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Disappeared Day

From: Dennis Serdel To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: June 06, 2014 Subject: Disappeared Day

Written by Dennis Serdel, Vietnam 1967-68 (one tour) Light Infantry, Americal Div. 11th Brigade; United Auto Workers GM Retiree

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Disappeared Day

370,000 American men did not appear when they were drafted for WWII, instead they disappeared. Other young American men deserted when they saw they were going to be sacrificed in a manmade killing machine

to land on the beaches of Normandy that later on General Ike had one shot, in a firing squad blindfolded as a traitor, a gentle man who didn't deserve it. Ike wanted to show in frustration what would happen to other deserters but it didn't work because the deserters were choosing life in a life or death situation and they disappeared.

Written by Dennis Serdel for others when they see the rows of crosses

AFGHANISTAN WAR REPORTS

Fort Carson Soldier From Thornton Killed In Kandahar Province, Afghanistan

May 30, 2014 KMGH

FORT CARSON, Colo. - A Fort Carson soldier has died following an aircraft accident in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan.

Post officials Friday identified the solider killed as 21-year-old Pfc. Jacob H. Wykstra, of Thornton, Colorado. Details of the aircraft accident Wednesday were not immediately available. The accident remains under investigation.

Wykstra was an infantryman assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

Wykstra joined the Army last year and was deployed to Afghanistan in January.

Wykstra Family Statement:

“Jake was a faithful and loving husband, son, brother and friend. Words cannot express our sorrow at this time. Jake always lit up a room with his smile and goofy sense of humor. Those he served with have said that no matter how difficult the situation, he had the ability to find the humor and good in it. We are proud to have raised a son who was willing to serve his country and fight for freedom and those who couldn't fight for themselves. He was a sweet, perfect husband who loved his wife with all his heart. His piercing blue eyes and contagious smile will be sorely missed.

“We ask for privacy at this difficult time, and want to express sincere gratitude for all the thoughts and prayers as we celebrate his life.”

POLITICIANS REFUSE TO HALT THE BLOODSHED

THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WAR

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THE TROOPS HAVE THE POWER TO STOP THE WAR KaBOOM Flames rise from a truck carrying

Flames rise from a truck carrying oil for foreign forces in Afghanistan, after it was attacked by militants in Jaffarbad, Balochistan province, Pakistan, June 8, 2014. Over the last years tankers and trucks carrying oil and logistics for foreign troops have been regularly targeted by militants on both sides of the border. (EPA/ZAHID HUSSEIN)

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“At The Heart Of The Falsified Data In Phoenix, And Possibly Many Other Veterans Hospitals, Is An Acute Shortage Of Doctors, Particularly Primary Care Ones”

“The Exploding Workload Is Suffocating Them”

“‘It Was Unethical To Put Us In That Position,’ Dr. Hollenbeck Said”

“Your Heart Gets Broken”

In the past three years, primary-care appointments have leapt 50 percent while the department’s staff of primary care doctors has grown by only 9 percent, according to department statistics.

Those primary care doctors are supposed to be responsible for about 1,200 patients each, but many now treat upward of 2,000, said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents nurses and other support staff.

MAY 29, 2014 By RICHARD A. OPPEL Jr. and ABBY GOODNOUGHMAY, The New York Times Company [Excerpts]

Dr. Phyllis Hollenbeck, a primary care physician, took a job at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Jackson, Miss., in 2008 expecting fulfilling work and a lighter patient load than she had had in private practice.

What she found was quite different: 13-hour workdays fueled by large patient loads that kept growing as colleagues quit and were not replaced.

Appalled by what she saw, Dr. Hollenbeck filed a whistle-blower complaint and changed jobs.

A subsequent investigation by the Department of Veterans Affairs concluded last fall that

indeed the Jackson hospital did not have enough primary care doctors, resulting in nurse practitioners’ handling far too many complex cases and in numerous complaints from veterans about delayed care.

“It was unethical to put us in that position,” Dr. Hollenbeck said of the overstressed primary care unit in Jackson. “Your heart gets broken.”

At the heart of the falsified data in Phoenix, and possibly many other veterans hospitals,

is an acute shortage of doctors, particularly primary care ones, to handle a patient

population swelled both by aging veterans from the Vietnam War and younger ones who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to congressional officials, Veterans Affairs doctors and medical industry experts.

The department says it is trying to fill 400 vacancies to add to its roster of primary care doctors, which last year numbered 5,100.

“The doctors are good but they are overworked, and they feel inadequate in the face of the inordinate demands made on them,” said Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut and a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

“The exploding workload is suffocating them.”

The inspector general’s report also pointed to another factor that may explain why hospital officials in Phoenix and elsewhere might have falsified wait-time data:

pressures to excel in the annual performance reviews used to determine raises, bonuses, promotions and other benefits.

Instituted widely 20 years ago to increase accountability for weak employees as well as reward strong ones, those reviews and their attendant benefits may have become perverse incentives for manipulating wait-time data, some lawmakers and experts say.

Representative Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican who is chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, said whistle-blowers at several veterans hospitals had told his staff members that they would be threatened if they failed to alter data to make patient-access numbers look good for their supervisors, one reason he has called for a criminal investigation into the Veterans Affairs hospital system.

“Fear was instilled in lower-level employees by their superiors, and those superiors did not want long wait times,” Mr. Miller said in an interview.

“Bonuses are tied directly to the waiting times of the veterans, and anybody that showed long wait times was less likely to receive a favorable review.”

Schemes to disguise wait times generally followed a handful of approaches, whistle- blowers and officials in Congress say. In Phoenix, where administrators were overwhelmed by new patients, many veterans were not logged into the official electronic waiting list, making it easier to cloak delays in providing care.

Another strategy, according to documents and interviews, was for Veterans Affairs employees to record the first date a doctor was available as the desired date requested by the veteran, even if they wanted an earlier date.

“Yes, it is gaming the system a bit,” one employee at the Veterans Affairs medical center in Cheyenne, Wyo., explained in an email to colleagues. “But you have to know the rules of the game you are playing, and when we exceed the 14-day measure, the front office gets very upset.”

In Jackson, Dr. Hollenbeck reported that hospital administrators created “ghost clinics” in which veterans were assigned to nonexistent primary care clinics to make it appear that they were receiving timely care.

And in Albuquerque, an employee at the veterans center said some doctors were shocked when they received a memo a few months ago stating that 20 percent of physician “performance pay” would be doled out only to doctors who found a way to limit patient follow-up visits to an average of two a year — a tactic to reduce waiting times by persuading veterans to make fewer appointments.

“Clinic staff were instructed to enter false information into veterans’ charts because it would improve the data about clinic availability,” states a whistle- blower complaint filed by the employee, who did not want to be identified.

“The reason anyone would care to do this is that clinic availability is a performance measure, and there are incentives for management to meet performance measures.”

Most experts agree that soaring demand for veterans’ care has outpaced the availability of doctors in many locations, and that high turnover is a major problem. In the past three years, primary-care appointments have leapt 50 percent while the department’s staff of primary care doctors has grown by only 9 percent, according to department statistics.

Those primary care doctors are supposed to be responsible for about 1,200 patients each, but many now treat upward of 2,000, said J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents nurses and other support staff. He said the department spent too much hiring midlevel administrators and not enough on doctors and nurses, a complaint shared by some lawmakers and veterans groups.

Supporters of the department also note that hospitals everywhere are struggling to find primary care doctors. But some experts say the department has additional hurdles, including lower pay scales.

Primary care doctors and internists at veterans centers generally earn from about $98,000 to $195,000, compared with private-sector primary care physicians whose total median compensation was $221,000 in 2012, according to the Medical Group Management Association, a trade group.

Many veteran medical center directors tend to make $160,000 to $190,000; according to 2012 data, those directors given performance awards typically received $8,000 to $15,000 more.

Dr. Atul Grover, chief public policy officer at the Association of American Medical Colleges, said the department’s doctor shortage came down to a simple fact: “It’s just harder to attract physicians to care for more challenging patients while paying them less.”

There are long delays for specialty care, too, veterans say. Kent Carson, a former Marine with epilepsy, said he had tried to make an appointment with his neurologist at the veterans hospital in Nashville after having five seizures in four days in 2012.

But Mr. Carson, 29, said he was told he would have to wait more than two months — or go to the emergency room. He has since switched to private insurance through his job as an accountant in Lenexa, Kan. The Nashville hospital did not respond to a request for comment.

“I have seizures, but it’s not life-threatening,” Mr. Carson said. “But I really do worry about vets who have more serious problems.”

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Army Ousts Commander of Hospital After Deaths

Army Ousts Commander of Hospital After Deaths Col. Steven Brewster Credit U.S. Army MAY 27, 2014

Col. Steven Brewster Credit U.S. Army

MAY 27, 2014 By SHARON LaFRANIERE, New York Times

The Army ousted the commander of one of its busiest hospitals and suspended three top deputies on Tuesday after two patients in their 20s unexpectedly died in the past 10 days, shortly after they sought treatment at the hospital’s emergency room.

The shake-up at the hospital, Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., came at a moment of heightened sensitivity about health care in the military community, stirred by the furor over treatment delays in the separate medical system serving the nation’s veterans. Late Tuesday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered a broad review to ensure that military patients — many of them active-duty service members and their families — are not facing similar problems.

“He wants to make sure that to the degree that we have any similar issues that we are aggressively going after them,” said Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary.

Defense officials said the review, which will cover access to health care, patient safety and quality of care, had been decided upon last week and was unrelated to the situation at Womack.

The changes at Womack, they said, were due both to the patient deaths and to problems with surgical-infection control identified in March by the Joint Commission, an independent body that accredits hospitals.

In a statement, the Army said that “senior Army medical leaders have lost trust and confidence” in Womack’s commander, Col. Steven J. Brewster, and had replaced him with Col. Ronald T. Stephens, another doctor.

New acting deputies were also named to head clinical services, nursing and administration while investigations into the deaths continue.

Womack is one of 41 domestic inpatient hospitals run by the Defense Department, serving active-duty service members and their families, as well as long-serving retirees and their families. The separate system run by the Department of Veterans Affairs principally cares for those who left the military after less than 20 years.

The first of the two recent fatalities at Womack involved Racheal Marie Rice, a 29- year-old mother of three who underwent a routine tubal ligation on May 16 and died the next morning, according to hospital staff members. The procedure is considered low risk for complications and death.

Within three hours of surgery, Mrs. Rice, the wife of an active-duty soldier, returned to the emergency room, feeling ill.

Patients who return that soon after surgery are supposed to be placed on a triage list and seen quickly.

But Mrs. Rice waited for about two hours without seeing a doctor, then left to breast-feed her baby, who is about 6 months old, according to people familiar with the case. By the next morning, she was close to death. An ambulance took her from her home back to Womack, where she died.

In an email, her father, Rick VanDenBerge, said, “Our daughter, while here on earth, touched a lot of lives.”

The second patient, a 24-old-year-old active-duty service member who could not be identified, visited the emergency room last weekend and received a diagnosis of tachycardia, a potentially dangerous condition involving an elevated heart rate, according to two people familiar with the case.

He had recently been treated in Womack’s surgery unit for abscesses, but it was unclear whether that was part of the reason for his emergency room visit. He was given medication, instructed to follow up with his doctor and released, according to one staff member. Why and where he died remained unclear on Tuesday.

Pentagon data shows that Womack, which performs more than 14,000 inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures a year, had a higher-than-expected rate of surgical complications from January 2010 to July 2013, the latest data available.

In March, the hospital suspended all elective surgery for two days after inspectors from the Joint Commission found fault with surgical infection control procedures.

The hospital has remained fully accredited.

Less than three weeks ago, the Army’s surgeon general, Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, met with hospital staff members to discuss concerns, including worries over the inspection results.

Hospital workers have also privately complained that the patient population has grown while staff has shrunk.

One worker said General Horoho had been asked: “Where do you draw the line between quality of care and your budget?”

According to one person who was there, the general replied that the hospital could operate more efficiently without sacrificing the quality of care.

National Guard Lt. Col. Charged In Sex Trafficking Case

June 9. 2014 Army Times

A New Hampshire Army National Guard Officer has been charged in a sex trafficking

case in which two underage girls were allegedly coerced into prostitution.

Lt. Col. Raymond Valas, 41, was arrested in Syracuse, New York, on May 19. An indictment filed in a Texas federal court charges him with one count of sex trafficking of children, by force, fraud or coercion, on Aug. 26, 2013.

Police found the two 15-year-old runaways at a San Antonio motel two months later, one

of whom told authorities that she had been beaten, sexually assaulted and prostituted,

according to a law enforcement affidavit.

Three others were charged with orchestrating the prostitution ring, one of whom is accused of enticing one girl with promises of money, then sexually assaulting her and using provocative photos to advertise her as an escort online. Valas is reportedly accused of having sex with a minor one day last August.

Valas, a fellow with a U.S. Army War College counterterrorism and national security program, in 2012 commanded 1,400 troops from several countries on a humanitarian assistance mission in El Salvador.

Lt. Col. Greg Heilshorn, public affairs officer for the New Hampshire National Guard, said Valas’ security clearance has been suspended.

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FORWARD OBSERVATIONS “At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had

“At a time like this, scorching irony, not convincing argument, is needed. Oh had I the ability, and could reach the nation’s ear, I would, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke.

“For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.

“We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”

“The limits of tyrants are prescribed by the endurance of those whom they oppose.”

Frederick Douglass, 1852

There is no democracy without socialism and no socialism without democracy. -- Rosa Luxemburg

WE’RE ALL THE GREATEST GENERATION:

“For Me, EVERY Generation Is “The Greatest” For Surviving Not Only War But The Shit We Came From And The Shit We Often Come Back To”

From: Clancy Sigal To: Military Resistance Newsletter Subject: WE'RE ALL THE GREATEST GENERATION Date: Jun 4, 2014

WE’RE ALL THE GREATEST GENERATION

By Clancy Sigal

(for D Day on 6 June)

I’ll call him “Jack” because that’s his name.

He’s my oldest boyhood pal from the wrong part of Chicago. We were corner rats as the local grandmothers called us, hard-case adolescents.

He was the smart one, I was academically dismal, and in our own eyes, if not the opinion of cops and school principals, averagely playful.

We pilfered, shoplifted and, I can’t quite remember the circumstances, accidentally set fire to a local synagogue. (We’re both Jewish.)

Jack became a rifleman in the 103rd (“Cactus”) infantry division that after D-Day fought its way from the French hedgerows through the Vosges mountains assaulting the Siegfried Line into Germany pursuing a fleeing enemy and liberating a Dachau sub- camp.

Jack had almost eight relentless months under fire on the front line, and I’m not sure he ever was promoted beyond private or pfc.

Somehow he survived the Wehrmacht, and his not-always-bright commanding officers, and anti semitic buddies.

His revenge was to come back in one piece, marry, raise a splendid family and spend his retirement listening, sometimes obsessionally, to his favorite operas and tinkering with computers.

Almost all wartime soldiers, from 1776 to the Civil War, World War Two, Vietnam and today, come from poorer and workingclass families. (Jack and I are Great Depression babies with all that emotional baggage.)

For me, EVERY generation is “the greatest” for surviving not only war but the shit we came from and the shit we often come back to.

A large number of the men who stormed Utah Beach on D-Day carried in their

backpacks along with entrenching tools an invisible psychic burden, a sort of economic

PTSD, from the shock and awe of mass unemployment and the ordinary violences of a shortchanged prewar life.

Every survivor I talked to in the unit I later joined, the 8th Regiment of 4th Infantry Division, that landed on D-Day would scoff at the very idea of a “previously existing condition” (as army psychiatrists call it) of a psychic burden caused by poverty or near enough to it. GIs griped but theirs was essentially an uncomplaining culture, still less psychoanalytical. For many combat was just like civilian life only with better pay.

Or as Jack says, “They call us guys the ‘greatest generation’. So much crap. Your mother and mine spent more time on the combat line than any soldiers, only it was an undeclared war in our homes. You and me, too, we’ve been at war all our lives.”

Overwhelmingly U.S. drafted soldiers in Vietnam – the ones who did the actual fighting – were working class or “minority”; i.e. African American or Latino.

I worked among the Vietnam-era Bob Bergdahls of their time, the AWOLs who walked away: sons of factory workers, bus drivers, mortgaged-to-hilt farmers, gang kids and aimless high schoolers, joovie delinquents and boys who simply signed up after seeing John Wayne The Sands of Iwo Jima too many times. (Bergdahl’s dad is a former UPS driver.)

Now we have an all-volunteer military, and unless they’re listed casualties you’re never quite sure of who they are, where they come from and what’s in it for them aside from 9/11 patriotism. Some stay in for career advancement and financial stability (such as it is).

Or college on the GI Bill or a fast track to citizenship for immigrants. You’d have to stop

to ask each and every one.

Even then, if they’re at all like previous great generations, they may think it’s a foolish waste of time to dig into that tender spot. My guess is that despite all of today’s talk of therapy for returning veterans it’s still that same old World War Two mantra: “Got a problem, buddy. Go ask the chaplain to punch your t.s. ticket.”

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L I E (Living In Exile)

L I E (Living In Exile) Arlington West in Santa Monica, Calif. August 2012. Photo by

Arlington West in Santa Monica, Calif. August 2012. Photo by Mike Hastie

From: Mike Hastie To: Military Resistance Newsletter Sent: June 03, 2014 Subject: L I E (Living In Exile)

L I E (Living In Exile)

Coming back from yet another U.S. W A R which stands for Wealthy Are Richer and realizing that everything was fabricated and staged like a Hollywood presentation. Patriotic yellow ribbon bumper stickers. We all drove behind thousands of them. American soldiers lowered in caskets for the love of money.

Today I watched a recent video taken at Arlington West in Santa Monica, California. An Iraq vet was interviewed about some of his buddies who were killed or committed suicide. When I heard him talk, I wanted to buy him a plane ticket so he could get out of America until he can heal from his betrayal wounds. His country will wage more wars, as he finally realizes that America will move the chess pieces

called Iraq and Afghanistan to other parts of the world. These Iraq and Afghanistan vets are known for Multiple Deployments, whereas Vietnam vets are known for Multiple Wars. One American veteran commits suicide every hour. That makes 8,760 each year. Nearly one million other people will attend their funerals.

The U.S. Government erases the memories of past wars, so they can repeat the L I E and force more veterans to Live In Exile --most often in emotional exile. It's a deceitful recipe to destroy the evidence, and keep these veterans from becoming informers against their own government. However, there are a chosen few, who are driven to stand up and speak. They can't sit still and just watch another casket and another country lowered into the ground by a swarming locust called Wall Street. Ashes to ashes, dust to dust just another war for corporate lust. Once you see the lie, you know the truth.

Mike Hastie Army Medic Vietnam June 2, 2014

Photo by Mike Hastie Taken at Arlington West in Santa Monica, Calif. August 2012

Each white cross represents 1 American soldier killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, and each red cross represents 10 American

soldiers killed in Iraq or Afghanistan.

And then

souls who were killed in their own countries defending themselves against U.S. Imperialism, and a history that has vanished from the American consciousness.

there are the countless

Photo and caption from the portfolio of Mike Hastie, US Army Medic, Vietnam 1970-71. (For more of his outstanding work, contact at:

One day while I was in a bunker in Vietnam, a sniper round went over my head. The person who fired that weapon was not a terrorist, a rebel, an extremist, or a so-called insurgent. The Vietnamese individual who tried to kill me was a citizen of Vietnam, who did not want me in his country. This truth escapes millions.

Mike Hastie U.S. Army Medic Vietnam 1970-71 December 13, 2004

“Strategy Was Torpedoed By A Massive Antiwar Movement Among The Sailors”

“In San Diego On November 10, I Found Five Aircraft Carriers Tied Up, All Forced Out Of Combat In The Gulf Of Tonkin By Their Crews, Each Of Which Was Publishing An Antiwar — And Increasingly Revolutionary— Newspaper On Board”

“Not Since Pearl Harbor Had The U.S. Navy Been So Crippled”

Excerpts from Vietnam And Other American Fantasies; H. Bruce Franklin; University Of Massachusetts Press; Amherst, 2000

Meanwhile, the United States poured even more massive amounts of money and arms into South Vietnam, giving the Saigon government overwhelming superiority in numbers, firepower, and modern weapons, including the world’s fourth-largest air force.

But in the spring of 1972, “Vietnamization” took a body blow when the DRV [North Vietnam] launched a major offensive that routed Saigon’s army, despite all its numerical and technological advantages, and captured large sections of South Vietnam. All that saved Saigon’s forces from total collapse was U.S. airpower.

But with no reliable army on the ground, U.S. strategy was forced to shift almost entirely to aerial technowar.

One main component was to be a flotilla of Seventh Fleet aircraft carriers (twice as many as in 1971) massed in the Gulf of Tonkin, bringing warplanes closer than the fighter- bombers based in Thailand and the B-52s on Guam to targets all along the narrow land of Vietnam.

This strategy was torpedoed by a massive antiwar movement among the sailors, who combined escalating protests and rebellions with a widespread campaign of sabotage.

The actions of these sailors cannot be written off the way some revisionist historians have tried to explain away the fraggings, sabotage, and mutinies of the ground troops as merely attempts at self-preservation.

The sailors could not be motivated by any desire to avoid wounds or death because their ships were not in any danger of enemy attack.

So what were their motives?

Many of them shared the same revulsion that had inspired those first antiwar actions by hundreds of merchant seamen in 1945, a revulsion now immeasurably intensified by the kind of war being waged by the United States against the people of Vietnam.

In 1970 and 1971 ships had been sporadically forced out of action by outbreaks and even sabotage by crew members.

Occasional inconspicuous newspaper articles allowed perceptive members of the general public to get inklings of what was happening to the fleet.

An early example was the destroyer Richard B. Anderson, which was kept from sailing to Vietnam for eight weeks when crew members deliberately wrecked an engine.

Toward the end of 1971, the sailors’ antiwar activities coalesced into a coherent movement called SOS (Stop Our Ships/Support Our Sailors) that emerged on three of the gigantic aircraft carriers crucial to the Tonkin Gulf strategy: the USS Constellation, the USS Coral Sea, and the USS Kitty Hawk.

(One early act was a petition by 1,500 crew members of the Constellation demanding that Jane Fonda’s antiwar show be allowed to perform on board.)

On these three ships alone that fall, thousands of crew members signed antiwar petitions, published onboard antiwar newspapers, and supported the dozens of crew members who refused to board for Vietnam duty.

In March 1972 the aircraft carrier USS Midway received orders to leave San Francisco Bay for Vietnam.

A wave of protests and sabotage swept the ship, hitting the press when dissident crewmen deliberately spilled three thousand gallons of oil into the bay.

In June the attack carrier USS Ranger was ordered to sail from San Diego to Vietnam.

The Naval Investigative Service reported a large-scale clandestine movement among the crew and at least twenty acts of physical sabotage, culminating in the destruction of the main reduction gear of an engine; repairs forced a four-and-a- half-month delay in the ship’s sailing.

In July the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal was prevented from sailing by a major fire deliberately set by crewmen, which caused millions of dollars of damage to the captain’s and admiral’s quarters of the ship.

In September and October the crew of the Coral Sea, which had been publishing the antiwar newspaper We Are Everywhere for a year, staged renewed protests against the war, with over a thousand crewmen signing a petition to “Stop Our Ship.”

It was forced to return to San Francisco Bay, where crew members held a national press conference and helped organize support rallies and other demonstrations.

Almost a hundred crew members, including several officers, refused Vietnam service and jumped ship in California and Hawaii.

In September crew members of the aircraft carrier USS Ticonderoga organized their own

“Stop It Now” movement, and navy intelligence tried unsuccessfully to break up the SOS movement on the showpiece carrier USS Enterprise, home of the antiwar paper SOS Enterprise Ledger.

A bloody September battle between groups of marines on the amphibious landing ship

USS Sumter in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam was not made public until the following January.

One of the most serious outbreaks took place in October on the Kitty Hawk, where organized antiwar activities (including publication of the antiwar paper Kitty Litter) had continued during its eight-month tour off Vietnam.

When the ship was ordered to return to Vietnam from Subic Bay instead of continuing its voyage home, African American members of the crew led a major rebellion, fought hand-to-hand battles with the marines sent to break up their meeting, and reduced the ship to a chaos of internal fighting for several hours.

Four days later, fighting spread to the Kitty Hawk’s oiler, the USS Hassayampa. The Kitty Hawk was forced to retire to San Diego, whence it sailed to San Francisco in early January, where it underwent a “six-month refitting job.”

The sailors’ movement had thus removed this major aircraft carrier from the war.

Especially damaging were the synergistic effects of the protests, sabotage, and rebellions on the aircraft carriers central to Pentagon strategy.

For example, when the House Armed Services Committee investigated the hundreds of reports of “successful acts of sabotage,” one conclusion reached in their report was that the rebellion on the Kitty Hawk had been precipitated by the orders to return to Vietnam, orders mandated because two other aircraft carriers had been disabled: “This rescheduling apparently was due to the incidents of sabotage aboard her sister ships U.S.S. Ranger and U.S.S. Forrestal”

In October and early November, incidents of sabotage and an open revolt brewing on the Constellation forced it to return to San Diego, where 130 sailors prevented the ship’s departure for two months by refusing to reboard and staging a militant demonstration onshore, resulting in their discharge from the crew.

The media called this a “racial outbreak,” but the picture in the San Francisco Chronicle, captioned “The dissident sailors raised their fists in the black power salute,” shows mainly white sailors with upraised arms and clenched fists.

When I went to speak in San Diego on November 10, I found five aircraft carriers tied up, all forced out of combat in the Gulf of Tonkin by their crews, each of which was publishing an antiwar — and increasingly revolutionary— newspaper on board.

That night I addressed hundreds of these crew members in San Diego antiwar movement centers, where men from the different aircraft carriers and their attendant vessels were getting together to build a fleet-wide organization.

In December the Ranger, all repaired now, finally made it to the Gulf of Tonkin, where it was immediately disabled by a deliberately set fire.

The navy admitted that this was the sixth major disaster on a Seventh Fleet carrier since October 1.

Meanwhile, the internally embattled Constellation was not even able to sail from San Diego for Vietnam until January 5, 1973, three weeks before the signing of the Paris Peace Accords; the rebellious crewmen had in effect permanently removed another major aircraft carrier from the war.

Not since Pearl Harbor had the U.S. Navy been so crippled, and then the damage had been done by an enemy defeated in combat.

“During The Work Stoppage There Were Cheers Whenever A B-52 Was Shot Down”

Individual pilots — one with more than two hundred previous combat missions — refused on moral grounds to participate in the bombing.

After the first nights of heavy losses, many of the B-52 crews voiced their opposition to the kinds of risks they were being asked to take in a conflict that had obviously been decided.

The most serious actions took place among air crews of the supersecret 6990th Air Force Security Service based on Okinawa, whose mission was eavesdropping on North Vietnamese air defense communications in order to give timely warnings to the B-52 crews.

Because they had firsthand knowledge of the DRV’s [North Vietnam’s] preparations for peace and were outraged by the nature of the bombing, they staged a work stoppage verging on open mutiny.

According to Seymour Hersh, who interviewed at least ten members of the unit in early 1973, during the work stoppage there were cheers whenever a B-52 was shot down.

Some of the men were later court-martialed under stringent security.

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DANGER: CAPITALISTS AT WORK OCCUPATION PALESTINE Zionists Forces Destroy 1,500 Fruit Trees Near Bethlehem: “Why Destroy

OCCUPATION PALESTINE

Zionists Forces Destroy 1,500 Fruit Trees Near Bethlehem:

“Why Destroy A Tree? Why Destroy A Tree That Will Give Fruits Very Soon? Why Destroy The Land?”

“The Property Has Long Been Targeted By Israeli Occupation Authorities Seeking To Confiscate The Land And Remove An Obstacle To Settlement Expansion”

Mobile phone images show the Tent of Nations before and after it was attacked by

Mobile phone images show the Tent of Nations before and after it was attacked by Israeli forces

05/20/2014 by Ben White, ElectronicIntifada.net

Israeli forces destroyed an estimated 1,500 fruit trees belonging to the Tent of Nations farm outside Nahalin village, in the Bethlehem region of the occupied West Bank yesterday morning.

Owned by the Nassar family, the farm lies just below Neve Daniel, an Israeli settlement, located in the Gush Etzion bloc. The property has long been targeted by Israeli occupation authorities seeking to confiscate the land and remove an obstacle to settlement expansion.

According to the family, soldiers arrived at their land early in the morning, and in a couple of hours uprooted some 1,500 apricot and apple trees, burying them under piles of soil.

“This is going to make it very difficult for us to recover and rehabilitate the land,” Daoud Nassar, a member of the family, told me. Photographs are available on the project’s Facebook page.

The family was preparing for harvest, with international volunteers set to come in June to help with picking the apricots and apples. Daoud said that they have been harvesting the trees for a number of years now, using them, among other things, for jam-making.

Two weeks ago, the Israeli military issued the Nassars an order to stop cultivation. The family responded to the order through their lawyer. Yet before the legal process could run its course, “they came and smashed everything,” Daoud added.

“We are very frustrated. This is not the way it’s supposed to be. Why destroy a tree? Why destroy a tree that will give fruits very soon? Why destroy the land?”

Daoud Nassar urged international supporters to wait for updates about how best to respond to the latest developments, as the family plan their next move.

Heroic Zionist Occupation Forces Make War On Unarmed Children, As Usual:

Two Dead, One Paralyzed And Others Also Shot Down In Past Two Weeks;

“Mohammad S., 16, From Central Gaza, Was Shot By Israeli Soldiers As He And His Brothers Gathered Hay”

“A Live Bullet Entered Through His Right Shoulder And Severed His Spinal Cord, Paralyzing Him From The Waist Down”

His Spinal Cord, Paralyzing Him From The Waist Down” Hamza O. 14, rests with a live

Hamza O. 14, rests with a live bullet still lodged in his leg after being shot with live ammunition on May 21, 2014.

29 May 2014 DCI – Palestine

Ramallah —

The fatal shootings of Nadeem Nawara, 17, and Mohammad Abu Daher, 16, that prompted widespread criticism of the Israeli military were followed by a fortnight of violence resulting in injuries to at least seven other children.

Defense for Children International Palestine (DCI–Palestine) collected sworn testimonies from children injured by Israeli gunfire in the weeks following the shootings of three teenage boys in the West Bank on May 15, two of whom died from their wounds.

At least five other children were wounded, including one paralyzed, across the Occupied Palestinian Territory over the course of two weeks. The youngest was 13 years old.

“The fatal shooting of two teenagers last week and the international outcry that followed did not dissuade the Israeli military from using excessive force against children in the days that followed,” said Rifat Kassis, executive director of DCI-Palestine.

“Palestinian children have recently experienced violence at an alarming rate, increasingly being shot by Israeli forces while unarmed and posing absolutely no threat to life.”

On May 23, Mohammad S., 16, from central Gaza, was shot by Israeli soldiers as he and his brothers gathered hay 150 meters (492 feet) from the border fence. As he ran to protect his younger brothers, a live bullet entered through his right shoulder and severed his spinal cord, paralyzing him from the waist down.

His younger brother Bashar, 13, remembers trying to drag him to safety.

“I will never forget the sound of bullets and shells. I still remember it all. I still remember how terrified I was, how I was crawling, how Mohammad got shot and how I tried to help him but I could not,” Bashar said in a sworn affidavit to DCI- Palestine.

Bashar believes that the soldiers were firing in retaliation for an earlier gunshot that came from a nearby hill, saying, “Israeli soldiers climbed up [the hill] and started shooting at the three of us, thinking it was us who fired at them earlier.”

An Israeli army spokesperson acknowledged on Friday that Israeli forces fired in response to gunshots near the Israeli border fence with Gaza, but reported no injuries, according to Agence France Presse.

Doctors that treated Mohammad confirmed he had suffered paralysis as a result of the injury.

Like Mohammad, Amro J., 16, was shot near the border fence in Gaza. On May 17, he was returning home from a visit to his aunt, whose house sits close to the fence in southern Gaza. As he passed by a group of farmers 300 meters (984 feet)

from the fence, Israeli soldiers opened fire. Amro was struck by a live bullet in his left hand.

Other Palestinian children were injured in the West Bank over the course of the fortnight. Issa H., 16, was shot in the face and leg by rubber-coated metal bullets on May 22 as he left his house to determine the cause of the sound of gunfire at 1:30 am in Balata refugee camp.

Defense for Children International Palestine is still investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting.

Three more children were injured in the West Bank village of Kufr Aqab after clashes erupted between residents and the Israeli army on May 21. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas canisters, rubber bullets and live ammunition into the crowd of civilians, injuring three children: Omar L., 13, Hamza O., 14, and Yasin M., 17.

According to doctors who treated Hamza after the incident, he was wounded by a .22 caliber live bullet that lodged itself in his left knee.

Palestinian children across the Occupied Palestinian Territory are frequently injured by the Israeli military's use of excessive force including both crowd control weapons and live ammunition.

A

recent report by Amnesty International found that the use of force by the Israeli army

in

the West Bank is “reckless”, stating that 67 children have been seriously injured by the

use of live ammunition in the past three years.

DCI-Palestine has regularly reported incidents of the use of live ammunition in 2014, with four children killed since the beginning of the year.

In 2013, DCI-Palestine documented five children dead and at least 35 sustaining

injuries.

Zionists Demolish 20 Structures Belonging To The Deis Family In Jordan Valley:

“25 Palestinians Homeless”

“These Assaults Aim To Damage The Only Source Of Living For Farmers And Citizens”

05/23/2014 Maan (MaanImages) JERICHO -- Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished 20 structures belonging to a

05/23/2014 Maan

(MaanImages)

JERICHO -- Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished 20 structures belonging to a Palestinian family in the northern Jordan Valley, leaving 25 people homeless as a result.

Israeli civil administration forces reportedly arrived in the village of Jiftlik on Wednesday morning and demolished 20 structures belonging to the Deis family, 13 of which were residential steel structures while seven were steel structures used as barns for animals.

Spokesperson for the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Guy Inbar said that the “structures were built illegally without the permits needed,” adding that the case had already gone to the Israeli high court and the residents were found to have lost.

“It gave them the possibility to demolish the structures by themselves, but after a months passed and they didn't, the civil administration went and enforced the law,” he said.

In response to the incident, Jericho governor Majed al-Fityani condemned the Israeli practices of home demolition and said that Israel is “violating the rights and international laws against war crimes.”

Al-Fityani added that these assaults “aim to damage the only source of living for farmers and citizens.”

The governor demanded the international community “show some responsibility and stop Israel from committing these war crimes.”

The majority of the Jordan Valley is under full Israeli military control, despite being within the West Bank. Palestinian residents are rarely given permits to build or repair their homes, while Jewish settlements have expanded greatly in recent years.

Israel has destroyed more than 248 Palestinian properties in the West Bank and East Jerusalem so far in 2014, displacing 492 people, according to UNOCHA.

The Jordan Valley is within the 61 percent of the occupied West Bank it is under full Israeli military control as “Area C.”

Area C comprises the only contiguous piece of land connecting 227 Palestinian residential communities in areas A and B as well as about 150,000 Palestinian residents.

To check out what life is like under a murderous military occupation commanded by foreign terrorists, go to:

The occupied nation is Palestine. The foreign terrorists call themselves “Israeli.”

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call themselves “Israeli.” DANGER: POLITICIANS AT WORK Teen Dies After Domestic Enemy Shocks Him Five Times

Teen Dies After Domestic Enemy Shocks Him Five Times With A Taser At Good Samaritan Hospital:

“He’d Been Hospitalized Due To An Allergic Reaction To Medication After A Dental Procedure”

“He Wasn’t Here For Something That Would Have Killed Him. The Thing That Killed Him Was That Taser”

“The Two Officers Involved Are Still On Full Duty Because King Was Not In Police Custody At The Time Of His Death”

King Was Not In Police Custody At The Time Of His Death” George King May 19,

George King

May 19, 2014 by Meghan McCorkell & May 20, 2014 by Monique Griego; WJZ

BALTIMORE — A 19-year-old man died after police shocked him with a Taser inside Good Samaritan Hospital. Now the teen’s family is speaking out, saying his death did not have to happen.

“He was brutalized by the officers,” said his mother, Georgette King.

King’s mother says the 19-year-old died after a city police officer shocked him five times with a Taser during an altercation at Good Samaritan Hospital.

The teen, who’d been given a sedative, slipped into a coma and passed away a week later on May 14.

He’d been hospitalized due to an allergic reaction to medication after a dental procedure.

The family of George King plans to sue the Baltimore City police department, saying excessive force led to the teen’s death.

Activists gather outside Good Samaritan Hospital, where King died last week after an encounter with city police.

“Officers are here to protect and serve. In this case, this is not protect and serve,” said his mother, Georgette King.

Police were called when hospital staff say King became combative.

According to an internal report obtained by WJZ’s media partner, The Baltimore Sun, an officer shocked King five times with his Taser–which had “little effect.”

King was given a sedative, slipped into a coma and died a week later.

“He wasn’t here for something that would have killed him. The thing that killed him was that Taser,” said King’s attorney, Granville Templeton III.

The medical examiner has not released a cause of death.

Police officials say they met with both the hospital and community leaders on Monday to discuss the incident.

“We’re going to continue to work as strongly and diligently as we can to make sure that our investigation is as thorough and as transparent as we can make it,” said Lt. Eric Kowalczyk, Baltimore City Police.

King was a foster child who lived in a group home. His mother–who didn’t have custody due to a medical condition–says she spoke with her son all the time.

“No more texts. No more phone. No more voicemails,” she said. “Nothing.”

Now she says she wants justice for her child.

The city police department is in the process of equipping all officers with Tasers.

The two officers involved are still on full duty because King was not in police custody at the time of his death.

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