Monday, November 11, 2013

Soldier mental crisis, suicides, violence (video)

Doing our best to hit noncombatants by remote control and dismiss it as collateral damage, yet our soldiers still suffer from cubicle-killer-PTSD (

US general's open confession
On the 11th anniversary of the US Military-Industrial Complex's illegal invasion, occupation, and droning of Afghanistan, Democracy Now! takes a look at the invisible wounds of war here at home.

Since the war was initiated by Dick Cheney, George Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleeza Rice, John Ashcroft, and other Bush administration officials, corporate movers and shakers, and CIA/NSA/FBI principals on Oct. 7, 2001, less than a month after the pretext the MIC used for its planned "war on terror" -- the 9-11 false flag operation. At least 2,000 US soldiers have died. Some 2.4 million US soldiers have suffered and killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the psychological toll of the wars is mounting.

Is it suicide if the VA drugged me first?
Last year, the Veterans Administration "treated" (not cured) almost 100,000 US War on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Soldier suicides reached an all-time high this year, with many more nonactive duty veterans taking their lives in addition to active duty losses.

Kill today, get raped, or both? (
In Colorado Springs, the commanders at Fort Carson have come under scrutiny for their handling of mental health concerns, with a 2010 joint NPR-ProPublica investigation finding that as many as 40 percent of Fort Carson soldiers had mild traumatic brain injuries missed or ignored by Army health screenings.

Cyclops baby result of US uranium bombs
Meanwhile, in 2009 the Colorado Springs Gazette published a startling series called "Casualties of War," written by investigative reporter Dave Philipps. His book (today's Democracy Now! guest), Lethal Warriors: When the New Band of Brothers Came Home, shows how a wave of violence swept across Colorado Springs when the 506th Infantry Regiment, known as "the Band of Brothers," returned home from their first tour killing innocents in Iraq.
What am I doing here? (
Also joining are Georg-Andreas Pogany, a retired Army sergeant who is now an independent veterans’ advocate and investigator, and Graham Clumpner, a veteran of the US War on Afghanistan and Colorado regional organizer for Iraq Veterans Against the War

Democracy Now! is on the road broadcasting from Colorado Springs, the home of five major military installations: Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force Academy, Schriever Air Force Base, and the Cheyenne Mountain Air Station.

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