden Massacre of Fallujah

This is the terrible testimony given by Jeff Englehart, veteran of the war in Iraq. “I have seen women and children burnt bodies – the former U.S. soldier added – phosphorus explodes and it creates a cloud. Whoever is within 150 mt is dead.” Some witnesses have seen a rainfall of burning substances of different colors that were burning people when hit and even those who were not hit had problems breathing”, told us Mohamad Tareq al-Deraji, director of the center for human rights studies in Fallujah.

More pictures of Babies Born in Iraq with Deformities

This is the result of weapons used by the US


What the US didn’t want anyone to know.

Whether it be Napalm,  White Phosphorous or another new Weapon of Mass Destruction the end result it horrifying.

These are the Victims of the US.

This is beyond cruel.

This is beyond a war crime

This is the US inhumanity

Who has and used Weapons of Mass Destruction? Not Iraqis.

How can anyone do this?

This is the true face of war.

Those responsible for this must be held responsible.

Americans must know what their Government did.

Imagine how you would react to this type of horror

How can anyone in the World think this is OK?

How many must die before we Say NO TO WAR?

Is it any wonder they hate Americans?

We also have Children Like this little girl and there are many more like

Mouna.

Mouna’s Story : An Iraqi Girl Struggles to Walk Again

The five-part series  chronicles the story of Mouna, a young girl who suffered severe injuries in Iraq, she learned how  to walk again, on artificial limbs with the help of MSF/Doctors Without Boarders, surgeons and physiotherapists in Amman, Jordan.

It was a very long, painful road for a little girl to travel.

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France: Riot police storm The Jungle Refugee Camp at Calais,

September 22, 2009

These are refugees from Iraq and Afghanistan who traveled to Calais, hoping they could make it to Britain.

278 people have  been detained by the French police, 132  are children.

This is the day they destroy the  Calais refugee camp known as the Jungle.   French riot police were apparently armed with flamethrowers, stun guns and tear gas.

At 7.40 am, dozens of vans accompanied by bulldozers began circling the camp.

Aproximatly 500 officers were at the site.

Camp refugees, many of whom were children, were dragged away by police officers and put into waiting buses. Others were escorted out.

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As I was wandering around I noticed how many didn’t want these people in their country. Not naming names or anything. When ‘I first noticed the story, I went all over.

These people have come from war torn countries. There are a few million displaced civilians because of the Iraq war and Afghanistan..

With every war there are always refugees. Now what is also interesting many of these same folks, who were complaining about the refugees were supportive of  the wars.

Now however because there is a refugee problem, they don’t want to help them.

Well if you don’t want refugees don’t start wars.

Many of the children may be orphans.  They can’t send children back to Afghanistan  at this point in time.  Many people thought they should be just shipped back.

There really may not be much for them to go back to and if their parents have been killed there is even less reason for them to go back.

We are not helping them. We are doing more harm then good.

Then there is the DU and the radiation from the Bunker Busters.

Well more will get cancer and die.

It will also affect the soldiers who are in those areas.

I think it is time to face those facts.

In Afghanistan  53 %  are living in poverty and rising each year.

Unemployment has risen to 40% way up from 2000 when it was only 8%.

They have about 8,000 dead and over 59,000 who were injured.

They also have a heroin problem again. The Taliban as awful as they may be, had destroyed all the poppy fields.

Now Iran and Iraq have a heroin problem. Under Saddam heroin was never a problem in Iraq.

The heroin is now being shipped out to North America and European countries.  So now they have a heroin problem too.

Now folks are complaining about the refugees.

Well what did they expect?

Every war creates millions of refugees.

Remembering all the other wars around the world that is a fact of life.

My heart goes out to them.They have suffered so much tragedy and loss.

Arial view of camp

This the areal View of the Camp. Not a very special place, but to the refugees it was home and it was safe.  Safer then the war zones they came from.

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What will happen to them now is unknown. They didn’t start the wars they are the victims of it.

Now they have been arrested by the very people who they thought might help them.

Seems no matter where they go they are not welcome.

Nato however had no problem invading their countries.

Nato had no problem destroying their homes and their lives.

They had no problem polluting their homeland with DU and Radiation from Bunker Busters.

No problem bombing their homes.

No problem killing their friends and realtives.

No problem at all.

They ran away from their home land, because they couldn’t take the wars anymore. They want and need to feel safe. Well I guess they will be safe in prison.

No body wants them. How shameful this is.

Especially for the children.

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AfghanistanAn injured U.S. soldier is helped getting out following a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009. A suicide car bomb attack Saturday on a heavily guarded road between the German Embassy and a U.S. military base. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

AfghanistanA U.S. soldier stands guard following a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009.  A suicide car bomb attack on a heavily guarded road between the German Embassy and a U.S. military base . (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

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AFGHAN-VIOLENCE/EMBASSYVictims of a blast at the German embassy are driven to a hospital in the back of a truck in Kabul January 17, 2009. A suicide car bomb exploded outside the embassy and a U.S. base in the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing three civilians, witnesses said. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

AfghanistanA wounded U.S. soldier is carried following a blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2009.  A suicide car bomb attack on a heavily guarded road between the German Embassy and a U.S. military base set the embassy on fire Saturday, killing an Afghan child and wounding 21 people, including five U.S. troops. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq)

AFGHAN-VIOLENCE/BLASTPeople carry a wounded U.S. soldier after a blast outside the German embassy in Kabul January 17, 2009. A suicide car bomb exploded outside the embassy and a U.S. base in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Saturday, killing three civilians, witnesses said.    REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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AfghanistanAn Afghan officer walks towards a damaged U.S. Humvee armored vehicle after a car bomb suicide attack in Basoud district of Ningarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2009. The blast left no causalities, said Afghan police officials. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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AfghanistanIn this handout image released by U.S. army, Infantry Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 5th Stryker Brigade Combat Team carry a wounded Stryker Soldier on a litter to be medically evacuated (MEDEVAC) after rolling over an anti-tank mine in Zabul  Province, Afghanistan, Friday, Aug 21, 2009. The MEDEVAC support team based near the same province is from Company C “DUSTOFF”, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. The team was able to respond to the evacuation of the Soldier within 15 minutes of the incident. The Soldier suffered minor injuries to his back.(AP Photo/US Army)

AfghanistanCanadian soldiers with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) stand outside the provincial council office following suicide attacks in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Wednesday, April 1, 2009. Three Taliban suicide bombers disguised in army uniforms stormed a government office in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday after a fourth detonated a car bomb, officials said. At least 17 people, including the four assailants, died. (AP Photo)

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84577858_PB0013BLAST.JPGKABUL, AFGHANISTAN -February 01:  Afghan and ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) troops examine the scene after a suicide car bomber hit a convoy of foreign troops on the outskirts of the Afghan capital, wounding two Afghan civilians and a French soldier, according to Afghan officials, February 1, 2009 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Independent Election Commission has postponed the country’s presidential election until August 20th, from late April, for security reasons.  (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

AfghanistanThe wrapped body parts of a lawmaker Dad Mohammad Khan and others who were with him are seen in a blanket on the back of a police vehicle following a roadside bomb in Helmand province south of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, March 19, 2009. The lawmaker who was a vocal Taliban critic in Afghanistan’s insurgency-plagued south was killed Thursday by a roadside bomb, family and officials said. (AP Photo)

AFGHANISTAN ISAF Canadian soldiers of NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) inspect the wreckage of a vehicle used in a suicide car bomb attack targeting a Canadian military convoy in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, 12 March 2008. A suicide attacker detonated his explosives-filled vehicle targeted at a Canadian military convoy killing an Afghan civilian and wounding four others, including a Canadian soldier, officials said. Around 2, 500 Canadian forces are stationed in the southern province of Kandahar, a strong-hold for Taliban militants, whose government was toppled in late 2001.  EPA/HUMAYOUN SHIAB

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U.S. soldiers inspect near the wrecker of a car used by a suicide bomber in Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, March 21, 2009. A suicide bomber in a car blew himself up at a police checkpoint in Chaparhar district of eastern Nangarhar province where officers were searching cars, killing six people, including five civilians and one policeman, said police spokesman Gafor Khan. The blast also wounded four civilians and a policeman, he said. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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Rows of destroyed Humvees and military trucks are seen at the Portward Logistic Terminal in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008. Militants blasted their way into two transport terminals in Pakistan on Sunday and torched more than 160 vehicles destined for U.S.-led troops in Afghanistan, in the biggest assault yet on a vital military supply line. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

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NATO aircraft opened fire on hijacked fuel trucks in Kunduz, Afghanistan before dawn on Friday September 4 2009, killing as many as 90 people in an incident that could trigger a backlash against Western troops. NATO initially said it believed the casualties were all Taliban fighters, but later acknowledged that large numbers of civilians were being treated in hospitals in the area.

90 victims died and numerous ones were injured.

Below are just a few of the injured.

AfghanistanInjured people by a NATO airstrike are brought to a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 4, 2009. (AP Photo)

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AFGHANISTAN/A wounded man is transported in a taxi to a hospital after an airstrike killed scores of people in Kunduz September 4, 2009. REUTERS/Wahdat

AfghanistanA Doctor treats an injured full of burns, of NATO air strike, at a hospital, in Kunduz, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 4, 2009.  (AP Photo)

AFGHANISTANAfghan hospital workers carry an injured Afghan villager in hospital after Friday’s NATO air strike  in northern Kunduz September 4, 2009.    REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

AfghanistanRahmatullah, 19, a victim of Friday’ NATO air strike, tries to sit up on his bed in a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2009. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

AFGHANISTAN/An Afghan doctor in a regional hospital treats a villager injured in Friday’s NATO air strike in northern Kunduz September 4, 2009. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

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AFGHANISTANAn Afghan villager injured lies in hospital after Friday’s NATO air strike on a Taliban target in northern Kunduz September 4, 2009.

AFGHANISTANAfghan police inspect the site of an airstrike in Kunduz September 4, 2009. NATO aircraft opened fire on hijacked fuel trucks in Afghanistan before dawn on Friday. REUTERS/Wahdat

AfghanistanAfghani policemen look at one of two burnt fuel tankers, near Kunduz, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 4, 2009.

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Local Afghani people burry their villagers killed in a NATO air strike, in a mass grave  near Kunduz, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 4, 2009.

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AFGHANISTAN/Afghans bury some of the victims of an airstrike in a mass grave near Kunduz September 4, 2009.setting off a huge fireball Friday that killed up to 90 people on Friday in northern Afghanistan when NATO aircraft struck hijacked fuel tankers as villagers came to collect fuel, Afghan officials said. REUTERS/Stringer
AfghanistanLocal Afghani people bury their villagers killed in a NATO air strike, in a mass grave  near Kunduz, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 4, 2009. (AP Photo)

AfghanistanLocal Afghani people burry their villagers killed in a NATO airstrike, in a mass grave  near Kunduz, Afghanistan, Friday, Sept. 4, 2009. (AP Photo)

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Afghanistan ViolenceAn Afghan child, who was  wounded by coalition airstrikes in the Zerko area of Shindand district stands with his father at a hospital in the city of Herat province southwest of Kabul, Afghanistan on Thursday, July 17, 2008.  (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)

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AfghanistanAfghan demonstrators gather at a demonstration as black smoke billows from burning tires in the background, following a U.S. operation on their village in Qarabagh district of Ghazni, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Feb. 2, 2009.  (AP Photo/Rahmatullah Naikzad)

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Afghanistan ViolenceAfghan men surround a child who was  wounded by air strikes as he lays in a hospital after he was transported from Helmand to Kandahar province for treatment on Saturday, July 28, 2007.   (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

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AfghanistanTala 9, an Afghan girl who was wounded in coalition air strike on Monday night in Bala Baluk district of Farah province recovers in a hospital in Herat, Afghanistan, Saturday, May 9, 2009. A joint U.S.-Afghan investigation has found that civilians were killed during a battle in southern Afghanistan, but officials have not been able to determine how many.(AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)

APTOPIX AfghanistanHaji Barkat Ullah speaks with her daughter Frishta, 7, who was wounded in coalition air strike on Monday night in Bala Baluk district of Farah province recovers in a hospital in Herat, Afghanistan, Saturday, May 9, 2009. A joint U.S.-Afghan investigation has found that civilians were killed during a battle in southern Afghanistan, but officials have not been able to determine how many. (AP Photo/Fraidoon Pooyaa)

AS AfghanistanAfghan paramedics treat a wounded Afghan boy in a hospital after he was wounded in a roadside bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Saturday, April 18, 2009.  A roadside bomb targeting a police vehicle in Kandahar city killed a woman and wounded five other people including three civilians, said Abdullah Khan, the provincial deputy police chief.(AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

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A villager looks at an infant boy who died after a military raid in a village in Gurbuz district of Khost province April 9, 2009. U.S. and Afghan forces killed four militants, including two women, and detained three others on Wednesday near Khost city, some 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Kabul, U.S. forces said in a statement. But local residents disputed the military’s account, saying five civilians, a female teacher, her son, brother in-law and two more non-combatants were killed in the raid. Another woman was wounded, they said. REUTERS/Kamal Sadat

AFGHANISTAN/The body of an infant boy who died after a military raid is seen in a village in Gurbuz district of Khost province April 9, 2009. U.S. and Afghan forces killed four militants, including two women, and detained three others on Wednesday near Khost city, some 150 km (95 miles) southeast of Kabul, U.S. forces said in a statement. But local residents disputed the military’s account, saying five civilians, a female teacher, her son, brother in-law and two more non-combatants were killed in the raid. Another woman was wounded, they said. REUTERS/Kamal Sadat

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A wounded Afghan boy, seen, in an ambulance, in Asadabad the provincial capital of Kunar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, April 13, 2009. A NATO operation killed six civilians Monday, including a woman and a young girl, in a mountainous region of eastern Afghanistan, villagers and officials said. But the military alliance said its force killed four to eight militants.(AP Photo)

If it wasn’t bad enough there is a war they also had two earthquaks as well.

AS AfghanistanAfghan villagers pray opposite the bodies of victims of an earthquake, during a funeral in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, April 17, 2009. Two earthquakes shook eastern Afghanistan early Friday, collapsing mud-brick homes on top of villagers while they slept and killing at least 21 people. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

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The  bags that are put on prisoners is cruel and inhibits breathing.

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(Afghanistan 1) A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Afghanistan has suffered many casualties.

Many children have been killed and many injured.  Their injuries are extreme.

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These are the pictures you will never see in our mainstream media.

This is the true face of war in Afghanistan.

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(Afghanistan 2) A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words


Afghanistan’s hidden toll: Injured Troops

‘Hush’ over Afghan mission must end

US-NATO Using Military Might To Control World Energy Resources

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Private guards at US embassy ‘running rampant’

September 2 2009

By David Usborne

The US State Department is set to investigate allegations of a breakdown in discipline among privately-contracted guards at the American embassy in Afghanistan that created a “Lord of the Flies” environment of humiliation and coercion.

The working culture featured lurid locker room-style hazing, semi-naked, vodka-fuelled parties and the humiliation or even firing of those who refused to join in. A charitable government oversight group described the alleged violations in a report delivered to the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. The Project on Government Oversight also handed over emails, videos, photographs and other testimony from other guards.

The State Department recently renewed a contract with the private security firm ArmorGroup to supply guards for the embassy, even though a congressional sub-committee voiced concerns of its own about the arrangement two months ago. That report noted that some of the guards spoke so little English they communicated in mime.

The new report seems more troubling. One witness is quoted as having seen guards “peeing on people” and drinking “vodka shots out of ass cracks”. It says also that Afghan guards have been forced into humiliating acts at odds with their Muslim beliefs.

Mrs Clinton has “zero tolerance” for the kind of behaviour described in the report, a State Department official in Washington insisted yesterday, and had ordered a “review of the whole system”. The official added: “These are very serious allegations and we are treating them that way.”

Emails from guards include descriptions of understaffing, sleep deprivation and “threats and intimidation”. One guard speaks of colleagues and supervisors as “sexual predators, deviants running rampant”.

The revelations sparked a rash of ‘Guards Gone Wild’ headlines across the US media yesterday. They come at a time when the US government is already under scrutiny for the extent to which it relies on private firms to provide security overseas. Most famous among those companies is Xe Services, formerly Blackwater, which is now banned from Iraq by its government.

Critics claim that sub-contracting tasks to private firms muddies the accountability chain. A separate study by the Congressional Research Service this week noted that private contractors now account for 57 per cent of all Pentagon personnel in Afghanistan, the highest percentage ever seen.

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Well at least they aren’t murdering people like Blackwater.

“vodka shots out of ass cracks” Now there’s a concept.

Seems they are behaving like a bunch of college students.

These are the guys taking care of the American Embassy.

All I can say is. Well when I stop laughing, I will think of something mystical to say. Right now the tears are running down my cheeks and I can’t breath so good, But I will think of something.

Warning a few bare bottoms.

Some Pictures of the fellows everyone is compaining about.


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Gaza (6) A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

January 14 2009

Official: over 1,010 Palestinians were killed and over 4,600 others wounded since Israel launched on Gaza.
Official: Among the dead Palestinians, 225 are children and 69 are women.

Hamas announced it has accepted an Egyptian-brokered initiative to reach a ceasefire with Israel.

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Bunker Buster

Gaza: the endless cycle of trauma

Who Will Save Israel From Itself

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Even those Israel killed cannot rest in peace. Palestinians gather next to a crater caused by an Israeli bombing of the Sheik Radwan cemetery in Gaza City, Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2009. An Israeli warplane bombed a crammed cemetery in Gaza City on Wednesday, sending body parts flying onto neighboring houses and knocking a large hole into the graveyard. Photo: AP / Ashraf Amra

i Extreme Injuries are common.  Very traumatic, permanent disfigurement, is something many will live with for the rest of their lives. Photo : AFP

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Overcrowded rooms at hospitals throughout Gaza tell the stories of this war’s civilians casualties.  Photo: AFP

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For more than two weeks, the war has caused scenes of death and destruction in Gaza, while international outcry concerning the conflict has been impotent Photo: AFP

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Smoke rises during Israel’s offensive in the northern Gaza Strip January 14, 2009. I certainly wouldn’t want to have to breath the air. Photo: REUTERS/Amir Cohen

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Some Palestinians still hold keys to their homes in villages that are now part of Israel, which they were forced to leave during the Nakba that marked the formation of Israel.  Photo: GETTY

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Palestinians carry the body of Ahmed Kelah during his funeral in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, January 14, 2009 Photo: Ismail Zaydah /Reuters

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A Palestinian boy, who was wounded during Israel’s offensive, cries at Kamal Odwan hospital in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, January 14, 2009. Photo: Reuters

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Palestinians mourn in Beit Lahiya in the northern Gaza Strip, after their relative was killed during Israel’s offensive January 14, 2009. International efforts to stop the Gaza war intensified. Photo: REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah

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Palestinians search for their belongings in the rubble of a destroyed building following the Israeli military operations in Gaza City on Jan. 14, 2009. Now homeless. Photo: Xinhua/Wissam Nassar

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Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed building following the Israeli military operations in Gaza City on Jan. 14, 2009. Photo: Xinhua/Wissam Nassar

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Palestinians inspect the rubble of a destroyed building following the Israeli military operations in Gaza City on Jan. 14, 2009. Photo: Xinhua/Wissam Nassar

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Palestinians take their belongings out of the rubble of a destroyed building following the Israeli military operations in Gaza City on Jan. 14, 2009. Photo: Xinhua/Wissam Nassar

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Palestinians carry the body of Basem Abed al Nabe, 11, during a funeral at the Jabaliya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip, Jan. 14, 2009. Three members from Abed al Nabe family, Qasem, 6, and Basem, 11, and Saddam, 17, were killed during an Israeli missile strike outside their house in Jabaliya. Photo: Xinhua/Wissam Nassar

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Israel Broke the Ceasefire November 4 2008

79 % of the time: Israel caused conflicts not Hamas

Israel has bombed everything from UN schools, places of worship, homes, hospitals, medical clinics, police stations, and now a Cemetery. They certainly leave no stone unturned. The killing of innocent victims is no accident nor was killing the UN driver. The pollution from this war will kill for years to come. It’s all in the Archives.

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Gaza (4): A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

January9 2009:   Since Israel launched “Operation Cast Lead”, 781 people have been killed and nearly 3,100 others have been wounded, Palestinian emergency services said.

The destruction Continues.

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January 9 : A cluster bomb disperses hundreds of bomblets in the northern Gaza Strip Photo: Yannis Behrakis/Reuters

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January 9 : Palestinians pray next to the bodies of the Salha family, who were killed in an Israeli missile strike in Gaza City Photo: Ali Ali/EPA

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January 7 : Mourners pray over the victims killed on Tuesday in an Israeli attack on a UN-run school building in Jabaliya, northern Gaza Photo: Abid Katib/Getty Images

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A relative of the 10 members of the Deeb family weeps at their funeral in Jabaliya refugee camp. The victims died in an Israeli strike on a a UN-run school Photo: Mohammed Saber/EPA

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January 8 : Palestinians gather around the ruins of the Al-Noor mosque after an Israeli airstrike in the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood of Gaza City Photo: Hatem Moussa/AP

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January 7 : Palestinian children are seen at the United Nations school where their families took shelter following Israeli strikes, in the refugee camp of Jabaliya Photo: Mohammed Saber/EPA

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January 1: Wounded Palestinian children are carried to a hospital after an Israeli air strike on the home of senior Hamas leader Nizar Rayyan in Gaza Photo: Ismail Zaydah /Reuters

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January 1: A Palestinian woman with two wounded members of her family in hospital following an Israeli missile strike in Beit Hanoun.  Photo: Ashraf Amra/AP

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January 1 : A wounded Palestinian child screams as she arrives to the al-Shifa hospital after an Israeli air strike in Gaza City Photo: Fadi Adwan /Getty Images

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December 31 : Hosam Hamdan in in Gaza City’s al-Shifa hospital intensive care unit after he was wounded and his two sisters killed in an Israeli air strike in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza Strip. At least 25% of Palestinians killed during Israel’s massive offensive in the Gaza Strip have been civilians, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees said Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images

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December 29: Palestinian children walk past a destroyed mosque and houses after they were hit by an Israeli missile strike that killed Jawaher Baalusha, 4, and her four sisters in the northern Gaza Strip

Photograph: Abid Katib/Getty Images

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December 29 : A Palestinian boy watches the funeral of three children in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. Palestinian medics said five young sisters, died in an Israeli air strike in Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza and three other young children were killed when a bomb struck a house Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters

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A wounded Palestinian is carried into Shifa hospital after an Israeli air strike in Gaza January 8, 2009. Photo: Reuters

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egyption-view-of-gazaAn Egyptian looks at rising clouds of smoke during Israeli strikes at the Gaza strip, in the Egyptian border city of Rafah January 8, 2009. Palestinians faced even grimmer conditions in the Gaza Strip on Thursday after a U.N. aid agency halted work, saying its staff were at risk from Israeli forces fighting Hamas militants, after two drivers were killed. Photo: Reuters

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dence-smoke-rises-from-gazaDense smoke rises from Gaza city after Israeli bombardment on Jan.8, 2009. Photo: Xinhua

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red-cross-israel-failedThe Red Cross says Israel has failed to meet its humanitarian law obligations Photo: Reuters

gaza-funeralJan 9: About 770 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza  Photo: AFP

gaza-hospital-over-3000-casualtiesHospitals in Gaza have been overwhelmed trying to treat about 3,000 people wounded in the Israeli operation. Doctors say they are running short of essential supplies and people are dying as a result. Photo: Getty

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wp-jan-8Fire and smoke is seen from Israeli military operations in Gaza City, Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009. Photo: AP / Abdel Kareem Hana

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An artillery shell explodes over the Palestinian refugee camp of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip “Looks like White Phosphorous”. Photo: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images

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Palestinians pray near the bodies of some of the 43 Palestinians who were killed the previous day. More than 600 Palestinians are now believed to have been killed since the offensive began Photo: Mohammed Saber/EPA

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A Star of David, the Jewish symbol, is drawn on a drying pool of blood near the damaged UN school. The UN have denied Israeli allegations that Palestinian militants were firing rockets from the school. Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

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January 7 2009: More than 40 Palestinians, many of them them women and children, were killed by an Israeli mortar shell at a United Nations school in Gaza on Tuesday, intensifying the international pressure for a ceasefire agreement Photo: Ismail Zaydah/Reuters

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White Phosphorus dropped in Gaza

white-phosperous-weapons2The pale blue 155mm rounds are clearly marked with the designation M825A1, an American-made white phosphorus munition Photo: Times on line

MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANS GAZABetter know as a Bunker Buster. An explosion is seen as missiles fired from an Israeli aircraft fly towards a target in the northern Gaza Strip, as seen from the Israeli side of the border,  Jan. 1, 2009.   Photo: AP/Gil Nechushtan

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A Palestinian man reacts as he carries a girl who according to Palestinian medical sources was killed in an Israeli strike, into Shifa hospital in Gaza City, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. Israeli forces pounded Gaza Strip houses and mosques  on Monday from the air, land and sea, killing at least seven children as they pressed a bruising offensive against Palestinian militants. Photo: AP/Khalil Hamra

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Child in the rubble of destroyed building Gaza City January 6 2009 Photo: Fady Adwan

A Palestinian girl cries during the funeral of her brother who was killed after an Israeli air strike in the northern Gaza Strip January 4, 2009. Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants battled on Gaza City’s outskirts on Sunday after Israeli troops and tanks invaded the coastal enclave in the worst fighting in the conflict in decades. REUTERS/Ismail Zaydah (GAZA)

A Palestinian girl cries during the funeral of a relative that was killed in an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, cutting the coastal territory into two and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas gained momentum.”photo by Fady Adwan/propaimages”

A Palestinian girl cries during the funeral of a relative that was killed in an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip, Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009. Israeli ground troops and tanks cut swaths through the Gaza Strip early Sunday, cutting the coastal territory into two and surrounding its biggest city as the new phase of a devastating offensive against Hamas gained momentum.”photo by Fady Adwan/propaimages”

A Charity has used the little girl above for advertising. I just did up a new post on this you may be interested in reading. 

US/Israeli Charity uses little Palestinian Childs photo to raise money for Israels Hungry

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Israel killing their own by Using Deadly Weapons of Mass Destuction again Gaza

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Memorial to fallen Canadians an ‘oasis of peace’

The remains of one the latest three Canadian soldiers to be killed in Afghanistan is carried across the tarmac during a ramp ceremony at Kandahar Airfield on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.

The remains of one the latest three Canadian soldiers to be killed in Afghanistan is carried across the tarmac during a ramp ceremony at Kandahar Airfield on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.

Memorial to fallen Canadians an ‘oasis of peace’
December 7 2008

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan
Like much of the base, the monument behind a two-storey building at Kandahar Airfield is in a no-salute zone — but soldiers invariably salute when they pass by.

The large marble and slate memorial bears the names and photographs of Canadians who have paid the ultimate price trying to bring peace and stability to a nation ravaged by war for more than 30 years.

It is in a corner behind the administrative offices of Joint Task Force Afghanistan, in the shade of some of the few trees to be found on the dusty, gravel military base.

“When they pass the memorial, you will see every soldier stand to attention and salute the memorial,” said senior chaplain Maj. Doug Friesen.

“This has just occurred spontaneously. You can’t stop them. They’re going to do it anyway to respect their fallen comrades.”

While Canada has lost a diplomat and two aid workers to insurgent violence since the mission began in 2002, Canadian soldiers have, for obvious reasons, borne the brunt of the casualties.

On Friday, the military death toll reached 100 when three more Canadian soldiers were killed.

The milestone is seen by some to be tragic and pivotal. But Friesen suggested the attention given to the number is arbitrary.

“You hate to lose one friend, one soldier, one son or one husband,” he said. “For the family that’s lost someone, that’s 100 per cent of their loved one.”

The soldiers are well aware of the risks. Friesen said he is not convinced that hitting the 100 mark will have any bearing on their commitment to the task at hand.

“Certainly there’s going to be lots of reflection and thought on the cost of the war and our role here,” Friesen said.

“But frankly, I don’t know whether the number 100 is going to have a noticeable effect on morale here for the troops.”

For Master Warrant Officer Albert Boucher, the camp sergeant-major who looks after the monument, ensuring each and every fallen soldier receives a dignified farewell is a task he doesn’t take lightly.

He helps organize the elaborate ramp ceremonies that draw thousands of soldiers from a multitude of countries to the tarmac at Kandahar Airfield to pay respects as the deceased is placed aboard a transport plane on the final journey home.

But he also has the quiet task of putting up the laser-etched granite plaques bearing each fallen soldier’s photograph, name, rank, unit and age.

It can take as long as four weeks after a death for the plaque to arrive in Kandahar. It is typically affixed to the wall of honour with little fanfare.

Unlike the ramp ceremony, there are no bagpipes, no procession, no flag party.

“I personally like to do it at night. That’s when I put it in,” Boucher said.

“I like them to just be there. To just appear.”

The memorial is the place where friends, comrades and relatives can come to reflect, often laying flowers, photographs or other mementoes before they leave.

“You’ll see … there’s a lot of comrades who’ve lost soldiers and friends here who will come see the plate before they go home,” he said.

“Quite often they’re out at (forward operating bases) or combat outpost and they’re not able to come back and be at the ramp ceremony.”

Friesen said soldiers will often mark the one-year anniversary of a comrade’s death with a small ceremony at the memorial.

Relatives of deceased soldiers who are invited to Afghanistan on occasion will make a stop at what Friesen calls the “little oasis of peace.”

“They’ve done a beautiful job of giving something here that’s respectful, reverend and sacred,” he said.

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Canadian Casualties in Afghanistan
Total: 100 Deaths

Since the start of Canadian military activities in Afghanistan, 100 Canadian soldiers have lost their lives. A Canadian diplomat and two Canadian aid workers have also been killed over the course of the insurgency.

Pictures, Names and Dates of those Who have Lost their lives